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The regular season is here as the Holland Hurricanes men’s and women’s soccer, baseball and rugby teams are set to return to action this weekend.  The soccer and baseball ‘Canes are in action at home, while the rugby team starts their season on the road.

The action kicks off on Saturday at Memorial Field at Victoria Park in Charlottetown when the baseball Hurricanes host the Dalhousie University Tigers for a double-header beginning at 1pm.

The opening day presenting sponsor is MacQuarrie Meats with the proceeds of the day’s barbecue going to Diabetes Canada. Also, up for grabs is a $50 Source for Sports gift card with all minor baseball players who wear their team jersey to the games eligible to win.  It promises to be a great day of baseball with many special guests in attendance as the ‘Canes begin their drive for the 2022 Atlantic Collegiate Baseball Association (ACBA) championship.

“We’re excited to get our season started this weekend against Dalhousie and UNB,” shared head coach, Andrew MacNevin. “The team this year has a good balance of veteran leadership and new, young talent who are ready to compete.  We look forward to playing at home this Saturday as we push for another conference championship.”

The Hurricanes went 13-6 last regular season, finishing second entering the ACBA Championship on home-soil.  A 1-2 record in the playoffs ended their run for the banner however, while Dalhousie finished at 5-11 during the regular season, failing to qualify for the playoffs in fifth place. In four meetings with the Tigers in 2021, the ‘Canes went 3-1.

Play continues Sunday in Fredericton, NB for the ‘Canes when they visit the defending ACBA champions from the University of New Brunswick (UNB); the double-header begins at 1pm. UNB went 15-4 last season before claiming the championship in Charlottetown in October. In five meetings in 2021 between the Hurricanes and Reds, the ‘Canes won the season series, 3-2.

To follow the baseball Hurricanes this weekend, visit www.twitter.com/canesmbaseball and www.instagram.com/canesmbaseball.

The soccer ‘Canes kick-off their 2022 Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) regular season on Saturday at the Terry Fox Sports Complex in Cornwall.

The women’s soccer ‘Canes are coming off a 9-2-1 regular season in 2021 before a perfect playoffs crowned them the ACAA Champions. Their opponent on Saturday at 2pm, the University of New Brunswick Saint John (UNBSJ) Seawolves, went 7-5-0 and finished fourth.  These two teams met in the ACAA semi-finals which saw the Hurricanes earn the 4-1 victory. During the entire 2021 season, the ‘Canes defeated the Seawolves in all three meetings.

Play continues on home-turf for the Hurricanes on Sunday when they welcome the St. Thomas University (STU) Tommies to Cornwall; kick-off is at 2pm.

In 2021, the Tommies went 2-7-3 and finished fifth, failing to qualify for the playoffs.  The Hurricanes won both meetings versus the Tommies last season.

The women’s Hurricanes will look to impress as they build their roster to host the 2023 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Women’s Soccer National Championship, as announced in August.

The men’s soccer ‘Canes are also in action in Cornwall on Saturday when they host the UNBSJ Seawolves at 4:15pm.

The Hurricanes went 10-1-1 last regular season before losing a heartbreaker to STU in the ACAA championship match in penalty kicks. The Seawolves were 5-4-3, finishing fourth, and losing in the conference semi-finals to STU.  Head-to-head, the Hurricanes won both meetings with the Seawolves last season.

Play continues Sunday when the Hurricanes host the Tommies in a rematch from the 2021 ACAA Championship match.

The Tommies went 10-0-2 last season, winning the conference title and eventually having their season ended in the bronze medal semi-finals at Nationals.  The Tommies won the three-game series versus Holland College in 2021, 2-0-1.

Kick-off on Sunday is at 4:15pm.

Hurricanes men’s and women’s soccer head coach, Jonathan Vos, is optimistic heading into the new season.

“The teams are coming together.  We are excited for our home openers and are looking forward to seeing how we match up against others in our league.  UNBSJ and STU will be a great test for us.”

Follow the soccer ‘Canes this weekend at www.twitter.com/caneswsoccer, www.instagram.com/caneswsoccer,www.twitter.com/canesmsoccer and www.instagram.com/canesmsoccer.

The return of Hurricanes women’s rugby takes place this Sunday in Fredericton, NB when the ‘Canes visit the STU Tommies at 2pm to kick-off their ACAA regular season; this is the first year for the new program.

Craig Inward, head coach of the Hurricanes, is looking forward to playing the first game of the season.

“We are very excited to be getting started.  As a new program, there are lots of unknowns, but we are looking forward to a great season." 

The Tommies went 0-6 last year and finished at the bottom of the four-team conference.  In 2022, there will be six teams competing for the conference banner.

The women’s rugby Hurricanes will be playing their home-opener on Sunday, September 18 when they host the UNB Reds at 2pm in Charlottetown.

For more information on the Holland Hurricanes, please visit www.hollandhurricanes.com,www.facebook.com/hollandhurricanes, www.twitter.com/hc_hurricanes and www.instagram.com/hollandhurricanes.

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For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Thursday, September 08, 2022