The Hartford Hawks are the 58th team in our 2017 schedule preview. The Hawks went 11-7 overall in 2016, and 3-3 in America East play. Hartford upset Albany in overtime of the AE semifinals and defeated Vermont, 17-16, in the conference championship. The Hawks lost to MAAC champion Quinnipiac in the NCAA play-in game. Let’s dive into their schedule.
The Hawks open up the season at Al-Marzook Field at Alumni Stadium against Boston University on February 18. They travel to Rhode Island to take on Bryant on the 25th, followed by hosting Manhattan three days later to quickly end the month.
Hartford welcomes John Galloway and Casey Powell’s Jacksonville team on March 4, followed by a trip back to Hamden to take on Quinnipiac in a rematch of last year’s play-in game on March 11. The Hawks have a three-game homestand, beginning with Marist on March 14. The team hosts UMass on the 18th, before they start America East conference play against Stony Brook on March 26.
Hartford opens up April with a rematch of the America East conference championship game against Vermont in Burlington on the 1st. The team then goes to Vestal to take on Binghamton on April 8. Another three-game homestand commences on April 15 against UMass Lowell. Their final nonconference game of the regular season is three days later against Sacred Heart. The home finale is on April 22 against UMBC, with the regular season finale in Albany against the Great Danes on the 29th.
With Peter Lawrence departing after the team was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament, Hartford quickly promoted Ryan Martin to head coach in one of the more underrated coaching changes of the offseason. Martin returns last year’s conference rookie of the year in attackman Dylan Jinks, along with fellow attackmen Jaedon Henderson and Griffin Feiner, who started the majority of last year’s games. The team also returns Justin Huggins and Will Dulin, along with midfielders Alec Brown, Doug Biondi, Conor Van Duzer, and Trevor O’Brien. Kevin Sanna, Chris Duffy, and Claude Bradshaw return as the defensive poles, as well as LSM Conor Daley. Zach Elkinson will be a key contributor as a defensive midfielder once again. Ryan Vanderford returns in goal, with Third Team All-American FOGO Dylan Protesto back to taking face-offs. If everything goes well again, the Hawks could make the postseason yet again.
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