It’s February 17th, and that means the NESCAC has been practicing for two days now. It’s high time we got the D3 Report going again for 2014! Some teams are playing games, many more are still scrimmaging, and the big time action is just around the corner. Time to see where everyone is sitting at the table!
Thanks to Coach Daly at Tufts for sending over this photo from Day 1 of practice in Medford, MA.
Giving The 2013 Champs One Last Nod
A week ago the USILA released the Coaches’ Preseason Poll. In case you missed it, this is what it looks like:
14) Washington & Lee
18) St. Mary’s
Top 20 Notes: Midd and Gburg, the #19 and 20 teams, played in the title game in 2001 and 2002 with Middlebury winning both. In 1998 WAC beat Nazareth for the title. They are now #9 and 10.
There are three NESCAC teams in the Top 20. There are three Centennial teams in the Top 20. There are three Empire 8 teams in the Top 20. Three ODAC teams too? You got it. That’s parity folks. Four conferences each with three teams. Very nice. Which conference is the best? This argument now has serious teeth. It’s good for the game.
Non-traditional schools like Colorado College, Aurora, Sewanee, Adrian, and Albright also got votes.
Stevenson Survives A Scare
York took #1 Stevenson to the brink in the season opener for both teams. Stevenson came back late and won, 9-8, in OT. Early games like this can turn out in a number of ways, but the Mustangs were lucky to escape with a W.
Sewanee took down Colorado College 14-10. W&L is 2-0 with two solid wins. Denison crushed MSJ 26-0. MWU got a big win over H-SC 18-9. Kenyon beat Albion 7-6. Albion topped Carthage 15-12. Salisbury is 2-0, with a huge 12-11 OT win over Lynchburg at home.
Bates Preseason Trip
Coach Lasagna and the Bates Bobcats opened their season on February 15th, like every other NESCAC team, but unlike other NESCAC teams, they were not in New England. Bates was down in Maryland, practicing outside, and getting ready to take on WAC in a scrimmage the very next day! Day 1, start practice. Day, scrimmage WAC. Personally, I’m a huge fan of this approach. The guys at Bates were kind enough to send over some photos.
Houghton Lacrosse Update
Houghton is a new team playing a full schedule in the Empire 8. It’s a super tough conference to break into, and we’ve been getting great updates on the team from David Steves:
Now reaching the middle of January, the Highlanders are getting ready to start their Empire 8 season. Coming back to campus there has been a new addition to the coaching staff. Jeff White has recently joined the coaching staff after starting in the goal the last four years at Division II powerhouse Le Moyne College. During his time at Le Moyne he led the team to 3 final four appearances, 2 National Championship births, and the the 2013 National Championship title.
Jeff was 1st team All-American and Division II goalie of the year in 2012 and well as named MVP in the NCAA DII tournament last year. Not only has Jeff participated in Le Moyne athletics but he has also played for the Iroquois National team. This new addition is a big step in the Highlanders development and growth into a well-rounded team.
Upcoming news: Plans are being made for some outreach projects in the Houghton area. These plans include a lacrosse clinic for youth in the area to learn the game of lacrosse and helping raise funds to support local veterans. These plans are the Highlanders way of giving back to the game and the community that has given them the chance to play this great sport.
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