Monday Notebook: NCAA Division III
- Trinity went 2-7 in the NESCAC last year, finished 9-7 overall, and failed to make the eight-team conference tournament. So while Tufts gave the Bantams trouble -- certainly not an exclusive club -- in an 18-10 win for the Jumbos, Mike Higgins and the Trinity players need to be commended for their start to the season. And it's not like the party is over.
The reasonable worst case scenario has the Bantams finishing with an 11-3 mark and earning a home seed in the first round of the NESCAC tournament. From there, who knows? But it beats being where they were last year, that's for sure.
- This is heresy to even talk about around the Cabrini campus considering the numbers he put up and the royal treatment his number received, but are the Cavs more dangerous this year without Casey Grugan? The argument against that theory is Cabrini has already matched the number of losses it has last year (4). However, three of those losses came by a goal -- including one in double overtime -- and they all came to ranked teams (at the time).
The latest was a 14-13 setback to No. 8 Roanoke on Sunday when Steve Colfer's troops had a shot at the horn to tie the game. They may not have as good a seed and they might not have the household name that Grugan gave them, but the Cavs have six players with at least 14 goals (for comparison, Salisbury only has five) and a stubborn defense. I bet Cabrini is going to give a contender problems in the tourney.
- I wrote a couple of weeks ago that Wittenberg was a lock for the Pool B, and certain that hasn't changed for the No. 19 and 9-0 Tigers. With that said, an 8-6 home win over Oberlin -- a game that was tied midway through the quarter -- doesn't exactly scream "tournament ready" to me. Did Witt take Oberlin lightly?
Almost certainly. Everybody does. But the Yeoman won the ground ball battle and caused 17 Tiger turnovers, which leads me to believe the hosts may not have had their head completely in this game. Wittenberg needs to tighten things up for its road game against Denison next weekend or they could have a very ugly seed in May.
- One factoid that did not make my story on Stevens' middie Brandon Faubert on Friday was that he missed last year's game against St. John Fisher because of bad allergic reaction. Faubert is allergic to, of all things, red dye. He had a bagel with jam at the pregame breakfast and didn't check the jam label close enough, so he missed the Ducks loss to the Cardinals. This year, Faubert was in the line-up and scored a hat trick, leading Stevens to an 18-6 whooping of No. 16 Fisher.
"It'll be easier eating at home," laughed Faubert prior to the game.
- Bowdoin now knows it must beat Bates and Williams on the road to earn a bid to the NESCAC tourney. Either that, or split the road trip and beat No. 1 Tufts at home...congrats to Mt. St. Vincent senior Mike Shea, who scored seven goals against Mt. St. Mary to set the school's single-season record for goals with 41, eclipsing the previous record of 38. He also broke the school record for career goals with 92...congrats to Marywood's Jamie Beagan, who recorded his 100th point in a 15-8 win over Centenary...Misericordia set the program records for wins over the weekend by picking up its seventh victory in a 14-3 win over Alvernia.