Monday Notebook: MCLA Division I
- No one believes that last year's Sonoma team was as bad as the 2-10 record it posted. Unfortunately, even with the triumphant return of Doug Carl -- the architect of the Seawolves MCLA championship team -- it's now a safe assumption that 'Noma will not be a tourney team again this spring. Too soon to make such a declaration? Maybe, but any objective analysis would find the Seawolves schedule lacking. And while Sonoma certainly has a nice win over Michigan State, I'm not sure if Sparty is a win that can anchor a resume the way Colorado's win over Michigan did in 2010.
Sonoma has more pressing concerns than an MCLA tournament berth at this point, anyway. After losing to UC Davis on Saturday, 'Noma will have to scramble just to make the four-team WCLL tournament. The Seawolves will likely have to beat either Cal, Cal Poly or Santa Clara to have a fighting chance to earn the automatic qualifier. Still, the program is heading in the right direction, but past success isn't always found overnight.
- The field for the WCLL tournament may be a moot point considering the way No. 7 Cal Poly is playing right now. The Mustangs roasted No. 16 Texas State on Sunday, 20-6, scoring 18 of those goals in the first three quarters. The Bobcats are solid and could very well earn a trip to Denver as the winner of the LSA, yet Poly embarrassed them. At this rate, Marc Lea's troops are finally going to get that prized tournament seed they've been seeking.
- Look for a story about Central Florida's David Drehoff, the MCLA's leading scorer, in the next couple of days.
- After jumping out to a 3-0 lead over Duluth in their Feb. 13 game, Mankato State has been in a tailspin. They ended up losing that game, 12-3, starting a six-game skid, including an 0-4 excursion to Southern California. The Mavericks lost to USC (9-4), Loyola Marymount (14-9), UCLA (8-3) and Claremont (13-8). Barring any kind of SLC Hail Mary, none of those teams will make the tournament. Hopefully this is just a hiccup in the development of Mankato because it has the potential to threaten Duluth's primacy in the UMLL in the future.
- I was kind of surprised that Florida State needed 19 saves out of John Goodrich to subdue Boston University, 10-8...Missouri was thought to be a threat to Illinois' GRLC crown, but the Illini still have the upper hand after an 8-7 home win...Cal managed to save its season by beating Santa Clara, even though they had to move their home game to a neutral field because of lighting issues...both the regular season and PNCLL tournament games between Simon Fraser and Oregon are going to be must-see. Either of those teams could realistically win it, and both will need the AQ...Michigan's division of the CCLA gives a good indication just how top-heavy that conference is.