WASHINGTON, D.C. - While the air is getting colder and the fall sports teams are making their playoff pushes, the winter sports teams are just getting warmed up. GU’s winter sports schedules were recently released and there is a lot of excitement about the upcoming seasons. Each of the four teams features a new head coach, who will look to continue the proud tradition of Bison athletics.
Here are the schedule highlights for each sport:
2011-2012 Record: 8-16, 6-12 NEAC
Can’t Miss Home Game: Feb. 6 vs. Penn St.-Harrisburg, defending NEAC South Division champions
Overview: Last season, the new look Bison, led by first-year head coach Brendan Stern featured seven freshmen, including three starters. The team struggled out of the gate but by the end of the season looked like a team that was ready to contend for the postseason. Stern has since been named as the men’s head basketball coach and will be replaced this year by Stephanie Stevens who served as a graduate assistant for the 2010-11 team. The team looks to build on their strong finish last year that saw them win three of their last four games, all against conference opponents. Now with a year of experience under their belts, the Bison appear poised to return to their winning ways after suffering their first losing season since 2008-09. The season opens on Nov. 20 with a home game against Christendom College in a non-conference matchup. The Bison then host their annual holiday tournament over Thanksgiving weekend as they welcome Valley Forge College, Wesley College and York College (N.Y.) to campus. The team then hits the road for its first North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) game at Penn St.-Berks (Dec. 7) followed by a road game at Lancaster Bible (Dec. 8). GU will play at Goucher (Dec. 15) before the holiday break. The Bison will then travel across the country to California at the end of December to participate in three non-conference games against Whittier, Williams and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps from Dec. 29-Jan. 2. The Bison kick-off January with three homes games against Cazenovia (Jan. 5), SUNYIT (Jan. 6) and Lancaster Bible (Jan. 9) before hitting the road for four NEAC games. The month closes out with home games against Penn St.-Abington (Jan. 26) and St. Elizabeth (Jan. 27) and a road game at Wilson (Jan. 29). The month of February features four home games and two road conference games. GU will host Morrisville St. (Feb. 2) and Penn St.-Harrisburg (Feb. 6), the defending NEAC South Division champions, before two away contests. Gallaudet will close out the regular-season at home against Wilson (Feb. 13) and Penn St.-Berks (Feb. 16). The first round of the NEAC tournament takes place on Feb. 19 with the winners advancing to the weekend tournament (Feb. 23-24).
2011 Record: 11-13, 8-6 NEAC
Postseason: Lost in NEAC Quarterfinals to Penn St-Berks, 83-67
Can’t Miss Home Game: Jan 23. vs. St. Mary’s (Md.), a national power ranked the past several years
Overview: The men’s basketball team will have a familiar face on the bench as former player Brendan Stern takes over as the new head coach. Stern, who was a three-time captain for the Bison in the early 2000’s, coached the GU women’s basketball team last season and compiled an 8-16 record, 6-12 in NEAC play. He takes over a squad that reached the NEAC tournament quarterfinal round last year but must replace four seniors in the lineup, including leading scorer Brandon McMillan. The season kicks off with a home game against Maryland Bible College on Nov. 15 followed by the Hoopsville National Invitational at Stevenson University on Nov. 17-18. The team then hosts Christendom College on Nov. 20 before hosting its annual holiday tournament over Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 23-24). This year, the teams participating in the GU Holiday Tournament are St. Joseph’s College (Brooklyn), Salisbury University and Valley Forge Christian College. The first NEAC conference game of the season is on the road on Dec. 7 against Penn-St. Berks, who will visit campus on Feb. 16 in the Bison’s regular-season finale, and at Lancaster Bible the following day (Dec. 8). Gallaudet will host former Capital Athletic Conference foes University of Mary Washington and Catholic University of America on Dec. 4 and 15, respectively, before the holiday break. Gallaudet will participate on the Louis Fleming Basinger Tournament hosted by Lycoming College prior to the New Year on Dec. 29-30 before diving into conference play the rest of the way except one non-conference game. GU starts the month of January at home with three homes games against Cazenovia (Jan. 5), SUNYIT (Jan. 6) and Lancaster Bible (Jan. 9) before hitting the road for four NEAC games. The Bison return home to host national power St. Mary’s (Md.) College on Jan. 23 before another road conference game. Gallaudet closes out the regular-season with four NEAC home games against defending champion Morrisville St. (Feb. 2), Penn St.-Harrisburg (Feb. 6), Penn St.-Abington (Feb. 10) and Penn St.-Berks (Feb. 16). The first round of the NEAC tournament takes place on Feb. 19 with the winners advancing to the weekend tournament (Feb. 23-24).
Postseason: NEAC Champions, second year in a row
Can’t Miss Home Meet: Jan. 19 vs. Cazenovia College
Overview: Last year, was a historic season for the GU men’s swimming team as nine different Bison earned all-conference honors at the NEAC championships en route to their second consecutive conference title. Led by two-time NEAC Swimmer of the Year winner, Brian Bennett, the Bison set six new conference records and six new GU records. Following the record-setting season, NEAC Coach of the Year Bill Snape resigned from the head coach position to transition over to Coordinator of Swimming Operations and the Bison graduated six seniors. This year's team will rely heavily on their underclassmen in pursuit of a third consecutive championship. Leading the way this year will be new head coach Larry Curran, who spent the 2011-12 season as an assistant coach to Snape. The team features new faces all over the roster, including several promising freshmen making their college swimming debuts. The Bison open their title defense at home against Frostburg State University on Oct. 20. The team heads to Roanoke, Va., the following weekend for a double dual meet against Greensboro and Hampden-Sydney. On Nov. 17, the Bison travel to Towson, Md., for a double dual meet at Goucher College against the host Gophers and Arcadia. GU jumps into conference play on Dec. 1 when it travels to Cobleskill, N.Y., for a double dual meet against Wells and the host Fighting Tigers. The following week the Bison pay a visit to York, Pa., to face Penn St.-Altoona and York (Pa.) College on Dec. 7. The team’s only home meet of the New Year will be against conference foe Cazenovia College on Jan. 19. This year’s conference championships will take place from Feb. 15-17.
Postseason: 3rd place, NEAC Championship
Can’t Miss Home Meet: Jan. 19 vs. College of St. Elizabeth and Cazenovia College
Overview: The GU women’s swimming team returns several impressive underclassmen from last season, including reigning NEAC Swimmer of the Year Alexandra Polivanchuk. The team looks poised to make improvements on their third-place finish at last year's NEAC championships, as the team had five swimmers earn all-conference honors. The Bison open their title defense at home against Frostburg State University on Oct. 20. The team heads to Roanoke, Va., the following weekend for a double dual meet against Greensboro and Hampden-Sydney. On Nov. 17, the Bison travel to Towson, Md., for a double dual meet at Goucher College against the host Gophers and Arcadia. GU jumps into conference play on Dec. 1 when it travels to Cobleskill, N.Y., for a double dual meet against Wells and the host Fighting Tigers. The following week the Bison pay a visit to York, Pa., to face Penn St.-Altoona and York (Pa.) College on Dec. 7. The New Year finds Gallaudet hosting College of St. Elizabeth and Cazenovia College on Jan. 19 in a home conference double dual meet. The Bison wrap up their regular-season schedule at home vs. College of Notre Dame (Md.) on Jan. 23 before the NEAC championships begin on Feb. 15-17.