NE-10 is starting games after a year of COVID-19

Maddie Rhodes, Sports Editor

Beginning Tuesday, March 15th, the Northeast-10 began competition within the conference. Le Moyne is scheduled to play half of the teams twice in the NE10 to limit exposure. These NE10 teams are chosen based on the location of Le Moyne. The teams that are scheduled to play are lacrosse, baseball, tennis, softball, golf, and track & field.

One year ago spring athletes received the news of their sport being cancelled for the semester. Even though athletes were well into their season, the NE10 allowed athletes to red shirt, even if they exceeded the minutes to be able to red shirt. This resulted in many seniors returning to finish off their final year of collegiate sports.

After a year of lockdown and noncontact practices, spring sports will resume to the new normal. Officials are required to wear facemasks, however the players on the field are not required to do so. Members on the sidelines are required to wear a mask. Players will be required to get tested multiple times a week and before games and officials will be tested before games as well. Fans are not allowed to attend these games, but there are live streams of the games on the LMC Athletics website.

It has taken a year to finally begin sports, and Le Moyne is doing everything they can to limit the exposure and spread of COVID while keeping collegiate sports.

Men’s tennis kicked off their season on Tuesday, March 15th, and women’s tennis followed the next Wednesday, March 16th. Meanwhile, lacrosse, softball, and track & field began on Saturday, March 20th. Baseball played the week after on Saturday, March 27th. Golf will start in April.