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Previewing Hartford’s 2018 Schedule

After failing to make the America East tournament after winning the conference in 2016, are the Hawks ready for another run?

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The Hartford Hawks are the 57th team in our 2018 schedule preview series and the sixth team from the America East. In Ryan Martin’s first year as head coach, the Hawks finished last year with a 6-8 record and 2-4 in the America East. They failed to qualify for the conference tournament after winning it in 2016 over Vermont.

Here’s the entire 2018 schedule:

Hartford’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 Wagner Hartford Scrimmage
2/10 Siena Hartford Scrimmage
2/17 Hartford St. John's First meeting since 2006 (9-7 L)
2/24 Bryant Hartford 17-11 L
2/27 Hartford Fairfield First meeting since 2011 (10-9 L)
3/3 Hartford Harvard First meeting since 2009 (18-7 L)
3/10 Hartford Sacred Heart 14-12 W
3/17 Hartford UMass 12-10 L
3/20 Quinnipiac Hartford 11-9 W
3/24 Hartford Stony Brook America East 13-9 L
3/31 Vermont Hartford America East 15-13 W
4/7 Binghamton Hartford America East 10-9 L
4/14 Hartford UMass Lowell America East 12-11 L
4/21 Hartford UMBC America East 13-8 W
4/28 Albany Hartford America East 16-10 L

The Hawks get Fairfield, Harvard, and St. John’s on this year’s schedule, replacing Boston University, Jacksonville, Manhattan, and Marist. The Hawks have one less game from a year ago.

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

Best Nonconference Game: @ Fairfield

The Stags were a disappointing team as well last year. It’ll be fun to watch Fairfield’s young offense of Colin Burke and Dylan Beckwith against Hartford’s offense of Griffin Feiner and Justin Huggins. Will Fox and Dylan Protesto will make for a good battle at the face-off X as well.

Best Conference Game: vs. Binghamton

The Bearcats had an unbelievable 2017 season, thanks to Tom Moore and Garrett Waldron. But those two have graduated, and Kevin McKeown will need to count on the rest of his team in order to stay consistent. This could be a big game for the Hawks in terms of making the AE Tournament.

Under The Radar Game: @ UMass Lowell

This could be the year the River Hawks make moves, and if the Hawks aren’t ready for that, it could be bad. They should be ready already, given how last year’s 12-11 loss to UMass Lowell went.

Possible Upset: vs. Bryant

The Bulldogs come in as the team’s home opener, as well part of the team’s first doubleheader with the women’s team, which starts up this year. A win against the favorite to win the NEC once again would be a great start for Hartford’s season, and could set the tone for the rest of the team’s campaign.

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