The Monmouth Hawks are the 59th team in our 2017 schedule preview. The Hawks went 7-7 overall in 2016, and 3-3 in MAAC play. Monmouth lost to Marist in heartbreaking fashion in the MAAC semifinals. Let’s dive into their schedule.
The Hawks open up the season on the Main Line against Villanova on February 11. They’ll follow up with a road trip to Hempstead to take on Hofstra on the 18th. Their home opener is three days later against Wagner. The month concludes with the team heading to Delaware to take on the Blue Hens on the 25th.
Monmouth opens up March as they host UMass Lowell on March 4, before they make their way down to Hawk Hill to take on St. Joe’s on the 10th in a battle of the Hawks. They’ll have a midweek matchup at home against VMI on March 15 before they open MAAC play in Hamden against defending MAAC champion Quinnipiac on March 18. The Hawks will end the month at home against Siena on March 25. Last year, Monmouth defeated Siena in overtime.
The beginning of April kicks off a four-game road trip, starting on April 1 against Marist. Monmouth lost both games to the Red Foxes last year, both by a single goal. The team wraps up their nonconference slate with games against Lafayette on April 4 and NJIT on April 8. Their road trip concludes against Detroit Mercy on April 15. The Hawks wrap up the regular season with their final two games at home. They host Canisius on the 21st, followed by Manhattan on the 28th.
This will be Monmouth’s fourth year as a Division I program, which means their first recruiting class will be graduating after this year. Head coach Brian Fisher has led this team from a winless 2014 to being a rising power in the MAAC. On attack, the Hawks return Chris Daly, Eamon Campbell, Hunter Jones, and Bryce Wasserman. Dylan Schulte anchors the top midfield unit, along with Eric Berger and Zack Schleicher. The defense might be the team’s biggest strength, led by defensemen Ryan Atkinson, La Salle College High School product and captain Andrew Grajewski, and LSM Neil Ruppert. According to their updated roster, Cooper Glass, and All-MAAC Second Team defenseman, is not on their team. Fellow La Salle College High School product Nick Hreshko returns in goal, while Keegan Teluk is back to take the majority of the team’s face-offs. Monmouth could certainly win the MAAC with a few adjustments, as well as beating Marist.
To see every team’s schedule and which one’s we’ve highlighted, check our our master schedule list.