Fourteen home contests and a trip to Florida highlight the 2011-12 schedule for the Knights of Vermont Tech. The men are looking to further improve upon an impressive 2010-11 season where they excelled to a 25-8 overall record.
This year, Coach John Dyer has a team that will most likely be tagged to win the Yankee Small College Conference. Returning top scorer Senior Kevin Carr (Westminster, MD), along with Junior Forward Josh Lindsey (Palm Bay, FL) and Junior Point Guard Alex Tyrrell (Sydney, Australia) will attempt to lead the team one step further than last year. In 2010-11 the Knights were the YSCC regular season champions, but then fell in the Conference Tournament Championship game to NHTI. The Knights did earn an at-large bid to the USCAA Championships at Penn-State Fayette, and they hope to use that experience to make this season one that is truly special.
One major change from last year is the school has altered league affiliations. No longer is Vermont Tech a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Sunrise Conference. This will be the first season the team is solely a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) and the Yankee Small College Conference (YSCC).
The Knights begin at home for a YSCC matchup against Hampshire College on November 8th at 8:00pm. The team then takes to the road for another YSCC game, this time versus the University of Maine Augusta on November 11th. Johnson State, NCAA DIII, comes to Randolph Center for a battle at 8:00pm on Wednesday, November 16th, and then the Knights have a five game road trip before returning home on the 7th of December to face perennial power NHTI.
Perhaps the ultimate highlight for the men this year is their trip to Florida. On January 4th, 5th and 6th they will be down at Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, FL to face, respectively, Cooper Union (NY, NY), the Apprentice School (Newport News, VA) and finally the host Ave Maria .
The regular season concludes with two non-conerence games. On February 17th the Knights wrap up their home schedule versus University of Maine Presque Isle at 7:30pm, and on February 19th the team finishes their regular season on the road against SUNY Canton.
The YSCC Tournament, hosted by NHTI, tips-off on February 24th and continues through the 26th. If the team can make it through this gauntlet of 30 games, plus the YSCC Tournament, they will be rewarded with another trip to the USCAA Tournament that begins on March 6th.