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Title: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 20, 2007, 07:24:46 pm
I realize the 2006-2007 season has not come to a close... but its not too early to look ahead and that means a new conference in the Mid-Atlantic or Atlantic Region (Pat is so thoughtfully linking this posting board to both regions!).

So... welcome to Catholic, Drew, Goucher, Juniata, Merchant Marine, Moravian, Scranton, and Susquehanna to the new "Landmark Conference." While I don't think an "official" website has been launched, Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landmark_Conference) already has a page about the conference, so enjoy the quick read (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landmark_Conference).

Now... some news to know:

- Schedule:
After much debate (from what I heard), the conference has decided on a combination of a Friday/Saturday and Saturday/Sunday schedule.
Half of the schools wanted on version, the other wanted half. I know a tentative schedule has been decided on with at least dates... with the first games taking place on Dec. 1st, 4th, and 5th between travel partnerts and the final game will be Feb. 23rd - again between travel partners. The first true travel weekend will be Jan. 11th and 12th.
Also, the first game of the weekend will be played in the evenings... the second during the afternoon (unless it is on Saturday and a school gets permission to play at night as well).

- Travel Partners are as follows:
Catholic & Goucher
Juniata & Susquehanna
Scranton & Moravian
Merchant Marine & Drew

- Conference Championship Tournaments:
I believe this will only involve the top four teams with the first round being played on Wednesday, Feb. 27th at the higher seeds.
The championship game will be played on Saturday, March 1st - also at the higher seeds.
Unless it changes, this conference will have to withstand two years of Pool B - no automatic qualification - for two years.

I think that about covers it for now... let the posting... begin!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 20, 2007, 08:09:34 pm
Dave, Thanks for the start of some information on the LC. It seems a bit odd that the champion of the Landmark will be at the mercy of an at-large bid, especially considering the rather rich history many members bring to the table. Since many UofS Alumni are from & are living in DC. & Northern Virginia...I know they are very excited about the Catholic/Goucher weekend as are the NYC crew when the games are played at Drew & on the Island. Thanks again & please share as info. becomes available.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on February 20, 2007, 08:33:10 pm
I would expect the conference will not have to worry about its champ getting in in women's basketball.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 20, 2007, 10:14:36 pm
Yeah - I am thinking the women's basketball side of this equation is going to be fine for the two years they will be up for the Pool B bids. I think some Pool B teams aren't going to enjoy the fact at all!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on February 20, 2007, 10:17:06 pm
It's basically a swap, eight Landmark teams into Pool B and seven PrAC teams out.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 20, 2007, 10:21:12 pm
Ah... true... +k for you Mr. Coleman... not that you really need any more! :)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on February 27, 2007, 08:36:33 pm
It's basically a swap, eight Landmark teams into Pool B and seven PrAC teams out.

Yes, Scranton and Moravian for Thomas More and W&J/Westminster!

The GSAC may be glad that they got their AQ!

The NAthCon will be glad to get its, too,
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on June 05, 2007, 12:10:00 am
Royals bball schedule is up on school web site; room for 3 more games; no Kings yet.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: roy_a on June 05, 2007, 09:35:13 am
Ronk, The Lady Royals will be playing 2-3 games when they take thier holiday trip. I think this year the go to Puerto Rico. It sure looks like Kings will not happen but perhaps Desales.....
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on June 08, 2007, 01:16:10 pm
Could the S.I.D.'s for Moravian & Susquehanna put up their 07-08 schedules, please?  This DVC fan would love to know who the Aggies will be facing in the Pepsi-Weis opening tourney.  Thanks!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on June 08, 2007, 09:14:40 pm
I'm sure they have e-mail addresses you could send to rather than placing your personal messages on this board.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Warren Thompson on June 09, 2007, 04:50:45 am
Could the S.I.D.'s for Moravian & Susquehanna put up their 07-08 schedules, please?  This DVC fan would love to know who the Aggies will be facing in the Pepsi-Weis opening tourney.  Thanks!

Kate: You might wish to cut these SIDs a bit of slack because,

Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on June 09, 2007, 08:52:25 pm
Hype, people - excitement - isn't anyone else anxious to know who's playing who???  Last year, e-mails & snail mail went out to the guys in charge of the Surf City Classic in California & NOTHING!  What better way to let folks know fans really care about games in the 07-08 season.  Especially since this is the start of BIG things with the league changes - HYPE!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: roy_a on June 11, 2007, 09:23:25 am
Okay...we are about 5 months prior to the start of the inaugural Landmark Conference.  Any fans of the teams out there who can bring us up to speed on your respective teams? I will give a preliminary update on Scranton.---First we loose 2, 1000pt scorers. One of which is Taryn  Mellody  a 3 time All American, and the 2nd, Allison Matt, was one of the best pt gaurds in the Mac-Freedom over the last decade. In addition we loose the leagues best shot blocker in Tiffany Williams. Couple that with loosing the leadership and poise of Casey Thran and we look to be in dire straights.....But hold on for a moment....


We return one of the best D3 coaches in history in Mike Strong---granted he does not play, however, he sees the situation better than anyone and has the ability to fix it. Apart from a lot of Freshmen coming in to compete this year we do bring a lot back. Considering the changing strting lineups as well as the generous switching of players a lot of our gals have seen significant playing time. First off we have Stephanie Remington, great defense as well as the ability to shoot lights out. We return last years lone frosh, Ryan Mooney, one of the fiercest defenseive players I have ever seen.... Now, big girls, Michele Fabio, Kathleen Daly, the resturn of 6'3" Molly Klusek and it looks like Scranton will be in contention again....It will be very interesting to see how we match up in a new league though...
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on June 12, 2007, 07:01:09 pm
Many thanks to the S.I.D. for Susquehanna!  New season's schedule is up :)!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on June 12, 2007, 11:52:05 pm
. Apart from a lot of Freshmen coming in to compete this year we do bring a lot back. .

roy_a,
   Any info on these  freshmen;I haven't seen anything yet.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on June 21, 2007, 10:37:25 am
Noticed the league Web site is available:

http://www.landmarkconference.org
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Wydown Blvd. on June 21, 2007, 10:42:19 am
nice website.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on June 21, 2007, 10:47:51 am
Presto's sites generally look good.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on June 22, 2007, 07:43:05 am
Noticed the league Web site is available:

http://www.landmarkconference.org
The Poll on the right side asked the question about my favortie part of the website.

Quote
What is your favorite part of the Landmark Conference web site? 
 Exciting Landmark Conference Logo
 Easy Navigation
 Schedule and Standings
 Overall Design

Will the conference logo get another star as they add a member?   :D
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on June 22, 2007, 10:14:14 am
Seems simple enough to change. Unlike the Empire 9. :)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Knightstalker on June 23, 2007, 07:56:59 am
Definitely nicer than the NJAC website.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on June 29, 2007, 11:31:32 pm
   The first 3 recruits for the Lady Royals were announced today on the athletics web site. Implies more to come.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: roy_a on July 26, 2007, 05:52:08 pm
The Lady Royals sports family lost a true gentlemen with the passing of Womens Soccer coach JOE BOCHICCHIO. Joe was the soccer coach for nearly 25 years and was truly a nice man. My thoughts and prayers to his family.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on July 27, 2007, 05:27:44 pm
I'm feeling older since I remember Joe from youth baseball then high school football at West Scranton.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on July 27, 2007, 11:49:27 pm
Thanks for posting this .....a very sad story out of Scranton. Thoughts and Prayers for his family, friends and the University.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: CardinalRed on September 17, 2007, 09:11:35 pm
Expect a good Freshman class out of Catholic this year. The past two years have been decent recruiting classes with Linderoth and Gray. Expect a drop off though because of the loss of Rojas,Deborger, and Mertz.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: bbald eagle on October 11, 2007, 02:40:55 pm
Red-

There'll be a drop off without those 3 - CUA's three top scorers last season. But even with them CUA was in the bottom half of the CAC last year. 

The key to how CUA does this year will probably be the level of competition in Landmark. Goucher probably will be near the bottom and Scranton at the top, but apart from that, the league doesn't seem too clear to me - pretty non descript. How does Catholic stack up against the rest of the league?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on October 11, 2007, 10:27:48 pm
   Significant graduation losses this year for Scranton, so unless some incoming freshmen can start, they shouldn't be as strong as the last 5 years.
   Moravian usually has an above-average team and I was impressed with the new CU coach 2 years ago when they defeated Scranton in an early season game.
   Could be an interesting season with unfamiliar teams from 4 different leagues playing each other.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: CardinalRed on October 13, 2007, 11:01:53 am
I think the reason that CUA was in the bottom half last year was because of the injury to our best big (wo)man. Linderoth hurt her knee and was forced to sit out most of the year. This forced shannon mertz to take on much of the load, and she handled it well. The freshman class last year stepped it up. It is interesting to see if there is a sophmore slump or not. Justine Gray has what it takes to hold down the back court. They will need someone to step up as a shooting guard. Also a returning sophmore is Kate Robinson who is a rebounding machine. I look for the Lady Cards to finish at the worst, 3rd in the new conference. Coach Carey definetly has what it takes to lead this team to the conference championship. I think the record should improve because the Landmark isnt as deep as the CAC.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: bbald eagle on October 13, 2007, 05:00:54 pm
Insightful, Red. Thanks.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: bbald eagle on November 07, 2007, 04:08:31 pm
Catholic U is listing 11 freshmen on a 17 player roster; a new look for a new league  ;D
http://www.cuacardinals.com/sports/wbkb/2007-08/roster
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: cacfan2 on November 14, 2007, 10:15:55 pm
11 Freshmen.  Did she clean house ???  Did she need to?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: bbald eagle on November 15, 2007, 10:43:37 am
CUA graduated 3 of its 4 top players of last season. They liked to shoot 3s, but those players graduated. Several others haven't returned but I don't know why. Linderoth is the returning impact player. CUA will be a young team this year - no seniors. It looks like a rebuilding year which isn't too great a prospect since they only reached mediocrity in the CAC last year. Maybe they will find Landmark more to their liking.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on November 17, 2007, 10:26:41 am
The Lady Royals pull one out last evening. How do you replace 70% of your scoring? Who will want the ball in crunch time? It may take 1/3 of the season for these things to play out. Two pretty dry years of recruiting have now left the Lady Royals both senior & freshman heavy with virtually zero experience in between. The good news is that all the seniors have a wealth of playing time...the unknown factor is how well the freshman can make the adjustment & contribute.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: roy_a on November 17, 2007, 03:46:07 pm
Saratoga..Interesting questions....The one player in between the Seniors and the Frosh is Ryan Mooney, one of our best defensive recruits in years. How do you replace 70% of your scoring???? Tough to answer that one but keep in mind the gals who backed up Taryn and Allison wouyd have started for 80% of the teams we played over the last 2 years, so the cupboard is far from empty. Their roles are now different so it should indeed be interesting. Also, the return of 6'3" Molly Klusek will be invalueable.



See ya in 2 weeks......
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: cuabigdog on November 18, 2007, 11:08:37 am
The Catholic University women's basketball team (2-0) used a second half comeback to get the 60-56 victory over the Rutgers-Newark Scarlet Raiders (1-1) at the host's preseason tournament Saturday afternoon.

Sophomore Kate Robinson (Emmitsburg, Md./Catoctin High School) hit a layup to open the second half but that would be as close as the Cards would come for awhile as Rutgers-Newark charged out of the gates taking a 15-point lead at 16:28. Just minutes later, however, CUA finally got on track and used a total team effort to go on a 8-0 run of its own to cut the lead to three. At 9:34 Christina Rogers (Monmouth Beach, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) made two layups in a row to take the lead for the first time since early in the opening half. From that point on it was anybody's game but with three minutes left Linderoth sank a jumper to give the Cards the lead which they managed to hold onto for the 60-56 win.

Schiavoni led all scorers with 17 points and Peterson added 13. Linderoth scored eight points and posted as many boards. The Cardinals were accuate from the field in the second half as they shot 66.7 percent from three and 55.6 percent from the floor.
Juniors Kristen Linderoth (Spring Lake, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) and Jessica Schiavoni (Winchester, Va./John Handley) were both named all tournament after a pair of outstanding performances this weekend.



The Cards will open up at the DuFour Center with a game versus Trinity (D.C.) on Wednesday at 1 p.m.


Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: CardinalRed on November 18, 2007, 11:27:25 am
I just want to start by saying this year will not be in any way a rebuilding effort for the CUA Womens Basketball team. Albeit they have 11 freshman, these freshman showed great composure satuday night in Rutgers.The team started slow against a more athletic Rutgers-Newark team. Catholic was bigger and stronger and took that to their advantage. They forced R.N. to shoot from the outside, which is their strong point, but in the end Catholic was getting hands in their faces on the outside while still dominating down low. After sophmore standout Justine Gray went down after going up for a lay up and landing awkwardly on her knee, freshman guard Christina Rogers stepped up to take control. The Juniors on this Catholic team are playing like seniors. Jessica Schiavoni (Tournament MVP) has continued to improve since her freshman year. She has stepped up as a team captain and leader. Kristen Linderoth is back and has also stepped up as a leader. The sophmores are playing like juniors. Justine Gray is the third captain and an emotional leader on and off the court. Her injury may affect the Lady Cards but it is uncertain whether or not it is serious. Kate Robinson is back in form and is starting off her sophmore year the way she ended her sensational freshman year. This team may look young on paper, but in no way do i believe this is a "Rebuilding" year. I fully expect this Cardinal team to challenge the best of the Landmark Conference this year.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: TheGrove on November 18, 2007, 05:23:30 pm
Susquehanna wins its own Pepsi/Weis Markets Tip-Off Tournament, 55-53 over Elmira. Not bad for a young team.

Sophomore transfer Ashley Watkins made the All-Tourney team and senior Ruth Williamson was MVP.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on December 05, 2007, 12:00:07 am
Under the category of "Are You Freakin Kidding Me"...Scranton women lose to Moraivan at home. Not a clue on offense, too many reach in fouls that put the Greyhounds on the line & not nearly enough playing time for their best 3 point shooter & outside threat. On the other hand... great game plan by Mary Beth. Who says good coaches arn't worth at least 5 points for their team??? As I've stated before, two straight years of non-recruiting, the lack of bringing in a true point guard two years ago to study under Allie & coaches that are aggressive & understand the game & are GREAT recruiters are currently having their way with the Lady Royals. It certainly may get worse before it even gets close to being better. On Friday vs. Hamilton...I see Hamilton winning by 10. When was the last time I ever even entertained the notion the Lady Royals were the underdog? At HOME??? Tonights game set Scranton basketball back 25 years...if not more. By the way, this will now officially end Scranton's reign of being in the TOP 25 since the Neolithic era.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on December 07, 2007, 11:09:00 am
I see Hamilton winning by 10. When was the last time I ever even entertained the notion the Lady Royals were the underdog? At HOME??? Tonights game set Scranton basketball back 25 years...if not more. By the way, this will now officially end Scranton's reign of being in the TOP 25 since the Neolithic era.


I can't tell if this is a joke or note..............please tell me it is... ???
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: bbald eagle on December 08, 2007, 10:49:35 am
I just want to start by saying this year will not be in any way a rebuilding effort for the CUA Womens Basketball team. . . . This team may look young on paper, but in no way do i believe this is a "Rebuilding" year. I fully expect this Cardinal team to challenge the best of the Landmark Conference this year.

After seeing them play Mary Washington last night, I still think it is a rebuilding year. That's not a slight, just a description. Linderoth is the experience and the strength. The freshmen are talented but freshmen. The coach has dropped the shoot 3s all night approach and is playing more aggressively and wide open with this bunch. They started 3 frosh and the first 2 off the bench were also freshmen. They played hard but didn't shoot well. There is a good future in store if they stay together for 4 years but this season is rebuilding. I don't know the strength of Landmark, but Catholic would be in the middle of the pack in the CAC.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: CardinalRed on December 08, 2007, 08:45:17 pm
I just want to start by saying this year will not be in any way a rebuilding effort for the CUA Womens Basketball team. . . . This team may look young on paper, but in no way do i believe this is a "Rebuilding" year. I fully expect this Cardinal team to challenge the best of the Landmark Conference this year.

After seeing them play Mary Washington last night, I still think it is a rebuilding year. That's not a slight, just a description. Linderoth is the experience and the strength. The freshmen are talented but freshmen. The coach has dropped the shoot 3s all night approach and is playing more aggressively and wide open with this bunch. They started 3 frosh and the first 2 off the bench were also freshmen. They played hard but didn't shoot well. There is a good future in store if they stay together for 4 years but this season is rebuilding. I don't know the strength of Landmark, but Catholic would be in the middle of the pack in the CAC.



I still disagree with the rebuilding description. I said that the Lady Cards were not a rebuilding team before we lost another starter, Kate Robinson. Mary Wash is a good team, to an extent. Kristen Linderoth outplayed the All-American, Liz Hickey. In fact, Hickey should have fouled out with 5:00 mins left. The C.A.C. officials gave it to another player, who was behind the foul. We started three freshmen because we have lost starting point guard Justine Gray and starting G/F Kate Robinson to injuries.
       I also would like to add the show that MWU puts on after a game is completely disgraceful and disrespectful. The team, instructed by Coach Deena Applebury, joins at mid-court, on top of the Cardinal, and tries to chant their mascot name "Eagles." I'm sure this happens after every game and I am okay with it if they are at HOME in Fredericksburg. You donít pull that kind of stunt on the road. I do not know Coach Applebury on a personal level and will not pass judgment on her, but if she thinks because she's ranked number one in the nation she can disregard respect and rules she needs to be told differently.  Representing the CAC like that on the road will get you alot of enemies and I think she should re-think the ways she celebrates her wins. Itís a shame that she ruined the game with a classless act like that and I think it is unfortunate that these two will probably not play each other for awhile. I wish that CUA will play the Eagles next when MWU is "Rebuilding" so they can show what real respect is. I would like to add that standing up for the CUA name and all it stands for shows the integrity that Coach Carey has in not letting Coach Applebury's team celebrate on the logo. Catholic has 10 freshman and they do not need to see some other team celebrating on their logo.
     Finally the point I want to end with is one I stated earlier.  Kristen Linderoth out-played UMW's All-Americans and deserves to get recognition for that. Linderoth is a tremendous player and IS an All-American. To battle back from a knee injury and get back to the level of the play was at before the injury (and surpassing that level to the highest play she has showed in two years) is simply remarkable. I hope she gets the recognition in the weeks and months to come.
     Good Luck to the Mens and Women Cardinals next week as they both play Villa Julie. GO CARDS!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: bbald eagle on December 09, 2007, 10:36:23 am
Wow.

Maybe its a "developmental" or "growing" year for CUA more than a "rebuilding" season?

I thought Linderoth played extremely well - she is the strength of the team - but the CUA frosh post covered Hickey more than she did, and they did a good job except on the base line, which the CUA coach pointed out more than once. If Linderoth plays like that the entire year, you'll have a good case she's an All-American.

The refs did a lousy job at the end of the game, after it was already decided. Most of the bad calls went in favor of UMW. It looked to me like the refs gave two of Hickey's fouls to other players - and one to her that she hadn't committed. I thought she had fouled out twice. But don't blame it on CAC refs. I don't know if these three also call CAC games but this game was at CUA which hired the refs and I assume contracts for Landmark refs.

After the game, the CUA players left for the locker and the UMW players put their hands together at center court for a cheer. There was no way it was obnoxious. The CUA coach called her players back to center court and demanded that UMW leave - which they did - and then when all the players had gone, she went over to the UMW bench and got in the face of the UMW coach. A big overreaction by the CUA coach in my opinion.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: CardinalRed on December 09, 2007, 11:33:45 am
Yea i agree the refs were bad and that the game was already decided. I do think it is unfortunate that we are still using CAC officials for games between CAC and Landmark teams. As for the postgame, I think if you had heard what Coach Carey was saying and what Coach Applebury was saying you would side with Coach Carey. The cheer at mid court is pointless. Theres simply no reason for it. Some of the things Coach Applebuy said were also pointless and made no sense. Carey was simply defending her team. I dont know how UMW benefits from cheering at mid court, which I believe is against the rules before a game. Not sure about after...
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: bbald eagle on December 09, 2007, 11:50:18 am
by the time I was aware of what the two head coaches were saying when CUA coach went over to UMW bench, it had become "don't insult my kids" and "don't yell at me" and "I'm not yelling" rather than anything substantive.

Anyway, game's long over now, so good luck in your Landmark season. :)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: CardinalRed on December 09, 2007, 03:59:23 pm
Same to you. You have a really good team that will surely be making alot of noise come march.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on December 09, 2007, 09:04:25 pm
Obviously, I wasn't at this game...but, based on what both of you have stated...it seems to me the CUA coach may have missed a golden opportunity to use what UMW was doing as a teaching lesson for her young team. Rather than blow what was being done out of proportion...she could have brought her team back out to watch the festivities and said something to the effect, sit down & watch what's going on, on our court. This is what very good teams do. We are going to be the ones to work together to make sure this isn't done here again for a very long time. Just a different approach going for the same outcome. Then again, I guess the best remedy is to win at home & celebrations found to be abrasive won't be an option.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: mwcsid on December 10, 2007, 09:25:46 am
I agree with Saratoga, but to me, standing in a circle with hands in the center and saying "Eagles" isn't really worth all this to-do. It's not like they were planting a flag or stomping on the logo, they were just standing there. And yes, they've done this every game for the last five years, win or lose, home or away.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: CardinalRed on December 10, 2007, 03:19:24 pm
Or you teach your players the lesson that this is your court and stand up to people who think  they can take that away from you? And whats the point of the celebration? Why does UMW feel the need to do something that everyone else agrees is okay, if on your side of the court, not on the logo that represents Catholic University. Why do they feel the need to be special and stand at mid-court. Your given a bench for a reason, stick to it.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Balder Eagle on December 12, 2007, 04:22:12 pm
I love this game -- it is Fantastic
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: CardinalRed on December 12, 2007, 05:15:47 pm
I'm not sure what you mean by that.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: cuabigdog on December 16, 2007, 09:27:04 pm
12/16/2007

 The Catholic University women's basketball team (5-2) escaped from Towson University Sunday evening with a 57-52 win over the Villa Julie Mustangs (1-7) in a local rivalry at a neutral site. The game came down to the wire for the Cards who utilized a solid defensive effort in the victory. Kristen Linderoth (Spring Lake, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) led the Cardinals with her first double-double of the season after a 15 point, 10 rebound performance.

The first half was a low scoring affair as both teams struggled to find the bottom of the net. CUA shot 36 just 36 percent while the Mustangs managed to make just 30 percent of their shots. A lack of free throws also kept it a low scoring half as the Cards shot just two free throws in 20 minutes. Leading 25-19 a late Mustang three made it just a three point lead going into the break. Christina Rogers (Monmouth Beach, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) led the way on the scoring end with six points while three other players contributed four. With so many missed shots, the Cardinals were able to gain a solid advantage on the boards outrebounding Villa Julie 27-15. Linderoth had a team-high eight and Jessica Schiavoni (Winchester, Va./John Handley) added five as the Cards dominated in the paint. Tonia Cristno led the Mustangs with eight points in the half.

The lead bounced back and forth throughout the second half. Villa Julie was up by as much as seven midway through thanks to back to back three's from Cristino. However once again the Cards made it back thanks to a stifling defense and a full court press. With 2:18 left a Cardinal foul and technical gave the Mustangs three free throws which they sank two of to go ahead 52-49. With a minute left Linderoth drop stepped on the right block making the layup putting CUA up 53-52 and after a big defensive stop, Kerri Confrey hit another shot to push the lead to three. The Cardinal defense made one more defensive stop forcing the Mustangs to foul and sealing the 57-52 victory.

Linderoth led the Cards with 15 points and Brianna Peterson (Garnerville, N.Y./North Rockland) added 12. Linderoth led all players on the boards with 10 and Schiavoni followed her with eight. The Cards outrebounded the Mustangs by a staggering 13 rebounds 42-29 which included 17 offensive. CUA also shot 42 percent for the game while Villa Julie managed to hit 32 percent from the field. The only place where the Mustangs held an advantage was in turnovers as CUA commited 17 and Villa Julie 13 in the game.

The Cardinals will have a nice break over the holidays and return to action on December 29 versus Neumann at the DuFour Center. The game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.


Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: cuabigdog on December 20, 2007, 03:40:39 pm
Here's Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season !!! may the new year be filled with love , peace, and good health thru out ... also some really good basketball..

HAPPY HOLIDAY'S   !!!!!!!

GO CARDS
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Matt Letourneau on December 20, 2007, 10:36:56 pm
I missed all this...sounds like some of that great relationship between CUA and UMW in men's bb has spilled over to the women's side...does UMW really do that when they lose?  If they don't, than I can think of one good way to make sure it doesn't happen...

Other than the TCNJ game, though, Catholic's been pretty decent.  Personally, I think its fair to call it a rebuilding year for both Catholic teams this year, but that doesn't mean they can't be at or near the top of the Landmark at the end of the season.  I have no idea what Landmark looks like for women's though.

Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: CardinalRed on January 04, 2008, 10:46:04 pm
Good Luck tomorrow to the somewhat depleted Lady Cards as they take on Stockton College. Coach Carey returns to her previous job where she was an assistant under Coach Fussner. Under 60, Cards win. 60 and over, anyones game. Look for Catholic to step up defensively.


GO CARDS!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 08, 2008, 08:10:48 pm
Based upon the original schedule for the UofS Lady Royals, they were to play last evening in Puerto Rico...what happened to the mystery game? A).Bad directions to the school B). Too much fun to play basketball C). The school they booked to play went under or D). The Lady Royals refused to travel around the island in a yellow school bus. What is the point of playing Puerto Rican colleges when there are so many D-III colleges & universities visiting the various islands? I mean it's not exactly like taking a soccer team to England or Italy or the golf team to Scotland. Hope to hear what happened from the guys that went down there.

Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 04, 2008, 07:34:41 pm
Huge congratulations to Taryn Mellody of The University of Scranton being named to D-III Hoops All Decade First Team. What a fantastic honor to an even more fantastic young woman! Congrats to all the other well deserving young woman named to the various teams & to the committee for a job well done. It was an absolute privilege to be able to watch her & her teammates the past four years.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 04, 2008, 09:46:24 pm
    What I'll remember most about Taryn's play over the years was at the end of hotly-contested games(many NCAA tournament) when you could feel and hear the air being sucked up by the fans as she was getting ready to launch a 3pt bomb and the explosion erupting at the frequent success.
    Bowdoin's Lori Trenkle 's bio contains citation of her play against Royals stellar senior guard duo of Kate P and Katie Doc by Coach Pemper.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 12, 2008, 11:26:45 am
The first Regional rankings come out tomorrow...based on what I've seen thus far my guess is that they may look something like...1.) Messiah 19-2 & 6-0.  2.) Desales 19-3 & 8-1.  3.) Scranton 16-5 & 10-1.  4.) Albright 17-4 & 5-1.  5.) Gwynedd-Mercy 17-5 & 12-1.  6.) Lebanon Valley 18-3 & 3-3.  7.) Dickinson 14-6 & 12-2  8.) Misericordia 16-6 & 11-2.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 13, 2008, 10:41:03 pm
No major surprises with the first Regional rankings...for the most part pretty much as expected. I was thinking the Middle Atlantic would rank 8 teams...looks like only 6. The only pick I would question is Muhlenburg over Dickinson. Dickinsons overall record is 15-6 vs. Muhlenburgs 16-5...however, Dickinson is 13-2 in region vs. Bergs 11-3. And, head-to-head...Dickinson 64-49. Only other minor surprise is Gwynned-mercy not getting a look at 17-5 & 12-1. We should be hearing from TC Hoops within the hour...stay tuned!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 17, 2008, 01:06:21 am
  Lady Royals clinch regular season title and home court advantage for conference playoffs in recovering from 11-4 deficit to take lead near end of 1st half only to have CU hit running 3-pt er from 25 feet as time ran out at the half. they trailed 44-38  in 2nd half but took lead on outstanding foul-shooting, missing only 1 until final minute. Coach K(elly) acknowledged credit for today's improvement to season-long bugaboo.
  Individually, PGs Ryan and Colleen played pretty good, Michelle had some strong drives to the hoop, and  Kathleen was also aggressive in the offensive paint.
   Hoping to see them continue the streak at Goucher later today.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 17, 2008, 09:23:40 pm
   Lady Royals played well in opening half today. Starters out by 10 min mark and played only a few minutes in 2nd half. For the reserves, Brittany had best game of year for her, and I think she's the most fundamentally sound all-around player on the team: moves well w/o the ball, passes well, and most active defender. She should help in the future.
  Jen King did well offensively, dribbling and passing well through the full-court press. Kelly Tratthen looks like a rugged force on the boards. Marisa got so many shots off per minute of action that she had to ice down her shooting shoulder after the game. Seriously, it was good seeing her play w/o knee braces, after the injuries and rehab of previous years,
  Julie dressed but DNP, presumably resting her foot after the tough game the night before.
  All this is tempered by Goucher being the last-place team,only dressing 8 including a grad student, and it being the 2nd game of the weekend.    Interesting game next against Moravian on the road.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: CardinalRed on February 20, 2008, 09:01:06 am
Any ideas on Coach of the Year, Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, All-Conference Teams, etc.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: gordonmann on February 21, 2008, 06:37:56 pm
Programming note...

D3hoops.com will broadcast Saturday's Scranton/Moravian doubleheader live from Johnston Hall in Bethlehem...

5:30 pm - Women: Scranton Royals versus Moravian Greyhounds
7:30 pm - Men: Scranton Royals versus Moravian Greyhounds


The broadcast will be available at www.d3hoops.com/audio starting with pregame coverage 10 minutes before tipoff.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: CardinalRed on February 26, 2008, 05:59:50 pm
Landmark Conference released the All-Conference Team's today.

http://landmarkconference.org/sports/wbkb/2007-08/news/LCwbbal_allconference_08

   I pretty much agree with everything except for  a couple things. Anyone could have guessed that Megan Kopecki and Brianna Peterson were going to be on this link, but the question I raise is: Did Kopecki really deserve to get the upper hand in both categories over Peterson, Kopecki getting First Team and ROY, and Peterson receiving just 2nd team? I think they should have split the awards (Kopecki getting First Team and Peterson getting ROY or Vice Versa). Or at the least been Co-Rookies of the Year. I donít think thereís a rule against sharing the award. After all Peterson did have a better year on paper, albeit with a less successful team.

   Peterson finished second in the league in PPG. She beat out Kopecki in most major categories including PPG, RPG, 3PT FG, and 3PT FG's Made. Peterson also started more games by starting 17 of 22. Kopecki starting just 8 of 24. Head to Head, both had one bad game. In the first game in PA, Peterson had just 6 points and 2 rebounds while Kopecki had a solid night with 11 points and 6 rebounds. The second time the teams met in D.C., Kopecki had her off night with just 6 points, three rebounds and 4 fouls in just 14 minutes in a game that was close until the end. That same night Peterson had a stellar night with 22 points and playing 35 minutes and helping her  team come closer than most teams did in attempting to beat the Royals this year.. Advantage Head to Head? I think Peterson. Advantage Team to Team? Scranton.
   Kopecki for 6th (wo) man of the year? Absolutely. But I donít think she played enough to deserve ROY, not enough to win it over Peterson at least.

   In addition, would it be a bad idea to take away the 6th person on the First and Second Teams and add a 3rd team? It would open the field up to players that had solid but not great years such as Catholicís Kate Robinson, Jessica Schiavoni, and Freshman Kerri Confrey. Or USMMAís Kristen Hetsko and Brooke Picillo (who won Defensive Player of the Year but didnít make it to an All Conference Team?) Also with solid years were Moravianís Jessica Foran and Juniataís Claudia McDowell.  
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 26, 2008, 10:52:51 pm
CardinalRed: I can certainly see where you're coming from. However, I think it's also pretty fair to say that most coaches know that Megan is a really talented young player & about the only thing that held her back was actually Coach Strong by gradually easing her into the starting lineup & increasing her minutes...when he had to. If she averaged 30 minutes a game, her freshman stats would be off the charts. This vote, (ROY) is in some ways refreshing because 5 years ago Scranton had a freshman that could score from anywhere on the court, rebound, handle the ball and led her team to an elite eight berth yet was passed over for the award for another very good player...yet one that averaged about 15 minutes more per game & played for a team that won about 6 or 7 games that season. To me, playing a vital role as a freshman in helping her team advance that far was more telling of someone a bit more deserving of the ROY award or at least sharing it. In all honesty, I think that was the only award Taryn Mellody did not win. She ends up an All-Decade D-III Hoops First Team selection, yet somehow was not voted the MAC ROY. I think where your argument has more merit is that Brianna should have at least shared the ROY award as her accomplishments should not be diminished because she was on a mediocre team...just as a player on a good team should not have their accomplishments undervalued. However, the selection that really has me perplexed is how Mike Strong does NOT get Coach of the Year with the BEST overall record in the conference & the ABSOLUTE BEST conference record. I mean his Lady Royal team LOSES 70% of its scoring with the graduation of 2 All-Americans & their center yet they only have 1 conference loss (first conference game & by 2 pts.). What's this all about? Wait, let me take a wild guess! Scranton, with a totally revamped team has 5 overall losses to Moravians 9 & 1 conference loss to Moravains 5. And to top it off, last Saturday in the regular season final AT Moravian, Scranton drives the length of the floor with 8 seconds left to hit the final shot to tie it up at the end of regulation then sets up a play to tie it up yet again at the end of the first OT by hitting a shot with 1.4 seconds left on an inbounds play then pulls away in the 2nd. OT & wins by 7. Yet this is somehow not quite the best coaching job in this conference? The Lady Royals may well lose tomorrow to the USMMA in a first round game...but, don't believe for one minute that the job Mike did this year was second fiddle to anyone. Unbelievable...yet, predictable!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: CardinalRed on February 27, 2008, 09:18:03 am
   That's one thing I probably did overlook too. But I think the conference didnt want to give Scranton two 1st teamers, Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, AND Coach of the Year. If Scranton had completely dominated the conference schedule by beating teams by 20 all year, I could  see them doing that. But Scranton had one loss and some close games down the stretch. Don't get me wrong though, I too think Coach Strong deserves Coach of the Year. But the fact is that it would have been to hard for the Landmark to give Scranton 3 of 4 Conference awards. Thats where giving ROY to Megan Kopecki should come into question. Coach Strong probably deserved to be COY more than Megan deserved ROY. But Coach Strong probably would rather have his players be rewarded then himself, so I dont see him losing much sleep over not getting COY.

   I think if you put Brianna Peterson in Scranton's lineup this year in place of Megan Kopecki she would have had just as solid of a year, if not better.
   
   It should definetly make for some good if not great games between these two. I could definetly see the next three years producing a potentially great rivalry between the two schools. Catholic's freshman class from this year has great potential. More than any other class I've seen in the Landmark this year. Joining this class next year will be a tremendous point guard in Justine Gray, who missed all but the two first games of this season due to a knee injury and forced her to take an injury red shirt this year. Catholic's back court should be loaded next year considering they will have two point guards that are capable of starting (Kerri Confrey and Justine Gray). And we cant forget about the frontcourt either.  Kristen Linderoth will be back after having an All Conference, if not All American year come to end for the second season in a row due to another knee injury. If this team stays healthy next year, they WILL be in contention for the conference championship. I'm just getting a little ahead of myself though. The conference playoffs haven't even started yet this year and I'm already talking about what could happen next year...
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 27, 2008, 02:23:58 pm
CardinalRed: I think the future looks as bright as your print for Catholic & those of us that follow the UofS have not really known anything else. I know the seniors on this Scranton team are the known quantity...but, even last Sat. in a very big game at Moravain, Scranton had 4 freshmen on the floor late (C.McLane, M.Kopecki, B.Bontemps & J.King) so there is a ton of experience being gained by Scranton's freshman class in big games. Should be a fun group of kids from a number of schools to watch over the next few years. In a related note...Congratulations are certainly in order for Kathleen Daly of the UofS being honored as the first Landmark Conference Player of the Year & Megan Kopecki being honored as the ROY. A job well done by all those nominated from all the schools.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: TCHoops Jr. on February 28, 2008, 11:15:22 am
No major surprises with the first Regional rankings...for the most part pretty much as expected. I was thinking the Middle Atlantic would rank 8 teams...looks like only 6. The only pick I would question is Muhlenburg over Dickinson. Dickinsons overall record is 15-6 vs. Muhlenburgs 16-5...however, Dickinson is 13-2 in region vs. Bergs 11-3. And, head-to-head...Dickinson 64-49. Only other minor surprise is Gwynned-mercy not getting a look at 17-5 & 12-1. We should be hearing from TC Hoops within the hour...stay tuned!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: TCHoops Jr. on February 28, 2008, 11:24:19 am


Big Papi (aka the real) TCHoops should be responding shortly....

In the mean time I'll throw in my two cents and say no one at GMC is complaining about our ranking....

we want the PAC Championship (again) & the NCAA bid.... would welcome another shot at DeSales and Albright and /or a return trip to deal with those cockroaches up at NYU  (oops NYU won't be going this year cause they STINK !!!!)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: TC HOOPS on February 28, 2008, 12:37:31 pm
Hey Jr. I see I taught you well. I know you all MISSED me but I am backkkkkkkkk!!!!No SHOCKER that GMC is not ranked, we are used to being over looked but like you said that's ok.  The only thing that GMC does is win Championships and go on to play in the NCAA playoffs and win in the first round and then have to play a final four team in their home court and give them a scare. Hopefully we will get over that hump this year and get to the sweet 16, either way we will have fun. What happened to that POWER house NYU this year? We were so looking foward to going back there to that empty gym and friendly fans to kick their butts. GMC goes for a 3PEAT Saturday night against a tough Cabrini team in rematch from last years championship game.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: RoyalGator on March 01, 2008, 10:37:12 am
Its that time of the year again where dreams are made or shattered!!!  I am just happy that the University of Scranton rebounded after the 6 - 5 start.  This has to be one of the best coacing jobs performed by Coach Strong since he lost Taryn, Allison and Tiffany.  Hopefully they will pull it out tonight and the NCAA committee merits there worthyness as a Pool B bid.  If they do win, do anyone think they will get a home get a home game?  If they do I hope its Thursday so I can make it up from Titleville (Gainesville), Florida.  I would be my first game since the Final Four im Springfield in 2006.

As for me I am Phinally Done after 2,017 days!!!!   ;D
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 01, 2008, 01:59:09 pm
RoyalGator: Congratulations! We can now refer to you as Dr. RoyalGator! I agree, Coach Strong has worked this group of ladies together quite nicely. No superstars...just a great group of kids getting the most mileage out of their abilities. Its been an enjoyable & somewhat surprising run the Lady Royals have put together. Stay warm...heard it may hit only 70 today in Titleville.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 01, 2008, 06:51:47 pm
Royalgator,

   Welcome back! Ladies hang on for the Landmark title by 2.
   Sorry, no women's games on Thurs, 1 on wed, the rest on friday; there will be 5 men's games on thurs- maybe the royals, especially if they win also today.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: bigjoe on March 02, 2008, 08:40:04 pm
I have seen six Lady Royal games and not once has the entire team played well.  It all may come together against one of the better teams, e.g. Messiah, and if it does, Scranton can beat anyone.  Daly has been consistent throughout and has emerged as a quiet leader.  Fabio has outstanding moves underneath, quick feet and a nice rotation on her shots.  Against a fast team, like Junianta, only Remington has breakaway foot speed and experience to stop a fast break, but she has to remain outside on offense to be in position.  She and Mooney need to be in the line-up during the final five minutes.  I like the freshman Kopecki, who makes "freshman mistakes" with her passing and is sometimes slow to get back on defense (she has speed), but is adept at position rebounding.  The bench is well-coached. especially Brohpy, and Coach Strong has proven many times that he can get the most out of his talent, especially this season.  Congratulations to a team that could be this year's Cinderella.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 02, 2008, 09:53:29 pm
Good points BigJoe & welcome aboard. This just in...Scranton & Juniata of the Landmark take 2 of the 3 Pool B spots & are heading to the tournament. Congrats to both schools. Bracketing tomorrow morning.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: CardinalRed on March 03, 2008, 03:56:41 pm
Looks like the Landmark is getting some respect with 2 bids. Good to see. I definetly think it is a better conference than the CAC. I think in the East it is one of the better conferences in front of the CAC and ODAC (atleast from what i've seen). I think it is safe to say that Juniata has a bit of a tough road ahead of them considering who they're playing. Then again its 16's beating 1's that make March the best month of the year.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: bbald eagle on March 04, 2008, 03:26:29 pm
I definetly think it is a better conference than the CAC. I think in the East it is one of the better conferences in front of the CAC and ODAC (atleast from what i've seen).

Red, if you're right, that doesn't bode well for the Cardinal women's prospects since over their years in the CAC they never were able to claim the CAC title.  ;)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: CardinalRed on March 05, 2008, 07:37:38 pm
I definetly think it is a better conference than the CAC. I think in the East it is one of the better conferences in front of the CAC and ODAC (atleast from what i've seen).

Red, if you're right, that doesn't bode well for the Cardinal women's prospects since over their years in the CAC they never were able to claim the CAC title.  ;)


The CAC has 2 legit teams, 2 average teams, 2 below average teams, and 3 of the worst teams in the country. And three years atop the CAC and UMW is the best womens program in the CAC ever? I think Coach Finney or Former Coach Benshelter will have something to say about that. I sure hope my Lady Cards play your Eagles next year.   
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: bbald eagle on March 05, 2008, 08:40:37 pm
Hey Red, I never said UMW was the best ever in the CAC, just that CUA never won the CAC championship.  ;D So I guess CUA was never the best, right?   :o When CUA left, it was in the bottom half of the CAC. Still would have been in the bottom half this year. If CUA plays and beats UMW next season, it'd be Coach Carey's first win over UMW, right?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: CardinalRed on March 05, 2008, 09:56:04 pm
Hey bbald, Thats where I disagree. I think they would have been 4th, possibly 3rd in the CAC. Which is why I believe that the LMC is a better conference than the CAC. Did you see Catholic play this year? And yes, it would be the first time Coach Carey would beat UMW, your point? And if you really want to turn this into who is a better coach, lets get the two together and go x's and o's or maybe even involve a little one on one.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: mamadukes on March 05, 2008, 10:19:19 pm
Now I would pay $$$ to see that!
I saw Catholic play UMW this year. It wasn't pretty. I believe the score was 82-61. UMW
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: bbald eagle on March 06, 2008, 10:30:15 am
Did you see Catholic play this year? And yes, it would be the first time Coach Carey would beat UMW, your point?

I saw Catholic lose to Mary Washington at Catholic. I posted my reactions on this board. Go back and read them.

My point about Coach Carey? You slammed UMW and its program, invoking Coach Finney and former Coach Benshelter, both of whom have had great programs, as your authority. Coach Carey hasn't yet reached their level. So far she's achieved mediocrity in two leagues. I think she's good and has a bright future, but not much of a past. Coach Applebury rushed to the top of the heap very quickly. I suppose after being named national coach of the year last year, there's only one direction she can go.  ;D

Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: CardinalRed on March 06, 2008, 02:09:01 pm
I slammed after you slammed. I'm not going to sit back and let you take shots at a program I love. And yet your still taking shots at it? Don't dish it if you can't take it bbald.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: bbald eagle on March 06, 2008, 02:14:40 pm
I definetly think it is a better conference than the CAC. I think in the East it is one of the better conferences in front of the CAC and ODAC (atleast from what i've seen).

First Slam copied from above, from you.  ::) 

by the way, was it a rebuilding year or not for the CUA Cardinals?  ;)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on March 06, 2008, 05:15:29 pm
You're a little oversensitive if that's a slam.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: CardinalRed on March 06, 2008, 06:42:57 pm
Thanks Pat.If you took that as a slam I'm sorry but it wasn't intended that way. I was merely saying what I thought from what I saw this season and in seasons past. I've even sayed that UMW is a "Legit" team. Theres no taking away from what they've done this season.

And no it wasn't a rebuilding year. Our starting point guard Justine Gray (Soph) tore her ACL in the second game of the season and Starting Center Kristen Linderoth tore her second ACL in two years. Freshman took the place in both positions. It was more of learning expierence which is why this freshman class is going to be so good. Also Catholic missed key players a few games due to injuries.

But think about this for a second. Lose Liz Hickey a quarter of the way through the season and losing Leigh Kampman in the second game of the season. Also a few keys starters missing some games through the season. Would you have had as a successful of a season as you've had so far?

So the answer to your question is a resounding no. And whats with still taking the shots at the Team, Coach Carey, and the Program in general?  ???
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: bbald eagle on March 06, 2008, 07:35:27 pm
Pat's a CUA Cardinal too!  ;)

You're right about one thing: if players go down, it makes a difference. Flanagan, a starter,  went down last year for UMW midway through the season and never returned. Bruen was out sick for a couple of games late in the season. The team was able to play through it.

I guess I'm missing something, but with CUA's record this season, if it wasn't a rebuilding year, it probably stays near the bottom of the Landmark.

As far as shots at Coach Carey: she's good and should improve. As far as the program, it needs to improve, doesn't it?

But I guess I'm not expressing myself the way you'd like. I liked Catholic and wished they stayed in the CAC. I just don't think this year they'd have finished in the top of the CAC either.

I'd like to see CUA at the top of the Landmark.

Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 07, 2008, 02:11:26 pm
I hope the Lady Royals try some different defenses against the team they play tonight. I've heard they love to drive to the hoop, get fouled & settle in. Scranton has the size to go zone & clog the middle up against Baker (a great player ) & their point who loves to drive & dish. Their 3 pt. shooting is very suspect so I hope the  Lady Royals try to force them deeper & deeper from the basket & try things they just arn't comfortable with. This team attempted about 20 more free throws than their opponent last week & over the course of the year are way beyond the opposition in that category. Take away the driving lanes.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: mytwocents on March 08, 2008, 12:21:39 pm
Tough loss for Scranton last night.  Pretty darn good year for the Lady Royals all considering.  Coach Strong and his staff most definetly one of the best in DIII.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 17, 2008, 10:38:51 pm
    I didn't realize that Coach Whitten(formerly of Kings) had moved to the Mount from VCU. 
    Saw the 2 Scranton-CU games at CU of Coach Carey's tenure and was impressed with how well CU played in that game 2 years ago(the only loss for Scranton that year other than to the NCAA champion Hope). This year's CU team looks on the way to very good things despite having to deal with the serious injuries.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: bbald eagle on March 18, 2008, 10:03:36 am
Red, sorry - and surprised - to see Coach Carey go. Good luck to CUA in the search for a new coach.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: old ends on March 23, 2008, 12:36:05 pm
congrats to the girls who made All American,

Click here to see list: http://www.wbca.org/releases/DIIISFCAAT2008.html
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: cuabigdog on May 01, 2008, 12:29:58 am
The Catholic University of America introduced Matthew Donohue as the new head women's basketball coach Wednesday.  Donohue takes over for Margaret Carey who recently left CUA to take a coaching position at her alma mater, Mount Saint Mary's University.  Donohue comes to CUA from Elmira College where he has been the head women's basketball coach and sports information director since 2003.

"We are thrilled to have someone with Coach Donohue's credentials join our coaching staff," said Director of Athletics Dr. Michael Allen.  "He has a tremendous track record of taking programs to new heights throughout his coaching career.  He will bring great enthusiasm to our program and department." 

During his time at Elmira, Donohue was recognized as the Empire 8 and regional Coach of the Year in 2006, led his team to a regular season conference championship in 2007 and had two appearances in the conference championship game.  In his five seasons, Donohue had numerous players earn conference and regional honors and his teams routinely excelled in the classroom. 

Prior to Elmira, Donohue was the head coach at Division II Bloomfield College where his 2002 squad posted a 17 game improvement over the previous season, for one of the largest single season improvements in the nation.  While at Bloomfield he also served as the head men's cross country coach.  The Centenary College graduate holds a degree in English with an emphasis on education.  He taught and coached at a number of high schools in New Jersey. 

Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: TheNextLevel on May 01, 2008, 02:27:19 pm
Elmira's gain is Catholic's loss...Don't let the door hit you in the ___  on the way out!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: TheNextLevel on May 10, 2008, 05:52:18 pm
 I hate to post negatives, but if anyone deserves it....and you asked.

A very good recruiter because he will tell a player whatever they want to hear both before and after they are there, rarely follows though on his word , is manipulative and all that catches up with you, thus the frequent moves.  Also he will purge the schedule of quality opponents and schedule  as many creampuffs as possible to get wins.  (Only 5  'out of conference ' wins in the 5 seasons at Elmira  against teams with a better than 500 record).   His only 2 winning seasons at Elmira were the result of an assistant coach who knew more than he did.  Without her he had 3 losing seasons.  He often pits players against each other behind the scenes, while preaching Team unity.   I could go on and on,  but that would identify players .  As I said , he did recruit some quality players to Elmira, (but then Elmira attracts quality students/athletes to begin with, as does Catholic) and they played thier hearts out for each other.

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EXperiment,and search!! When will it end for Elmira? At some point  you need to have some faith in your players.  The EC coach seems to have none. You no longer have Coackely to run the "press and run" style. SO ADJUST ALREADY. You have talent, use it properly.  Stevens did not scare.  They were not dauntingly good.  But EC was outcoached.  Stevens players were patient, and sharing with the ball.  EC was in a hurry to whip up"notice the word shoot was not used" a three, when their best success was moving it inside. The only player who was hitting the three was givin the bench most of the second half.  Heres a though RUN HER A PLAY.  A group of bench players come in with some spark and decrease the lead to 14, only to be sat down for the remainder.   Show some faith!!    BUT  EC sticks with the press zone defense, and the same offense each time down the floor. Lets see some variation. Coach D  has become the worst thing a coach and team can be... PREDICTABLE.
 

 
 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: heatlee on May 15, 2008, 08:27:06 pm
The new Catholic coach can coach.  If he can win at Elmira, just think how well he'll do at CUA.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on May 16, 2008, 04:34:39 pm
Heatlee, what in the name of God (no pun intended :() would make the women's coaching job at CUA better than Elmira - location?  Climate?   Yes, i know you have Susan Sarandon & dear Pat, but honestly!  Oh well, it's back to the MAC board for me.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: heatlee on May 16, 2008, 06:59:14 pm
D.C. vs. Elmira, its obvious to me especially if you grew up in a metropolitan area, like he did.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: TheNextLevel on May 17, 2008, 06:12:37 pm
Not really.  He had it made at Elmira.  Great School, tons of scholarship money, very supportive Athletic Director and Adminstration, AND he started with a couple of  great  players to build around. 

With the talent EC had... He definitely under-achieved all 5 seasons.
 



The new Catholic coach can coach.  If he can win at Elmira, just think how well he'll do at CUA.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on May 18, 2008, 05:28:15 pm
tons of scholarship money

Hopefully there's an investigation. :)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: CardinalRed on May 31, 2008, 08:48:22 pm
I find it hard to believe that he is as bad of a coach as you say he is. Some of the claims aren't exactly adding up. I'm excited to see what Coach Donohue can do with a great group of players.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: cuabigdog on June 02, 2008, 04:29:03 pm
i myself will just wait till the season starts and see what kind of coach he turns out to be .. could  be a national champion winner or a below 500 coach ... or anywhere in between ...  only time will tell.. i'm sure the AD at CUA would not have chosen him if he were that bad.. let's just wait and see for ourselves before we jump to any conclusions on the man ok .. have a great summer and OCT can't get here quick enough ..
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: CardinalRed on June 02, 2008, 09:21:00 pm
I'll second that.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: TheNextLevel on June 19, 2008, 02:19:07 pm
As I mentioned, the entire roster returns and that includes some excellent players.  I expect the Cardinals record to improve for the next 2 seasons and then is when all the duplicity and BS starts to catch up to Coach D.   The key will be the quality of the Assistant Coach.  Among other things,  he (she) will have to be able to make "in game" adjustments, something  D  has never shown he could do in the past.

Maybe he has learned something, lets hope so for the players and fans sake.


As you said, time will tell...Good luck


i myself will just wait till the season starts and see what kind of coach he turns out to be .. could  be a national champion winner or a below 500 coach ... or anywhere in between ...  only time will tell.. i'm sure the AD at CUA would not have chosen him if he were that bad.. let's just wait and see for ourselves before we jump to any conclusions on the man ok .. have a great summer and OCT can't get here quick enough ..
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on October 03, 2008, 11:25:12 pm
  A check of Scranton's schedule shows 2 teams with recent Lady Royals as assistant coaches(Cabrini - Kate Pierangeli and Gettysburg - Kelly Lewandowski, shifting this year from the Royals' staff). Word has it that they must excuse themselves from discussion about defending the favorite back-door cut play of the Royals.
  The web site says this year's roster will be up shortly( my guess, in 2 weeks after practice starts). This is the 1st season in a while that the incoming frosh were not preannounced.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on October 05, 2008, 02:12:48 am
Ronk: I tend to get a little worried when Scranton does not post its usual synopsis of recruits. It reminds me of 3 years ago when only 3 kids made the team as freshmen & only one (Molly Klusick) is still on the squad. The following year was another wasted year of bringing in talented kids & that is why Scranton had only one junior & one sophmore on last years team. From what was lost to graduation (5 very good seniors) & what is returning, the Lady Royals will be primarily a very young team with a number of returning sophmores & what I would hope is a pretty good incoming freshman class. Then again, when they don't provide updates as in centuries past, even that is not a definate. Based on Scranton's schedule, I notice many teams that in previous years would have never entertained the idea of playing the Lady Royals...so the thought just might be to go play them now as they might be down like never before. Who knows ...perhaps this class will have another Taryn Mellody or Jen Nish or Kelly Halpin...then again, it may be as bare as two of the last three years.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on October 05, 2008, 02:03:27 pm
Saratoga,
   Even in those 2 years I remembering them preannouncing the 2 juniors and the soph; the 3rd junior was a walk-on, I believe. So does a change in procedure indicate?....
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on October 05, 2008, 07:23:11 pm
Ronk: It's somewhat hard to say that because a school doesn't announce its recruits it therefore automatically means its been another bad year...however, if you've recruited truly good players that you've seen play & you know they not only will make the team but get serious playing time, then why not update your fan base? Why the sudden change in protocol?There are numerous teams on this site that not only have updated their incoming freshman class...they've already posted their rosters. I always found it enjoyable seeing who actually came vs. those that were recruited or you "heard" were coming in. Oh well, perhaps by their first game we may read something.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on October 05, 2008, 07:55:41 pm
Can't believe i'm actually typing this, but i DO miss the Scranton posters.  CJ has married & moved, & Warren Thompson has not come on the MAC site in ages.  Anyway, good luck to the Lady Royals this season - also i do miss Drew - good luck to them as well.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: macfan on October 25, 2008, 09:39:41 pm
Check rosters in the region - seems most teams only brought in one or two players; maybe the pickin for D3 prospects at MAC caliber was thin?  Guess we'll see through the season - and certainly in the out of conference games as well as the playoff picture - only time will tell! 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on October 27, 2008, 10:09:24 pm
Saratoga,
  Royals' rosters finally up on web site. Ladies add 4 frosh and a soph. One promising frosh from last year missing this year, however.
  I met the Mechanicsburg frosh at the Messiah game last year, so she followed through on her interest in the U.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: roy_a on November 08, 2008, 10:13:43 am
Okay...someone fill me in...I went 12 yrs going to the Lady Royal home games, and many of the away games. During that 12 yr period I missed only 2 home games...last year, however, I only made it to 2 games...work!!! Anyway...fill me in...who are the teams to beat and who are the top playes in the conference.....
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on November 08, 2008, 11:12:57 am
Roy, welcome back! I seriously thought something may have happened as I don't think you even posted much last season. Glad all is well. Not much coming out of the Lady Royal camp thus far except descriptives such as "young", "pretty inexperienced" and "not very deep". This may be their longest year in the past 20...teams are taking numbers to stand in line for their shot at what some have said is a shell of what once was. The Lady Royals brought in some nice freshmen last year & may have some talent mixed in with this freshman class but, what will end up hurting them in the long run are the two non-existant recruiting classes of 2 & 3 years ago. No senior or junior depth or extensive playing time with the sole exception of their junior point.  I think Moravian has the best quality & depth that returns along with Juniata. After that, it will be anyones game for the 3 & 4 spots. Could be the first time in the better part of two centuries that Scranton will not be playing after the regular season. That said, Coach Strong has certainly not ducked anyone. His out of conference schedule is as tough as any in the country & I'm sure he's hoping that playing his freshman/sophmore laden team through those battles will be a great teacher for any conference run down the stretch.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on November 13, 2008, 11:49:27 am
Somewhat expected yet still surprising to see...Lady Royals picked to finish in 2nd. place behind Moravian. Can't really remember the last time Scranton & second place were in the same sentence during the regular season.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on November 14, 2008, 01:28:22 pm
What's that old saying "you can take the teams out of the MAC, but you can't take the MAC out of the teams  ;) - end quote. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: roy_a on November 15, 2008, 11:02:05 am
Let the games begin...I can see why Moravian is the selection for the Landmark..it makes sense...but...let's not count the Lady Royals out...Megan Kopecki sure seems to be the heir apparent to the next top flight scorer for the Royals...Also, Ryan Mooney reminds me a lot of Kate Dougherty, Doc...and if Molly Klusek stays healty and we see her potential realized we should be in the mix yet again...nice article in the Scranton Times this morning...Coach Strong is only 13 victories away form 700....wow.......
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: OshDude on November 17, 2008, 12:31:23 am
Any volleyball fans? I posted on my blog (http://uwoshvball.wordpress.com/) a Nationals Guide similar to the ones I did for the St. Thomas and Oshkosh regionals. Check it out if you're interested in Juniata and/or D-III VB.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: TheGrove on November 17, 2008, 02:44:30 pm
Susquehanna beat FDU-Florham, 65-49, in the first game then St. Mary's (Md.), 62-55, to win the Cherry Cove/Seahawk Tip-Off Tournament. Freshman Libby Shober made the All-Tournament Team. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: TheGrove on November 19, 2008, 08:50:04 pm
Susquehanna beats Wilkes, 62-50, in its home opener. Freshman Jennifer Butts leads all scorers with 16 points.

Pepsi/Weis Markets Tipoff Tournament starts Saturday!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: TheGrove on November 22, 2008, 09:59:32 pm
Day 1 of the Pepsi/Weis Markets Tip-Off Tournament at Susquehanna:

McDaniel 65, Rutgers-Newark 30
Susquehanna 72, Alfred 52

Susquehanna vs. McDaniel tomorrow at 3 for the championship.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on November 22, 2008, 11:49:05 pm
Scranton knocks off Cabrini by about 10 in the first round of the Dickinson Tournament. The Lady Royals will face their hosts tomorrow at 4:00 for the championship. Dickinson defeated Washington & Lee in their first round game. The game will be broadcast over Royal Radio...WUSR, 99.5 or via the net.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on November 23, 2008, 12:48:41 am
  Lady Royals used balanced scoring to overcome the strong play of Cabrini PG Deana DiAmico (6-6 from 3-pt land); her play was reminiscint of her assistant coach(former Royals star kate P).
  Frosh Kelly Carman showed promise operating in the low post.
  Colleen McLane suffered a hard fall while driving to the hoop early in the 2nd half and after a few minutes, was able to walk off under her own power, although she did not return to the game. Don't know if she'll be able to play tomorrow.
  Didn't see enough of the Dickinson game to tell how much of an opponent they'll be as their game was well in hand. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: TheGrove on November 23, 2008, 04:55:50 pm
Susquehanna comes back from a one-point halftime deficit to beat McDaniel, 78-68, in the championship of the Tip-Off Tournament. Rachael Hughes made the all-tourney team and freshman Jessica Zigarelli was named MVP.

