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Recent Posts re: NCAA Division II Men

October 23, 2014
D2 Conference Snapshot: Western Intercollegiate
It's been a wild offseason for the WILA, including teams leaving, programs folding, schools adding and brand new coaching staffs. Is there a little peace somewhere in the near future for lacrosse's frontier schools?

October 23, 2014
D2 Conference Snapshot: Sunshine State
Tampa's run to the national semifinals was a nice start to the Sunshine State Conference's existence, but are there headwinds in store for Florida's finest?

October 22, 2014
D2 Conference Snapshot: South Atlantic
The inaugural SAC campaign got off to a roaring start with Queens earning an NCAA bid. It's a solid beginning, but this league has a ways to go before it can be considered a power conference.

October 22, 2014
D2 Conference Snapshot: Northeast-10
It's the largest conference in all of college lacrosse, but just three teams have been relevant in the NE-10 over the past five years. Will that trend continue or is there someone else ready to crack the upper echelon?

October 21, 2014
D2 Conference Snapshot: ECAC
The ECAC had its tourney berths trimmed from three in '13 to one last year. And that team couldn't make it out of the quarterfinals. What can the league expect this spring?

October 21, 2014
D2 Conference Snapshot: East Coast Conference
Everyone knew it would be weird when the ECC adopted a conference tournament for the first time, but nobody could have guessed it would turn the whole world upside down like it did. What does Division II's top league have in store in '15?

October 20, 2014
D2 Conference Snapshot: Conference Carolinas
Conference Carolinas has been Limestone's institutional playground from the dawn of time. The league will add a couple of teams to get back up to seven programs, but the Saints will continue to march.

August 27, 2014
Morning Jac: The Dominican Regression
Division II is as healthy as it has ever been, but the decision by Dominican (Calif.) to pull the plug on its varsity outfit should be some cause for concern.

May 4, 2014
Bracket Projection: NCAA Men's Division II
The men's Division II brackets will be rolled out at 7:30 p.m. this evening, but here's one man's projections about which eight teams will have a chance to win the D-II title.

May 3, 2014
Morning Jac: Merrimack Turning Toward Long Island
The Warriors weren't sure who they were going to play after their upset of Le Moyne, but when the bus started to veer toward Long Island, Mike Morgan and company were fine with it.

March 20, 2014
Lynn Player Apprehends Hit-and-Run Suspect
Brandon Rothstein caused one heck of a turnover Wednesday. Rothstein, a senior defenseman for the first-year Lynn University men's lacrosse team, tackled and detained a suspected hit-and-run driver for Boca Raton (Fla.) police, according to a report by NBC affiliate WPTV.

March 14, 2014
Morning Jac: Saint Leo Eyeing Conference Title
The first-ever Sunshine State Conference title is up for grabs, and with power up the middle, Saint Leo has the potential to make a run at it.

March 5, 2014
Morning Jac: Lake Erie Gladly Feeling the Heat
Like most northern teams, Lake Erie has been cooped up in the cold during the preseason. Now the Storm are facing a stiff spring break trip where they'll be pressured to protect their presumptive NCAA bid. It'll be nice to do it in the warmth, though.

February 27, 2014
Division II Lacrosse Coming to Indy
As part of a large investment for the future, the University of Indianapolis has plans to add both men's and women's lacrosse in the future.

February 26, 2014
Morning Jac: Pfeiffer's Golden Opportunity
The Falcons don't have a win against a team that finished in the final rankings since 2005. Will they seize their chance to end that streak against Mercyhurst on Saturday?

February 21, 2014
Morning Jac: Small College Weekend Watch List
The build-up to the March 1 blowout grows closer and closer and this weekend will be an important one in the Division II & III ranks. Here's a look at 12 games that will resonate.

February 19, 2014
Morning Jac: Division II's Own Black History Month
Wednesday night will be the first home game for Tusculum, but it will also mark the first time that two African-American head coaches meet in NCAA Division II.

February 17, 2014
NCAA Division II Weekly Notebook
Rory Whipple wasn't comfortable with the way the game started against NYIT, but eventually the damn broke and the Spartans posted the most important victory in their three-year history.

