Mastodons Open 2022 in the City of Music

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The 2022 regular season begins this week with a visit to Nashville. The Mastodons will face Lipscomb on Thursday (August 25) and Belmont on Sunday (August 28).

Match day information
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When: Thursday August 25 | 8 p.m. ET

Where: Nashville, TN | Lipscomb Football Complex

Look: Youtube

Live statistics: Link

About bison: Lipscomb was chosen to finish first for the Atlantic Sun after winning the regular season and the tournament last season. Junior Tyrese Spicer was named pre-season player of the year. Senior Noah Gulden was unanimously voted Pre-Season Defensive Player of the Year and Senior Michael Sibley was named Pre-Season Goaltender of the Year.

All-time record: The ‘Dons are 1-0-1 against Lipscomb. That includes a 6-1 neutral-site win at Green Bay in 2004 and a 2-2 draw at Nashville in 2011.

Match day information

When: Sunday August 28 | 3 p.m. ET

Where: Nashville, TN | ES Rose Park

Look: ESPN+

Live statistics: Link

About the Bruins: The Bruins were 13-5-1 last season, losing to Mercer in the Southern Conference Championship game. Belmont was picked second in the Missouri Valley, the Bruins’ first season in the league.

All-time record: The ‘Dons are 1-1-0 against Belmont. That includes a 4-0 loss in 2011 at Nashville and a 2-1 win at Fort Wayne.

Volunteer mindset
This is the Mastodons’ first visit to Tennessee State since facing the same Lipscomb and Belmont teams in 2011.

Hello beginners
The Mastodon 2022 roster includes 14 newcomers.

Hello again

Alex Frank is not a throwback to last year’s team but is not new either. Don’t worry, we’ll explain. He played for the ‘Dons in 2018 in 2019, earning second-team All-Summit League honors as a sophomore with a team-best five goals. He was then transferred to UTRGV where he played the last two years and obtained a degree in economics. He is now back with the Mastodons.

To be aware!
In the latest NCAA rule changes, overtime will no longer be played in the regular season. Extra time will only be played in post-season games and will no longer be golden goals, meaning both 10-minute overtime periods will be played to completion.

DDD Defense
The Mastodons posted a 1.27 goals-against average last season, the best in program history for a Division I season.

Last line of defense
Goalkeeper Danny Salazar returns for the ‘Dons this season. Last season, he had a 0.59 goals-against average in 460 minutes in six games. He saw the majority of the time this season and went 2-1-2 with UIC, Green Bay and IUPUI shutouts.

The ‘Dons host Western Illinois on Sept. 2 in a 3 p.m. tee time at Hefner.

~Feel the rumble~