That's the second tournament so far where a freshman has made the all-tournament team (Libby Shober was for the St. Mary's tourney last weekend). Nice start for the young'uns.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on November 23, 2008, 06:09:17 pm
This just in...Lady Royals knock off Dickinson in the championship of the Dickinson Tournament, 59-49. Scranton improves to 3-1 while the host team falls to 1-1.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: TheGrove on December 03, 2008, 11:35:21 am
Conference play opens up this weekend... any thoughts?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: cuabigdog on December 04, 2008, 07:28:59 pm
the Lady Cards from CUA look very good this early in the season.. Strong starting 5 and can go 5-6 deep on the bench.. very srtong freshman class has the Lady Cards poised to be a contender for the conf. in my opinion.. they are 6-2 losing two very winable games by a combined score of 7 points.. It may still be early in the season and anything can happen but don't overlook the Cards.. they may just fly right past you
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: TheGrove on December 06, 2008, 09:37:17 pm
Susquehanna squeaked by Juniata, 59-55, in the conference opener.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: TheGrove on December 15, 2008, 11:21:08 am
Susquehanna beat Baptist Bible, 78-67. No commentary from me since I wasn't there, but here's the recap: http://www.susqu.edu/Sports/teams/WBasketball/default.htm  :D
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on December 16, 2008, 08:07:30 pm
Yes Moravian beat the Lady Mules, but they're not the Bull Dogs, they're the Lady Grey Hounds  ;)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 03, 2009, 01:35:39 am
     Lady Royals win overtime struggle @ Gettysburg despite poor foul-shooting and some bad passing. Kelly worked well in the paint(4 offensive rebounds) and sent game into OT with a last-second layup on a pass from Megan. Megan with 14 points, 8 steals and assists and 7 rebounds; Jen with 4 3-ptrs and 1 old-fashioned 3-pt play, Molly worked well down low.
     Play recent #1 Kean in championship who were missing preseason All-american Melissa Beyruti in their win over Lebanon Valley.
    Numerous former Royals in the crowd including Stephanie, Julie, and Marisa from last year's team and a couple others that I didn't recognize with former teammate Kelly Lewandowski now coaching G-burg.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 03, 2009, 09:39:26 pm
    Lady Royals win G-burg tournament defeating Kean 77-52. Kean continues to miss All-American Melissa Beyruti(injured), unofficially, for the rest of the season. They were a formidible opponent, despite her absence, but the Royals played noticeably better than the nite before - fewer bad passes, much better defense, 19-7 advantage in offensive boards, marginally better foul-shooting(it just seemed a lot better), and, for the 1st time, a number of reserves making offensive moves instead of letting someone else do it.  Still a considerable work-in-progress but they took a step forward today.
   Since I omitted Ryan's 8 rebounds last nite, I'll mention her 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals today.   
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: finalfour on January 04, 2009, 08:17:06 pm
This message it to all the voter's on the D3Hoops top 25 poll:  It is about time you recognized Moravian by putting them in the top 25 in the last poll.  When you vote this week, please remember that they did beat DeSales (why are they still ahead of the Hounds?) and of their 9 wins 6 of them came against teams that were in the NCAA tournament last year.  Happy Voting!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on January 06, 2009, 08:21:12 pm
Well, the way the ball bounces, i see the U of S winning out - until that last game which could be wild  ;)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Title IX on January 10, 2009, 10:31:46 am
Moravian won another game last night and faces Susquehanna today at home at  ::)2:00 p.m.
They have marched through a tough early season schedule so far defeating DeSales, Muhlenberg, Scranton, TCNJ, and DII East Stroudsburg.  Their only loss was to #1 Rochester--at Rochester--in November.   The team is playing well.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 11, 2009, 01:36:49 am
  Here are the standings both standard and a new format(Ronk Standings) which stresses the effect of home court losses and road wins in a conference which has an uneven number of home vs road games for each team after each weekend(until the final travel-pair game), since the 1st weekend starts play with only 1 game per team. I think it gives a truer picture.

Standard                                                   RS

MMA           3 - 0                                        Catholic     2 - 0
Scranton    2 - 1                                        MMA           1 - 0
Catholic      2 - 1                                        Susque      1 - 0
Susque       2 - 1                                        Juniata      1 - 0
Juniata       1 - 2                                        Scranton    0 - 0
Drew          1 - 2                                        Goucher     0 - 1
Moravian    1 - 2                                        Moravian    0 - 2
Goucher     0 - 3                                        Drew          0 - 2
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 11, 2009, 01:40:49 am
Error: these are the men's standings; I forgot which board I was doing.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 11, 2009, 01:53:42 am
Standard                                                   RS

Moravian       3 - 0                                     Catholic     2 - 0
Catholic         2 - 1                                     Moravian   0 - 0
Scranton        2 - 1                                    Scranton    0 - 0
MMA               2 - 1                                    MMA           0 - 0
Susque          1 - 2                                    Susque       0 - 0
Goucher         1 - 2                                    Juniata       0 - 0
Drew              1 - 2                                    Goucher     1 - 1
Juniata           0 - 3                                    Drew          0 - 2 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 17, 2009, 01:29:52 am
    Lady Royals victors over Goucher despite 16 1st-half turnovers; Jen high scorer with several strong drives to the bucket leading to baskets and/or foul shots. "blue" team more effective than starters and were rewarded with extensive playing time in second half.
   Big challenge tomorrow with Lady Cardinals who knocked off Landmark leader Moravian tonite.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 17, 2009, 11:15:30 am
Ronk: the Lady Royals assist to turnover ratio is beyond horrible. It's not far from 2:1, except in the wrong direction. I believe there is only 1 positive A/T on the team right now & that's not even very good. Couple that with barely 50% shooting from the free throw line and those two areas will haunt you once conference games heat up & you have any hopes of going anywhere in the playoffs.
  Certainly hope Mike is on the recruiting trail looking for a true point that can step in and play right away...which will then allow some of the other kids to revert back to their more natural positions.
  I'm kind of thinking on the lines of a Kelly Halpin or Allison Matt & while he's at it...why not get another Taryn Mellody and Shelly Parks. AHH, if it were only that easy!!!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 18, 2009, 01:27:20 am
Saratoga,
   You're right about those 2 aspects of their game and 26 turnovers today will not improve things. On the positive side, Ryan was +3 today in A/TO, Colleen had the best game of her short career(10 points,3 assists, 3 steals, 1 block(missing from stats)), and Megan had the finest half(18 points,5 rebounds,3 steals,1 assist) in a while after an unlucky foul-restricted first half of 6 minutes.
  In defense of Megan's A/TO ratio, most of her TOs are teammates not ready for her passes off her penetration moves. Hopefully, as they get the playing time from the 5 last-year grads, they'll get in position to receive the pass and do something with it.
  As far as a point guard, as they say in the financial world, you've got to invest in the world we have rather than the world we want. Deanna DiAmico(Cabrini) is the best I've seen this year but she's there rather than here, so it looks like Megan this year unless Colleen keeps improving.

Standings                                           RS

Scranton       4 - 1                              Scranton       2 - 0
Moravian       4 - 1                              Moravian       1 - 0
Catholic         3 - 2                              Susque         1 - 0
MMA              3 - 2                               Juniata         1 - 0
Susque         2 - 3                               Catholic        2 - 1
Drew             2 - 3                               MMA             0 - 1
Juniata          1 - 4                               Goucher       1 - 3
Goucher        1 - 4                               Drew            0 - 3

  Scheduling oddity: Drew starts conference play with 5 home games; Juniata 5 road games.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 18, 2009, 09:29:04 am
Ronk: You make a great point on some of Megan's turnovers...often times they'll be attributed to her in the box score but, in all fairness, when you hit a teammate
 with a catchable pass cutting to the basket & they don't handle it or seem surprised it came to them there's not much you can do except continiue to develop that familiarity in practice & hope it starts to click.
  I remember seeing Bobby Knight at a clinic at the Long Center years ago & he stated one of his top peeves of many was kids cutting to the basket & then not handling a perfect pass to them either directly to them or on a bounce. He went on to say why bother heading into traffic to get a good look and pass & then act like you never expected it. His feeling was the 4 other people without the ball at the time better be working to get a good look & they better be expecting the ball at any time. Perhaps a little tougher when you make the change at mid season but to be successful, it really does need to develop & sooner rather than later.
  All in all a great weekend for the ladies. I thought Catholic would present a very serious challenge especially after knocking Moravian off on Friday. To go down there & win on the last leg of the trip would have been great...to win by over 30 at their place was well beyond my expectations. The next challenge is not get caught up thinking everyone else will roll-over & the road to the championship will be easy...there are still a few land mines out there. If the ladies continue to stay hungry & develop those things will take care of themself. In the meantime, work on the foul shooting, ball handling & passing & pretty soon people will realize this very young team has grown up and they are ready.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rhino on January 23, 2009, 09:03:18 pm
I hope that a large crowd shows up at the Long Center on Sunday afternoon. If all goes well, and if fingers remain appropriately crossed, Mike Strong COULD record his 700th win. It would be terrific if there was a mountain of spectators on hand to witness this big moment in  DIII basketball history. Three factors should help bolster attendance: (1) there is no snow in the forecast, (2) the Lady Royals are really starting to get into gear, and (3) because it is Sportsmanship Day, all kids under the age of 18 will be admitted FREE!

I know that there are some posters who are distraught by the so-called "off" year that an 11-win Lady Royal team is suppossedly having; this just goes to show that all is relative. The Lady Royals have spoiled us with their phenomenal success. This sophomore-driven team, with developing freshman, and with Molly Klusek and Ryan Mooney coming on, is going to get better and better (if they keep their heads on straight). In fact, I will go out on a limb right now and predict that they will reach 20 wins this season--and there are only about a million teams that would love to have a "down" year like that.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rhino on January 24, 2009, 11:00:42 pm
699 and counting!!! Mike Strong is now just one win away from 700, after the Lady Royals put the Merchant Marine academy into "dry dock" with an impressive 73-43 victory. I have to say that Megan Kopecki is a talented young player, VERY talented. When she is on her game, she is a genuine joy to watch. And while Molly, Ryan, and the sophomores get a lot of attention, I think one can safely say that everyone should also watch out for two freshman who are on the rise: I predict that Sarah Gage and Emily Rainey are going to make some noise for this program; they do not get a tremendous amount of playing time right now, but they have been making the most out of the minutes they have been getting--they are nice looking young players.

Hope the Long Center is packed tomorrow as Strong goes for 700! Come and bring the kids (especially since your kids, if they are under 18, will get into the games for free tomorrow).
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 24, 2009, 11:02:06 pm
Coach Strong now at 699 wins & counting after tonights walk through against MMA. The kids are playing loose & with a growing confidence each game. Win number 700 is extremly possible tomorrow afternoon vs. Drew. There is no question this Lady Royal team right now is easily as good as & better than a number of teams  currently in the Top 25. Perhaps a few voting members with some common sense will realize that this week & throw us a bone or two in the "others receiving votes" category.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rhino on January 25, 2009, 11:12:28 am
I agree with Saratoga that the Lady Royals are now playing like a Top-25 team again. They rarely have to rebuild their team! But perhaps during the occasional season like this, when there was in fact some legitimate re-construction work to be done, the Lady Royals need only a "rebuilding half-season" instead of  the traditional rebuilding year. They are going to be very strong the rest of the way.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on January 25, 2009, 03:54:08 pm
From one of your former MAC cohorts, congratulations to Coach Mike Strong & the Lady Royals on Coach Strong's 700 career win.  We look forward to possibly seeing our old MAC buddies at play-off time.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: TheGrove on January 25, 2009, 05:58:32 pm
Susquehanna gets a two-fer at home this weekend, over Catholic and Goucher. Goucher has a pretty good freshman in Kiara Doughty - really gobbles up the rebounds and is fast and tenacious. Look forward to seeing how she develops over the years.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rhino on January 25, 2009, 07:05:18 pm
Kate,
Thanks for coming on here to congratulate Coach Strong. Very nice of you. You are the No. 1 Dvision III Womens' Basketball Fan.  And now that the Lady Royals have left the Freedom Conference, I would be very pleased to see Delaware Valley step up and win a championship in that league.

Kudos to a plucky Drew University team that made the Lady Royals work very hard for the 700th win. Drew played effectively until the Lady Royals finally pulled away in the second half. Every time Scranton would start to make a little run and try to extend the lead, Drew would hang tough and hit a big "three" or grab a key offensive rebound--especially in the first half. In fairness, however, it should be noted that Drew committed a tremendous number of fouls trying to keep pace with more talented Lady Royals.  Nevertheless, Drew played hard.

Congratulations to Coach Strong--the winningest active coach in Division III women's basketball. He achieved 700 in fewer years time than did the only other 700-win coach in the DIII women's game.  In fact, what is staggering is the fact that over the last 28 years Mike Strong has AVERAGED 24.5 wins per season!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 25, 2009, 08:04:20 pm
Rhino: First off, congratulations to Coach Strong on this monumental achievment. Agreed, Kate is the # 1 D-III fan as witnessed by her recent induction into the DVC Hall of Fame. Also agree that Drew played about as well as they could & when Scranton's perimiter defense was slow to react or simply did not switch on screens, they were quite comfotable firing away & did hit numerous 3's to keep it close...for about 25 minutes. Once the Lady Royals came to terms with the fact Drew was not going to go back to Madison quietly...they picked up the D, then the Ranger shots started falling short, their legs became a little heavier & they pretty much ran out of gas & personal fouls.
  One can only hope that the D3 editorial crew will be coming up with a lead on Coach Strong's 700th. victory & some other information on his program very soon. Headlines regarding number 1 teams getting knocked off are a dime a dozen each & every year. Coaches putting together 700 wins all at one school are pretty special & are deserving of some serious attention. After all, only 11 other coaches in ALL divisions have accomplished this feat in the history of college basketball so having one of our own...so to speak, should be worthy of a D3 lead...if only for a day.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 25, 2009, 08:16:02 pm
  Congrats to Coach Strong; nice Dean Corwin interview with Jen Nish reflecting on playing for Coach Strong. One of Jen's years was Mike's sabbatical year when they won 24 games that could have been on his record.
  No change in the RS as the home team won all 8 games this weekend.

Standings                                           RS

Scranton       6 - 1                              Scranton       2 - 0
Moravian       6 - 1                              Moravian      1 - 0
Susque         4 - 3                              Susque         1 - 0
MMA              3 - 4                              Juniata         1 - 0
Juniata          3 - 4                              Catholic        2 - 1
Catholic         3 - 4                              MMA             0 - 1
Drew             2 - 5                              Goucher       1 - 3
Goucher        1 - 6                              Drew            0 - 3

  Although theoretically, the second half results could be the reverse of the 1st half, RS indicates a battle for 4th playoff position between CU and Juniata, each with 5 home games in 2nd half; decider could be the game betwwen them @ CU.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 26, 2009, 02:14:48 pm
Thanks Pat & crew for getting a lead up on Coach Strong's 700th. victory. Looks great.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 26, 2009, 08:23:04 pm
I was hoping to see the Top 25 voting panel give the Lady Royals one or two votes this week in the "others receiving votes" category just to recognize that they are coming on & will present some challenges down the stretch. I'm very pleasantly surprised by actually seeing 3 votes come their way. On behalf of Lady Royal fans everywhere, thank you to those 3 wise men...or women...or combination therof.
  I'd also like to wish a very speedy recovery to one of Scranton's most loyal supporters that will be having some surgery this week in California. All the best Jerry...hope to see you & Mark when you fly in for the Drew/MMA series in 2 weeks.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rhino on January 27, 2009, 02:22:17 pm
I join Saratoga in expressing elation about the Lady Royals' recognition in the "others receving category." If they continue to improve and hold their focus, they could end up back in theirperennial nesting place--the TOP 25--before the end of the regular season.

Ryan and Molly continue to improve; and Kelly Tratthen is a force on the offensive boards. Meanwhile, many members of the talented sophomore class (especially, Courtney, Jen, and Colleen) are maturing at a steady rate--and if the freshmen Sarah Gage and Emily Rainey can continue to contribute solid minutes, the Lady Royals could be pretty dangerous down the stretch.

As for Ms. Megan, she is very, very gifted; now, she only needs to push herself harder than ever--immerse herself in that traditional Lady Royals' work ethic, all the while reciting to herself the old Beatles' mantra: "Baby, you can drive my car--yes, I'm gonna be a star."
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 27, 2009, 02:46:39 pm
   Amber lights ahead for the Royals/Greyhounds' bandwagons as two consecutive weekends on the road could witness the closest games of the year for the conference.
   
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 30, 2009, 03:33:16 pm
   For those Royals' fans not traveling over hill and dale to Huntingdon for the games today, Juniata, on the school schedule web site(not D3hoops' schedule) is offering live video. I watched a few mins of their game with Catholic last weekend and while the speed isn't up to the level of other videocasts, it's worth watching. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 31, 2009, 10:44:57 pm


Standings                                           RS

Scranton        8 - 1                              Scranton       4 - 0
Moravian        7 - 2                              Moravian      2 - 0
Catholic         5 - 4                              Catholic        2 - 1
MMA              4 - 5                              MMA             1 - 1
Juniata          4 - 5                              Juniata         1 - 1
Susque          4 - 5                             Susque          1 - 2
Drew             3 - 6                              Drew            1 - 3
Goucher         1 - 8                             Goucher        1 - 5
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 01, 2009, 12:33:05 pm
Congratulations to the Lady Royals on picking up two huge road victories this weekend at two very tough places to play. With such a young team there are certainly lapses at times but, they really have continued to get better & better & find a way to get it done. Not always artistic, sometimes organized chaos...but, a win is a win is a win. As most coaches will tell you, they'll take an ugly win over a pretty loss any day.  ;)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 07, 2009, 08:30:08 pm
   Lady Royals jump off to 22-2 lead, hold at least a 14-pt ad in defeating Drew 69-53 and clinching a berth in conference playoffs.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 08, 2009, 05:20:40 pm

Standings                                           RS

Scranton       10 - 1                              Scranton       6 - 0
Moravian        8 - 3                              Moravian       3 - 0
Juniata          6 - 5                              Juniata          3 - 1
Susque          6 - 5                              Susque          3 - 2
Catholic         5 - 6                              Catholic         2 - 3
MMA              5 - 6                              MMA             1 - 2
Drew             3 - 8                              Drew             1 - 5
Goucher         1 - 10                            Goucher         1 - 7

Royals clinch a home playoff game. Looking bleak for CUA/MMA with only 1 home game left.

Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 09, 2009, 09:43:43 pm
   Lady Royals receive 20 voting points in latest D3hoops poll(up from 3, previous week). Also, they have the 2nd toughest schedule according to today's stats. With Kean and Moravian still to be played, they might end up with the toughest schedule.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 11, 2009, 02:31:45 pm
   Video listed as available for Kean game tonight on D3hoops home page.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 11, 2009, 02:55:38 pm
NCAA brain-drain central has just released the 1st. womens Regional Rankings & they are in typical NCAA fashion...seriously devoid of higher cognitive functioning.
  1. Messiah...no problem at all. 2. MORAVIAN...are you serious??? The same Moravian that lost to Catholic 2 weeks ago that Scranton defeated by 30 the next day? The same Moravian that just lost on Sat. to MMA that Scranton defeated...the next day? 3.Muhlenberg...no issue. 4. Desales...about right. 5. Scranton 6. Cabrini.
  I realize this order can change in a heartbeat...but, based on the NCAA's own guidelines, isn't the way a team has played in recent games supposed to mean something?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on February 11, 2009, 02:59:36 pm
No, performance in last 10 games, last 25 percent of the season, etc., is not part of the criteria.

http://www.d3hoops.com/faq.php?question=45
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 11, 2009, 06:22:45 pm
Pat, thanks for the clarification on that point. However, based on the "other" standards set forth by the NCAA, I'm confused as to how Scranton's ranking of 2nd. toughest schedule in the nation was overlooked. Or how about the "same win/loss % in region", or "in region results vs. common opponents" (see previous post). I mean was the NCAA brain trust even reading their own guidelines?
  To some degree this isn't that big a deal because Scranton could lose tonight at Kean & lose to Catholic on Sat. & people will be saying to the effect that the NCAA did get it right. However...they didn't get it right because the rankings are NOT a projection of where a team MAY end up, rather they are to be based on what a team has done to that particular point in time & in that regard they got it very wrong.
  My other worry is if the NCAA can be this sloppy in adhering to their own guidelines now...how will this play out when it's to be decided who's in or out...who travels & who stays home & what do the brackets look like.
  Every year I have renewed hopes that the NCAA will reinvent itself & move forward beyond provincial thinking or to any form of thinking at all...  then this nonsense happens & I once again realize the fate of some really talented teams are being judged by far too many that either never actually played college ball or were absent when common sense was handed out.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 11, 2009, 09:09:51 pm
   Lady Royals struggle @ Kean but prevail 61-59. 25 Royal TOs, missed FTs, and 22 offensive rebounds by Kean were big factors. Big hustle game for Molly with 16 points and 7 blocks, Ryan with a big 3 pointer to give an 8 pt lead with 1 1/2 min to go and Megan with a good all-around game and great pass to Molly for a no-dribble layup late in the game. Big victory against a tough opponent on the road should help the Royals' resume.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on February 12, 2009, 02:12:12 am
Just because you don't like the result doesn't mean it's sloppy. You've cited some interesting things but here are the results with actual selection criteria: regional win-loss percentage, opponents winning percentage, opponents' opponents winning percentage, results vs. regionally ranked opponents. These, sir, are "the NCAA's own guidelines."

Mid-Atlantic Region W-L WL% OWP OOWP RRO
1. Messiah 18-2 .905     .561     .557 1-1
2. Moravian 16-4 .810     .641     .557 3-0
3. Muhlenberg 18-3 .857     .543     .517 1-1
4. DeSales 17-4 .810     .621     .538 3-2
5. Scranton 16-4 .810     .674     .551 1-3
6. Cabrini 14-4 .789     .566     .501 0-2

That's cool that you cite a common opponent for Scranton being ranked ahead of Moravian. How about the head-to-head result? That's an NCAA guideline.

Similar winning percentage, somewhat lower OWP, slightly higher OOWP, a head-to-head victory and a significantly better set of results against other teams in this regional ranking.

Seems clear to me. They are reading their guidelines. Are you?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on February 12, 2009, 02:49:23 am
Sorry -- I get riled up when someone accuses the committee of nonsense just because they don't like or understand the result.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: TheNextLevel on February 12, 2009, 10:09:50 am
I agree that Moravian is way over-rated & Scranton is the better team...but Pat is right that the system was used and there is some human input (sometimes bias).   Like any other system there are always going to be abnormalities (think BCS in football).  That's why we have a playoff!  Even that can get skewed by upsets. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 12, 2009, 12:54:41 pm
Pat: I don't like the result because it makes minimal sense. I failed to mention head to head because that is but one of the guidelines listed. Are you implying that games vs. common opponents is of little consequence, or just another thing to consider. Think about that as a factor & whether it should mean something when one team is beating Team A & the other is losing...in the same conference & virtually everything else is a wash.
  I guess it's only ok to question "selections" when you feel they are questionable...please refer to Moravian men last year. Personally, I really could care less right now where they (Lady Royals) are ranked. All I care is that the NCAA uses some common sense when reviewing the guidelines & making the selections.
  I also could care less that D3 Hoops has yet to rank the Lady Royals when the coaches have them 18th. this week I believe. It's all subjective right now & once the NCAA's start it all washes out...my hope & only hope regardless whether Scranton gets in or not is that the NCAA gets it right & that means from the selections to the seedings.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on February 12, 2009, 02:21:29 pm
If we point out something that's questionable, it's from an unbiased point of view and it's using the actual criteria. You seem focused on one little piece that affects your favorite team and you're forming accusations from that.

I am sure that Scranton will beat Moravian the second time around. However, with an identical record and a head-to-head win and a better record against regionally ranked opponents, Moravian has the advantage, right now, exactly as the NCAA guidelines say they should.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 12, 2009, 04:09:06 pm
Sorry -- I get riled up when someone accuses the committee of nonsense just because they don't like or understand the result.

Pat,
  I give you an MSM(Moderator Self-Moderation) rating of .57, comparable to the OWP rating of very good.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on February 12, 2009, 04:15:40 pm
Can not believe that i'm following all this, but who has the movie rights?  And i thought I was passionate about my Aggies - Holy cow (no pun), there ain't no passion like Royall passion!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 13, 2009, 11:35:46 am
This will be the last time I revisit this because I still can't fathom the thinking on the Moravian # 2 Regional Ranking & Scranton's # 5 spot.
  For instance, Moravian has 4 losses & they are to: 1. Rochester (19-1) 2. Catholic (12-10 /5-6) 3. Juniata (12-10 /6-5) 4. MMA (12-10 /5-6). The combined won/loss records for these schools is 55-31.
  Scranton has 4 losses & they are to: Desales (18-4) 2. Messiah (20-2) 3. Moravian (18-4) 4. Rochester (19-1). These schools have a combined won/loss record of 75-11. Each & every one of Scranton's losses were to teams ranked in the D3 Hoops Top 25 at that time.
  Therefore, if Scranton has supposidly the 2nd. toughest schedule in the nation, has the same total losses, has 1 conference loss compaired to Moravian's 3 losses & have their losses to teams with a far better winning % (OWP), how can Moravian possibly be in the # 2 spot with two other schools (Muhlenberg & Desales) between them?
  I truly believe if these circumstances were reviewed by 100 independent basketball savy people we would end up with a vastly different looking ranking.
  As far as I'm concerned, the Lady Royals are just as capable of losing their final 3 games as they are of winning them. They are a very young team comprised of virtually all freshmen & sophmores with 1 junior, 1 redshirt senior & 1 senior. They make far too many turnovers & far too few free throws to be a serious threat on the national scene...this year. That said, it's probably Coach Strong's best coaching job in a number of years to get these kids knocking on the door of the NCAA's yet again in this supposed "down year". The Lady Royals are not good enough to take any team for granted & they have to work their tails off for everything they get.
  All I care about is regardless of which team gets selected, make sure that selection is based on merit, content & common sense as opposed to some questionable reasoning based on some obscure technicality. The End!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: TheGrove on February 13, 2009, 02:31:14 pm
If you're coming out to the Susquehanna-Merchant Marine game tomorrow, wear pink!

http://www.susqu.edu/Sports/releases/Winter08-09/womens_basketball-pink_zone_day.html
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on February 13, 2009, 04:55:27 pm
Again, you fail to get it. It's not an obscure technicality. They are THE RULES. They are printed and made available to everyone and they have been consistent for years.

You should let it go since Scranton still has control of its destiny, with at least one more game against Moravian. But right now, apparently Scranton lost a game that it shouldn't have and you look like you are trying to find any detail you can to get around the printed guidelines.

Win your games. Losing to your fellow playoff contenders is NEVER good, not even in November or December. All in-region games count, no matter when they were played.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 13, 2009, 08:20:40 pm
You are so right...Scranton may have lost a game they shouldn't have. Then again, it appears Moravian lost at least two more games beyond that they shouldn't have. Losing to your "fellow" conference teams with no better than .500 records can NEVER be good...or can it?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on February 13, 2009, 10:40:08 pm
Yeah, I was right, you aren't going to get it. Oh well.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 15, 2009, 04:40:20 pm

Standings                                           RS

Scranton        12 -  1                              Scranton       6 - 0
Moravian       10 -  3                              Moravian       3 - 0
Juniata           8 -  5                              Juniata         3 - 1
Susque           8 -  5                              Susque         3 - 2
Catholic          5 -  8                              Catholic        2 - 3
MMA               5 -  8                               MMA            1 - 2
Drew              3 - 10                              Drew            1 - 5
Goucher          1 - 12                             Goucher         1 - 7
 
Pa. schools hold serve for the weekend. Scr clinches home court for playoffs;will play loser of Sus-Jun; Moravian plays the winner.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: The Ticket on February 15, 2009, 06:07:37 pm
Saratoga -  Show Pat where losing to conference opponents, or teams with low winnng %, or where your only losses are to teams in the top 25 are NCAA ranking criteria and he will agree with you.

In your initial post you attacked those who do the rankings for not following their own criteria, being biased, being stupid, and having never played the game.  Pat was just correctly pointing out why the criteria support the rankings, to which you bring up items --- while correct in support of Scranton as a better team --- are not criteria listed ( and therefor not used is my guess ) in the ranking process. 

This is not Jay Bilas on ESPN talking about good wins and bad losses.  There is no such thing in D3.  Regional Win %, (Scranton/Moravian tied) strenght of schedule ( advantage Scranton), head to head,(advantage Moravian) wins against regionally ranked teams (advantage Moravian) seems to carry the day. Scranton has the advantage in only schedule as I see it. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 15, 2009, 07:58:32 pm
Ticket: As I've stated, I in no way assume Scranton is better than Moravian or any other team. What I do find is that the difference between the two is minimal at best and clear as mud. If Moravian has these "slight" advantages, my question is how do 2 other schools come between them? If Moravian is truly the # 2 Regional team, why isn't Scranton right behind them at # 3? It really is similiar to last season when the Moravian men made it to the tourney & many associated with this board were left wondering how that happened. I in no way want to imply Moravian does not deserve to be Regionally ranked...I just can not buy into Scranton being ranked 2 slots lower. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on February 15, 2009, 08:19:08 pm
Probably because of the 1-3 record against regionally ranked opponents, whereas Muhlenberg was 1-1, DeSales 3-2.

Also, Moravian beat DeSales head-to-head and DeSales beat Scranton so that helps justify DeSales being ahead of Scranton. Muhlenberg beat DeSales as well. The head-to-head results are a good separator here.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 25, 2009, 04:26:58 pm
  Newest regional rankings are out today and Lady Royals with a win over Moravian and credit for 3 wins, formerly out-of-region, move to #1 in the Mid-Atlantic.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: lefty2 on February 25, 2009, 10:17:37 pm
  Newest regional rankings are out today and Lady Royals with a win over Moravian and credit for 3 wins, formerly out-of-region, move to #1 in the Mid-Atlantic.
Wow, Saratoga has some power.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 26, 2009, 12:42:17 pm
Lefty: I only wish that were true! We go back quite a few years & let me personally state you have always done a great job in the position you have.
   Regarding the "other" board,I haven't seen Kate this fired up since DVC lost a 10 point lead & the game in the final 2 minutes at the Long Center a few years back.  ;)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: lefty2 on February 26, 2009, 02:29:38 pm
Thanks Mr. Toga.

It seems like a lifetime ago that you were in a Cougars uniform.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on February 26, 2009, 04:15:30 pm
Oh my heavens, Saratoga - ya learn something new and interesting EVERY day!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 26, 2009, 04:57:13 pm
Do we have a cougar in a Royals clothing?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: lefty2 on February 26, 2009, 05:19:01 pm
Do we have a cougar in a Royals clothing?

I wouldn't go that far.

Ironically, it was Royal blue.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 26, 2009, 05:56:37 pm
Ronk: it was actually a Royal in Cougarland for a few years. A great group of guys & ladies...many still there in various professional capacities.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 01, 2009, 03:44:52 pm
Congratulations to Coach Strong, his staff & all the Lady Royals on claiming another Landmark championship.
  Perhaps his best coaching job in recent years to take this group of underclassmen with little game experience to this point.
  With the current number 1 Regional ranking & the ability to pull in a great crowd as evidenced by many other NCAA hosting experiences...I would certainly think that Scranton clearly has to be considered as one of next weekends host sights. 




Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on March 01, 2009, 06:42:03 pm
Saratoga, i do have to agree with you about Coach Strong.  We saw the Lady Bulldogs beat the Royals in the beginning of the season, & to do what Coach did in a three month period of games is really great.  Actually we were hoping that an NCAA game might be a little closer for those of us folllowing the MAC, but if it would be in the afternoon, not so bad.  You undoubtedly know that Widener captured the Commonwealth.  Congratulations to the Lady Royals, & perhaps we'll get to see them play again this season.  i also noticed that the top teams in your conference were - former MAC  ;)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 02, 2009, 02:23:56 pm
I don't think we'll get that chance Kate the way the brackets are set up.
  What I find pretty hard to fathom is not how Moravian got in...kind of a no brainer...but, how on earth did they get to host? This is the one area that jumped off the page to me anyway. I mean they come in 2nd. from a league with no AQ with a record of 21-6 & somehow end up hosting over the CC champion Mules from Muhlenberg at 24-3 who are sent "packing" through the snow to Bowdoin???
  I realize the NCAA wants teams geograpically bunched together whenever possible. However, that could have been accomplished with those very same teams coming to a conference champion (Muhlenberg) & sending the Greyhounds to the land of lobster. Does this decision mean that one early season loss head to head outweighs everything else?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 02, 2009, 03:05:50 pm
  That's probably what it meant even though it didn't prevent the Royals from jumping over DeSales and Messiah in the final regional rankings.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on March 02, 2009, 03:15:52 pm
Selfishly, i'm glad that Moravian is hosting, down the road & around the corner for us.  Particularly nice if it's a night game, which i'm sure it will be.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 02, 2009, 03:18:17 pm
Exactly. Highly questionable decision. When the doors to the NCAA thought process are finally opened, I'd love to hear the justification for this one.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 02, 2009, 03:21:31 pm
Kate: Yes, you'll be able to catch Desales in your back yard now. However, if the game were at 17th. & Chew I bet that extra 10 minutes would not have stopped you. ;)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: TheGrove on March 04, 2009, 12:46:12 pm
2008-09 All-Landmark Conference Womenís Basketball Team
First Team
Pos-Name, School, Class, Hometown(High School)
G-Claudia McDowell, Juniata, Sr., Alexandria, Pa. (Juniata Valley)
G-Kate Harrison, Moravian, Jr., Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. (Cold Spring Harbor)
G-Megan Kopecki, Scranton, So., Millington, N.J. (Watchung Hills Regional)
G-Stephanie Waller, USMMA, Sr., Brookfield, Wis. (Brookfield East)
F-Brianna Peterson, Catholic, So., Garnerville, N.Y. (North Rockland)
F-Kelly Ashcraft, Juniata, Sr., Bellefonte, Pa. (State College)

Second Team
Pos-Name, School, Class, Hometown/High School
G-Rachael Hughes, Susquehanna, So., Gordon, Pa. (North Schuylkill)
F-Alyssa Bisci, Moravian, Jr., Easton, Pa. (Easton)
G-Ryan Mooney, Scranton, Jr., Spring City, Pa. (Pius X)
F-Amber Smith, Goucher, Jr., Baltimore, Md. (Institute of Notre Dame)
F-Libby Shober, Susquehanna, Fr., Barnesville, Pa. (Marian Catholic)
F-May Marie Hayes, USMMA, Sr., Pearland, Texas (Pearland)

Player of the Year: Megan Kopecki, Scranton
Defensive Player of the Year: Claudia McDowell, Juniata
Rookie of the Year: Libby Shober, Susquehanna
Coaching Staff of the Year: Susquehanna University (Head Coach, Jim Reed)

Congrats to all the honorees, especially Susquehanna's! Nice job, Coaches Reed and Geise!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 08, 2009, 06:48:44 am
Congratulations to Univ. of Scranton Coach Mike Strong, his staff & certainly his players for reaching yet another Sweet 16. Many people (myself included), were just hoping these kids would continue to progress & hopefully challenge for a Landmark playoff spot. What this edition of the Lady Royals have accomplished thus far is nothing short of incredable.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 13, 2009, 10:34:40 pm
   Lady Royals scramble to a win over York in the "swimming pool" 50-46. They overcame a 12-0 run by York at the beginning by forcing 25 TOs and making 5 3s to York's 2. York controlled the boards and got loose for several backdoor baseline layups, but the Royals, as they have done all year, found a way to take the lead late in the 2nd half and held on.
  They'll play The College of New Jersey,upset victors over hometown Rochester. Their strength is the inside play of Klimowicz(D1 transfer) and Gregorek and one 3 pt-shooter(Michaela?).
  Congrats Lady Royals and take it to them.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on March 14, 2009, 10:27:08 am
Good Morning Ronk, i'm sincerely happy for you & the Lady Royals - Coach Strong and that team have done a magnificent job from November to date.  Believe me, i do miss Scranton & the competition.  Manhattanville, & of course, DeSale's are the teams to beat this year.  i'm sure King's will re-surface.  Anyway, you are being followed - incidentally, TCNJ is nothing to sneeze at  ;)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 14, 2009, 10:13:04 pm
   The Lady Royals run in the NCAA tourney ended tonight with a 54-48 loss to TCNJ. They had another stifling defensive effort with a +9 in forcing TOs and a +7 in steals combined with remarkable 17-21 foul-shooting but couldn't solve TCNJ's matchup zone defense with satisfactory post passing to free up open shots on the perimeter, resulting in 3-24 3-pt shooting.
   After trailing 29-23 at the half, the Royals had a 44-41 lead with 3 mins to go and Megan in the process of stealing a pass with nobody between her and the basket but she grazed the sideline and TCNJ scored the next 8 points to go ahead 49-44. A woulda been moment.
   Still, the ladies made a run this year well beyond anybody's expectations, putting their own stamp on a chapter in the successful tradition that is Lady Royals bball, so congrats to them and Coach Strong for a job well done..
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 14, 2009, 11:27:52 pm
This edition of the UofS Lady Royals should have their own section of prominance in the hallowed halls of the Long Center. This is a TEAM that wasn't even picked to win their own conference championship let alone make it all the way to the Elite 8. They are a perfect example of how determination & resolve mixed in with passion & relentless defense can turn a pretty good team into one that just missed a Final Four with probably less actual talent than at least 50 other squads.
  Coach Strong & his staff did a remarkable job with essentially all sophs & freshmen. Nothing to feel bad about...this group rode it as far as possible when few, if any, of the so called experts even noticed them until 3 weeks ago.
  From what many of us have heard, this will be another fantastic recruiting year for the Lady Royals...so perhaps next years TEAM will not have the luxury of flying under the radar. Congratulations again to what is perhaps the most consistant basketball program in the history of DIII.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on June 03, 2009, 05:24:38 pm
 Next year's schedule is up on team web site; Muhlenberg tournament probably available on Internet TV.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on June 03, 2009, 08:14:08 pm
Hello Ronk! - can not believe you and the Lady Royals will be in the town next store, so to speak, for your opening tournament!  If we weren't going to Annville that weekend, we would undoubtedly be hitting one of your games!  Coach Rohn  and Muhlenberg run a very classy tourney (we were there three years ago), so  you all should have a great time! 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on June 03, 2009, 10:00:22 pm
Kate,
 Saw Lebanon Valley play twice in the Gettysburg tournament and they'll return the major part of their team, so youll have a good test if you play them.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: TheGrove on June 30, 2009, 11:27:14 am
Boy it's quiet in here...

Susquehanna's new sports site launched today: http://www.gosusqu.com/
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on July 01, 2009, 11:18:39 am
Good morning, Grove - new athletic web site looks good, but for a second there, i thought you guys changed your name from Susquehanna U to Landmark U  ;)  very prominent!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: TheGrove on July 01, 2009, 11:50:56 am
That's just cause our athletes generate a lot of Landmark awards.  ;D
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on July 10, 2009, 12:33:40 pm
UofS website update...Lady Royals announce 3 more additions to their freshman class. Some very talented kids from great programs. At least 2 of the 4 announced freshmen should get serious playing time on a team that returns all but one player...another great job by Coach Strong & his staff.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on July 29, 2009, 12:24:12 am
  I spent today at a very good girls' high school tournament http:www.bestofmd.net  . Teams included 2008 Pa. champ Central Dauphin(with a MD recruit), current champ Mount Lebanon, schools from NJ, NY,WV, KY, OH, NC, FL, and many DC-Balt suburbs. Mount Lebanon, with 3 D1 prospects won it all and look capable of defending their state title. One very good offensive player from NC and only a rising junior so she could be Duke, NC, TN level player by the time she graduates.
  Programs were only available to the college coaches in attendance so it was hard to gather info about any Dlll prospects to be lady Royals. You want somebody good enough for a strong program but not so good as to draw competition from the lesser Dl schools. A Loyola coach concurred on a prospect that I had seen this past year as a Dll at best, not lower Dl, so I'll check her out again this coming year along with a few that I saw today..
  I talked with the Goucher coach for a few mins and remarked that her team improved this year over their 1st Landmark year and she agreed that she was happy with her frosh class this past year and hopeful for her incoming class.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: RoyalGator on October 08, 2009, 06:06:12 am
Was looking the Lady Royals schedule, and I saw we are playing the Trinity (TX) team on Dec. 20.  This is very intriguing and will most likely make my way down from Connecticut to see this game.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on October 08, 2009, 12:07:22 pm
RoyalGator: I'm pretty sure the game vs. Trinity is in a tournament Scranton is playing in LasVegas. Looks like they have Wisconsin Whitewater the night before so once again, Coach Strong puts together one tough non-conference schedule that will rank as one of the nation's strongest.
   By the way, is the thesis completed? If so, congratulations RoyalGator Ph.D.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on November 07, 2009, 08:46:00 am
Congratulations to Scranton's Megan Kopecki...just named D3 Hoops Pre Season All-American...First Team!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on November 12, 2009, 11:06:55 pm
In a related note... I certainly think Pat & company did a great job in their recent previews of both the F&M men and the Scranton women. I seriously doubt either team will go quietly into the season as they did last year.
  Regarding Scranton's schedule...as if it were not tough enough, it appears the two schools they'll be playing in Las Vegas were not penciled in at the time the article was submitted. Those schools have now been announced...Wisconsin Whitewater & Trinity (Texas) are also on Scranton's schedule. Ouch!
  Congrats to Coach Strong & staff for playing the best & making his schedule once again one of the toughest in D3.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: TheGrove on November 18, 2009, 02:16:29 pm
Susquehanna opened its season last night with a heartbreaker in Selinsgrove, falling to Messiah 73-72 on last-second free throws by the Falcons.

http://www.gosusqu.com/sports/women/wbkb/2009-10/news/messiah_11-17
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on November 20, 2009, 10:45:34 pm
  Took in the Lady Royals against Alvernia this afternoon; they built a large lead via 7 3s in the 1st half from Jenny and Megan and numerous steals, turnovers and transition baskets in the 2nd. Alvernia knocked off 15 points from the lead by offensive board work and foul shooting.
  Of the newcomers, Tayler Pallotta looks like the real deal: can run, jump, defend, set picks for Megan(and anyone else willing to play pick-and-roll), and shoot the in-the-paint jumper. The rest looked promising,as well. Shernai Bentley was aggressive in-the-paint offensively in a brief stint and was able to swish her only 2 foul shots.
  Of the returnees, Sidney appeared to have made the most improvement in performance and assertiveness.
  Big challenge tomorrow when they face the Mules led by Alex Chili. She resembles Taryn Mellody as a 3-pt shooter(96 last year as a frosh) and is an outstanding entry passer, as well. Hopefully, Ryan and mates will be able to keep the ball out of her hands.
Game will be videostreamed live for you home gamers. get the link off the Mules web site.
                     
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on November 22, 2009, 12:04:50 pm
Very big early season win for Scranton last evening vs. Muhlenberg in the championship of the Mules Scotty Wood Tournament. Great balence inside & out with Scranton's scoring & one relentless defense that totally shut down Muhlenberg's top scorers.
  The Mules are a very good team that will be around at tournament time. Scranton seems very well conditioned, very deep & they play unselfish ball with a serious passion for defense. I think this has been a descriptive on the Lady Royals for 25 years straight. Great win!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: fourguysdone on December 10, 2009, 12:16:20 pm
this year's goucher squad is deeper then the last few years, plays solid defense   not clear offensive strategy yet and the young players throw up some crazy stuff but they could be a problem for some teams down the road if they learn how to score consistently
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: mytwocents on December 13, 2009, 07:57:48 am
Just looked at the Scranton schedule, wow.  Kean, Whitewater and Trinity Tex all within a week. The Royals sure will be battled tested going into conference play and tourney time.   Coach Strong and staff do an amazing job year after year, one heck of a program. Best of Luck Royals.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on December 22, 2009, 05:36:40 pm
  Lady Royals go 2-2 in 4-game stretch against top 25 teams, losing to Moravian and Kean at home and beating UW-Whitewater and Trinity(Tex) in Las Vegas. For Pool C considerations, the losses will count in-region, but the wins will not. Whitewater was missing their leading scorer/rebounder(Dana Thompson) so they should be stronger upon her return.
  Kean appears underrated nationally with only loss to D1 power Rutgers.
  One more tuneup for the ladies(Albright) before the 2nd season(conference play) resumes.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: cuabigdog on January 09, 2010, 12:41:13 pm
Jenny McGann lifts Women's Basketball to 73-71 Win Over Juniata

1/8/10

WASHINGTON-- Brianna Peterson dropped 28 points but her most memorable play of the evening was a laser pass inbound from the far baseline that one hopped up into the waiting hands of Jenny McGann. McGann's layup with 4.1 seconds remaining put the Cardinals on top 73-71 over conference rival Juniata.

Peterson shot 9-of-17 from the field and converted 6-of-8 free throws, leading CUA with 28 points. J. McGann and Jill Woerner both finished in double figures with 17 and 11 points, respectively. 

Four Eagles finished in double figures for Juniata, led by Kelly Rotan with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

The Cards led early in the first half, breaking out to a five-point lead with 15:46 remaining in the first half, but back-to-back triples by the Eagles put the visitors on top. Juniata led for the remainder of the half expanding its lead to as many as 15 before settling on an eight-point advantage heading into the locker room, 28-36.

CUA ran away with the scoring early in the second half, knotting the game at 36 less then three minutes in.  Triples were the answer again for the Eagles as they again hit back-to-back shots and pulled away.

The visitors again expanded their lead to 13 with 11:17 remaining before the Cards began to cut away at the advantage. With solid shooting and defense, CUA again knotted the game, this time at 60 with 5:07 left.

It appeared that CUA would again find themselves trailing after the Eagles hit two triples, but a layup between them and five straight free throws converted by Peterson would put the Cards up three with only 36 seconds remaining.

Juniata answered with a triple to knot the game at 69. Jill Woerner gave the Cards an advantage with a layup with eight seconds left. A foul by Kate Robinson would give Ashton Bankos a chance to tie the game with 4.1 seconds on two free throws.  Bankos converted both and the Cards called a timeout to setup their inbound play.

Peterson took the inbound at the baseline and made a pass that one-hopped into Jenny McGann's hands at the opposite foul line. McGann completed the play with just over two seconds remaining and the following inbound pass was intercepted to seal the victory for the Cards.

CUA will return to the hardwood this afternoon as the Cards will take on Susquehanna University at 2 p.m.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: cuabigdog on January 09, 2010, 06:38:04 pm
Woener and McGann Lift Women's Basketball to 55-44 Win Over Susquehanna

1/9/10

WASHINGTON-- Jill Woerner and Jenny McGann each scored 16 points as CUA (10-3, 3-0 LC) dropped Susquehanna (7-7, 1-2 LC), 55-45 on Saturday.

Brianna Peterson added 13 for CUA joining McGann and Woerner in double figures. Woerner also added 10 rebounds for a double double along with four blocks and three steals.

Rachael Hughes led the was for the Crusaders with 15 points and four rebounds.

The teams exchanged small leads for much of the first half, but a Woerner triple with 7:12 remaining sparked a 8-0 run that put the Cards ahead for good. At the break CUA led by two, 28-26.

The second half was all CUA as the Cardinals out scored their opponents 27-19 shooting 10-of-25 from the field and adding seven from the charity stripe. The Cards used a steady dose of solid shooting and strong defense to maintain their lead that never expanded to double digits until Woerner hit the last shot of the game, a free throw with 41 seconds remaining.

The Cardinals shot just 36.5% from the field in the game, but 16 free throws and 12 steals helped list the hosts to the victory.

CUA will return to action on Saturday, January 16 at 5:30 p.m. as the Cardinals will take on USMMA in Landmark Conference action.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 27, 2010, 11:57:53 pm
  The Lady Royals ran into a sticky man-to-man defense and were smothered by the Lady Falcons of Messiah 62-55 tonight. Julie Henninger was able to deny the ball to Megan K and, with the help of her teammates, also foiled the roll half of the pick and roll offense resulting in mostly forced shots(even the successful ones) for most of the game.
   On offense, Messiah had good interior passing leading to layups and were successful on the offensive boards. Scranton did make runs at the beginning and end of the 2nd half with intensified pressure.
  In all fairness, yours truly didn't play any better than the Royals, missing a 3-pt shot during the halftime break in my quest for a Messiah t-shirt.
  I did get to discuss the game, teams, and Mid-Atlantic hoops in general with game broadcaster Gordon Mann. 
 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on January 28, 2010, 09:39:49 am
Good morning, Ronk.  Boy, am i jealous, you got to chat with Gordon last night about b'ball in the Mid-Atlantic!  Tough loss for the Lady Royals, but i'm sure you enjoyed yourself.  Sorry to say, i've never been to Messiah, but following our D3 teams we all certainly get around.  We still miss you, U of S, and Drew.  Hope you keep track of your "old league".   Have fun the rest of the season - how come each year seems to go faster & faster?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 28, 2010, 11:25:46 am
Kate,
   Yes, I still keep an eye on the 'old' league as well as any likely Lady Royals possible tournament foes; it's getting a little easier with more schools videocasting games.
   I asked Gordon for continued coverage(games,Hoopsvillle,etc.) on the women's side and he mentioned that the Mid-Atlantic fans were among the stronger supporters of that side of D3hoops and I brought up your name expressly in that regard.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: TheGrove on January 28, 2010, 11:42:20 am
Good morning, Ronk.  Boy, am i jealous, you got to chat with Gordon last night about b'ball in the Mid-Atlantic!  Tough loss for the Lady Royals, but i'm sure you enjoyed yourself.  Sorry to say, i've never been to Messiah, but following our D3 teams we all certainly get around.  We still miss you, U of S, and Drew.  Hope you keep track of your "old league".   Have fun the rest of the season - how come each year seems to go faster & faster?

No love for Susquehanna, kate? I'm hurt.  :'(
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on January 28, 2010, 12:47:01 pm
Howdy, Grove - remember you guys were in the "other half" of the league so unfortunately we didn't get to play you or Juniata that often.  Moravian was a different story - we did see them since they were so close.  We live in Easton so we are still in proximity very close.  You do have to wonder if the economy stays the same, if leagues would be re-aligned yet again.  Anyway, the Phils start spring training soon, so we can root for them - how about Shane's 22 million dollar contract!?!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on January 29, 2010, 12:16:24 am
Ronk

how were you so lucky to be pulled from the crowd for the shot?  What would u have done with a messiah shirt anyway?!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 29, 2010, 12:33:03 am
Nepa,
 Anyone who wants to try lines up in 5 or so queues around the 3 pt-arc and gives it a shot. Estimate 1/3 of the males at the game and some females(total, around 50) participated. I didn't know what the prize was before I shot, but I can use another shirt for bball. Grew up around 15 miles from the campus and like the atmosphere there. Both teams gather together at game's end, holding hands, saying a prayer?(I'll ask one of the Royals some day what they say). Best of all- they don't charge admission!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: lefty2 on January 29, 2010, 09:25:43 am
Both teams gather together at game's end, holding hands, saying a prayer?(I'll ask one of the Royals some day what they say). Best of all- they don't charge admission!

No admission charge to the game or prayer?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 31, 2010, 12:16:56 am
That's the first hint it's not a Catholic school!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on February 16, 2010, 12:44:25 pm
Certainly not to overlook the two Scranton games during this week, but that should be quite a game on Saturday in Bethlehem with our two former MAC members, the Lady Royals vs the Lady Greyhounds.  Very interesting.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: TheGrove on February 19, 2010, 11:56:04 am
Certainly not to overlook the two Scranton games during this week, but that should be quite a game on Saturday in Bethlehem with our two former MAC members, the Lady Royals vs the Lady Greyhounds.  Very interesting.

And Susquehanna will end up playing one or the other in the first round of the Landmark playoffs next week.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 19, 2010, 04:10:50 pm
 If the Lady Royals should defeat the Lady Greyhounds tomorrow, my sense is that none of the playing tiebreakers would work and we would use a coin flip to decide the 1st seed.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 20, 2010, 06:54:42 pm
  At least, the Lady Royals can save their coin-flip strategy for another year; congrats to Moravian for going thru the conference undefeated.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: cold_case on February 20, 2010, 07:30:54 pm
I rarely if ever post on the womens side but I couldn't help notice the Moravian women failing to shake hands with Scranton when they came out for the tip.
I thought that was very odd and sort of arrogant on the home teams part. It's not like they have a rich tradition, mystique, aura.
However, it was nice to see Scranton get whacked. 8-)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 20, 2010, 09:16:21 pm
  "Just a flesh wound", said the knight.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 20, 2010, 09:28:43 pm
 Scranton's SID in his postgame notes said the Royals would win a tie by a victory of 10 or more points. In the words of Captain Renault, "I am shocked" that the conference would use point differential to break a tie.  ;)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 21, 2010, 11:59:03 am
The Landmark had more rumors floating around regarding their tie-break system than Tiger Woods had friends with special talents. Seems certain people that should have had a specific understanding were also unsure. Not a good thing.
 As for Moravian...second game in a row vs. Scranton that they did exactly what they wanted with little resistance. Thus far, clearly the better team.
 However, after years of always being the bridesmaid & rarely the bride...this better be their year with so many seniors. The Lady Royals are certainly down...just wouldn't write them off just yet.
 As Ronk stated, let's hope it's just a "flesh wound" & the bleeding is stopped.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 22, 2010, 10:38:18 pm
Since the last Regional rankings are coming out this Wed's. and they will carry some weight regarding who may be in & who may be out should an automatic not be earned...in my quest to help the sometimes uninformed members of the NCAA selection process, I'll offer to them the logical Mid Atlantic top 6.
 1.Moravian. 2.LVC. 3.Messiah. 4.Scranton. 5.Gettysburg. 6.Muhlenberg.
 These choices are based upon overall records, regional records, strength of schedules, head to head & common sense.
 God bless us all!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 22, 2010, 11:25:06 pm
  The committee accepts your rankings in total and adjourns til Sunday deliberations.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 23, 2010, 08:45:43 am
If it were only that easy! ;)
 I can still recall a member of last year's selection committee being asked by DMac on Hoopsville why Moravian ended up as a host site when it appeared Muhlenberg had the edge in virtually all areas the NCAA claims it takes into account. The answer sounded more like a response from Jackie Gleason on the old Honeymooners show when caught by his wife doing something stupid and a member of Congress attempting to explain why he's against something.
 Much verbage...little substance.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 05, 2010, 11:54:01 pm
  The Lady Royals' offensive struggles continued tonight shooting 4-28(2-pt field goal attempts)in the 1st half on their way to a 57-41 defeat by Marymount. Marymount defensed the Royals well, limiting their open looks to single digits. Led by a player who doesn't know when to quit,Tara Eddy(she of the multiple knee surgeries) with 22 points, and inspired to play intensely for their coach who does know when to quit(he recently announced his retirement after a distinguished career),  Marymount built an early lead at 13- 7 and largely maintained it for the remainder of the game.
  The Lady Royals didn't have the season-long improvement this year that they had last year despite only losing one player from last year's team. Did get to commend Ryan Mooney afterwards for outstanding effort over her 4-yr career on the court and in the classroom. I put her in the top ten of Royal bballers(men and women) over this decade and she'll be missed.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on September 07, 2010, 09:13:42 pm
Lady Royals' 1st round opponent in Gettysburg tournament revealed to be St. Mary's(CAC) as Gburg will play Randolph(ODAC, but not Randolph-Macon), setting up a possible 2nd round match between 2 of best players in region(Megan Kopecki and Gburg's Caitlin Moser). 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on September 08, 2010, 11:23:21 am
Ronk,


Any info on recruits for this year?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on September 08, 2010, 12:53:19 pm
  They were hoping for 2 from Jersey in April, but I don't know if they made it to campus.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on October 29, 2010, 05:42:00 pm
  New players on Royals have been added to roster; 2 from Jersey that I alluded to previously, are among them, although their high schools are reversed(in errror); that is, Alison Sweeney is from St. Rose and Brianna Reigstad from Pope John.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on November 01, 2010, 12:45:56 pm
The Lady Royals have also added the little sister of former Drew great, Courtney Cunningham.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on November 01, 2010, 01:03:40 pm
  Looks like she can make 3s; hopefully, will be a good PG.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on November 09, 2010, 09:25:35 am
This morning's edition of the Express-Times has a nice article on the 10-11 Moravian team.  It talks about the changes necessary for the squad after graduating six seniors from last season, and the difficulty replacing 5,233 points.  E-mail sports@express-times.com
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on November 10, 2010, 11:19:03 pm
Kate,
  Thanks for the article; should be an interesting year for Coach Spirk, similar to Mike Strong after the graduation of the Matt-Mellody, et all, team 3 years ago.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on November 14, 2010, 10:18:03 pm
 Lady Royals' season opener is Tuesday; hoping that 2 of the newcomers(Katie C. and Alison) can take some of the scoring load from Megan and Jen and that Katie C. is capable of being the primary PG. With graduation of Ryan Mooney, they'll have to find a shutdown defender. While Megan is a good defender, especially at overplaying the passing lanes, one does not want jeopardize her offensive availability by picking up fouls on an opponent's best player.
  As usual, their non-conference schedule is a tester, especially if they play DeSales and Gettysburg in tournament championship games.
  Good luck to all the Lady Royals this season.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Brookland on November 15, 2010, 01:04:48 pm
Catholic U has posted its roster and I am surprised to see that its all-conference player, Brianna Peterson, is not on the roster for her senior season. Anyone know what's up? Has she transferred?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: TheGrove on November 15, 2010, 01:40:32 pm
Susquehanna opens action tomorrow with a home game vs. Franklin and Marshall.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on November 15, 2010, 03:04:48 pm
Catholic U has posted its roster and I am surprised to see that its all-conference player, Brianna Peterson, is not on the roster for her senior season. Anyone know what's up? Has she transferred?
  That would be a big loss for Catholic and the conference, in general.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on November 21, 2010, 03:37:04 pm
Just returned from the consolation match at DeSale's between the host school and U of S.  Just my humble opinion here, folks, but you MISS the MAC competition!!!  Coach Strong has a deep, talented bench and good starters, but GOD bless em - they seemed genuinely shocked by the pressure brought on by the Bulldogs.  I just remembered the old days when practically ALL the MAC would "get up" for playing the Royals.  Good luck the rest of your season. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on November 21, 2010, 06:28:10 pm
PS, by MAC, i was referring to MAC Freedom.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on November 22, 2010, 12:55:40 am
Kate,
  I was at the game also, and I introduced myself to BJSID and I almost asked him if he knew who u were as a fellow MAC chatterer and if u were there since i read u might go to the game, but I didn't and missed the chance to meet u.
  Lady Royals had much trouble with their half-court offense both nights and cut the deficit against DeSales only because of a half-court press resulting in turnovers and layups, bypassing the need for the half-court offense. Many breakdowns between the entry pass and the reception/nonreception of it in the paint. DeSales' defensive pressure had something to do with the failure, to be sure.
  On the positive side, the 2 frosh(Katie C and Alison) look like players and should become increasing factors as they gain experience, although Katie and Sydney missed the DeSales game because of illness; 2 of the lesser-used frosh from last year(KC and Christina) also are playing an increased role this year.   
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Hoops4lfe on November 22, 2010, 08:08:15 am
I was at the game as well. I thought that DeSales defended very well and that #40 did a great job on #25. I agree that the score was alot closer, because of the DeSales turnovers. DeSales did a great job rebounding from a poor game the night before.
Was a bit surprised by the article that was written by the DSU SID about the Ursinus game. I have never seen such a negative article written by an SID about his own team. 
Also attended the LVC/BC game on Saturday. BC not much of a challenge for LVC. It is hard to gauge how good LVC will be, based upon the quality of the teams that they have played so far. You would think that the LVC coach would want to challenge his team a bit more.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: BJ - DSU SID on November 22, 2010, 10:47:21 am
Hoops4lfe...in reponse to my Ursinus game recap.  I am pretty consistent with how I construct my game recaps.  I do my very best to only write facts and occassionally throw in some positive adjectives when I see a chance to compliment a player on her performance.

