Wagner will play FBS school for first time

The Wagner College football program will the Seahawks' first game against a Football Bowl Subdivision school.

Wagner announced an 11-game schedule on Friday, beginning with the Sept. 1 visit to Boca Raton to play Florida Atlantic. The game will be the first for new Owls head coach Carl Pelini.

Florida Atlantic is coming off a 1-11 season in the Sun Belt Conference.

Wagner's other two non-conference game will be against Patriot League schools, at Georgetown on Sept. 8 and against visiting Holy Cross on Nov. 10.

Within the Northeast Conference, the Seahawks will host Monmouth (Sept. 15), Bryant (Sept. 29), Robert Morris on Homecoming Day (Oct. 27) and Duquesne (Nov. 17).

The Seahawks will travel to NEC rivals Central Connecticut State (Sept. 22), Sacred Heart (Oct. 6), St. Francis, Pa. (Oct. 20) and Albany (Nov. 3).

"When we combine our league schedule in the ever-improving NEC, with the challenge of playing an FBS program in Florida Atlantic, along with two winning programs from the Patriot league, it's obvious our student-athletes will be tested in 2012," said Wagner head coach Walt Hameline, who will be embarking on his 32nd season with the Seahawks.

Wagner won its final three games to finish 4-7 this past season. Among next season's key returnees are running back Dominique Williams, quarterback Nick Doscher and leading tacklers Mike Lombardo and Carl-Olivier Prime.

2012 Wagner Football Schedule

Sept. 1, at Florida Atlantic, Boca Raton, Fla.

Sept. 8, at Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

Sept. 15, Monmouth*, Staten Island, N.Y.

Sept. 22, at Central Connecticut State*, New Britian, Conn.

Sept. 29, Bryant*, Staten Island, N.Y.

Oct. 6, at Sacred Heart*, Fairfield, Conn.

Oct. 20, at St. Francis (Pa.)*, Loretto, Pa.

Oct. 27, Robert Morris* (Homecoming), Staten Island, N.Y.

Nov. 3, at Albany*, Albany, N.Y.

Nov. 10, Holy Cross, Staten Island, N.Y.

Nov. 17, Duquesne*, Staten Island, N.Y.

* - Northeast Conference game