Previewing NJIT's 2022 men's lacrosse schedule
The NJIT Highlanders are the 29th team in our 2022 men’s college lacrosse schedule preview series and the fifth team from the America East. NJIT went 1-10 overall in 2021 and 1-8 in America East play, their first year as a member of the conference. The Highlanders failed to qualify for the America East Tournament.
Here's their entire 2022 spring schedule:
Harvard Crimson (2/19)
Army West Point Black Knights (2/26)
Wagner Seahawks (3/5)
Monmouth Hawks (3/12)
Marist Red Foxes (4/12)
Hartford Hawks (14-9 L, Hawks have opted out of conference play)
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2/19 at Harvard: NJIT's only first-time opponent on the schedule is a long-time program in Harvard. The Crimson did not play in 2021 and are led by Gerry Byrne who has already made his mark on the program. Perhaps the Highlanders make it interesting in the first half and take that momentum into the second half of this contest.
3/5 at Wagner: The program hasn't really gotten a ton of wins in their seven wins in their short history, only seven since they began in 2015. Five of those seasons saw NJIT win one game. Their first four nonconference games has some quality opponents and it would be a pleasant surprise if the Highlanders come out of one of them with a win. Wagner is really the first chance for a win, but NJIT hasn't defeated the Seahawks in five all-time meetings. Their last in 2019 was the first time the team recorded more than 10 goals in a game against Wagner.
3/26 vs. UMass Lowell: Both teams came onto the scene in 2015 with the River Hawks seeing more success. But last year as conference opponents, NJIT pulled off the 14-10 win for their first ever conference win in program history. That gave the Highlanders a bit of a jolt in their next few games but it was something worth building upon.
4/2 vs. Binghamton: The first meeting last season was a six-goal win for the Bearcats. But the second meeting was much closer, a two-goal Bearcat win. The game was tied at nine when Binghamton's Justin Roderka scored the go-ahead goal with 3:50 to go in the game. If NJIT can beat UMass Lowell and Binghamton this year, that will give them a fighting chance of reaching the America East Tournament.