Being an SID, I firmly believe that a box score tells the story.  And the numbers are the facts.  I think I referenced those numbers many times in the recap and those numbers just happened to be bad ones (believe me I wish they weren't).  There are times when writing stories that you are forced to come off as negative, I assure you I am not purposely doing so, but I can't turn bad stats into good ones.  I have to write the facts.

Believe me...writing stories after games like the Ursinus one are not fun...but people still want to read the story.  I tried to tell the game story for those not in attendance and I think I did that.  You have to give Ursinus credit...they played a wonderful 40-minute defensive game.  They made DeSales look very bad on offense and dominated the glass, which contributed largely to them winning.  With that being said the Bulldogs also played a terrific defensive game...but the Bears' offensive rebounding made the difference in the end on the scoreboard.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Hoops4lfe on November 22, 2010, 12:54:05 pm
BJ DSU SID --
Thanks for replying. I can't disagree with you more about the box score telling the story. First and foremost, the statistics are only as good as the person recording them. Secondly, how can you gauge a players performance on defense by looking at the box score ? Having a good game is not only about the number of points scored in a game or the number of rebounds in the game. If a player has a good rebounding game or scores well, but doesn't play any defense, is that considered a good game ? If a player has a poor shooting night, but defends exceptionally well, did that player have a poor game ? If a player shoots 25% form the field, but gets to the foul line, is that a poor game ? Your story states that a player led the team in scoring, but only shot 5/18. Are you saying that she had a bad game ? Your story also stated that another player had a good game, with 8 points and 10 rebounds. Did she play good defense or keep the other team off the glass ? The box score doesn't tell the story. Not nearly as much as the person writing it.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: BJ - DSU SID on November 22, 2010, 02:21:37 pm
I should have clarified myself in saying that the box score "HELPS" tell the story.  Certainly I think we can all agree that the box score doesn't tell the entire story, but it does tell a good portion of it.

I travel with my men's and women's basketball teams to almost every game every season...one of the few SIDs that do this.  I have not missed a Conference game for either team in 10 years.

So me being at the game, watching the game, while also reading a box score contribute to my story.  I apologize that you did not enjoy my story this past weekend or felt it was "too negative".  So far you are the only one to complain.

Enjoy the rest of the season.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Hoops4lfe on November 22, 2010, 02:36:42 pm
I wasn't complaining. Just stating my opinion. Looking forward to reading your stories for the remainder of the season. The student athletes deserve all the credit in the world. Without thier commitment in the class room and on the court, we wouldn't have a forum that provides us the opportunity to voice our opinion.

Good luck to DSU the remainder of the season !
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: BJ - DSU SID on November 22, 2010, 02:56:53 pm
Well said...the student-athletes are why I am doing what I do.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on December 05, 2010, 10:16:36 pm
  The Lady Royals showed some improvement in the 1st half against Moravian. Offensively, their screens and cuts were more productive, resulting in better shot selection for everyone. Jen went 5-6 from 3-pt range(1 was disallowed because of a 3-second lane violation). Shows what she can do if she doesn't have to rush her shot. To be sure, Moravian graduated a lot of ability and experience, so what proportion of the Royal improvement was their execution versus the lessened experience of this year's Greyhounds is arguable.
  Things did get a little messy in the 2nd half when in a 5 minute span between both teams there were 2 made baskets, 6 missed shots, and 16 turnovers in 24 possessions.
  Megan had a fine all-around game with double-figure scoring(on only 7 shots), 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 blocks, and 5 steals. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on December 10, 2010, 04:39:06 pm
Hey, for what it's worth -- and talking about a MAC Freedom/Centennial game on the Landmark board means I should keep it brief -- I appreciate a well-written, balanced story from an SID. Too often school game stories completely gloss over anything negative, sometimes even ignoring anything the other team did. This is not the way the job should be done, IMO, and it's not the way I did the job as an SID.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on December 10, 2010, 11:53:19 pm
Hey, for what it's worth -- and talking about a MAC Freedom/Centennial game on the Landmark board means I should keep it brief -- I appreciate a well-written, balanced story from an SID. Too often school game stories completely gloss over anything negative, sometimes even ignoring anything the other team did. This is not the way the job should be done, IMO, and it's not the way I did the job as an SID.

Pat,
  We're intermarried in this region and thanks to DeSales for scheduling a competitive team from each league plus the NJAC in this tournament.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 03, 2011, 12:48:30 am
   Lady Royals pressured a young St. Mary's squad(only 1 upper classman) into 32 turnovers for a 68-53 victory setting up a rematch with host Gettysburg in the final; the Royals defeated the Bullets in the 2009 semifinal in OT.
   The Royals were led by frosh Alison Sweeney with 14 points, KC with 6 offensive rebounds and 3 steals and Megan with her usual complete game. Tomorrow's match features 2 of the region's best - Megan and Caitlin Moser of the Bullets who have won comparable awards in their 1st 3 years in their respective conferences.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: augie on January 10, 2011, 01:41:42 am
i was at Scranton this weekend and i saw them play against Drew and Merchant Marine. He has some great freshmen but he sticks to much to his seniors. His freshmen are way to good to sit on the bench and then to top it of he has two great 2nd year players sitting on the bench when they should start over some seniors but i heard that friends are always first! politics as usual that stinks some teams would die for players like these kids #31 is a hell of a point guard i would have her starting over his #5 and #23what a great player she is.I was their for both games and i think #5 played 24 minutes and had 8 points and #31 was in their for 6 minutes and has 2 steals 3 points dishes the ball very well way better then #5 but he stuck with her but then again the guy won 744 games but my theory is if you have a better player do not let politics get in the way and that is what i heard from some Scranton fans that is just not right.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 10, 2011, 12:30:40 pm
Augie,
   You're right: he's won 744 more games than you or me. :)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: augie on January 20, 2011, 11:53:11 am
Well lets see what happens at Catholic and Goucher this weekend???????It is a scary thought when you do not have a post presents or a point guard???????????
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 20, 2011, 02:52:23 pm
  Catholic should be a good test; they're playing better than I thought without Brianna Peterson. As for the Royals' point guard, I have her playing much better than your evaluation; she's not the reason for their struggles.
  Goucher has just won 2 in a row on the road; Moravian/Scranton will be a good test 4 them.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: TheNextLevel on January 20, 2011, 07:16:43 pm
I noticed  Peterson wasn't on the roster. Why isn't she playing this year?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 20, 2011, 09:10:22 pm
  Nobody I've talked with knows the reason.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 23, 2011, 05:01:38 pm
  Catholic was a good test for the Lady Royals jumping out to a 13-2 lead, but a tighter defense, resulting in 9 steals in the 2nd half allowed Scranton to prevail, Contributions from everybody- Megan with double double despite a nasty collision with player and floor.  She and Sara held out of next game in addition to KC and Courtney already on injured list but Royals jumped out to 17-2 lead on Goucher on strength of 3 3-pointers from Katie C
  Coach Strong implemented a 2-person screen offensively, something the team could use against good teams in the future with shutdown defenders.
  Kudos to Colleen for all the floor burns over the weekend, showing the importance of defensive aggressiveness.
  Messiah next up for the ladies. They won easily last year at their place, but despite only losing 1 top player, they haven't done as well this year to date. Hoping that our walking wounded will recover by then.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 26, 2011, 02:28:59 pm
Just announced: Messiah at Scranton game is postponed...no makeup date.
I'm assuming this is due to snowfall in the Harrisburg area as only a few inches are projected for the Electric City.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 26, 2011, 02:51:39 pm
  Going to be tough to make up; looks like only 2 days before Leb Val game or 2 days before conference playoff semifinal for Messiah.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: augie on January 31, 2011, 02:31:58 pm
Well i was doing some research and came up with this two all Americans on Scranton in their senior year Taryn Melody and Allison Matt averaged 25.9 and 27.6 minutes per game a hell of a lot better players then Collen Mc clane which gets 24.8 a game i just do not understand why and by the way who only averages 5 points and 4 turnovers a game. For this team to excel they have to get a point guard to go far this year they will not get it done with this point guard he has now.One other quote a good coach with the teams he has had would have won 5 a good coach would have won 3 but in spite of him they won one National title!!!!!He still has one timeout left from Springfield!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 31, 2011, 03:08:50 pm
   The stats that I see have Colleen's TOs at 2 pg not 4; no one on the team has a better assist/TO ratio than Colleen's @ 1.5. Combine that with the steals, tie-ups and 79 free throw % and Colleen has to get the majority of the playing time. Katie C has made a major contribution and Christina has improved significantly this year and all 3 will be needed as we enter crunch time.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: augie on January 31, 2011, 04:11:57 pm
Ronk sorry about being off by 2 that is not the point.The point is that two all Americans had as much playing time as she has when they should have had more i guess when you are good friends with the parents it does not matter how good you are or in her case how bad you are you still get 25 minutes a game which is on called for.The freshmen are to talented to be sitting and not getting more minutes then her.Like i said he still has a timeout left and since we are talking about timeouts did you ever notice his timeouts turn into turnovers 97% of the time.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 02, 2011, 03:27:09 pm
First Regional Rankings: http://www.d3blogs.com/d3hoops/category/ncaa-stuff/regional-rankings/
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on February 05, 2011, 02:32:48 pm
Hi Ronk!  I coming on the Landmark site cause i thought you'd have more of a chance to read the post.  We drove down this morning from icy Easton (after checking the DVC & DeSales websites), only to find that the game was POSTPONED until tomorrow at noon  :-\ - Hopefully Gordon will be able to cover that one.  At least i saw the team practicing - laughs all around, although i'm very happy to be home safe & sound.  Honestly the lengths we go to for these teams we love!  :D
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 05, 2011, 02:41:03 pm
Kate,
  They probably held a practice just for your benefit so that the trip wouldn't be in vain.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 06, 2011, 12:00:18 am
  Nice win for the Lady Royals as the clinch a playoff spot; likely opponent-these same up-and-coming Cardinals.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 06, 2011, 09:17:38 pm
Ronk: I'd agree with that call. I don't see Catholic losing any of their next 3 games so they'll be firmly in 4th. place. Where things can still get dicey is how things are going to play out between Scranton, Juniata & Moravian. After Friday one of those 2 (Mor./Jun.) will have 3 losses which makes the Scranton/Susquehanna & Juniata games very important on Fri. & Sat. The Lady Royals control their own destiny...win & they finish 1st. Stumble along the way & that very well may not happen. Unfortunately, the Lady Royals sometimes appear unprepared for the team they are playing and it takes awhile to figure things out. As we get to this point in the season, the team with the fewest lapses in preparation & judgement and the one that continues to exploit the other teams weaknesses will win.
Right now the Lady Royals are not good enough to sleep walk through the conference as in years past...they better be ready...I have no doubt Susquehanna, Juniata & Moravian will be.
This upcoming weekend should be a great test for the Lady Royals and a chance to recalibrate the regional rankings.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: augie on February 07, 2011, 04:27:32 am
Saratoga it will never happen mike strong will choke like he always does.And he never gave his former players credit for his success in the paper that sucks it is all about me me me.One other thing i have been following the Royals over thirty years so i have alot of knowledge about the game.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: augie on February 12, 2011, 04:26:26 pm
What a disaster today for the lady Royals coach can not coach players can not play so i guess we will settle for ECAC!!!!!I called it until he realizes that #5 is not and i mean is not the answer it will be just an okay team.Two critical points in the game with about 10 seconds left Scranton is leading 61-60 why the hell would you foul and second in overtime with about 4.8 seconds your senior point guard dribbles the ball off of her foot.Like i said he could never and i mean never win a close game looking forward to next year maybe he will recruit a great point guard and some size because this is not getting it done he needs another Taryn and Allison. He needs talent on his team but then again he has it and he does not use it.I am done venting
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 13, 2011, 08:33:58 pm
Looking at the stats from yesterday, it becomes pretty obvious that the Lady Royals are getting far too many unproductive minutes from too many players. Looking at minutes played against points, rebounds, assists & turnovers certainly leads one to believe some freshmen & sophs. are providing far more bang for the buck than their senior counterparts.
In addition, if the Lady Royals are going to make any noise down the stretch, they certainly need the reining Landmark POY to find more than 9 shots in 40 minutes. If they don't know how to create room for her to drive or set screens for her to come off by now then it will be too little too late just like last seasons first round NCAA game.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 13, 2011, 11:11:59 pm
What a disaster today for the lady Royals coach can not coach players can not play so i guess we will settle for ECAC!!!!!I called it until he realizes that #5 is not and i mean is not the answer it will be just an okay team.Two critical points in the game with about 10 seconds left Scranton is leading 61-60 why the hell would you foul and second in overtime with about 4.8 seconds your senior point guard dribbles the ball off of her foot.Like i said he could never and i mean never win a close game looking forward to next year maybe he will recruit a great point guard and some size because this is not getting it done he needs another Taryn and Allison. He needs talent on his team but then again he has it and he does not use it.I am done venting

  I'll agree that #5 didn't play well yesterday, but it didn't involve either of your critical points. I'll assume that you weren't watching the game, but listened to the audio, instead. Point#1 was not a foul. A good official does not make that call in that situation. He lets the players decide the game, rather than the official. Could he have seen something that I didn't see? Yes, but I give that a possibility of 10%. It should have been a no-call.
  Point #2 didn't have her dribbling the ball off her foot. The ball handler was driving toward the basket. #5 was clearing the area ahead of the dribbler, running away from her and the basket. The dribbler instead of shooting now with 5 seconds left, passed the ball to #5, hitting her in the foot with a bad pass that shouldn't have made under those circumstances. That's the way I saw it over the videostream.
  The Lady Royals haven't been involved in a game like that with all the lead changes, end-of -regulation, and overtime drama since the NCAA sectionals up in Rochester 2 years ago. It was a new experience for all of them with the exception of Megan, and hopefully, they'll be better in the future for the experience.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 16, 2011, 03:36:02 pm
Week 3 Regional Rankings are out: http://www.d3blogs.com/d3hoops/2011/02/16/ncaa-2011-regional-rankings-week-3/
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: augie on February 19, 2011, 09:23:05 pm
Wow is that true Juniata shot 30-40 free throws to Susquehanna's 2-4 that can not be true.If it is true someone has to look into the officiating!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 20, 2011, 12:32:38 am
 I saw bits and snatches of the game but had to go out when it was tied at 43; didn't notice anything unusual up to that point.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 21, 2011, 03:21:14 pm
Augie, right you are. Juniata shot 40 free throws compared to 4 by Susquehanna. The NCAA truly needs to review that nonsense. I don't mind if Juniata is going to win...but, that disparity is criminal & those three refs whose names are listed on the Crusader website need to be banished back to 8th. grade CYO basketball.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: augie on February 22, 2011, 03:17:27 pm
Ronk maybe you could answer this question How come Scranton guys and girls do not have a Junior Varsity program anymore?I think it would help the players that do not see much playing time get experience and learn they will not learn if they are on the bench.I think the last Junior Varsity team was when Bessior was there and i remember Mark Halligan was the Junior Varsity coach.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 22, 2011, 03:42:09 pm
Augie,
  I don't know; I would guess expense. One could have an 8-team league and not have to travel more than 45 minutes. Scranton, Marywood, Keystone, Baptist Bible, Kings, Wilkes, Miseri, E. Stroudsburg.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on February 22, 2011, 03:52:45 pm
How often do JV players make the Varsity squad? Not saying it doesn't happen but not sure it is justified. The men did have a JV squad early in Danzig's career.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 23, 2011, 04:29:14 pm
Final Regional Rankings before Selection Sunday: http://www.d3blogs.com/d3hoops/category/ncaa-stuff/regional-rankings/
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: augie on February 26, 2011, 03:56:03 pm
Lets see where to begin last year Moravian beats Scranton 3 times he never made adjustments this year Juniata beats us 3 times and still no adjustments.Watched the game today very disappointed in the coaching staff i guess the only time they want to coach is when they are winning.I feel sorry for Megan she comes to the court and gives it her all and he can not find the right players to surround her with thats number 1.Number two still does not have a regular starting line up or substitution pattern by now you think that would all be figured out.Number three i hope Scranton will make the ncaa but i doubt it.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 26, 2011, 04:51:24 pm
Yes, disappointing that it wasn't a competitive game like the one only 2 weeks ago. Still have a chance for NCAA since there r 3 more Pool C berths available than on the men's side.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: augie on February 28, 2011, 04:18:41 pm
First off i want to thank Megan and the seniors.Now it is time for me to rant. First off if you want to make the tournament you have to take care of business coaches etc.When you play a team three times like last year and make no adjustments do not expect to get to the tournament you can play the toughest schedule what good is it if you make no adjustments.When you say in a interview that i am playing man to man and i do not fall for gimmicks that means you do not want to coach. Instead of switching up the defense!Second and final maybe he can get out and recruit early like a point guard maybe a a true center and a power forward you are not going to win a championship just recruiting guards it will never happen.Good luck to the seniors in the future and thanks again!!!!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 28, 2011, 05:00:44 pm
Augie: I agree, all the very best to the seniors who deserved a heck of alot more than this uncharacteristic fall from grace. This is the same team that went to the NCAA's last year...one would have thought a year older & a year wiser would have helped everyone...especially the coaching staff.
The days of putting the best 5 on the floor & having the other team roll over are long gone. There are way too many bright, young & energetic coaches out there that will eat you alive when you fail to make adjustments to neutralize  their strenghs or find ways to continue to exploit your assets.
The Lady Royals certainly had enough natural talent to be in the dance, and it still comes down to the coaches being able to develop the roadmap to get them there.
Not having a set starting 5 or your substitution patterns established after 23 games is not a plan for post-season success, it's more like this current... recipe for disaster.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on March 01, 2011, 08:19:20 am
Not sure if any Moravian posters are on this site, but if they are, BEST luck to the Moravian Lady Hounds as they take on Waynesburg University on Wednesday night at 7 pm in an ECAC South game!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 01, 2011, 02:44:08 pm
Kate,
 There's never been a Greyhound sighting.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Hoopla on March 01, 2011, 07:03:43 pm
First and foremost let me say that I have no affiliation with Scranton or their coaching staff.  However, I cannot believe that you would blame the coaching staff after a 19-win season.  Mike Strong has proven time and time again that he is an outstanding coach.  Just because you do not make the NCAA Tournament does not mean that the season was not a success.  I know many coaches who would love to have won 19 games this season.  As a former women's basketball coach I can tell you that sometimes things just don't click.  Sometimes the chemistry isn't great.  Sometimes you just don't have that one extra player to get you over the top.  And sometimes players just don't make plays when they need to.  I saw the Lady Royals play this season and they just seemed to lack something.  That happens in sports.  Understand, not making the NCAA Tournament is unusual for Scranton's women, but for many programs making the NCAA field is unusual.  Remember, Duke had an aweful year not too long ago.  Based on your comments North Carolina should have gotten rid of Roy Williams and Duke should have definitely let Coach K go.  Both had down years with those programs.  Just realize that 19 wins is a very good season.  Maybe not NCAA worthy, but still very good.  I am sure that the Scranton coaching staff will work hard to try and make the team better next season. 
Title: basketball
Post by: augie on March 02, 2011, 11:56:00 am
Hoopla:I understand your thoughts on Coach Strong(Did he win a lot of games yes!)Did he go to the NCAA numerous times yes!Did he go to 9 final fours and win a national title yes!)but he did not do it only he had some great players.My gripe is: lets take last year against Moravian at home lose by 10 @Moravian by 17 and the Championship game by 17.Now lets fast forward to this year against Juniata at home up 11 lose by 14 @Juniata lose by 1 in OT and the Championship game lose by 18.In my mind and what i saw it was the same thing no adjustments and to win you have to make adjustments to the game to give your team a chance to win.My final thought is this he has some great players on that bench like Saratoga said when a freshmen lights it up for 31,25,18,14 etc in 20 minutes a game i think you should use her a lot more.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Hoopla on March 03, 2011, 10:06:56 am
Augie, I think that you missed my point.  The fact of the matter is that none of us have any idea why things played out the way they did.  Was it a chemistry issue?  Were there discipline issues?  Were the players limited in the things that they could do?  Without being at practice every day and being inside the coaches office there is no real way to tell why things played out the way they did.  Sometimes teams just don't match up well against a particular opponent.  It happens on every level and coaches feel helpless in those situations.  No matter what they try against that particular team, nothing seems to work.  All I am saying is that to blame the coaching staff is a bit unfair since we don't know all of the particulars. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: augie on March 03, 2011, 10:50:56 pm
Hoopla:When the coach comes on the radio pre taped before the Championship game and says these words and quote me on this please we will play man to man because at this time in the season i do not fall for gimmicks does that sound like a coach that is throwing in the towel! Sailing into the sunset
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Hoopla on March 04, 2011, 12:12:22 am
Don't read too much into what is said in a pre-game interview.  During the two games that Scranton and Juniata played during the regular season the Lady Royals were out-rebounded in both games.  I have a feeling that Coach Strong did not like the way his team played zone defense.  I also think that he was probably fearful that if they did play zone, or a gimmick such as a box-and-one or triangle-and-two, that they would get pounded on the glass.  As I said before there are a lot of variables that go into putting together a game plan. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Brookland on March 04, 2011, 11:20:44 am
I don't have a dog in this fight, but this sounds like someone is implying that man-to-man is "real" defense and anything else, like the various types of zone defenses, box-and-one, triangle-and-two, etc. are all "gimmicks." I'm wondering how many serious basketball people would agree with that, vs. how many would say those are all ways to maximize the effectiveness of your team defense based on player capabilities and opponents' schemes. I tend towards the latter point of view. I remember an article years ago from the coach at GW university in DC saying that he didn't believe in "hands up and hope they miss" defense (I love that characterization of a simple zone!), which he went on to say meant he liked to mix different types of zones, man-to-man, different help schemes, etc., NOT that anything but man was a gimmick.
Again, I'm not picking any fights here, just asking a basketball question. Any other points of view?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 04, 2011, 04:12:29 pm
Brookland,
  I'm with u- anything that has the best chance of succeeding whether it's box and one, triangle and 2, switching man to man. u want to stop them from what they do best and make them do something they're not as comfortable with. Don't let the stars beat u- make it b someone who's not used to doing it.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Hoopla on March 04, 2011, 08:37:24 pm
Brookland,

You absolutely made my point!  You play whatever you can to maximize your team's abilities.  Having been a coach, I know that I have had teams that just were not good zone defensive teams.  There could be many reasons why that is the case, such as bad foot speed, lack of height, etc.  Coaches have to make that evaluation in practice. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on June 23, 2011, 03:37:21 pm
Hello Ronk!  I see that it's official, The Delaware Valley College Lady Aggies play the Lady Royals of Scranton University at the tip-off Tourney of Gwynedd-Mercy College on Friday evening starting at 6 pm.   Friday night traffic down there in Montgomery County is wild, so we (oldies that we are) can only make the Saturday games.  Still looking forward to seeing U of S play.    It's been quite awhile since our two teams have met, so it should be interesting.  Maybe we'll catch up with you on that Sat.  Really looking forward to the start of this season!!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on June 23, 2011, 11:49:52 pm
 Hi, Kate!
  There's a good chance I'll be there since I have a sister in Feasterville with whom I could stay overnite.
 I couldn't find new scheds 4 scranton, dv, or g-m; so what makes it official and who's the 4th team?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on June 24, 2011, 08:58:34 am
Good morning, Ronk,  the info came from Scranton's lead sport's page, the 11/12 b'ball schedule wasn't up as of yesterday afternoon.  Del Val simply has "opponent to be determined".  Awhile ago, i thought i'd heard that it could be Lyco.  GMC and Lyco do not have anything posted.   It is kind of sad that today's squads have no recollection of that intense rivalry that we once had.  At any rate, it's always fun to be a part of anyone's opening tourney.  We certainly hope to be there on Sat.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on October 21, 2011, 11:47:05 pm
  Lady Royals' roster now up on web site.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on October 28, 2011, 12:08:12 am
  Conference preseason poll picks Juniata, Catholic, Scranton, Moravian. May be motivational for the Royals. I'm optimistic with the newcomers; hopefully, there's a shutdown defender among them to shore up that part of their game.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: augie on November 22, 2011, 11:03:23 pm
All i can say is wow.What a way to start the season 1-3 i just can not find words to describe this pathetic season.Just like last year he has players average 35 minutes a game and gives you nothing but minutes.No set offense no defense they are all over the court they have no and i mean No clue out there everything is up top nothing inside in case you forgot you have a 6-1 in the middle stop passing the ball around the dam perimeter and feed the big girl it does works and try pressing sometimes that also works.One other thing make a timeout work in your favor and not the other teams.Like i stated last year if he has no talent he can not win i just wish for those Mellody,Matt years again.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on November 23, 2011, 01:46:17 am
  Hang in there, Augie. Too much experience(60% of last year's playing time) no longer present from the graduated starters and injured/ill reserves. May take thru intersession to integrate the newcomers with the holdovers to get to the level of Lady Royal bball to which we're accustomed. They need time to learn the offense and each other so that they're playing and reacting rather than thinking about where to go or what to do. All this in addition to improving defensive play and reducing the individual turnovers that have nothing to do with learning a new offense.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: augie on November 23, 2011, 08:28:39 am
Thanks ronk but when you go to the games and they have a chance to win the game and the same thing happens over and over again you do get a little disturbed.He is not utilizing the inside presents it is all dribble dribble pass up top until sweeney gets open.you have to get the ball down low to open the perimeter and set some picks to open up some girls i did not see any picks yet everything has been dribble dribble dribble around the perimeter instead of crisp passing.Just like last year he had #5 in the game averaging about 28 minutes a game and gave you nothing this year is the same he has someone averaging 32 minutes and gives you the same you get no points out of that spot so you are basically playing 5 on 4.Hopefully change is coming and i mean change in a big way he might get his fourth win by next year if he does not make changes to this line up.UofS fans are not use to this last year was pathetic this year so far it is a disgrace.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on November 24, 2011, 11:33:38 pm
Augie,
  Your concerns have piqued curiosity at the nation's highest level; he'll be coming to town Wednesday for the Marywood-Scranton game to see for himself; expect some camouflage story for being in the area, but the Lady Royals' unusual start is the real reason.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on November 25, 2011, 05:41:36 pm
Gee whiz, Ronk, are you talking about Joe Biden, Pat Coleman, or Lou DeNaples?  Sorry couldn't resist it  :).  Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, and again, it was so nice to meet you!  Incidentally, Marywood is a team that is getting better & better over the past three years or so.  Marielle Thorsen is from my old high school in Belvidere, NJ where she was the heart & soul of that high school team as she is now for the Pacers.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on November 26, 2011, 01:46:35 am
 Higher, Kate, higher - the #1 college bball fan in the country - the one whose brother-in-law coaches Oregon State men's bball. I'm talking serious fact-finding here. ;). He may even stop in Doylestown on the way back to DC to see why Del Val is still undefeated; maybe he'll pick up some tips.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: augie on December 22, 2011, 12:04:45 am
Great week in Puerto Rico but i have some great pictures to take home.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on December 22, 2011, 12:43:38 am
Augie,
   Happy to hear you had a good time-I'm still planning on attending the Gettysburg tourney.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on December 22, 2011, 02:32:40 pm
Augie: Hope you guys all had a great time. Safe travels back & can't wait to see your pictures of Old San Juanita!
Is there a group photo of all of you doing your best Captain Morgan pose??? Talk to you when you get back.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 04, 2012, 01:03:36 am
  Lady Royals show some improvement from the tipoff tourney @ Gwynnedd-Mercy in losing a close one to Gburg and building an 18-pt halftime lead and holding off Neumann. They're getting a better grasp of what they're supposed to be doing in a specific offense/defense; still a ways to go in the quality of execution. However, neither opponent is getting any top 25 votes.
  Individually, the defensive intensity of Shernai continues; Tina, named to the all-tourney team, is a major disruptor on defense with steals and deflections; Sydney had a number of good slashes to the lane and hit 2-2 on open 3-pt shots today; Lindsay picked up a lot of rebounds; Taylor had a number of good moves in the paint; Alison is encountering a lot of defensive attention with few open shots.
  Conference play resumes this weekend with home games against Goucher/CUA. I'll project that the Royals will contest with CUA for 2nd in the conference, and the Royals will get a scheduling break in that battle since they'll play CUA on the 2nd day @home(considered tougher for the traveling road team) and on the 1st day when they travel to CUA later in the month.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: augie on February 04, 2012, 12:47:40 pm
I can not believe that this coaching staff can sit there year after year and get beat by the same team over and over again and make NO ADJUSTMENTS.Not taking anything away from Juniata but when the team beats you by 23 away and 21 at home where are the adjustments to the game.Two division one transfers and he still can not get the ball into the low post.20.9% from the field where were they throwing the ball from        THE OCEAN!I just can not believe this coaching staff 12-9 maybe they have an early vacation plan.I have a better idea RECRUIT RECRUIT RECRUIT.They have some great players but they are lacking one thing a true point guard to accomplish the big girls.What i would do to have another Matt on this team.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 11, 2012, 12:11:50 am
   Catholic led most of game tonight but Juniata caught up in last couple of minutes and won, creating tie for 2nd between Catholic and Scranton. If both win out, then strength of schedule will be the tie-breaker, not a coin flip, according to SID in Scranton's recap tonight.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: augie on February 22, 2012, 10:02:13 pm
Three years in a row for the Lady Royals not winning the Landmark.Thanks in big part to this coaching staff.Younger coaches are out recruiting him and out coaching him every game.Maybe him and his posse can go into the sunset!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!16-10 with two division 1 transfers and this is what you get.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: lefty2 on February 22, 2012, 10:39:33 pm
Three years in a row for the Lady Royals not winning the Landmark.Thanks in big part to this coaching staff.Younger coaches are out recruiting him and out coaching him every game.Maybe him and his posse can go into the sunset!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!16-10 with two division 1 transfers and this is what you get.

And three years-in-a-row of you ripping one of the winningest coaches in the history of the D-III women's game.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: augie on February 23, 2012, 11:45:45 am
Lefty2 it is called freedom of speech.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: cold_case on February 23, 2012, 01:19:15 pm
I understand Scranton showed mucho class yesterday. It was learned that the Catholic gals requested a shoot-around at Scranton's gym early in the day but Scranton said NO!
CUA eventually called King's who said "come on down," so they had their shoot-around in Wilkes-Barre.
Stay classy, Scranton!
I am repeating this on the men's side so everyone can hear about it.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 23, 2012, 05:39:55 pm
lefthander: Strong IS the winningest coach in DIII.
In recent years...not so much.
Beyond that, all is not well in Lady Royal land these days.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: sp0rtsfan on February 23, 2012, 06:04:36 pm
I may be wrong here, however, could the slide of Royals women's hoops coincide with the absence of Denna Klingman from the coaching staff ????
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on February 23, 2012, 07:22:48 pm
I heard he is committed to this year's freshman class so he isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

Whatever happened to Roy A?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: augie on February 23, 2012, 08:52:07 pm
Nepafan please tell me, that is not true and if so his recruiting class consist of one recruit.Maybe they will hit the trail early this year they have all the time in the world to see many High school games now that the season is finished!!!Sp0rtsfan that can be very true she is a great teacher of the game.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: sp0rtsfan on February 24, 2012, 10:10:02 am
Augie,
In addition to Deanna's teaching capability, I felt she was an effective recruiter and also related well to the girls who were on the team as a mentor...
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 24, 2012, 11:16:10 am
NEPA: Strong retired 2 years ago from the University. Therefore, he is no longer covered by tenure.
Right now he is an employee at will & can be let go for any number of reasons.
The fact that he wants to coach four more years is one thing. Whether or not that will be his call is quite another. Please refer to previous headlines under "Coach Bessoir".
To echo Augie's point...if it were not for 2 DI transfers landing in his lap this year...what would the Lady Royals record have honestly looked like?
As far as recruiting, all I can say is thank God he has an aggressive young coach with him to bring the talent in.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on February 24, 2012, 06:42:25 pm
You guys are unreal. Were you calling for the firing of Bessior in the late 90s?


Strong isn't going anywhere, you can't go to the Final Four every year.


Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 25, 2012, 04:29:59 pm
Congrats to the CUA ladies on their conference championship... Juniata is now a pretty sure Pool C lock... popping someone's bubble.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 25, 2012, 08:56:41 pm
  Yes, congrats also, especially winning on the road @ Scranton and Juniata with an underclassmen team. As Coach Donahue said, they did the things that win big games. Nice to have 2 Landmark schools in the NCAA tourney, even if neither is Scranton.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: bbald eagle on February 26, 2012, 10:44:28 am
Brookland: my heartlfelt congratulations. CUA women finally get a championship, beating Juniata in the one that counts most. Congrats.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: BigMac on February 26, 2012, 11:01:55 am
Odds are that the D-1 transfer from American will be somewhere else next year. Always looking for the better place  3 high schools, and a different AAU team every year now American U and Scranton in the same year she is doing what she has always done. My guess she was not playing at American so she left. Playing at Scranton but not a D-1 school. Maybe she is happy but we will see
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Brookland on March 01, 2012, 06:12:04 pm
Quote
Brookland: my heartlfelt congratulations. CUA women finally get a championship, beating Juniata in the one that counts most. Congrats.
Thanks, I am very happy for them as well. It was a thrill when the CUA men won it all a few years back, but they got almost no notice in the DC area press, with its emphasis on the local D1 schools. I hope the women do well and get some notice somewhere besides our insular world of D3.
Go Cardinals!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: cuabigdog on March 01, 2012, 09:22:28 pm
          NCAA tournament 2012: Catholic womenís basketball reaches new heights

   CUA Womens basketball will have an outstanding article in the Washington Post on Friday March 2 and it is my understanding they will be featured on ABC7/WJLA-TV  with Tim Brant friday evening..finally getting some very much deserved recognition for their efforts on the court ...congrats to the entire team and coaching staff on an outstanding season ..with more wins to come in the tournament ...GOOD LUCK CUA ..it's a great year to be a Cardinal !!!!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on May 14, 2012, 03:29:38 pm
Hello Ronk & all Scranton posters!  Is your lovely graduating Senior, Sidney Jaques, related to the new head coach at Siena College, Ali Jaques?  I noticed that both players graduated from NJ's Hunterdon Central HS.  Didn't read the Express article, but it's online at lehighvalleylive.com/sports.  Apparently, she's been as assistant coach now for some time, and this is her first shot with her own program.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on May 14, 2012, 03:42:23 pm
Kate: Good catch.
Ali is Sidney's older sister.
She's been an assistant at Northwestern the last several years.
While I'm at it...all the best to Sidney, she's a pretty remarkable young lady.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: sp0rtsfan on May 23, 2012, 10:19:43 am
The U of S. hosted a successful 1st class award / fund raising event last evening. Bill Raftery was honored and addressed the audince - made everyone laugh showing a great sense of humor.

On a side note,  although not yet officially announced,  you will soon hear that Deanna Klingman is returning to the Lady Royals as Coach Strong's assistant...My opinion has always been that they missed her presence these last few years and lost much of their luster without her.....I expect the Lady Royals to rejoin the ranks of the elite D3 women's programs in the next coming seasons..
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on May 27, 2012, 08:34:01 pm
  Congrats to superb Lady Royals bballer of the recent past Taryn Mellody who was listed as receiving a Doctorate in Physical Therapy at yesterday's U of S Graduate School graduation.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on May 29, 2012, 02:25:24 pm
Yes, Ronk, we remember Taryn very well!  Certainly big congratulations to her (we have been wondering where she might have gone or done, & now we know her time has been very productively spent!)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: sp0rtsfan on June 15, 2012, 05:47:29 pm
Sure wish The Royals would get a non-conference game against FDU....I think both teams would benefit since their style of play is so different.....
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on June 15, 2012, 09:15:54 pm
  sp0rtsfan,
   It could happen since they're relatively close and the Lady Royals usually have some Northern NJ players on their roster, meaning one of their 2 top recruiting areas.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on July 05, 2012, 04:24:51 pm
Hello Ronk!  By now i'm sure you've noticed that Scranton's schedule is up, and the only thing wrong with it, is that it doesn't include Del Val!   Hope that your summer's going well!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on July 06, 2012, 12:54:12 am
Kate,
  I did notice the Scranton schedule. Thought I saw someone from the Del Val women's coaching staff at the Blue Chip AAU tourney today, but didn't have a chance to talk with her.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on July 06, 2012, 09:48:14 am
Good morning, Ronk!  It's good to hear that the Del Val Women's Basketball staff is out and about this summer scouting talent!  This seems like a long summer with the Phillies doing so poorly, and this heat.  Really, really looking forward to Nov. and the start of the season.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: sp0rtsfan on August 09, 2012, 02:00:21 pm
It's official....Deaanna Klingman has returned to the ranks of the Royals coaching staff.......The team was 161 - 21 for the previous years she was there helping out...

http://athletics.scranton.edu/sports/wbkb/2012-13/releases/wb_aug._8
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on October 18, 2012, 11:26:37 pm
  Lady Royals' roster is out; 2 missing: Emma Hart and Katie Cunningham(not back from injury(yet?)). 4 frosh-I've seen 3 of their AAU teams in action, but don't remember the play of those 3, in particular. One, Jaclyn Gantz, did have a hilite show on the internet and looks to be a good shooter, BUT it was a hilite show.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on October 19, 2012, 01:31:32 pm
Ronk:
Right you are...hi-lite packaging is just that.
As for our esteemed coach... it would apperar another average class brought in.
No real size, no much needed point & although I'm sure all are good players, certainly no freshmen impact kids.
Thank God two transfer starters fell from heaven last year...can't even begin to think how thin this once proud program would be without them.
I don't think he's had a freshman recruit that could step in & get things done in 5 years...who since Megan K.???   
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on October 19, 2012, 03:38:37 pm
Toga,
   There was the thought that Katie C was going to be one of those frosh impact players; didn't work out that way.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on November 21, 2012, 08:51:34 am
Well, Landmark posters, along with leaving the league, i truly hope you haven't made a collective decision to leave the D3 website!   Yes, you can brag a little bit about beating King's (Scranton) and beating DeSales (Moravian).  It is however, a long season, so we'll see what transpires over the next three months.  Happy Thanksgiving!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on November 21, 2012, 09:26:52 am
Kate,
  Happy Thanksgiving to you, also! We haven't left the msg board, merely cautiously optimistic about the coming conference season. Both the Landmark and the Freedom ought to be competitive for the 4 conference tournament positions and home court advantage. Kings could have easily won the Royals game after playing well against Muhlenberg on Saturday.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on November 26, 2012, 07:52:04 pm
  I'm watching the videocast of Scranton-Marywood and they(NMTV) do a good thing by superimposing the score, game clock, 30-sec clock, and team fouls while the game is in progress; no more having to wait for a timeout to get the info. Hope everybody employs the capability.
  Lady Royals getting outhustled on defensive board 14-11 at the half; it's a season-long if not multiple-year problem.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on November 28, 2012, 12:24:14 am
Ronk:
Right you are...out-hustled, confused on both offense & defense & substitution patterns that are down right scary.
Absolutely no maturity from the beginning of the season through tonights game.
Again, I can't even imagine how bad the team would be if two very-very good players didn't fall in his lap.
The recruiting efforts over the past 5 years by the newer coaches in DIII have made a definite impact.
Getting a call or the occasional visit at a game just doesn't cut it anymore.









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Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ColonelJohn4Life on December 06, 2012, 12:30:55 pm
http://www.gowilkesu.com/news/2012/12/5/WBB_1205125026.aspx

Wilkes 75, Scranton 67?

BAH HA HA HA HA!!!! YEEEAAHHH!!! WOOOOOOOO!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on December 06, 2012, 02:30:28 pm
Coming on here this afternoon just to give CJ a plus K  ;D
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on December 06, 2012, 10:11:56 pm
Holy Cow:
A CJ sighting....and to think...... a post after a Wilkes win. Go figure.
Now where were your insights after the Scranton men easily handled the KFCers last year?
At any rate, I truly do applaud the Wilkes women on their win.
It may have been 35 years & 60 losses in between victories but, a win is a win.
They absolutely outplayed & out-hustled the Lady Royals...nice to see their teamwork pay off.
As for FDU...another great story developing before our eyes. Good for them as well.
A few more wins, especially on the road & they will start believing....if they aren't already.
Young, smart, aggressive coaches are making the most out of their opportunity.
The days of the part-time coach just rolling the balls out & letting superior talent do it all are coming to an end.
Colleges are finally realizing there are some really talented coaches willing to begin their journey at the DIII level...the young women that play for those coaches will be all the better.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on December 18, 2012, 07:09:45 pm
  Dean Corwin mentioned during the videocast yesterday the roster addition of a sophomore transfer from D2 West Chester - Stephanie Keyes 5-9 SG from Archbishop Wood(PA).
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on December 30, 2012, 08:14:38 pm
Time for a certain coach to be sent to mandatory clinics on time management & when & how to use time outs.
Scranton had a clear advantage in this game yet, midway in the second half Cal Lutheran goes on a 15-0 run before our legend figures it's time to stop the bleeding.
They end up on a 23-4 run & win by a bucket...I honestly believe this guy must think he can cash in all his saved time outs through the years  for a cash refund.
I bet that time out he saved with 24 seconds left in Springfield during the Final Four a few years back will be worth quite a bit.
On another note...it will be interesting to see the final stats.
It certainly appeared CLU was on the line far more than the Lady Royals. It becomes even more curious when the Lady Royals were in a zone for most of the game.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on December 30, 2012, 11:41:16 pm
   Lady Royals allowed 1 CLU player to get 7 offensive rebounds-season-long problem with inability/lack of concern in this regard. Also, inability to feed the post players in the paint;  Meredith has to work harder and smarter to get open, but no one has shown an ability to effectively get the ball to her, anyhow. Only saw one screen attempt in the lane away from the ball between the post players; it should happen on every possession.
  Defensively, the Lady Royals benefitted from numerous CLU misses from 3 feet; could have been worse. Emmanuel tomorrow is just as big as the Lady Royals on the frontline and have a top-notch scorer, to boot. Hoping the players refocus tomorrow.
   On a positive note, it's a pleasure to see the continual improvement in Lindsay as a PG. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on December 31, 2012, 05:58:22 pm
  A quality turnaround for the Lady Royals in coming back from 31-17 deficit to beat a good Emmanuel team. Defensive effort was outstanding in the 2nd half, holding them to 13 points and their leading scorer to only 3. Shernai had a career defensive effort, limiting their high scorer and coming up with rebounds, steals, deflections, and a nice lefty hook basket. Players fought through a lot of aggressive defensive non-calls while dribbling; should prepare them for the conference battles with Catholic, Moravian, and Juniata.
  As usual, plenty(17 1st half turnovers;inbound plays under offensive basket) to work on before Juniata, but some optimistic developments to make the trip home much brighter.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: cuabigdog on January 01, 2013, 11:07:43 am
Looking to remain unbeaten this season, No. 21 CUA shook off a tough shooting performance to down William Paterson 60-52 in the championship of the CUA Courtyard US Capital Holiday Tournament on Monday afternoon.  The Cardinals improve to 11-0 with the victory, after receiving 15 points and seven rebounds from tournament MVP Kelli Josephsen and 8 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals from Emily Grabiak.

Both teams struggled to find their shooting after playing their second game in as many days.  CUA connected on only 28% from the floor, while the Pioneers hit on just 26%.  The game was tight throughout, with seven lead changes and two ties.

A jumper by William Paterson's Dana Jeter 4:23 into the game put the visitors on top 12-7, but CUA scored 9 of the next 11 points, capped by Karlyn Dixon's 3-pointer, to grab its first lead of the day, 16-14.

Floriana Borova's jumper with 4:50 remaining in the half gave William Paterson a one-point advantage, but Josephsen answered down the other end to give the lead back to the Cardinals.

A 3-pointer by Josephsen in the final 10 seconds then sent CUA into halftime with its largest lead up to that point, 26-20.

A layup by Josephine Migash early in the second gave CUA a double-digit lead, but the Pioneers were able to cut it to a six-point game with 15:30 remaining.

Two free throws by Jenny McGann again pushed the lead up to 10, before William Paterson responded by scoring 14 of the next 15 points to surge in front 41-38 with 8:30 on the clock.

Two minutes later, Josephsen tied things at 44 with 6:26 remaining, and Grabiak's basket two minutes after that put the Cards on top 46-44.

After a Migash layup pushed the lead up to four, Borova splashed a three down the other end to pull the Pioneers within one with 2:41 left to play.

From that point forward, CUA got the job done at the free throw line, sinking 12 of 12 attempts in the final 2:30 to seal the win and move to 11-0.

Josephsen sank 5 of 11 shots from the floor and all four of her free throw attempts to finish with 15 points.  That came on the heels of a 14-point, 14-rebound performance in Sunday's semifinal win over Pitt-Greensburg.

Woerner joined Josephsen in double figures with 14 points, while Migash finished with 11.

Jeter led the visitors with 16 points and 11 boards, while Borova scored 15, but she connected on only 6 of 24 shots.

In Monday's consolation game, Oswego defeated Pitt-Greensburg by a score of 63-51 in overtime.

CUA is now off until Saturday, January 5 when the Cardinals welcome Merchant Marine Academy to the DuFour Center for a Landmark Conference contest.  Start time is set for 4 p.m.

2012 CUA Courtyard US Capital Holiday Tournament All-Tournament Team
Kelli Josephsen, CUA (MVP)
Josephine Migash, CUA
Dana Jeter, William Paterson
Ashley Marfo, William Paterson
Morgan Biddle, Pitt-Greensburg
Kari Kipper, Oswego
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 01, 2013, 11:34:49 am
Cuabigdog,
  I noticed Katerina Owunna missing from the holiday games; do you know why? Looks like Josie Migash filled in capably, making the all-tourney team. Looking forward to the clash with Scranton in 2 1/2 weeks.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 01, 2013, 11:50:50 am
  A quality turnaround for the Lady Royals in coming back from 31-17 deficit to beat a good Emmanuel team. Defensive effort was outstanding in the 2nd half, holding them to 13 points and their leading scorer to only 3. Shernai had a career defensive effort, limiting their high scorer and coming up with rebounds, steals, deflections, and a nice lefty hook basket. Players fought through a lot of aggressive defensive non-calls while dribbling; should prepare them for the conference battles with Catholic, Moravian, and Juniata.
  As usual, plenty(17 1st half turnovers;inbound plays under offensive basket) to work on before Juniata, but some optimistic developments to make the trip home much brighter.

  I should mention Tayler's return to action with a fine effort, finishing a couple of transition baskets from passes from Lindsay(?), amid double-digit scoring.
  Also, the new foul-shooting coach should be pleased with the team's performance this season.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 01, 2013, 12:30:33 pm
Ronk:
Any insight as to why Meredeth only played 15 minutes?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: cuabigdog on January 01, 2013, 06:41:31 pm
Ronk

yes , kat is with her family fullfilling family obligations pertaining to her religion..this has been the same thing every year and even tho she is missed greatly , Josie did an outstanding job filling in for her..the lady cards have a deep bench this year and are looking to repeat as Conf . Champions..Kat shold be back sunday..in my opinion, the cards have the capability of going 5-6 players deep on the bench...this should be an exciting year for women's basketball at CUA...
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 01, 2013, 06:49:16 pm
Ronk

yes , kat is with her family fullfilling family obligations pertaining to her religion..this has been the same thing every year and even tho she is missed greatly , Josie did an outstanding job filling in for her..the lady cards have a deep bench this year and are looking to repeat as Conf . Champions..Kat shold be back sunday..in my opinion, the cards have the capability of going 5-6 players deep on the bench...this should be an exciting year for women's basketball at CUA...

  I think it's plausible that the top 4 go 3-3 with each other and the others, especially Coach Cotton(Goucher), would like to mess things up with an upset of the top 4.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 06, 2013, 12:44:17 pm
Just read an interesting story of how Coach Bessoir became "Coach" of the mens team.
Seems the Scranton AD at the time, a no-nonsense, highly motivational former assistant at the U of Rochester felt the mens program had stagnated & under-achieved long enough.
Midway through the the 1969 season he said enough is enough & promptly fired the long time Royals coach, Nat Volpe.
He took over the team for the remainder of the year & much improvement took place.
Upon the conclusion of that year, Bob Bessoir went from freshman coach to varsity & he never looked back.
One of his first hires upon being named head coach was naming Mike Strong his assistant.
Strong remained with him through their first National Championship in 1976 & then left to take over the women's program.
Fast forward 35 years & one begins to wonder if history may soon repeat itself.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 14, 2013, 11:32:21 am
  The haves r playing the have-nots in Wed conf action. Will there b any upsets? Lady Royals play all their games with the other haves on the road in the 1st half of the season. Sat begins a string of 3 games against the other haves.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 14, 2013, 08:41:21 pm
Somewhat of a mini-shocker...The College of NJ knocks off Moravian in the Steel City.
Fresh off the big win at home vs. Catholic & just back in the Top 25, the Greyhounds must have left a lot of their game on the floor last Sat.

The team I have to give a ton of credit to is Amherst.
This is by far their least talented team in GP's last 5 seasons, yet they remain undefeated.
Unquestionably, if he coached Scranton with their talent, they'd have a very deep run.
As it is, fingers crossed they make the Landmark playoffs.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on January 15, 2013, 10:31:23 am
Hi Saratoga!  i can tell you're heartbroken  ;)!  Ya know what's even more amazing, is that Del Val beat TCNJ a couple of weeks ago.   Crazy D3 basketball!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 15, 2013, 09:57:12 pm
Hard to figure sometimes Kate.
I guess if there was going to be a let-down game, this would have been it.
I'm sure the Greyhounds will have re-grouped by the weekend.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 19, 2013, 06:25:27 pm
Catholic ladies totally dominate the Lady Royals.
That refrain is becoming far too common anymore...just substitute Catholic & add any name you'd like.
The current Scranton coach can no longer run out the best 15 players in the league & let their overall talent win games.
Now that there is far more parity in DIII, actual planning, recruiting, organization, scouting, teaching, X's & O's, reviewing & breaking down film & a thing called coaching wins games.
The days of the Lady Royals being able to make adjustments (based solely on talent) are history. The chances of them ever dominating again are history. Pretty soon, what we'll remember of them will be based on history.
With a current coach that seems either incapable of adjustments (either pre or in-game) or simply uninterested & without a passion any longer, the time for a full review of this program & the direction this university wishes to seek over the next decade & beyond has landed on its doorstep.
There are far too many bright, knowledgeable & energetic young coaches out there today waiting for the opportunity to make an impact.
One of the toughest decisions in athletics is knowing when it's time to gracefully step aside.
That review, is hopefully underway.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: subball on January 23, 2013, 07:58:49 am
Saratoga,  I have read many of your posts over the last couple of years and try not to take it too seriously, however I feel that with your last post you have gone a little too far.  As a Scranton alum it is upsetting to me that a Scranton "fan"  would talk so negatively about the program and coaches.  I have thought a lot about how I would like to respond to your post and figured that if I try to attack what you wrote I would be just as bad as you.  Everyone has their own opinion.  But as a past Lady Royal, someone that also coached at Scranton and is currently a college coach I can say without a doubt that the players at Scranton and the University of Scranton are LUCKY to have Coach Strong as a coach.  As someone that has actually been in the office, on campus and in the locker room and a part of the program I can tell you that Coach Strong is very passionate about his job, works every day to try and make his players better and prepare them for games.  But one thing that you may not understand is that it is much more than wins.  Coach Strong has helped hundreds of players become great people and successful in the real world.  That is after all what is it all about.  I just hope before you write your next post you think about the players, coaches and all Lady Royals you are hurting with the things you write.  You can respond or not.  I will not write again but needed to say that win or lose I am extremely proud to be a Lady Royal and of our Coach! 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 23, 2013, 04:17:00 pm
Subball,
   You've eloquently stated the essence of the Lady Royals' program and what is important in the long run; your insight is appreciated. While I'm an acquaintance of Saratoga and have occasionally expressed disappointment with player execution and game strategy myself on this board, I agree that he has gone too far in his comments about Coach Strong. I continually witness firsthand(as recently as the Saturday Catholic game) that no one is more passionate during the play of the game than Coach Strong. I even wondered to his wife why he has to fire up teenagers to play harder and/or smarter.
   Thanks again for expressing your sentiments and best wishes for your own program.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 27, 2013, 12:40:46 am
  The Lady Royals came up with another strong 2nd half performance(comparable to those against Rochester and Emmanuel, considering the quality of the opposition) to defeat Juniata in a big game for their psyche. Rebounding, turnover disparity, shot clock violations, and harassing defense were aspects of how well they played today when their FG % was below average. Hopefully, they can build on this for the remainder of the season. It's still possible for a 4-way tie for 1st place at 11-3. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 30, 2013, 10:14:39 pm
  Juniata becomes 1st of top 4 to lose at home(to Catholic,tonite)

Projected order of finish:

Catholic   12-2
Mor         11-3
Scr          11-3
Jun          10-4
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: cuabigdog on February 03, 2013, 11:24:27 pm
14th straight home win helps No. 13 Cards clinch playoff berth     

 
  WASHINGTON Ė No. 13 CUA (20-1, 9-1) scored the first 20 points of the game en route to a 66-48 win over Drew (8-13, 4-6) on Saturday afternoon, and clinched a berth in the upcoming Landmark Conference Tournament.  The Cardinals forced 28 turnovers and converted them into 26 points and placed three players in double figures on the way to their sixth straight win.

The 2011-12 conference champion, CUA will now have a chance to defend its title later this month when the Landmark tourney gets underway.  The Cardinals win on Saturday increases their home win streak to 14 straight, including nine in a row this season.

CUA ripped off a 20-0 run right from the start, holding Drew without a point for the first 7:29.

Despite the Cardinals fast start, Drew was able to cut it to a 12-point game with 8:29 remaining in the first half on Whitney Mackay's layup.

CUA answered with six straight, opening up an 18-point bulge with 5:40 to play before the half.

The back-and-forth continued with the Rangers scoring seven of the next eight to pull within 12 with 2:39 remaining.

Drew then got even closer, getting to within eight on Mackay's jumper just before the buzzer.

Another Drew bucket to begin the second half brought the Rangers to within six, but baskets by Katarina Owunna and Jenny McGann pushed the Cards lead to 10 less than a minute later.

Drew continued to hang around, pulling to within five with 17:11 on the clock, but CUA then put its foot down, exploding with an 18-0 run to go in front by 23 with 12:12 to play.

The Rangers tried to make one final push, getting to within 16 on Jennifer Mateo's 3-pointer with 5:53 on the clock, but CUA did not allow Drew to get closer than 15 the rest of the way.

Owunna and Jill Woerner shared top scoring honors for CUA with 18 points each, while McGann added 14.  Grabiak dished out 11 assists, tying her career high, and Woerner ripped down 11 boards to complete the double-double.


Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 07, 2013, 12:02:05 am
  Lady Royals clinch a playoff spot by beating Drew; shortest player on floor is leading rebounder; effort needs to be amped up in the final weeks for a successful run in the playoffs.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 07, 2013, 12:36:12 am
 CUA averts the upset as Sus misses 2 FTs and 2 FGs in final minute

Projected order of finish:  coin flip decides 2nd/3rd seed

CUA    12-2
Scr      11-3
Mor     11-3
Jun     10-4
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 09, 2013, 10:02:13 pm
  Lady Royals have no answer for the stifling defense of CUA and are dominated in the categories of points in the paint(despite CUA's bigs missing most of the game with foul trouble), off turnovers, and via fast breaks. One wonders how Susquehanna nearly beat the Cards on Wednesday(without seeing the video) and speculate that CUA must have been lethargic in their play.
Royals are now eliminated from hosting a playoff game. Stephanie Keyes did have a perfect 8 points in 5 mins and Shernai had 10 bounds and considerable defensive pressure.

Projected order of finish:

CUA    13-1
Mor     11-3
Scr     10-4
Jun      9-5
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 11, 2013, 11:54:48 am
  Winner of Moravian-CUA Saturday gets #1 seed; Juniata likely to finish 9-5 and would win a tie-breaker with the Royals by virtue of a win over Moravian; so if the Royals want to avoid a Wed trip to CUA, they either win twice this week if CUA wins or lose to Moravian Wed if Moravian wins @ CUA.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 11, 2013, 08:27:06 pm
Ronk:
I'd love nothing more than to see the Lady Royals make the necessary adjustments to take care of Moravian on Wed's. & then Goucher on Sat. & head into the Landmark playoffs playing some really good ball.
However...making adjustments is not something that's been seen around the Long Center in quite some time.

Other teams generally get better as the year goes on, the Lady Royals unfortunately, are having their weaknesses exposed game after game & rarely get to take advantage of any of their strengths...unless, of course, they play teams with sub .500 records.

I mean, the UofS defeats Rochester at Rochester at the start of the season, then promptly loses to Wilkes in a game that was never close & was the first time Wilkes had defeated Scranton in about 30 years. Over-confidence? Lack of preperation?

Meanwhile, Rochester defeats Washington U. in St. Louis last week yet we can't do better than a 17 point pasting at home vs. Catholic.

