NEWARK, Del. -- The 2017 Colonial Athletic Association Champion Blue Hens announced their 56-game schedule Wednesday afternoon that features eight matchups with NCAA Tournament teams from a season ago.

The Blue Hens open the 2018 campaign with a three-game series at Charleston Southern (Feb. 16-18) University. Delaware continues the season the week after with a three-game set (Feb. 23-25) at Florida Atlantic University.

The Hens open the home portion of their schedule with a three-game weekend series with Delaware State (Mar. 2-4), before heading to Maryland for the road portion of the home-and-home with the Terps (Mar. 6). Following the mid-week against Maryland, the Blue Hens open a nine-game homestand with three games against Monmouth (Mar. 9-11), a mid-week game against NCAA Regional team Maryland (Mar. 13) and a four-game series with Bryant (Mar. 16-18). The homestand ends with a Tuesday afternoon contest against La Salle (Mar. 20).  

Delaware opens CAA play at Towson (Mar. 23-25) the next weekend, before traveling to La Salle for the opening round of the Liberty Bell Classic Tuesday, Mar. 27.  The Hens will celebrate April Fool’s Day with a four-game series at Big Ten power Michigan (Mar 30-Apr.1).  UD returns home for a 3 PM contest with NCAA Regional team UMBC (Apr. 4), before heading to Hofstra for the second CAA series of the season (Apr. 6-8).

Following the extended road trip, Delaware opens its CAA home schedule with three-games against CAA foe UNCW (Apr. 13-15). Delaware hosts Saint Joseph’s (Apr. 17), before continuing conference play with a home set against James Madison (Apr. 20-22).  The Hens make the short trip down Route One Apr. 24 for a mid-week game at Delaware State.

Ivy League member Penn heads to Bob Hannah Stadium Apr. 25 for a 3 PM game, before Delaware hits the road for a three-game series at College of Charleston (Apr. 27-29) and a game at Saint Joseph’s (May 1).

May should be busy for the Hens, as CAA foe Elon comes to Newark for a three-game set (May 4-6). The Hens close non-conference play at UMBC (May 8), before concluding the road slate at William & Mary (May 11-13). The regular season concludes with a weekend series against Northeastern (May 17-19).

The Hens hope to return to the CAA Tournament in 2018, which will be played May 23-26 at James Madison. Delaware returns 22 members of the 2017 squad and will look to advance to NCAA Regionals (Jun. 1-3) for the second consecutive season.

Head Coach Jim Sherman:

“We are really excited to announce what we think is another competitive schedule that will prepare us well for CAA play. We have some great road trips this season, heading down to Charleston Southern, Florida Atlantic, and Michigan. In terms of the home schedule, we play multiple regional rivals, in addition to the return of a home-and-home against Maryland.  The guys are ready to get going and are looking forward to defending our CAA crown from a year ago.”

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