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Princeton Announces 2018 Schedule

No Syracuse, again. But Virginia is back!

Robert Goldstein

The Princeton Tigers are the fourth Division I team to unveil their 2018 schedule. The Tigers hope to build upon their 9-6 record in 2017 and make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012. It was also the third time the school went 9-6 since their last NCAA Tournament appearance.

Here’s the entire 2018 schedule:

Princeton’s 2018 Schedule

Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes Last Year's Meeting(s)
Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes Last Year's Meeting(s)
2/17 Monmouth Princeton
2/24 Princeton Virginia First regular season meeting since 2008 (first since 2012 NCAA Tournament)
3/3 Princeton Johns Hopkins Unranked Princeton defeated #3 Johns Hopkins at home 18-7 last year 18-7 W
3/6 NJIT Princeton 22-8 W
3/10 Rutgers Princeton 16-11 L
3/17 Penn Princeton Ivy League 17-8 W
3/24 Princeton Yale Ivy League 16-13 L
3/31 Princeton Brown Ivy League 21-11 W, 17-15 L
4/7 Stony Brook Princeton 13-11 W
4/10 Princeton Siena
4/14 Dartmouth Princeton Ivy League 16-6 W
4/21 Princeton Harvard Ivy League 12-9 W
4/28 Cornell Princeton Ivy League 18-17 L

Nearly half of Princeton’s seven nonconference opponents are new to the schedule. No more Hofstra for the first time in 19 years, and there’s no Marist or Quinnipiac either.

Let’s check out some notable games on this schedule:

Best Non Conference Game: @ Virginia

The Tigers beef up their nonconference play with the Cavaliers, which you can say replaces Hofstra. This’ll definitely be a fun game on offense, pitting Michael Sowers against Virginia’s duo of Michael Kraus at attack and Dox Aitken at midfield. Expect a high-scoring affair, because these two teams have the ability to score a ton of goals.

Best Conference Game: @ Brown

The Bears and Tigers split both meetings last season, but the last one ended Princeton’s season. Dylan Molloy scored four goals and two assists in the final meeting, but he’s gone. Good right? Not really. Midfielder (and La Salle College High School product) Stephen Hudak had his breakout game, scoring five goals and dishing out an assist, while Luke McCaleb added two goals and three assists. They’re both back, along with Phil Goss, who made 20 saves.

Under The Radar Game: vs. Stony Brook

Princeton and Stony Brook were tied at nine entering the final quarter, but two Gavin McBride goals helped the Tigers edge the Seawolves last year. Prior to that win, the Tigers lost in 2015 and 2016 to the Seawolves, both by three goals.

Possible Upset: vs. Monmouth

Calling it now. The Hawks might be able to pull off another season-opening upset for the second year in a row. But Monmouth does lose a ton of contributors on defense, but offensive studs such as Bryce Wasserman and Eamon Campbell return.