This team is far better than they've played yet not so good that they can go on cruise control and think a switch can be flipped & all of a sudden great basketball will happen. It has to be very frustrating to the kids because it certainly appears our opponents know exactly what they need to do to stop us yet we appear essentially...lost.

Unfortunately, I don't really think it matters who we play..if the best we can do was on display Sat., the days of this season are sadly & quickly coming to a close.

Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 11, 2013, 11:20:16 pm
Saratoga,
  To be sure, the Lady Royals have beaten 2 teams that play good defense-Rochester, by playing better defense themselves, having fewer turnovers, and making 17 FTs in the 2nd half to expand their lead, and Juniata, again, fewer turnovers and 12-15 FTs in 2nd half.
  However, against the good defending teams(Moravian,DeSales,CUA,twice), open shots generated by the offense have been minimal. What to try(and all of these may have been considered and rejected by the coaches, but, just in case) now that the season is in crunch time:
 1 or 2-person screens(along the lane or baseline)-I can't see any D3 player getting thru a Meredith/Tayler screen
      who could use it-Alison, Kathryn, Jackie, Stephanie?
      requires discipline in setting the screen,avoiding illegal screen, and screenee can't let defender between her and screen
 screens away from ball by the bigs(Meredith/Erin)-these have been tried occasionally but not once in the recent CUA game
 pick-and-rolls
     Lindsay and Meredith/Erin/Tayler  While our bigs don't roll well w/o traveling, they should get open 12-footers
 clearout for 1-on-1
     Lindsay is shooting fouls well enough to try to draw them in this scenario
 full/3/4 court press
     Erin/Shernai at top of press- turns it into an uptempo transition game where the set 1/2 court offense is less needed

We'll see what develops Wed nite.   
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 13, 2013, 11:25:17 pm
 Lady Royals remain in 3rd place with a gritty win over Moravian. With a win over Goucher in the regular season final or an MMA win, they'll finish 3rd and play at the loser of Moravian-CUA in the 1st round.
  Royals did it with defense(low Moravian FG %, steals, and blocks) in the 2nd half as the half court offense provided only 2 points in the 1st 13 mins. Steals, offensive boards, and 10-12 FTs overcame 17 turnovers and 16 offensive rebounds  allowed.
Not normally a winning formula, the Ladies showed some grit in beating a good team when their own offensive execution was less than optimal.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 14, 2013, 10:29:08 pm
A win, is a win...is a win.
That said...it was ugly as all hell.
Two Scranton timeouts led to virtually instatanious turnovers (so much for strategic planning),...then, not to be outdone, Scranton turns the ball over on 5 consecutive trips downcourt to start the second half.
How they ever won this game is a mystery...if they ever learn how to get the ball to Meradeth when she's actually open underneath...they might actually look like they know what their doing.
My favorite turnover of the game...a pass to a player running up the sideline with her back to the passer...no problem, a pass to her anyway which hits her in the back & harmlessly rolls out of bounds.
If they ever decide to put their game together...they just might scare someone.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: cuabigdog on February 18, 2013, 08:06:29 pm
[CUA has entered the top 10 of the D3Hoops.com Top 25 poll, checking in at No. 10  of the latest rankings, released on Monday. The Cardinals have won a school record 24 games this season, including a school record 12 Landmark Conference victories. CUA has also earned the top seed in the conference tournament, which gets going on Wednesday evening.

CUA enters the postseason riding a 10-game win streak, which includes a dramatic 79-75 overtime victory against Moravian this past weekend. Senior captain Jill Woerner scored a game-high 25 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, as the Cardinals rallied from a 15-point second half deficit to improve to 12-0 at home this season.

Earlier in the week, CUA downed Goucher 61-43 behind the all-around brilliance of Emily Grabiak (12 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals) and a defensive performance that held the Gophers to 28.8 percent shooting.

CUA has now won 46 games over the course of the past two seasons and is the defending conference champion.

Also on Monday, Woerner was named the Landmark Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season.

Top-seeded CUA will play host to No. 4 Juniata on Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. in a Landmark Conference Tournament semifinal. The winner of that game moves into the championship, slated for Saturday, February 23.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on February 20, 2013, 10:24:08 am
Can't believe there hasn't been too much posting from the Scranton folk about tonight's play-off game betw. the Royals and Moravian right in my back yard!   There's so much great b'ball going on tonight within a 50-mile radius, that we're staying home and trying to watch it all on TV (Lafayette women) and the computer, your game and the Aggie men.   Safe trip to Bethlehem for all you ex "Macites" and may the better team win.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 20, 2013, 12:45:55 pm
Kate,
  We just played a week ago and after the 2nd half of that game, the winners aren't sure how they won and the losers how they lost. We're just going to see how it plays out; it might not be pretty.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: TheGrove on February 20, 2013, 01:08:25 pm
This board is more into post-game analysis (or griping!) than pre-game speculation.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 20, 2013, 01:17:20 pm
 I resemble that remark.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on February 20, 2013, 02:09:43 pm
Ronk -  :), and Grove, i don't know about your Scranton newspapers, but here in Easton we have been totally saturated with Moravian's comments about your game tonight.  If any of you Scranton fans get a chance you might want to pick up today's edition of the Express-Times when you're in Bethlehem or on line.   Analysis, multiple comments and MORE!  :D    Just jealous i suppose cause my Aggie women aren't in the play-offs and there's NOTHING (except a small print by-line) about the Aggie men game.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 20, 2013, 03:51:04 pm
Kate,
  Thanks for the article mention; I checked it out online. While Catholic has the edge with home court and the large number of seniors, any of the 4 could win the playoffs.
  Always thought ur Aggies would have made their playoffs, also; I guess graduating the PG BB was a bigger factor than I thought.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 20, 2013, 10:44:28 pm
  Lady Royals pull out another gritty win over Moravian, coming from 10 down with 15 mins to go; this was much better basketball than last week's game. Night and day difference-actually saw some good passes, drives by Lindsay, effective movement of the ball and players. Ladies are realizing they can win with defense, steals, and offensive rebounds.
   Coach Spirk was right when she said they had to get Danielle Brogan over her shooting slump-she went 5-9 from 3-pt range. Moravian is a young team and they'll be a contender next year.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 21, 2013, 12:29:08 am
For those interested, I will be broadcasting both Landmark title games at Catholic Saturday. The link is here: http://ustre.am/uA0t (http://ustre.am/uA0t).
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 21, 2013, 12:45:06 am
 So, is Dean going to be ur halftime guest or r u going to be his?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 23, 2013, 10:07:09 am
Best of luck to the Lady Royals today...they certainly have the talent to win...shock the Card's.
Should be an NCAA Pool C even if they fall short.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Roundball999 on February 23, 2013, 10:31:41 am
Best of luck to the Lady Royals today...they certainly have the talent to win...shock the Card's.
Should be an NCAA Pool C even if they fall short.

I wouldn't count on that Pool C bid, if by falling short you were referring to the Lady Royals.  They don't even show in the top 8 of latest regional rankings.  Would be very unusual for a 19-8 team to make it in Pool C, especially with intense competition this year for Pool C bids.  Royals need to win the tournament.  But Cardinals would likely get a Pool C bid if they don't win.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 23, 2013, 11:03:01 am
I wouldn't count on that Pool C bid, if by falling short you were referring to the Lady Royals.  They don't even show in the top 8 of latest regional rankings.  Would be very unusual for a 19-8 team to make it in Pool C, especially with intense competition this year for Pool C bids.  Royals need to win the tournament.  But Cardinals would likely get a Pool C bid if they don't win.

What regional rankings are you reading? Scranton is 4th in this week's regional rankings and will probably come to the selection table relatively quickly should they lose to Catholic. Plus, they will boost their SOS with these games against Moravian and Catholic which will also boost their vRRO to 1-1 (should they lose).

By the way, Scranton would have an 18-7 regional record, not 19-8 which is their overall record, which isn't great, but with an SOS of .530 and a vRRO of 4-2... that isn't bad.

Scranton has strengthen their argument of getting into the tournament as a second Pool C candidate for the Landmark but will have to deal with the fact that at least two other teams are head of them in the regional rankings. I think they are in good shape granted, Hope didn't make the tourney last year with a 20-5ish record... but there were other factors.

As for Catholic... they are a lock to get a Pool C bid. Today's game has a lot to do on whether CUA will host the first and second weekends of the NCAA tournament or maybe just the first. But CUA is in the NCAA tournament no matter what happens today.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 23, 2013, 11:43:19 am
 2 of the 3 teams ahead of Scranton in the regional rankings have already lost since the rankings and the 3rd(Messiah) will probably win the AQ,removing them from the regional ranking Pool C consideration. Scranton's vrro is 4-4(2 losses to Catholic which would be 3 if they're in Pool C) and 1-1(Cal Lutheran, Emmanuel) additional if out-of-region vrro is considered secondarily.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Roundball999 on February 23, 2013, 12:00:40 pm
I wouldn't count on that Pool C bid, if by falling short you were referring to the Lady Royals.  They don't even show in the top 8 of latest regional rankings.  Would be very unusual for a 19-8 team to make it in Pool C, especially with intense competition this year for Pool C bids.  Royals need to win the tournament.  But Cardinals would likely get a Pool C bid if they don't win.

What regional rankings are you reading? Scranton is 4th in this week's regional rankings and will probably come to the selection table relatively quickly should they lose to Catholic. Plus, they will boost their SOS with these games against Moravian and Catholic which will also boost their vRRO to 1-1 (should they lose).

By the way, Scranton would have an 18-7 regional record, not 19-8 which is their overall record, which isn't great, but with an SOS of .530 and a vRRO of 4-2... that isn't bad.

Scranton has strengthen their argument of getting into the tournament as a second Pool C candidate for the Landmark but will have to deal with the fact that at least two other teams are head of them in the regional rankings. I think they are in good shape granted, Hope didn't make the tourney last year with a 20-5ish record... but there were other factors.

As for Catholic... they are a lock to get a Pool C bid. Today's game has a lot to do on whether CUA will host the first and second weekends of the NCAA tournament or maybe just the first. But CUA is in the NCAA tournament no matter what happens today.

You're right, I was looking at the wrong region.  Nevertheless, 19-8 would be unusual and it would be best for Scranton to win out.  It is my understanding that Pool C is no longer allocated regionally, Scranton would be competing nationally for Pool C spots, and there are several regions that are loaded with very strong teams.

Hope was 22-5 last year, top 20 nationally all year, and didn't make it.  But the Great Lakes region is one of those very strong regions and some of Hope's best wins last year were against out of region top teams like Ithaca, NCAA screwy system doesn't count them, so agreed that was a little different. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 23, 2013, 12:18:48 pm
 Yes, the Pool C spots are allocated nationally, but Scranton could be #1 in its region for each Pool C decision and that's a very favorable place to be.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 23, 2013, 05:50:18 pm
Scranton will either be at the table the entire time for the 20 picks... or for a majority of them. I would be surprised if they didn't get picked at that point.

And at-large bids have been nationally selected for over a decade at least.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 24, 2013, 04:51:56 pm
Without a doubt, Scranton's Lady Royal's have done just enough to claim one of the coveted Pool C bids.
Where I have my doubts is what they'll do with that chance from a preparation perspective.

The following is a brief look at some schools & what they've done from the standpoint of making magnificent adjustments so that games that may have been considered a foregone conclusion, ended up being a huge victory by the supposed underdog.

On the men's side:

On 2/16 F&M defeats Dickinson by 30 points.
In last nights championship game at F&M, Dickinson wins by 24.

Scranton men vs. Juniata.
The Royals win both regular season games, the most recent at Scranton on 1/26 when they win by 21 points.
Three weeks later in the Landmark semi-final at Scranton, Juniata wins in double OT by 10.

On 2/10 Amherst plays at Williams and wins by 17.
In today's NESCAC championship game, Williams travels to Amherst & almost pulls it off losing by only 1.

On the women's side:

On 2/10 Amherst travels to Williams & suffers their only loss of the season...losing by 21 points.
In today's women's NESCAC championship, Amherst regroups & wins by 15.

The common theme is teams have lost games big (& in most instances two games) to the same team only to make the adjustments necessary to capitalize on their strengths & neutralize their opponents.

In the case of the Lady Royals, they've done just the opposite.
The first game they lost to Catholic was by 16, the next time was by 17 & instead of following in the examples outlined & creating the mismatches necessary to win, they get blown out by 20.

History is not on their side...
Three years ago they were swept by Moravian (3 games inclusive of playoff), with each loss getting progressively worse.
Two years ago it was Juniata following the exact same format as Moravian.
Last year it was Catholic's turn & again this year the repeat follows.

There is an old sports adage that laments how tough it is to defeat the same team three times in a season.
Thus far, the results coming out of Scranton's adjustment plan book more realistically prove, there are exceptions to every rule.

Here's hoping they get in...and, beyond that, hoping they actually have a plan that's workable & gives the kids a chance.


Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 24, 2013, 08:22:37 pm
Without a doubt, Scranton's Lady Royal's have done just enough to claim one of the coveted Pool C bids.
Where I have my doubts is what they'll do with that chance from a preparation perspective.

The following is a brief look at some schools & what they've done from the standpoint of making magnificent adjustments so that games that may have been considered a foregone conclusion, ended up being a huge victory by the supposed underdog.

On the men's side:

On 2/16 F&M defeats Dickinson by 30 points.
In last nights championship game at F&M, Dickinson wins by 24.

Scranton men vs. Juniata.
The Royals win both regular season games, the most recent at Scranton on 1/26 when they win by 21 points.
Three weeks later in the Landmark semi-final at Scranton, Juniata wins in double OT by 10.

On 2/10 Amherst plays at Williams and wins by 17.
In today's NESCAC championship game, Williams travels to Amherst & almost pulls it off losing by only 1.

On the women's side:

On 2/10 Amherst travels to Williams & suffers their only loss of the season...losing by 21 points.
In today's women's NESCAC championship, Amherst regroups & wins by 15.

The common theme is teams have lost games big (& in most instances two games) to the same team only to make the adjustments necessary to capitalize on their strengths & neutralize their opponents.

In the case of the Lady Royals, they've done just the opposite.
The first game they lost to Catholic was by 16, the next time was by 17 & instead of following in the examples outlined & creating the mismatches necessary to win, they get blown out by 20.

History is not on their side...
Three years ago they were swept by Moravian (3 games inclusive of playoff), with each loss getting progressively worse.
Two years ago it was Juniata following the exact same format as Moravian.
Last year it was Catholic's turn & again this year the repeat follows.

There is an old sports adage that laments how tough it is to defeat the same team three times in a season.
Thus far, the results coming out of Scranton's adjustment plan book more realistically prove, there are exceptions to every rule.

Here's hoping they get in...and, beyond that, hoping they actually have a plan that's workable & gives the kids a chance.

 Much of what you present I agree with, including the history segment; there was a stretch for more than a year when every loss was double digits. However, recently, they've been playing purposely, rather than just running a motion offense. Starting with the Goucher game which I saw in person, I've seen favorable things that weren't evident earlier in the year. The Moravian playoff game was night and day better than the regular season game a week earlier.
 Yesterday, as an indication of adjustments, they used a 1-3-1 zone defense that was somewhat effective that I don't remember being previously used. On offense, I saw some screens, pick and rolls(Tayler got an open jumper from the foul line that she happened to miss), and curls(Meredith was the recipient of at least one) that I've thought for a long time should have been a significant part of the offense. All in all, it was a great game til the 10 min mark(Royals up 4) when the Card hit a 3 and was fouled, adding the free throw and tying the game. It seemed to have been a great mental deflater as the Cards added 11 more for a string of 15 unanswered points, stepped up their defense and we never got closer than 9.
  Admittedly, they haven't been able to play a complete game, but the progress is promising. Hopefully, we get an at-large berth to prove this out. Messiah losing makes it tougher for Scranton as Messiah will be on the selection table before Scranton as the Mid-Atlantic rep in the decision process. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 24, 2013, 11:39:00 pm
Messiah, Widener and maybe Moravian could still be ahead of Scranton... since all of those teams lost... but Scranton could move head of Moravian.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 25, 2013, 12:54:01 am
 Widener and Moravian lost w/o getting a victory while Scranton did get a victory over a regionally-ranked team(Moravian), adds another for Kings and might get a 3rd if Cabrini becomes regionally ranked to become 6-5(7-6, including 2 out-of-region regionally ranked teams(Cal Lutheran,Emmanuel)). Half their schedule(13 games) will have been against regionally-ranked teams. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 25, 2013, 02:56:03 pm
  Lady Royals get an at-large berth to play Williams @ Rochester. They've already played the other 2 teams in the pod this year. Thought the NCAA tried to avoid that kind of circumstance.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: gordonmann on February 25, 2013, 03:07:50 pm
The NCAA tries to avoid first round rematches and having too many teams from the same conference in the same pod.  But rematches between non-conference opponents after the first round aren't uncommon.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 25, 2013, 03:20:16 pm
 Gordon, just a Marylander trying to lobby after the fact to be in the Lebanon Valley pod instead of Rochester. Happy to get the at-large berth, more importantly.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: mailsy on February 25, 2013, 05:24:08 pm
I posted this on the CSAC board:

Lady Cavs traveling to DC to take on Catholic. Only common opponent was Scranton. Catholic beat Scranton 3 times by an average of almost 18 pts a game. Lady Cavs lost at Scranton early in season by 4.

Catholic:   26-1          Opponents:
67.2          pts/gm        52.5
38.5%          fg            31.2%
25.7%         3fg           24.7%
3.2           3fg/gm         4.3     
65.2%          FT           69.9%
13.4          FT/gm        10.2
47.3    rebounds/gm    39.3
15.9      assists/gm      12.3
16.6         TO/gm         20.1
11.4       steals/gm       6.9
5.2         blocks/gm      3.6
 
Leading Scorers:   Jill Woerner  16.9   Katarina Owunna 11.3
Leading Rebounders:  Katarina Owunna  8.9     Kelli Josephsen  7.0

Cabrini:     24-3         Opponents:
65.5          pts/gm        46.2
39.1%          fg            31.7%
30.8%         3fg           21.4%
4.0           3fg/gm         2.9     
62.6%          FT           65.3%
12.1          FT/gm        10.7
46.9    rebounds/gm    33.7
14.7      assists/gm       8.0
16.2         TO/gm         21.0
11.5       steals/gm       6.9
3.6         blocks/gm      2.8

Leading Scorers:   Brittany Sandone 14.8 Annie Rivituso 9.9
Leading Rebounders: Colleen Stewart 6.8 Amber Keys 6.7
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 26, 2013, 12:12:38 am
Gordon, just a Marylander trying to lobby after the fact to be in the Lebanon Valley pod instead of Rochester. Happy to get the at-large berth, more importantly.

You really want to be in the pod that should be at Montclair State (undefeated) but is only at Lebanon Valley because of the gambling issue? Honestly... better chance at Rochester than against Montclair State - though I know you want to get to the game... which I totally understand :).
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 28, 2013, 10:34:01 pm
Cards fans,
 ICYMI, there's nice coverage of their trip back to the NCAA tourney on the front page of D3hoops.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: gordonmann on March 16, 2013, 04:00:58 pm
We've released our list of All-Americans. Congratulations to Jill Woerner.

http://www.d3hoops.com/notables/2013/03/womens-all-americans
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: TheGrove on April 02, 2013, 03:58:15 pm
Elizabethtown moves to the Landmark: http://gosusqu.com/sports/bsb/2012-13/releases/0402_etown
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on June 19, 2013, 10:46:50 am
 Lady Royals come up with a tough opener - Final 4 team Montclair St in the Gwynedd-Mercy tipoff tourney; don't know who the 4th team in the tourney is, at this time. Could be at least 3 frosh from same AAU team in this game that I tried to interest in becoming Lady Royals, but until the rosters r officially released later, this is speculation on my part.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on July 27, 2013, 05:38:29 pm
Susquehanna gets one of the MAC's BEST, Taylor Greene, a stand-out graduate player for Coach Richter at DeSales, has been named an assistant Women's basketball coach.   Good luck Coach!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on August 29, 2013, 10:57:27 pm
  Catholic will be playing Maryland in an exhibition the end of October; Messiah, with a veteran team, was competitive with Maryland in its game last year. Catholic, with last year's team, might have done the same, but they've graduated a lot this spring.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on October 08, 2013, 11:14:44 pm
  According to DIIINews' preseason rankings, the Lady Royals will play 6 games against Top 25 teams including the opener with #1 Montclair State, for a total of 4 of the 11 optional nonconference opponents. It could raise a historicallly high SOS even higher, if results validate projections. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on October 10, 2013, 10:09:13 am
  According to DIIINews' preseason rankings, the Lady Royals will play 6 games against Top 25 teams including the opener with #1 Montclair State, for a total of 4 of the 11 optional nonconference opponents. It could raise a historicallly high SOS even higher, if results validate projections.

   Only 1 of the optional nonconference games is at home; there are 4 away, 4 neutral, and 2 either away or neutral, depending on 1st round tourney results. That should increase the SOS even more.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on October 29, 2013, 10:01:02 pm
 Catholic Cards open season with an exhibition loss @ #5 U of Md; The game was supposed to be played last year when Catholic would have been significantly more competitive but was cancelled by Hurricane Sandy. Having to replace 4 graduated starters and 8 seniors overall with 12 freshmen is a tough task for any program, especially visiting such a strong D1 power. And, the Cards' potentially best player was missing from the box score. However, there should be positives from experiencing how the other 1% lives, basketball-wise. Such was my experience in a very brief collegiate 'career', the hilite of which was playing in the mecca of college basketball(at the time) at the U. of Pennsylvania Palestra in a Big 5 tripleheader.   
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: cugrad on November 03, 2013, 04:32:18 pm
Catholic plays Maryland tough, particularly the Phanoid twins, as Maryland wins 84 - 39. Terps had to come back from a 10 - 8 deficit.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on November 06, 2013, 06:57:39 pm

Scranton Athletics
November 6, 2013

Once again, The University of Scranton women's basketball team is expected to contend for a Landmark Conference championship.

The Lady Royals, who are coming off a second-place finish last season and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament, were chosen second in a preseason poll of the conference coaches, which was released by the conference office on Wednesday afternoon.

Moravian College was the top choice, picking up six first-place votes and 57 points, with Scranton receiving one first-place vote and 52 points. Juniata College was third with one first-place vote and 37 points, followed by Catholic (36 points), Drew (19), Susquehanna (16), Goucher (15) and Merchant Marine Academy (14).

Scranton is coming off a season in which it went 19-9, including 10-4 in the Landmark Conference. The Lady Royals were the third seed in the playoffs, where they knocked off Moravian in a thrilling semifinal, 72-71, a victory that almost certainly assured them of an NCAA bid.

The Lady Royals lost to Catholic in the title game, but picked up that at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, marking their 26th appearance in the Tournament. They fell to eventual Final Four participant Williams College in the first round.

Scranton welcomes back a trio of starters among their nine returning letter-winners, who are joined by a six-player freshman class. The Lady Royals open their season on Friday, Nov. 15, when they face Montclair State at 6 p.m. in the Gwynedd-Mercy Tip-Off Tournament in Gwynedd Valley, Pa.

2013 Landmark Conference Women's Basketball Preseason Poll

Institution (first-place votes)    Points
1. Moravian (6)   67
2. Scranton (1)   52
3. Juniata (1)   37
4. Catholic   36
5. Drew   19
6. Susquehanna   16
7. Goucher   15
8. Merchant Marine Academy   14
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on November 30, 2013, 10:27:16 pm
 After digesting the personnel changes from last season and the nonconference results this season, I project a form conference finish with Scranton, Juniata, and Moravian 12-2, Catholic beating everyone else @ 8-6, and everyone else splitting with each other @ 4-10.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 11, 2014, 07:41:24 pm
 Congrats to the Lady Royals(present and past) and Mike Strong on his 800th victory today.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 11, 2014, 11:23:34 pm
Congrats to Mike & all the Lady Royal's that made 800 happen.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on January 12, 2014, 12:41:12 pm
Eight hundred - that's one heck of a lot of wins!  Congratulations Coach Strong!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Reserved Seat on January 12, 2014, 12:50:21 pm
800--very impressive.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on January 12, 2014, 03:57:44 pm
Another episode of Hoopsville is slated for tonight... and Scranton's Coach Mike Strong will be on the show to talk about career win 800. We also have the following guests lined up:

Wellesley's Jennifer Kroll (Northeast Region)
Albertus Magnus' Mitch Oliver (Northeast Region)
#15 Virginia Wesleyan's Dave Macedo on win #300 (South Region & Coach's Corner)
#18 SUNY Purchase's Jeff Chaney (Atlantic Region)
#13 St. Norbert's Gary Grezesk (Central/Midwest Region)

We also have a major announcement to talk about.

Show starts at 7 PM EST and runs about two hours... and we may have time for another rant.

You can tune in here: www.d3hoops.com/hoopsville/archives/2013-14/jan12 (http://www.d3hoops.com/hoopsville/archives/2013-14/jan12)

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Thanks and enjoy the show!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: sp0rtsfan on January 13, 2014, 09:36:02 am
Here's a sincere congratulations to Coach Strong and all the Lady Royals who contributed to this outstanding achievement !
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on January 15, 2014, 08:32:49 am
As per our Easton Express Times this morning, Moravian's Mary Beth Spirk goes for win #500 tonight against Drew.  The game is in Madison.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on January 16, 2014, 08:00:37 am
No mention in this morning's paper, but I see that Coach Spirk got win #500 last night.  Congratulations to the Coach next door, so to speak!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 05, 2014, 06:22:32 pm
 Surprised that the Marywood-Scranton game is postponed. must not have been able to get 3 local sub refs to the gym. Marywood could have taken a city bus and then used the 5-block walk to the gym as their pregame warmup ;D.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: 7express on February 10, 2014, 01:42:06 am
Nice to see Catholic up there at the top of the league.  A friend from elementary school, her sister is playing down there, getting about 20 minutes a game as a freshmen for a 16-4 team is pretty impressive.  Last week should be exciting, Moravian ends the year with both Scranton & Catholic at home; Scranton has road games @ Catholic @ Moravian back to back and 2 of Catholic's last 3 games are Scranton & Moravian.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 10, 2014, 10:08:37 am
Nice to see Catholic up there at the top of the league.  A friend from elementary school, her sister is playing down there, getting about 20 minutes a game as a freshmen for a 16-4 team is pretty impressive.  Last week should be exciting, Moravian ends the year with both Scranton & Catholic at home; Scranton has road games @ Catholic @ Moravian back to back and 2 of Catholic's last 3 games are Scranton & Moravian.

 Dress rehearsal for seeding for the conference tourney and building  a case for a Pool C NCAA berth, if you don't win the AQ.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: 7express on February 10, 2014, 04:55:56 pm
Nice to see Catholic up there at the top of the league.  A friend from elementary school, her sister is playing down there, getting about 20 minutes a game as a freshmen for a 16-4 team is pretty impressive.  Last week should be exciting, Moravian ends the year with both Scranton & Catholic at home; Scranton has road games @ Catholic @ Moravian back to back and 2 of Catholic's last 3 games are Scranton & Moravian.

 Dress rehearsal for seeding for the conference tourney and building  a case for a Pool C NCAA berth, if you don't win the AQ.

Ronk, you think all 3 will get in regardless of who wins the tournament??
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 10, 2014, 05:27:30 pm
7express,
  I don't have the handle on the rest of the contenders in the 2 regions(Catholic is in the Atlantic) at this time, but give me a couple of days to research it. It will be a big accomplishment for either Catholic(lost 4 starters from last year) or Moravian(lost their best player earlier this season to injury) to make it.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 11, 2014, 12:29:14 am
I wouldn't bet on more than two right now... only because there are a LOT of good teams across the country this year. That being said, enjoy the last year where the conference is split into the Atlantic and Mid-Atlantic giving them the best chances at more bids... because they are all in the Mid-Atlantic next season.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 11, 2014, 11:57:06 pm
Nice to see Catholic up there at the top of the league.  A friend from elementary school, her sister is playing down there, getting about 20 minutes a game as a freshmen for a 16-4 team is pretty impressive.  Last week should be exciting, Moravian ends the year with both Scranton & Catholic at home; Scranton has road games @ Catholic @ Moravian back to back and 2 of Catholic's last 3 games are Scranton & Moravian.

 Dress rehearsal for seeding for the conference tourney and building  a case for a Pool C NCAA berth, if you don't win the AQ.

Ronk, you think all 3 will get in regardless of who wins the tournament??

 Winning a Pool C is a 2-step process-ranking high in your region to come to the table and then competing with the other 7 regions at that point. At this point, it looks good for Catholic since only the loser of York-CNU should be ahead of them in the region and will be taken early in the national selection; Scranton & Moravian have 5 competitors w comparable records. 1st clue tomorrow w release of RRs; still a lot of conference & tourney games to affect things.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 12, 2014, 03:05:18 pm
Remember, Catholic could be at the table at the same time as Scranton or others since the conference is split into two different regions for one more year.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 16, 2014, 05:23:33 pm
       Entering the final week, Scranton, Moravian, and Catholic can finish anywhere 1-3; Scranton and Moravian control their own destiny; Catholic would need help from Goucher to finish 1st.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 16, 2014, 06:53:18 pm
ROFL... Catholic would need Goucher's help! I'm making a call... my alma mater is not supposed to be helping the Cardinals in any way! :)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 17, 2014, 11:19:25 am
Ronk:
If the Lady Royal's defeat Moravian on Wednesday, it's over.
Should Moravian win, & assuming Catholic wins on Wednesday, then the 3 are tied.
However, Catholic & Moravian then play in the last regular season game & one of them are going to have 3 losses.
Assuming Moravian defeats Scranton & Catholic, even though both the Greyhounds & Lady Royals will have the same W/L record, Moravian wins out due to the regular season sweep.
If Moravian defeats Scranton but loses to Catholic, the Lady Royal's will win based upon their sweep of the Cardinals.
I can't see a scenario where the Lady Royals finish lower than 2nd.
Not that Goucher isn't capable of knocking off Scranton at the Long Center (please refer to Baptist Bible vs. Cabrini), just can't honestly see it happening.
Up to this point, it will be the biggest game the young Lady Royals will have played. 
Time will tell soon enough if Scranton is once again ready for prime time...God only knows they certainly have the talent.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 17, 2014, 11:32:40 am
Ronk:
If the Lady Royal's defeat Moravian on Wednesday, it's over.
Should Moravian win, & assuming Catholic wins on Wednesday, then the 3 are tied.
However, Catholic & Moravian then play in the last regular season game & one of them are going to have 3 losses.
Assuming Moravian defeats Scranton & Catholic, even though both the Greyhounds & Lady Royals will have the same W/L record, Moravian wins out due to the regular season sweep.
If Moravian defeats Scranton but loses to Catholic, the Lady Royal's will win based upon their sweep of the Cardinals.
I can't see a scenario where the Lady Royals finish lower than 2nd.
Not that Goucher isn't capable of knocking off Scranton at the Long Center (please refer to Baptist Bible vs. Cabrini), just can't honestly see it happening.
Up to this point, it will be the biggest game the young Lady Royals will have played. 
Time will tell soon enough if Scranton is once again ready for prime time...God only knows they certainly have the talent.

Scranton loses last 2 & Catholic wins last 2-Catholic is 1st, Moravian is 2nd, ans Scranton is 3rd. Unlikely but not impossible.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 19, 2014, 11:12:52 pm
 After tonight's action, Scranton is #1 seed, the Catholic-Moravian winner is the #2, the loser is #3, and the Juniata-Drew winner is the #4.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 23, 2014, 09:58:08 am
 From the what-might-have-been department:
  Scranton Lady Royals' Katie Cunningham laced them up yesterday after a 3-year absence and made 3 consecutive 3-pters on Senior Day. Katie was thought to be the PG for 4 years, had a good freshman year, but suffered an injury before her sophomore year and served as a team manager since. Congrats to Katie! 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Roundball999 on February 23, 2014, 10:19:30 am
From the what-might-have-been department:
  Scranton Lady Royals' Katie Cunningham laced them up yesterday after a 3-year absence and made 3 consecutive 3-pters on Senior Day. Katie was thought to be the PG for 4 years, had a good freshman year, but suffered an injury before her sophomore year and served as a team manager since. Congrats to Katie! 

Wow, it's a shame injury stole all that time from her - but what a way to finish!  Congratulations to Ms. Cunningham.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: sp0rtsfan on February 24, 2014, 11:22:49 am
Same here....Way to go KC ! I'm glad I had the chance to see the game and celebration....She hung in there when so many others would have dropped out of the game. We always hear about the low percentage of HS  athletes who go on to play college ball. However, I don't think there's enough said about the percentage of college athletes who actually stay 4 years with a program, any program, any school, any division level...
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 24, 2014, 12:41:31 pm
  Katie still has a couple of NCAA tourney irons in the fire-with the Lady Royals and with an older sister(an All-American @ Drew), now assistant coach with Montclair St, whom the Royals played in the 1st game of the season.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 02, 2014, 10:52:52 pm
  Looking good for Pool C chances for Moravian and Catholic; Moravian should be 1st Mid-Atlantic rep at the table and Catholic the 2nd Atlantic rep(after CNU who should be picked early); if Catholic gets selected, then Kelly Lewandowski's Salisbury team might have the next shot.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on March 03, 2014, 04:33:50 am
Salisbury won't make it... they will be at the table in the end, but I don't think they make it.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 03, 2014, 11:35:49 am
Just trying to help the Selection Committee.....
With their record & SOS among other things, there is no doubt the Scranton women would be hosting this weekend were it not for their men also having an outstanding year & earning the right to host this weekend.
Therefore, since the Lady Royal's must be on the road, how about a host site not that far away.
My suggestion is Haverford hosting along with:
*Scranton
*Salisbury
*Geneseo.
In the past, I believe the NCAA has tried to have schools that would otherwise host if it were not for the men's turn being at home not having to travel very far.
A potential matchup between Coach Strong & his former great player Kelly Lewandowski might be nice for us...pretty sure he'd like to avoid it if possible.
I think the Lady Royal's have earned the right to play as close to Scranton without being in the Long Center as possible.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 03, 2014, 11:59:51 am
Per your thoughts...Putting Scranton into a section being hosted essentially by default & being a conference member they just played twice in the last week & a half (Moravian), is just plain dumb.
Spread them out.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 03, 2014, 12:02:37 pm
Hoopsville thought that Scranton will be the top seed @ Messiah with Plattsburgh & Roger Williams. Better for me!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 03, 2014, 12:34:46 pm
That would make more sense.
However, in their Hoopsville writeup projecting the brackets...they list Moravian as hosting.
That makes no sense.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 03, 2014, 12:47:02 pm
Scranton men aren't hosting(@ Brockport against Hobart); maybe women will
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 03, 2014, 03:07:16 pm
Catholic not in-should have been at the evaluation table for a long time-may have lost out to Lebanon Valley.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: mailsy on March 03, 2014, 10:37:40 pm
Posted this on the CSAC board.

Lady Cavs of Cabrini(CSAC Champs) taking on Moravian, an At-Large bid from the Landmark Conference on Friday at 5:30. Common opponents: Centenary, Immaculata, Albright and Scranton. Lady Cavs 5-1. Lost to Albright. Moravian 4-2(both losses to Scranton).

Moravian:   20-7 (0-1 N)   Opponents:
70.3               pts/gm              61.9
42.3%              fg                   34.9%
33.4%              3fg                 27.9%
5.2                3fg/gm               4.0     
71.5%              FT                  66.9%
13.1              FT/gm               13.5
40.4           rebounds/gm         43.1
16.0            assists/gm            11.9
17.9               TO/gm              19.2
9.9               steals/gm             8.5
8.6                blocks/gm           3.3
 
Leading Scorers:   Katie OíRourke 13.3   Danielle Brogan 10.3
Leading Rebounders:  Laura Jordan  5.4    Ericka Blair 5.3

Cabrini:       23-4 (2-1 N)    Opponents:
69.3               pts/gm             51.3
39.3%                 fg              33.7%
28.0%                 3fg             24.7%
4.6                    3fg/gm         3.1     
64.8%                  FT             66.4%
12.1                  FT/gm           11.6
45.3              rebounds/gm    38.5
15.3               assists/gm       9.2
15.7                  TO/gm         22.9
11.6                  steals/gm       7.4
4.0                   blocks/gm       2.9

Leading Scorers:   Brittany Sandone 14.5 Amber Keys 13.3
Leading Rebounders: Annie Rivituso 7.0 Amber Keys 6.8
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 09, 2014, 09:41:51 am
Lady Royals' fans,
 Was hoping that Baldwin-Wallace was 500+ miles to Montclair St, so that Scranton would be the STRONG geographical choice to hold their sectional, but it's approximately 450 miles, so the NCAA can still hold it in Northern NJ. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: bill on March 09, 2014, 05:14:21 pm
...and in Northern NJ it is.... ;D
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 09, 2014, 08:57:45 pm
Bill,
  Is there a good cheese pizza place near/on FDU campus?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on March 09, 2014, 09:13:01 pm
ronk - I don't know of one... I am somewhat familiar with the area as I have family there... but if you cross the interstate and get into Morristown/Morris Plains, you will find a number of great little eating spots - about five or so minutes from the campus.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 09, 2014, 09:26:13 pm
ronk - I don't know of one... I am somewhat familiar with the area as I have family there... but if you cross the interstate and get into Morristown/Morris Plains, you will find a number of great little eating spots - about five or so minutes from the campus.

 Ok,thanks-that should be good enough.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: bill on March 09, 2014, 11:31:33 pm
Well, I have a different opinion on the pizza situation :)

1.  In "downtown" Madison, the two local favorites are Romanelli's and Firehouse Pizza. As far a pizza goes, it's relatively strong.

2. Of course, you can always go mega-high end, and just eat at Ill Mondo Vecchio...but those Zagat points are going to run you a minimum of $100 for two...yikes!

3. Other decent choices include "the garlic rose" and "poor herbies"...not what you asked for, but pretty good.

Good luck...Madison is the lunch capital of Central NJ...there must be an Italian deli every 4th or 5th store in town ;)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 09, 2014, 11:54:33 pm
Well, I have a different opinion on the pizza situation :)

1.  In "downtown" Madison, the two local favorites are Romanelli's and Firehouse Pizza. As far a pizza goes, it's relatively strong.

2. Of course, you can always go mega-high end, and just eat at Ill Mondo Vecchio...but those Zagat points are going to run you a minimum of $100 for two...yikes!

3. Other decent choices include "the garlic rose" and "poor herbies"...not what you asked for, but pretty good.

Good luck...Madison is the lunch capital of Central NJ...there must be an Italian deli every 4th or 5th store in town ;)

 Thanks, Bill-hope we're both playing Saturday.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: bill on March 10, 2014, 08:30:57 am
 Ronk - from your lips to God's ears ;D

A match up like that could be interesting. FDU, as you know, has a long standing history of futility with Scranton. Factoid of the day: FDU is an even 0-50 all time against Scranton!!! :'(
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 10, 2014, 11:06:06 am
Bill,
  Will FDU be putting out a message about the sectional like game times, visitor info(hotels,parking,etc)?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 10, 2014, 12:29:52 pm
Ronk:
Just head to 54 Main in Madison...the only place you'll need.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 10, 2014, 12:44:11 pm
Ronk:
Just head to 54 Main in Madison...the only place you'll need.
Saratoga,
  Thanks-54 Main - restaurant, motel, church?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: bill on March 10, 2014, 02:44:41 pm
Hmm...I think so - but I'm not there today!

I do know Scranton/Montclair is the 5, FDU/BW the 7:00. Saturday's game 7:00 also.

In the last round, the teams stayed at the Wyndham Hamilton Park - it's on campus!  Officials and NCAA reps stayed at Madison Hotel, about 500 yards from campus.

If I see more, I'll post it!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: sp0rtsfan on March 10, 2014, 03:35:31 pm
I hate to project here as we know it's not "tournament protocol" to talk about any game other than the next one. ....However, now that there was mention of Scranton's 50 - 0 record against FDU....(Bill, I know you have a good sense of humor),  is that  just a "hex aka jinx" (ha !)  and locker room wall material for the Lady Devils ?  It's like mentioning a no hitter while still in progress ? ...Then again, both teams, Devils & Royals, need a big win before they ever get to play each other.. ...

Perhaps a little drama if MSU ends up playing the Devils with Brown facing off against her prior team ?

Love the hype....Let the real fun begin and enjoy the ride !

Best of luck to all the teams & a sincere congrats for getting to the Sweet 16....     
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: bill on March 10, 2014, 04:30:49 pm
Ha! - The "anti-jinx", maybe??

I actually put that record up because of respect for the Scranton program. Granted, they come from a very different background/level than FDU, but you think FDU might have snuck a win in there somewhere :)

FDU is still making its bones in this whole thing...and to keep the mafia reference going, Scranton is already made!  ;D
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: sp0rtsfan on March 10, 2014, 06:51:20 pm
By the way, if anyone really likes hot wings, Poor Herbies,  in the center of Madison, gets my vote.....However, for an extra wide selection of "beverages" (& good food), 54 gets in done.. ..
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 10, 2014, 07:40:29 pm
Ronk:
I'm sure 54 Main has been used in some form or fashion as all three at some point....
however, if you're just looking for some really good food with a wide variety of beverages, you won't be disappointed.
Five minutes from Drew, perhaps 10 to FDU.
Augie will be greeting Scranton fans at the door!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: gordonmann on March 15, 2014, 01:40:30 am
Losing in the NCAA tournament is never fun, but Scranton has a bright future, again. Sarah Payonk has the skill set to be an All-American. She's a tall, athletic player who is comfortable in space and can score around the rim. Alexix Roman is already a good low post threat and will get better. And Meredith Mesaris is a workhorse around the rim. If you're a Scranton fan -- and there were a lot of them in Madison tonight -- you should be very bullish about this team. Watching Payonk and Roman develop should be fun.

Ronk, thanks for stopping by tonight. Good to see you.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 16, 2014, 01:41:32 am
Losing in the NCAA tournament is never fun, but Scranton has a bright future, again. Sarah Payonk has the skill set to be an All-American. She's a tall, athletic player who is comfortable in space and can score around the rim. Alexix Roman is already a good low post threat and will get better. And Meredith Mesaris is a workhorse around the rim. If you're a Scranton fan -- and there were a lot of them in Madison tonight -- you should be very bullish about this team. Watching Payonk and Roman develop should be fun.

Ronk, thanks for stopping by tonight. Good to see you.
 
 Gordon,
       enjoyed our too-brief discussion, but forgot to thank you in person for your D3 historical work that was recently displayed. Thanks also for your gracious(and accurate) words about Scranton's front court players; I'm looking forward to the next 3 years of the Payonk-Roman combo.
  Sara has been a joy to watch this year with double-doubles in each of the Montclair games(1st and last games of the season) and making all of her teammates better with her effort, instinct, and aggressiveness(driving on Melissa Tobie, for example, trying to draw a foul), in between. I had seen her play maybe 7 games 2 summers ago(AAU and high school tourneys) but was not prepared for her effect on a game going into this season.
  Rachel Krauss(Montclair) was another that I saw that summer, hoping to interest in the Lady Royals, so it was tough watching her burn us with 14 points on 4-7 3-pt shooting.
  Only watched 1st half of FDU-Baldwin-Wallace game and thought B-W had turned the corner and would impose their game on an untested FDU in the 2nd half-wasn't prepared for the press that turned things around(or the blitz in the Montclair 2nd half tonight).
   Best wishes to FDU next weekend! 
 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 16, 2014, 02:14:40 am
 Lady Royals let Montclair get off to too big a lead with disparities of -12 in turnovers, -5 on offensive rebounds and 14 points from reserve 3-pt shooter Rachael Krauss being too much to overcome. With Montclair on a 10-2 run to increase their halftime lead to 48-30, Coach Strong called a timeout with 17:11 left to change the tide; I'm very roughly paraphrasing here but, in general, he said it was not about strategy now, but intensity and effort and there was much improvement from that point on(despite occasional lapses of open 3-pt shots), closing to a possible 3-pt play by Sara Payonk down 6 with 8 secs remaining; however, the shot didn't fall and there wasn't a foul drawn, ending a very successful season.
  Sightings in the largely Scranton crowd: recent assistant coach Steph Witko, former players Kelly Lewandowski and Courtney Roselle, and possibly, Megan Kopecki's dad.
   The future looks bright for the Lady Royals, in general, and it's a joy to watch the play of Sara, in particular. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: sp0rtsfan on March 17, 2014, 03:36:30 pm
I thought the score was closer than the actual game. As mentioned by Ronk, the TO's took an early toll on the Royals. It's incredible that Scranton shot 59% from the field and 63% from beyond the arc and still lost this game. The Lady Royals should be commended for showing a lot of heart in the closing minutes. They were on the verge of getting blown out but kept at it and never gave up. No matter how sad, I think they certainly left the court with dignity and respect,  from their own fans, and those of MSU.

It brings to mind that the Royals men's team shot the ball equally well and lost too.....
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 18, 2014, 04:07:46 pm
Congrats to Meredith Mesaris on her 1st team all-regional selection and best wishes to the Lady Royals' seniors:
   Alison - 4th all-time in made 3-pt FGs; 1st team all-conference as a soph; enjoyed discussions with your dad over the years
   Katie Sherry - you were a big factor in a number of games this year
   Katie Cunningham - what might have been; glad you experienced  the late-season action
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: gordonmann on September 29, 2014, 10:46:46 pm
We don't post off season columns too often, but we wanted to recognize Scranton Coach Mike Strong on his retirement.

http://www.d3hoops.com/notables/2014/09/finishing-strong-at-scranton
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on September 30, 2014, 01:15:52 am
We don't post off season columns too often, but we wanted to recognize Scranton Coach Mike Strong on his retirement.

http://www.d3hoops.com/notables/2014/09/finishing-strong-at-scranton

Gordon,
  Very nice presentation on your part, made even better by the anecdotes. We're going to miss the "young" man(he graduated 1 year after me), but his effect on the program will continue. Thanks!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: amh63 on October 01, 2014, 03:33:05 pm
ronk....your last post here confirms your affiliation to the U. of Scranton.  The past several years as I journey up to central NY state and past Scranton....I wonder about the connection aspect...truly...a little strange but true.  Understand better about your info posted on the CAC WBB board....keep them coming.  Fellow WBB fan.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on October 02, 2014, 09:37:03 am
amh63,
   Your nescac board is the 1 non-Mid-Atlantic board that I view because of the analysis and opinions of its contributors and because the road to the final 4 usually goes through 1 or more of its members, both men and women. I contribute when relevant(and sometimes otherwise). I'm especially in tune with you both in time(age) and space(DC suburbs). Looking forward to the coming season - we'll be STRONG in both genders.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: mailsy on December 10, 2014, 10:03:02 am
I see that Cabrini's Coach Kate Pearson is being inducted into the Scranton Wall of Fame! Congrats Kate!

http://www.cabriniathletics.com/news/2014/12/9/WBB_1209144306.aspx?path=wbball
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on December 10, 2014, 12:28:31 pm
 Kate qualified on 3 counts: prowess in bball, lacrosse, and coaching, being 1 of only 3 coaches to defeat the Lady Royals last year. ;D. Congrats also to Kate's backcourt running mate during her career, Katie Dougherty, on her selection in the same Wall of Fame induction class. Katie is my alltime favorite Lady Royal because of her combination of proficiency and hustle/effort.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 03, 2015, 08:13:39 pm
 The Lady Royals had a stern test in E-town today, winning the battle for the Landmark lead against the Blue Jays. I'll project that E-town will finish 2nd this season. They were aggressive, physical, and well-coached.
  Kudos to Lia for hitting 3-4 3-pters when the lead was cut to 3 in the 2nd half in addition to 7 rebounds and 3 steals.
   
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 04, 2015, 10:29:49 pm
Ronk:
"Physical" is certainly an understatement.
One play in particular had Noel (sneaking in for a rebound), grabbed from behind and thrown hard to the floor with no whistle.
In Waverly, Pa., that aggression carries a mandatory 3 year sentence.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 15, 2015, 12:19:41 am
  Congrats to Meredith on getting 1500 points tonight in only 3 years. Catholic, then Moravian, both on the road next for the Lady Royals. Thought E-town might finish 2nd, but they're 1-3 since I made that assessment.
 Scranton   7-0
 Catholic     5-1
 Susque     5-1
 Moravian   5-2 
 E-town     3-4
 Drew        3-4
 Juniata     2-4
 Goucher   0-6
 MMA        0-8
 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 04, 2015, 08:52:22 pm
Scranton barely pulls one out tonight at home vs. a team they beat on the road by 20 plus.
Their bigs need to establish themselves much better on the blocks & their guards simply have to contribute something offensively.
Not firing at all, some games they look like they are regressing rather than improving.
Credit to MBS of Moravian...clearly had a game plan & out coached  her counterpart at Scranton.
Much, much work to do if this Lady Royal team wants to play beyond the Landmark playoffs.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 04, 2015, 11:05:15 pm
  Lady Royals allowed too many offensive rebounds, especially against a team known for that and the inbound attempts with 29 secs remaining weren't reassuring for when they play better teams. Lindsay looked like she cramped in the 2nd half; her 39 mins of play might have contributed to that. They're missing the go-to player who can create her own shot, especially as the shot clock winds down, but the rest of the tools are there - time to upgrade their play as they get into season crunch time. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: sp0rtsfan on February 06, 2015, 12:35:41 pm
Contrary to Coach Strong's statement about leaving behind a very very good team, I feel this Royals squad has too many deficiencies to be a legitimate Top 15 program. The bench is the weakest I've ever seen and the overall team is slow and even a little soft. I feel Coach DK is making the most of what she's been given for this season.  There's no question that Meredith is a force, however, the weaknesses which were already pointed out by Saratoga and Ronk along with their lack of speed and toughness will haunt them as they play against more athletic teams....When playing their best ball, they may be competitive against FDU or Montclair State for a half but will end up losing by 20....That said, I wish the Lady Royals well and will continue to root for them until the end..
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 06, 2015, 10:58:18 pm
  The Lady Royals are a Top 15 team; what is keeping them from the Final 4 level is an appreciation of the value of each possession on offense and the desire to contest every opponent possession, including the afore-mentioned boxing out. Sometimes they need a kick in the butt like the Sweet 16 game against Montclair last season but they were a young team then. They're a year more experienced now and shouldn't need that kick anymore.
   Coach Deanna says in her interviews that they've been working hard on defense from the opening practice; they've shown stretches of good defense; it's now time to do it consistently.
  Juniata will get after them tomorrow and Catholic in 2 weeks, although neither is as talented as they have been in recent years. Susquehanna is more talented than they've been in a while, including a couple of sisters that I tried to interest in Scranton. E-town is a young team that battled them in early January. We'll see what progress is made in the next 3 weeks.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 07, 2015, 11:07:14 am
The Lady Royals coach can say "they" are working on defense since the start of practice because she is assisted by Coach Cianci...who is well known near and far as an outstanding teacher of defensive sets.
From that aspect, they are in great hands.
What she needs to kick into high gear is her offense.
She has players 6' or taller that make themselves 5'6" when receiving passes...stay tall & make yourself even taller in the post. They receive the ball reaching below their waist allowing hands to slap the ball away.
If your 6'1"...play 6'4".
The offensive spacing is horrible....how many times do we still see players bumping into one another & simply handing the ball to a teammate rather than passing it to them.
This allows the defense a much easier time to herd the offense as opposed to spreading them out over the court and creating lanes to drive.
The offense is far too one dimensional.
Teams are simply going to say...Maredith gets double teamed, have someone else beat us.
Scranton clearly has other offensive weapons, they need to get them involved.
The incessant dribbling & standing around on offense rather than crisp passing & motion with a mindset to crash the offensive boards for second chance shots & put backs is mind boggling.
The Lady Royal "D" can hold even decent/good teams to 50 ppg however, if their offense continues to look like a pickup game at a rec. league & they can only score 40 because passes are 2 seconds late into the blocks or the wrong people are forced to take 25' jumpers because the clock is down to 3 seconds, they lose.
The Lady Royals most certainly have the talent, they need to master the basics.
Teams go zone...get your bigs moving down low & bang it in or dish to cutters...stop playing into the other teams plan & keep firing over the top.
Establish all the talent you have down low & the outside game will be there.
Too much standing around on offense...this generally happens when the ball is moved by dribbling rather than passing.
When on, this team can be scary good.
When playing like it's the first time they've ever been together this late in the season.... it's just plain scary.
Here's hoping the talent that rose to the top in last year's stretch run through the Landmark playoffs & well into the NCAA tournament finds its mojo....the talent is certainly there.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 09, 2015, 12:31:25 am
 Noticeably more movement offensively for the Lady Royals against Juniata yesterday; still, a number of shot clock airballs; may have to go with a reasonable shot with 15 secs left on shot clock rather than waiting til under 10 secs.

Regional rankings forecast:

 1. Scranton
 2. Salisbury (hopefully, at least 1 of Scranton and Kelly will get the AQ so we don't have to compete for Mid/Atl spot for Pool C
 3. McDaniel
 4. Stevenson
 5. Mary Washington
 6. Catholic
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 09, 2015, 12:46:30 am
Just a thought... McDaniel has one of the worst SOS numbers in the country: .458 = 352nd of 440. While I am not saying I disagree with third in your rankings, ronk, I wouldn't be surprised if at least Stevenson (.573 - 34th) is head of them.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 09, 2015, 01:59:23 am
Just a thought... McDaniel has one of the worst SOS numbers in the country: .458 = 352nd of 440. While I am not saying I disagree with third in your rankings, ronk, I wouldn't be surprised if at least Stevenson (.573 - 34th) is head of them.

Dave,
  I didn't have any SOS numbers for the women(unlike tomaroonand gold blog for the men's SOS) - just a scan of their non-conference opponents.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 09, 2015, 02:13:45 am
There is a link under the news tab on the d3hoops site.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 10, 2015, 12:02:16 am
There is a link under the news tab on the d3hoops site.

 Thanks for the link - I'm revising my RR forecast.
Noticeably more movement offensively for the Lady Royals against Juniata yesterday; still, a number of shot clock airballs; may have to go with a reasonable shot with 15 secs left on shot clock rather than waiting til under 10 secs.

Regional rankings forecast:

 1. Scranton
 2. Salisbury (hopefully, at least 1 of Scranton and Kelly will get the AQ so we don't have to compete for Mid/Atl spot for Pool C
 3. McDaniel
 4. Stevenson
 5. Mary Washington
 6. Catholic

revised Regional rankings forecast:

 1. Scranton
 2. Salisbury (hopefully, at least 1 of Scranton and Kelly will get the AQ so we don't have to compete for Mid/Atl spot for Pool C
 3. Stevenson
 4. McDaniel
 5. Elizabethtown
 6. Catholic
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 11, 2015, 11:35:23 pm
  Congrats to Lindsay Fluehr on breaking the Lady Royals' career assist record; She also hit 3 big 3-pters to help defeat pesky Susquehanna.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 14, 2015, 08:49:59 am
Watched quite a bit of the George Fox/Whitworth game last evening.
Biggest takeaway.....both of these teams play non-stop, in your face defense.
Another thing GF does is switch their defense up constantly.
Man on one possession, 2/3 zone on the next, half court trap on the next, press on the next & on and on it goes the entire game.
They contest virtually every shot, very few times players get open looks & when you do, you better hit them.
Whitworth was able to reverse the ball pretty quickly on some plays but it just seemed the shots were rushed & just didn't fall that often.
They also have a very skilled point who runs their offense with control.
Who knows how things will end up as we always have upsets but, George Fox appears to be a very good team & well coached.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 14, 2015, 10:56:51 am
Watched quite a bit of the George Fox/Whitworth game last evening.
Biggest takeaway.....both of these teams play non-stop, in your face defense.
Another thing GF does is switch their defense up constantly.
Man on one possession, 2/3 zone on the next, half court trap on the next, press on the next & on and on it goes the entire game.
They contest virtually every shot, very few times players get open looks & when you do, you better hit them.
Whitworth was able to reverse the ball pretty quickly on some plays but it just seemed the shots were rushed & just didn't fall that often.
They also have a very skilled point who runs their offense with control.
Who knows how things will end up as we always have upsets but, George Fox appears to be a very good team & well coached.

  Sounds like a team that would make the Final 4.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 16, 2015, 09:52:03 pm
 This week's regional ranking prediction:


 1. Salisbury
 2. Scranton
 3. Stevenson
 4. McDaniel
 5. Elizabethtown
 6. Catholic

Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 17, 2015, 04:07:01 am
Ronk:
I wouldn't be surprised to see Muhlenberg takes the place of either E-town or Catholic.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 17, 2015, 10:11:19 am
Ronk:
I wouldn't be surprised to see Muhlenberg takes the place of either E-town or Catholic.

 Saratoga,
   You're right; the Mules got off to such a slow start(3-5) that I forgot about them, including beating E-town this past week.

This week's regional ranking prediction:


 1. Salisbury    22-1   4-1(vrro)
 2. Scranton    22-2   5-1
 3. Stevenson  20-2   0-2
 4. McDaniel    22-1   0-0
 5. Muhlenberg  16-6  2-2
 6. Catholic      16-7   3-3
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: lefty2 on February 17, 2015, 01:18:07 pm
Ronk:
I wouldn't be surprised to see Muhlenberg takes the place of either E-town or Catholic.
Saratoga,

4:07 a.m.?  Were you up late or up early?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 17, 2015, 07:07:56 pm
Lefty:
The "up late" nights are but a distant memory.
Most definitely an up early day.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 19, 2015, 12:56:50 am
  After tonite's action, the Lady Royals will host the loser of Saturday's E-town @ Susquehanna because Moravian would lose a tie-breaker with that loser. In the other semifinal, Catholic will play the winner of E-town-Susquehanna and will host if the Cards beat Scranton or E-town wins. Otherwise, Susquehanna will host.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: sp0rtsfan on February 22, 2015, 04:08:15 pm
Nice game by the Lady Royals yesterday ! It's great to see Lindsay continue her super effort on O and D....However, the team needs to cut way down on the TO's if they're going to beat teams who play a FDU-esq brand of basketball.  Go Royals !
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 22, 2015, 04:32:32 pm
Nice game by the Lady Royals yesterday ! It's great to see Lindsay continue her super effort on O and D....However, the team needs to cut way down on the TO's if they're going to beat teams who play a FDU-esq brand of basketball.  Go Royals !

  Or anyone in the postseason who plays defense. The opposition will not be passive.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: sp0rtsfan on February 25, 2015, 06:47:18 pm
Good luck to the Lady Royals tonight ! After what they did to Catholic on Saturday, it seems they're ready for a good play-off run....I hope they're carrying a chip on their shoulder. We already saw how it propelled FDU last year and into this season.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: sp0rtsfan on February 26, 2015, 11:23:24 am
I'm anxious to make the next trip to the Electric City on Saturday and hopeful the ride home will be easier than last week. Hey, I need to make amends for getting down on the Lady Royals in a prior post. I should not have over looked their big victory over Tufts earlier in the season.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 26, 2015, 03:07:06 pm
I'm anxious to make the next trip to the Electric City on Saturday and hopeful the ride home will be easier than last week. Hey, I need to make amends for getting down on the Lady Royals in a prior post. I should not have over looked their big victory over Tufts earlier in the season.

