For the first time in history, men's tennis will be played as a turnaround sport, encompassing both the fall and spring seasons. Despite the short schedule on the fall side, the early experience will provide a competitive attitude headed into the winter months. The Lions welcome back six players from the 2016 team, including four seniors in Andrew Cooper, Matt Jepsky, Antonio Ramirez, and Aren Kabarajian.
The Lions finished last season 3-8, going winless in the NEWMAC. Their Saturday opponent, Regis College, was on the schedule for 2016, but a postponement of that contest and resulting cancellation meant the two teams couldn't face off. The last contest between these teams finished in favor of the Lions; a 7-2 victory at Regis in 2013.
The Pride enter the match at 0-1, losing their season opener at home to Eastern Nazarene, 9-0. A scheduled match with Saint Anselm on Sept. 14 was rained out following doubles play; the score at the delay is 2-1 Saint Anselm.
It's a young squad for the Pride as only three of the 11 rostered players are upperclassmen, however, of the six returning total players, the Pride have the New England Collegiate Conference Player of the Year in Chris Harrow and four members of the NECC All-Conference Singles or Doubles Teams. It is worth noting that the Pride are now members of the Greater Northeast Athletic Conference.