Both in their second seasons, head coach Greg Herenda and rising star Matt MacDonald return to steer Fairleigh Dickinson further in right direction. (Photo courtesy of the New York Post)
Last season, Fairleigh Dickinson emerged from a half-decade-long morass to win ten games, instilling a glimmer of hope as first-year head coach Greg Herenda went to work rebuilding the Northeast Conference program into the contender it had always been under Tom Green before Greg Vetrone was unable to maintain the status quo.
With wins over in-state rivals Rutgers and Seton Hall, the Knights established themselves as a scrappy foe that would not go away quietly, and that impression will surely be revisited upon FDU's set of opponents this season, which became official with the release of the Teaneck institution's schedule last week.
After opening the year at Hagan Arena on November 14 against reigning Atlantic 10 champion Saint Joseph's, the Knights host Division III FDU Florham three days later before road games at Rutgers and Columbia to take them into Thanksgiving, with Patriot League member Lafayette invading the Stratis Arena at the end of November.
FDU christens December with a pair of games against power conferences, first traveling to South Bend on the 6th for a meeting with Notre Dame at the Joyce Center prior to taking on St. John's at Carnesecca Arena. Following a ten-day break for final exams, Delaware comes to the Garden State, with John Dunne and Saint Peter's awaiting on December 23 at the Yanitelli Center for the Knights' final contest before Christmas. Towson wraps up the nonconference slate for Herenda's squad, as Pat Skerry's Tigers host FDU on December 29.
The Knights open Northeast Conference play on the road when they battle Central Connecticut State on January 3 before meeting LIU Brooklyn two days later at the Wellness Center. A home matchup with St. Francis Brooklyn starts a stretch of four of six home games for FDU, with Mount St. Mary's and Wagner coming to New Jersey after a road trip to Bryant, but before a journey to Sacred Heart. LIU completes the home-and-home series with FDU on January 24 prior to the Knights' Pennsylvania trip to play Robert Morris and Saint Francis University.
The Red Flash and Colonials will return the favor one week after FDU visits them, with Bryant wrapping up a three-game homestand at Stratis Arena on February 12. A three-game voyage to Wagner, St. Francis Brooklyn and Mount St. Mary's serves as the Knights' final road trip before concluding the regular season with a pair of home games against Sacred Heart and Central Connecticut State, the latter of whom FDU opens NEC play against.
***Click here for Fairleigh Dickinson's schedule release, featuring quotes from head coach Greg Herenda.***