 No problem; I've been critical, also, because it takes more than talent to make a run; namely, execution,improvement, and good fortune. Coach Donahue will have his team prepared. I'll be going to the men's game @ Catholic.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 28, 2015, 06:05:20 pm
Scranton vs. Catholic...
No execution, no game plan, nothing that resembled a well oiled & confident group of players.
First off, congratulations to Coach Donahue...he took a team that was blasted one week ago & totally regrouped his kids & had Scranton playing his game from the opening tip.
I have never seen a Lady Royal team in the last 25 years look so unprepared, lost & unable to bring the game back to their strengths.
If the Scranton job truly does open up, i would hope Coach Donahue would have an interest.
Creating a 30 point turnaround in 1 week is no easy task & he pulled it off flawlessly.
The Lady Royals played tight from the tip & had no answer or adjustments that mattered the entire game.
This team should be riding the home court wave for at least the first round but an absolutely horrible game may have cost them dearly should they even survive the initial weekend.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 28, 2015, 11:53:32 pm
 With the override that I didn't see the game since I went to the men's game, I had privately counseled that the Lady Royals' 3-pt shooting wasn't going to be as bad as 2-22 @ Catholic or as good as 12-23 @ Scranton, that the outcome was going to depend on other things, and that Coach Donahue was going to make things very tough defensively. Still, I was surprised to see the disparity in rebounding(-14) and TOs(+11). Hopefully, they'll learn in a hurry(or remember the 2nd half of the Montclair NCAA game last season)  that postseason is a different animal, that the opposition is not going to let u beat them with your strengths, etc. They have the talent to make it through the regional, but execution will decide thereafter. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: sp0rtsfan on March 02, 2015, 09:42:22 am
Scranton vs. Catholic...
No execution, no game plan, nothing that resembled a well oiled & confident group of players.
First off, congratulations to Coach Donahue...he took a team that was blasted one week ago & totally regrouped his kids & had Scranton playing his game from the opening tip.
I have never seen a Lady Royal team in the last 25 years look so unprepared, lost & unable to bring the game back to their strengths.
If the Scranton job truly does open up, i would hope Coach Donahue would have an interest.
Creating a 30 point turnaround in 1 week is no easy task & he pulled it off flawlessly.
The Lady Royals played tight from the tip & had no answer or adjustments that mattered the entire game.
This team should be riding the home court wave for at least the first round but an absolutely horrible game may have cost them dearly should they even survive the initial weekend.



Uggh ! This loss was a surprising disappointment for the Lady Royals and their fans. True, there's lots of good points made here about why they lost , however, I'm not sure lack of preparation had anything to do with missing 2 easy uncontested layups in the opening minutes of the game and zero scoring production from the 2 guard position. I'm also concerned about how Catholic's speedy guard, DeSantis, blew into the lane so many times.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 16, 2015, 10:53:08 pm
As we all know by now, the Lady Royal's then followed up that disaster vs. Catholic with an even more lackluster effort in the NCAA first round for a rather uncerimonious quick exit at home.
Truly a team that had the talent to go much further than one & done.
They simply never improved offensively as a team (far too much expected from 1 or 2 players), never developed their inside game with any degree of consistency & refused to make defensive adjustments when guards started blowing past our guards for one easy layup after another.
With all the big leads they had against certain teams, they never worked on their zone D, press or any other variation of defensive sets in real time against real competition.
However, all that may change as the position for Head Coach has now been posted.
Here's hoping a ton of excellent & qualified coaches, that are willing to recruit nationally, are brushing up their resumes for the chance to lead this university & team back to the greatness we've all come to expect.
The announcement should be in the next several weeks so that the new coach can meet & greet the current players, meet the press & continue recruiting.
All the best to the selection committee.....may we bring in the absolute best coach out there.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 17, 2015, 09:49:11 am
As we all know by now, the Lady Royal's then followed up that disaster vs. Catholic with an even more lackluster effort in the NCAA first round for a rather uncerimonious quick exit at home.
Truly a team that had the talent to go much further than one & done.
They simply never improved offensively as a team (far too much expected from 1 or 2 players), never developed their inside game with any degree of consistency & refused to make defensive adjustments when guards started blowing past our guards for one easy layup after another.
With all the big leads they had against certain teams, they never worked on their zone D, press or any other variation of defensive sets in real time against real competition.
However, all that may change as the position for Head Coach has now been posted.
Here's hoping a ton of excellent & qualified coaches, that are willing to recruit nationally, are brushing up their resumes for the chance to lead this university & team back to the greatness we've all come to expect.
The announcement should be in the next several weeks so that the new coach can meet & greet the current players, meet the press & continue recruiting.
All the best to the selection committee.....may we bring in the absolute best coach out there.

 Do you have a master's degree? I think we've satisfied the 3 years of intercollegiate "coaching" requirement. ::)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 17, 2015, 12:45:31 pm
Ronk:
With all your AAU contacts, this may be the time for your return to the Electric City!  ;)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on March 17, 2015, 02:28:23 pm
What about some current alumni coaches who have had recent success?

Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 17, 2015, 08:39:26 pm
What about some current alumni coaches who have had recent success?

 Well, there's the current interim coach who would need to decide if the fulltime position appeals to her, Kate P(Cabrini), who I speculate wouldn't want to leave suburban Philly families and her current situation, and Kelly Lewandowski(Salisbury), who's more flexible and loses her best players to graduation this year.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Ryan Scott (Hoops Fan) on March 18, 2015, 07:44:58 am
What about some current alumni coaches who have had recent success?

 Well, there's the current interim coach who would need to decide if the fulltime position appeals to her, Kate P(Cabrini), who I speculate wouldn't want to leave suburban Philly families and her current situation, and Kelly Lewandowski(Salisbury), who's more flexible and loses her best players to graduation this year.

That interim screams "placeholder" to me.  I think if they were going to consider her, they'd've done it before posting the position.  I can't imagine they'll follow a long tenured coach with one in her fifties.

Pearson makes the most sense to me, but I'm not sure she's up for leaving.  As for Lewandowski, they did well this year, but the super talented senior class were not her recruits, and I don't know that they have world beaters behind them - besides, Salisbury isn't a bad situation to be in these days.

I've been hearing a lot of people itching to move.  I'd guess they get 300 resumes and 60 serious candidates.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on March 18, 2015, 09:48:13 am
What about the current Men's assistant pulling a Strong and moving over to coach the Women?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on March 18, 2015, 12:39:45 pm
What about some current alumni coaches who have had recent success?

 Well, there's the current interim coach who would need to decide if the fulltime position appeals to her, Kate P(Cabrini), who I speculate wouldn't want to leave suburban Philly families and her current situation, and Kelly Lewandowski(Salisbury), who's more flexible and loses her best players to graduation this year.

That interim screams "placeholder" to me.  I think if they were going to consider her, they'd've done it before posting the position.  I can't imagine they'll follow a long tenured coach with one in her fifties.

Pearson makes the most sense to me, but I'm not sure she's up for leaving.  As for Lewandowski, they did well this year, but the super talented senior class were not her recruits, and I don't know that they have world beaters behind them - besides, Salisbury isn't a bad situation to be in these days.

I've been hearing a lot of people itching to move.  I'd guess they get 300 resumes and 60 serious candidates.

There are other factors in play... not necessarily Scranton's. I am not at liberty to say, but trust me when I saw it isn't as cut and dry as having Scranton change the title.

BTW - from what I gathered, Goucher had about 100 applications for it's job in two weeks. To be honest... 300 resumes is a bit of a stretch for a lot of jobs including Scranton's. That would be an assistant or head coach from 65% of all Division III institutions, as an example.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 18, 2015, 12:49:51 pm
What about some current alumni coaches who have had recent success?

 Well, there's the current interim coach who would need to decide if the fulltime position appeals to her, Kate P(Cabrini), who I speculate wouldn't want to leave suburban Philly families and her current situation, and Kelly Lewandowski(Salisbury), who's more flexible and loses her best players to graduation this year.

That interim screams "placeholder" to me.  I think if they were going to consider her, they'd've done it before posting the position.  I can't imagine they'll follow a long tenured coach with one in her fifties.

Pearson makes the most sense to me, but I'm not sure she's up for leaving.  As for Lewandowski, they did well this year, but the super talented senior class were not her recruits, and I don't know that they have world beaters behind them - besides, Salisbury isn't a bad situation to be in these days.

I've been hearing a lot of people itching to move.  I'd guess they get 300 resumes and 60 serious candidates.

There are other factors in play... not necessarily Scranton's. I am not at liberty to say, but trust me when I saw it isn't as cut and dry as having Scranton change the title.

BTW - from what I gathered, Goucher had about 100 applications for it's job in two weeks. To be honest... 300 resumes is a bit of a stretch for a lot of jobs including Scranton's. That would be an assistant or head coach from 65% of all Division III institutions, as an example.

  That probably reflects the unwillingness to deal with the pressure of D3hoops watching your every move from 40 feet away. ::)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on March 18, 2015, 04:03:12 pm
Add one following this "incredible" discussion!  Suppose we could all write a book  :o!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 18, 2015, 06:31:37 pm
D-mac:
I've got to admit, I have no idea what your cryptic first sentence is even referring to.
The Royals let you in on things that you can't divulge these days?
If Goucher received 100 applications in 2 weeks for that job, why would approx. 300 resumes heading to Scranton be a stretch?
Between Head Coaches looking to upgrade and various assistants looking for a great first stop, I think something in that range is absolutely possible.
I agree with Hoops Fan, based upon the sample size of what was accomplished this season, I would suggest Scranton will not renew the contract of the interim coach.
There are many outstanding young coaches out there...time to bring the best of the best in.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 18, 2015, 08:13:45 pm
Add one following this "incredible" discussion!  Suppose we could all write a book  :o!

 Kate,
  Hard to believe it's been 4 seasons since we were together at the Gwynedd-Mercy tipoff tourney and your Aggies with Brenda Coll defeated the Lady Royals; this was also 6 weeks before Meredith Mesaris would arrive for the 2nd semester and a noteworthy career.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 18, 2015, 08:21:35 pm
 Since it's been 45 years since Scranton last named a bball head coach, I'll mention that the Jesuit announcement protocol resembles the Papal's - white smoke, they've made a decision. However, if it's black smoke with a sulphur odor, that means wind blowing over the Taylor culm dumps. ::)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: bill on March 18, 2015, 09:48:50 pm
, I would suggest Scranton will not renew the contract of the interim coach.
There are many outstanding young coaches out there...time to bring the best of the best in.

Contract? Wow, you guys are way ahead of us. We work on yearly appointments, and can be fired at any time! No contracts at FDU....
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on March 18, 2015, 09:57:03 pm
D-mac:
I've got to admit, I have no idea what your cryptic first sentence is even referring to.
The Royals let you in on things that you can't divulge these days?
If Goucher received 100 applications in 2 weeks for that job, why would approx. 300 resumes heading to Scranton be a stretch?
Between Head Coaches looking to upgrade and various assistants looking for a great first stop, I think something in that range is absolutely possible.
I agree with Hoops Fan, based upon the sample size of what was accomplished this season, I would suggest Scranton will not renew the contract of the interim coach.
There are many outstanding young coaches out there...time to bring the best of the best in.

I generally hear about 200 resumes for a prime coaching job.

I would just say that following the legend is a tough job, and I would cut Klingman a bit of slack for this year. I mean, a first-round exit isn't great but 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 under Strong were no better.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 18, 2015, 10:41:31 pm
Beyond getting to the Elite 8 last season, Scranton, as you've noted, struggled the previous 4 years...even in the Landmark.
That's a very big reason many fans were getting restless with the Legend.
The talent of years past was simply not coming as one recruit after another was lost.
The old adage when Scranton played in the MAC Freedom was the 2 best teams in the league were the Lady Royal starters and their subs.
This is a golden opportunity for a young coach that knows both their x's & o's and is all in regarding the recruiting trail.....wherever that may lead.
Great school, great facilities, great reputation, nice nucleus returning....a program that deserves the energy and passion of a proven young coach.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Ryan Scott (Hoops Fan) on March 18, 2015, 11:07:18 pm
What about some current alumni coaches who have had recent success?

 Well, there's the current interim coach who would need to decide if the fulltime position appeals to her, Kate P(Cabrini), who I speculate wouldn't want to leave suburban Philly families and her current situation, and Kelly Lewandowski(Salisbury), who's more flexible and loses her best players to graduation this year.

That interim screams "placeholder" to me.  I think if they were going to consider her, they'd've done it before posting the position.  I can't imagine they'll follow a long tenured coach with one in her fifties.

Pearson makes the most sense to me, but I'm not sure she's up for leaving.  As for Lewandowski, they did well this year, but the super talented senior class were not her recruits, and I don't know that they have world beaters behind them - besides, Salisbury isn't a bad situation to be in these days.

I've been hearing a lot of people itching to move.  I'd guess they get 300 resumes and 60 serious candidates.

There are other factors in play... not necessarily Scranton's. I am not at liberty to say, but trust me when I saw it isn't as cut and dry as having Scranton change the title.

BTW - from what I gathered, Goucher had about 100 applications for it's job in two weeks. To be honest... 300 resumes is a bit of a stretch for a lot of jobs including Scranton's. That would be an assistant or head coach from 65% of all Division III institutions, as an example.

That's why I said 60 serious candidates.  You know a bunch of people with no shot at the job will send resumes just because they want out of their current job.  You'll get HS coaches and AAU coaches and whatever.  I'm sure more than half of those 100 at Goucher were likely discarded pretty quickly.  Scranton's a pretty high profile job - they'll have plenty of interest.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on March 19, 2015, 08:37:40 am
Saratoga, I swear, if i didn't know better, I'd say you were a "plant" to rev up off-season (for you anyway) chat on D3.  Talk about illusions of grandeur.  Honest to Pete, if I was a young coach, I'd be half afraid to come to Scranton, not the school or the students, but fans like you who make every game a do or die situation!  I, for one, was 100% proud of four of our precious graduating seniors who played in the MAC all-star game this past Sunday - great players, all, but most importantly, all friends, with their Coach Hogan there to see & cheer them on in their final court appearance.  For this old fan - THAT's what it's All About!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on March 19, 2015, 09:54:48 am
Beyond getting to the Elite 8 last season, Scranton, as you've noted, struggled the previous 4 years...even in the Landmark.
That's a very big reason many fans were getting restless with the Legend.
The talent of years past was simply not coming as one recruit after another was lost.
The old adage when Scranton played in the MAC Freedom was the 2 best teams in the league were the Lady Royal starters and their subs.
This is a golden opportunity for a young coach that knows both their x's & o's and is all in regarding the recruiting trail.....wherever that may lead.
Great school, great facilities, great reputation, nice nucleus returning....a program that deserves the energy and passion of a proven young coach.

Great Facilities? What am I missing?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 19, 2015, 11:05:33 pm
kate, Kate, Kate:
How perfectly disingenuous of you to infer you are immune to the sting of defeat.
My God, I had to organize a search party for you in Dec. when you left this board (or at least the one DVC belongs to), for approx. 3 weeks after your beloved Aggies started yet another year off in slow motion.

As for the Scranton position.....
The timid need not apply.

The reality of the situation is that some teams are perfectly comfortable playing .500 ball.
For many of these schools, making it to their league playoffs once every 5 years is a monumental achievement.
If their administration is ok with that, and the kids are going to class, earning degrees, having fun and being good citizens then, good for them.

At other colleges and university's, expectations run a little higher.
These schools turn out outstanding students as well.
Most become friends for life, they are exceptionally focused & driven, they're good citizens as well and they move into their chosen fields of study after graduation with a confidence that success on the court or field has nurtured and developed.

If a coach does not have an inert passion for the game, the players will sense that and they'll play to the level of comfort allowed.
At some schools, the bar is set higher and the expectations, regardless of overall talent level, is never lowered or compromised.
What works at one school may never work at another for a variety of reasons.

However, one item always remains constant.
Good coaching will trump good talent 9 times out of 10.
That's why I, and many others, hope the UofS has put together a great search committee that will bring in someone that knows the game and has the passion and energy for coaching and recruiting.

If those few things are in place, lessons will be learned, the game will be taught correctly, teamwork will be developed, the kids will grow into even better adults and the wins will take care of them-self.

Should a coach be afraid to establish that standard, then they belong at the school's that are happy with .500 records.

Nobody wins all the time & no one expects anyone to be in that position all the time.
What you should expect is that your team is organized, passionate and prepared.
If you've got that going, you're already ahead of much of the competition.....especially those that continually lower the bar.
As for me, I'll take playing in March over a season essentially over in Jan. any day.....and I'd want my coach to establish the work ethic necessary so that opportunity is on the table year in & year out.

Scranton will have strong candidates for the position...they'll know the tradition & the expectations and they'll want that challenge.
Coach's satisfied with .500 seasons will be looking elsewhere....and, that's ok.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on March 20, 2015, 08:19:03 am
Misericordia has prepared you well, Saratoga, in the art of answering people like me!  After my second cup of coffee, I'll attempt to answer you, but just want to tell you that I did kind of enjoy your responses to my points, not agree, just enjoy!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on March 20, 2015, 09:58:59 am
Saratoga, you are one tremendous Scranton fan.  As much as I love Del Val, I've never done any recruiting for them, tho I wear my Aggie garb often enough, but perhaps I should be in the trenches, scouting H.S. talent and in general talking up the program.  My other old lady friends, however are tired of hearing me extol the virtues of the team complete with endless pictures of said team :).  Certainly with the meteoric rise of FDU I see what you mean about coaching.  Can't even recall the coach before Coach Mitchell.  I sincerely hope that Scranton finds a great one, and that any of us in the MAC, including the Aggies, beat the daylights out of you  ;), after this new coach has their bearings.  The only "good" thing in my opinion about not having you guys with us, is that it makes it oh so much easier to root against you.  Glad you had the opportunity to express your feelings about Scranton, their coaching and team philosophies.  Yes, we both live for November, actually July for schedules and October for rosters, though I'm sure you're privy to that info sooner.  Would actually like to sit and discuss our love of D3 sports some day.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on March 20, 2015, 12:48:01 pm
Last post - promise, but if Anyone out there in our d3 world saw Lauren Hill on the View this morning, THAT puts it all in perfect perspective.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on March 20, 2015, 01:06:27 pm
Last post - promise, but if Anyone out there in our d3 world saw Lauren Hill on the View this morning, THAT puts it all in perfect perspective.

Don't stop posting. Keep it up! I didn't see the video, but can only imagine.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 20, 2015, 02:18:03 pm
Last post - promise, but if Anyone out there in our d3 world saw Lauren Hill on the View this morning, THAT puts it all in perfect perspective.

 I saw her,stlill battling.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on March 29, 2015, 10:07:12 pm
I was looking at the job posting for the UofS job, why are they requiring a Masters  degree. Any thoughts?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 29, 2015, 10:22:23 pm
I was looking at the job posting for the UofS job, why are they requiring a Masters  degree. Any thoughts?

  Have to be able to explain the why of techniques and strategies to the intellectuals? ::)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Ryan Scott (Hoops Fan) on April 01, 2015, 04:51:25 pm
I was looking at the job posting for the UofS job, why are they requiring a Masters  degree. Any thoughts?

Most coaching positions require them because there is some teaching involved and it's tough to get a Bachelor's degree past the accreditation committee without seriously unusual circumstances.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on April 09, 2015, 05:22:54 pm
Goucher announced it's new coach: bit.ly/1cf8NIS (http://bit.ly/1cf8NIS)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on April 09, 2015, 06:24:08 pm
Goucher announced it's new coach: bit.ly/1cf8NIS (http://bit.ly/1cf8NIS)

 And now there's only 1 Landmark bball head coach opening.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on April 10, 2015, 10:37:41 pm
Or, so we thought/hoped/wished.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on April 11, 2015, 10:09:46 am
Or, so we thought/hoped/wished.

I'm not following...
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on April 14, 2015, 11:46:30 pm
 More Landmark change: Etown HC(2013-14) and co-HC(2015)Sherri Gorman will not be returning in order to devote time to the family business, according to a source; co-HC Nolt will be interim HC as Etown replaces AD this year, causing HC choice to be deferred for another year. I thought Coach Gorman did a very good job this year and they have a lot of playing time returning next year.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on April 29, 2015, 01:20:27 pm
Goucher announced it's new coach: bit.ly/1cf8NIS (http://bit.ly/1cf8NIS)

 Coach Daniel "officially" starts @ Goucher 1 August. So, Dave, when I run into Coach Daniel at the AAU tourneys in July, who is he representing - Pitt-Bradford or Goucher? How does that work?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on April 29, 2015, 01:40:11 pm
I'm sure it means he's just not getting paid. Are they both 10-month positions? Because I saw Tom Rose officially starts Aug. 1 as well.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on May 01, 2015, 05:26:43 pm
Yeah - starting Aug. 1, but that doesn't mean coaches don't work at their new locations before their official start dates.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on May 07, 2015, 09:53:18 pm
 Scranton assistant Sheila Cook named Head Coach(Alvernia) today; now missing 3 of 4 basketball coaching positions; last one - turn out the lights.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on May 09, 2015, 09:54:01 pm
Old Toby is just biding his time.
In his mind he's got till Oct. to fill the positions.
The fact that some college seniors that had been recruited might like to know whom their coach might be is inconsequential.
One can only hope that this ridiculous delay in naming the new women's head coach is because they are just working out the contractual language and second interviews for a select few have just been completed.
If they delay this long & then name the interim coach as the "new" head coach, then they are even more clueless than most people think.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on May 12, 2015, 10:14:51 pm
There are now 3 days left to the semester plus finals next week.
Will the new coach be given the courtesy & opportunity to meet the returning players?
The season has been over since early March & rather than get their act together earlier, have the interviews through late March & early April, name the coach, let he or she meet the players, the media & work on securing an assistant coach, they wait until the last possible moment to make the call.
How predictably chaotic & disorganized.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on May 21, 2015, 12:27:35 pm
Well, one half of the equation is complete.
DK will not be back as head coach of the Lady Royals.
She's just accepted the girl's varsity b-ball head coaching job at Abington Heights HS just outside of Scranton. A very good school with a great tradition.
Certainly wish her well.
Hopefully, the new coach at Scranton can now be named.
I don't think Duke will take this long to name the successor to Coach K!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on May 21, 2015, 12:56:20 pm
I posted this earlier... IN THE WRONG BOARD! Sorry about that:

Scranton will be hiring a new coach... someday. Klingsman has accepted a high school coaching job: http://thetimes-tribune.com/sports/klingman-leaves-uofs-for-abington-heights-girls-job-1.1885441 (http://thetimes-tribune.com/sports/klingman-leaves-uofs-for-abington-heights-girls-job-1.1885441). Behind the scenes sounds like this was a mess... but who knows at this point.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on May 21, 2015, 03:49:35 pm
I posted this earlier... IN THE WRONG BOARD! Sorry about that:

Scranton will be hiring a new coach... someday. Klingsman has accepted a high school coaching job: http://thetimes-tribune.com/sports/klingman-leaves-uofs-for-abington-heights-girls-job-1.1885441 (http://thetimes-tribune.com/sports/klingman-leaves-uofs-for-abington-heights-girls-job-1.1885441). Behind the scenes sounds like this was a mess... but who knows at this point.

 I wonder what "internal restructuring at the University" is going on; hopefully, the unsuccessful effort yesterday to contact the AD will become successful today.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on May 21, 2015, 11:05:46 pm

Dave:
Why not get a start on the 2015/16 edition of Hoopsville & bug Toby day & night to explain why the process is taking this long.
Truly a study of how to run a dysfunctional system.
Now the story is about who didn't get the job rather than who is.
Take your time, the recruits are already lost for this year....and I'm sure the new coach is very impressed with your decisiveness.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on May 22, 2015, 12:06:24 pm
I would if I cared... I have already seen several dysfunctional job searches across the country this year (don't ask me to name them)... so I am at the point of just rolling my eyes. It is their bed to lie in... but it will be something we will certainly discuss next year or the year after if the residual affects are clear.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on May 22, 2015, 01:44:37 pm
Not a surprise here. Merchant Marine heading back to the Skyline Conference: http://www.d3sports.com/notables/2015/05/merchant-marine-returns-skyline-conference (http://www.d3sports.com/notables/2015/05/merchant-marine-returns-skyline-conference)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on May 22, 2015, 02:46:17 pm
One of the biggest reason to join or leave a league I would imagine, would be distances travelled.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on May 22, 2015, 06:50:07 pm
I believe I heard MMA were the most vocal about playing back to back games when the league first started, then they complained about Sunday  games then games had to start by a certain time etc. etc.
Maybe they'll actually win a championship in the neighborhood league.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on May 22, 2015, 08:10:40 pm
Talk about indecisive....make up your mind MMA.


Does the Landmark target a replacement school? St.Johns?  ;D
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on May 22, 2015, 11:09:58 pm
MMA took their row boats & went home.
St. John's?
There once was a time.
Now perhaps it would be St. John's.....of Maryland.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on May 25, 2015, 05:24:54 pm
From Sinatra's September Song:

 Oh, it's a long, long time from May to December
 But the days grow short when you reach September
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on May 25, 2015, 07:26:12 pm
That song must be playing inside the head of the Scranton AD.
Hopefully, he'll pull the trigger on naming a head coach by September.
Could the new Coach be coming from the East via the Atlantic?  :-X
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on May 25, 2015, 10:00:02 pm
That song must be playing inside the head of the Scranton AD.
Hopefully, he'll pull the trigger on naming a head coach by September.
Could the new Coach be coming from the East via the Atlantic?  :-X

 At 1st run, I can't come up with anyone who satisfies your parameters in whom I'd be interested.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on May 30, 2015, 07:14:58 pm
Spent some time at a girls' high school AAU tourney today @ Goucher; introduced myself to Goucher's new HC WBB; met former Royals' men's cager Bryant Thornwell(#25-career points, #8-career rebounds) whose daughter was playing; Bryant played between the 2 Royals men's NCAA champions('76,'83) and was a high school teammate of Thurl Bailey, a starter on Jimmy Valvano's NC St NCAA champions. He had been introduced to Scranton by his school vice-principal, Frank Murphy, who was my college classmate, a Royals' bball supporter, and sadly, passed away earlier this year.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on May 30, 2015, 10:22:07 pm
Nice to hear Bryant's daughter is following in his footsteps.
"Tree", was certainly an unmovable force in the post during his tenure.
It would be great if his daughter chose Scranton upon graduation and continued her basketball days as a Lady Royal.
Actually, it would be even nicer if Scranton names a coach by then.
I think the BIG secrect has been out about 2 weeks now...can we stop the charade and just make this official?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Royals81 on June 01, 2015, 06:34:05 pm
Saratoga,

At this point I know more about who wasn't selected as Scranton's new WBB head coach than I do about who ultimately will be named.
Is the "internal restructuring" within the University's Athletic Dept the main reason for the delay in naming a head coach?

One would think that almost 3 months after the Lady Royals season ended, a "non-interim" successor to Coach Strong would have been selected and announced.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on June 01, 2015, 07:05:46 pm
Saratoga,

At this point I know more about who wasn't selected as Scranton's new WBB head coach than I do about who ultimately will be named.
Is the "internal restructuring" within the University's Athletic Dept the main reason for the delay in naming a head coach?

One would think that almost 3 months after the Lady Royals season ended, a "non-interim" successor to Coach Strong would have been selected and announced.

 From your handle, would you be a former Lady Royals' cager, class of '81? If so, I occasionally see/talk with Karen Montgomery Hicks('80) on the AAU circuit. The AD said "we're on the right path" 3 weeks ago but it's beginning to resemble the long and winding road. ::)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Royals81 on June 01, 2015, 09:24:59 pm
Ronk,

No - not a former player - just an active alumni and follower/supporter of both the Royals and Lady Royals since 1976.  I never felt the need to post on D3Boards until yesterday.  The delay in the selection of the new Lady Royals coach negatively impacts both the program and the returning players - not to mention any potential recruits.  I hope there's a plan and an announcement soon.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on June 01, 2015, 09:57:40 pm
Royals81:
Welcome.
You are absolutely correct...the longer this goes on, the more ridiculous this entire administration and department looks.
I don't care if they're "restructuring" the President's office, the Board of Trustees or the athletic department...someone needs to be in charge and make decisions that are in the best interest of the university in general and the student/athletes in particular.
Thus far, not too many folks have earned their paycheck.
The delay in naming the new coach has cost the university one entire year in recruiting & comes at a time when there isn't any real depth to the team  that returns.
Division I schools conduct their interviews as soon as the tournament is over, name their coach & get them right out on the recruiting & alumni trail.
This delay by the Scranton athletic department in naming their women's coach is an embarrassment to the university & a callous disregard to each and every player that has and still may want to play for the Lady Royals.
This entire process, instead of creating something really special as the replacement for a legend should have been, has instead been turned into a botched exercise in Ineptness 101.
If there is, in fact, a restructuring of the department...I think I know just where I might start.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on June 03, 2015, 10:09:47 pm
Well, Lady Royal fans & casual observers....the coach we all thought was heading to Scranton must have got tired waiting for fearless leader to make it happen.
Nate Davis, formerly of Eastern College & rumored to be the next coach of the Lady Royals is moving on to Gettysburg College.
Back to the drawing board for our AD.
We now know one coach not getting it, one coach not waiting any longer and as we move further into June, nothing else.
What a way to run a department.
All I can say is we better not end up with another Bucknellian coaching here.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on June 03, 2015, 11:08:56 pm
 Gettsburg had "a large and outstanding candidate pool" before selecting Nate Davis. Wondering if Scranton's pool is comparable?  We may find out if selection takes much longer.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on June 04, 2015, 11:16:24 am
Per the Scranton web site...




The University is currently in the process of hiring a new coach.

For more information, please feel free to contact the athletics department at athletics@scranton.edu.
 ;D
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on June 04, 2015, 01:43:21 pm
Per the Scranton web site...




The University is currently in the process of hiring a new coach.

For more information, please feel free to contact the athletics department at athletics@scranton.edu.
 ;D

 That sounds like they are re-opening the search and aren't satisfied with the current pool.

 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on June 04, 2015, 03:51:43 pm
Considering the two top contenders didn't take the job and didn't want to keep waiting for a decision... no surprise Scranton may be thinking about starting over. From several sources, this has been a cluster of a process with too many "voices" making things difficult (it seems). Scranton is in real trouble, to be honest.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on June 04, 2015, 06:55:01 pm
Press Release from UofS 6:25 pm:

Toby Lovecchio, current athletic director at the University of Scranton, has announced the hiring of former UConn Women's Head Coach, Geno Auriemma as the next head coach of the Lady Royals.

Said Lovecchio, "We are all fully aware of our fan base and the frustration they've felt over the past 3 months as we've reviewed one tremendous resume after another and interviewed dozens of quality coaches.

However, once Geno made the call to me and stated his interest, we knew we had the candidate of a lifetime.

"Coach simply impressed everyone on our 36 person committee, and once we received permission to share our thoughts with our president, we then only had to wait for an audience with the Pope.
I can now proudly announce that meeting has taken place in Geneva, and although I wasn't invited, I have received permission to make this announcement.

Lovecchio further added, "Obviously, one of the largest obstacles to overcome was salary & compensation to UConn.
Our staff did a remarkable job working out the details and although I can not, at this time, divulge his actual base salary, let me tell you it's a really, really lot of money".

It was further pointed out that a date & time of the actual press conference with Auriemma attending has not yet been determined.
Lovecchio added that unlike the selection process, meeting the greatest coach of women's basketball "will be sooner rather than later, unless I'm told differently".

Lovecchio read a brief prepared statement from Coach Auriemma which stated, "I realized after this last National Championship that I had nothing left to prove in this cess pool that is Division I athletics.
 
Therefore, when I saw this position open up, I said, why the f<#% not.
Hey, I'm a Pa. guy, I know Mike did a hell of a job down there for years plus, I'll be closer to family & Talluto's restaurant in Norristown.

No more being bridesmaids, the time to start throwing the damn bouquet starts now".

Lovecchio stated Auriemma will have his own plane & the job announcement for personal pilots will be posted shortly.

In closing, Lovecchio added, I hope all our fans will finally take notice at the fantastic job I've just done. Let's see G-Burg top this".


Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on June 04, 2015, 08:29:15 pm
 And Muffet McGraw will be the female associate head coach? ;)

 Worthy of submission to Scranton's literary magazine, Saratoga.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on June 04, 2015, 08:49:42 pm
I was going to go with Coach Strong or Bessior coming out of retirement, but I like Saratoga's take better.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Royals81 on June 04, 2015, 10:00:47 pm
Saratoga,

Are you sure the announcement won't be to introduce "Lady Royals interim head coach Geno Auriemma"?
After all, he may need a year to prove himself on the DIII level.

Quick comparison of the two head coaching searches:

Gettysburg - longtime coach resigns 4/2/2015 - successor named 6/3/2015 - total search to hire = 63 days
Scranton - longtime coach resigns 9/17/2014 - successor still to be named - total search to hire = 260 days and counting

Even if we give Scranton's AD the benefit of the doubt and start the clock when the Lady Royal's 2014-2015 season ended on 3/6/2015, the total search to hire period is still 90 days and counting.

Replacing Coach Klingman's interim coaching record of 24-4 and cumulative team GPA of 3.53 seems light years away right now.

Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: sp0rtsfan on June 05, 2015, 04:02:59 pm
Ya'll crack me up....The white smoke will rise soon enough from the Long Center...
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on June 05, 2015, 09:37:13 pm
Andrea Mitchell...AP (Scranton, Pa.)

As part of the "compensation package" the University of Scranton agreed to in the hiring away of Geno Auriemma from the University of Connecticut, Scranton men's basketball coach Carl Danzig, has been sent to the Huskies along with an undetermined amount of coins.

It's been reported that UConn mens basketball coach Kevin Ollie has created a new International recruiting outreach program for Danzig.

Reportedly, he will be in charge of recruiting efforts in Bosnia, Turkey & possibly Yemen.

At press time he (Danzig), was being briefed on previous "outreach" programs in those areas by Seal Team VI.

Please check back later for additional updates on this remarkable turn of events.

Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on June 08, 2015, 11:29:58 am
Here is the morning line on Scranton's HC search:


Bob Bessoir (5 to 1) : The former Scranton legend is willing to listen with the caveat he will only coach home games, as medical conditions preclude him from travel.  He has done it all on the Men's side and wants to bring the Rock N Royals style to the Women's game.

Gerry Mcnamarra ( 10 to 1) : Willing to return to Scranton and rekindle some of the magic where he captivated the region during cuse's tourny runs

Geno Auriemma (1000 to 1)

The Field ( even)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Warren Thompson on June 08, 2015, 05:52:10 pm
NEPAFAN: I ask this in all seriousness. Have you considered that the long-lost College of Charleston transfer -- he who never could find Rickrode's office at Wilkes a number of seasons ago -- just might be lurking still in the Coal Regions? Reliable rumors have it that he now desires to coach women's teams -- he's grown weary of working at fast-food emporiums that don't sponsor basketball teams -- and truly wouldn't mind stepping into the apparent quagmire at Scranton. He just might be worthy of a look-see ....
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on June 10, 2015, 10:21:59 pm
Warren,
Scranton will get through this mess (self-inflicted), just as LVC got through theirs (self-inflicted),.....kids are resilient.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on June 11, 2015, 09:19:53 am
Warren,
Scranton will get through this mess (self-inflicted), just as LVC got through theirs (self-inflicted),.....kids are resilient.

 And will the LVC infliction be the Scranton resolution? ;) In the absence of inside info, I wouldn't be surprised.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: gordonmann on June 11, 2015, 09:38:21 am
Coincidentally I just posted a story about the 1985 Royals and Deanna Kyle (now Klingman) as part of our series on women's basketball "triple crown" winners. I spoke with Deanna in early May when she was a candidate for the full-time head coaching position. We didn't talk much about the search but, since it's a topic on this board, I wanted to clarify the timing for our interview.

http://www.d3hoops.com/notables/2015/05/klingman-first-to-elite-feat
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Warren Thompson on June 11, 2015, 10:26:34 am
Ronk, please explain your comments.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on June 11, 2015, 11:40:27 am
Warren,
Scranton will get through this mess (self-inflicted), just as LVC got through theirs (self-inflicted),.....kids are resilient.

LVC did have a good year at 21-9, but missed the NCAA tournament for the second time in eight seasons. They have also apparently lost one of their best young talents inside because she was not thrilled with being there and is transfering (I think it's Kaitlyn Van Tash, but I am positive - I know it's an inside presence and I think she was a FR last year).

I would say LVC may struggle here. Scranton... is definitely going to struggle. Shocked they don't have a coach in place, yet. And I would say most times, especially in Division III, the struggle doesn't happen in the first year after... but the second and on. It's the recruiting and the younger players that are more affected than the veterans.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Warren Thompson on June 11, 2015, 12:07:44 pm
Warren,
Scranton will get through this mess (self-inflicted), just as LVC got through theirs (self-inflicted),.....kids are resilient.

LVC did have a good year at 21-9, but missed the NCAA tournament for the second time in eight seasons. They have also apparently lost one of their best young talents inside because she was not thrilled with being there and is transfering (I think it's Kaitlyn Van Tash, but I am positive - I know it's an inside presence and I think she was a FR last year).

I would say LVC may struggle here. Scranton... is definitely going to struggle. Shocked they don't have a coach in place, yet. And I would say most times, especially in Division III, the struggle doesn't happen in the first year after... but the second and on. It's the recruiting and the younger players that are more affected than the veterans.

There's a good deal of damaging high jingo in Annville these days, athletic and otherwise. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on June 11, 2015, 02:04:53 pm
Ronk, please explain your comments.

 That the LVC non-rehire would be an excellent choice to become the Scranton hire, IF there wasn't some compelling unknown(to the public) reason for not being rehired, in the 1st place.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on June 11, 2015, 06:05:07 pm
Coincidentally I just posted a story about the 1985 Royals and Deanna Kyle (now Klingman) as part of our series on women's basketball "triple crown" winners. I spoke with Deanna in early May when she was a candidate for the full-time head coaching position. We didn't talk much about the search but, since it's a topic on this board, I wanted to clarify the timing for our interview.

http://www.d3hoops.com/notables/2015/05/klingman-first-to-elite-feat

 Gordon,
   As usual, a very good job on your part. I did see Megan Silva play in the Final Four in 2005, the year before she was POY and national scoring leader; so, maybe you can give her an asterisk for almost making that austere group. Silva was very good, but the MOP should have been Audrey Minott(PG) instead of Joanna Conner.
  Deanna mentioned still using the men's basketball; when did the women start using the smaller ball?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on June 11, 2015, 08:28:51 pm
 Toby Lovecchio, Scranton AD, to step down to Associate AD- the release didn't say if in place of/addition to Steve Klingman or what effect it will have on the naming of the WBB HC.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on June 11, 2015, 09:36:12 pm
He is moving to Asst AD for operations. Can anyone tell me what that means ? I assume this explains the change in admin. that impacted the Klingman hire. Not sure we will ever know the details there.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: bill on June 11, 2015, 11:35:59 pm
Rink

I think the switch to the smaller ball was approved in 1984 and implemented in 1985...but I might be off by one year!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on June 12, 2015, 12:12:09 am
Rink

I think the switch to the smaller ball was approved in 1984 and implemented in 1985...but I might be off by one year!

 Deanna Klingman played in '84-85 and said they still used the larger ball.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: gordonmann on June 12, 2015, 10:28:16 am
I didn't realize the balls were different sizes until she told me. Who knew!

Signed, Tom Brady
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: gordonmann on June 12, 2015, 10:30:23 am
Oh, and I agree on Silva. The eight seasons I highlighted were selected according to a somewhat objective, but not perfect, criteria. Lett's season with Illinois Wesleyan was also really good.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on June 15, 2015, 12:09:59 am
 "Recently", 2 D3 bball coaching legends, Yvonne Kauffman(E-town) and Mike Strong(Scranton), retired in the Landmark. E-town and Scranton both chose interim coaches. The interim coaches didn't return after 1 year because of the family business or choosing to coach at a different school. Since then, each school has lost its AD also. E-town named a new interim coach and will defer the HC until the AD is selected.
  Since E-town and Scranton were the most recent additions to the Landmark, they have decided on a Landmark economic strategy by conducting a joint search for the ADs, a 2 for the price of one.  ;) Theoretically, it makes sense for the conference of "like-minded" institutions. If it works out, they'll do the same for the HC positions, also. Goucher could have joined in and made it a 3-for-1, but couldn't wait to name their AD and HCs.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on June 16, 2015, 04:54:35 pm
 In today's developments of the Scranton WBB HC saga, the position was opened again with a closing date of mid-July. Since the previous listing earlier in the spring, the interim HC has become a HC on the scholastic level, the fulltime assistant(Sheila Cook) has become the HC of another institution, and the AD is stepping down to the associate AD position.
  In my exchanges with Sheila over the past 1 3/4 years, I've found her to possess every qualification that might be part of the Lady Royal HC position, save experience on that level. That could be offset to some degree by her being the face, eyes, ears, and voice of the program over that time and by her being the previous choice of Mike Strong, albeit for the fulltime assistant position.
  Two weekends from now, the U will be hosting a good AAU tourney(Black Diamond) and this will be the 1st impression of many of the competitors of the school, facilities, and campus and it would be more favorable if there were a coaching staffer onhand. In the absence of that happening, I nominate Saratoga to fill in.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dan Gambino on June 18, 2015, 02:37:47 pm
Ronk,

How are you? My name is Dan Gambino and I have been reading the message board with respect to the situation with the WBB program at Scranton and I wanted to weigh in on your conversations. I agree that the former LVC coach would be an excellent choice for Scranton. My daughter, Jenna was one of his first captains.  Coach Todd made it very clear to her that academic success and community service were the program's top priorities. He also put LVC on the national map on the court.
Scranton needs an experienced D3 head coach who has had success in NCAAs and can recruit the region. He would be a very good fit there.
I wrote a letter to the editor at the time of his departure.  Here is the link: http://www.ldnews.com/letters/ci_26307616/letters-editor-ex-lvc-womens-hoops-coach-fondly
I have followed the program closely over the years -- there is no hidden reason for him moving on.  In my view, he was navigating around an AD that was hostile to him and his program.  In fact, a very successful field hockey coach resigned from LVC a few years prior due to the work environment.  I believe there was an investigation of the AD at that time as well.
The link to her resignation is here: http://www.ldnews.com/ci_18003265
If Coach Todd has applied, I hope they interview him. He'd be a great hire for them.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on June 18, 2015, 08:07:58 pm
Ronk,

How are you? My name is Dan Gambino and I have been reading the message board with respect to the situation with the WBB program at Scranton and I wanted to weigh in on your conversations. I agree that the former LVC coach would be an excellent choice for Scranton. My daughter, Jenna was one of his first captains.  Coach Todd made it very clear to her that academic success and community service were the program's top priorities. He also put LVC on the national map on the court.
Scranton needs an experienced D3 head coach who has had success in NCAAs and can recruit the region. He would be a very good fit there.
I wrote a letter to the editor at the time of his departure.  Here is the link: http://www.ldnews.com/letters/ci_26307616/letters-editor-ex-lvc-womens-hoops-coach-fondly
I have followed the program closely over the years -- there is no hidden reason for him moving on.  In my view, he was navigating around an AD that was hostile to him and his program.  In fact, a very successful field hockey coach resigned from LVC a few years prior due to the work environment.  I believe there was an investigation of the AD at that time as well.
The link to her resignation is here: http://www.ldnews.com/ci_18003265
If Coach Todd has applied, I hope they interview him. He'd be a great hire for them.

 Dan,
   Thanks for the link to your letter; it makes me feel a lot better-it was hard to believe Todd was let go. I encountered him many times in the last 5 years on the AAU tourney trail; he had signed up to attend a major tourney in April when it was disclosed that he wasn't being rehired. LVC and Scranton played in the Marymount NCAA regional(2011) against different opponents so I had that opportunity to observe his coaching and the play of his team. LVC lost on a last-second basket after a traveling noncall that I discussed with him the next time I saw him. He's currently an assistant coach in the Ivy League.
   Your letter reassures me that he would be an excellent choice as the Lady Royals' HC. I know that when one of his players(from  Scranton, ironically) had a serious family medical issue a couple of years ago, he was very supportive of the player and the issues. Let's hope there's good news soon.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on June 19, 2015, 04:39:40 pm
For those who don't know... Laurel Martin took over the Stevenson field hockey team and despite some struggles early on has turned that program around including a significant season last fall (including a big win in the ECAC semifinals - hint, hint). Just thought I would share an update.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Warren Thompson on June 19, 2015, 05:16:03 pm
Ronk: The "serious family medical issue" to which you refer was the death of player Liz Borgia's mother. Goclowski and the entire team attended her funeral in Scranton.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Warren Thompson on June 19, 2015, 05:22:54 pm
For those who don't know... Laurel Martin took over the Stevenson field hockey team and despite some struggles early on has turned that program around including a significant season last fall (including a big win in the ECAC semifinals - hint, hint). Just thought I would share an update.

Dave: I got your "hint." It's likely merely another sign of Stevenson's growing power and influence in the MAC.   :'(
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on June 20, 2015, 12:48:42 am
To be honest... the hint was about exacting some revenge for Martin... nothing else.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Warren Thompson on June 20, 2015, 06:55:33 am
To be honest... the hint was about exacting some revenge for Martin... nothing else.

I know that, but I still believe Stevenson is a coming power in the MAC Commonwealth.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dan Gambino on June 23, 2015, 10:33:45 pm
Ronk.

How are you? I apologize I am just getting back to you, last week was pretty hectic. Anyways, I am glad you were able to read the links.

It doesn't surprise me you have encountered Coach Todd on the recruiting trail. He is a dedicated recruiter and brought a number of talented players to LVC. My daughter was a senior when he brought in his first recruiting class and she was a starter that season along with 4 freshmen from that class. Seems like yesterday! The time flies. The freshman point guard on that great team had her jersey retired by the school last year. Have you ever been to a game at the LVC gym?

I hope I'm not spilling the beans on his personal life, but I believe Coach Todd just got engaged and then resigned his assistant coach post at Cornell to move back to Pennsylvania to live with his fiancťe. I did see that Cornell had its first winning season in 7 years and that doesn't surprise me a bit.

I do know that, Coach Todd is very interested and has reached out to Scranton. Have you heard anything on that? Scranton has been a great program over the years, with many NCAA appearances. He would be a very nice hire for the U and maintain that success.

I can remember the tragedy for the family of the local Scranton player you referred to. I know Todd admired the strength of that family a great deal. It's my understanding Todd requested from the AD a bus for teammates and classmates to attend the funeral. The AD denied his request and Todd ended up personally paying for it himself. He still speaks very highly of her and I seem to recall him saying she was an exceptional student and off to graduate school.

It will be interesting to follow round two of the process at Scranton. Do you think they will fill the open AD spot before their hire a coach?

Dan
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on June 24, 2015, 01:06:21 am
 Dan,
   That frosh class is the one I saw in the NCAA in 2011 as seniors although one had transferred to DeSales by then. I haven't been in the LVC gym yet.
    If it were pro football or bball, I'd say hire the AD(GM) first and let him choose the coach. But it's D3 bball, recruiting season and assistant coach hiring is awasting, so choose the coach now, instead. My 3 choices(in the absence of knowing who applied) were former Scranton players Cabrini HC Kate Pearson, Salisbury HC Kelly Lewandowski, and Todd. Kate's very unlikely to want to leave the Philly suburbs where her families are located, Kelly would be more likely but might not want to leave the school that gave her the HC opportunity, so my choice is Todd, especially if he's interested.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on June 30, 2015, 04:48:30 pm
From everything I have gathered and not from any sources... I don't think Kate or Kelly are interested... or I would have heard their names floating around the first time. If they happened to have gotten passed over the first time around or weren't that close in the finalists list to be a third or fourth option (thus a reason the job was reopened - lack of a third or fourth option)... than why would they be interested in taking over now? Also, why be interested now if clearly things are a semi-mess at best at the university?

Scranton seems to have botched this from the beginning and it's going to cost them dearly, by their standards, I worry.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on June 30, 2015, 05:16:45 pm
I agree that Kate and Kelly weren't likely to be interested for the reasons that I've already listed. But, if they were interested, they'd be my choices. Also, don't know if the AD is allowed to actively solicit coaches currently under contract or is that tampering? The fact that the situation is "untidy" might be a reason to respond rather than a deterrent.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on June 30, 2015, 05:39:49 pm
Following along here for our former MAC Freedom partner - is there a dearth in d3 coaches? 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on July 06, 2015, 11:39:05 pm
 Concerning the Scranton HC situation, I talked today with a player parent and an unsuccessful applicant; no one seems to know the whole story. If Jason Miller(Scranton grad) were still alive, he'd probably make it a movie-the sequel to his That Championship Season.
  It's not easy trying to interest prospects when there's no AD, HC, or fulltime assistant, but we soldier on. Optimistically, we'll know before the next major tourney in 2 1/2 weeks, but I'm not counting on it.
   I talked with DeSales HC Richter yesterday about his schedule since Scranton is in his season opening tourney, according to Scranton's schedule; he seemed unaware that it wasn't posted yet on DeSales' web site. He said the Royals will be playing The College of New Jersey and DeSales will be playing Widener. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on August 07, 2015, 10:25:19 am
How many days has Scranton gone without a coach? Believe students are back in 3 weeks.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on August 07, 2015, 12:00:54 pm
Scranton - longtime coach resigns 9/17/2014 - successor still to be named - total search to hire = 260 days and counting

Even if we give Scranton's AD the benefit of the doubt and start the clock when the Lady Royal's 2014-2015 season ended on 3/6/2015, the total search to hire period is still 90 days and counting.

That was posted on June 4... so we do a little math and...

Since Mike Strong resigned: 324 days
Since the end of this season: 154 days
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on August 10, 2015, 04:36:38 pm
Well... Scranton has hired a new AD. Dave Martin who is now the former Misericordia AD is taking the reigns. Dave has already indicated he will not name himself interim WBB coach... but at least there is someone in place who can most likely make a decision sooner rather than later.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on August 10, 2015, 05:55:16 pm
Just when I was about to give up on any semblance of common sense being utilized by the Royal brain trust, they make this announcement.

Absolutely outstanding choice!

Great guy, proven leader and the coach for the women's basketball team will now be his call.

Scranton has taken a magnificent first step with this hire.

I have no doubt that the Lady Royal tradition, although down because of a lost year in recruiting & planning, will be running on all cylinders in short order.

Welcome Dave!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on August 10, 2015, 06:48:32 pm
It is a good hire... it is just too bad they had to wait until now to move forward with a women's coach decision. I'm not sure if people will see the affects of this slow hiring process this year, but they will see it during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on August 10, 2015, 07:06:05 pm
It is a good hire... it is just too bad they had to wait until now to move forward with a women's coach decision. I'm not sure if people will see the affects of this slow hiring process this year, but they will see it during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.

 I think 2016-17 will be better than this coming season and I'm trying to help the following seasons to be better, still.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on August 10, 2015, 07:57:00 pm
Not planning on passing out envelops of cash to HS seniors are you?  :o
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on August 10, 2015, 09:09:04 pm
Has to be a bit awkward with Toby sticking around.

Toga, can you expand on what you know about Martin? I also hear that Kevin Southard has left Scranton, seems like the Athletic department is getting revamped.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on August 10, 2015, 09:23:32 pm
Has to be a bit awkward with Toby sticking around.

Toga, can you expand on what you know about Martin? I also hear that Kevin Southard has left Scranton, seems like the Athletic department is getting revamped.

 When Kevin emailed me 2 weeks ago, he signed it as assistant AD - maybe he's going to be that position instead of SID.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on August 10, 2015, 09:48:43 pm
Has to be a bit awkward with Toby sticking around.

Toga, can you expand on what you know about Martin? I also hear that Kevin Southard has left Scranton, seems like the Athletic department is getting revamped.

 Dave Martin was the chairman of the women's committee, NCAA D3 until it was mentioned in May by Dave McHugh that he was stepping down to give someone else the opportunity. He was to continue serving as the Mid-Atlantic region rep; don't know if that will change with him switching to a different school/conference in the same region. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: HonestAbe on August 10, 2015, 10:26:21 pm
Has to be a bit awkward with Toby sticking around.

Toga, can you expand on what you know about Martin? I also hear that Kevin Southard has left Scranton, seems like the Athletic department is getting revamped.

 When Kevin emailed me 2 weeks ago, he signed it as assistant AD - maybe he's going to be that position instead of SID.

Kevin retired his last day is sometime in the beginning of August he might already be gone if the last time you heard from him was 2 weeks ago.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Royals81 on August 10, 2015, 11:17:50 pm
Very pleased with the University's new AD hire.  He certainly knows D3, knows the area and has a proven track record at Misericordia.  With this hire completed, hopefully we won't have to wait too much longer for the announcement that a new Lady Royals coaching staff has been selected and is in place.  The new hires will really have to hit the ground running.  I'm not sure you can make up for several months of indecisiveness in just a few weeks prior to the start of preseason conditioning.  But at least some progress has been made since the middle of May.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on August 10, 2015, 11:36:12 pm
Not planning on passing out envelops of cash to HS seniors are you?  :o

 No, but the incoming class has special this-year-only deal that they could bring along their own coach ::); looks like it's a class of 5 - a point guard, 2 combos, a wing, and a post; I've seen the PG and W in person, but the CGs only on youtube and the post only in photos; they'll compete for the 2 open starting positions and the prime reserve time likely this season. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on August 11, 2015, 09:44:01 am
 ďI am thrilled and humbled to have this opportunity and I am very excited,Ē said Martin, a Dunmore resident who spent more than a decade leading and building the athletic programs at Misericordia University.

ďThere is great history and great tradition and we are at a time when we can move things forward. We have land, construction of new facilities is on the horizon. There is potential to add programs. I am looking forward to the challenges and the opportunity.Ē

http://thetimes-tribune.com/sports/u-of-s-names-martin-director-of-athletics-1.1925163
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on August 11, 2015, 11:16:46 am
ďI am thrilled and humbled to have this opportunity and I am very excited,Ē said Martin, a Dunmore resident who spent more than a decade leading and building the athletic programs at Misericordia University.

ďThere is great history and great tradition and we are at a time when we can move things forward. We have land, construction of new facilities is on the horizon. There is potential to add programs. I am looking forward to the challenges and the opportunity.Ē

http://thetimes-tribune.com/sports/u-of-s-names-martin-director-of-athletics-1.1925163

 I suppose the land is part of the South Side area, but what new facilities are being contemplated?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on August 11, 2015, 03:19:30 pm
A couple of other items not mentioned about Martin:
- Former MBB committee chair as well who has pushed for transparency during his tenure on the men's committee and now on the women's committee.
- Martin also helped spearhead the men's all-star game being introduced in Salem.
- He was Misericordia's men's basketball coach for a long time and was rather successful. Also took over the women's team halfway through a season and led them to an improbable NCAA tournament berth. He has told me he doesn't plan to be the interim women's coach at Scranton :-)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on August 11, 2015, 04:14:30 pm
NEPA:

Get your order in now for the new UofS football jerseys.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Warren Thompson on August 11, 2015, 05:16:18 pm
NEPA:

Get your order in now for the new UofS football jerseys.

Just out of curiosity, when did Scranton drop football?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on August 11, 2015, 06:51:39 pm
NEPA:

Get your order in now for the new UofS football jerseys.

Just out of curiosity, when did Scranton drop football?

 I think it was after the 1960 season-there were former football players still attending class when I started in '62.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on August 11, 2015, 08:32:28 pm
NEPA:

Get your order in now for the new UofS football jerseys.

Don't tease about such matters.

Ronk the U has property in Springbrook Township about 10 minutes from campus. Believe that land has been earmarked for Athletics.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on August 11, 2015, 10:59:48 pm
D-mac:
Any chance there might be a little press about Dave Martin becoming the new AD at Scranton.
I would think that having the former head of both the men's & women's Selection Committee in DIII moving into his current job should be able to garner a sentence or two from the editorial board.
This information may be as equally interesting to the readers as a women's basketball team switching conferences or Marywood looking for yet another coach.
Just a thought.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on August 12, 2015, 12:27:35 am
Well... he was the AD at Misericordia last year serving as the women's committee chair and already the men's committee chair. The only difference is he chose to move to Scranton. I'm not sure it's bigger than an AD finding another job since the committee chairmanship story has been covered, especially on Hoopsville, extensively. But we are all aware of the story, so if it makes it on to the front page... Gordon or Pat decided it made sense to do so.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on August 12, 2015, 01:26:06 pm
I'm sorry, but if Groves is not watching, I still miss all you Scranton guys!  You're all keeping me smiling this summer, and if we're lucky enough to make it to DeSales for your opening tourney, I would hope that you would come and say Hi!  Also hope I'd recognize Ronk.  Widener's coach Kintner will have a new baby coach in tow, so it would be a fun reunion.  Del Val's opening tourney is the following weekend at Muhlenberg. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on August 12, 2015, 10:15:35 pm
We don't generally write stories about AD hires, although this is certainly a prominent one! Exception is when a coach takes on an AD role, or leaves coaching to take an AD role.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on August 18, 2015, 09:45:07 am
We don't generally write stories about AD hires, although this is certainly a prominent one! Exception is when a coach takes on an AD role, or leaves coaching to take an AD role.

Would love to hear why he left Miseri to go to Scranton, but understand that should probably come from the local paper or the U, rather than D3hoops.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on August 23, 2015, 12:53:45 pm
From what I've recently heard, the witching hour is very near.
The coach has been chosen & some members of the Lady Royals were part of the selection committee.
If what I've been told is accurate (and I have no reason to doubt it), the new coach has many years experience as a head coach at the DIII level, will be coming to the UofS from their current position at a nearby university & is very well known to Dave.
Oh, and by the way, his former team once beat the UofS mens team in the Long Center with a 3 point near half court shot at the buzzer about 10 years ago.
Since that game, these two schools have never again played each other.
What I don't know is whether or not this is another "interim' fill or long term.
As they say in Baltimore...Buckle up!


Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on August 23, 2015, 02:48:10 pm
 Always a research puzzle with Saratoga - I couldn't come up with Nate Davis in the Spring version of 'name the next HC'.
 At 1st glance of thumbing through the annals of Royals' bball, I come up with 2 possibilities of a 3-pt or fewer homecourt loss in the last 10 years(approximate) - Marywood and DeSales - whom we haven't played since. I did talk with Coach Richter(DeSales) this summer since the Lady Royals are playing in their tipoff tourney, finding out that our opponent is TCNJ in the 1st game. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on August 24, 2015, 04:08:09 pm
Too early for a drum roll?  ;)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: gordonmann on August 24, 2015, 04:14:05 pm
Quote
The new coach has many years experience as a head coach at the DIII level, will be coming to the UofS from their current position at a nearby university & is very well known to Dave..his former team once beat the UofS mens team in the Long Center with a 3 point near half court shot at the buzzer about 10 years ago.

