The 2014 D3 lacrosse season has been incredibly exciting so far. Stevenson entered the season as the clear cut #1, having won the D3 title last year. In only their second game of the year, the Mustangs faced off against 2013 NCAA D3 Finalist RIT, and lost 15-14 in OT. York took Stevenson to the OT limit in their first game of the year. The ‘Stangs would then win their next five games, including a 15-9 win over then #3 Tufts. Salisbury is sitting pretty at 8-0, but Carbini, Denison, and RIT are all sitting at 6-0, and looking good themselves!
Tufts, WAC, York, Ithaca, Cortland, St. Lawrence, Mary Washington, Union, and a host of other teams are looking tough with only one loss apiece. The Centennial and NESCAC are still power conferences, but parity has truly hit D3 this year with 13 different conferences finding representation in the Top 20 Polls. Teams like Cabrini, York, Mary Washington, Amherst, St. Mary’s and Montclair State are looking up this year in a big way.
A couple other teams to keep an eye on are some non-Top 20 undefeated teams. Salve Regina is 7-0, Illinois Wesleyan is 5-0, and Wooster currently sits at a perfect 6-0.
To me, it seems like the South is really quite strong this year overall. In the past, the North had more parity, but the South probably had the better “top level” teams in many years. The South records could show some blemishes this year, but those have always been worn as badges of honor for teams in the North (NESCACs, RIT, Cortland, etc). Is this the year the South sees some losses, but still wins a title? Could very well be! Or it’s just early in the season still…
Top 20 Poll – March 17, 2014
Are These Statistics REAL?
Sometimes you see some stats that jump out to you as insane. This is one of those times.
Alex Milliken of Wells College is averaging 9 goals per game. Yes, you read that correctly. Granted Wells has only played one game so far… but still, just seeing that stat on NCAA.com threw me for a loop! If you’re looking for guys who have played at least four games right now, our leaders are Tyler McKelvie (Keene State – 4.75 gig), Chris Schoenhut (Tufts – 4.5 gig), Nicklaus Prozinksi (UMass Dartmouth – 4.25 gpg), and Nick Pappas (Va Wesleyan – 4.2 gig).
Defensively, Oberlin is really standing out right now. They are 5 games into the season and have given up only 18 goals so far… total! That’s a 3.6 goals against average for the team. Not too shabby! Jay Palmisano (Johnston State) has 51 saves in two games for an early season 25.5 per game average. Thomas Carroll out of Fontbonne has played in 7 games and has 118 saves. That’s almost 17 per game.
Houghton’s First Season
We’ve been getting great updates from David Steves of Houghton College. They are playing their first full season in the Empire 8.
The Houghton Highlanders have been going through a rough time offensively this past week against Baldwin-Wallace, Cazenovia, and Calvin College. Although players like Sean Daigler, Paul Chapman, and Josh Bailey have been giving the Highlanders some goals it has not proved to be enough. Playing lacrosse at a high level requires experience, unfortunately experience is something the Highlanders are really lacking in. Since experience only takes time, Houghton will have to work harder in other areas to make up for it.
Tufts @ Stevenson Video
Roanoke’s Pilat Gets Mic’d Up
RIT Goalie Goal – Pat Johnston
RIT vs Cortland Highlights
Adrian Vs Elmhurst
Colby Vs Tufts – From Colby
Colby Vs Tufts – From Tufts