The Boston College Eagles men's soccer team released their 2012 schedule on Monday, highlighted by matches against nine tournament teams from last season.
The Eagles will play two exhibition games this year against future ACC opponent Syracuse (August 13) and St. John's (August 18) before opening the season on the road at Quinnipiac (August 24). BC's home opener will be against Boston University on August 27.
Next up is a road game against MAAC champ Fairfield (September 3) before opening up ACC play at home against a tough Maryland side on September 7. The following Friday the Eagles play their first ACC road game in Blacksburg against Virginia Tech.
BC then takes a break from conference play with three games, highlighted by a non-conference road game in Storrs against a highly ranked UConn Huskies team. After home games against San Francisco (September 22) and Rhode Island (September 25), the Eagles resume ACC play with a home date against N.C. State on September 28.
During the month of October, BC alternates between Ivy League and ACC opponents, kicking off the month with a road game at Harvard on October 2. The matchup with the Crimson is followed by an ACC match at Wake Forest (October 6), home matches against Dartmouth (October 10), Clemson (October 13) and Brown (October 16), and a road game at Duke (October 26). Dartmouth and Brown were Ivy League co-champs last season.
The Eagles end the regular season against perennial ACC powers Virginia (October 26) and at defending National Champion North Carolina on November 1.
The ACC Men's Soccer Championship will begin November 5-6 with first round and quarterfinal action held at campus sites of the lower seeds. The semifinals and final of the conference tournament will be held at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Maryland on November 9-11.
Boston College, which finished last season ranked 15th in the final NSCAA poll, will face four programs that finished ranked in the top 25, including North Carolina (1), Connecticut (5), Maryland (9) and Brown (17). St. John's too, 18th, if you count the exhibition game.