Sorry for the delay here, things are crazy in the office these days.
Let's take a look at the men's schedule.
Central will need to clean up at home early in the year, where they play three straight and four of five if you count Mohegan Sun to start the year. The game against Hartford should be a wild atmosphere in New Britain, and is clearly the one to look forward to early.

The two December NEC games are scarier than they appear on paper: at Bryant, which usually is a tough out at home despite its recent record, and home for a rival Sacred Heart team that is looking to bounce back from last year.

Then comes the trip to Michigan State and Northwestern. They're money games and a chance to prep for the NCAA atmosphere if Central gets there. Central did better than many thought last year against A-10 type teams, but this is a different deal. The scariest game of the trip is actually the middle game at Brown, since it will be easy to overlook that one between the other two.

After LaSalle visits, Central travels to a UMass squad that will be looking for some revenge after the beating CCSU gave it in New Britain last year.

The next six NEC games seem manageable, while the stretch of the NYC trip, followed by the home-and home with Quinnipiac and then the PA trip seems much harder. That could prove to be a pivotal part of the schedule. I said earlier that this season would be decided in February, and it looks harder the more I look at it.

No change to the NECs format this year, which is good. And congrats to the NEC for switching rivalry week around. No offense to Bryant, but CCSU should be playing Quinnipiac that week.

I'll have more to say as we go, but there's your first glance.

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