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Previewing Drexel’s 2018 Schedule

The Dragons aren’t Towson or Hofstra, but they’ve consistently made it to the CAA Tournament for the past few years.

The Triangle

The Drexel Dragons are the 41st team in our 2018 schedule preview series and the fourth team from the CAA. The Dragons finished last season with a 6-8 record, but did manage to qualify for the CAA Tournament as the fourth and final seed. They lost to Towson in the semifinal.

Here’s the entire 2018 schedule:

Drexel’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 Monmouth/Mount St. Mary's/Stony Brook Drexel Scrimmages
2/10 Cornell Drexel Scrimmage
2/17 Virginia Drexel 18-14 L
2/24 Drexel Albany 19-8 L
2/27 Drexel Villanova 15-13 L
3/3 Marist Drexel 11-7 L
3/10 Drexel Bryant 7-5 W
3/13 Drexel St. Joe's 12-8 W
3/17 Georgetown Drexel First meeting since 1991 (15-8 L); Scrimmaged last year
3/25 Providence Drexel 9-8 L/OT
3/31 UMass Drexel CAA 14-8 L
4/7 Drexel Towson CAA 8-7 L, 8-4 L
4/14 Drexel Fairfield CAA 13-12 W
4/21 Hofstra Drexel CAA 13-12 W
4/27 Drexel Delaware CAA 14-9 W

Drexel just swaps out St. John’s with another Big East opponent in Georgetown.

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

Best Nonconference Game: vs. Providence

The Dragons and Friars played to a great overtime game last year, but Providence came out on top. The Friars look to make a run at the Big East championship, and the Dragons will once again have their hands full. But Drexel hopes to get some offensive help with the return of Matthew Varian after he missed all of last year with an injury.

Best Conference Game: vs. Hofstra

The Dragons took down Hofstra for their first loss of the season during CAA play, thanks to seven goals in the fourth quarter. That started the Pride’s downfall from a very strong start. Stud freshman Reid Bowering had a game-high seven points (five goals, two assists) to push Drexel to the upset win in Hempstead.

Under The Radar Game: @ Fairfield

The Stags were a dark horse pick to win the CAA last year, but they couldn’t get anything going last year. Colin Burke is a dangerous player, but so is Joe Rodrigues at midfield. It’ll be a big game in deciding the standings in the CAA.

Possible Upset: vs. Virginia

Drexel is 1-16 all-time against the Cavaliers, and they’ve traditionally played each other early in the regular season. That lone win came in 2007, when the Cavaliers were tops in the nation. Including that upset win, nine of their 11 meetings have been decided for four or less goals. I think the Dragons have what it takes to put on another stunner.

For other schedules and team rosters, check out our Men’s Division I matrix.