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Previewing Wagner’s 2018 Schedule

Are the Seahawks poised for a big season?

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The Wagner Seahawks are the 34th team in our 2018 schedule preview series and the third team from the NEC. The Seahawks went 6-9 for the second straight year, but only went 1-5 in NEC play. That’s the third straight year the team went 1-5 in conference play.

Here’s the entire 2018 schedule:

Wagner’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 Manhattan Wagner 14-13 L/3OT
2/16 Wagner Lafayette 9-8 W
2/21 Monmouth Wagner 10-8 L
3/3 Wagner Dartmouth 7-6 W/2OT
3/6 Wagner VMI 11-8 W
3/10 Wagner Quinnipiac First meeting since 2013 (11-10 L); Former NEC rivals
3/17 Hobart Wagner NEC 17-5 L
3/20 Hampton Wagner 10-3 W
3/24 NJIT Wagner 11-4 W
3/31 St. Joe's Wagner NEC 14-5 L
4/7 Wagner Bryant NEC 8-1 L
4/14 Wagner Sacred Heart NEC 13-11 L
4/21 Robert Morris Wagner NEC 17-6 L
4/28 Wagner Mount St. Mary's NEC 9-6 W

Rutgers and Mercer come off the schedule, while a familiar foe in Quinnipiac is back on the slate of games.

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

Best Nonconference Game: vs. Manhattan

What a start to the season last year! A triple OT game against the Jaspers, but the Seahawks were on the other side of the outcome. A hard-fought game on the road indeed, but the Seahawks look to get some revenge early on.

Best Conference Game: @ Sacred Heart

The Seahawks finished fifth in the NEC for the second straight season. St. Joe’s didn’t go to the NEC Tournament, but Sacred Heart did. Wagner lost to the Pioneers by two last year. Brooks Dutton had an impressive freshman season, and looks to have another solid year in goal. A win in this game would be big for the team’s postseason chances.

Under The Radar Game: vs. NJIT

The Highlanders are in their fourth year as a program. From what we’ve seen with Monmouth, BU, and Marquette in recent years, we should see some progress with the program. Aaron Forster is a junior and led the Highlanders with 34 goals a year ago. The key will be to limit his production.

Possible Upset: vs. Monmouth

The defending MAAC champions lose some big pieces to their roster, including goaltender Nick Hreshko, a La Salle College High School product who had a solid season in the cage. The Hawks are still a quality team, and the Seahawks lost to them by two last year. Can Wagner come out on top in this midweek matchup?