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Men's soccer / Re: WC 2022
« on: Yesterday at 04:32:42 pm »
The goal scoring is a concern, but we just got through without conceding a single goal in the run of play in a group where England finished +7 on goal differential.

Region 1 men's basketball / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: November 27, 2022, 05:47:23 pm »
Coming over from SLU land to commend the Ephs on their W against my alma mater today.  I didn't have much expectations but thought SLU had the potential to hang around since this is one of their better teams in recent years.   Obviously would have liked the win, but as far as seeing a team in person at Burkman Williams is up there among the best I've ever seen.  So rare do you see a team as strong and physical among the entire rotation like the Ephs.   SLU does have a decent amount of size in 4 positions which I thought presented some challenges defensively, but I don't know if anyone would have been able to stop Karren in the post on their best day. Best footwork by a D3 center I've certainly ever seen, and aside from a few shots off the glass I don't know if his made shots ever touched the rim.   

Williams had a good crowd who were all nice and the coaching staff and bench were all good sports, which is somewhat of a rare occurrence given the antics of Liberty League opponents.  Hope the Ephs have a great year, they certainly have created a fan in me today and I will be following them the rest of the season.

Region 3 men's basketball / Re: Liberty League
« on: November 27, 2022, 03:45:09 pm »
What a battle for the Saints today against one of the best teams in the country.  Stat sheet will show free throws were costly but the Ephs had SLU winded trying to keep up with them the whole game. One of the best defensive performances I’ve ever seen from a SLU squad.  This is the most happy I’ve ever been after a loss.

Region 3 men's basketball / Re: Liberty League
« on: November 22, 2022, 09:46:53 pm »
Great win tonight for Hobart against Rochester.  The Statesmen took down UR in soccer this fall and now add basketball to their collection on the year.   Liberty League looking pretty good this year at the top.

Region 3 men's basketball / Re: Liberty League
« on: November 19, 2022, 08:59:52 pm »
Not really sure why we're already playing conference games but Skidmore really felt Skoric's absence today as Hobart pounded them pretty good.  Jackson Meshanic already putting together a potential LL POY campaign.   

Vassar wins again to go to 3-1 sans Zach Johnson. 

RIT currently playing very well against SJF at the half, we'll see if it holds.

In the blink of an eye RPI is already 5-0.  Liberty League is going to be facing a huge test in the next 10 days as both RPI and SLU will be playing Williams.   SLU was in control for most of the game against SUNY Canton, was up 30 and pulled the starters while Canton proceeded to press full court the remainder of the game with their starters.   Don't really get that but a W nonetheless.

Men's soccer / Re: Big Dance 2022 - Let's Go!
« on: November 19, 2022, 11:15:09 am »
Despite it being mid November Amherst's field looks like its in the best condition I've ever seen. 

Region 3 men's basketball / Re: Liberty League
« on: November 18, 2022, 09:52:22 pm »
Even still without Zach Johnson Vassar had no issue with New Paltz tonight.   

Bard shot the lights out in the 2nd half to blow out MSM.  3PT shooting is going to be the Raptors' strength this season. 

Clarkson goes on a late run to pull away from SUNY Canton. Thought the Roos had that one.

SLU moves to 2-0 with a route 11 victory against Potsdam.  The Macaulay twins' offseason seems to have paid dividends, they are noticeably stronger and are almost impossible to stop going to the rim.

Solid night for the Liberty League.

Men's soccer / Re: SimpleCoach D3 Soccer YouTube Channel
« on: November 18, 2022, 02:38:51 pm »
It makes sense!  I may have worded that oddly, it was not mean to be negative, the opposite in fact as I was wondering if you were going to keep doing that.   It'd be great to hear from all the coaches you previously interviewed to see how things ended up versus what they discussed about with regard to expectations and what not.  Of course, I'd love to hear again from Mike Toshack given my bias (and any news on recruiting and if there are seniors returning for 5th years, this goes for all coaches as I think it's a good topic now that they're preparing for next season), but please do not feel obligated or anything.    You're getting some great interviews which is a testament to how much the channel has grown.

Men's soccer / Re: SimpleCoach D3 Soccer YouTube Channel
« on: November 18, 2022, 02:23:04 pm »
SC are you reaching out to previously interviewed coaches for season recaps?

Region 5 men's basketball / Re: MBB: Landmark Conference
« on: November 16, 2022, 10:56:13 pm »
Good times for Scranton world. 

Region 3 men's basketball / Re: Liberty League
« on: November 16, 2022, 10:30:42 pm »
Liberty League and SUNYAC continues to beat up on each other with both leagues getting a win tonight.  Hobart had a pretty unlucky night with their point guard having an off shooting night against Brockport.   Seems like every Brockport team of the last 15 years is the exact same in terms of team profile and style of play.

SLU opens up the season with a good win @Plattsburgh.  Plattsburgh is clearly better than last year, but it's hard to tell how they'll end up this season.  Young SLU forwards stepped up tonight with Engelhardt and Adamson in foul trouble for most of the game.   Big test against a good Bears squad Friday.

Region 3 men's basketball / Re: Liberty League
« on: November 15, 2022, 10:28:07 pm »
Greg Skoric not on the bench or with the travel party for Skidmore's game against Hartwick tonight, seems indicative of a serious injury which is extremely unfortunate.

Clarkson hung around with Oswego for 30 minutes but ran out of gas.

RPI had close game with SUNY Delhi for most of the game, only pulled away a bit in the last 5 minutes. 

Ithaca did what they usually do and scored a lot of points but they kept letting Keystone back into the game and made it a few possession game until the end.  Ithaca now back on track a bit with a 2 game win streak.

