Monday Notebook: NCAA Division III
- Hype can be a killer sometimes. No. 13 Geneseo is undoubtedly a talented team, and will likely give Cortland all they can handle in SUNYAC play, but the Knights ran into a buzz saw against unranked Nazareth. The Flyers sliced through the Genny's defense in the second half and gave the attack fits in a 14-9 victory. With the kind of talent at Jim Lyons' disposal, the Nazareth loss is probably just a wake-up call, but with St. Lawrence and Keene State looming on the spring break trip to Florida, it's worth keeping an eye on the Knights in the early going.
- Expectations were high for Goucher this year after the Gophers were coming off a Landmark championship and a trip to the NCAAs. That's what makes Goucher's 0-3 start so odd. The 6-4 loss to No. 12 Gettysburg in the second game of the season isn't too surprising, but the one goal losses to both Washington College and Randolph-Macon on Saturday don't jive with the talent the Gophers have. They're still the favorite to make it back to the tourney through the conference AQ, but Goucher needs to start finishing games.
- Oberlin has been lost in the NCAC for years. Because the
school doesn't exactly embrace the "jock" culture in the same way
as its conference peers -- Vassar in the Empire 8 is analogous --
the Yeoman are lucky to win one conference game every year. Topher
Grossman, a former assistant at Conn. College, has taken over the
program this year in hopes of changing Oberlin's performance and on
Saturday he won his first game as head coach. Granted, it was a
13-8 win over Aurora, which is a start-up program in Illinois, but
any win is coveted. The next challenge for Oberlin is to be more of
a threat in the NCAC.?
- In my Morning Jac edition on Sunday, I postulated that South region of NCAA Division III could be turning into a defensive league.
- Gettysburg couldn't do anything offensively, but Bullet goalie
J.T. McCook had a fine game, making a couple of brilliant stops
with nothing between him and a Salisbury player...Gull keeper
Johnny Rodriguez was excellent, as well...impressive rally for
Babson to comeback and beat Hartwick...Clarkson's 17-13 win over
Oneonta in the season opener has to feel pretty good. The Golden
Knights started the season 0-8 last spring...so Cortland is
allowing 1.5 goals per game after two contests. From my seat, they
are the second best team in the country.
Curry beat Mount Ida, 8-7, in the aptly named Frostbite Classic...Hilbert (N.Y.) won the first two games in program history, downing Penn State-Abington, 19-6 and Alvernia, 14-8...Centre (Ky.) also won its program opener, beating Hanover (Ind.), 18-1...Alfred is 2-0 after downing Brockport, 14-11...intriguing midweek game between Ursinus and Roanoke...if Stevens isn't in the Top 15 this week, there needs to be a Congressional inquiry...Christopher Newport is 3-0 after the Captains' win over Mary Washington. They're still in the Pool B mix.