August 16, 2018—The Mount St. Mary's men's basketball program, under the direction of new head coach Dan Engelstad, has announced the 2018-19 schedule. Engelstad's young team, which is comprised solely of freshmen and sophomores, will play seven of the first eight games on the road this season.
"With our schedule, we want to challenge ourselves year in and year out," said Engelstad. "This year's schedule allows us to compete against some of the top teams around the nation, and gives our young and talented group the chance to grow throughout the year. We can't wait to get in front of the Knott Arena crowd to display our brand of basketball."
The Mount will meet Hood College on November 1st in an exhibition game at Knott Arena for the fourth consecutive season. The Mountaineers have won the first three meetings by an average of 19.3 points per game against the local rivals.
The Mountaineers then open the season by embarking on a four-game road trip. Engelstad will make his Mount St. Mary's coaching debut at North Carolina State on Tuesday, November 6 before the Mount heads to Hofstra on November 9. The road trip concludes with games at Marshall (Nov. 14) and Maryland (Nov. 18).
This will be the fourth meeting all-time between the Mount and N.C. State with the last coming in 2006. The Mount is 4-4 all-time against Hofstra, but this will be the first matchup between the two schools since March 9, 1963. The Mount will be facing Marshall for the first time, while the Mountaineers are 0-8 all-time against Maryland.
The Mount will host North Carolina A&T on Wednesday, November 21, in the home opener at the friendly confines Knott Arena. The Mountaineers have won 71 percent of their home games since the start of the 2009-10 season, and are 41-12 (.774) at home over the past six seasons in NEC regular season games. This will be the first-ever matchup between the two schools.
The Mount is back on the road for the next three games, beginning with a trip to Morgan State on November 25. The Mountaineers then resume their rivalry with the 174th all-time meeting with Loyola on the road on December 1st before heading to St. John's on Wednesday, December 5.
The Mountaineers are 6-2 all-time against Morgan State, but fell to the Bears, 69-63, at Knott Arena last season. The Mount and Loyola resume the most-played rivalry in the state of Maryland when they matchup on December 1st. The Mount won last year's meeting, 80-75, in overtime, to improve to 100-73 all-time against the Greyhounds. The Mount is 1-4 all-time against St. John's, but this will be the first time the two schools have faced each other since Feb. 10, 1928.
The Mount will play three of the next four games at home, beginning with a matchup with Lehigh on Saturday, December 8. The Mount welcomes Wilson College to Knott Arena on December 15 before heading to American on December 18. The Mount's final non-conference home game is Saturday, December 22, against St. Mary's (Md.).
The Mount has faced Lehigh in each of the past three seasons, including a 75-60 loss last year. The matchup with Wilson College will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools while the Mount will be facing American for the 66th time in program history. Engelstad will get the chance to face his alma mater when St. Mary's (Md.) heads to Knott Arena on December 22. The Mount holds a 6-0 lead in the all-time series with the last matchup coming on Dec. 1, 1976.
The Mount concludes the non-conference slate with a game at Minnesota on Sunday, December 30. The Mountaineers are 0-3 all-time against the Golden Gophers.
Mount St. Mary's opens Northeast Conference play at Saint Francis U on Thursday, January 3 in a rematch of the 2017 NEC title game. The Mount then heads to Pittsburgh to resume its rivalry with Robert Morris on Saturday, January 5.
The Mount welcomes Bryant (Jan. 10) and Central Connecticut (Jan. 12) to Knott Arena for the first two home games of the conference slate. The Mount has won 77.4 percent of its NEC regular season home games over the past six seasons. The Mount then heads back on the road to square off against Wagner (Jan. 19) and Fairleigh Dickinson (Jan. 21).
That will bring the Mount to a key part of the schedule with six of the next eight games at Knott Arena. The stretch begins with a four-game homestand against LIU Brooklyn (Jan. 24), St. Francis Brooklyn (Jan. 26), Sacred Heart (Jan. 31) and Saint Francis U (Feb. 2). After playing at LIU Brooklyn (Feb. 7) and Sacred Heart (Feb. 9), the Mount closes out the stretch with home games against Robert Morris (Feb. 14) and Wagner (Feb. 16).
The Mount will play three of its final four games of the NEC regular season on the road. That includes a trip to Central Connecticut (Feb. 21) and Bryant (Feb. 23), a home game against Fairleigh Dickinson (Feb. 28) and a road tilt at St. Francis Brooklyn (Mar. 2) that concludes the regular season.
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Notes on NEC Opponents
* Mount St. Mary's has won seven in a row against Saint Francis U, and 24 of the past 27 meetings in the all-time series.
* The Mountaineers fell to Robert Morris in the NEC quarterfinals last year, and have played the Colonials 35 times over the past 13 seasons, including nine times in the NEC Tournament.
* FDU has held the recent edge in the series with the Mount, winning four of the past six meetings, including a pair of victories at Knott Arena.
* The Mount is 27-10 all-time against Sacred Heart, including wins in the past six meetings.
* The Mountaineers are 9-1 all-time at home against Bryant.
* Mount St. Mary's has won nine of the past 11 games against Central Connecticut to even the all-time series at 21-21.