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Storm Football Announces 2017-18 Schedules

Storm Football Announces 2017-18 Schedules

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The Lake Erie College football team announced their competition schedule through the 2018 season on Wednesday (Feb. 17). 

The 2016 season slate, made available by the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) earlier in the year, represents a closed schedule for Lake Erie, meaning all opponents are in-conference.  It will mark the last year for the Storm in the GLIAC as they transition to the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) beginning with the 2017-18 academic year. 

Based on the current eight football-playing member count in the G-MAC, the league agreed in January to a seven-game conference schedule in 2017 and 2018 which left the Storm with four available dates to fill.  Five conference games will be against former GLIAC rivals the University of Findlay, Hillsdale College, Malone University, Ohio Dominican University and Walsh University, with two new rivalries being established versus Alderson Broaddus University and Kentucky Wesleyan University. 

Following the G-MAC agreement in January, Director of Athletics Reid Guarnieri immediately began work on securing home-and-home agreements to ensure full schedules as the conference pursues continued expansion. 

 "It was vitally important for student-athlete welfare that we find those four games and give them the full competitive experience," Guarnieri said. 

The four non-conference opponents that Lake Erie will face in weeks one through four, respectively, are Edinboro University (PSAC), Tiffin University (GLIAC), Urbana University (Mountain East), and Tusculum College (South Atlantic).  Each opponent represents a different conference affiliation in the ever-changing fabric of Division II alignment. 

"We are confident that the expansion efforts of the G-MAC will result in growth, particularly in the sport of football, but we were pretty excited to explore our region a little bit with this scheduling opportunity," Guarnieri added. 

The first domino to fall was Tiffin when Guarnieri and Dragons Director of Athletics Lonny Allen discussed the possibility following the NCAA Convention.  It was a matchup actually made easier following Lake Erie's departure from the GLIAC.  Though the two institutions both occupy the GLIAC South Division and are separated by a two-hour drive, the two have not been scheduled since the 2013 season. 

Guarnieri then reached agreement with Urbana to extend the series that began in 2016 before finally securing showdowns with unfamiliar foes in Tusculum and Edinboro.  

"With one of these openings we were hoping to create a new matchup of interest with a PSAC school.  Edinboro was one that in speaking with Director of Athletics Bruce Baumgartner, made a ton of sense for both schools.  If things fall right, this might become a standing rivalry," Guarnieri said. 

Edinboro is located just 80 miles from the Painesville campus and should offer Storm fans a short road trip to catch their favorite team.  The eight hour trip south to Tusculum will be a bit farther but will be a welcome respite for a team that has routinely travelled as many as 16 hours in facing some GLIAC rivals over the years. 

The 2017 schedule will feature six home games and five away games and will flip host sites in 2018.

2017 Storm Football Schedule

DATE

OPPONENT

Sept. 2

at Edinboro

Sept. 9

TIFFIN

Sept. 16

URBANA

Sept. 23

at Tusculum

Sept. 30

ALDERSON BROADDUS *

Oct. 7

at Findlay *

Oct. 14

at Ohio Dominican *

Oct. 21

MALONE *

Oct. 28

at Kentucky Wesleyan *

Nov. 4

WALSH *

Nov. 11

HILLSDALE *

HOME GAMES IN BOLD CAPS

*Denotes G-MAC Game

 

 

-LEC-

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The Lake Erie College football team announced their competition schedule through the 2018 season on Wednesday (Feb. 17).

 

The 2016 season slate, made available by the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) earlier in the year, represents a closed schedule for Lake Erie, meaning all opponents are in-conference.  It will mark the last year for the Storm in the GLIAC as they transition to the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) beginning with the 2017-18 academic year.

 

Based on the current eight football-playing member count in the G-MAC, the league agreed in January to a seven-game conference schedule in 2017 and 2018 which left the Storm with four available dates to fill.  Five conference games will be against former GLIAC rivals the University of Findlay, Hillsdale College, Malone University, Ohio Dominican University and Walsh University, with two new rivalries being established versus Alderson Broaddus University and Kentucky Wesleyan University.

 

Following the G-MAC agreement in January, Director of Athletics Reid Guarnieri immediately began work on securing home-and-home agreements to ensure full schedules as the conference pursues continued expansion.

 

 "It was vitally important for student-athlete welfare that we find those four games and give them the full competitive experience," Guarnieri said.

 

The four non-conference opponents that Lake Erie will face in weeks one through four, respectively, are Edinboro University (PSAC), Tiffin University (GLIAC), Urbana University (Mountain East), and Tusculum College (South Atlantic).  Each opponent represents a different conference affiliation in the ever-changing fabric of Division II alignment.

 

"We are confident that the expansion efforts of the G-MAC will result in growth, particularly in the sport of football, but we were pretty excited to explore our region a little bit with this scheduling opportunity," Guarnieri added.

 

The first domino to fall was Tiffin when Guarnieri and Dragons Director of Athletics Lonny Allen discussed the possibility following the NCAA Convention.  It was a matchup actually made easier following Lake Erie's departure from the GLIAC.  Though the two institutions both occupy the GLIAC South Division and are separated by a two-hour drive, the two have not been scheduled since the 2013 season.

 

Guarnieri then reached agreement with Urbana to extend the series that began in 2016 before finally securing showdowns with unfamiliar foes in Tusculum and Edinboro. 

 

"With one of these openings we were hoping to create a new matchup of interest with a PSAC school.  Edinboro was one that in speaking with Director of Athletics Bruce Baumgartner, made a ton of sense for both schools.  If things fall right, this might become a standing rivalry," Guarnieri said.

 

Edinboro is located just 80 miles from the Painesville campus and should offer Storm fans a short road trip to catch their favorite team.  The eight hour trip south to Tusculum will be a bit farther but will be a welcome respite for a team that has routinely travelled as many as 16 hours in facing some GLIAC rivals over the years.

 

The 2017 schedule will feature six home games and five away games and will flip host sites in 2018.

2017 Storm Football Schedule

DATE

OPPONENT

Sept. 2

at Edinboro

Sept. 9

TIFFIN

Sept. 16

URBANA

Sept. 23

at Tusculum

Sept. 30

ALDERSON BROADDUS *

Oct. 7

at Findlay *

Oct. 14

at Ohio Dominican *

Oct. 21

MALONE *

Oct. 28

at Kentucky Wesleyan *

Nov. 4

WALSH *

Nov. 11

HILLSDALE *

HOME GAMES IN BOLD CAPS

*Denotes G-MAC Game

 

-LEC-