What a way to start the season.
Tufts finished second and Middlebury tied for third in the NESCAC last year.
Wesleyan opens its 2017 campaign against both.
The Cardinals play at Middlebury Saturday at 1 p.m. The teams didn't meet last year. Both were 6-2 and finished behind league champion Trinity (8-0) and Tufts (7-1) in 2016.
It's probably not lost on Wesleyan or any program that 13 of the last 16 conference champions have had to go undefeated to claim the prize. There's also a ninth game being played in the NESCAC for the first time so strength and conditioning is going to matter particularly when Wesleyan wraps up its season at rival Trinity (Nov.11).