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Previewing Villanova’s 2018 Schedule

The Wildcats look to surprise some people in the Big East in 2018.

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The Villanova Wildcats are the 31st team in our 2018 schedule preview series and the fourth team from the Big East. The Wildcats finished second in the Big East with a 4-1 conference record before being ousted by Providence in the Big East semifinals.

Here’s the entire 2018 schedule:

Villanova’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)
2/3 Villanova Penn State 17-12 L
2/17 Villanova Yale In Frisco, Texas (The Ford Center at The Star) 16-11 L
2/24 Villanova Hofstra First meeting since 2009 (9-7 W); Former CAA rivals
2/27 Drexel Villanova 15-13 W
3/3 Villanova Delaware 13-10 L
3/6 Brown Villanova 17-15 W
3/10 Villanova Penn First meeting since 2016 (16-8 W)
3/17 Maryland Villanova 13-12 W/OT
3/24 Fairfield Villanova 18-9 W
3/31 Villanova Marquette Big East 10-9 W/OT
4/7 Denver Villanova Big East 16-11 L
4/14 Georgetown Villanova Big East 17-12 W
4/21 Villanova St. John's Big East 18-3 W
4/28 Providence Villanova Big East 15-7 W, 10-7 L

Monmouth and Bucknell are replaced with Hofstra and Penn, after their city rivalry was halted for a year.

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

Best Nonconference Game: @ Hofstra

Hofstra had a heck of a year in 2017 before falling apart late in the season and in the CAA semifinals. A core that includes Ryan Tierney, Dylan Alderman, and goaltender Jack Concannon will push the Wildcats in this early season matchup. Villanova’s starting defense should stay the same, and they’re aided by graduate transfer Matt Barrett in goal.

Best Conference Game: vs. Providence

The Friars earned revenge in the Big East semifinals just five days after losing to the Wildcats in Providence. The Friars return nearly everyone on offense, as well as goaltender Tate Boyce. Providence will be eager to get that number two seed in the Big East tournament.

Under The Radar Game: @ Delaware

Despite a new head coach in Ben DeLuca, the Blue Hens still bring potential for teams to bring their best this season. Just look at what happened when Rutgers came to visit. The Wildcats didn’t have a good start to their season either, losing to Monmouth in their season opener as well as to Delaware at home.

Possible Upset: vs. Yale (in Frisco, Texas)

The Bulldogs are third in the Face-Off Yearbook rankings and have the squad to win a national championship this season, led by senior attackman Ben Reeves. But could Yale be ranked too high? Villanova’s ranked 21st in those same rankings, and hope to stymie Yale’s defense with Christian Cuccinello and Danny Seibel, along with others, on offense.