Monday Notebook: NCAA Division III
- I posted a story on Lebanon Valley's Malik Pedroso on Friday, and had a chance to talk at length with LVC's head coach John Haus. Haus is in his third year as the head coach for the Dutchmen after being fired from North Carolina, and the building process has been both tiring and rewarding. The coach, who has a Division III championship to his credit while at Washington College, feels his team is finally ready to make an impact, if only in the MAC.
"We've got the experience now and we've got more depth than we had," Haus said. "We have a lot better talent and our lacrosse IQ is better. We lost five one-goal games last year against some good competition. As a coach, you hope you can turn those games around and get wins instead of losses. I think our kids are hungry because of that."
The Dutchmen will find out exactly what they have this spring when they open the season on Feb. 28 against a very good Randolph-Macon team. Haus has also added RPI to the schedule at the end of the season. If things go according to plan, it will be a warm-up game for the MAC tournament. On a side note, things won't get any easier for LVC next year, as Stevenson has been slotted into the MAC Commonwealth when it moves from the CAC (Hood, another CAC transplant, will be in the MAC Freedom).
- Division III kicks off this coming weekend with a handful of games, with ODAC and CAC teams participating in three of the four contests. On Saturday, Virginia Wesleyan entertains Mary Washington while Randolph-Macon travels to York. This is followed on Sunday with Birmingham Southern traveling to No. 15 Lynchburg and Greensboro squaring off with top-ranked Salisbury. Things really pick up the following weekend with 19 games, including Lynchburg at Salisbury.
- DePauw, which will play its first season in the NCAC in 2013, has hired former St. Vincent (Pa.) head coach Carl Haas to start up their program...St. Vincent welcomed back Peter Tulk, who was the Bearcats from 2000-09...I've posted several preseason features, including ones on Haverford's Joe Banno, the Mavromatis brothers from Hampden-Sydney and Cortland's Eric Richards.