Manhattan Releases 2010 Softball Schedule
Manhattan begins the season with its annual trip to Kissimmee, Fla., for the Rebel Spring Games. The Lady Jaspers will play 12 games during their seven-day stay in the Sunshine State, starting with matchups against Columbia and Wisconsin-Green Bay on March 13. After returning north, Manhattan plays doubleheaders at Seton Hall on March 23 and Columbia on March 28.
The home opener is scheduled for April 3, when Central Connecticut comes to Gaelic Park for a doubleheader. The Lady Jaspers make the quick trip across town for a doubleheader against Fordham on April 6, then open a six-game homestand with a twinbill against Wagner on April 7. Manhattan begins defense of its MAAC regular season title by hosting Iona for a pair on April 10, and concludes the homestand with a doubleheader against Albany on April 13.
After visiting Stony Brook for an April 14 doubleheader, the Lady Jaspers host Canisius and Niagara, the two teams they lost to in last season's MAAC Tournament, on April 17-18. The defending MAAC Champion Golden Griffins come to Gaelic Park on April 17, while the doubleheader with the Purple Eagles takes place the following day. Manhattan visits Fairleigh Dickinson for a non-conference doubleheader on April 21 before visiting MAAC rivals Siena (April 24) and Marist (April 25).
The Lady Jaspers wrap up non-conference play with a twinbill against Monmouth at Gaelic Park on April 27. Manhattan then heads to New Jersey for MAAC doubleheaders at Rider (May 1) and Saint Peter's (May 2). The Lady Jaspers conclude the regular season by hosting Fairfield on May 8. Manhattan split the MAAC regular season title with Fairfield last season, and the Lady Jaspers eliminated the Stags from the MAAC Tournament in a four-and-a-half-hour, 16-inning epic.
The 2010 MAAC Championships will take place from May 13-15 at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. Last season, the Lady Jaspers qualified for the four-team event for the first time since 2005 and won a MAAC Tournament game for the first time since 1999. Manhattan returns 12 letterwinners and seven starters from that squad in 2010.