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Vermont men's soccer player Iva Orn Arnason, right, attempts to break up a scoring chance during a 2018 America East game against UMBC in Burlington.

BURLINGTON — The University of Vermont men’s soccer program announced its 17-game regular season schedule for the 2019 campaign on Wednesday. The Catamounts will play teams from seven different leagues, including a pair of defending conference champions. The Green and Gold will open the season on the road at Loyola Chicago on Aug. 30 before facing DePaul on Sept. 1 as a part of the Chicago Classic. The matchups will be a first between the programs. UVM will face Iona on Sept. 6 in the home opener. During the non-conference slate, Harvard, Merrimack and Colgate will visit Catamount Country. The Crimson will head to Burlington on Sept. 13 and the Warriors will play the Cats for the first time on Sept. 21. Merrimack enters its inaugural season at the Division I level after joining the Northeast Conference earlier this month. Last year, Colgate won its third straight Patriot League title.

Binghamton, UMass Lowell and UMBC will travel to Vermont during conference play.

The regular season will wrap up at America East defending champion New Hampshire on Nov. 6.

The top six teams in the final regular season standings will advance to the America East Tournament. The playoffs are set to begin Nov. 9 with the quarterfinals. The semifinals are slated for Nov. 13 and the championship will be held on Nov. 17. The winner of the America East Tournament earns an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

A trio of seniors will lead the Catamounts as team captains in 2019: Jon Arnar Bardal, Arnar Steinn Hansson and Lucas Shaw. Bardal was named to the America East All-Conference Second Team for the second time in his career last year after a 13-point campaign. Steinn Hansson, a 2018 America East All-Academic Team and Google Cloud Academic All-District I First Team honoree, appeared in 17 games and earned 10 starts as a defender. Shaw made seven appearances as a reserve defender last season. During his seven games, the Catamounts won five of the matches and outscored their opponents 16-5.

Vermont finished the 2018 season with an 11-7-1 overall record and a 4-3 mark in conference play. The Cats won at least 10 games for the fourth straight year and made their ninth consecutive trip to the America East Tournament. By season’s end, six student-athletes collected America East All-Conference, All-Rookie or All-Academic Team honors.

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