The Dragons return home on Monday, November 21 to take on Syracuse. The Orange handed Drexel a 21 point loss last season. That was likely the highlight of their season, as they did little of substance (besides reaching the national championship game) after that. I didn’t do the research to confirm this, but it has to be the first reigning national runner-up to ever play at the DAC. The men’s team hosted (and beat, I’m pretty sure) George Mason a year after their run, but they were just a lowly Final Four participant. Pretty much every CAA team has been at this point.
Drexel will travel to Lewisburg to take on defending Patriot League regular season champion Bucknell on November 27 before traveling to Cornell the next weekend. The Dragons return home for a pay of games in mid-December, playing host to Niagara and Philly rival St. Joes. In the team’s final game before Christmas, Drexel will travel to Easton to play Lafayette, a match-up also added to the men’s schedule this season.
As we all freeze and question our sanity for partaking in another Philadelphia winter, the Dragons will head to Miami to play in the Florida International Holiday Tournament where they will take on UMass and George Mason a few days after Christmas.
The CAA regular season begins with a day game on January 2 at home against Towson. Like the men’s league schedule, the women will generally play a few games at home before a few on the road. Perhaps their two biggest league home games will take place in succession near the end of the season when they host Delaware (Sucks!) and the newly-coached James Madison on February 19 and 24.
The women’s postseason tournament will no longer take place at Show Place Arena. This year’s iteration will take place in the friendly confines of the JMU Convocation Center, the site of Drexel’s only CAA championship. The tournament will rotate to Delaware and Drexel over the next several years.
The Dragons should find themselves at, or very near, the top of the preseason standings this year. They have an almost unprecedented list of out of conference games and will compete in one of the toughest mid-major conferences again this season. Come on out and support them for a game or fifteen, we’ll see you there!