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Previewing Manhattan’s 2018 Schedule

Can the Jaspers make an appearance in the MAAC Tournament?

Manhattan Athletics

The Manhattan Jaspers are the 56th team in our 2018 schedule preview series and the sixth team from the MAAC. The Jaspers finished last season 3-11 and winless in the MAAC conference.

Here’s the entire 2018 schedule:

Manhattan’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 Manhattan Bryant 17-10 L
2/10 Manhattan Wagner 14-13 W/3OT
2/17 VMI Manhattan First meeting since 2013 (10-6 WL
2/20 Manhattan Lafayette First meeting since 2014 (8-7 W/2OT)
2/24 Manhattan Bellarmine First meeting since 2008 (8-7 L/OT); In Chester, PA
3/7 Virginia Manhattan First meeting since 2005 (18-2 L)
3/10 Manhattan UMass Lowell 13-6 L
3/17 Monmouth Manhattan MAAC 7-3 L
3/24 Manhattan Marist MAAC 16-6 L
3/31 Manhattan NJIT 9-4 W
4/7 Manhattan Quinnipiac MAAC 12-6 L
4/14 Detroit Mercy Manhattan MAAC 14-11 L
4/20 Manhattan Canisius MAAC 12-10 L
4/27 Siena Manhattan MAAC 16-6 L

Manhattan adds Bellarmine, Lafayette, Virginia, and VMI to this year’s schedule. They replace Delaware, Hartford, Robert Morris, and St. Joe’s.

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

Best Nonconference Game: @ NJIT

I’ve mentioned the Year Four bump with UMass Lowell, but it might also affect NJIT as well, despite them not doing so well in their first three seasons. They do have a good attackman in junior Aaron Forster, who led the Highlanders with 34 goals last year.

Best Conference Game: vs. Detroit Mercy

The Jaspers didn’t win a conference game last season, but the Titans were one of the team’s closer competitions. Detroit Mercy got a seven-goal second quarter to take a stranglehold in the game. Parker Giarratana had a hat-trick in the losing effort.

Under The Radar Game: vs. Bellarmine (in Chester, Pennsylvania)

The Knights are a pretty decent team in the SoCon, and it’ll be the first time these two teams play each other in 10 years. Whereas Manhattan retains their offensive leader, Bellarmine loses Tucker Ciessau to graduation.

Possible Upset: vs. Monmouth

The Hawks and Jaspers played each other in the regular season finale for both teams, and it was picked up by ESPNU late in April. Weird decision, but the Jaspers played okay, even though they only scored three goals, all of them from senior midfielder Alex Abiog. Junior goalie Michael Zingaro made 14 saves in the loss.

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