Ooh fun! I like riddles.

I'm guessing its Eric Grundman from Marywood who coached the Pacers mens' team for 12 seasons and has coached women's sports (golf) before. That's nearby and he has ties to Lackawanna Junior College. Dave Martin would know him from their time in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference together before Misericordia left and the conference became the CSAC.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on August 24, 2015, 04:58:00 pm
Quote
The new coach has many years experience as a head coach at the DIII level, will be coming to the UofS from their current position at a nearby university & is very well known to Dave..his former team once beat the UofS mens team in the Long Center with a 3 point near half court shot at the buzzer about 10 years ago.

Ooh fun! I like riddles.

I'm guessing its Eric Grundman from Marywood who coached the Pacers mens' team for 12 seasons and has coached women's sports (golf) before. That's nearby and he has ties to Lackawanna Junior College. Dave Martin would know him from their time in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference together before Misericordia left and the conference became the CSAC.

 Couple of things:
   I note that he had 1 winning season in 12 as men's bball coach @ Marywood; Marywood men's bball HC position is currently open.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: gordonmann on August 24, 2015, 06:04:59 pm
Yeah, Grundman wasn't the coach there last year. The head coach was Bob Simmons who moved west to be the head coach at Allegheny (http://d3hoops.com/seasons/men/2014-15/contrib/20150728ckcy5r). So that's the reason for that vacancy.

If I guess right, then Dean Corwin has to send me a free Scranton basketball t-shirt. :)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on August 24, 2015, 08:53:03 pm
Gordon:
Up the stakes....hold out for one of the first issued football jersey's.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on August 25, 2015, 10:43:58 am
Martin has been the AD for 10 hours and no announcement. what gives?  ;D
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on August 25, 2015, 11:32:40 am
HA! I've been resisting the urge to call him and ask why the delay. LOL
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on August 25, 2015, 02:56:51 pm
 My source said: hopefully, by the end of this week.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on August 25, 2015, 08:31:08 pm
He's probably reading Kickoff. :)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: sp0rtsfan on August 26, 2015, 09:52:22 am
CNN is showing thousands of fans standing outside the Long Center waiting for the announcement.  Ha ! 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on August 26, 2015, 12:14:54 pm
CNN is showing thousands of fans standing outside the Long Center waiting for the announcement.  Ha !

  I wonder if they're the same group that was outside the night of the 1st Kings' game when the Long Center opened; that group included ~ 50 policemen in riot gear. There just wasn't room that night for everyone that showed up in comparison to the former home in the Scranton CYC.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on August 26, 2015, 02:24:06 pm
Dave and I decided to just go with this already:
http://www.d3hoops.com/notables/2015/08/source-scranton-hires-strong-replacement
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on August 26, 2015, 03:11:06 pm
Dave and I decided to just go with this already:
http://www.d3hoops.com/notables/2015/08/source-scranton-hires-strong-replacement

 Pat,
  We could have waited-you scooped my former Scranton classmate, ESPN exec editor John A. Walsh, but who else? Tough journalistic decision for the editor? ;)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on August 26, 2015, 04:08:03 pm
I don't think it's a good idea to go all inside baseball on this but generally at a news organization there should be a discussion as to when to go live with news supported only by sources speaking on background.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on August 26, 2015, 06:27:40 pm
Just received a call from Source # 1.
States Source # 2 had the local college part correct, just not the right local college.
Apparently, Source # 2 also used the past tense when speaking of the new coach (former), when it should have been in the present tense (current).
More twists & turns than an Agatha Christie novel.
However, Source # 2 states he recently spoke with the father of one of the players (today), & the name of the new coach is indeed what DIII Hoops has listed.
If that information proves to be true, I will now challenge DMac and his assertion that the Lady Royals
are in trouble this season & beyond.
This guy can flat out coach & the Lady Royals just became a very, very good ball club.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: gordonmann on August 26, 2015, 06:31:21 pm
Quote
If I guess right, then Dean Corwin has to send me a free Scranton basketball t-shirt.


Hm. No free t-shirt for me then. :)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on August 26, 2015, 06:57:14 pm
Quote
If I guess right, then Dean Corwin has to send me a free Scranton basketball t-shirt.


Hm. No free t-shirt for me then. :)

 Gordon,
   That was a good guess, given the parameters. You deserve a new shirt. :)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on August 26, 2015, 07:07:42 pm
Just received a call from Source # 1.
States Source # 2 had the local college part correct, just not the right local college.
Apparently, Source # 2 also used the past tense when speaking of the new coach (former), when it should have been in the present tense (current).
More twists & turns than an Agatha Christie novel.
However, Source # 2 states he recently spoke with the father of one of the players (today), & the name of the new coach is indeed what DIII Hoops has listed.
If that information proves to be true, I will now challenge DMac and his assertion that the Lady Royals
are in trouble this season & beyond.

This guy can flat out coach & the Lady Royals just became a very, very good ball club.

 As long as Sara Payonk is playing, she enables every teammate to play better; that's why I said recently that they'd be better next year than this coming year. She's that inspiring.
 
 Saratoga,
   Thanks for the update; you've always been spot-on in the past.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on August 26, 2015, 07:16:44 pm
Quote
If I guess right, then Dean Corwin has to send me a free Scranton basketball t-shirt.


Hm. No free t-shirt for me then. :)

How about a t shirt and tickets to a suite at the Long Center!!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: HonestAbe on August 26, 2015, 10:28:39 pm
Just want to add that I heard that it is going to announced officially on Friday and that the girls are supposed to be having a meeting about it tomorrow night.

Also would not be surprised if we start seeing some old faces become involved in the team again for better or worse. 5 points to anyone who can guess who.

I am not sure I would agree with the enthusiasm on the upcoming season. This guy may be able to coach really well and Sara may be a good ball player although I am not sure I would go as far as Ronk on that. I still think with the way this all went down and with losing the key pieces they lost this is going to end up being a lost season, with the new starters, assistant and head coach all getting their bearings. While teams like Catholic, Moravian, E-Town, and Susquehanna will all be gunning for their spot.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on August 27, 2015, 07:30:38 am
A few observations:

First of all, congratulations to Dave.

Not on the job "officially" for more than a day & he pulls off bringing in someone he knows very well, trusts & is considered one of the brightest young coaches out there as the new Lady Royal coach.

When you give up a mens head coaching job at nice little place like Miseri for the head job with the Lady Royals, it kind of shows you the high profile position that job is.

Dave obviously had no plans of bringing in someone he really didn't know, watching the Lady Royals suffer through additional growing pains and spending years getting back to any semblance of prominence on the national level.

I've spoken in the past that in order to get the Lady Royals moving again, the new coach will need to have a passion for teaching and recruiting.

They could not have brought in a better coach.

Not jumping too far ahead, you just have to wonder if Dave has bigger plans in the overall basketball department now that Trevor is on board?

As far as Abe's assertion that this will end up a "lost season", not a chance.

Not saying they'll win the Landmark, but I guarantee everyone will see a steady improvement from game 1 through 25.

Great coaches bring out the very best in their players, teach things the kids never knew or had not been used to doing and have them ready for the challenges the season brings.

Scranton women's basketball is finally back in great hands. The future just got a heck of a lot brighter.


Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on August 27, 2015, 06:33:26 pm
Here it is...it is now "officially" a great day in Royal land.
Enjoy.

http://athletics.scranton.edu/sports/wbkb/2015-16/releases/20150827dac4ta
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on August 28, 2015, 09:15:11 am
http://timesleader.com/sports/localsports/379234/woodruff-takes-over-as-scranton-womens-basketball-coach

Some quotes and background here.


Trevor says this is the only women's job in the nation he would have taken. Didn't think UCONN was a fit for him ;)

Also hearing rumors that the Scranton Royals may change their nickname to the Scranton Cougars.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on August 28, 2015, 10:48:25 pm
Another nice story from the Scranton Times/Tribune.

Kate, you may now prepare your drum roll.

As bad as this situation looked several weeks ago, I can assure you this turn of developments could have not ended up any better.



http://thetimes-tribune.com/sports/u-of-s-makes-it-official-woodruff-s-their-man-1.1933711
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on August 28, 2015, 10:58:56 pm
Another nice story from the Scranton Times/Tribune.

Kate, you may now prepare your drum roll.

As bad as this situation looked several weeks ago, I can assure you this turn of developments could have not ended up any better.



http://thetimes-tribune.com/sports/u-of-s-makes-it-official-woodruff-s-their-man-1.1933711

 And where Coach Woodruff says "we've missed the entire summer recruiting season", I'll be offering my assistance to reduce considerably the effects of that miss.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: San Juan on August 29, 2015, 04:44:30 pm
Great choice for Athletic Director!Then Dave brings in a great Coach in Woodruff.I would like to welcome Coach Woodruff to the University of Scranton.Nepa fan I think Trevor Woodruff said one of the best in Divison 3 not all womens basketball!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: lefty2 on August 30, 2015, 09:17:07 am
Another nice story from the Scranton Times/Tribune.

Kate, you may now prepare your drum roll.

As bad as this situation looked several weeks ago, I can assure you this turn of developments could have not ended up any better.



http://thetimes-tribune.com/sports/u-of-s-makes-it-official-woodruff-s-their-man-1.1933711

I have finally figured out Saratoga's identity.  It is Trevor Woodruff's mom.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on August 30, 2015, 01:04:19 pm
Anything for my boy!

Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on August 31, 2015, 04:20:07 pm
Hey Scranton posters, just hope that you've allowed your new A.D. and Women's Coach plenty of time to grasp your like-minded concept ;)!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on September 02, 2015, 02:33:12 pm
Just want to add that I heard that it is going to announced officially on Friday and that the girls are supposed to be having a meeting about it tomorrow night.

Also would not be surprised if we start seeing some old faces become involved in the team again for better or worse. 5 points to anyone who can guess who.

I am not sure I would agree with the enthusiasm on the upcoming season. This guy may be able to coach really well and Sara may be a good ball player although I am not sure I would go as far as Ronk on that. I still think with the way this all went down and with losing the key pieces they lost this is going to end up being a lost season, with the new starters, assistant and head coach all getting their bearings. While teams like Catholic, Moravian, E-Town, and Susquehanna will all be gunning for their spot.


I have no guesses, but am curious about this statement...
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on September 02, 2015, 06:08:22 pm
Ok, first guess, here goes.....

*Mike Strong back as Asst. Coach in charge of Off Shore Scheduling

*Deanna back as team Chaplin.

*Bess back as Asst. Coach in charge of Motivation

*Canio back as Canio
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on September 08, 2015, 08:11:12 pm
Martin and Woodruff ( sounds like a comedy act) were on the John Mendola show last week. Anyone have a link or audio?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on September 26, 2015, 11:18:29 pm
Lady Royals fans,
  Just back from a day at the final AAU tourney of this season, where I met the new AD, Dave Martin, whose daughter was playing, and the new Head Coach, Trevor Woodruff. We checked out my list of prospects and added a few new ones. As usual, we found out that some had chosen other schools since I last saw them in July, but we still have a quality group of interested prospects seeking to make a visit.
  Strength and conditioning has started and, according to one parent, is already making a difference. The frosh could help considerably this year.
  Applications for the assistant coaching position closed yesterday so look for an announcement soon.
  Practice starts in less than 3 weeks. I'm optimistic.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: amh63 on September 28, 2015, 01:16:37 pm
ronk.....did you see any Amherst reps at the posted AAU event?   Just nosey :).
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on September 28, 2015, 04:42:26 pm
when does D3 practice start? October 15th?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on September 28, 2015, 05:07:26 pm
October 15 as always, though schools can begin games as early as November 13 this year. Next year that will return to November 15 - we won't see an earlier date until the NCAA changes the rule again (as it did last January to start the season 11/13) or the year 2020 - whichever comes first.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on September 28, 2015, 08:17:01 pm
ronk.....did you see any Amherst reps at the posted AAU event?   Just nosey :).
  I didn't see GP this Saturday or anyone else wearing an Amherst shirt. I guess he's already got his full complement. ;) Actually, there was a big event in MA(1 of my prospects was playing there) this past weekend and it would make more sense to be there instead.
  I'll be in the Berkshires(after Cape Cod) in a couple of weeks; do u have a recommendation for lunch in Williamstown? Also, I have to look up where Amherst is.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on October 23, 2015, 06:52:44 pm
 Scranton WBB announces Meghan Nowak(Eastern U All-American-2015) as fulltime assistant. I'm hoping she has some playing eligibility left ;). Check the web site for the full announcement.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on October 23, 2015, 10:11:36 pm
Finally got her.......just four years too late.
From what I've recently heard, the Lady Royals are light years ahead of where they were at this point last year...both physically and basketball wise.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on October 24, 2015, 10:54:15 pm
Finally got her.......just four years too late.
From what I've recently heard, the Lady Royals are light years ahead of where they were at this point last year...both physically and basketball wise.

 Heard some confirmation about the physical improvement a few weeks ago but it was before preseason practice started so I can't confirm the bball improvement. Good scrimmage opponents soon should provide that test. Squad picture is now on their twitter site. Looks like everyone that could return, has, and there are 5 expected newcomers. Hopefully, the roster details will be posted soon in case my eyesight is deficient. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on October 27, 2015, 06:50:13 pm
 Roster is up; 1 additional(to the 5 I expected) newcomer from Prep; 1(Jenna Pasquale) did not return from last season.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on October 27, 2015, 07:42:15 pm
I believe the young lady you are referencing from Prep has a pretty famous dad.
Andy Ashby played in the Major leagues for many years...met his wife while playing for AAA Scranton when they were a Phillies affiliate.
The Lady Royals also have two other players on the roster whose dad's played in the NFL.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on October 29, 2015, 01:40:19 pm
Preseason poll is out; Royals r 16th in others receiving votes. They scrimmage #5 NYU Saturday. Don't think there will be 40 teams ahead of them in the poll by the end of the season.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: HonestAbe on November 03, 2015, 03:41:37 am
With Catholic ranked 16 in the preseason poll and both Scranton and Moravian receiving votes this could be an interesting year in the Landmark.

Did anyone hear how Scranton's scrimmage against NYU went on Saturday?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on November 03, 2015, 09:46:56 am
 Haven't heard about the scrimmage yet. I'd put Scranton, E-town, and Susque(last season's playoff teams) ahead of Moravian.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on November 03, 2015, 09:59:15 am
Moravian has Alexis Wright back for a second senior season (medical hardship year). Does that change your opinion?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: gordonmann on November 03, 2015, 10:01:01 am
Moravian got a big, unexpected, boost when Alexis Wright returned for a fifth season. She would have been one of the best players in the region last year but missed her senior season due to injury. Everyone figured she would graduate but she is doing a year of graduate study at Moravian and using her medical red shirt.

Speaking of Alexis, we released our All-American team this morning...

http://www.d3hoops.com/awards/all-americans/women/preseason-2016
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on November 03, 2015, 10:09:22 am
Moravian has Alexis Wright back for a second senior season (medical hardship year). Does that change your opinion?

 Yes, it would; I'd put them ahead of Susque now and even with Catholic, Scranton, and E-town. Looks like an interesting conference race.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on November 03, 2015, 10:20:07 am
Moravian got a big, unexpected, boost when Alexis Wright returned for a fifth season. She would have been one of the best players in the region last year but missed her senior season due to injury. Everyone figured she would graduate but she is doing a year of graduate study at Moravian and using her medical red shirt.

Speaking of Alexis, we released our All-American team this morning...

http://www.d3hoops.com/awards/all-americans/women/preseason-2016

 2 of my prospects from 3 years ago (Sara Tarbert, Lisa Murphy) made the list.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on November 12, 2015, 01:56:13 pm
"The off-season is over. The basketball season has arrived, but it can't start without Hoopsville hitting the air! Tune in tonight as Dave talks to the two preseason number one teams, touches base with a major coaching change, checks in with the men's basketball National Committee chair, and previews the Northeast Region.

Show starts at 7PM ET! www.d3hoops.com/hoopsville/archives/2015-16/nov12 (http://www.d3hoops.com/hoopsville/archives/2015-16/nov12)

Guests include:
- Grey Giovanine, head coach for #1 Augustana men
- Jeff Hans, head coach for #1 Thomas More women
- Brian Van Haaften, men's basketball committee chair and head coach for Buena Vista
- Trevor Woodruff, head coach for Scranton women
- Matt Noonan, Northeast Regional Reporter"

You can also catch up on the Hoopsville New Rules Special we did and published yesterday. We chatted with:
- Bill Raleigh, Southwestern Assistant Athletic Director and former men's basketball coach along with being on the men's rules committee
- Brad Duckworth, Alverno Athletic Director and women's head coach along with being the current chair of the women's rules committee
- Tim Fitzpatrick, Coast Guard Athletic Director

You can watch or listen to that show here: www.d3hoops.com/hoopsville/archives/2015-16/rules-special (http://www.d3hoops.com/hoopsville/archives/2015-16/rules-special)

AND BIG NEWS... Hoopsville has added Sunday shows to this year's November and December schedule. That means the show will air Thursdays and Sundays from the beginning of the season until the end. Each show will air at 7pm ET (unless noted) with a few shows in November and December being canceled due to holidays or other responsibilities (i.e. Gagliari Trophy and Stagg Bowl Week).

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Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: San Juan on November 14, 2015, 12:04:08 am
Just a thought for the pollsters #16 Catholic lost!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on November 14, 2015, 12:42:29 am
Just a thought for the pollsters #16 Catholic lost!

Thanks, Juan -- we compile a report directly out of our database and all the voters will see it when the next poll comes around.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on November 14, 2015, 05:41:36 pm
That DeSales/Scranton game tomorrow afternoon should be very interesting!  I'm fairly sure I spotted Ronk at the game, but we left after Widener/DeSales, and if it was him, he had disappeared.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on November 14, 2015, 11:02:05 pm
That DeSales/Scranton game tomorrow afternoon should be very interesting!  I'm fairly sure I spotted Ronk at the game, but we left after Widener/DeSales, and if it was him, he had disappeared.

 Kate,
   I got there partway thru the 2nd half of the Widener game after meeting up with some cousins for lunch. I looked for you but couldn't find you; even asked BJ if he had seen you but he hadn't. Sorry we missed each other; won't be at tomorrow's games.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on November 14, 2015, 11:31:41 pm
 The Lady Royals struggled on offense against TCNJ who were missing 2 of their bigs. Alexix Roman was effective down low(10-12) and Nicole Alicea led in rebounds/loose balls with 10 and effective foul shooting in the final 3 minutes. The players are going to need some time to adjust to each other while trying to replace the 2/3 of last year's offense that graduated. 2 frosh(Tina Peden,Bridgette Mann) looked promising.
  I look for another struggle tomorrow against the well-coached DeSales team. They've spanked Scranton badly in the past(70-46, 3 years ago) when the Royals had better personnel than the current edition.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: San Juan on November 15, 2015, 02:02:59 am
Hi ronk I am just wondering what bigs are you talking about?I looked back at TCNJ roster and stats and the only two players that are over 6 foot are Scott,Chiara paloridi might be wrong spelling but if that is the two your talking about bud they probably saw a total of 20 minutes between them.Congratulations coach Woodruff on your first win and many more to come.Scranton might have struggled but they still won with a team only returning 2 starters keep that in mind.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on November 15, 2015, 08:59:20 am
Good morning, Ronk!  Perhaps B.J. didn't recognize a Widener shirt that I was sporting  ;).  We had wanted to see Coach Kintner's newest Family member and her parents & Hubby, so I wore Widener blue.  You walked past us, we were in the stands across from the Widener bench.  At any rate, our season has started - we'll be following today's games on live stats.  Enjoy the next four months, and let's hope for some decent Winter weather!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on November 15, 2015, 09:47:35 am
Hi ronk I am just wondering what bigs are you talking about?I looked back at TCNJ roster and stats and the only two players that are over 6 foot are Scott,Chiara paloridi might be wrong spelling but if that is the two your talking about bud they probably saw a total of 20 minutes between them.Congratulations coach Woodruff on your first win and many more to come.Scranton might have struggled but they still won with a team only returning 2 starters keep that in mind.

 I was thinking of Nikki Schott(6-0) whom I saw play AAU ball and was expecting to be a factor yesterday and another 6-footer whom I briefly talked with who was wearing a boot.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on November 15, 2015, 05:46:29 pm
Lady Royals completely dominate a veteran Desales team at their tournament.
Tied at the half, the Royals pull away & win by 17.
This team has only scratched the surface of their potential.
So many new parts yet playing with the confidence of a veteran team.
Can't wait till coach gets a fews years of recruiting under his belt.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on November 15, 2015, 05:49:55 pm
PS:
Congrats to Alexix for making the All-Tournament Team & to Nicole for being named Tournament MVP.
Total hustle for 40 minutes each game.
Well done!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on November 15, 2015, 05:51:10 pm
Sorry...
That would be Noelle.  :-[
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on November 15, 2015, 07:31:02 pm
  Bridgette Mann had a very nice game. In addition to fine shooting, she got a lot of rebounds and assists. It's comfortable to know that she can get off a good shot in a 1-on-1 situation, that she looks for the shooting opportunity, and that she can make foul shots in the end-of-quarter double bonus situation. Looks like a PLAYER.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: San Juan on November 15, 2015, 09:04:17 pm
All I have to say is what a difference coaching makes.I said this last night watch out for bridget mann.I have been around basketball along time and saw many players.She will be a star at the U
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: gordonmann on November 16, 2015, 11:38:20 am
Wonder if we're related. There are a lot people on that side of the family that I don't know.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: sp0rtsfan on November 16, 2015, 12:22:40 pm
It's great to see 2 opening season wins for the Lady Royals against 2 legit teams. Nice job !!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on November 16, 2015, 12:28:27 pm
Wonder if we're related. There are a lot people on that side of the family that I don't know.

 Gordon,
  I sense you're laying the groundwork for a reason to make another trip to the Electric City to watch the Lady Royals. ;)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: gordonmann on November 16, 2015, 03:12:49 pm
Indeed! We'll do Mann family trivia to see if we're related.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: San Juan on November 22, 2015, 09:19:09 pm
Catholic women lose again 1-3 to start the year. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on December 15, 2015, 06:54:03 pm
Lady Royals still improving & winning.
Knock off an undefeated team tonight that was very, shall we say, aggressive.
Outstanding defensive effort against a team averaging about 30 more points.
Very big test tomorrow in the championship vs. a talented Eastern squad.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on December 15, 2015, 07:58:36 pm
 Nice to see offensive contributions from some younger players: Katie O' Reilly with 2 baskets, including 1 in the motion offense, Christina Peden with 2 nice drives, taking advantage of the opportunities, and Bridgette Mann with a couple of shot clock-winding down under control moves. Hopefully, the successes will encourage them to be more proactive in the future. More options leads to a more effective offense.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on December 30, 2015, 11:01:39 pm
 Expecting the #17 Lady Royals to move into the top 10 after the numerous losses by teams above them, IF they take care of business Sat @ home with dangerous E-town.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on December 30, 2015, 11:50:35 pm
Any word on the Lafayette transfer playing at Scranton second semester?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on December 31, 2015, 12:09:01 am
Any word on the Lafayette transfer playing at Scranton second semester?

 I haven't heard of this and Trevor hasn't mentioned it. I did have a prospect a couple of years ago that I thought was coming to Scranton(her dad is a Scranton grad) but went to Lafayette or Lehigh as a walk-on(her mom was a grad). I never saw her on the roster and I check the Patriot League boxscores frequently since many of my prospects play there. Maybe it's her. If so, she has a twin who's been starting in the Big East for 2+ years.
   If true, I think she would have been eligible to play in Vegas; maybe it was too late to get a plane ticket with the team.
  There's been no online roster addition as of a few minutes ago.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 02, 2016, 05:57:09 pm
 Lady Royals showing some rust after 2-week layoff; many turnovers and E-town missing their best player(Emily Martin). 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 05, 2016, 10:56:24 pm
Not sure who's doing the Scranton SID updates since Kevin's retirement, but they need to get the overview done prior to the next day.
Pick up the pace....you won!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Ryan Scott (Hoops Fan) on January 06, 2016, 07:48:15 am
Not sure who's doing the Scranton SID updates since Kevin's retirement, but they need to get the overview done prior to the next day.
Pick up the pace....you won!

Not sure where you're looking, but I got emails at 9:13 and 9:26 last night with the recaps.   I assume if they're being sent they're also being posted somewhere, but maybe I'm mistaken about that.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 06, 2016, 10:50:58 pm
I'm actually referring to the recap here on D3.
When you check the scores, most of the time there is both a box score & the game recap.
Apparently, it was not submitted to this site for viewing.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Ryan Scott (Hoops Fan) on January 07, 2016, 08:24:20 am
I'm actually referring to the recap here on D3.
When you check the scores, most of the time there is both a box score & the game recap.
Apparently, it was not submitted to this site for viewing.

Yeah, that might be worth an email to the SID office.  I know the recap emails come from two different people, so it might just be someone assuming someone else is doing it.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: redrhino on January 14, 2016, 09:44:09 pm
The Scranton-Catholic women's game should be interesting this Saturday. Both teams had "byes" during the week which means both coaches will have enjoyed extra practice time to prepare for the opposition.

Driven by the sting of last year's one-point upset loss in the championship game with Catholic, the hometown women should have a good chance in this one IF they take care of the basketball.

The Lady Royals 15-0 start is due in part to good coaching, in part to good defense, and in part to the Payonk-Roman-Alicea triangle--but the less-talked-about factor has been the precocious freshman point guard who "came out of the chute" ready to contribute in a big way. Although still learning, she has been a godsend and is getting better all the time.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 14, 2016, 10:33:08 pm
The Scranton-Catholic women's game should be interesting this Saturday. Both teams had "byes" during the week which means both coaches will have enjoyed extra practice time to prepare for the opposition.

Driven by the sting of last year's one-point upset loss in the championship game with Catholic, the hometown women should have a good chance in this one IF they take care of the basketball.

The Lady Royals 15-0 start is due in part to good coaching, in part to good defense, and in part to the Payonk-Roman-Alicea triangle--but the less-talked-about factor has been the precocious freshman point guard who "came out of the chute" ready to contribute in a big way. Although still learning, she has been a godsend and is getting better all the time.

  Coach Donahue and his team has been able to defeat the Royals multiple times by defending successfully the Mesaris offense(and, by extension, the Roman feature) with off-the-ball help; I anticipate more of the same defense on Saturday.
  With regard to the freshman point guard, she has indeed been a big help. She not only has taken over the major ball handling need, but makes good judgments on attacking the defense and is the prime choice for doing something successfully in the last 10 seconds of shot-clock situations. Hopefully, we'll be getting a PG or 2 next year so that she can play her more natural SG position.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: San Juan on January 15, 2016, 08:11:00 pm
Ronk big difference is coaching this year.He is not coaching against Strong or Klingman that never made adjustments.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: redrhino on January 16, 2016, 09:22:55 pm
Congratulations to the Lady Royals on their win against Catholic. There are some rough edges to smooth out, but the team continues to impress. Sarah "Triple Double" Payonk is becoming a humble and mature leader. Noelle Alicea is vigorous!

I am tempted to talk about Landmark Rookie of the Year, but we will cross that Bridgette when we come to it.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 16, 2016, 09:32:20 pm
Congratulations to the Lady Royals on their win against Catholic. There are some rough edges to smooth out, but the team continues to impress. Sarah "Triple Double" Payonk is becoming a humble and mature leader. Noelle Alicea is vigorous!

I am tempted to talk about Landmark Rookie of the Year, but we will cross that Bridgette when we come to it.

 So, you're going to Mann up and talk about it later in the season?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Ryan Scott (Hoops Fan) on January 16, 2016, 11:07:52 pm

Hurdles cleared - now we're set for the Scranton-Moravian match-up for top spot in the conference.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: San Juan on January 17, 2016, 01:24:56 am
The freshman scored 21points tonight with a bum knee.Triple double for Payonk never makes team of the week on d3hoops  and Roman dominated in side.Just a thought they need to brush up on rough edges where??????
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: redrhino on January 17, 2016, 01:10:58 pm
The freshman scored 21points tonight with a bum knee.Triple double for Payonk never makes team of the week on d3hoops  and Roman dominated in side.Just a thought they need to brush up on rough edges where??????

I guess San Juan wants me to be specific about the "rough edges." First of all, I and probably half the known universe, love the players on this team; love the style of play; and love the intensity. The magical Lady Royals place tremendous talent on the floor, and it is much more enjoyable to point out meritorious play. But San Juan asks a fair question: where do the"rough edges" protrude on this apparently "smooth' team? 

I speak of the rough edges only because this team has shown that it can, at a minimum, make a deep run in the NCAA tournament this year; to help assure that eventuality: (1) the team has to keep working on its already-impressive transition game (this has been a real difference maker) but sometimes it seems we ease up a bit both in offensive and defensive transition, and (2) the team has a strong starting lineup, but needs to better incorporate 6 through 8 into the game (there is a lot of potential on the bench, especially if Katie is back to add another six-foot plus frame to the roster); this bench production will be needed in playoff scenarios, especially if, as the season goes on, the team kicks up its press and transition game.

The game on Wednesday against Moravian will offer a challenge to the Lady Royals' defense because the Greyhounds have both an inside and outside game. I am confident, however, that the spirit of the Jesuit Magis--that is, "the restless pursuit of excellence"--will be guiding the Lady Royals' endeavors.  I just wish more people would come out and watch this team; they are great kids and they deserve an admiring audience.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 17, 2016, 02:16:15 pm
Redrhino:

I think Trevor would be the first to agree that any team...especially one that he's coaching, that feels things are just about perfect, will end up getting a serious dose of reality.

There are always ways to improve both those areas that are currently working out pretty well as well as those aspects of their game that could be better.

With each victory the bullseye gets bigger & bigger & to keep the wins coming...even on off nights, other kids beyond the starters will need to elevate their games.

This team is way more enjoyable to watch than the mens team & it won't be long before the word is out & fans start flocking to the Long Center as they did when the Mellody & Matt duo were leading the Lady Royals to Elite 8's & Final Fours before packed houses.


If the ladies were to lose their remaining games, I would still feel this season was a huge success if for no other reason than to see the life, energy & passion that Trevor & the kids have brought back to this program.

As great as this ride has been this season, with all the players set to return next year plus the obvious choice of ROY and
Trevor's first opportunity to recruit, the future is extremely bright for Lady Royal basketball & the best is yet to come.


Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Ryan Scott (Hoops Fan) on January 18, 2016, 09:19:17 am
The freshman scored 21points tonight with a bum knee.Triple double for Payonk never makes team of the week on d3hoops  and Roman dominated in side.Just a thought they need to brush up on rough edges where??????

They have to be nominated by the SID to get Team of the Week, just FYI.  If she's not getting it, that might be the reason.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 18, 2016, 01:57:59 pm
Absolutely horrible news coming out of Upstate NY & SUNY Geneseo today.
Makes wins & losses pretty much irrelevant.
The worst possible call any parents could ever receive.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Ryan Scott (Hoops Fan) on January 18, 2016, 08:29:27 pm

They got the column up quick - Wed preview: http://www.d3hoops.com/columns/around-the-region/mid-atlantic/2015-16/landmark-scranton-moravian
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 18, 2016, 08:50:44 pm

They got the column up quick - Wed preview: http://www.d3hoops.com/columns/around-the-region/mid-atlantic/2015-16/landmark-scranton-moravian

 Good job, Hoopsfan! Especially, getting action/reaction from both sides. Looking forward to the contest; little things(blocking out, overplaying passing lanes, etc.) are magnified under the stress of a game where every possession is meaningful.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: San Juan on January 20, 2016, 10:18:03 pm
Question for Mr redrhino?Did Scranton smooth out those edges tonight?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Ryan Scott (Hoops Fan) on January 20, 2016, 10:47:36 pm

That was an incredibly dominant performance.  That third quarter was lock-down.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: redrhino on January 20, 2016, 10:57:15 pm
San Juan,

Those rough edges are getting smoother, aren't they?  The team is on a roll--but as the old adage goes:"you are either getting better (i.e., smoothing) or getting worse", so let's not turn off the  "smoothing machine" just yet.

But you gotta love this Lady Royals team!  An excellent win tonight against a very good Moravian side, especially considering the fact that Ms. Basketball rode the bench most of the first half due to early foul trouble. She still nearly posted a double-double.

Like many teams, Moravian had no answer whatsoever for Roman, and whenever they doubled her, Mann would go on a rampage.

Payonk, Roman, and Mann are the best starting threesome in the league--and Alicea and Gantz can also really play. Noelle took it to the hoop very effectively and Jackie hit some clutch shots and she rebounds the dickens out of the ball for a guard. So when I speak of rough edges, I am only trying to keep some perspective; as the wise Saratoga says: when you think "you are just about perfect" a large does of reality suddenly appears.

Moravian is very talented; McPherson is one heck of a darn player!!! Nevertheless,  all is well in Lady Royal land tonight.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 20, 2016, 11:32:03 pm
Sleep well Lady Royal fans...the kids are doing a fantastic job & Trevor has this team more prepaired than they've been in many, many years.

Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: sp0rtsfan on January 21, 2016, 01:34:10 pm
I'm as ecstatic as any other Royal fan on or off this Board about the team's success !  Hold the line ! Stay the course !
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Royals81 on January 25, 2016, 08:17:27 pm
Very impressed with the Lady Royals play so far this season - how can you not be?
Trevor doesn't take any possessions off and he expects the same of his players. 
He really holds them accountable for their level of play.
Level of coaching is apparent when you take notice of his substitution patterns and how/when he utilizes his timeouts.
You can't help but notice how well the players respond and execute coming out of timeouts.  Clear direction given within 30 to 60 seconds.
Landmark opponents are now the one's having to make in-game adjustments rather than vice versa.  :)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 30, 2016, 10:12:59 pm
Lady Royals keep on getting it done even in a game that wasn't exactly a thing of beauty.
A little complacent at times but all things considered...a very nice win on the road.
Could have easily been a trap game for Scranton as the kids could have been looking past this game to Wednesday's game vs. Moravian.

At any rate...absolutely the worst officiated game of the year thus far.
This crew had to have at least 4 huddles to figure things out plus all the shadow calls for fouls then the knock to the floor no calls...this group should never, as in never, get an NCAA tournament game.
Not sure who they are but they belong in 8th grade CYO games.....maybe.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on January 31, 2016, 04:34:14 pm
There are just four weeks left in the regular season and teams are feeling the pressure to take care of business. Sunday night on Hoopsville (http://www.d3hoopsville.com), Dave McHugh talks to many coaches in the conference playoff mix. Whether they are trying to position themselves to stay at home for the tournament or just get into the playoffs, there is a lot on the line with less games to play.

You can watch Hoopsville starting at 7:00 PM ET here: http://www.d3hoops.com/hoopsville/archives/2015-16/jan31

Tonight's guests include (in order):
- Brad Fischer, No. 11 UW-Oshkosh women's coach
- Casey Stitzel, Delaware Valley men's coach
- Mary Beth Spirk, Moravian women's coach (WBCA Center Court)
- Drew Gaeng, Hendrix women's coach
- Joe Reilly, No. 25 Wesleyan men's coach

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Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 03, 2016, 04:56:32 pm
For the third consecutive year, Hoopsville (http://www.d3hoopsville.com) will air for 12 hours as the regular season enters the final four weeks. Dave McHugh will chat with coaches, administrators, student-athletes, and others involved in Division III basketball from around the country. Other guests will include those who have Division III roots or appreciate the division and the game along with the student-athletes who play the sport.

Hoopsville will air from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (and maybe later) on Thursday, February 4 live from the WBCA/NABC Studio. You can see what guests are scheduled, get more information, and watch the show here: http://www.d3hoops.com/hoopsville/archives/2015-16/feb4

You can also read the press release about the show: http://www.d3hoops.com/hoopsville/hoopsville-marathon-2016

Here is the guest list as we speak. All times are Eastern and subject to change. Additional guests to be added if and when necessary:
TimeGuestSchool
10:15amConnie TilleySt. Norbert (WBB) - WBCA Center Court
10:40amJamie PurdyPeidmont (WBB)
11:00amKeri CarolloUW-Whitewater (WBB) - Nat'l Committee Chair
11:20amBrent PollariSaint Mary's (Minn.) (WBB)
11:40amKent MadsenNo. 21 Wheaton (Ill.) (WBB)
12:00pmRussell LoydRose-Hulman (MBB)
12:20pmKevin BroderickNazareth (MBB)
12:40pmJustin ScottArcadia (MBB)
1:00pmSam HargravesNo. 12 Alma (MBB)
1:20pmLenny ReichMount Union (SID)
1:40pmMaureen WebsterClarkson (WBB)
2:00pmBetsy WitmanYork (Pa.) (WBB)
2:20pmSara LeeDenison (WBB)
2:40pmKlay KneuppelWisconsin Lutheran (MBB)
3:00pmBrian Van HaaftenBuena Vista (MBB) - Nat'l Committee Chair
3:30pmSydney MossNo. 1 Thomas More (WBB)
3:45pmAaron RousellBucknell (WBB) - former Chicago coach
4:00pmTim ShanahanStaten Island (WBB)
4:20Pat CunninghamTrinity (Texas) (MBB) - NABC Coach's Corner
4:50pmBubba SmithSewanee (MBB)
5:15pmBen StrongFormer Guilford All-American
5:30pmKevin ConnorsESPN SportsCenter Anchor - Ithaca alumnus
6:00pmKristen DowlingClaremont-Mudd-Scripps (WBB)
6:20pmAllison ColemanSage (WBB)
6:40pmLandry KosmalskiSwarthmore (MBB)
7:00pmDave NilandNo. 23 Penn State-Behrend (MBB)
7:20pmAaron GallettaLasell (MBB)
7:40pmJohn BaronGwynedd-Mercy (MBB)
8:00pm
8:20pm
8:40pmMelissa HodgdonWheaton (Mass.) (WBB)
9:00pmG.P. GromackiNo. 2 Amherst (WBB)
9:20pmJames Wagner
9:40pmHAPPY HOURFree-for-all of calls, tweets, and fun!

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Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: redrhino on February 03, 2016, 09:19:34 pm
Moravian made a real game of it against our Lady Royals; but that was not that much of surprise; Mary Beth Spirk gets her teams ready.

Roman and Payonk were huge again--but let's give it up for Noelle Alicea who swished four clutch free throws in overtime to seal the deal; that was big time play from a senior.

This game was a test for the Lady Royals, and they passed it.

Congrats to a feisty and talented Moravian side for responding every time--and I mean every time--the Lady Royals started to create just a little breathing room. Those were some "hungry hounds" down there in Bethlehem tonight; and they certainly won my respect even if they did not win the game. If Moravian continues to play like they did tonight, they will win out through the remainder of the regular-season schedule. They are an impressive team!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: San Juan on February 04, 2016, 12:35:27 am
Mr Redrhino. You are absolutely right about Moravian and Mary Beth Spirks getting up for this game.The problem I see is that Moravian doesn't play that way against everyone else only Scranton.I just want to give a shout out also to Pedan who did a great job when Mann was in foul trouble and also Jackie Gantz what she did on defense against McPherson I think she had 0 pts and 4 fouls it was a great team effort as always.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on February 04, 2016, 06:58:21 am
20-0. That coaching search debacle has really set back the Royals ::)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 04, 2016, 09:05:26 pm
NEPA:
And, they (UofS), are not only in trouble this year....next year will be worse!
Then again, when you're 20-0 & counting, it just may be tough to top this next season.
Anyone out there still thinking coaching doesn't make a difference?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: lefty2 on February 05, 2016, 09:06:22 am
NEPA:
And, they (UofS), are not only in trouble this year....next year will be worse!
Then again, when you're 20-0 & counting, it just may be tough to top this next season.
Anyone out there still thinking coaching doesn't make a difference?
Maybe more schools will try to copy Scranton's search philosophy.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: redrhino on February 05, 2016, 10:40:32 am
Yes, indeed-- a 20-0 record is outstanding at any level (and represents as everyone has been saying good coaching, good players, and good team cohesion). Here is the absolutely phenomenal thing about the Lady Royals remarkable tradition; this year's nationally-ranked, highly-celebrated team still needs a couple more victories to post an average win total for this program---by the way,  I have no doubt whatsoever that this team will record those victories and more.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 06, 2016, 05:05:30 pm
Lady Royals win but a very sloppy game.
Not exactly firing on all cylinders at the moment.
Stats aren't out yet but way too many open shots missed & far too many second chance shots allowed.
 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: San Juan on February 06, 2016, 06:09:51 pm
Lady Royals win by 19 and shoot 48 pct from the field.I will take that every game.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 06, 2016, 10:46:18 pm
Lady Royals win but a very sloppy game.
Not exactly firing on all cylinders at the moment.
Stats aren't out yet but way too many open shots missed & far too many second chance shots allowed.

 Yes, a bugaboo of mine - 19 offensive rebounds allowed; plenty of room for improvement, still.

Officially, they clinch a postseason conference tourney berth.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 06, 2016, 10:57:52 pm
San Juan:
Unfortunately....the Lady Royals are not going to be playing the likes of Juniata as they advance into the post season.
They need to do a better job hitting open shots, blocking out and keeping their foot on the accelerator.
Otherwise, their first loss may come at a most inopportune time.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: San Juan on February 06, 2016, 11:30:48 pm
Saratoga you are absolutely right about playing teams like Juniata in the playoffs.So the stats came out they had there worst night of shooting and still hitting 48 pct from the field. according to you.Expect some bad nights you can't win by 100 everygame.The bottom line is they are 21-0 and looking like a real contender.By the way you want to talk about bad shooting look at the ugly game Amherst 32 pct from the field and Tufts played 33pct that is ugly and Amherst lost.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: sp0rtsfan on February 08, 2016, 10:23:35 am
Make no mistake, I would love to see the Lady Royals go undefeated and win it all, however, Saratoga may be right about their past competition.  For example, I know there's a team only 2 hours away from them that would be very eager to play against and knock off the Lady Royals. FDU's Lady Devils are starting to find their way and I think their under-your-chin defense, aggressiveness, and the presence of S. Brown would more than enough to derail the Royals. Last year, Scranton beat Tufts. Who have they beaten of such caliber this season ? Then again, FDU has not beaten a premier team either.

I hope there's good weather for my pilgrimage to the Electric City this coming Saturday. Go Royals !!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: San Juan on February 08, 2016, 12:18:26 pm
Sports fan big difference this year is that we have a coach that makes adjustment in the game.Scranton has alot of match up problems for teams we play great defense 7th in the Country,on offense they are 16th;they are 3rd overall just behind Thomas More and Amherst and there sos is 68th out of 400 and some.FDU is 110 offense 67 defense 110 overall and sos 220 I think before you worry about FDU getting there hands on Scranton you should worry about winning your divison.If you don't win the Freedom you might not get in.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: San Juan on February 08, 2016, 02:09:25 pm
Since I was bored I went through the ncaa stats the ones I posted before where from Massey Ratings.This is from NCAA as of 2/4/16 Scranton scoring offense 47th 71.4per game,scoring defense 21st 51.7,field goal percentage 1st at 48.3 percent and rebound margin 22nd 9.1 so there is some stats.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: sp0rtsfan on February 08, 2016, 04:03:33 pm
Sports fan big difference this year is that we have a coach that makes adjustment in the game.Scranton has alot of match up problems for teams we play great defense 7th in the Country,on offense they are 16th;they are 3rd overall just behind Thomas More and Amherst and there sos is 68th out of 400 and some.FDU is 110 offense 67 defense 110 overall and sos 220 I think before you worry about FDU getting there hands on Scranton you should worry about winning your divison.If you don't win the Freedom you might not get in.
   San Juan: If a head to head ever happens, I agree that Scranton will probably have the edge in coaching. Also, based on the way DeSales shredded FDU in their first meeting (and the Lady Royals did the same to DeSales),  one has to wonder if the Devils will even make it to the Dance. My point is that the Purple and White have not played a team yet as quick, athletic, and aggressive as the Devils and will need to be physically tough and smart to beat them.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: San Juan on February 08, 2016, 08:25:04 pm
I guess you didn't see the Lady Royals play in Vegas or most of there games!Because Scranton is also fast with there guards and the bigs can run to.See something Scranton has is height and you can't teach height bottom line.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: San Juan on February 08, 2016, 08:27:11 pm
One other thing Scranton is very physical the stats don't lie
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 08, 2016, 11:31:42 pm
Just to make sure we're all on the same page...trust me, I love everything about the Lady Royals.

My only comment was that it appears they sometimes drift in & out of the game intensity wise & in big games, they'll need to nail the open shot a bit more than they have been.

They are currently the # 4 team in the country (when was the last time they were rated this high?), and Trevor clearly is in control of this team & does his best to keep them ready for every possession.

If they stay focused, even in the games they get a decent lead, they'll be fine.
Just need to keep running their offense & keep the defensive pressure on.

Still a lot of basketball to be played & I think the memory of blasting Catholic by about 25 in the last regular season game last year & then just 1 week later losing to the very same Cardinal team for the Landmark championship by 1 has to be on their minds.

Right now they'll be the number 1 Regional team in the Mid-Atlantic & that's exactly where you want to be this time of year so those home tournament games come your way.

They've earned everything by working exceptionally hard with fantastic leadership.
They have shown that even on some nights when the shots aren't falling, if they keep the defensive pressure on...they'll win.

Totally a team effort to get this far...a team effort to keep it going.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on February 10, 2016, 02:36:50 pm
Alright, folks -- the NCAA's first women's basketball regional rankings are posted. Check out the full list from D3hoops.com:
http://www.d3blogs.com/d3hoops/2016/02/10/first-2016-regional-rankings-released-today/
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: San Juan on February 10, 2016, 09:45:36 pm
Congratulations to Sarah Payonk for her 2nd triple double of the year and also to the whole team.Keep it up Ladies and take it one game at a time.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 10, 2016, 11:54:22 pm
 Lady Royals clinch #1 seed in conference tourney.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: lefty2 on February 14, 2016, 02:35:34 pm
The best part of coach Woodruff's interview with John Mendola yesterday was that it was on the radio.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: sp0rtsfan on February 15, 2016, 10:42:13 am
On all levels, it was a great day at the Long Center on Saturday. Although I'm still waiting for them to beat a Top 20 team, I agree with all on this board that the Lady Royals are a very good team. In my opinion, the biggest year to year improvements I noticed are: (1) Overall conditioning of the players, especially Roman; (2) The maturity level and leadership of the seniors; (3) the addition of Mann - she's a great talent.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 17, 2016, 07:39:03 pm
So far in the first half it's very clear that the Lady Royals have much, much work to do before the playoffs.
A very sloppy game with far too many unforced turnovers.
If some kids can't step up and nail some open looks, teams will start playing them 5 on 2.
Talk about playing down to the competition.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: redrhino on February 17, 2016, 09:03:39 pm
It's sad, but Saratoga is right. The Lady Royals will have to bring another level of play with them to Washington D.C. this weekend. The team's talent is evident, but focus does not seem to be there at the time of year when focus is most important.

I am sure that the team does not want to carry a perfect record all the way through the schedule only to lose it in the last regular season game. We will see how they come out against Catholic.

On the upside, Katie Feehery brought some game off the bench, 6 points, 5 rebounds, a couple of blocks in thirteen minutes of action--I like what this young women brings to the court.

Here's hoping the team regains its form against the Cardinals; they are better than Catholic but will need to be ready to play with intensity.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 17, 2016, 11:01:37 pm
 Coach Donohue has beaten Scranton a number of times with a talent disadvantage, so I look for another stern test Saturday. 9 turnovers for the regulars in half a game against MMA, 14 offensive rebounds allowed, and only 6 shots for Alexix were the major areas of concern.
 On MMA's behalf, I will say that this was the most competitive MMA team that Scranton has played. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Royals81 on February 18, 2016, 12:04:57 am
Dave,

Per your post from a few days ago on the Men's Landmark page regarding Scranton's coaching search:

"As for Scranton... I thought then, and I currently think, they handled it poorly. I think they have been saved by bringing in Dave Martin who brought in, kind of, Trevor Woodruff. If you have read the boards, you will see I have stated this often - even stated it on Hoopsville. That decision doesn't change how I felt it was working out at the beginning - or middle. And while I know Trevor is working hard at recruiting, I do worry they will have a bit of a lull."

Could you expand on your last statement?  Why do you think the Lady Royals might have a "bit of a lull" in recruiting? 
Back in September, I thought much the same but now I'm not sure how much of a recruiting dropoff will occur given Coach Woodruff's strong performance.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 18, 2016, 12:15:40 am
It was regarding comments I made last spring and summer per the slow hiring and reopening of the coach search. I fear/feared that there would be a lull in recruiting because by the time a coach got the job, the last think they would have time to focus on was recruiting. So while the team may not suffer immediately with the talent they have, they may have a few lean years to get back up and running. Not to mention the fact, the craziness of the entire hiring process had a lot of stories going around that could hurt them.

That was all before Dave Martin and then Trevor Woodruff were hired. Certainly things have changed, but the next few years will be interesting to watch. I have thought that Scranton put themselves through some unneeded challenges.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 18, 2016, 12:42:35 am
Dave,

Per your post from a few days ago on the Men's Landmark page regarding Scranton's coaching search:

"As for Scranton... I thought then, and I currently think, they handled it poorly. I think they have been saved by bringing in Dave Martin who brought in, kind of, Trevor Woodruff. If you have read the boards, you will see I have stated this often - even stated it on Hoopsville. That decision doesn't change how I felt it was working out at the beginning - or middle. And while I know Trevor is working hard at recruiting, I do worry they will have a bit of a lull."

Could you expand on your last statement?  Why do you think the Lady Royals might have a "bit of a lull" in recruiting? 
Back in September, I thought much the same but now I'm not sure how much of a recruiting dropoff will occur given Coach Woodruff's strong performance.


  In reality, Trevor has negated the reason with the visible progress and success of the season and he's expended much effort in reducing the effects of the late start, such that if the recruits choose other schools this year, it will not have been because of anything lacking in the bball program. One could even see an acceleration in recruiting in view of the most recent 2 classes that preceded him. I'm optimistic but we'll know better in September.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 18, 2016, 12:52:02 am
Clearly, Trevor has done a good job on the floor and he tells me he has been working harder than probably expected to make up the gap in recruiting. That is a good sign. The saving grace, as I have said before, is that Dave Martin and then Trevor Woodruff were hired. Too bad it took a long time of problems to get there.

Of course, they also have ronk recruiting for them... not sure that's fair in the grand scheme of things. LOL Just kidding... you are a good asset for them.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Ryan Scott (Hoops Fan) on February 18, 2016, 08:01:02 am

Christopher Newport had essentially the same timeline with their last coaching hire (interim for one year, then a late summer hire) - talking to Bill there he said they basically went two years with no recruiting at all - which is evidence in their roster now, which has zero recruited juniors or seniors.  All their minutes go to first and second year players.

Scranton's probably got a more well known name, which should help, but I too suspect a bit of a lag.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 18, 2016, 09:32:07 am

Christopher Newport had essentially the same timeline with their last coaching hire (interim for one year, then a late summer hire) - talking to Bill there he said they basically went two years with no recruiting at all - which is evidence in their roster now, which has zero recruited juniors or seniors.  All their minutes go to first and second year players.

Scranton's probably got a more well known name, which should help, but I too suspect a bit of a lag.

 Bill is a tireless recruiter; I once waited 30 mins to talk with a prospect that he got to first and finally gave up. He has a couple of my former prospects currently on his team.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on February 18, 2016, 10:51:35 am
I love my fellow Royal Faithful, but the women are 24-0 , enjoy it...I am sure they'll be up for future games. Do you have any reason to believe otherwise?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: San Juan on February 18, 2016, 02:12:55 pm
Believe me there will not be a lull at all next season or future seasons.The Lady Royals will be fine with recruits and maybe a big surprise coming in.Will not say anymore so keep thinking to yourselves there will be a lull.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 18, 2016, 06:57:03 pm
Ronk:
Just out of curiosity...what do you mean when you use the term "prospect & recruit"?
For whom?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 18, 2016, 09:05:41 pm
 Saratoga,
    I use prospect to mean a player that I'd like to see in a Scranton uniform; a recruit is a prospect that the coaching staff(W-Trevor,M-Ryan van Zelst) has contacted in a serious attempt at fulfilling that vision, whether they're my prospects or ones the coaching staff has found on their own. Recruits turn out to be successful or unsuccessful(from a Scranton standpoint) depending upon whether or not they choose Scranton. Most of the prospects choose scholarship schools(D1/D2). Early in the cycle, I generally look for someone who'll make an impact or is capable of starting; later, as those prospects choose other schools, I might add someone who's at least better than our returning reserves.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Swish3 on February 19, 2016, 09:13:09 am
ronk,

Do you tend to pursue the kids that are more talented and likely to commit to D1/2, while the coaching staff plays it a little safer and goes after the solid D3 kids? 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: redrhino on February 19, 2016, 11:01:58 am
Swish asks an interesting question, and I anxiously await Ronk's reply.

I do believe that the truly elite D3 programs put a lot of effort into recruiting lower end D1 and D2-type players, and as a quick review of the rosters of these teams show, they land a fair number of these kids. You cannot win a D3 national championship without having some D1-level players on your team.   
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 19, 2016, 12:03:37 pm
 Generally, I'd say that I've been more ambitious(or less realistic) than the coaching staff(women's) in the level of ability that I'm trying to interest in Scranton. For example, there's probably 10 playing in the Patriot League now that fall in that category.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on February 19, 2016, 12:40:32 pm
San Juan, check your PMs please.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 20, 2016, 09:19:06 am
Thanks Ronk.
I wasn't sure what the deal was as sometimes I'd see you state that one of your "prospects" was going to Amherst, one was at Lehigh etc. etc.
Hope some of your leads pay off.

I have heard that the energy Trevor has brought to the basketball program regarding his ability to contact, visit, entertain and just plain recruit is non-stop.

I'm taking a different view than dmac on the Lady Royals prospects for keeping this program moving forward.
What Trevor has done this year alone gives me all the faith in the world that this program is back and they'll be no slowing it down due to recruiting lulls.
Those gaps have already taken place by fairly low average recruiting classes the previous 4 years.
Obviously, there was some talent that was brought in in each class, but nothing like years ago when 4 or 5 really skilled kids came in each year.

Trevor has taken the best of that remaining talent and helped them get to a point where none of us thought they could ever reach.
There is no possibly way that any of us that follow this team could have ever, even in our most delusional ideation, have ever envisioned this team at the start of the year being on the cusp of an undefeated regular season.

How many of us would have jumped at the chance to be 20-5 overall at the start of the year & perhaps 13-3 in the conference?
Whatever happens from this point out is all gravy...these kids & this coach have have put together a season for the ages...and with a little luck, they could very well become the team with the longest undefeated streak at a school known for winning a few games.

Should be a playoff atmosphere at Catholic today...here's hoping these kids put it all together and keep on improving.
Huge game for both teams for both similar & different reasons.




Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: redrhino on February 20, 2016, 12:45:27 pm
Yes, Saratoga. And here is what I think may make this season "historic" in yet another way: it is pretty easy to imagine Landmark player of the year, rookie of the year, and coach of the year all going to Scranton, especially if the Lady Royals beat Catholic today--Sarah Payonk deserves POY for more than the apparent reasons; Ms. Triple-Double is as well-balanced in the components of her human character as she is on the stat sheet--she has also stepped up and become a great floor leader, and she is a presidential scholar to boot. An exceptional kid in an exceptional program.

And it seems that there would have to be a federal investigation if Mann is not ROY and Woodruff not COY (wonderful acronym).
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: lefty2 on February 20, 2016, 02:08:04 pm
I hope they don't take GPA into account for the COY.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 20, 2016, 10:37:52 pm
 Congrats to the Lady Royals defeating Catholic in perhaps their best game of the season and setting a new team record for consecutive wins from the start of the season.If Catholic beats MMA tomorrow, Catholic is the 3rd seed and Susquehanna the 4th(by winning both head-to-heads with E-town.  If Catholic loses to MMA tomorrow, Catholic will tie with Susquehanna and E-town for 3rd seed; Susquehanna gets 3rd seed with 3-1 record vs 2-2 for Catholic and 1-3 for E-town. This implies that Catholic gets the 4th seed.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: redrhino on February 20, 2016, 11:26:04 pm

Congrats to the Lady Royals on finishing the regular season undefeated. They accomplished this special feat by posting a statement win against a team that had lost just once at home this season.

Scranton certainly looked like a nationally-ranked team, shooting well over 60 percent. The Lady Royals seemed poised to launch a post-season crusade. Hope that fans turnout for Wednesday's game--the team has earned some love!

Mann again showed why she is the clear ROY. Roman was in top form; Alicea drained "dagger in your gut" threes.

Payonk for President!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 22, 2016, 08:04:27 pm
Redrhino:

If Sarah's on the ballot, she's got my vote.
In fact, even if she isn't, we'll write her in.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: San Juan on February 22, 2016, 10:40:08 pm
Red rhino I agree 100%  with everything in your post.The bench is really also playing well for the Lady Royals.Like I said they will not beat every team by 100 and I am sure everyone on this board but one thing I can say is that the difference this year is coaching.Early in the season he put these young ladies  at check and guess what it worked out for the best for the team and they bought into his system.What a difference he makes compared to last year's coach never made adjustments and never put those ladies in check.If he had Lindsay, Meredith and leah the team what have went farther then it did.One other thing he had a great core of ladies to begin with so why other people think it would be a bad year I thought differently Payonk has to be the best all around player to ever play the game wearing a Lady Royals uniform,Roman like I mentioned to the coaches last year should have been in the lineup,Gantz and Alicea what else can you say about those two great defenders and all around do the little things to win the game.Don't get me wrong they can light any team up on any given night,then we get to the freshman Mann next Halpin in the making she is just a player that never gets rattled and finally the bench Rizzo most improved player this year big lift of the bench,Pedan great point guard(I love when he brings her in and moves Mann to the 2 the lady can play ball,Oreilly pure shooter,Broderick very good player that can shoot and pass very well and Fearhy big strong girl that can hit that 10,12,14 foot shot or play underneath and the rest of the bench are freshman and they will be good under coach in another year.Hope I didn't miss anyone.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: mailsy on February 23, 2016, 12:06:50 pm
If Scranton can get through the Landmark Playoffs. Scranton fans(if the Lady Royals keep winning) could see their team thru to final four on their home court.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Ryan Scott (Hoops Fan) on February 23, 2016, 03:38:15 pm
If Scranton can get through the Landmark Playoffs. Scranton fans(if the Lady Royals keep winning) could see their team thru to final four on their home court.