February 14, 2014
Morning Jac: Mars Hill Welcomes a Familar Face
When Mars Hill head coach looks across the box on Saturday, he'll see a familiar face in former Lion player and assistant coach Jason Lange. It won't be an easy game for the mentor.

February 12, 2014
Morning Jac: NYIT Crossing Fingers for Florida Trip
Three years after getting their Florida trip canceled by a winter storm, the Bears are hoping to avoid the same fate and get a crack at a couple of Sunshine State opponents.

February 10, 2014
Morning Jac: Small College Round-Up
It was a muted start to the season in both Division II and Division III, but there was enough action to pontificate on for a spell.

February 7, 2014
Morning Jac: Let's Light This Candle
Optimism is about to give way to reality as the small college season gets underway today with three games in North Carolina and Detroit.

February 4, 2014
Morning Jac: Ten Intriguing February D-II Contests
Although there aren't a ton of ranked matchups early on, there are plenty of compelling men's Division II games in the month of February. Here's a look at 10 that will help shape where this division ends up.

January 31, 2014
Morning Jac: Can Florida Southern Bounce Back?
There were high expectations for Florida Southern last spring, but the Mocs fell flat. Now Marty Ward's troops are off the radar, which is exactly where he wants them.

January 27, 2014
Morning Jac: Which Way Will Westminster Go?
Westminster (Utah) College, a former NAIA institution, is about to join the NCAA ranks. The Griffins' choice of conferences will have an impact on the western D-II landscape.

January 23, 2014
Morning Jac: Limestone Ready for New Challenges
It may look like Limestone has lost an unfathomable amount of talent, especially on the offensive end, but this isn't the Saints first rodeo.

January 21, 2014
Morning Jac: Le Moyne's Gear Outreach
The Le Moyne athletic department is using the "lacrosse gear" pandemic to further involve its fans and alumni with the program.

September 26, 2013
Living In a Fantasy (Bracket) World
With the announcement yesterday that the Division I men’s bracket was expanding by two teams to 18, I did some calculations and came up with the fact that if the Division III men were afforded the same tournament participation ratio as the big boys – 18 of 67 teams, or 26.7 percent – D-III would have a 57-team bracket this spring instead of the 30 it’s actually getting. In addition, if that ratio applied to Division II, they would have a 15-team tournament.

May 5, 2013
NCAA Division II Bracket Projections
The Division II men's bracket will the first one out of the chute tonight at 7:30 p.m. EDT tonight. Here's what I'm projecting the eight-team field to look like.

May 3, 2013
Post Clash Just Another Game for Chestnut Hill
I tried to make Saturday's game against LIU Post into something that it wasn't, and Chestnut Hill head coach Brian Dougherty was having none of it. The Griffins don't need any false postseason moral victories. The program is too close to the real thing for that.

April 29, 2013
NCAA Division II Weekly Notebook
Limestone won't be traveling on Selection Sunday like they did last year, but the Saints will be heading into this NCAA tournament in a better spot than even last spring.

April 23, 2013
NCAA Div. II Conference Tournament Clearinghouse
We're already into the postseason for some conferences. Here's a list of the men's Division II tourneys on tap this spring.

April 22, 2013
NCAA Division II Weekly Notebook
There's no doubt that Mercyhurst is the top team in Division II at this point, but Lakers head coach Chris Ryan has been around long enough to know that there is still plenty of work to be done.

April 15, 2013
NCAA Division II Weekly Notebook
Dowling would be dead and buried with its current record last year, but it's a new world in Division II and the Lions are very much alive. And they might be finding a groove at the perfect time.

April 8, 2013
NCAA Division II Weekly Notebook
After last season Merrimack's Connor Reagan could have mailed in the rest of his lacrosse career. Instead, he got better, and is now one of the hottest goalies in the country starting for one of the best teams.

March 25, 2013
NCAA Division II Weekly Notebook
Lake Erie's loss to Merrimack came on the heels of a three-hour cardio workout shoveling the game field, but it has been one of the few bumps for the Storm so far.

