Mike Aaman returns for a full, and hopefully healthy, senior season as Wagner looks to fuel another run to top half of NEC standings with strong nonconference schedule. (Photo courtesy of the Staten Island Advance)
Wagner has already been regarded as the Northeast Conference team with the most upside going into the coming season, so it should come as no surprise that the Seahawks are once again challenging themselves in the nonconference portion of their schedule.
Led by head coach Bashir Mason, whose four years of experience and in-game execution belies his tender age of 31, the Verrazano Warriors play their first of eleven non-league games at Carnesecca Arena on Friday, November 13, when they meet St. John's for the third time in six years, this time with the honor of being the first official opponent of new Red Storm head coach Chris Mullin. Wagner's Big East weekend continues two days later for a Sunday date with Seton Hall on the Pirates' South Orange campus at historic Walsh Gymnasium.
A string of four straight home games is next up on the slate for the Green & White, the first of which is a return game against Bob Walsh and Maine on November 21. After a one-week hiatus, the Seahawks welcome the College of Staten Island to the Spiro Sports Center as the Dolphins make the trek down Victory Boulevard. Wagner hosts Morgan State (December 2) and American (December 6) to complete their homestand before a four-game road trip begins on December 8 against Rider at Alumni Gymnasium.
The meeting with the Broncs is Wagner's first of three straight against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents, with journeys to Monmouth (December 13) and Fairfield (December 18) immediately following. The marquee date on the Seahawks' pre-NEC ledger comes on December 22 in a trip to the newly christened EagleBank Arena for only the second battle in program history with George Mason, a school Wagner has not faced since 1983. The Patriots, led by new head coach Dave Paulsen, return seniors Shevon Thompson and Patrick Holloway to a roster looking to escape the doldrums of the Atlantic 10.
Wagner concludes its nonconference schedule at home against UMass Lowell on December 30, as the River Hawks come to Staten Island for the first-ever clash between the two schools.
2015-16 Wagner Seahawks Nonconference Schedule
Friday, November 13: at St. John's (Carnesecca Arena)
Sunday, November 15: at Seton Hall (Walsh Gymnasium)
Saturday, November 21: vs. Maine
Saturday, November 28: vs. College of Staten Island
Wednesday, December 2: vs. Morgan State
Sunday, December 6: vs. American
Tuesday, December 8: at Rider
Sunday, December 13: at Monmouth
Friday, December 18: at Fairfield
Tuesday, December 22: at George Mason
Wednesday, December 30: vs. UMass Lowell