The non-conference portion of the schedule features five teams that are perennially ranked among the top teams in the nation. They include Syracuse, Maryland, Virginia, Charlotte and Boston College. In addition, other out-of-conference matchers feature Harvard, Binghamton, Army West Point and Stony Brook.
“I feel that this is, without a doubt, the toughest schedule in the history of the program,” said Nuttall.
Hofstra is coming off a 14-8 season that saw the team win the Colonial Athletic Association Championship and advance to the second round of the NCAA Championship. The Pride finished the 2015 season ranked 32nd in the NCAA RPI.
Hofstra’s 2016 opponents won a combined 148 games in 2015 led by Syracuse’s 16 victories. The Orange were 16-5-4 last season, advancing to the semifinals of the NCAA College Cup where it fell to Clemson in penalty kicks. The Pride will play at Syracuse on Tuesday, September 13.
The season will kickoff with four consecutive road games beginning Friday, August 26, at Stony Brook. Hofstra will then head to Charlotte, North Carolina, for a meeting with UNC Charlotte on Monday, August 29. The 49ers won 11 games and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship in 2015.
The road trip continues with a meeting at 2015 NCAA Elite Eight participant Boston College on Friday, September 2. The Eagles won 11 games last season. Hofstra will play at Ivy league power Harvard on Sunday, September 4, to close out the road swing.
The Pride open the home season against Army West Point on Saturday, September 10, before traveling to Syracuse. Conference play opens with a pair of home contests against James Madison (Sept. 17) and Charleston (Sept. 24) and road games at Northeastern and 2015 CAA finalist Delaware (Oct. 1).
Hofstra will play at Virginia on Tuesday, October 4. The Cavaliers, which won the College Cup in 2014, won 10 games last season and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Virginia game will be followed by three CAA contests, home against William & Mary (Oct. 8) and Drexel (Oct. 12), and on the road at UNCW (Oct. 15).
The Pride will play a pair of late season non-conference games when it travels to Maryland on Friday, October 21, and hosts Binghamton on Tuesday, October 25, in the regular season home finale. Maryland won 12 games in 2015 and reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament, while Binghamton won 10 games and was the America East runner-up.
Hofstra will close the regular season at Elon on Saturday, October 29. The Phoenix earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2015 after winning 14 games and advanced to the second round.
The Colonial Athletic Association Championship gets underway November 5 with quarterfinals games being played at the higher seeds. The semifinals (Nov. 11) and finals (Nov. 13) will be played at the overall top seed.