March 18, 2013
NCAA Division II Weekly Notebook
With a couple of transfers changing the culture, Molloy is looking more and more like a threat in the stacked ECC.

March 14, 2013
Limestone, Le Moyne In Another '12 Reunion
The Saints and Dolphins renew acquaintances after meeting in the NCAA semifinals last spring. Traditionally, the two teams have contrasting approaches, and that should be the case once again.

March 12, 2013
St. Michael’s Lacrosse Involved in Fatal Bus Crash
A car spun out on wet, upstate New York highway and slammed into a bus carrying the St. Michael’s men’s lacrosse team on Tuesday afternoon, killing one person in one of two other vehicles involved in the crash, the Associated Press is reporting.

March 11, 2013
NCAA Division II Weekly Notebook
Seton Hill coach Brian Novotny doesn't know whether he fully buys into the concept of a "good loss," but if there was ever one that he's seen, it was the Griffins setback at the hands of NYIT in February.

March 4, 2013
NCAA Division II Weekly Notebook
Pace had a promising start to the season with a 2-0 start in Colorado, but Dave Carty knows that's not the end of the story. Also, Adelphi grabs bragging rights against LIU Post.

February 25, 2013
NCAA Division II Weekly Notebook
Most programs are judged on wins and losses. Others find a way to set themselves apart with their good deeds. Florida Tech's efforts to help a teammate recover from the impact of the Newtown tragedy is a testament to the program. And the wins are just a bonus.

February 18, 2013
NCAA Division II Weekly Notebook
It might be a little thin on numbers, but the expectations haven't diminished for NYIT this spring. And they're even using the approach of one of their neighborhood rivals.

February 15, 2013
Tampa Looking to "Go After" Limestone Tonight
The Spartans played 23 minutes of good lacrosse against Limestone last year, but the Saints evenutally pulled away. Rory Whipple's crew gets another shot tonight.

February 11, 2013
NCAA Division II Weekly Notebook
Kevin Tyska, Wheeling Jesuit's former head coach, passed away five years ago, but it is just now that the Cardinals are finally recovering.

February 7, 2013
Florida Southern Looking to Make Rivalry Statement
They are meeting for just the third time on Friday night, but the Tampa-Florida Southern game is a full blown rivalry. The Mocs are eager to get it on.

February 5, 2013
NCAA Division II Weekly Notebook
While there are still some question marks in the starting line-up, Limestone got exactly what it wanted out of the scrimmage with Duke.

February 1, 2013
Dowling Receives Rings on First Day of Practice
The Division II defending champs received their hardware on Jan. 24 -- the first day of spring practice -- in order to finish one season and start another.

January 28, 2013
St. Michael's Close to Naming Interim Coach
With Brian Kingsbury leaving for start-up Lynn, the Purple Knights are hoping to have an interim lined up for the season "shortly."

January 23, 2013
Murphy Making Best of Weird Situation at Mt. Olive
He came to Mount Olive late in the process and took over a team that had the potential to fracture. But Mike Murphy has cobbled together a first-year squad that might surprise some people.

January 18, 2013
Walsh Hoping to Build on Season in Purgatory
It is still a year away from eligibility to the NCAA Division II tournament, but Walsh is starting its program in '13. There are plenty of obstacles, but the ultimate objective - competitiveness - is within reach.

October 29, 2012
Despite Storm, Long Island Teams Doing Okay
Long Island is getting battered by Hurricane Sandy, but for now the players and coaches appear to be in good hands.

October 19, 2012
Saint Leo Set to Christen New Facility
Situated on top of a parking garage, Saint Leo's state-of-the-art complex will be dedicated and receive its first action tonight when the Lions scrimmage Central Florida.

September 14, 2012
NCAA Division II Summer Notebook
Things are looking good for Mercyhurst; LIU-Post digging out of a ditch; Lincoln Memorial to join the party?; notes.

June 21, 2012
ECC Paves Way for Conference Tourney in 2014
One of two NCAA Division II conferences that does not sponsor a postseason tournament, the East Coast Conference is moving toward adding one in 2014.

