Western's schedule. Take note of the first 2 games: vs. Maine-Augusta (a USCAA school) @ Presque isle about as far north in Maine as you can go while still being in the United States and the next day @ UM-PI. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY??? What's the point?? So we can sit on a bus for 10 hours and get 2 easy wins?? If they want easy wins: schedule CCNY & Sarah Lawrence!! Instead of a 10 hour trip or 3 flights we can take a 80 minute bus trip to those 2 schools. Makes absolutely no sense. Hopefully someone can shed some light.
Note: Just checked, UM-PI to Western is 544 miles, so at least the NCAA will pay the flight....HOWEVER the nearest airport we can probably get to is Bangor which is 160 miles and 3 hours down 95, and if we fly direct into Portland that's 290 miles and about 4.5 hours down 95 so what's the point?? There is a regional airport in Presque Isle, but I think they only have flights to Boston and possibly Montreal and or Toronto, so that could be a problem especially if the first flight is delayed, bad weather, etc. Makes absolutely no sense why we would even entertain the thought of going up there, yet alone actually going up there. As I said in the first paragraph, WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY???
I'm not sure if the powers that be at Western Connecticut heard your complaints or not, but the schedule has been changed and your Colonials no longer have that 2 game venture into Maine. Those games have been removed from the schedule.
Btw, rest of the schedule: ehhh. That's about all I'll say in regards to the creampuff non-LEC portion of the schedule. No reason they should not be 9-0 heading into the Dartmouth game as the 2 toughest opponents (Vassar & Mitchell [didn't we play them at home last year too??] are at home), and the talent level of UMPI & Augusta should make up for the long travel. IF I were a betting man, I'd take a bet that Western is no worse then 13-1 heading into the first RIC game, that schedule is an absolute joke.
The creampuff non-LEC portion of Western's schedule just got a little harder as the 1st 2 games are now against The College of New Jersey and my Plattsburgh State Cardinals. I believe that 9-0 mark heading into the Dartmouth game may not happen. I think the Colonials will be 1-1 after their 1st 2 games. It also appears that Albertus Magnus will host Western on 12-15. We tried to get that game with them but couldn't work it out. I think Western will play Plattsburgh State again next year in Plattsburgh. You'll have to come and visit me if that happens.
So Western went from playing a couple of teams that would have put a big hurt on their SOS to playing 2 teams that went to the Sweet 16 last year. (Plattsburgh and AM) Western may not win those 2 games but the team will certainly benefit from playing them and could get them primed for conference play.