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Saxons announce 2011 football schedule
4/21/11

Alfred University has released its 2011 football schedule, which includes six home dates, including five of the season’s first six games.

AU will play a seven-game Empire 8 slate as the conference welcomes Frostburg (MD) State and Salisbury (MD) State, two teams joining the Empire 8 as football affiliate members this fall. Buffalo State joins the Empire 8 as a football affiliate in 2012.

After opening the season Sept. 10 with a 1 p.m. home game against RPI, the Saxons entertain St. Lawrence at 1 p.m. Sept. 17 before opening conference play with a home date against Springfield at 1 p.m. Sept. 24.

AU plays its road opener at Empire 8 rival St. John Fisher at 1 p.m. on Oct. 1, then returns home for two games: Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. against Hartwick (Homecoming) and at noon on Oct. 15 against Salisbury. The Saxons are then away for three straight weeks — at Frostburg (Oct. 22, 1 p.m.); at Rochester (Oct. 29, 1 p.m.); at Ithaca (Nov. 5, 1 p.m., Empire 8 game) — before wrapping up the regular season with a home conference game against Utica on Nov. 12 at 1 p.m.

AU is coming off one of the most successful seasons in team history, in which the Saxons went 10-3 and won the program’s first-ever outright Empire 8 crown. The Saxons won two games in the NCAA Division III playoffs before losing in the national quarterfinals to eventual runner-up Mount Union. The 10 wins tied the school record for the most in a season.

Alfred is primed to challenge for a third straight Empire 8 title (the Saxons shared the conference crown with St. John Fisher in 2009) as 15 starters (10 on defense and five on offense) return in 2011. They will include senior linebacker Nick Clark (Canisteo, NY/Canisteo-Greenwood), the 2010 Empire 8 Defensive Player of the Year); senior Tom Secky (Bemus Point, NY/Maple Grove), a three-year starter at quarterback and a three-time Empire 8 all-star; and sophomore tailback Austin Dwyer (Hornell, NY/Hornell), the 2010 Empire 8 and ECAC North Rookie of the Year.