May 18, 2012
Can Underdogs Rule Again in NCAA Division II?
The favorites tumbled in the semifinals of last year's NCAA Division II tournament. Will history repeat itself, or are we on track for the favorites to square off in Foxboro?

April 23, 2012
Monday Notebook: NCAA Division II
It might look like Limestone is a lock for the postseason, but Catawba will have something to say about that.

April 20, 2012
NCAA D-II Conference Tourney Clearinghouse
Check here for all the schedules and results from the NCAA Division II conference tournaments.

April 16, 2012
Monday Notebook: NCAA Division II
NYIT's season was nearly over on March 10, but the Bears have their way back into contention and now have a make-or-break game on Saturday.

April 2, 2012
Monday Notebook: NCAA Division II
Merrimack's Mike Morgan was pleased with the statsheet after the Adelphi win, but there are two big games standing between the Warriors and the stat they truly covet.

March 26, 2012
Monday Notebook: NCAA Division II
Dave Klarmann is enjoying his first season as the head coach at Mars Hill, and has the Lions flirting with the postseason.

March 19, 2012
Monday Notebook: NCAA Division II
Gaudreau is just hoping to continue the upward trend at St. Anselm. Adelphi knew they were in trouble early on against Le Moyne. The additon of Post University could unlock bigger things.

March 12, 2012
Monday Notebook: NCAA Division II
We're still waiting on the stats to become official, but both coaches in the Merrimack-Limestone clash agreed that it was a game that lived up to its rankings.

March 5, 2012
Monday Notebook: NCAA Division II
Dowling made winning on the road a priority after losing three away games last year. It took a quarter or two, but Dowling showed they are embracing these business trips.

February 29, 2012
D-II/III Committees Recommend Regional Changes
Recommendations have Western D-IIs heading to the South region and D-III moving to a six-region format.

February 27, 2012
Monday Notebook: NCAA Division II
Seton Hill gets its coveted "break-through" game; the Northeast-10 gains via the ECC's losses.

February 20, 2012
Monday Notebook: NCAA Division II
Le Moyne has always been known for its defense. Are things different this year after the Dolphins allowed 10 to Seton Hill?

February 15, 2012
Silence of the Lamb: Adams State Has Regrouped
The Grizzlies were shocked when Jason Lamb announced he was resigning from Adams State, but the players and coaches have quickly rebounded.

February 14, 2012
Tampa, Whipple Ready to Move On
Tampa head coach Rory Whipple scheduled the Florida Southern game first for a reason. Now it's time to tackle the rest of the schedule.

February 13, 2012
Monday Notebook: NCAA Division II
There's more to Vito DeMola than just Japanese jiu jitsu; don't cry for Mercyhurst; rookie programs just not what they used to be.

February 10, 2012
A Complex Rivalry is Birthed Tonight in Florida
They are traditional rivals, but there will be a little bit extra on the line tonight when Florida Southern travels to play start-up Tampa.

February 10, 2012
This Mercyhurst Team Very Different Than 2011
It took a little introspection by the Mercyhurst staff to realize that they are a painfully young team coming off their first NCAA Division II championship.

February 6, 2012
Monday Notebook: NCAA Division II
Lamb leaves Adams State for greener pastures; the season kicks off on Thursday for Division II.

February 2, 2012
Weather's Great for C.W. Post, Northern Teams
Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning, meaning six more weeks of winter. If the next six weeks are like the 'winter' they are having on Long Island, that's just fine with C.W. Post head coach John Jez.

November 28, 2011
Morning Jac: Purdie Borrows Ryan's Nightmare
Chris Ryan couldn't bear to watch the game film of his previous appearance in the title game prior to Mercyhurst's win in 2011. Now Adelphi coach Gordon Purdie is dealing with the same problem.

November 3, 2011
Inside the November Issue of Lacrosse Magazine
Cover girl Erin Fitzgerald offers us all tickets to the gun show, a special fitness edition that also features the gargantuan Scott Rodgers, NCAA Division II final hero Ian "Man Child" Wild and UMBC 's coaches Kelly Berger and Amy Appelt. If I were you, this would be my to-do list upon receiving this magazine.

