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The league portions of intercollegiate schedules are made years in advance, all that is left to figure out are dates and times. Those details were hammered out and were made public on gofightingscots.com as Edinboro announced most of its fall sports schedules.
Women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, as well as men’s and women’s cross country are now showing their 2015 schedules on Edinboro’s athletic department’s website.
The schedule for Boro football was already known as it was announced back in January. There was a change though as the season opener will now get underway at 6 p.m. instead of 7 p.m.
Swimming as well as men’s and women’s tennis is still now showing this year’s schedules. However, men’s and women’s basketball is up for the 2015-16 season.
Here are five takeaways from the newly released schedules:
1. For the second straight year, the men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete on the same course that the national meet will be run on. The Scots made two trips to Kentucky a year ago and will make two trips to Joplin, Missouri, the site of the 2015 NCAA Division II National meet. They also will be competing there on Sept. 19 in the Missouri Southern Stampede. Head coach Rick Hammer made a comment last season about getting that exposure to the course beforehand and the Boro harriers will get the same in 2015.
2. The Edinboro women’s volleyball team will play 14 matches to open up its 2015 campaign before playing in McComb Fieldhouse. That opening period spans nearly an entire calendar month as the Scots open up the season in Canton, Ohio as part of the Hall of Fame Challenge on Sept. 4 and have their home opener on Sept. 29 when they welcome Daemen College (N.Y.) to the Boro. Once again head coach Missy Soboleski has a packed schedule for her ladies.
3. After falling short of qualifying for the NCAA regional a year ago, there was a lot of disappointment within the Edinboro women’s soccer program. The Scots ended the season with their pair of non-conference games, a loss to Roberts Wesleyan and a win over Notre Dame (Oh.) in the last few weeks of the season. In 2015, head coach Gary Kagiavas and his team will get those games out of the way early. The ladies host Notre Dame (Oh.) on Sept. 5, their second game of the season, and visit Roberts Wesleyan on Sept. 19. The Fighting Scots also finish their home schedule with a match against defending PSAC champion, East Stroudsburg, on Oct. 24.
4. Boro football will be a lot more familiar with their own beds this fall. After a treacherous opening month of travel last season, including an opening week trip to Tennessee, which had the return trip go through the night after the game, this season looks to be better for the road weary. The Scots only have two overnight trips the entire season, after having two in the first two weeks in 2014. Head coach Scott Browning and his team will open up the season with back-to-back home games and spend every night before a game day in their own beds, except for the Sept. 19 game at East Stroudsburg and the season finale on Nov. 14 at Millersville.
5. The last takeaway spills into the winter sports with the women’s basketball team. Boro was ousted in the quarterfinals of last year’s PSAC tournament. One team they struggled with, going 0-2 against, was California (Pa.), who ended up the eventual national champions. Being conference foes means the Scots do battle with the Vulcans twice a year, the second meeting is at the Convocation Center, for the last game of the season, usually when playoff implications are on the line. It’d be an easier trip if a playoff berth is already clinched for Boro.