Notre Dame College has released spring sports schedules for football, men’s and women’s basketball, wrestling and volleyball in partnership with the NCAA Division II Mountain East Conference (MEC).
The MEC will begin the sports season with no spectators, but all Notre Dame athletic contests are scheduled to be streamed live on the Falcons website. The league’s Board of Directors will evaluate the policy no earlier than January 19. All conference athletics schedules are contingent upon the ability to conduct sport while adhering to state and local guidelines and COVID-19 surveillance testing at each member institution utilizing the NCAA’s guidelines.
Over the semester, it is anticipated that the athletic department will perform more than 7,000 tests to comply with NCAA guidelines. Notre Dame already has performed nearly 200 rapid COVID-19 tests on student-athletes. Many of these students will be tested three times per week during their season. So far, only two students have tested positive and were immediately isolated.
The Falcons football team will play five games, including three home games. Notre Dame will host the football season opener on March 13 against West Liberty, followed by a week-two home game against Frostburg State. The Falcons are then scheduled for matchups on the road the following two Saturdays (March 27 and April 3), playing Wheeling and Fairmont respectively. The program’s final regular season home game for the 2021 season is slated for April 10, as Alderson Broaddus comes to South Euclid to close out the regular season. The MEC football championship game is tentatively scheduled for the last week in April.
The Falcons women’s basketball team is scheduled to play 16 regular season conference games, with the MEC Tournament tentatively taking place from March 3-7. The squad begins their season in January. Notre Dame’s women’s basketball team has been ranked sixth among the Atlantic Region by the Division II Sports Information Directors Association (D2SIDA) women’s basketball preseason polls
The Notre Dame men’s basketball team is ranked eighth in a preseason poll as voted on by head coaches in the MEC. The men’s squad also begins its season in January. The Falcons are scheduled to play 16 regular season conference games, and their MEC Tournament also is expected to take place from March 3-7.
The College’s wrestling team will take on MEC opponents throughout the month of January. The campaign starts with battles against Wheeling University, Alderson Broaddus University and Davis & Elkins College January 16 in Wheeling, W.Va.
Notre Dame’s wrestling regular season will take place from January 16-30. Over that time, the Falcons will travel to Wheeling, Elkins and Fairmont, W.Va., to compete against two or three conference foes each weekend. The team comes home for contests in Murphy Gymnasium with a dual on January 19 against West Liberty University and January 26 versus Glenville State College. The wrestling tournament is expected to take place February 6 in West Liberty, W.Va.
Notre Dame’s volleyball team is set to open their season in February. MEC has split the conference into two, six-team divisions this season, giving the Falcons a 10-game regular season against divisional opponents. The MEC Tournament is scheduled to take place March 9-13.
the Notre Dame Athletic Department contributed to this story
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