The Boston University Terriers are the 57th team in our 2017 schedule preview. The Terriers went 8-7 overall in 2016, and 3-5 in Patriot League play. BU failed to make the Patriot League Tournament after losing their last game of the regular season to Holy Cross. Let’s dive into their schedule.
The Terriers have scrimmages planned against Rutgers and Merrimack on January 21, followed by Marist on the 28th. The regular season begins on the road for the first four games, starting with Providence on February 4. The team will travel to Lowell to take on UMass Lowell on the 11th, followed by defending America East champion Hartford on the 18th. The Patriot League opener is on February 25 against Navy. Last year at Nickerson Field, the Terriers defeated the Midshipmen, 10-9, in double overtime. BU’s home opener is February 28th against Bryant.
The Terriers host defending SoCon champion Air Force on March 4 to begin the second month of the season. Patriot League play continues in Hamilton against Colgate on the 11th, followed by the start of a three-game homestand against Bucknell on the 18th. BU hosts fellow Massachusetts school Harvard on the 21st in their final nonconference matchup before the Patriot League Tournament. The homestand concludes on March 25 against Lafayette.
The Terriers begin April on the road against Lehigh on the 1st, before making their way up to West Point to take on Army on the 8th. Defending Patriot League champ Loyola rolls into Boston on the 15th, and the final home game of the regular season is on the 21st at home against Holy Cross in a Turnpike Trophy game. After the Patriot League Tournament wraps up, the Terriers will take on Duke on May 7 in Bethpage, New York.
The only losses the Terriers suffer are backup FOGO Elliott Burr and midfielder Alex Paroda. Other than that, BU should contend to be in the Patriot League Tournament, and hopefully Ryan Polley’s team does and sends his first ever class off on a high note. Attackmen James Burr, Jack Wilson, Ryan “Don’t Call Me Sparky” Hilburn, and Pat Myers will play vital roles on the first line of offense. Hilburn finished fifth on the team in 20 points last year, but also missed four games due to injury. At midfield, Cal Dearth leads a talented squad, along with Brendan Homire, La Salle College High School product Adam Schaal, Greg Farris, Hayden Ruiz, and Chad Bell, amongst others. At defense, Dominick Calisto, Quintin Germain, and LSMs Greg Wozniak, Henry Lee, and Drew Lukacs all return, along with stud short-stick defensive midfielder Craig Zebrowski. Christian Carson-Banister returns in goal for his senior campaign, with another La Salle College High School product, junior Colin MacDougall, behind him. One of the best FOGOs in the nation, Sam Talkow, also returns to the team. If BU can avoid a late-season collapse like they had last season, I would not be shocked if they make noise in the Patriot League.
With Boston University’s schedule released, the Patriot League becomes the fifth conference to have all their teams announce their respective schedules. Yet again, this is another friendly reminder that ZERO (0) ACC teams have yet to release their schedules. JUST FREAKING DO IT. HOW HARD IS IT TO GO INTO PHOTOSHOP, MAKE A GOOD GRAPHIC, AND POST TO TWITTER?!
To see every team’s schedule and which one’s we’ve highlighted, check our our master schedule list.