Well, I think they're doing the elite eight and semifinals in one spot, with the championship in Indiana to coincide with the D1 game this year, as they did for the men a few seasons back, but point taken.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 23, 2016, 03:57:00 pm
If Scranton can get through the Landmark Playoffs. Scranton fans(if the Lady Royals keep winning) could see their team thru to final four on their home court.

Well, I think they're doing the elite eight and semifinals in one spot, with the championship in Indiana to coincide with the D1 game this year, as they did for the men a few seasons back, but point taken.

 
 No, the elite 8 are still  part of the sectionals on campus; the semis are in Columbus.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 23, 2016, 05:15:59 pm
If Scranton can get through the Landmark Playoffs. Scranton fans(if the Lady Royals keep winning) could see their team thru to final four on their home court.

As long as the men don't somehow get into a position to host the first weekend. I doubt it will be the case due to their ranking last week (and assuming this week), but I do usually like to put that out there just as a heads up.

If Scranton can get through the Landmark Playoffs. Scranton fans(if the Lady Royals keep winning) could see their team thru to final four on their home court.

Well, I think they're doing the elite eight and semifinals in one spot, with the championship in Indiana to coincide with the D1 game this year, as they did for the men a few seasons back, but point taken.

 
 No, the elite 8 are still  part of the sectionals on campus; the semis are in Columbus.

This is correct... the first two weekends of the tournament will be conducted as "normal" with two rounds of games on a school site. The final four will take place on Saturday, March 19 at Capital University - it will be conducted and treated just like any other championship weekend with a championship dinner, community service, etc. just no consolation game. And the championship will be played 16 days later in Indianapolis.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 23, 2016, 09:08:18 pm
I love the sound of hosting on back to back weekends (just like we used to), however; let's not get too far ahead of ourselves.

What transpired last season under the former staff...the one that never started one of this years more dominating inside forces, is still pretty fresh.

Still need to lace them up & play the game.

Although I will admit, even if the Lady Royals are upset along the way, I'll never leave feeling they were out-coached, out-hustled or unprepared.

That fact alone has already made this season an immeasurable pleasure regardless of where they go from here.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Royals81 on February 23, 2016, 10:24:49 pm
Saratoga,

What I remember most about last year's abbreviated post-season run by the Lady Royals - besides 2 losses by a combined 3 points on our home court - was thinking to myself - if only Sarah could have been on the court for 3 or 4 more minutes each of those games. Because of early fouls, she only played 29 minutes against Catholic (3 fouls) and 27 minutes against Eastern Connecticut (5 fouls).  Sarah's playing time last year against the better Landmark opponents was often 32 or more minutes per game.  There's no question that having Sarah on the court makes everyone better. 

I also went back to check last year's statistics based on the 2nd line of your post - very telling - Alexix had 28 GP with 0 GS.
What a difference a year makes!   
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: redrhino on February 24, 2016, 08:59:33 pm
On Saturday, Catholic will be heading to Scranton to try to re-live last season and steal yet another championship at the Long Center. Lady Royals are going to be ready this year. Oh, Boy! Get your tickets early.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 25, 2016, 12:30:09 am
 Lady Royals better be ready for Catholic; I don't think Coach Donohue played all his "Cards" in the season final against Scranton last Saturday. Look for some defensive help this time against Alexix.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: redrhino on February 27, 2016, 08:56:06 pm
Ronk,

You and I were both right. The Lady Royals were ready for Catholic; and Coach Donahuedid reduce the scoring punch of Alexix Roman with some wicked double-teams. Donahue is an excellent coach and he has a fine team.

I must now say, however, that any University of Scranton sports fan who is not proud of this Lady Royals' team needs to have his or her mental wiring checked. Catholic came out of the gate at a furious pace; and played at a level that would have plowed under a lot of teams. The U of S kids were simply superlative in the second half.

Alexix is held down a bit, so Noelle racks up 20 points, Payonk pours in mid-range the jumpers, and Mann registers 17.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is a TEAM; and one with a chemistry the likes of which the Long Center has probably not really seen before--yes, Scranton has developed teams with great chemistry in the past--but what we are seeing here is almost something uncanny, if not unprecedented, with respect to "team bond" and cohesive affection among  a family of athletes.

At the end of today's game, both coach and players shed copious tears--not just because of the win--but because they knew how special this entire enterprise has been. Certainly, the Lady Royals are very talented, and they do have a great young coach--and Scranton should receive Landmark COY, POY, and ROY honors and all of that--but the big factor in their remarkable success finally struck me today (and I must have been numb not to sense it before); the truth is simply this: teams that love, respect,  and care for each other thismuch are flat out hard to beat.[i/i]
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 28, 2016, 08:25:14 am
Redrhino:

Absolutely right on the money. Plus karma.

A wise old coach once told me that when you have a boatload of talented

& gifted athletes, they sometimes think they know the way to their destination better than the person next to them.

Unfortunately, what happens when everyone thinks they've got the answer and you've got minimal leadership, you find yourself going in 20 different directions & the boat goes around in circles.

However, when you bring in a true leader to direct that group, they'll soon see there is a correct way to get things done to the benefit of everyone, and soon you'll be sailing in the right direction from point A to point B & you'll be able to navigate all the turbulent waters that will be before you with calm and respect.

That great "old" coach also prepared Mike Strong and many years later saw those same leadership & personal qualities in Dave Martin & Trevor Woodruff & brought them into his fold.

The difference this season for the Royals, beyond the talented young ladies on the team, is the leadership & direction coming from their head coach. The players are all working together to pick each other up when some new wrinkles are thrown at them & their focus remains on the task at hand.

What these kids have accomplished this season is a thing of beauty.
What their coaching staff has accomplished is a work of art.

Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: redrhino on February 28, 2016, 12:48:59 pm
Saratoga,

Yes, Trevor Woodruff is a coaching artist--and I think he would agree that the senior leadership of Ms. Gantz and Ms. Alicea has also helped develop this team's singular bond.

As you say, it is all a thing of beauty! These Lady Royals are one of the best "all-for-one and one-for-all" sports teams I have ever seen; they would happily surrender half their hindquarters for each other--and an empathy like that is even more beautiful than a Sarah Payonk back-door pass.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: San Juan on February 28, 2016, 02:44:38 pm
I think I am the one that has been saying that all year long.So start sending karma my way lol.Go lady Royals
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: sp0rtsfan on February 28, 2016, 09:26:33 pm
The trip to Srantonia was well worth it..... The Lady Royals were pumped as were us fans...I still stand by my last assessment of this very good team: (1) Overall conditioning of the players, especially Roman; (2) The maturity level & leadership of the seniors; (3) the addition of Mann ....

Here's hoping the Purple team can fend off the giant-killers get to another Final 4...
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 28, 2016, 09:30:06 pm
 NCAA selection show @ 2:30 PM(videostreamed) tomorrow to find out who's in Scranton's pod.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 28, 2016, 11:49:59 pm
Just a guess for the sake of guessing regarding the Scranton Pod:

Game 1:
Christopher Newport...Capitol AC (at large) vs. Lehman... City Univ. of NY (Champion)


Game 2:
McDaniel...Centennial Conf. (at large) vs. Scranton...Landmark (Champion).

Regardless of who is slated to arrive, all the very best to the Lady Royals.

spOrtsfan: Right you are on the conditioning factor between this year & last.
One of the numerous positive differences!





Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 29, 2016, 01:00:42 am
Just a guess for the sake of guessing regarding the Scranton Pod:

Game 1:
Christopher Newport...Capitol AC (at large) vs. Lehman... City Univ. of NY (Champion)


Game 2:
McDaniel...Centennial Conf. (at large) vs. Scranton...Landmark (Champion).

Regardless of who is slated to arrive, all the very best to the Lady Royals.

spOrtsfan: Right you are on the conditioning factor between this year & last.
One of the numerous positive differences!

Two things:
- they won't want that many from the same region at Scranton. CNU and McDaniel along with Scranton all Mid-Atlantics. They will break that up and get more diversity.
- McDaniel has no chance of getting an at-large bid - of course, I/we (Pat and I) said that last year and were wrong, but there are four more losses this year to be pretty sure of.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 29, 2016, 03:29:16 pm
 Lady Royals host WPI and former coaches(Kate Pearson-Cabrini) and Steph Witko-Marymount asst in the other game.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on February 29, 2016, 03:42:52 pm
Lady Royals host WPI and former coaches(Kate Pearson-Cabrini) and Steph Witko-Marymount asst in the other game.

WPI seems to be a strong 1st round opponent?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 29, 2016, 04:03:11 pm
Lady Royals host WPI and former coaches(Kate Pearson-Cabrini) and Steph Witko-Marymount asst in the other game.

WPI seems to be a strong 1st round opponent?

 No, they haven't played anyone good; SOS of .463; did beat Kings by 19 on a neutral court.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 29, 2016, 04:08:34 pm
Agree.
For a undefeated host...was hoping for someone with a few more blemishes.

Oh well.

Kind of neat that a former all time great player & a former Lady Royal coach will be going head to head on Friday.

So much for Dave's suggestion that the NCAA doesn't want that many from the same Region playing at Scranton.
How does 3 of the 4 teams sound...inclusive of one we play each year?
Not feeling the diversity here, Dave.

As I said, when it comes down to the Selection Committee following their own plans...buyer beware.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 29, 2016, 04:18:10 pm
Agree.
For a undefeated host...was hoping for someone with a few more blemishes.

Oh well.

Kind of neat that a former all time great player & a former Lady Royal coach will be going head to head on Friday.

So much for Dave's suggestion that the NCAA doesn't want that many from the same Region playing at Scranton.
How does 3 of the 4 teams sound...inclusive of one we play each year?
Not feeling the diversity here, Dave.

As I said, when it comes down to the Selection Committee following their own plans...buyer beware.

 Cabrini did get moved to the Atlantic Region this year.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: San Juan on February 29, 2016, 04:44:54 pm
I am undecided!should I go to Ohio or stay home and see the Ladies.This is the part that tears me up!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 29, 2016, 05:29:17 pm
I am undecided!should I go to Ohio or stay home and see the Ladies.This is the part that tears me up!

 Looks like 1/2 hour north of Columbus - that's 7 1/2 hours for me; looks like I'll go see the ladies instead. The last 2 years, they've shown the video of the men's game in the DeNaples Center and then we walk over and watch the women play the late game. The women are the more likely to be playing the 2nd weekend, too. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 29, 2016, 05:37:18 pm
Ronk:
Same for me...I'll try & see what I can of the men's online & get to the women's game.
Good call on Cabrini now in the Atlantic.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 29, 2016, 11:48:11 pm
Actually... Cabrini has been in the Atlantic Region for a few years now... they moved the same year Catholic and half of the Landmark got put back in the Mid-Atlantic. Last season was the first with the new regional set-up, this is the second.

And the women's committee was hit or miss with their pods being creative. Some of them were very nice, some others disappointing.

It sounds like they took the part about no one who has a team involved being part of the call to the extreme. There were up to three coaches or more off the call at any one time even during bracketing (Committee Chair basically barely took part the entire night). Whereas the men didn't have one coach come off the call because none of them were involved. This is the extreme in both cases and I think it needs to be looked into. I completely understand not worrying about someone getting an unfair advantage when it comes to their own team... but to have half the committee forced off the call seems a bit too much.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 01, 2016, 12:41:37 am
Actually... Cabrini has been in the Atlantic Region for a few years now... they moved the same year Catholic and half of the Landmark got put back in the Mid-Atlantic. Last season was the first with the new regional set-up, this is the second.

And the women's committee was hit or miss with their pods being creative. Some of them were very nice, some others disappointing.

It sounds like they took the part about no one who has a team involved being part of the call to the extreme. There were up to three coaches or more off the call at any one time even during bracketing (Committee Chair basically barely took part the entire night). Whereas the men didn't have one coach come off the call because none of them were involved. This is the extreme in both cases and I think it needs to be looked into. I completely understand not worrying about someone getting an unfair advantage when it comes to their own team... but to have half the committee forced off the call seems a bit too much.

 Yes, because theoretically, everyone could be involved and forced off the call in a given year.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on March 01, 2016, 12:51:34 am
Actually, no in theory. Half of the committees are administrators and they don't carry the same rules as coaches from what I have been told. I know there was a situation last year with Randolph-Macon. I do NOT believe Jeff Burns (committee chair) was forced to remove himself if they were an at-large or during bracketing if they were involved. I believe this is the case because it is felt administrators have a more neutral point of view if they are serving on NCAA committees in the first place. They may be from a team, but they certainly have more experience and training in being bigger thinkers than just being hyper-focused on their own team. However, I do know Jeff took measures to make sure things were on the up and up and should a decision arise that could involved RMC, he chose not to participate or be a vote in the decision (per my administrators point).

Also, some administrators are actually conference commissioners... so I think the chances of having everyone off the call is not possible.

One idea I thought was in play in the past is have a second person from each RAC be the assistant representative of the region. Should the RAC chair have to be removed because their team is in "play," then have the second person step into their roll and proceed. They would have to remain up to speed on a lot of things, so this may make it too complicated to basically have a 16-person national committee, but it's an idea.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 01, 2016, 11:40:32 pm
And then there were 2:

My quote from Oct 29, 2015:

Preseason poll is out; Royals r 16th in others receiving votes. They scrimmage #5 NYU Saturday. Don't think there will be 40 teams ahead of them in the poll by the end of the season.

Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: San Juan on March 02, 2016, 05:20:09 pm
Congratulations to Payonk(poy),Mann (roy),Roman (first team)and especially to coach Woodruff named(coy) in the Landmark conference.Great job Lady Royals keep it going!!!!!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 05, 2016, 10:44:31 am
Congratulations again to the Lady Royals as they continue to roll.

Only questionable call in an otherwise flawless season is why the game is at 5:00 today rather than 7:00 like so many other schools have set their championship games??

I think it should be pretty apparent by now for anyone watching that the Royals are a much better draw for evening games.

Should they be fortunate enough to win today & host again next weekend, let's hope the
Sat. game is set for 7:00 if the Lady Royals are playing for a Final Four berth.

Otherwise, then can have the "other" two teams play at noon on Parade day for all I care.

Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on March 05, 2016, 04:10:04 pm
Scranton must have asked for the earlier time for some reason. It pretty is stated in the handbook it is to be 7pm game time. However, it is a bit of a looser definition in the women's handbook than the men's handbook. But I am pretty sure the NCAA and committee didn't ask for that time.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: San Juan on March 05, 2016, 11:13:05 pm
Dave what are the chances the Lady Royals host next week?My thoughts are they will but what are your thoughts?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on March 05, 2016, 11:29:08 pm
Actually really good... at first I thought Tufts would get it because both are #1s regionally ranked teams and I thought Tufts was a better pick... BUT CNU can't get to Tufts without a flight... so I am going with Scranton now.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: San Juan on March 05, 2016, 11:38:28 pm
Thanks Dave big weekend in Scranton this weekend with the St Patrick's day parade you will easily see at least 50 to 100 thousand people in Scranton this weekend 3rd largest parade in the country behind Boston and New York.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on March 05, 2016, 11:48:32 pm
They do it before St. Patrick's Day?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: San Juan on March 06, 2016, 08:59:31 am
Yes it is this weekend and all the bars open at 9 am wild weekend in Scranton.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on March 06, 2016, 10:40:20 am
San Juan happy you didn't travel to Ohio?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 06, 2016, 10:45:31 am
San Juan happy you didn't travel to Ohio?

 He wouldn't have missed the 10-3 lead that Scranton had. ::)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: San Juan on March 06, 2016, 11:23:44 am
I thought hard about going but I decided why go!As you know I am a big supporter of the UofS basketball programs!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: San Juan on March 06, 2016, 02:22:05 pm
Scranton host yes!!!!!!For fans coming to Scranton I advise you to call for a hotel immediately rather then wait.There will be alot of people in the city this weekend and they take up alot of hotels.If you can't find one in Scranton. Hotel location are avaliable in Montage Moutain in Moosic Clark Summit or Dickson City.The 2 that are within walking distance is Radison (old train station beautiful)Hilton right around the corner.Many great eaterys to
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on March 06, 2016, 06:59:28 pm
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- John Tauer, No. 8 St. Thomas men's coach (Pat Coleman interview)
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- Megan Haughey, Stevens women's coach
- Bob Sheldon, No. 20 Tufts men's coach

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Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on March 07, 2016, 06:02:46 pm
Another 5pm start Saturday . Most of Scranton will be passed out by then! ;D
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 07, 2016, 07:14:22 pm
Another 5pm start Saturday . Most of Scranton will be passed out by then! ;D

 Yes, if the Lady Royals are playing, it will be the 2nd parade of the day-the students trying to make their way to their seats after celebrating all day in downtown. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on March 08, 2016, 12:07:51 am
Another 5pm start Saturday . Most of Scranton will be passed out by then! ;D

There are a surprising number of games earlier than 7pm last weekend... but again, I remind you that women's basketball's handbook is not as specific with start times as the men's side. Scranton is most likely asking for these earlier times. NCAA usually just signs off on it. Check with them as to why.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Swish3 on March 08, 2016, 08:28:17 am
What's the word on the Lady Captains from the Scranton perspective, ronk?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: lefty2 on March 08, 2016, 09:23:39 am
Another 5pm start Saturday . Most of Scranton will be passed out by then! ;D

There are a surprising number of games earlier than 7pm last weekend... but again, I remind you that women's basketball's handbook is not as specific with start times as the men's side. Scranton is most likely asking for these earlier times. NCAA usually just signs off on it. Check with them as to why.

It's probably Carl Danzig's fault that the game is at 5:00.

Just to be sure, I think everyone should call Trevor to see why they chose to play at that time.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 08, 2016, 10:06:20 am
What's the word on the Lady Captains from the Scranton perspective, ronk?

     I haven't seen CNU play this year but did follow them last year when Lauren Cox was the PG. However, since this year's team is SO/FR, most of that knowledge is irrelevant.
    Have a lot of respect for Coach Broderick as an aggressive coach, both in playing and recruiting. When I met him at an AAU tourney 2? years ago, I thought his shirt said CMU(Carnegie-Mellon) instead and I introduced myself because 2 of my former prospects were starting for them(they're on the other side of this year's bracket playing Wash U), so we had a laugh over that. Once waited 30 mins to talk with a prospect that he had gotten to first. Finallly, I gave up.
     I am familiar with some of the current players(Makenzie Fancher, Jess Deguilh, Brooke Basinger).
     Expecting a good game. Enjoy the weekend in Scranton. One of the great weekends in D3(Scranton hosting the sectional NCAA and the St.Patrick's parade/celebration); we did it 3 years in a row (2005-7), but UMW spoiled the 3rd year by winning the sweet 16 game and breaking our 70? game home court streak.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Swish3 on March 08, 2016, 10:46:03 am
Lauren's at UVA now; she was pretty good, but I think Fancher is better all around, given her ability to score.  Broderick has done an excellent job, and I expect the girls to be very tough as long as he's at CNU...I have no doubt that he's a relentless recruiter, which is obviously a huge part of having a successful program.  It will be interesting to see if the young Lady Captains can sustain their level of play from last weekend and compete for forty minutes against a dominant program on their home court...since I tend to follow the men more closely, and with CNU being a recent mid-atlantic transplant, I was not aware of how special the Lady Royals program was/is.  Honestly, I think CNU is a year away from winning a game of this magnitude, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's close...I won't be there this weekend, but perhaps one day?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 08, 2016, 10:55:49 am
  It's a small world - was talking with a prospect in early January just after the Scranton men had handed CNU its only loss of the year. Didn't know it at the time but she has an older brother that plays for CNU; won't be surprised if she shows up wearing CNU next year.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Swish3 on March 08, 2016, 11:18:52 am
Interesting...well, if she's one of your prospects, she must be good, so I'm sure she'd be welcome at CNU! ;)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Ryan Scott (Hoops Fan) on March 08, 2016, 11:32:27 am

This is really going to tests Scranton's bench.  I know Trevor is a little worried about depth, especially now that they're getting into the thick of things.  One thing CNU has is a lot of bodies to throw at you - and they're tall and quick.

I'm more excited for this game than any other on Friday - men or women.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Swish3 on March 08, 2016, 01:36:07 pm
Should be a good one...are you going to be there, or just watching from home?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 08, 2016, 03:19:45 pm
Lauren's at UVA now; she was pretty good, but I think Fancher is better all around, given her ability to score.  Broderick has done an excellent job, and I expect the girls to be very tough as long as he's at CNU...I have no doubt that he's a relentless recruiter, which is obviously a huge part of having a successful program.  It will be interesting to see if the young Lady Captains can sustain their level of play from last weekend and compete for forty minutes against a dominant program on their home court...since I tend to follow the men more closely, and with CNU being a recent mid-atlantic transplant, I was not aware of how special the Lady Royals program was/is.  Honestly, I think CNU is a year away from winning a game of this magnitude, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's close...I won't be there this weekend, but perhaps one day?

 Yes, Lauren was challenged scoringwise, but I liked every other aspect of her PG play and think Scranton's chances would have been even better if she had been our PG last year, this year, and next year. SPECULATION on my part.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: San Juan on March 08, 2016, 03:28:28 pm
WPI #3 in defense Marymount #4 in defense I think they through everything and the kitchen sink against the Lady Royals and they held up pretty good against.One thing I have to say about these Royals they are tough they can go 36 to 40 minutes a game.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: San Juan on March 08, 2016, 09:12:59 pm
Ronk see you Friday would you like me to get your ticket for you?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 08, 2016, 09:19:27 pm
Ronk see you Friday would you like me to get your ticket for you?

 Thanks for the offer; I'll take a chance that it won't be a sellout and/or I'll be there early enough on Friday.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 08, 2016, 11:02:02 pm
Friday nights prime time game will present an atmosphere these kids (both teams), will remember a very long time.
Should the Lady Royals prevail, Saturday's game will provide an atmosphere that will last a lifetime.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Swish3 on March 09, 2016, 08:46:48 am
Lauren's at UVA now; she was pretty good, but I think Fancher is better all around, given her ability to score.  Broderick has done an excellent job, and I expect the girls to be very tough as long as he's at CNU...I have no doubt that he's a relentless recruiter, which is obviously a huge part of having a successful program.  It will be interesting to see if the young Lady Captains can sustain their level of play from last weekend and compete for forty minutes against a dominant program on their home court...since I tend to follow the men more closely, and with CNU being a recent mid-atlantic transplant, I was not aware of how special the Lady Royals program was/is.  Honestly, I think CNU is a year away from winning a game of this magnitude, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's close...I won't be there this weekend, but perhaps one day?

 Yes, Lauren was challenged scoringwise, but I liked every other aspect of her PG play and think Scranton's chances would have been even better if she had been our PG last year, this year, and next year. SPECULATION on my part.

High praise for Lauren, a good floor leader...not sure what prompted her to give up on basketball and transfer.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Maine 1 on March 11, 2016, 09:37:18 pm
Look like a great scene at the "U" tonight.  I remember going to the Long Center years ago when it was first built, watching some of the great Men's team that played back in the late 60s and early 70s.  I agree that the Lady Royals will remember tonight's game and now tomorrow's for the rest of their lives. I am sure the City of Scranton will be out in force to support the Lady Royals. This will be an excellent game.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 12, 2016, 08:27:24 am
Maine1:

Great game last night and now the task of taking down a really good Tufts team.
Scranton was able to set the tone early and dictate tempo & the inside/out game was working to near perfection.
Couple that with their constant man pressure & fingers crossed, they really look good.

However, tonight's another night & the challenge will certainly be formidable.

The Royals (men), certainly did have some great teams back in the 60's & 70's.
The women have always been good even when the mens program started to drop off the national scene but this year, the Lady Royals have clearly put together a season that is magical beyond many magical runs.

The old house should be rocking tonight!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Maine 1 on March 12, 2016, 09:33:53 am
Based on what I saw last night, I believe Scranton has a better balanced team. There inside player is better than North on Tufts, and Scranton has better shooters on the outside. With what will be a full house, I think Scranton will win.

I know the Scranton women have been a long-time power in D3 hoops, up there with Bowdoin, Amherst and some of the other perennial powers.

Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: redrhino on March 12, 2016, 01:43:26 pm
Maine1 and Saratoga,

I know the Lady Royals have tremendous respect for Tufts and are putting lots of thought into how they would able to counter the tremendous personnel Tufts puts on the court. The formidable Jumbos have without doubt established themselves as a national-class force in the last several seasons; they are well-coached, and they are talented. There should be a good turnout for this one.
 
By the way, I think that last night's crowd--coupled with the quality of play the fans saw--points out that Division 3 Women's basketball has to be one of the most under-rated entertainment values in sports. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Maine 1 on March 12, 2016, 07:20:38 pm
Tufts played an outstanding game tonight. In particular, Baptista dominated on both ends of the floor.  Super offensive game and great defense.  I doubt Scranton has seen that type of defense during the season.  A great Season for Scranton, but they lost to a very good team, and Baptista played a great game.  She was the difference.  Otherwise, the bigs on both teams neutralized each other
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 12, 2016, 11:52:37 pm
  Baptista was definitely the difference, especially with the 3-pt shots. Tufts' defense was very effective. There had to be a reason for them to have beaten Moravian by 20. Best wishes to them in the semis.

   Kudos to our seniors, Noelle and Jackie, for the great run and for spearheading the transition between coaches, for making lemonade from the lemons. It was a memorable season.   
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: redrhino on March 13, 2016, 12:25:47 am
Congratulations to Lady Royal seniors Noelle and Jackie; you led your team to some plateaus that no Lady
Royal team had ever achieved before--in particular, a 16-0 conference record, a 30-0 start to season. And it was all done with class and respect for the game.

Kudos to the entire team--30-1 and an Elite 8 Berth is top-of-the-charts play. You distinguished yourselves as one of the best teams in the country.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 15, 2016, 12:39:19 am
 Congrats to the Lady Royals' Mid-Atlantic Regional honors:
   COY - Trevor Woodruff
   ROY - Bridgette Mann
    POY - Sara Payonk
  1st team - Alexix Roman
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 15, 2016, 10:29:18 pm

As another season winds down, I'd just like to thank whoever it was in the U of S Administration that decided on both bringing Dave Martin in as Athletic Director & re-opening the search for the women's basketball head coaching vacancy & letting Dave lead that search.

Not only did Scranton get a fantastic person to run the entire program in Dave, but then by bringing in Trevor as head coach, that changed the entire dynamic of where this program was & where this program currently is & will be.

The growth & development of this "Team' from game 1 through game 31 was the best I've seen in well over 30 years of following the Lady Royal's.

It was an absolute pleasure to see both Jackie & Noel develop into the heart & soul of this squad & to see so many of these young ladies improve their games in so many ways.

These kids & this coaching staff gave it everything they had & just got beat by a very good team on a day the ball just never really bounced their way.
When that happens & they hit every big shot they take, they get that loose ball or make a huge stop...sometimes you just have to tip your cap, learn from it & congratulate your opponent.


The post season awards keep coming in for Sarah, Alexix, Bridgette & Trevor & what remarkable seasons they & the rest of the team have had.

I just want to stress how great it was to come to these games & see each players skill set improve dramatically throughout the season.
Trevor coached with a passion & understanding that rubbed off on his players and once they realized he knew the game like few others that have coached them, their belief in his system took off & so did their wins.

Great to see Ronk, San Juan, Jerry, Tim & Mike at the games supporting the ladies near & far.

Here's hoping the recruiting season goes well.

Ladies, thank you for all your dedication to make yourselves better & all the fantastic games you played as a team.

Coaching staff, thank you for all your hard work to make this magical season happen.

Trevor, one hell of a job.
Probably the best coaching job from start to finish few schools at any level ever get to experience.
You took these kids to heights they may have only dreamed of.

All the best to the Seniors as they now get ready for the next big game before them.

Can't wait till October!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: sp0rtsfan on March 22, 2016, 11:40:37 am
Here ends another successful year for our Lady Royals. Not to be grim, but although I could not be there to see the game against Tufts, I did leave my Mom's death bed to watch them on my home computer and see them tie up the game in the 4Q. I think it was right after Tuft's Lee hit the 3 pointer that I received the call that my Mom's "life" game clock just timed out and I needed to get back to her house. Of course I was sad that our girls didn't get the win, however, the death of a "Mom" will always put everything in perspective.

On a final note, for me, the classy sportsmanship and dignity that our Lady Royals show every year on the court means just as much as their perennial success with raking up wins and NCAA tournament appearances.

May all posters have a great Easter and Holiday weekend, and please, keep us updated on new hoops news. 

Peace Out !
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 22, 2016, 04:51:34 pm
Here ends another successful year for our Lady Royals. Not to be grim, but although I could not be there to see the game against Tufts, I did leave my Mom's death bed to watch them on my home computer and see them tie up the game in the 4Q. I think it was right after Tuft's Lee hit the 3 pointer that I received the call that my Mom's "life" game clock just timed out and I needed to get back to her house. Of course I was sad that our girls didn't get the win, however, the death of a "Mom" will always put everything in perspective.

On a final note, for me, the classy sportsmanship and dignity that our Lady Royals show every year on the court means just as much as their perennial success with raking up wins and NCAA tournament appearances.

May all posters have a great Easter and Holiday weekend, and please, keep us updated on new hoops news. 

Peace Out !

sp0rtsfan,
  Sorry to hear about your mom. My college classmate, former Scranton Mayor Jim McNulty, died the Wednesday before the sectional round so I was going to attend the wake if it had been Friday or Saturday while I was in town for the bball. However, it was Sunday and I had to be back home for my grandsons' Confirmation that day.
  The Lady Royals did have a remarkable season and, with us at the midpoint timewise(not effortwise) of the recruiting cycle, I would characterize it as promising. Hope to be able to upgrade that view in May when the commitments have been made.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: sp0rtsfan on March 23, 2016, 10:06:45 am
Thanks, Ronk. I always do my best to talk up the hoops program to the HS talent we have here in north/central NJ. The U.'s popularity seems to be catching on around here and I'm hoping it will extend to the local hoopsters.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on March 23, 2016, 12:18:41 pm
Yes, sorry to hear about your Mom puts things into perspective. Sports can provide a good distraction..
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 23, 2016, 12:49:01 pm
Thanks, Ronk. I always do my best to talk up the hoops program to the HS talent we have here in north/central NJ. The U.'s popularity seems to be catching on around here and I'm hoping it will extend to the local hoopsters.

 Good job! That area is probably  Scranton's 2nd most fruitful area for bballers(after suburban Philly) and it's becoming more so for the men's team.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: redrhino on March 23, 2016, 01:16:25 pm
The D3 Hoops All-American selections are out, and congrats to the Lady Royals once again.

Getting one of your players onto an All-American list is a huge point of pride; getting TWO on the list is enough to make you cry.  Only number one Thomas More joined the Lady Royals in receiving two All-American nods.

All hail Sarah and Alexix!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: sp0rtsfan on March 24, 2016, 12:04:27 pm
Yes, sorry to hear about your Mom puts things into perspective. Sports can provide a good distraction..

Thanks, NEPAFAN. The last time my mom was in Scranton, Linden Street was still a traffic thruway cutting into campus. However, I kept her aware of new postings over the years.   
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 26, 2016, 01:54:19 pm
spOrtsfan:

I certainly echo the sentiments & condolences already offered.
Hold on to all those great memories.
Hang in there.
All the best to you & your family.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: sp0rtsfan on March 28, 2016, 10:26:57 am
Thank you, Saratoga. Thank God we have sports as a diversion.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on July 07, 2016, 09:43:00 am
  Lady Royals will be playing Kings and Wilkes as part of a women's version of the Cross-county Challenge rather than separate scheduling of the past.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on July 13, 2016, 07:52:48 pm
Lady Royals' schedule is now posted on web site.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: gordonmann on August 13, 2016, 02:57:25 pm
Interesting hire at Drew on an interim basis:

http://www.d3hoops.com/notables/2016/08/drew-olenowski-hire
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on August 13, 2016, 05:02:29 pm
Interesting hire at Drew on an interim basis:

http://www.d3hoops.com/notables/2016/08/drew-olenowski-hire

 Coach Olenowski recruited Scranton Katie O'Reilly's younger sister(Kellyanne) for him at Manhattan but wasn't rehired; instead he'll be coaching against Katie.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on September 22, 2016, 09:01:01 pm
The Lady Royal recruits for this season are now listed on the Scranton web site.
Some really great kids coming in to go with the upperclassmen that are already extremely well established.
Given the talent level of some of the kids I'm somewhat familiar with, to say that Trevor had a pretty good haul for coming into this group late in the game would be a huge understatement.
Not sure how you top 30-1 but they are loading up.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: mailsy on September 23, 2016, 09:06:09 am
The Lady Royal recruits for this season are now listed on the Scranton web site.
Some really great kids coming in to go with the upperclassmen that are already extremely well established.
Given the talent level of some of the kids I'm somewhat familiar with, to say that Trevor had a pretty good haul for coming into this group late in the game would be a huge understatement.
Not sure how you top 30-1 but they are loading up.
Sure you do 'toga. 32-1 and a national championship! With their only loss to Cabrini  ;D
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on September 23, 2016, 07:00:44 pm
Mailsy:

I'll take that in a heartbeat.
We do we sign up?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on October 25, 2016, 11:39:55 pm
 Lady Royals' roster is now posted on web site.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on October 26, 2016, 07:02:05 pm
Ronk:

Are you sure?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on October 26, 2016, 08:47:14 pm
Ronk:

Are you sure?
yes, as of 8:44 pm; there was a correction made today; maybe it was unavailable for the change when u checked. There's a pic of 10 of them(including all 5 frosh) on their twitter web site attending tonite's volleyball game.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on October 26, 2016, 09:19:59 pm
Still nothing on the womens basketball site regarding team picture & full roster bio.
All that's there is a picture of a few kids attending a volleyball game.
The mens 2016/17 team picture & roster has been up for about a week.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on October 26, 2016, 10:27:28 pm
Still nothing on the womens basketball site regarding team picture & full roster bio.
All that's there is a picture of a few kids attending a volleyball game.
The mens 2016/17 team picture & roster has been up for about a week.

 Literally, it was just the roster, no bio or team photo; the pic is of 10 of the 16 team members including the 5 frosh.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: gordonmann on October 27, 2016, 12:08:36 am
Preseason women's poll released. Scranton No. 5

http://d3hoops.com/top25/women/2016-17/preseason
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on November 15, 2016, 09:19:20 pm
How is today's NCAA release about Thomas More & a certain player not the least bit surprising?
Their inaction in self reporting took the chance of another school celebrating a National Championship right off the table.
They should have been hit with a 4 year post season ban.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on November 16, 2016, 02:04:13 pm
How is today's NCAA release about Thomas More & a certain player not the least bit surprising?
Their inaction in self reporting took the chance of another school celebrating a National Championship right off the table.
They should have been hit with a 4 year post season ban.

First let's point out this is the first time Division III basketball has had a title vacated.

Second, a post-season ban seems pretty extreme, especially for four years, because an assistant coach who had been friends with Sydney Moss since she was my daughter's age tried to help her out post-op. This wasn't a "stay at my house because you can't afford the rent" situation. This was a "stay at my house because I am worried about your safety both because you are not able to move around easily and you live in a tough neighborhood" situation. The assistant coach thought like friend, not as a coach. Moss had been living on her own previously and after the fact.

The screw-up came when the head coach learned about the situation and instead of defering above him to his AD and compliance people and thought he knew the rules well enough to deem it okay. Furthermore, they screwed up because she stayed there probably longer than she should and truly became part of the family, babysitting, borrowing the car, etc. That's where the school and the assistant coach screwed up.

This isn't an effort to recruit Moss to the team and gain an advantage in having her stay - she was already staying and she had no plans to leave. This isn't an effort to help pay the rent or give her a break, she was already paying the rent and went back to paying the rent until this very day. As one former coach told me and I am paraphrasing quite a bit, this is when a coach tried to do best for a student for personal reasons and got screwed because the entire NCAA lives under the rules of Division I.

That said, yes there are rules and the school, head coach, and assistant coach screwed up. However, they were not trying to gain an advantage and I feel the assistant coach was clearly trying to look out for someone he knew very well and probably thought of as a daughter. That makes this situation sad.

To lose the entire season, to me, seems extreme. I have to keep researching the answer, but to declare Moss ineligible for the entire season when she may have only been eligible for the first semester seems extreme (I am not saying it is warranted, I just haven't read enough to make a determination). But at the same time, that is a HECK of a penalty. Lose the season and lose the schools first national championship. You want to tack on a four-year post-season ban? Hurt the next four years of student-athletes for a personal mistake? Seriously?

I will also contend, this is awfully harsh a penalty when compared to the Baruch case. There you had a college vice-president and a head coach PURPOSELY alter or forge in-state residence information to allow students to get discounts or even be allowed to attend the college in the first place with the sole idea that they needed to be a more competitive women's basketball team (and other sport). You had them both conspire to get these SAs jobs they were not qualified for or even had to apply for just to give them money so they would stay at the college. There are plenty of other infractions that were done on purpose. Not for the betterment of the student-athlete, but for the betterment of the program(s) and make them more competitive and even compete for national championships. They got a two-year (or one, forgetting) post-season ban, but they didn't have to vacate any games which means they keep their conference titles and NCAA tournament records. The records of those players are still intact because they were not, for some reason, ruled ineligible.

I had a problem with this Baruch case from the get-go where it seemed they got off light. Now the Thomas More case comes down and they are slammed for what by all appearances was a personal mistake based on trying to help a fellow human-being out... versus trying to circumvent the rules gain an advantage. TMC didn't gain an advantage. Moss was going to be on the team the next year no matter where she stayed as she recovered.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on November 16, 2016, 07:21:56 pm
Wouldn't it be convenient if all assistant coaches had star players living at their homes, providing services for the family & getting free room & board plus the use of the family pickup?
I believe Kean was hit with a 3 year post season ban when their head coach gave free A's to kids that didn't even have to show up for class.
 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on November 16, 2016, 10:03:02 pm
The Kean case was far more complicated than that. A class was created for the team and the team only that gave them free As (or at least high grades). The class was based on a foreign trip the team had taken. There was also grade changing taking place with other classes. The coach basically had the academic side of the school do whatever she wanted. Then when the AD self-reported it and moved it up the food-chain two or three times, he was "fired" (let go, didn't renew his contract), but the coach kept her job until about 11 games into the season that followed the investigation that was already underway.

Also, there was improper use of financial aid going to the team AND to other student-athletes at an unbelievably high rate.

Saratoga - I will also follow up that nothing the assistant coach did was to benefit the player in terms of money and food. She was already living on her own and she was already feeding herself. There was a prior relationship with her from her early playing days and he tried to help her post-op. Apparently the neighborhood she was living in isn't the greatest in terms of crime and being hobbled on one leg apparently was a concern of his. He suggested she move in to help her out. After eight months, she was back living on her own and does until this day. You can keep being sarcastic or mean-spirited, but this didn't benefit the team. Moss wasn't going anywhere. This didn't entice her to stay. The NCAA and Florida had forced her to look for a school not in Division I for the rest of her career. She chose TMC and wasn't going to be leaving. Her rehab and playing wasn't affected by him providing her a place to stay. She wasn't on campus in the first place and she apparently didn't ask to live with him because she couldn't afford it. She has no family in the area and he was trying to be her family. I am not in anyway obsolving TMC for their mistakes - they screwed this up big time, but the mean-spirited and attacks I have heard on TMC and Moss over the years and especially now are appalling. This division celebrates the student-athlete and those who choose to go to class (which she did), get good grades (which she did), be their own person (which she is), while also playing a sport (which she did). I am not sure why we look to now tear someone down for doing what ever other student-athlete does in this division. A mistake was made, but not for the reasons people want them to be... but for the reasons we try and help our fellow man. The school is paying the consequences because no one checked to make sure it was or was not okay... not because someone cared.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on November 17, 2016, 09:23:11 pm
Dave,

Let's clear a few things up.

* Not being sarcastic or mean spirited...simply stating that a coach & his entire staff made a dumb move by not self reporting the circumstances.
Each & every coach has to go through the handbook & test on various aspects.
How this infraction made it through the entire athletic dept. is hard to fathom.

*Mean spirited attacks on the school & player???
I've never said boo about that school or the player until the other day & what I said was it wasn't surprising given what some others with a closer view of the school have noted in previous years.

*As far as taking it out on kids that had nothing to do with the infractions...isn't that how the NCAA operates?
How many kids at Penn State had anything to do with Sandusky and his perversions?

Coaches are human & can screw up...what I've witnessed is that when the school realizes that & self reports with a corrective action plan, the sanctions are much less severe.

There was a breakdown somewhere at More & yes...this current crop of players will pay the price.

Just how the NCAA rolls.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on November 27, 2016, 10:11:56 pm
Not a bad weekend for the Lady Royals.
Their starters barely average 20 minutes in each game yet they defeat Kings & Wilkes by an average of 40 points.
Their inside/out game is a pleasure to watch.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on November 30, 2016, 09:16:53 pm
 Lady Royals struggle @ Neumann 66-61; close the entire game with some lead changes. smaller, quicker  Neumann outrebounded the Royals but Bridgette Mann hit 12 straight FTs to win the game. Sarah with an uncharacteristic poor shooting game; she appeared to be about 3 feet beyond her normal shooting range. Alexix with a lane violation seconds into the 3rd quarter and was benched for rest of the quarter. Still a work in progress.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on November 30, 2016, 09:43:47 pm
They seemed to rush shot after shot as opposed to their normal passing the extra pass for a better shot approach.
These games will happen, can't win by 40 every night.
Some kids look a little sluggish, not sure if any are sick.
Defensively, Scranton was getting beat time and again off the dribble & they just didn't look comfortable out there.
Hope this game brought them back to earth a little.
Credit to Neumann (kids & coaching staff), they did just about everything they could to make the Lady Royals play their game.
The longer you let huge underdogs hang around, the more their confidence will grow & you'll end up in a game like this where the outcome is up for grabs.
I'll still take an ugly win over a pretty loss any day.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: augie on December 03, 2016, 07:07:02 pm
Nice win for the Lady Royals against Neumann (tough game )and Juniata which never quit and I respect there heart.Things I took out of the last Two games Coach not happy with Payonk and Roman at Neumann sat out most of the 3rd period except a minute and Mann was under the weather a little bit but scored 25 and 19 tonight.There is some work to be done starting 2 freshman 1 sophomore 2 seniors.I noticed that there is another Freshman MacKenzie Mason who I think is a pretty good player and in my eyes should start until Julia Gantz gets back.She is 5'11 and plays great defense gets rebounds and she can score you can not keep sending someone out there that gives you 0 pts an a game if that is the case play 4 on 5 because that is what they are doing not getting production out of that 3rd spot it is hurting the Lady Royals.But they are 7-0 when that player comes back to fill that spot in January look out she had great statistics at Bloomsburg and also Rookie of the year in that league pretty good I would say.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: augie on December 06, 2016, 01:01:21 am
Nice Lady Royals moved up to 3rd got 1 vote for first place.I think that is what it means not sure but someone gave them a vote which is nice out of those top 4 teams there is only one team that beat a top ten teams or played a top ten team and that is Scranton the other teams like( dick vital )would say cupcake city baby.Not saying nothing bad about the voters but 7 games in not one team other then Scranton played and beat a top ten team.So keep that in mind like the cfs did with Ohio state in football.Just a thought for voters to take into consideration and it was on Rochester home floor you know that powerhouse conference.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on December 06, 2016, 10:10:58 pm
If, and this is a huge IF....

The Lady Royals run the table in the regular season as they did last year, if my math is correct, they will earn the programs 1,000 victory in their last game of the season vs. Goucher.


If they can pull that off, it would be a pretty neat way to enter the post season.

Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on December 18, 2016, 03:54:49 pm
The holiday break for some teams has started and for others is about to begin. Where does everyone stand? What have we learned as we finish the first "half" of the season? On Sunday's edition of Hoopsville, Dave talks to some teams who are making waves early and takes the pulse of the season so far.

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- Dan Raymond, Ithaca women's coach
- Marc Brown, New Jersey City men's coach
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Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 02, 2017, 10:40:45 pm
I realize the all important NCAA Regional Rankings are still a month away but if they were coming out this week, they might look like this:

1. Scranton (11-0)
2. Christopher Newport (11-0)
3. Mary Washington (11-0)
4. Messiah (11-0)
5. E-town (10-1)
6. Dickinson (8-1)
7. Susquehanna (10-1)
8. Catholic (9-2)

I think at some point Messiah needs to start getting someones attention that votes.
They are very quietly, methodically & efficiently taking the opposition apart.

With Texas Tyler & Albright picking up their third losses already, time for the Falcons to start moving up.

Regarding Scranton, looks like their highly touted DII ROY transfer will not be suiting up this season as her summer knee injury has not progressed to where it needs to be for her to safely play right now.
Could have been a huge X factor heading into league play...now it's up to other kids to step up & give the Lady Royals some valuable minutes.

E-town & Susquehanna off to their best starts in several years & before it's all over, don't be surprised to see Muhlenberg win the Centennial.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 02, 2017, 11:04:05 pm
I realize the all important NCAA Regional Rankings are still a month away but if they were coming out this week, they might look like this:

1. Scranton (11-0)
2. Christopher Newport (11-0)
3. Mary Washington (11-0)
4. Messiah (11-0)
5. E-town (10-1)
6. Dickinson (8-1)
7. Susquehanna (10-1)
8. Catholic (9-2)

I think at some point Messiah needs to start getting someones attention that votes.
They are very quietly, methodically & efficiently taking the opposition apart.

With Texas Tyler & Albright picking up their third losses already, time for the Falcons to start moving up.

Regarding Scranton, looks like their highly touted DII ROY transfer will not be suiting up this season as her summer knee injury has not progressed to where it needs to be for her to safely play right now.
Could have been a huge X factor heading into league play...now it's up to other kids to step up & give the Lady Royals some valuable minutes.

E-town & Susquehanna off to their best starts in several years & before it's all over, don't be surprised to see Muhlenberg win the Centennial.

 Your analysis looks fine to me; I'd just add Moravian and Marymount on the edge of joining that group.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 02, 2017, 11:17:25 pm
Ronk:

Absolutely.

Two weeks from now after 4 or 5 league games are in the books, this may look a little different.

By the time Feb. rolls around & the first Regional is actually released, there could be a serious reshuffling of many of these very same teams.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: gordonmann on January 03, 2017, 10:56:22 am
Our new Top 25 was posted late last night, but Messiah is now in it.

http://www.d3hoops.com/top25/women/2016-17/week5
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 04, 2017, 09:17:46 pm
Glad they're finally noticed.
They'll be even higher by next week.
With the exception of the game at Albright to end the regular season, I see no other school in their conference giving them a serious battle.
They could run the table.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on January 04, 2017, 10:12:15 pm
Glad they're finally noticed.
They'll be even higher by next week.
With the exception of the game at Albright to end the regular season, I see no other school in their conference giving them a serious battle.
They could run the table.

And that... is the official jinx. Can't tell you how many times either a team gets ranked... or someone calls for the chance of a table run... that a team then takes a loss.

In this conference, I think it is a stretch to say Messiah can get past Stevenson or Albright alone and assume a win. Heck, Messiah hasn't played either team this season. That's four games alone starting this Saturday with Stevenson. And they still have Lycoming who is having a good season... and who knows if they overlook anyone else.

Awfully early to call for a run of the table in a conference that has proven to be very difficult.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 04, 2017, 10:58:56 pm
They've already crushed Lycoming 83/42.
Even when they play in Billport, I don't see the Lady Warriors flipping 41 points.

That conference is overall very weak and I still contend that barring any serious injuries, Messiah is the best in the Commonwealth this season & they have more than enough talent to be undefeated by the time they roll into Reading.

Statistically speaking, much easier for you to predict a loss or two along the way.

I'll stick with my original "jinx".

I have no horse in this race, just want to see good teams get the credit they deserve.

Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: augie on January 05, 2017, 08:46:33 pm
Saratoga; Alvernia 0-13 will be the one to beat Messiah (joking)How long before that job is opened again for a Head Coach.Also heard Abington Heights is looking for a Womens Head coach she is 2-8 (Karma is great)I'm all smiles and you know why!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: gordonmann on January 11, 2017, 01:44:06 pm
This week's Around the Region catches up with the Lady Royals.

http://www.d3hoops.com/columns/around-the-region/mid-atlantic/2016-17/scranton-flush-with-talent

I watched them play Stockton earlier this year and they look really, really good.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 11, 2017, 05:07:51 pm
This week's Around the Region catches up with the Lady Royals.

http://www.d3hoops.com/columns/around-the-region/mid-atlantic/2016-17/scranton-flush-with-talent

I watched them play Stockton earlier this year and they look really, really good.

 Nice report,especially the quotes from Woodruff and Mann. "No garbage time in good programs" - I like that.
  The Lady Royals have been tested already a few more times than last year. Neumann, for example, hasn't played as well since as they did in extending Scranton 3 weeks ago. And, luckily, they avoided the injury bug last season that has popped up twice this year(Julia Gantz and Emily Sheehan). Still a work in progress.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: gordonmann on January 11, 2017, 05:40:53 pm
I was really impressed when I watched them play Stockton online. More balanced scoring than a year ago, more depth. I think the Top 5 programs -- and maybe a couple others -- are really, really good this year. I don't remember recent years where the top of Division III women's basketball was as strong as it is right now.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 11, 2017, 09:02:38 pm
Gordon:

I agree...nice article on a great group of kids & a coach that keeps them focused.

Two serious injuries to starters but as the saying goes...one door closes & another opens up for someone else.

One game at a time.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 11, 2017, 09:19:28 pm
 Another tester tonite for the Lady Royals as they come back from 8 down to defeat Susquehanna, despite Susque playing w/o arguably their best player, Angie Schedler, out 4 the past 3 weeks. Congrats to Susquehanna Coach Reed for the novel defense, man-to-man on Sarah Payonk and a 1-3 zone on the rest to contest Alexix Roman. It was very effective and if Bridgette Mann had shot tonite like she did this past Saturday(2-15), the Lady Royals would have been in big trouble. But, she was normal Bridgette(8-14) and pulled Scranton through. Kudos also to Katie Broderick(7 pts and 6 assists) and Denise Rizzo for a good limited-time performance.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: augie on January 11, 2017, 10:49:11 pm
Wait a minute they didn't play man on Payonk everytime she touch the ball she was double team just like Roman.The problem the lady Royals are having in my eyes is that their offense is very stagnant right now.I think Trevor knows that because he was trying to get them to move the ball all night sitting right across from him.Another thing when your ranked you have to play your A game every night because every team throws the kitchen sink at you.Believe me one of Scrantons best players was off tonight so just image if she was on it would also be a different outcome.So let's ni use that analysis.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on January 13, 2017, 12:29:05 am
Usually I make sure to alert people of who is on Hoopsville prior to the show. Unfortunately, Thursday was a challenge production wise and I was a bit distracted. So, I hope you don't mind finding out after the fact considering you can watch the show On Demand or listen to the podcast(s).

As the season turns from the first to the second half, we are starting to see which teams are doing more than just getting off to good starts. Now conference races are starting to take shape and we get an idea of how the rest of the season may play out.

On Thursday's edition of Hoopsville (http://www.d3hoopsville.com), Dave chatted with several coaches whose teams are either leading their conferences or in the battle for first place. Are these teams going to still be near the top come late February? What do they have to do to maintain their level of success. Dave even hit the road to Washington, DC to chat with several of his guests.

Dave also talked to a coach who now has the second-most wins in Division III history. Wooster's Steve Moore won his 787th (700th at Wooster) Wednesday night. Moore joined Dave in the NABC Coach's Corner to discuss the incredible milestone and all the milestones along the way.

You can watch Hoopsville On Demand or listen to the podcast by downloading it from SoundCloud and iTunes by clicking here: http://www.d3hoops.com/hoopsville/archives/2016-17/jan12

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Guest appearances (in order):
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- Kevin Kovacs, Gallaudet men's coach
- Matt Donohue, Catholic women's coach
- Chuck Winkelman, Calvin women's coach
- Dale Wellman, Nebraska Wesleyan men's coach

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Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 18, 2017, 08:57:39 pm
  Lady Royals cruise on the road over Moravian 76-55. Sarah with a triple double, Alexix, a double-double, and Katie Broderick with 3-4 3-pters, 4 rebs, 3 assists, and a great defensive job on McPherson(5-19). Catholic up next. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 18, 2017, 09:45:21 pm
The Lady Royals looked like they didn't even break a sweat tonight.
Very efficient game plan & the kids executed it perfectly.
Still some very tough games ahead but this was pretty impressive.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: augie on January 18, 2017, 10:42:24 pm
How many teams can say that two of there players in the same game had a Triple Double( Payonk and a Double Double Roman) in my lifetime and I watched alot of basketball i have never seen it! Congratulationso ladies very impressive.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 18, 2017, 11:19:47 pm
 According to the recap of tonight's game, Sarah now has half(3 of 6) of the recorded triple-doubles in Lady Royals history. She's been doing it all from her 1st college game when she debuted with back-to-back double-doubles in the tipoff tourney against Montclair St(top 10 team) and Washington College. Even I was unprepared for such a performance, even though I had seen her play 10 AAU games 2 summers previous while evaluating 1 of her teammates(who went D1). Reconsidering, I concluded that the reason was that most of those AAU games were against lower-D1 players.
  The 1st thing I told Coach Woodruff when I met him that September as he was beginning his Scranton coaching career was that he was going to enjoy coaching Sarah; she enables everyone she plays with to play better.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: augie on January 18, 2017, 11:35:06 pm
 Ronk In your lifetime of watching basketball did you ever witnessed what I did tonight a Moravian (Payonk triple double-Roman double double)on the same team in the same game?So true just watching this team play I thought it was going to be like a really close game.But we won by 21at Moravian.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 19, 2017, 12:01:49 am
Ronk In your lifetime of watching basketball did you ever witnessed what I did tonight a Moravian (Payonk triple double-Roman double double)on the same team in the same game?So true just watching this team play I thought it was going to be like a really close game not win by 21at Moravian.

 Augie,
  Don't remember any such combo in the past, at least on the same team; usually, rebounds and points by one interfere with a teammate accumulating them, also.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 19, 2017, 03:26:25 pm
How many teams can say that two of there players in the same game had a Triple Double( Payonk and a Double Double Roman) in my lifetime and I watched alot of basketball i have never seen it! Congratulationso ladies very impressive.

 After a booth review of Sarah's 2 previous triple-doubles from last season, the one against Catholic(almost a year ago to the day) also had a double-double by Jackie Gantz and 1 rebound shy of a double-double for Alexix. And, it is strongly believed that Augie was there. ;D I didn't remember it myself before the check.
  There was a quad-double by an NJAC player maybe 2 seasons ago that I found going through box scores at that time but no one made much of it because the fourth double was a negative one(turnovers). :-[
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: augie on January 21, 2017, 04:12:53 pm
Scranton loses at home to Catholic in OT.Differents between the elite teams Amherst, Tufts,Thomas More is when the challenge comes to them they wakeup to the challenge.Congratulations to Catholic out hustled Scranton out Coached them and out performed them bottom line.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on January 21, 2017, 07:36:06 pm
50 regular season wins in a row. Can't win em.all. Time to start a new streak.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 21, 2017, 09:15:18 pm
 Lady Royals are still a work in progress. They have to learn how to get by when their prime shooter is off or contested like today and that some passes should be avoided against excellent defensive teams. Avoiding turnovers becomes paramount at that level of play. Could have happened 2 weeks ago in E-town when they won by only 1.
 Have to give a lot of credit to Catholic in general and DeSantis, Smith, and my 'buddy' Launi, in particular. Bernadette played for my in-town school(Good Counsel) and I interested her in Scranton and was there when she got her letter of acceptance, but she chose Catholic instead and played almost flawlessly today. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: augie on January 21, 2017, 11:19:36 pm
Ronk not to be sarcastic 17 games in should not be a work in progress this late in the year!If it is Big Problems then for the Lady Royals.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 22, 2017, 12:06:09 am
Augie,
  I'd say it's only been a 2 or 3 game season(today, Susquehanna, maybe Rochester). as far as playing good defenses that one will encounter in the NCAA tourney(think E. Connecticut that upset them 3 years ago or Tufts last year). Still have 2 more such games in the conference 2nd half to tweak the offense.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 22, 2017, 10:07:07 am
A few years back Jay Bilas made the comment that just because a team is shooting well from the outside it doesn't mean that by switching to an active zone will play into that teams hand.

He went on to describe that the reason the guards in that game were so wide open was because they were quicker than the other teams and they were doing two things:

*Driving past the other teams guards and dishing to the wings for wide open looks or

*Driving past the guards on great picks being set & going right in for layups.

Prior to the start of the second half he suggested if the team with the slower guards made the adjustment & went to a 2/3 or a variation of that (2-1-2), it would take away the driving lanes, they couldn't flood one side & then off picks have their quicker guards going one on one for layins & it just might buy the other team a little time to get their legs back under them as they didn't have to chase people quicker than they all over the place.

Moral of the story...the other team did go to a 2/3, it worked & that really solidified to me that if he wasn't having so much fun doing what he's doing as a color analyst, Bilas would probably be one very good coach.

Watching yesterday's game certainly made me think back to that game as the Scranton guards were getting beat off the dribble pretty much all day.
Looked just like the Neuman & Elizabethtown games.

On the other hand, even with the fact that Catholic was quicker & not just first half quicker, they were all game quicker...the Lady Royals still could have won this.

They played bad D at times, kept getting picked off on screens, missed some open shots & had far too many turnovers.

Beyond that, Catholic played probably as great a first half as they are capable of.
Open 3's, they nailed them.
Create a shot with the shot clock nearing zero, done.
Loose balls...theirs.
Second chance shots on rare misses...theirs.
Blow by Scranton's guards for layups...ditto.
Coach Donahue clearly had his kids sold on his game plan & it worked.

On the Scranton side...their kids made a fantastic effort and almost pulled it off considering they were not firing on all systems.
Both Sarah & Alexix made clutch free throws at the end of regulation & I thought when Peden entered the game she was able to match the speed of Catholic's guards & she gave the Lady Royals some very nice minutes & allowed Bridgett to move around to find her spots.

Unfortunate loss because you want to clearly be the best in your Region for the NCAA committee.
Back to the drawing board & just work on getting even better & starting another winning streak...about all you can do unless you just want to feel sorry for yourself.

Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 22, 2017, 05:23:10 pm
Saratoga,
   There's food for thought in your words. We'll see what adjustments are made for round 2 in 3 weeks. We could see how quick with their offhand the Cards' guards are if they're overplayed to their strong hand. Or, maybe a box-and-one on DeSantis til Reynolds can show that she can make more than a layup. Smith and Launi can make 3s, so they can't be left alone.
   We're talkin basketball now; hasn't happened in the Landmark in a while.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 28, 2017, 03:23:22 pm
Holy cow....

Still 5 minutes left in the Scranton/E-town game but something happened to this team after their road win at Moravian.

Actually, they now look like a team that should have a record of 4-13.

Look like most have never played the game.

No changes on defense, predictable & soft.

Offense is stagnent...bounce, bounce, bounce.

Haven't seen a crisp pass in 3 weeks.

