STANDISH, ME – The official Saint Joseph's College Men's
Basketball schedule has been announced and the Monks have 25 games
on the slate for the 2010-11 docket.
St. Joe's will play 18 conference contests and seven non-league
games this winter, highlighted by a matchup against Davidson
College, which advanced to the Elite 8 in the 2008 NCAA DI
Tournament, on December 30th in North Carolina. The contest will be
the third meeting between the Monks and Wildcats, as the Royal Blue
traveled south in 1990 and again in 1992 to face the Division I
Saint Joseph's will open the season with a road game against
University of New England (8:00 PM) on November 17th, with the
Monks looking to extend their 38-game win streak against The
Nor'easters on opening night.
The Monks' home-opener will take place on November 23rd with a
7:00 PM contest against University of Maine-Farmington. The Beavers
captured the North Atlantic Conference crown and advanced to the
2010 NCAA DIII Tournament, where they defeated Bridgewater State in
the opening round.
Five days later St. Joe's will play at Southern Maine (7:30 PM),
where the Royal Blue will attempt to retain possession of the
coveted Costello Cup – awarded to the winner of the annual
rivalry game – for the third straight season.
St. Joe's will travel to Bangor for an intense matchup against
Husson University (7:00 PM) on December 1st and the Royal Blue will
host Emerson College (12:00 PM) three days later in the 2010-11
Great Northeast Athletic Conference opener for both squads. Johnson
& Wales comes to town on December 8th for a 7:00 PM tip-off and
Saint Joseph's heads to Suffolk University (1:00 PM) on December
11th in the team's final game before Christmas Break.
The Monks return to campus early and departs to North Carolina
for the Davidson contest, which is set for a 7:00 PM tip-off at
5,200-seat John M. Belk Arena. While there, the team plans on
seeing the sights with Duke University and University of North
Carolina being possibilities.
The Monks then return to Maine and kick off the New Year by
hosting in-state rival Bowdoin College (7:00 PM) on January 6th.
Four conference games follow over the next 11 days, as St. Joe's
plays at Emmanuel (1/8, 3:00 PM), hosts Norwich (1/11, 7:00 PM) and
travels to Lasell (1/15, 3:00 PM) before facing off against
reigning GNAC Champion Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT
(3:00 PM) on January 17th.
Saint Joseph's plays its final non-conference tilt of the season
two days later when Bates College comes to "The Lake" for a 7:30 PM
tip. Following the battle with the Bobcats, the Monks play out the
string with 11 conference contests over the next 30 days.
The stretch begins with home games against Mount Ida (1/22, 3:00
PM) and Rivier (1/25, 7:00 PM) and continues with a road matchup
against Emerson College (1/27, 7:00 PM). Albertus Magnus makes the
trek north to the Alfond Center for a 3:00 PM tip-off on January
29th, and Emmanuel (7:30 PM) sits on deck for a January 31st
contest in Standish.
After a home game versus Suffolk (7:30 PM) on February 3rd, the
Monks go on to play four of their last five contests on the road,
beginning with a trip to Vermont against the Cadets of Norwich
University (3:00 PM) on February 5th. The Royal Blue heads south to
Rhode Island three days later to take on Johnson & Wales (7:30
PM) and returns home on February 12th for the team's final
regular-season game at the Alfond Center – a 3:00 PM tip
against Lasell College.
The Monks close out the regular season with road trips to Rivier
(2/15, 7:00 PM) and Mount Ida (2/19, 1:00 PM) with plans on
participating in the GNAC Tournament, which begins with the
quarterfinal round on February 22nd, for the third consecutive
season. The semifinals take place on February 24th and the
championship will be played on February 26th. The highest seed
hosts throughout tournament play.
In eight seasons as the Monks' bench general, Head Coach Rob
Sanicola '99 has posted a 119-72 (.623) record and led the Royal
Blue to an NCAA DIII Tournament appearance in 2009 and a trip to
the ECAC DIII New England Championship game in 2007. The Monks have
participated in the GNAC Tournament in each of their three seasons
as a conference member and captured a GNAC Championship crown in