March 18, 2013

Making Sense: Not Much to Say, Just a Picture

by Jac Coyne | LaxMagazine.com | Coyne Archive | Twitter

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Players of the Week

NCAA Division II
Tom Cleary, M, Soph., Dowling
With the defending champs getting a handful from Tampa on Saturday, Cleary saved the day. He scored five goals in the 14-13 triple overtime victory, including the game-winner midway through the seventh period.

NCAA Division III
Jon Broome, A, Fr., Middlebury
The rookie opened the week with four goals and an assist in an 18-12 thumping of Springfield, and then followed that up with a hat trick and a dime in the Panthers' 11-4 upset of previously unbeaten Conn. College, which entered the game ranked No. 15.

MCLA Division I
Carson Barton, A, Soph., Grand Canyon
The 'Lopes opened the week with a 13-12 loss to No. 2 BYU, but Barton did his part, lighting up the Cougars defense for five goals and three assists. He followed that up on Saturday against No. 25 Davenport, netting another five while handing out two helpers in GCU's 15-14 overtime victory. Barton is averaging 6.71 points per game so far this spring.

MCLA Division II
Rich Meares, A, Jr., Dayton
The Oyster Bay, N.Y., native headed back to Long Island this weekend to take on No. 6 Briarcliffe. It was quite a homecoming. Meares scored four goals and set up three others, helping the fifth-ranked Flyers cruise to an 11-8 victory over the Bulldogs. He's averaging 5.5 points per game after two contests.

Power Fives

NCAA Division II
1. Le Moyne (5-0) – The Dolphins came perilously close to giving the game away, but beating Limestone had to feel good.
2. Merychurst (5-0) – After knocking off Lindenwood, the Lakers have won 25 straight regular season games.
3. Adelphi (3-0) – For the third time in as many games, the Panthers needed to rally late to win. That's a dangerous game to play.
4. Limestone (7-1) – The Saints dominated a lot of areas against Le Moyne, but the slow start doomed them.
5. Dowling (4-1) – When you get into triple overtime games, having a guy like FOGO Lou Riley is the difference between winning & losing.

NCAA Division III
1. Cortland (5-0) – Not much more the Red Dragons could do this week to establish their residence on top of the charts.
2. Stevenson (6-0) – Always nice when you can run 46 players onto the field in a rout. Even nicer when you can do it on the road.
3. Dickinson (6-0) – It's weird that a team that is so disciplined in every other phase of the game could take so many penalties.
4. Washington College (6-0) – The Shoremen take a well-earned breather before opening up the Centennial slate against the Squirrels.
5. RIT (4-1) – Lot of contenders for this spot, but RIT proved a lot by running over Western New England and Endicott this weekend.

MCLA Division I
1. Colorado State (9-0) – The CSU defense is starting to show signs of the lock-down unit that dominated Greenville. Scary.
2. Stanford (8-0) – Five straight home games upcoming for the Cardinal. Hopefully this lull in the schedule doesn't soften them up.
3. Colorado (9-0) – The poise that the Buffs have shown this season is astounding when compared to last spring. Night and day.
4. Oregon (7-2) – I'm not completely sold on the Ducks, but the results put them here. We'll get a better idea this weekend.
5. Chapman (7-2) – There is no better barometer for a team than a trip to play Colorado State and Colorado in a three-day span.

MCLA Division II
1. St. Thomas (4-0) – It's easy living in the Twin Cities these days. Tommies are just working on ring concepts right now.
2. Westminster (5-3) – Elias Fairman is quietly having a monster rookie year. He's got 16 goals and four assists out of the midfield.
3. St. John's (4-0) – A Chicago sweep against GVSU, Dayton and Indiana Tech is looking a whole lot more doable at this point.
4. Dayton (2-0) – It was an awfully long bus ride to play one game, but the Flyers made it worth it by taking down Briarcliffe.
5. Liberty (8-0) – The Flames just took a trip to the Heartland and laughed in the face of two programs with title aspirations. Spooky.

Notebooks

NCAA Division II: A couple of transfers are changing the culture and winning games for Molloy.
NCAA Division III: The lengths a father will go to see his son play in his hometown.
MCLA Division I: Pittsburgh suffered its first loss with some dubious scheduling, but the Panthers learned a lot.
MCLA Division II: Briarcliffe has lost one of its leaders for the second straight year, but the Bulldogs are carrying on.


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