STANDISH, Maine - The Saint Joseph's College Men's Soccer team is going on vacation. The Monks depart for Bermuda on Thursday and will return on the 16th. Head Coach Adrian Dubois talks about this special trip as an opportunity to reward his senior class, which was his first recruiting class as a college head coach, and the success the program has had during the group's time on the pitch.
The two weeks is seen as a great opportunity for the team before preseason. "We want to make it fun, we want to make it a good team bonding event and really enjoy the trip down in Bermuda," says coach Dubois.
While on the island the team will be playing in the new Bermuda National Training Facility. The facility has brand new grass and track and is also equipped with elite weight rooms and facilities.
The Monks will train there every day including twice with the Bermuda National Team coaching staff. Along with workouts the team will also be playing in three games. The first two matches will be against Bermuda Select teams - either college or a semi-pro - and the last opponent SJC will face is the Bermuda National team.
The team lost four seniors and two starters last season, but the philosophy is "just development, try guys in new spots, get guys fit, go to use those three games to try and build our 11 v 11 fitness," says coach Dubois.
During the eight days the men will also go on three excursions. Dubois states that "coaches have tried to balance a good workload where guys are getting in games and having good sessions, but we also wanted an equal time to be on the beach, to have fun, to celebrate a lot of success and (the guys) working hard and being in Bermuda." Excursions the team has planned include a crystal cave tour, a cruise on a catamaran that will include food and snorkeling, as well as a team bonding rope course-type activity.
The NCAA rules state that a team is permitted to make one trip every four years and the athletes must be on the roster, therefore no freshmen or transfers can participate. The team is also only allowed to play in five games, but the Monks are only playing three due to the time spent and not wanting to overload the athletes too much physically.
"It's a beautiful island…that was my first vacation ever, I played a professional soccer game down there and we played at the National Center and it was incredible and the culture is incredible, it's just a gorgeous island it has a lot to offer," concludes Dubois.
During the trip you can follow the Men's Soccer team through their social media accounts and a blog, which will be run by senior midfielder Rory Twomey (South Windsor, Conn.).