2017 Complete Schedule

NEWARK, Del. -- The defending Colonial Athletic Association champion University of Delaware men's soccer program and head coach Ian Hennessy announced a challenging 2017 season schedule Thursday.

The Blue Hens, who advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in program history by winning the 2016 CAA Tournament title last fall, will highlight the 16-game regular season ledger with eight games in Newark at Stuart & Suzanne Grant Stadium.

After road exhibition games at George Mason and Saint Joseph's in mid-August, Delaware opens the season with two home games - on Monday, Aug. 28 against Bryant at 7 p.m. and on Thursday, Aug. 31 against Temple at 2 p.m. The Temple game will be held prior to the UD football team's season opener vs. Delaware State that same day at 7 p.m. at Delaware Stadium.

The Hens will then hit the road for three non-league games against Holy Cross on Sept. 3, vs. 2016 NCAA Tournament selection and rival Villanova on Sept. 6, and at Seton Hall on Sept. 13. UD returns home for the CAA opener vs. UNCW on Sept. 17.

Other highlights include a non-conference road matchup with Atlantic Coast Conference member Duke (Oct. 24), and home games vs. Drexel (Sept. 27), Penn (Oct. 4), James Madison (Oct. 11), and UMBC (Oct. 17), before concluding the regular season at home against Elon on Oct. 28.

UD will travel to Northeastern (Sept. 23), William & Mary (Sept. 30), 2016 CAA runner-up and regular season champion Hofstra (Oct. 7), and College of Charleston (Oct. 21) to round out the conference slate.

Despite losing four-time All-American, two-time CAA Player of the Year, and MLS first round draft pick Guillermo Delgado, as well as second round draftee Thomas de Villardi, to graduation, Delaware returns many top performers from last year's team that went 12-8-1 overall, including a 6-3 mark on the home pitch.

First team All-CAA selection Todd Morton (seven shutouts) will be back between the posts for Hens while senior defender Thibault Philippe and sophomore midfielder Fede Prieto (seven goals) will lead their respective units.

Philippe and Prieto each earned second team All-CAA honors a year ago. Junior midfielder Robert Gillin and junior defender John Schroeder also return following All-CAA campaigns. In total the Blue Hens return five All-CAA selections from last season.

The CAA Tournament will begin Nov. 4 with quarterfinals at home sites and continue with the semifinal and championship at the site of the regular season champion Nov. 10-12.

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