November 2, 2011
Morning Jac: St. Andrews Could Be Catalyst for NAIA
St. Andrews (N.C.) recently announced its move from NCAA D-II to the NAIA, which, at first glance, appears to be a setback for college lacrosse. That's one view, but the Knights could also be the catalyst the NAIA needs to officially sponsor the sport.

October 26, 2011
Morning Jac: NCAA Approves Changes for D-II
As expected, the NCAA Management Council has approved changes to the regional alignments when the Division II tournament expands to eight teams in 2013.

October 18, 2011
Morning Jac: My Non-Shot Clock Solution
On Friday, I outlined why mandating a shot clock would be a mistake for college lacrosse. It's not fair to point out the problems without offering a solution, so I'm ready to offer my manifesto for altering the rules to speed up the game without adopting a shot clock.

October 14, 2011
Morning Jac: Mandating a Shot Clock is Bad Policy
The addition of a shot clock may seem like a quick fix for the ills of Division I lacrosse, but it's an invasive rules change that not only runs counter to the mission of the NCAA, but will hamstring nearly 90 percent of collegiate programs.

October 5, 2011
Morning Jac: Whipple, Tampa Aiming (Very) High
Rory Whipple is starting up his third NCAA D-II program at Tampa this spring, and his expectations may be impossibly high. Still, the Spartans could be a force very quickly.

September 15, 2011
Morning Jac: Setters Starting to Pick Up the Pace
Pace has been a non-factor in the Northeast-10 Conference for six years now, but the expectations for the program are starting to change.

September 2, 2011
Morning Jac: Le Moyne Feeling Oddly Optimistic
They're coming off a huge disappointment. They lost an epic senior class. And they're now in a stacked conference. Yet there is optimism running high at Le Moyne. Is that trouble for the rest of Division II?

July 20, 2011
Morning Jac: Lacrosse Karma Works for Kingsbury
Brian Kingsbury was a fiscal casualty at Castleton State, where he led the Spartans to the Div. III NCAA tournament, but he was able to parlay his success there into the head coaching gig at Division II St. Michael's.

July 15, 2011
Morning Jac: Division II's Big Question
A committee of Division II stakeholders will soon announce the framework for the new eight-team NCAA tournament that starts in 2013. It's an exciting time, but there is one key issue they'll have to tackle.

May 29, 2011
Coyne's Picks: The D-II and D-III Championships
The season concludes in both Division II (4 p.m.) and Division III (7 p.m.) this evening, and I'll take a stab at the winners, although I'm not confident about either pick.

May 24, 2011
Morning Jac: Adelphi is One Spooky Underdog
Mercyhurst will enter Sunday's game as the favorite in the MD2 national championship game. One gets the feeling that Adelphi is just fine with this assumption.

May 3, 2011
Playoffs Underway for the Lakers
If Mercyhurst hopes to have its name called on Sunday as one of the four qualifiers for the men’s NCAA Tournament, the Lakers have to treat this week as if the playoffs are underway.

May 2, 2011
Monday Notebook: NCAA Division II
That’s a wrap, right? With Mercyhurst’s defeat of NYIT, Limestone’s demolition of Catawba, and C.W. Post’s dismissal of Mercy earlier in the week, we can lock in the four finalists for the D-II crown, correct?

April 20, 2011
Division II Men Jostle for Postseason Position
It’s a big week of games in the men’s Division II ranks, with six of the top seven nationally ranked teams playing each other.

April 19, 2011
The Morning Jac: Weekend Quote Dump
We've got a jam-packed Dump this week with quotes from Limestone players and coaches, Tony Mendes, Jim Berkman, Paul Cantabene and Gene Peluso.

April 18, 2011
Monday Notebook: NCAA Division II
Grand Canyon, which announced earlier that this will be its last season as a varsity program, played in its final game on Saturday when it hosted Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Dominican (Calif.).

April 15, 2011
Mercy Me, It's Only Season Two
The newbie Mercy College men’s team is announcing its presence rather loudly in the Division II world.

