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Colgate Announces 2018 Schedule

Will the Raiders make it back to the Patriot League tournament after a two-year hiatus?

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The Colgate Raiders are our 11th Division I team in our 2018 schedule preview series and the second team from the Patriot League. The Raiders slightly improved from 2016’s 4-10 record with a 5-9 mark in 2017, two years after winning the Patriot League championship.

Here’s the entire 2018 schedule:

Colgate’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)
2/10 Colgate Marist 12-8 L
2/13 Binghamton Colgate 11-8 L
2/17 Cornell Colgate 15-6 L
2/24 Bucknell Colgate Patriot League 15-10 W
3/3 Colgate Lehigh Patriot League 11-5 L
3/6 Colgate Hobart 13-6 W
3/10 Colgate Boston University Patriot League 18-7 L
3/17 Canisius Colgate First meeting since 2009; 13-0 overall
3/24 Army West Point Colgate Patriot League 10-8 L
3/31 Loyola Colgate Patriot League 12-5 L
4/7 Colgate Navy Patriot League 10-4 W
4/14 Holy Cross Colgate Patriot League 12-11 L
4/20 Colgate Lafayette Patriot League 11-6 W
5/5 Colgate Syracuse 11-9 L

The only change for the Raiders is replacing Siena with fellow MAAC foe Canisius. Head coach Mike Murphy discussed the schedule as well:

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

Best Non Conference Game: @ Hobart

Colgate has won the last three meetings in the past four wins (2015 was cancelled), which has been one of the team’s bright spots in the past two years. It’s one of those regional rivalries Murphy mentioned in the interview above. The Statesmen lose Frank Brown and a couple other seniors, but still have some firepower on offense.

Best Conference Game: vs. Holy Cross

The Raiders were one game away from making it to the Patriot League Tournament. They lost to Holy Cross by one two weeks before the end of the regular season. The Crusaders made it and beat Navy in the quarterfinals. Holy Cross loses important seniors like Jon Vogel, while Colgate has plenty of talent back, including Sam Cleveland, and last year’s Patriot League Rookie of the Year Griffin Brown.

Under The Radar Game: vs. Syracuse

Two of the last three games against the Orange were nailbiters. However, they were at Colgate. Did that play a role in any way? The game held in the Carrier Dome two years ago was an 18-3 blowout. Same with 2014 (16-9). Will the game at least be competitive?

Possible Upset: vs. Army West Point

The Black Knights played in a ton of close games inside Patriot League play last year before falling short in the Patriot League championship game. They lost to Colgate by two at Michie Stadium. This will be a great test to see where Colgate is midway through Patriot League play.