A quick guide to the fall sports venues and the teams that call them home.
Fall sport: Football
Home opener: Sept. 12, 7 p.m.
Opponent: Central Connecticut State
Watch: The College opens its season Sept. 5 at the University of Virginia with expectations at a three-year high. The squad missed the FCS playoffs last season on an overtime field goal by the University of Richmond in the year’s final game, and will look to go a step farther in 2009 behind senior quarterback R.J. Archer. Football games at Zable attract strong and vibrant crowds. Get there early and wear yellow.
Fall sports: Mens and womens soccer
Women’s home opener: Aug. 23, 4 p.m.
Opponent: University of Charlotte
Men’s home opener: Sept. 23, 7 p.m.
Opponent: University of Richmond
Watch: Playing off-campus near the Dillard Complex, both Tribe soccer teams will be aiming for postseason play in 2009. The men hope to break into the top-25 after a second round foray into the NCAA tournament last season, while the women will look to build on their own second round postseason run.
Fall sport: Field Hockey
Home opener: Sept. 5, 11 a.m.
Opponent: Rutgers University
Watch: Located behind the Caf, Busch Field hosts the Tribe field hockey squad, which went 8-14 (4-4 CAA) last year. This season, they were picked to finish fourth in the conference by league coaches.
Fall sport: Volleyball
Home opener: Aug. 28, 2:30 p.m.
Opponent: Rider University
Watch: Sharing the Kaplan Arena floor with the College’s basketball programs, the Tribe volleyball squad posted a 19-9 mark a year ago. Home contests can be raucous and entertaining, as the team maintains a small but dedicated group of fans.