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CAA Menís Soccer, Volleyball, and Field Hockey Kickoff This Weekend

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          Release: 08/24/2012
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RICHMOND, Va. (August 24, 2012) - The 2012 CAA fall sports slate will kick into high gear this weekend as men's soccer, volleyball, and field hockey begin play all across the country.

FIELD HOCKEY

The CAA field hockey season begins today with seven teams in action highlighted by #3 Old Dominion facing #9 Penn State in State College, Pa. at 5:00 p.m. #24 Drexel starts the season by hosting #5 Duke while #21 Northeastern begins its 2012 campaign on the road at Louisville at 7:00 p.m. Other games on tap include Hofstra taking on Fairfield, JMU versus Vermont Delaware against #14 Boston University and Towson at Sacred Heart.

Sunday's field hockey schedule will be highlighted by Old Dominion taking on #25 American while Delaware battles #19 Albany.

MEN'S SOCCER

The men's soccer season kicks off at 1:00 p.m. today as defending CAA champion Delaware travels to UMass. William & Mary and James Madison begin their seasons with in-state tournaments with the Tribe taking on Butler at the VCU Tournament and the Dukes squaring off against Richmond at the Virginia Tech Tournament. Other Friday openers include UNCW taking on in-state rival UNCG, Northeastern against Providence, Towson hosting Monmouth and Jacksonville at Georgia State.

Old Dominion starts its 2012 campaign Saturday evening when Navy comes to town for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff. Hofstra opens its season at Lehigh and Drexel entertains La Salle.

George Mason hosts LIU Brooklyn to start the season on Sunday.

VOLLEYBALL

The CAA volleyball slate begins today with all nine teams in action in tournament play. Hofstra, JMU, and UNCW will kick things off this weekend with home tournaments. The Pride will open play this morning against Providence and will play their second game of the season tonight versus Fairleigh Dickinson. The Dukes will begin play tonight in the JMU Days Inn Invitational against Appalachian State and will continue tomorrow with matches against Minnesota and Seton Hall.

The Seahawks open the UNCW Courtyard Wilmington Beach Bash tonight against High Point and continue play tomorrow against Delaware State and LIU Brooklyn. William & Mary travels to Durham, N.C. for the Duke Invitational for matches against Duke tonight, and Fairfield and Wisconsin-Milwaukee tomorrow.

Preseason favorite Northeastern will open its season tonight in the Beanpot Classic against Alabama. The Huskies will continue play tomorrow against Holy Cross and Sacred Heart. Towson also stays close to home as it opens with UMBC in the Battle at the Bay Tournament in Baltimore. George Mason takes on local rival George Washington on Saturday to start the D.C. Volleyball Challenge.

Delaware kicks off its 2012 campaign out West at the San Diego State Tournament. The Blue Hens begin play tonight against San Diego State, and will take on #17 California tomorrow.  Georgia State faces Troy in its first match in the Bulldog Invitational in Athens, Ga.

CAA women's soccer season starts week two of play tonight with eight teams in action. The first CAA Football contest will be played on Thursday, August 30, while cross country starts on Saturday, September 1.

Be sure to check CAASports.com all year long for the latest news, scores, stats and standings. Also follow the conference on Twitter (twitter.com/caasports) and on Facebook (Facebook.com/CAASports).

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