The good news for the Husson University football team is that it won’t have to play Salisbury University next fall. The Maryland school dealt the Eagles an 84-7 drubbing this past season.
The bad news is, Husson will play a team that beat Salisbury last fall: Wesley College of Dover, Del.
Wesley is one of three nonconference opponents on Husson’s schedule next fall along with Adrian College (Mich.) and Springfield College (Mass.).
Wesley’s Wolverines have gone 25-2 the past two seasons, the third best record in NCAA Division III during that span. They are coming off a 12-1 campaign in which they reached the NCAA Division III semifinals where they were beaten by eventual national champion Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Wesley, a 17-14 winner over Salisbury, will be Husson’s third and final nonconference game. It will be played at the Winkin Complex on Sept. 24 at 1 p.m.
Husson opens its season by entertaining Adrian College on Sept. 2 at 7 p.m.
Adrian went 5-5 a year ago but won three of its last four and has gone 26-14 over the last four seasons.
Following a bye week, Husson will travel to play Springfield on Sept. 17.
Springfield went 9-2 last season including a 51-0 win over Husson.
Husson will then play its seven Eastern Collegiate Football Conference games.
Husson entertains Becker for Homecoming on Oct. 1 (1 p.m.), travels to play Gallaudet on Oct. 8 (noon) and Mount Ida on Oct. 15 (1 p.m.) before returning home for games with Norwich on Oct. 22 (1 p.m.) and defending conference champ SUNY-Maritime seven days later at noon.
The Eagles will finish up by visiting Castleton State on Nov. 5 (noon) and entertaining Anna Maria (1 p.m.) on Nov. 12.
Husson went 1-9 a year ago, 1-6 in the conference, and head coach Niles Nelson was fired and replaced by Sean Murphy, who had been the associate head coach-defensive coordinator.
“It’s certainly a good schedule,” said Murphy. “Our nonconference schedule is going to be a great challenge for us. We’ll certainly be better-prepared for our conference schedule.”
He said Wesley will be the “most talented program Husson has faced at this point. It will be our biggest challenge.”
He said Springfield has an outstanding program and it has been a quality regional opponent over the years.
“I think very highly of coach (Mike) Delong and everything he’s accomplished there,” said Murphy.
He added that Adrian College has a very solid program.
He said the conference will have a new look as he is one of five new head coaches.
Norwich, Castleton State and Becker will have new coaches, he said, and SUNY-Maritime will be directed by acting coach Al Piascik, who is replacing Clayton Kendrick-Holmes. Kendrick-Holmes is serving in the Naval Reserves in Afghanistan.
“And all five new head coaches had served on the coaching staffs (of the respective schools),” said Murphy.
He said he will be looking for his team to be competitive “in every game, especially our conference games. I feel we can be a very strong competitor in our conference.”
Husson lost its last three conference games by a total of 10 points last fall.
Husson soccer team going to Costa Rica
Husson women’s soccer coach Keith Bosley will take his team on a nine-day excursion to Costa Rica during spring break next March.
He has taken a team overseas every four years.
The first two trips were to Italy and Ireland.
He said under NCAA Division III guidelines, they are allowed to take a team overseas every three years.
“We’re going to play three games in Costa Rica, do some sightseeing and spend some time in the jungle and on the Pacific coast,” said Bosley. “We’ll also do some service work with elementary school children in San Jose.”
He said these trips give his players a chance to grow and expand their horizons while
“experiencing cultures in different parts of the world.”
“The trips have been fantastic,” said Bosley.
He said it will cost the players approximately $2,000 apiece but they raise a healthy chunk of that money through fundraising activities like their summer sports camps. He speculated they only have to come up with $600-$700 apiece after the fundraisers.
“We want to make it affordable for them. We don’t want anybody to miss it because it’s unattainable (financially) for them,” said Bosley.