Overall, the 2012 schedule includes 16 home games, 16 away contests and eight neutral site matchups as part of the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic in Southwest Florida, with games in Fort Myers and Cape Coral, from March 12-15. NJCU will play an even division of 20 games in March and 20 more contest during April, leading up to the start of the NJAC Tournament on May 1.
Under ninth-year head coach Bridgette Quimpo, NJCU will face 24 schools in 2012 and its opponents combined for a record of 460-431-4 (.516) in 2011. Of the 24 opponents, 12 won at least 20 games last year, with a high of 31 by New Jersey Athletic Conference foe Rowan University.
In all, NJCU will meet eight schools that qualified for the post-season in 2011. NJAC opponents Rowan, Montclair State University (27-12) and two-time defending champion Kean University (17-27), as well as City University of New York Athletic Conference winner College of Staten Island (26-13), all appeared in the 2011 NCAA Division III Tournament, while Hunter College (22-14), Ramapo College (27-11), Richard Stockton College (20-19) and Stevens Institute of Technology (21-20) qualified for the ECAC Division III Metro championship field.
On NJCU's spring trip, the Knights will meet The College of Wooster, Mitchell College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), SUNY-Potsdam, Lasell College, Nichols College, SUNY-Brockport and Saint Mary's College (Ind.) in single games. Games on March 12 and 14 will be played in Fort Myers, FL; contests on March 13 and 15 will be held in Cape Coral.
After returning to New Jersey, NJCU gets right back to work when it opens the 2012 home schedule with a doubleheader against Hunter on Saturday, March 17.
The 18-game NJAC calendar begins on Saturday, March 31 when NJCU visits defending league champion Kean in Union, NJ. The first home NJAC doubleheader is Saturday, April 7 against Rutgers-Newark.
In addition to Rutgers-Newark, the Knights play Ramapo (April 17), Richard Stockton (April 24) and Rowan (April 28) as part of its eight-game NJAC home slate. The 10-game conference road schedule also includes twinbills against Montclair State (April 3), William Paterson University (April 10), Rutgers University-Camden (April 14), and The College of New Jersey (April 21).
The doubleheader against Rowan on April 28 wraps up a six-game homestand to close the regular season and will serve as Senior Day. NJCU will also host an AlumKnights event for its athletics alumni to coincide with the date.
The remaining non-conference schedule includes home twinbills against Baruch College (March 22), St. Joseph's College (LI) on March 29, and FDU-Florham (April 26). NJCU faces Stevens (March 24), Brooklyn College (March 28), and Staten Island (April 5) on the road.