April 15, 2011
Morning Jac: The Second Season is Upon Us
The Conference Carolinas and Deep South Conference tournaments start this weekend, reminding us that the 'Upset Season' is about to begin.

April 11, 2011
Monday Notebook: NCAA Division II
You can bet that there are several coaches scrambling to secure tape of the Limestone-Pfeiffer game this morning. The top-ranked Saints have been rolling everybody, including hanging 11 on Le Moyne earlier in the season, but Pfeiffer managed to hold Limestone to just nine markers.

April 7, 2011
Limestone's Perfect Saints
The men’s and women’s teams at Limestone College are a combined 22-0 heading into the second weekend of April.

April 5, 2011
The Morning Jac: Weekend Quote Dump
Here are some leftover snippets from some of the coaches and players I spoke with last week.

April 4, 2011
Monday Notebook: NCAA Division II
Each person has their own criteria for what makes an individual the ‘Coach of the Year,’ but for me the honor would have to go to Greg Paradine at Lenoir-Rhyne.

April 1, 2011
Clearinghouse: The Weekend Postponement Page
There's bad weather heading to New York, New England and the Mid-Atlantic this weekend, which will surely bring a slew of postponements and cancellations with it. We'll list them here.

March 29, 2011
The Morning Jac: Weekend Quote Dump
Every week I have leftover quotes from the various people I speak with during the week that don’t make the stories for which they were intended. Here are a couple.

March 28, 2011
Monday Notebook: NCAA Division II
How do you know you played a long game? When the Statcrew software that keeps box scores runs out of overtimes and you still have three to play. That’s what happened when Queens and Pfeiffer got together.

March 22, 2011
The Morning Jac: Weekend Quote Dump
I spoke with a lot of coaches and players this past week, and only a fraction of the quotes made the actual story. Here are a couple of leftovers.

March 21, 2011
Monday Notebook: NCAA Division II
It’s not too difficult to unearth the three reasons why No. 3 Dowling fell to unranked NYIT on Saturday, 10-7. First, the Golden Lions were given 14 chances on the extra man and converted only two of them (14.3 percent). If Dowling hits its season percentage (35%) entering the game, we're going to overtime.

March 15, 2011
The Morning Jac: Weekend Quote Dump
Speaking with various coaches over the weekend, I always have a pile of unused quotes and notes that are interesting enough to pass along, but not quite comprehensive enough for their own story.

March 14, 2011
Monday Notebook: NCAA Division II
Good coaching hires can make athletic directors look like geniuses. Lynn Tubman is resembling Albert Einstein today.

March 11, 2011
Morning Jac: How Do We Handle Contraction
It’s natural for lacrosse fans to feel melancholy upon hearing of the news about losing a pair of NCAA programs this week. First, it was Division I Presbyterian on Tuesday, and this afternoon, as I wrote last night, Division II Grand Canyon will officially announce that it will be dropping their program.

March 10, 2011
Grand Canyon Decides to Drop Men's Program
Grand Canyon University, a Division II school in Phoenix, Ariz., that started its men’s lacrosse program in 2008, will announce on Friday that it will be dropping the program at the conclusion of the 2011 season, according to athletic director Keith Baker.

March 9, 2011
The Morning Jac: Busiest Day of the Week
Other than the weekends, of course, the busiest day of the week for small college fans is on Wednesday. While there a handful of contests on Tuesday and a couple more on Friday, Hump Day is where the action is.

March 7, 2011
Monday Notebook: NCAA Division II
- C.W. Post graduated enough off last year’s team to keep coach John Jez guessing as he headed into the 2011 season, but the biggest question mark was at faceoff. Mike Cama gave the Pioneers a massive advantage last year in draws – something Jez said Post would be hard-pressed to duplicate.

February 28, 2011
Slides and Rides: NCAA Division II
The trip from Long Island back to North Andover, Mass., was more palatable for No. 7 Merrimack and Mike Morgan after the Warriors went into the Bears' den and pulled off an 11-8 victory over No. 5 NYIT. While it was just the first game of the season, there were a lot of postseason implications on the line.