Monday Notebook: MCLA Division II
- The postmortem on the weekend in St. Paul will have to be in general terms because these three-day, three-game weekends sometimes require a bit of bookkeeping to get all the stats lined up. We do know that No. 4 Grand Valley State was othe biggest gainer, sweeping the competition, including hanging 16 goals on the two-time defending champion in a 16-14 win over the Tommies.
No. 1 St. Thomas losing a game is obviously a big surprise, but the ineffectiveness of No. 7 Westminster was right up there. Conventional wisdom had No. 12 SCAD being the lowest man on the totem pole, but it was the Griffins who were the overmatched squad. It started with the 23-7 loss to GVSU, followed by a 12-7 setback to SCAD. St. Thomas capped off the weekend with a 15-7 triumph over Westminster. The Griffins are now a 3-4 team with a rivalry game against Northern Colorado looming on Wednesday. Mason Goodhand made it to the national semis last year as a 10 seed, and they might have to do it again at this rate.
- Grand Valley's dominance in Minnesota sets up a fantastic game on Thursday night when the Lakers, who will likely rise to No. 2 or No. 1 in this week's poll, will play host to current No. 2 (and possible No. 1) Davenport. Both schools are members of the CCLA, but in different divisions, so this won't have any implications on which team makes the conference tourney, but it will have wide-ranging effects on who will be the favorite to earn the top seed in Denver. There are a number of other teams that are also still in contention for that honor, but the winner of Thursday's showdown will be the heavy favorites.
- Just from their schedule, it was pretty much assured that St. John's was going to make the tournament. After the Johnnies 3-0 swing through the Pacific Northwest – including a dominating win over No. 5 Western Oregon – they're now playing for a decent seed. After the one-goal win over Western Washington on the first day, it appeared the game against WOU would be a barn-burner, but St. John's cruised, 14-7, before dismantling Central Washington to wrap it up.
- Tennessee Wesleyan put together a schedule to be a contender for an at-large bid, but they won't have a signature win to go with it. After being swept this weekend by Dayton (18-6) and Grove City (12-8), the Bulldogs are now 1-4 and have only a mildly well-regarded Emory team on the docket. It's AQ or bust now for the 'Dawgs.
- Looks like Hope's Eric Weber is picking right up where he left off last year. The senior attackman had six goals and three assists in the Flying Dutchmen's season opening, 20-1 win against Calvin...Willamette's (Ore.) Ian McAnnis-Entenman was named the MCLA Division II Player of the Month...SCAD is likely to be an "away" seed in Denver, but the Bees will certainly be there and they'll be very dangerous...Cal Fullerton struck a blow to St. Mary's at-large chances with the 14-5 pasting on Sunday...they lost two games this weekend, but Missouri Baptist acquitted itself quite well in games against No. 10 Grove City (11-10) and No. 3 Dayton (16-9).