Men's soccer / Re: All Things We Like/Dislike About A Program
« on: November 15, 2022, 01:33:55 pm »
Shout out to Bard for having the best play by play commentator in Howard Megdal.  He started doing basketball games last year and was the best, and did soccer this year and was just as good. 

Men's soccer / Re: Big Dance 2022 - Let's Go!
« on: November 15, 2022, 01:25:34 pm »
I'm laughing Saint_Dad, because you've summed up about a decade worth of complaints (and both sides of the debate) about Amherst's soccer program, if you scroll through the archives of the NESCAC board.  On the one hand, the coach's personality, the rough / ugly style of play, and the field all receive, to put it mildly, very little love throughout NESCAC (and broader D3 circles, when they are exposed).  But on the other, Amherst wins big and does so consistently, brings in great players consistently, and the players seem (unlike the rest of the league) to enjoy playing for him.  Part of it can be attributed to the fact that it's never fun to lose consistently to any team, but on the other hand, Williams, Midd, Conn and especially Tufts have all had championship eras lead by HOF-caliber coaches over the past 30 years, and there was never the same sort of animosity directed towards any of those programs.  In short, it works for Amherst, but doesn't make a lot of friends outside of Amherst.

Yes, the complaints about Amherst have been detailed and entirely consistent from a range of sources for well over 10+ years.  You can't ask people to un-see and un-hear what they see and hear, often numerous times over.  And the Amherst program and its fans will concede nothing.  In that sense they are impenetrable and nearly cultish.

Saint-Dad, you're right, SLU could not have had a more disastrous start.  And then even with a one goal right away within the first five minutes the Amherst players, bench, and especially the coach were throwing tantrums on almost every foul call.  They tried to rough up everybody but especially Sibanda.  So then you're in a bind about how to defend yourself, how to combat what's happening, and then you unwittingly try to match them and get out of your own game.  ten Cate is a histrionic thespian...on literally almost every single minute taking someone out and another minute writhing on the ground in agony.  And then even #8 and some others were mock-clapping Sibanda.  Just insufferable behavior and very painful to watch.  It's a bit like Messiah in a different kind of way....insofar as you get get so focused on the opponent and how difficult it is play them that you're almost immediately not playing your own game.

And then afterwards, Serpone sounds like a perfectly reasonable and even generous and gracious man, praising the opponent, praising SLU coach, praising Sibanda, praising how well SLU held the ball, etc.  You can see what recruits and parents would be infatuated.  And the same with the players.  The contrast is remarkable, stunning, and confusing...making you almost question if what you saw is what you saw.  And I've seen Serpone do this after a loss as well.  If you get a chance click on the video on the front of the Amherst soccer website. 

You SLU folks should feel proud.  At 3-0 I thought there was zero chance SLU was going to stay in the game, but they did.  Showed a lot of character and eventually a very skilled, attractive style.

Now one thing I don't understand is why the Amherst bench doesn't get more yellows.  I saw a lot of teams getting coach and bench yellows for far less.  Maybe they do and I I've missed it but one wonders if the refs adjust ot Amherst as ref fatigue where they say we're not going to call fouls past 25....or at a minimum the bar moves and what is considered egregious moves.

First post for me here on the board. Possibly a controversial one. Having been at the Amherst-SLU game I'm happy I wasn't the only one who was embarrassed for the behavior of the Amherst squad. Late, dirty fouls were clearly emphasized by the coaching staff as a tactic before the game, and the words coming from the Amherst bench were almost comical. One tackle went in on Saints winger #7 when he was on the floor, borderline red card offence, and the Amherst assistant is saying the game has gone soft. Players on the Amherst bench wearing hard hats is pretty pathetic in my view. Coach Serpone prides himself on creating leaders yet to an outside viewer it felt as though the team were a bunch of sheep. All just repeating and following generic orders from coach, clearly those players have been stripped of the ability to think for themselves. How can you say a program is full of leaders who go in late on tackles, wear hard hats on the sideline and yell instructions that they clearly don't even understand. I'll give respect to the team for clearly being devoted to winning, but even after the game, the insincerity of the players was again just a bad look. Actions speak louder than words, even though Serpone was full of praise after the game, would've been nice to know what he truly thinks of his own players intentionally going in studs up.

I have no doubt that was Derek Shea, as I've heard him say the same things almost verbatim in past games.   I noticed him throwing fits and gesticulating wildly the entire game, which again is nothing new as he's done that for a decade now.  Guy's in his mid to late 50s and acts worse than a child who doesn't know any better.  Contrast that to the behavior of the Messiah coaching staff and players in their game against Williams.  Yea yea "sour grapes" and all that which is fair, but I mentioned after the game Amherst played a great game and has a tremendous amount of talent top to bottom which is a testament to the quality of Amherst's program.

Men's soccer / Re: Liberty League
« on: November 15, 2022, 12:04:50 pm »
Welcome Brewer.
Many of us Saints tend to gather over here where it is safe. You can get beat up on the BigDance board for stating what you think is a benign non threatning opinion :)

I am sure all the LL coaches are finalizing next seasons class as we speak.  The best recruiter might just win it all next season.

On this front, it does seem like Toshack is now back to utilizing some of the recruiting tactics that have come to define the program.  NYC connection has started to come back a bit, the Toronto recruiting roared its head this season, the tall NE CB is here for another 4 years and next year a pretty high prized recruit from Orlando will be making his way to Canton.     

Vassar has a major California recruiting pipeline which paid them dividends this season, and I know Hood was hitting that trail this summer to get guys for next year.  Highly unlikely they regress much next season, if at all.  As Saint has said, confidence does a program wonders and the Brewers started a good amount of underclassmen this year who have now tasted that success and will be hungry for more.

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