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Previewing Harvard’s 2018 Schedule

Can the Crimson get back into the Ivy League Tournament this season?

Harvard Athletics

The Harvard Crimson are the 25th team in our 2018 schedule preview series and the fourth team from the Ivy League. The Crimson started the season 4-0, but lost seven of their final nine games, recording wins against Dartmouth and Yale. In response, head coach Chris Wojcik has two new assistant coaches in Justin Turri and Stephen Toomy.

Here’s the entire 2018 schedule:

Harvard’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 UMass Lowell Harvard 14-9 W
2/20 Holy Cross Harvard 12-9 W
2/24 Harvard UMass 11-7 W
3/3 Hartford Harvard First meeting since 2009 (18-7 W)
3/10 Harvard Providence First meeting since 2003 (8-3 W)
3/17 Brown Harvard Ivy League 13-8 L
3/20 Boston University Harvard 13-8 L
3/24 Dartmouth Harvard Ivy League 14-7 W
3/28 Harvard Albany 15-13 L
4/7 Harvard Cornell Ivy League 12-9 L
4/14 Harvard Penn Ivy League 14-10 L
4/21 Princeton Harvard Ivy League 12-9 L
4/28 Harvard Yale Ivy League 9-8 W

Two changes from last year’s schedule. Hartford and Providence replace Vermont and Penn State respectively on the schedule.

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

Best Nonconference Game: @ Albany

The Crimson played the Great Danes surprisingly well in late March, losing by just two goals. It was a midweek game played at Harvard Stadium, and the Crimson kept it close for the entire game. Will it be enough with this year’s Great Dane team?

Best Conference Game: vs. Princeton

If the Crimson can contain Michael Sowers on offense and limit his productivity for the rest of the offense, the Crimson should be able to pull off a win against the Tigers, which could mean big things in terms for the Ivy League Tournament.

Under The Radar Game: @ Providence

The Friars had a great 2017, coming up one goal short of a possible Big East championship and an NCAA Tournament birth. Their defense isn’t a strong as it was last year, but Tate Boyce is one of the best goalies in the nation, while Brendan Kearns and Nick Hatzipetrakos lead a good offense.

Possible Upset: vs. Boston University

BU is a program on the rise, and I don’t think we would’ve thought beating BU would be an upset when the Terriers began five years ago. But Ryan Polley has done a great job building the program from scratch, and they might start the season in the top 20. The Terriers beat the Crimson 13-8 last year at Nickerson, but with a new staff and Morgan Cheek, La Salle College High School product Sean Coleman, and Robert Shaw returning, Harvard looks to get revenge on the Patriot League program.