Teams are giving a certain player 15' to shoot & instead of driving in for a 10 footer, she's going for the bait...and missing.

No hustle, no sense of urgency, no press to create turnovers...playing without a passion for the game.

Sad to see...right now...they are no longer locks to win the Landmark.

Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: augie on January 28, 2017, 03:39:59 pm
Coach Woodruff has lost this team.I have never seen Senior leadership like this team has just no leaders.They are so out of it.When you turn the ball over 13 times in the first half and coming from your players and nothing changes I believe the team is not responding to Coach Woodruff.Saratoga what happened since the Moravian game?Many of things happened when Mann is getting harrased and very well guarded your other guards have to step up (Not Happening)Not driving to the basket to create and help open the floor.My final thought this team is very lazy and nobody hustles for loose balls bottom line.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: lefty2 on January 28, 2017, 08:56:52 pm
I guess a 47-3 record doesn't buy as much leeway as it used to.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on January 28, 2017, 09:15:04 pm
I guess a 47-3 record doesn't buy as much leeway as it used to.

Yeah really!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 28, 2017, 11:14:24 pm
Teams get in funks & the opposition is always looking for that chance to knock off those sitting on top.

Kind of where we are right now with the Lady Royals.

They have had their struggles at times this year but certainly have the ability, talent & coaching to turn this around...(see Duke).

A little more intensity & fight on the defensive side may make take away some of the easy baskets they're currently allowing & slow down the process of playing from behind.

Forget about this one, focus on a good Moravian team coming in & when that ones over, go get Juniata.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 28, 2017, 11:23:24 pm
 And some kudos on the positive side to the execution by E-town(coach and players), especially the all-around performance by Emily Martin.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on January 29, 2017, 11:27:15 am
Someone comes in a posts something like "lost the team" as a guest... you can pretty much chalk that up to a troll. Might as well just ignore them. Those who are smarter than that know better than those statements.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on January 30, 2017, 12:24:04 am
Nobody posts as a guest. Board permissions don't allow for that. You have to be registered to post -- doesn't prevent someone from posting and then deciding to leave the board, but this isn't someone who registered just to make that post.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on January 30, 2017, 12:46:06 am
I realize something was odd when I saw augie is a title, but guest underneath... but still random.

I did get a PM regarding the poster... but still odd.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 01, 2017, 11:34:18 pm
Scranton has lost three of their last four and now find themselves in third place in the conference. What is going on?

I wasn't blown away by them when I saw them at Goucher, but I tried to temper that with the fact they were playing Goucher. I wasn't blown away last year and they got all the way to the Elite Eight and gave Tufts a good game.

Size inside doesn't seem to dominate and guards seem to not have that extra step. Maybe I was misreading them against their competition. I certainly thought they were a Top 25 team - Top 15 for sure, but not #3 as when I saw them. I have seen a number of quality women's teams this year and thought they could all beat Scranton... but again, last year reminds me that I may have been seeing a bad game.

But now three of the last four being losses has me wondering if something isn't quite as good as previously thought.

Any insight? I know Catholic, Moravian, and E-town are very good teams this year, but I am surprised Scranton would take these lumps in such a tight window. Granted, the second time around in the conference can do that.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 01, 2017, 11:54:26 pm
 Yes, Catholic, Moravian, and E-town are good teams and have defended well enough to take away a good part of Scranton's offense or at least reduced them to secondary options. Moravian's 3 starting frosh are maturing now and playing well. Emily Martin(E-town) had an All-Regional game against them a few days ago. It is surprising that Scranton's 3 losses are all at home, but the conference is very tough at the top. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 02, 2017, 01:03:52 am
Yes, Catholic, Moravian, and E-town are good teams and have defended well enough to take away a good part of Scranton's offense or at least reduced them to secondary options. Moravian's 3 starting frosh are maturing now and playing well. Emily Martin(E-town) had an All-Regional game against them a few days ago. It is surprising that Scranton's 3 losses are all at home, but the conference is very tough at the top.

Ronk - I know the conference is tough at the top... I know you have listened to Hoopsville where I have stated that quite clearly... and while I agree the freshman are starting to play well, but they are starting to play well and the team has lost three of four. That doesn't add up.

They lost at home which is surprising, but there has to be something else amiss. Is it possible whatever was found in the first loss Scranton hasn't solved? What would that be, by chance. Maybe it is what you say by taking away a good part of Scranton's offense. I am very curious when I ask, what do you think that is?

I just didn't get a real sense of who they were at Goucher, so that is why I am asking. Video streaming is pretty good, but I have been focused elsewhere each night Scranton has lost.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 02, 2017, 01:22:55 am
Yes, Catholic, Moravian, and E-town are good teams and have defended well enough to take away a good part of Scranton's offense or at least reduced them to secondary options. Moravian's 3 starting frosh are maturing now and playing well. Emily Martin(E-town) had an All-Regional game against them a few days ago. It is surprising that Scranton's 3 losses are all at home, but the conference is very tough at the top.

Ronk - I know the conference is tough at the top... I know you have listened to Hoopsville where I have stated that quite clearly... and while I agree the freshman are starting to play well, but they are starting to play well and the team has lost three of four. That doesn't add up.

They lost at home which is surprising, but there has to be something else amiss. Is it possible whatever was found in the first loss Scranton hasn't solved? What would that be, by chance. Maybe it is what you say by taking away a good part of Scranton's offense. I am very curious when I ask, what do you think that is?

I just didn't get a real sense of who they were at Goucher, so that is why I am asking. Video streaming is pretty good, but I have been focused elsewhere each night Scranton has lost.

 I was referring to Moravian's 3 frosh playing well now; they've won 4 in a row now and are a stronger team now than when defeated by Scranton 2 weeks ago - just an indication of how tough the top is. So, I say nothing is amiss; it's more the execution of the good teams and their familiarity with the Scranton offense(2nd time this year and 4th over 2 years) that has resulted in the losses.
  I'd also offer that Goucher played their best game of the year against Scranton as the reason you weren't impressed.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 02, 2017, 07:49:13 am
A few things are unfolding with the Lady Royals this year & specifically over the past 4 games.

Catholic developed the template of how to give them a good game & teams with a certain type of makeup are following suit.

When teams have let them bring the ball up & pass around the perimeter, they can easily get in their rhythm & play inside/out.

When things are going good, they nail a few threes's, teams react & put more pressure outside and then Scranton counters with getting the ball in low to their two bigs and off they go, rout is on.

Catholic changed two dynamics on them that both Etown & Moravian have also applied.

*Put pressure on the ball & make Bridgett work so hard on that end that she doesn't have the freedom to make easy passes inside or freely float outside after she does give up the ball for relatively easy looks at the 3. Teams are putting a lot of pressure on the ball because she's not a true point & they know the Scranton offense runs through her.
This is putting more pressure on some other kids to hit some shots or to handle the ball so Bridgett can get free & it's just not getting done.

*Secondly, teams have gotten a little wiser & have stopped playing into the Lady Royals hand by trying to shoot over them.
The teams with quick guards have simply been beating the Scranton guards off the dribble & going in for layups as they move their bigs away from the lanes & then Scranton's interior defense is out of place & slow to react weak side to these drives.
It also results in teams like Catholic & again last night with Moravian in dishing to their bigs when Scranton's bigs do step in to take the lanes away and it also opens up the oppositions outside game as now the Scranton defense has been totally sucked in.
In this process, both Catholic & Moravian nailed just enough from the outside to frustrate the Lady Royals when they would finally close the runway to the basket.
These drives also created 2 quick fouls on Alexix and effectively took her out of the first half after playing only 6 minutes.

I think it also needs to be said that their freshman lock down defender has also been out the past 6 games with a foot injury but the reality is 2 weeks ago this very same team won in Bethlehem by 22.

If you look back at the season, there were signs of this issue (guards getting beat off the dribble) going back to the Neumann, Washington & Lee & first Etown game which the Lady Royals did not put away till very late.

Teams with slow or inexperienced guards will be no match for Scranton.
Teams that have not only quickness but some talent & can get their interior people involved will continue to give them fits.

It may be time to mix in a zone on this type of team to take away the driving lanes & force teams to try once again to beat them over the top or try forcing the ball in the paint.

That's the million dollar question the coaches need to soon figure out, otherwise; the Lady Royals may soon be playing themselves out of the playoff picture.

They can be taught the zone but one thing I know you can't teach & that is speed...and they just don't have much of that this year.

Clearly not time to panic, but it is time for some adjustments, otherwise Groundhog Day (the movie) has already arrived.












Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 02, 2017, 09:19:03 am
A few things are unfolding with the Lady Royals this year & specifically over the past 4 games.

Catholic developed the template of how to give them a good game & teams with a certain type of makeup are following suit.

When teams have let them bring the ball up & pass around the perimeter, they can easily get in their rhythm & play inside/out.

When things are going good, they nail a few threes's, teams react & put more pressure outside and then Scranton counters with getting the ball in low to their two bigs and off they go, rout is on.

Catholic changed two dynamics on them that both Etown & Moravian have also applied.

*Put pressure on the ball & make Bridgett work so hard on that end that she doesn't have the freedom to make easy passes inside or freely float outside after she does give up the ball for relatively easy looks at the 3. Teams are putting a lot of pressure on the ball because she's not a true point & they know the Scranton offense runs through her.
This is putting more pressure on some other kids to hit some shots or to handle the ball so Bridgett can get free & it's just not getting done.

*Secondly, teams have gotten a little wiser & have stopped playing into the Lady Royals hand by trying to shoot over them.
The teams with quick guards have simply been beating the Scranton guards off the dribble & going in for layups as they move their bigs away from the lanes & then Scranton's interior defense is out of place & slow to react weak side to these drives.
It also results in teams like Catholic & again last night with Moravian in dishing to their bigs when Scranton's bigs do step in to take the lanes away and it also opens up the oppositions outside game as now the Scranton defense has been totally sucked in.
In this process, both Catholic & Moravian nailed just enough from the outside to frustrate the Lady Royals when they would finally close the runway to the basket.
These drives also created 2 quick fouls on Alexix and effectively took her out of the first half after playing only 6 minutes.

I think it also needs to be said that their freshman lock down defender has also been out the past 6 games with a foot injury but the reality is 2 weeks ago this very same team won in Bethlehem by 22.

If you look back at the season, there were signs of this issue (guards getting beat off the dribble) going back to the Neumann, Washington & Lee & first Etown game which the Lady Royals did not put away till very late.

Teams with slow or inexperienced guards will be no match for Scranton.
Teams that have not only quickness but some talent & can get their interior people involved will continue to give them fits.

It may be time to mix in a zone on this type of team to take away the driving lanes & force teams to try once again to beat them over the top or try forcing the ball in the paint.

That's the million dollar question the coaches need to soon figure out, otherwise; the Lady Royals may soon be playing themselves out of the playoff picture.

They can be taught the zone but one thing I know you can't teach & that is speed...and they just don't have much of that this year.

Clearly not time to panic, but it is time for some adjustments, otherwise Groundhog Day (the movie) has already arrived.

Saratoga,
 You're giving away the blueprint for the opposing coaches who couldn't figure that out on their own.  ::)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 02, 2017, 01:51:39 pm
A few things are unfolding with the Lady Royals this year & specifically over the past 4 games.

Catholic developed the template of how to give them a good game & teams with a certain type of makeup are following suit.

When teams have let them bring the ball up & pass around the perimeter, they can easily get in their rhythm & play inside/out.

When things are going good, they nail a few threes's, teams react & put more pressure outside and then Scranton counters with getting the ball in low to their two bigs and off they go, rout is on.

Catholic changed two dynamics on them that both Etown & Moravian have also applied.

*Put pressure on the ball & make Bridgett work so hard on that end that she doesn't have the freedom to make easy passes inside or freely float outside after she does give up the ball for relatively easy looks at the 3. Teams are putting a lot of pressure on the ball because she's not a true point & they know the Scranton offense runs through her.
This is putting more pressure on some other kids to hit some shots or to handle the ball so Bridgett can get free & it's just not getting done.

*Secondly, teams have gotten a little wiser & have stopped playing into the Lady Royals hand by trying to shoot over them.
The teams with quick guards have simply been beating the Scranton guards off the dribble & going in for layups as they move their bigs away from the lanes & then Scranton's interior defense is out of place & slow to react weak side to these drives.
It also results in teams like Catholic & again last night with Moravian in dishing to their bigs when Scranton's bigs do step in to take the lanes away and it also opens up the oppositions outside game as now the Scranton defense has been totally sucked in.
In this process, both Catholic & Moravian nailed just enough from the outside to frustrate the Lady Royals when they would finally close the runway to the basket.
These drives also created 2 quick fouls on Alexix and effectively took her out of the first half after playing only 6 minutes.

I think it also needs to be said that their freshman lock down defender has also been out the past 6 games with a foot injury but the reality is 2 weeks ago this very same team won in Bethlehem by 22.

If you look back at the season, there were signs of this issue (guards getting beat off the dribble) going back to the Neumann, Washington & Lee & first Etown game which the Lady Royals did not put away till very late.

Teams with slow or inexperienced guards will be no match for Scranton.
Teams that have not only quickness but some talent & can get their interior people involved will continue to give them fits.

It may be time to mix in a zone on this type of team to take away the driving lanes & force teams to try once again to beat them over the top or try forcing the ball in the paint.

That's the million dollar question the coaches need to soon figure out, otherwise; the Lady Royals may soon be playing themselves out of the playoff picture.

They can be taught the zone but one thing I know you can't teach & that is speed...and they just don't have much of that this year.

Clearly not time to panic, but it is time for some adjustments, otherwise Groundhog Day (the movie) has already arrived.

Saratoga,
 You're giving away the blueprint for the opposing coaches who couldn't figure that out on their own.  ::)

I think the proof is that coaches have figured it out on their own... there is plenty of video out there and if you think coaches are getting scouting reports here... you are nuts. LOL
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: gordonmann on February 02, 2017, 02:25:36 pm
Saratoga:

Excellent analysis. Thanks.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Royals81 on February 03, 2017, 07:42:51 pm
Saratoga,

You're correct about the Lady Royals missing the freshman lockdown defender.
In the first 11 games, the defense allowed an average of 48.8 points per game.
In the 9 games since her injury, the defense has allowed an average of 56.9 ppg.
In the 3 losses, the defense has allowed an average of 76.7 ppg.

This year's team isn't as consistently strong defensively as last year's.
Last year's captains did the "heavy lifting", which allowed the 'Big 3" to play within their comfort level.
Whereas last year you had seniors in the supporting roles, this year you have freshmen plus juniors who didn't play much last season.

It's getting a little late in the season to still be a work in progress, but I don't think many realized just how much Jaclyn and Noelle contributed to the team's overall success last year.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 04, 2017, 10:21:33 am
Thanks Gordon.

I think Royals 81 makes a couple excellent points when contrasting last seasons Lady Royal team vs. the current one.

The loss of the two co-captains (Noelle & Jackie) has had a much larger impact on the team than many would have thought at the start of the season.

Noelle was constant motion...she played hounding D, would take pressure off Bridgett by handing the ball, she'd drive to the basket & left alone, she'd kill you with the 3.

Jackie usually drew the assignment of one of the oppositions top scorers, she'd hit the boards and was always waiting on the perimeter for the pass that would lead to her draining another 3. Always calm, always focused.

They provided the Lady Royals with great D and 5 scoring options from anywhere on the court and they made everyone else that much better.

Another great point is that Noelle & Jackie did the "heavy lifting" last year.
This was evident almost every game as teams that tried to pressure Bridget found that she could give the ball with confidence to the seniors & they would then find her coming off screens for the open look or provided quality options to reset the offense.

This year, the newer players are just not yet providing the secondary support the big 3 need on both the offensive & defensive ends & we're kind of where we're at because of it.

Trevor is a great young coach & he'll get the student athletes he needs that play the game his way.

Let's also remember that he's not even had his first recruiting class yet and the results have been pretty remarkable.

Morale of the story...two pretty much unheralded members of last years team are having their importance realized now when we see the defensive breakdowns & the lack of scoring options from all 5 on the floor.

Hard to believe only two weeks left to the season.
The tough part is, if some adjustments aren't made & some kids don't step up...they'll be only two weeks left to the season.







Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: lefty2 on February 04, 2017, 10:28:46 am
Saratoga, I'm not sure if Trevor is terrific, but he definitely isn't young.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 04, 2017, 11:10:23 am
Lefty:

Compared to me, even Dave is young.  ;)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 12, 2017, 01:19:28 am
 A battle today @ DuFour with the Lady Royals on top by 2 over the Cards. Bridgette Mann with 8 important defensive rebounds and some good offensive moves. Good defensive efforts on both sides and they took away what worked for each in the previous game. With 1 week to go, a 3-way tie for 1st is a possibility but needs a win by Drew over Moravian to happen after Moravian edged by Juniata today. E-town, Susquehanna, and Drew are battling for the final tourney spot.
  Four Landmark teams are in the first week of regional rankings, reflecting their nonconference record of 39-5.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 15, 2017, 11:03:59 pm
 Lady Royals hang on despite the efforts of Susquehanna(minus 2 starters) 70-60. If Moravian beats Catholic Saturday, the Lady Royals finish 3rd and will travel to the 2nd seed next Wednesday. Moravian and Catholic would be tied @ 12-2 and the tiebreaker(#7) would be strength of schedule; going in to tonight's games, Moravian's would be higher by .005(.575 vs .570), but Catholic would have closed the gap by playing E-town while Moravian was playing Drew. Don't know what the updated SOS would be after tonight or how it would change on Saturday with Catholic(21-3) vs Moravian(19-5).
  If Catholic wins Saturday, then they are 1st and if Scranton beats Goucher, then Scranton would win the tiebreaker for 2nd seed(and the home game) over Moravian by virtue of splitting with Catholic while Moravian would have lost both to Catholic.   
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 16, 2017, 07:26:47 am
One of the few times I'd be pulling for the Cardinals.

Then again, the Lady Royals are undefeated on the road & lost 3 straight at home for probably the first time ever this year.

I guess we'll know by late Saturday afternoon.

Just keep winning & hold on to that number 1 Regional ranking regardless of where the game is.

Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 16, 2017, 09:29:06 am
 IF Moravian defeats Catholic Saturday, we may have to bring in Katherine Johnson of the movie Hidden Figures who computed John Glenn's flight trajectory to compute the tie-breaking SOS. After all, there's a midweek 8-hr bus trip vs a home game at stake. It doesn't get much more serious than that in D3 hoops.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 23, 2017, 12:05:45 am
 Lady Royals play excellent defense in taking Moravian's comeback punch from 13 down to win 71-60. Kudos go especially to Katie Broderick and Emily Sheehan for defending Camille McPherson(5-20, 0-6(3s)) and Lily Warhaftig for a number of steals, rebounds, deflections, drive to the basket, and very nice assist. In other words, she made a lot of plays.
  Catholic was extended by E-town but won in OT and will host the Lady Royals Saturday nite.
  I'll make the case that the Landmark should be a 4-bid NCAA conference. In addition to the primary criteria, the lowest SOS of the 4 is Scranton's .559(and all should increase after tonite's games), they had a nonconference record of 38-5, and 2 of them(Scranton & E-town) lost to no one outside of the 4. Moravian and E-town will probably teams 5 & 6 at the Mid-Atlantic slot of the selection table but I think they'll still get in.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: gordonmann on February 23, 2017, 12:25:02 am
Moravian was 8th and E'town wasn't ranked at all in the rankings released before today's games were played. E'town is 1-6 against regionally ranked foes, unless Moravian drops out of the final set of rankings, which wouldn't bode well for either team. At best the Greyhounds are deep on the bubble and E'town likely isn't on it at all.

http://www.d3hoops.com/notables/2017/02/women-regional-rankings-third

Big game by Emily Martin, though, who had a triple-double for the Blue Jays.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 23, 2017, 12:32:48 am
Moravian was 8th and E'town wasn't ranked at all in the rankings released before today's games were played. E'town is 1-6 against regionally ranked foes, unless Moravian drops out of the final set of rankings, which wouldn't bode well for either team. At best the Greyhounds are deep on the bubble and E'town likely isn't on it at all.

http://www.d3hoops.com/notables/2017/02/women-regional-rankings-third

Big game by Emily Martin, though, who had a triple-double for the Blue Jays.

 I was eliminating the 3 AQs ahead of Moravian and E-town in the regional ranking in saying they would be teams 5 & 6 in the slot.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 23, 2017, 10:38:20 pm
Moravian was 8th and E'town wasn't ranked at all in the rankings released before today's games were played. E'town is 1-6 against regionally ranked foes, unless Moravian drops out of the final set of rankings, which wouldn't bode well for either team. At best the Greyhounds are deep on the bubble and E'town likely isn't on it at all.

http://www.d3hoops.com/notables/2017/02/women-regional-rankings-third

Big game by Emily Martin, though, who had a triple-double for the Blue Jays.

 I was eliminating the 3 AQs ahead of Moravian and E-town in the regional ranking in saying they would be teams 5 & 6 in the slot.

Still puts them on a very deep bubble. 3-bids, sure. 4... very unlikely. Certainly a chance, but enough upsets are already making it unlikely.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 24, 2017, 06:47:53 pm
Whomever is calling the shots from the penthouse of the Landmark Conference headquarters needs a wakeup call.

The Scranton men are scheduled to play Moravian for the title at 4:00 tomorrow.

The Scranton women are scheduled to play for their title tomorrow in Washington at...you guessed it, 4:00.

Is it asking too much for someone to recognize this conflict and make a phone call or put in the bylaws that when situations such as this occur, games must be played at least 2 hours apart.

Believe it or not, some of us actually attend games & would also like to follow the "other" team online.

I wish Dave would change the mens game to 8:00 like they can somehow seem to play in the Centennial.

The leadership of this conference appears to be clueless.

Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: lefty2 on February 24, 2017, 09:22:22 pm
Sounds like you could use a squirrel delay.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 24, 2017, 10:40:55 pm
Whomever is calling the shots from the penthouse of the Landmark Conference headquarters needs a wakeup call.

The Scranton men are scheduled to play Moravian for the title at 4:00 tomorrow.

The Scranton women are scheduled to play for their title tomorrow in Washington at...you guessed it, 4:00.

Is it asking too much for someone to recognize this conflict and make a phone call or put in the bylaws that when situations such as this occur, games must be played at least 2 hours apart.

Believe it or not, some of us actually attend games & would also like to follow the "other" team online.

I wish Dave would change the mens game to 8:00 like they can somehow seem to play in the Centennial.

The leadership of this conference appears to be clueless.

 They also didn't get the tiebreakers right last Saturday when they said it was winner take all for the #1 seed between Catholic and Moravian women when Catholic could have finished 1st even losing to Moravian.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 25, 2017, 10:19:52 pm
Lady Royals do it with defense in winning the AQ over Catholic 58-42, allowing only 26 points in the 1st 3 quarters. Frosh guards Mackenzie Yori, Emily Sheehan, and Lily Warhaftig made Catholic's fine PG Michelle Desantis work hard for her considerable contributions and limited her to 8 points(1 basket, a 3 in transition) in the final 3 quarters and forcing 6 TOs.
  Katie Broderick continued her recent fine play hitting 4-5 3s, missing only a last second end-of-quarter attempt. Her 1st 3 regained the lead for the Lady Royals late in the 2nd quarter and they never trailed after it. Katie was named tourney MVP.
  I'm projecting that the Lady Royals will host the opening weekend and Catholic has a good chance to host also since the teams immediately behind them in the regional ranking(Albright & UMW) also lost. Catholic can get a big clue during the men's announcement @ 12:30 on Monday(before the women's @ 2:30) - if CNU men host, then that means the CNU women will not be and the chances for Catholic to host, improve significantly.
  Talked with newest Scranton Wall of Fame inductee Phil Johnson who was in attendance and enjoyed the Lady Royals' performance immensely. For the unaware, Phil and his brother Irvin were starters on the Royals 1st national champion in '76 and were pointed in Scranton's direction by their high school guidance counselor, the late Frank Murphy, who was a Scranton classmate of mine and joined me for the Scranton games @ Catholic for many years.
  Also in attendance for the 2nd time in 2 weeks and lending her support was Arielle Jenkins, a frosh member of last year's Lady Royals, who transferred to JMU in the interim.
  In other conference news, Goucher's head coach position is now open.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 25, 2017, 11:34:55 pm
A great game indeed by the Lady Royals.

Congrats to Trevor, Canio, Meghan & Natalie...fantastic job recalibrating the defense & keeping the kids moving in the right direction.

Ronk...as far as the CNport men hosting & that equating to a better chance for the Catholic women to host, it's my understanding that if a school has both teams capable of hosting, the odd year goes to the women in the first round.

If accurate, the C Newport women would be hosting & their mens team would hit the road.

However, that doesn't necessarily mean Catholic would be sent there either...the NCAA has a 500 mile radius to play with.
They certainly won't go over it but they could use up every last mile & send them to Montclair or Amherst as an example.

I could see Scranton hosting Gywenned Mercy, SUNY New Paltz who upset previously unbeaten SUNY Genesseo & maybe a rematch with WPI.

Regardless...always a great time seeing the Long Center rocking this time of year.

Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 26, 2017, 12:06:23 am
A great game indeed by the Lady Royals.

Congrats to Trevor, Canio, Meghan & Natalie...fantastic job recalibrating the defense & keeping the kids moving in the right direction.

Ronk...as far as the CNport men hosting & that equating to a better chance for the Catholic women to host, it's my understanding that if a school has both teams capable of hosting, the odd year goes to the women in the first round.

If accurate, the C Newport women would be hosting & their mens team would hit the road.

However, that doesn't necessarily mean Catholic would be sent there either...the NCAA has a 500 mile radius to play with.
They certainly won't go over it but they could use up every last mile & send them to Montclair or Amherst as an example.

I could see Scranton hosting Gywenned Mercy, SUNY New Paltz who upset previously unbeaten SUNY Genesseo & maybe a rematch with WPI.

Regardless...always a great time seeing the Long Center rocking this time of year.

 I'm thinking that there's a good possibility that the CNU women won't leap over 3 teams to get ahead of Catholic in the ranking and hosting selection; the men's preceding announcement(whether the CNU men host) will be the indicator for the women.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 27, 2017, 07:08:07 pm
It appears that is exactly what happened... geography could have been a factor as well.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 27, 2017, 08:04:51 pm
It appears that is exactly what happened... geography could have been a factor as well.

 So when r they releasing the regional ranking so that we can find out why CNU moved ahead of Catholic?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 27, 2017, 10:55:15 pm
It appears that is exactly what happened... geography could have been a factor as well.

 So when r they releasing the regional ranking so that we can find out why CNU moved ahead of Catholic?

There appears to be a hangup on the women's side. The committee chair thought the info was already out, but it isn't. I will try and remember to check on it in the morning if it is still a problem.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 28, 2017, 10:41:20 am
Question for Gordon, Ryan, Pat or Dave,

Hypothetically......

If Tufts, Scranton, Oshkosh & Wash U (as an example only) win this weekend, where do the Sectionals go?

Looks like some flights may be in order if this plays out.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on February 28, 2017, 10:51:58 am
Question for Gordon, Ryan, Pat or Dave,

Hypothetically......

If Tufts, Scranton, Oshkosh & Wash U (as an example only) win this weekend, where do the Sectionals go?

Looks like some flights may be in order if this plays out.

That sounds hypothetically like a Tufts sectional. Oshkosh and Wash U are within 500 of each other as well but if Wash U men are still alive they would have the hosting priority.

Could also be a Scranton sectional. Depends on what the committee makes of these criteria:

Tufts .958 6-1 .599
Scranton .888 4-2 .559
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: deiscanton on February 28, 2017, 10:53:09 am
Question for Gordon, Ryan, Pat or Dave,

Hypothetically......

If Tufts, Scranton, Oshkosh & Wash U (as an example only) win this weekend, where do the Sectionals go?

Looks like some flights may be in order if this plays out.

I have not seen a sectional matchup like this since the 2006-07 season.  There are definitely at least 2 flights for this sectional pod no matter which teams win out this weekend, and I personally would love to see this sectional at Tufts in Boston. (BTW, this is the 10 year anniversary of the sectional at Emmanuel in Boston, MA involving Emmanuel, S. Maine, DePauw, and Calvin-- DePauw won that sectional and went on to win the national championship in Springfield, MA the following weekend.) However, I don't mind if Scranton got it either, as the fans attending this sectional wherever it is held would get a really exciting weekend. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 28, 2017, 11:54:47 am
Question for Gordon, Ryan, Pat or Dave,

Hypothetically......

If Tufts, Scranton, Oshkosh & Wash U (as an example only) win this weekend, where do the Sectionals go?

Looks like some flights may be in order if this plays out.

That sounds hypothetically like a Tufts sectional. Oshkosh and Wash U are within 500 of each other as well but if Wash U men are still alive they would have the hosting priority.

Could also be a Scranton sectional. Depends on what the committee makes of these criteria:

Tufts .958 6-1 .599
Scranton .888 4-2 .559

 After last week, the VRRO should be Tufts 7-2, Scranton 6-2.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on February 28, 2017, 12:36:29 pm
Fair point -- in addition to not updating the regional rankings, they haven't updated the data sheets as well.  >:(
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: gordonmann on February 28, 2017, 12:54:15 pm
Looks like a Tufts pod to me, too.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 28, 2017, 02:29:04 pm
Question for Gordon, Ryan, Pat or Dave,

Hypothetically......

If Tufts, Scranton, Oshkosh & Wash U (as an example only) win this weekend, where do the Sectionals go?

Looks like some flights may be in order if this plays out.

That sounds hypothetically like a Tufts sectional. Oshkosh and Wash U are within 500 of each other as well but if Wash U men are still alive they would have the hosting priority.

Could also be a Scranton sectional. Depends on what the committee makes of these criteria:

Tufts .958 6-1 .599
Scranton .888 4-2 .559

For the benefit of any new national committee members wrt to sectional hosting, the #1 criteria(is it both singular and plural?) is that it goes to Scranton for St. Patrick's day weekend so that more people can enjoy the parade. After last year's experience, Tufts is already onboard with returning for the festivities.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 28, 2017, 04:15:05 pm
One more curve ball... depends on what the committee on the men's side does with Tufts should they advance. Technically they are in position to host, though the committee has also stated that Babson was treated as the #1 even if they are not in that slot on the bracket (in DIII, sometimes they don't follow the exact bracketing model in an effort to balance the brackets). If Tufts men are hosting (which seems like a stretch), they have priority. Of course if Babson or others are upset and Tufts is the lone high-seed... hosting becomes more realistic. In that case... hello Scranton.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Ryan Scott (Hoops Fan) on February 28, 2017, 05:04:33 pm
One more curve ball... depends on what the committee on the men's side does with Tufts should they advance. Technically they are in position to host, though the committee has also stated that Babson was treated as the #1 even if they are not in that slot on the bracket (in DIII, sometimes they don't follow the exact bracketing model in an effort to balance the brackets). If Tufts men are hosting (which seems like a stretch), they have priority. Of course if Babson or others are upset and Tufts is the lone high-seed... hosting becomes more realistic. In that case... hello Scranton.

If Tufts women can't host, it'll go to WashU before Scranton, right?  I guess unless the WashU men are also hosting, but that would take some serious upsets.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 28, 2017, 05:05:05 pm
No... Tufts can still drive to Scranton. The 500 mile for one team will trump any flight plans.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Ryan Scott (Hoops Fan) on February 28, 2017, 05:07:41 pm
No... Tufts can still drive to Scranton. The 500 mile for one team will trump any flight plans.

But oshkosh can drive to WashU - if its two flights either way, they'll go WashU over Scranton, right?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 28, 2017, 05:17:34 pm
No... Tufts can still drive to Scranton. The 500 mile for one team will trump any flight plans.

But oshkosh can drive to WashU - if its two flights either way, they'll go WashU over Scranton, right?

Oh good point! Forgot about that. In that case, Wash U might be the #1 period in this bracket. They tend to be in the lower part of the lower brackets to be honest.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 28, 2017, 06:41:57 pm
A point was raised elsewhere... WashU's men would most certainly could host next weekend as well... which makes this more interesting. Could be played almost anywhere.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Ryan Scott (Hoops Fan) on February 28, 2017, 07:27:23 pm
A point was raised elsewhere... WashU's men would most certainly could host next weekend as well... which makes this more interesting. Could be played almost anywhere.

We could have Tufts, Scranton, and WashU all playing at Oshkosh - if the men's tournament shakes out a certain way.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 01, 2017, 01:01:16 am
If the bracket plays out with those winners, just double book at Scranton.

The men love early games, let them play at 1:00 and 3:00 and the women will take 5:00 & 7:00.

Winners on Sat. at 5 & 7:00.

Full day of great basketball & I'll throw in a parade & let the NCAA sell 50.00 tee shirts.

Just do it!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on March 01, 2017, 12:03:02 pm
I know you would love it... but the NCAA will say no.  :D
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 04, 2017, 01:29:19 pm
What an ending last night.

Bruised, battered & sick...Bridgett just kept firing away & the law of averages played out.

Unbelievable...the Lady Royals only lead of the game was the final score.

Kudo's to Tevor for settling everyone down in the time out & simply saying to Bridgett get open & shoot.

Also...the Royals didn't have very many offensive rebounds last night but Sarah certainly saved the day by grabbing one of the few so we had one last chance with 6 seconds to go.

UNE did every little thing they had to do to slow the game down into their half court sets & his kids played about as well as they could in executing their game plan.

Has to sting when you lead for 39 minutes & 54 seconds but they are an extremely well coached team.

Certainly hope the Lady Royals bring the defensive intensity they played with in spurts the entire game tonight.

Survive & advance.

Ugly wins are still better than the alternative.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Reserved Seat on March 04, 2017, 02:14:19 pm
A lot of woe was avoided for Scranton.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 05, 2017, 10:03:24 pm
 Congrats to the Lady Royals on the 1000th win in program history Friday nite against UNE(did u have to wait so long to take the lead?) and #1001 yesterday; best wishes in St. Louis Friday - It's a Jumbo task, but most of u know what you're up against; every possession counts!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 09, 2017, 05:55:05 pm
All the very best to the Lady Royals as they advance to yet another Sweet 16.

Besides the basics of take care of the ball, no unforced turnovers & play tough D...the ladies have to get second chance shots underneath.

Too many times I've seen set plays go up with less than 10 on the clock & no one is hitting the offensive glass.
Can't afford to have 4 players running backwards.

Keys could be the ability to get offensive boards & no silly fouls at any time but especially early in the game..

Baptista & North are great players that will get their points, try & neutralize the supporting cast & mix up the D so they don't get too comfortable in their half court sets.

Have some fun & keep playing the game the right way.

Go Royals
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on March 09, 2017, 06:45:35 pm
The Division III NCAA tournaments have already seen their fair share of twists and turns. Both defending champions eliminated on the opening night, several home teams beaten, off-the-radar squads tearing Top 10 teams apart, and much more.

It has been an exciting start. What's next?

Can the home teams parlay a perceived advantage into a Championship Weekend appearence? What Cinderalla team will hear the chimes of midnight? What program will continue to make history? How will the battle of Top 25 teams shake out? And will a storied career end this weekend or in Salem?

There is plenty to talk about ahead of the Sectional Weekend and Dave McHugh has a super-sized list of guests on Thursday night's Hoopsville (http://www.d3hoopsville.com).

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Despite the large list of guests, Dave will find time to answer questions as well. Make sure to email them to hoopsville@d3hoops.com or tweet them and Dave will answer them on air.

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- Brian Morehouse, No. 18 Hope women's coach
- Trevor Woodruff, No. 17 Scranton women's coach
- Craig Carse, Hardin-Simmons men's coach
- Ruth Sinn, No. 2 St. Thomas women's coach
- Michelle Ferenz, No. 16 Whitman women's coach
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Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 11, 2017, 12:34:25 am
 Tufts defeats the Lady Royals for the 2nd year in a row of NCAA sectional play 65-48. Tufts combined their customary tough defense causing 13 1st half turnovers with uncustomary 3-pt shooting(11-25). Each time the lead could be cut to single digits in the 2nd half, Tufts made a 3-pter to build it back up to 14. Although the Lady Royals shot decently, the turnovers limited them to 15 fewer attempts than Tufts. Best wishes to Tufts as they continue play with an opportunity to meet with Amherst for a 3rd time.
  It's been a great 4 years for Sarah, Alex, and Denise with an overall record of 106-13, 4 NCAA appearances, and maintaining Scranton's position of most NCAA appearances in D3 WBB(30 years). 5 summers ago, I probably saw Sarah and Denise play 10 AAU games each on separate teams while evaluating an AAU teammate and they've exceeded my expectations ever since. Sarah broke in with the most impressive debut of a Royal in my memory in the Gwynedd-Mercy tipoff tourney with back-to-back double-doubles(1 vs Montclair, a top 10 team in the country). Denise has improved each year with significant contributions as the 1st big off the bench, limited only by playing behind 2 All-Americans. The 3 seniors have shown the high standard of Lady Royals basketball(as did Noelle and Jackie last year); hopefully, the 6 newcomers this year will continue that tradition.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: sp0rtsfan on March 12, 2017, 07:43:49 pm
Congrats to the Lady Royals !  They continued their tradition as a class team; great sportsmanship to go along with their play. Glad I had the chance to see them in action a few times this season. My best wishes to the seniors as well..
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 12, 2017, 07:50:26 pm
First off...congratulations to the Lady Royals for a pretty remarkable 2 years under Trevor & his staff.

Beyond that, congrats to Alexix, Sarah & Denise for a four year run that only a handful of teams nationwide can say they've topped.

And, all the best to Christopher Newport from the Middle Atlantic Region as they head to the Final Four.

Regarding this season though I'd just like to compare this years squad and where we finished vs. Christopher Newport.

From what I've been able to see, this CN team has essentially the same personnel as the team that played Scranton last year in the Sweet 16.

The following players with their minutes & points vs. the Lady Royals last year:

Name                               Points                                     Minutes

Byrd                                 11                                          24
Porter                               13                                          19
Dufrene                              2                                          20
Fancher                              2                                          28
Thomas                              2                                          18
Tannor                               9                                          23
Wright                                1                                         11
Bonivel                               1                                         11
Howdyshell                         0                                           8
Daguilh                              4                                          12

There were a few other players but they played 3 minutes or less and scored 1 point or didn't score at all.

Yet somehow Scranton handled this CN team with relative ease...winning by 36 points, 82-46.

Fast forward to last nights Elite 8 game & these are the players, points & minutes:

Byrd                                 1                                           16
Porter                              10                                          32
Dufrene                            8                                           20
Fancher                            7                                           26
Thomas                           13                                          22
Tannor                             4                                           28
Wright                             8                                           20
Bonivel                           10                                          13
Howdyshell                      2                                            4

As you can see, although some players scored a more last night, some scored less than they did last season against Scranton.

They do have 1 freshman (Maloney) that added 13 points last night in 13 minutes of action.

So the question I'm asking is how did CN take last years team that lost by 36 & with very similar scoring & minutes played by essentially the same kids move their program to the Final Four & Scranton was derailed a little sooner & in a contest vs. Tufts that wasn't as competitive as last years game?

Was the loss of Noelle & Jackie even more costly than first thought?
Did the CN kids develop more than the Scranton kids over the course of the year?
Did the CN bench contribute more as the season went on?
Were the Royals too predictable?
Did the CN kids start playing a much tougher D? (I noticed they turned 19 turnovers into 28 points).
Scranton losing a serious year of recruiting between the interim coach & Trevor being hired?


Noelle & Jackie combined for 22 points & 10 rebounds between them in last years game.
Even if you took those points away, I still don't see Scranton winning this year vs. CN.

So with two teams still pretty much the same personnel wise, what do some of you see as the difference maker this year as to why one season is over and another one continues?















Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on March 12, 2017, 08:17:53 pm
I'm not in a good position to talk about CNU's bench over the course of the season, but the bench was huge in the Elite Eight win vs. Ohio Northern.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 13, 2017, 12:34:14 am
Saratoga,
  CNU's  season vs Scranton's:

       Last year CNU was frosh and sophs; their PG had xferred to UVA; I perceived that they were intimidated playing the image of Scranton in Scranton as frosh/sophs. So, I say a big part of their success this year was the maturity and improvement in playing as sophs/juniors. It's even more impressive because they've been without a good post player, Jess DeGuilh, the last few weeks.
      The 2nd point is that CNU didn't have to play Tufts; if they had, I feel their season would be over, also.
      As for the Royals, I underestimated the contributions of Noelle and Jackie that were not supplanted by the newcomers. Additionally, the season-eliminating injury suffered by one of the newcomers(thought by me to be a starter and impact player) was another factor affecting the season.
   I don't think last season's recruiting was a significant factor because a good "group" showed up, anyways. The counter-factual is hard to evaluate; that is, were there any good players who went elsewhere, just because the coach was unknown til late August.
   The more significant recruiting year was the current junior class but that was a conscious coaching decision.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on April 18, 2017, 08:10:43 pm
Dave,
  As I checked today for future recruiting competitors, I see that your alma mater, Goucher, has identified their next WBB head coach, Andrea Preston. Why do you think that Goucher didn't turn out to be a good fit for Patrick Daniel?
Resources? The team was competitive at times this year even if it wasn't reflected in their win total.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on April 19, 2017, 10:50:31 am
Dave,
  As I checked today for future recruiting competitors, I see that your alma mater, Goucher, has identified their next WBB head coach, Andrea Preston. Why do you think that Goucher didn't turn out to be a good fit for Patrick Daniel?
Resources? The team was competitive at times this year even if it wasn't reflected in their win total.

For many reasons... I have nothing to say. Let's just leave it at that.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on May 23, 2017, 03:46:04 pm
Checking in with a tidbit for the board... I am told from a very reliable source that Mackenzie Yori is transferring from Scranton to King's for next season. I am told the decision isn't necessarily basketball driven, but it might have a small role. I am also aware King's heavily recruited York when Donaghue was still head coach. Yori was fourth leading scorer and important off the bench for Scranton as a freshman last year.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on May 23, 2017, 07:34:19 pm
 Yori was actually the starting pg for most of the year
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on May 24, 2017, 12:04:25 pm
Yori was actually the starting pg for most of the year

Not necessarily her position...
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on May 24, 2017, 07:00:39 pm
Regarding the player transferring.....

The attempt was made in pre-season & early on to move her to the point & then allow Bridgett to move to the shooting guard which is her natural position.
Just didn't work out for a number of reasons.

After a few games Bridgett went back to the point & then this player just started having tough games.

Actually, I was surprised Trevor stayed with her as long as he did...just kept waiting for her to help out offensively & it never really happened pretty much from the Neumann game to the end of the year.

By the 3/4 mark of the season, although still starting, another freshman (Lily) was getting more minutes & playing in crunch time.

This loss will be more than compensated for with the addition of a DII Freshman of the Year transfer from Bloomsburg that will be ready

to step right in for the Lady Royals this season & will more than offset her 6ppg.and zero rebounding.

Had this transfer not injured her knee last summer, chances are that this player in question would have only seen sporadic playing time throughout the year so not exactly like losing Taryn Mellody.

Perhaps playing at kings & with minimal pressure will allow her to play a bit more freely.

Who knows...wish her well.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on May 25, 2017, 02:48:08 pm
Wow... comparing her to Taryn Mellody? HA! Just sharing the news of note I got... not sure anyone thought Scranton was losing a player of Mellody's abilities. LOL
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on May 26, 2017, 03:14:25 am
You are so correct!

Players of Taryn's talent level & all around game only happen once every Halley's comet.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on July 14, 2017, 07:14:24 pm
Lady Royal's schedule is up but I'm only seeing 24 games listed...should be one more out there.

A pretty tough non-conference schedule with FDU-Florham, Messiah, the usually tough York (Pa.) team & national contender almost every year, Wheaton (Ill.).
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on July 15, 2017, 12:13:36 am
Lady Royal's schedule is up but I'm only seeing 24 games listed...should be one more out there.

A pretty tough non-conference schedule with FDU-Florham, Messiah, the usually tough York (Pa.) team & national contender almost every year, Wheaton (Ill.).

 I'm thinking the annual game with Cabrini is the one missing.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: amh63 on August 08, 2017, 09:51:14 am
ronk.....the academic year will soon start for D3 schools.  Just checking in to see if you "helped" Amherst's HC this season on the recruiting trail.  Seems one of your NY players..on your list... that ended up at Amherst made "rookie of the year" in the Nescac.  Amherst  needs some talented front court players...though the multi-position player that can play defense and score inside and outside is the type everyone wants at all levels of BB :).  Have a good Summer.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on August 08, 2017, 02:06:35 pm
ronk.....the academic year will soon start for D3 schools.  Just checking in to see if you "helped" Amherst's HC this season on the recruiting trail.  Seems one of your NY players..on your list... that ended up at Amherst made "rookie of the year" in the Nescac.  Amherst  needs some talented front court players...though the multi-position player that can play defense and score inside and outside is the type everyone wants at all levels of BB :).  Have a good Summer.

 I saw GP at a couple of big tourneys last month but I didn't talk with him so I don't know who's coming in this year. Williams, Middlebury, and Tufts each have a guard/wing that I liked but I haven't heard of any front court players for the NESCAC.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on October 25, 2017, 07:15:49 pm
 Some thoughts on coming season:
   Only 3 rosters posted so far: Juniata, Goucher, Catholic(w/o newcomers)
  Cam McPherson(Moravian) granted another year; Brianna Bull(Goucher) transfers to Catholic; Juniata gets a good 6-4 post(FR)
  I put Moravian as the preseason choice because Cam McPherson returns, along with 3 soph starters from last year, and a good post who needs only to increase her playing time. Scranton has questions about the availability of 2 good newcomers which can't be evaluated until the roster is posted. Goucher only has 7 on their roster as they undergo a head coaching change and lose their best player to transfer.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on November 04, 2017, 01:16:56 am
 2 more rosters posted(Drew,Scranton), 1 updated(Goucher)
  Goucher add 3 players to make 10 - minimum for full scrimmaging
  Drew adds at least 2 good frosh(Monique Davis-Campbell and Julia Ramos)
  Scranton's 2 good newcomers(letting each newcomer think that they're 1 of the 2) materialize; have to integrate the newcomers, offense, defense, roles, and assistant coach. Intensity of fans the only constant.  ;)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on November 13, 2017, 11:51:29 pm
Preseason forecast:

1st  Scranton-Moravian tie
3rd  Catholic
4th-7th everybody else except Goucher
8th  Goucher

 Only E-town has yet to post this year's roster so they could have the edge for the last playoff spot with a good incoming class.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on November 21, 2017, 11:11:23 pm
 Lady Royals complete the sweep of NEPA(Kings, Wilkes, Marywood) tonite by stopping Marywood. Makenzie Mason and Bridgettte Mann led the way. Players are still getting acclimated to the new offense and each other. Plenty to work on in view of the turnovers(mostly post-entry passes and 3-second violations) and offensive rebounds allowed to an undersized opponent.
  Former Lady Royals' Mackenzie Yori had 2 very good games last weekend against her former Scranton teammates and Marywood.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on December 14, 2017, 07:14:31 pm
  Lady Royals had a good competitive game yesterday @ York; it benefit both squads in their quest for their respective conference AQ. I'm always in favor of choosing to play someone that will help your team grow in that regard. York's Katie McGowan looked good in the paint with a variety of moves. For the Royals, Bridgette Mann led the way in the final 2 mins.
  Lady Royals have their holiday tourney Fri/Sat opening with Hartwick, then either FDU or Messiah. Fans will have an opportunity to see Messiah's Leah Springer play. At 6-0, she's a complete player and a contender for M/A POY, in my opinion. 2 years ago, I saw her play a number of AAU games and my regional POY record from AAU play is pretty good, having gotten 3(Katie Sire-Atlantic,Sara Talbert-M/A,Lisa Murphy-Great Lakes) right last year of the 4(only missed on Alex Leslie-East) in the Mid-Atlantic area.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on December 14, 2017, 07:14:41 pm
  Lady Royals had a good competitive game yesterday @ York; it benefit both squads in their quest for their respective conference AQ. I'm always in favor of choosing to play someone that will help your team grow in that regard. York's Katie McGowan looked good in the paint with a variety of moves. For the Royals, Bridgette Mann led the way in the final 2 mins.
  Lady Royals have their holiday tourney Fri/Sat opening with Hartwick, then either FDU or Messiah. Fans will have an opportunity to see Messiah's Leah Springer play. At 6-0, she's a complete player and a contender for M/A POY, in my opinion. 2 years ago, I saw her play a number of AAU games and my regional POY record from AAU play is pretty good, having gotten 3(Katie Sire-Atlantic,Sara Talbert-M/A,Lisa Murphy-Great Lakes) right last year of the 4(only missed on Alex Leslie-East) in the Mid-Atlantic area.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on December 27, 2017, 09:50:24 pm
Juniata has their Holiday tourney this Friday and Saturday.   Delaware Valley University Aggies will be participating playing against GMU in the first game.   I went into Juniata's schedule and it wasn't listed.   They play St. Lawrence at 4.   Hopefully they'll have video of the Del Val/GMU game as well as their own.  It would be much appreciated!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on December 28, 2017, 01:36:23 pm
Went on the Del Val web page and see that the Aggies play GMU at Juniata tomorrow at two, and it should be on video.   Thanks Matt Levy!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on December 28, 2017, 05:04:37 pm

Holy Aggie,

A Kate sighting!

Kate, I haven't seen anything from you since early last summer & I must admit, I was worried.

Welcome back
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on December 29, 2017, 01:52:42 pm
Thanks Saratoga!   Believe it or not, we still miss playing you guys and the drive to Scranton!  We don't get to as many games as we used to, but still follow those Aggies  ;)!    Belated Merry Christmas and Happy Healthy New Year!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 04, 2018, 07:55:35 pm
As conference play resumes after the break and 11 nonconference games, here's my forecast after the coaches' preseason poll:

2017-18 Landmark Women's Basketball Preseason Poll
Rank   Institution (First Place)   Points
T1.   Moravian (4)                     58
T1.    Catholic (1)                     58
3.   Scranton (3)                     56
4.   Elizabethtown                     32
5.   Juniata                             22
6.   Drew                                   20
7.   Susquehanna                     19
8.   Goucher                               7

 Scranton         11-3
 Moravian         11-3
 Juniata            10-4
 Catholic            9-5
 Elizabethtown   6-8
 Drew               5-9
 Susquehanna   4-10
 Goucher           0-14

Any of the top 3 should be able to get a Pool C bid if needed.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 08, 2018, 10:39:40 pm


An unfortunate story that continues to evolve is the women's basketball program at Goucher.

Since the beginning of Dec. they have played 7 games & in only 2 of those contests have they played 7 players.

The other 5 games have seen only seen 6 kids play which is an accident waiting to happen.

In addition to seemingly having only 1 player on the bench, the team is losing by an average of 60 plus points per game over the last month.

Not sure how long this can continue before a serious discussion by their coaching staff & administration takes place so that the few remaining players are not continually placed in an unhealthy situation.

I give the remaining players & the coaching staff all the credit in the world for persevering, but at what cost?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on January 10, 2018, 11:52:00 am
First of all... let's remember there was a change at the coaching level prior to this season. Second of all, some bad luck has plagued the squad. The first being they lost Bull to a transfer to CUA in the off season. The second, they lost another player to a season-ending knee surgery and apparently a third to leaving college entirely (long story I am not at liberty to share, nor do I want to).

Yes, the team is low on numbers, but they aren't giving up. They have found some to fill in and are pushing forward.

Shuttering the team this season, as you seem to suggest, is not something that is easy to decide on. If you followed the Occidental football story this past fall, you will see just how contentious a decision like that is just on the surface. Goucher is also not Bryn Mawr and there is more at stake. They probably don't want to commit a Bryn Mawr either because of the ramifications to their fellow conference mates especially. Ending the season leaves the rest of the games against conference opponents not played costing some of those teams two games from their schedule (the rest, obviously, one). While the games would only be against Goucher, it could significantly affect team's NCAA resumes (two less games is hard) along with giving those squads no time to make those games up against other competition that could help them. Further, if teams are able to scramble to replace those games and others could not, there is an unfair advantage/disadvantage.

While not playing Goucher could seemingly help the SOS, off the top of my head it could actually hurt one's SOS if they have already played Goucher and the second game is canceled.

So, to be fair to the conference and their opponents, I believe Goucher should stick it out. I don't think their players are in any unhealthy situations and to say so I think is a bit bombastic.

There are also other factors in play that canceling the rest of the season, I feel, would be the wrong decision. This coaching staff is in its first season and they are trying to change a culture that for a very long time has been looking in the wrong direction. Canceling a season keeps them from continuing to work with the current players on the squad who are going to be instrumental in helping change the course in the next few years. Lose that time and you are starting from scratch and possibly in a worse position next fall.

Another factor is recruiting. Andrea Preston was a long-time assistant under Dixie Jeffers at Capital. Talking to Dixie, she told me Andrea is a beast at recruiting and from what I have heard occasionally behind the scenes... Andrea is already making a huge difference in recruiting (from what I heard, recruiting was severely lacking in the last few years, but I have not been able to hear the whole story on that). Cancel the season and you drastically affect recruiting. While one thinks that being blown out could hurt recruiting, I don't think it hurts nearly as much as not playing at all. You don't have games to meet recruits at (where they could see themselves fitting in). A lot of coaches will admit their faults and talk to recruits about how they can help even in a 60-point blow out. Those conversations are "what ifs" if there are no games.

If Andrea is doing half as well at recruiting as I have been told, Goucher is going to recover from this just fine. It sucks and it hurts. As one who went through a 0-17 soccer season in college, I can relate... though most of our games were nail-biters. This isn't the most fun one can have, but the future of the program is worth more than canceling because the team isn't as competitive as we all would hope.

And hat's off to the coaching staffs of Goucher's opponents who see what is happening and doing their best not to make it worse. I showed up pretty early for a men's game following a women's earlier in the season hoping to see the end of the women's game. I knew the coaching staff of the other program, as I do most, and wanted to see how they looked against Goucher. The game was already over. Something like a 30 points or more blow out. I walked up to the visiting coach and jokingly said, "you can't put that many points on my alma mater!" She panicked. "We played zone the entire time! I knew what we were facing and didn't want to run up the score." I had to reassure her that I was kidding and that I expected the score to be higher. I also appreciated that she had tried to shut things down in the best way possible, but even her bench couldn't miss their shots. From what I've heard, a lot of Goucher's opponents are doing what they can to shut things down. They understand the situation Goucher is in and don't want make it worse - especially conference opponents who respect the administration. Not everyone has felt that way, but most. That is appreciated I am sure by the coaching staff, students, and admins as well.

Let's see where the future comes, but this might be the best thing this program needs... a true chance to start over.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 10, 2018, 01:41:51 pm
  Met Andrea at 1 of the big July AAU tourneys; she seemed cognizant of the challenge ahead, notwithstanding the future loss of the 3 players you mentioned. I would see the previous coaching staff at similar tourneys, so I can't differentiate between the staffs on that basis. Best wishes for her progress in recruiting.
  Can't see how not playing Goucher would negatively affect one's SOS, whether or not you had played them once already. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on January 10, 2018, 01:45:50 pm
  Met Andrea at 1 of the big July AAU tourneys; she seemed cognizant of the challenge ahead, notwithstanding the future loss of the 3 players you mentioned. I would see the previous coaching staff at similar tourneys, so I can't differentiate between the staffs on that basis. Best wishes for her progress in recruiting.
  Can't see how not playing Goucher would negatively affect one's SOS, whether or not you had played them once already.

If a team doesn't have to play Goucher at all... that is two games they don't have hitting their SOS. If you have to only play them once, you get a hit on that SOS the other teams don't get. Play them twice, etc. On the men's side, we have the SOS numbers in conference play come down to around .500 on average because of the weighted measure. On the women's side, I think the SOS still plays out the same, strictly because everyone is playing everyone twice and thus the wins and losses add up to .500 for conference action (i.e. OWP and OOWP). Play a team once, that adjusts. Don't play the team at all, added benefit to some degree.

A little complicated, but the Centennial dealt with it with Bryn Mawr. The conference opponents ended up only playing Bryn Mawr once thus affecting their SOS more negatively than playing them twice.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 10, 2018, 01:54:49 pm
Yes, but you aren't penalized for not playing a 2nd game after playing them once. That's different than not playing either game and avoiding a double penalty, relative to the teams that have played them once, already. 
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on January 10, 2018, 02:01:18 pm
Yes, but you aren't penalized for not playing a 2nd game after playing them once. That's different than not playing either game and avoiding a double penalty, relative to the teams that have played them once, already.

No ronk - their SOS will take a bigger hit because they have the game on their schedule versus not playing them at all.

If you played them a second time as part of the conference schedule, things even themselves out. If you didn't play them at all, it opens up other aspects of the NCAA stuff that cause problems like being two games short.

There are problems across the board.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 10, 2018, 02:17:36 pm
 The original point was the effect on a team's SOS playing them twice versus playing them once, not versus playing them at all. You said it could hurt one's SOS if they had played Goucher once and the 2nd game was canceled. I disputed that affect on SOS. Playing a 2nd game would negatively affect one's SOS relative to every other nonconference team that haven't played them at all.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on January 10, 2018, 03:57:20 pm
ronk - I disagree and the numbers have some bearing. Remember, the SOS has the OWP and the OOWP involved. When you take a double-round-robin conference schedule where everyone plays each other twice, the numbers basically equal themselves out and the SOS comes back to around .500 (plus or minus depending on non-conference stuff). If you don't play one of those teams a second time, the numbers can vary up and down. Look at the NESCAC, ODAC, and others who have unbalanced conference schedules. You have different SOS numbers a lot of times from those conferences (outside of non-conference play).

If you don't play Goucher a second time and a number of teams don't, that SOS number WILL be affected possibly giving teams that played them once a lower number and those who didn't play them at all a higher number (because it isn't affected by even one game against a bad mathematical squad).

We have been talking about conference SOS numbers being around .500 for most of the last five or so years in Division III and especially on Hoopsville which I know you listen to. The reason for that understanding is due to double-round-robin games. Throw that out of wack and the numbers absolutely are affected especially for those who did face the team in question. The second game when EVERYONE plays that team helps even the numbers.

The .500 SOS because of conference play is the EXACT reason why both the men and women now have a secondary criteria item called NON-CONFERENCE SOS! To see what their number is outside of conference play which has a larger impact on the SOS on the whole and tends to drag it back to .500 - unless, especially, in a conference like the NESCAC.

You can see the difference in the SOS numbers in the NESCAC with those who play teams twice and those who don't and only play teams once. They don't usually have an 0-for team, so the true impact will be harder to see on the negative side.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 10, 2018, 06:17:08 pm

I could care less about anyones SOS being affected under these conditions.

I'm concerned with 6 kids trying to make it through the next half of the season without further injury.

In some respects, I would think that sending the new coach out to get acquainted with local coaches to improve the local freshman talent level for next year would be a better use of her time as opposed to what's currently taking place but what the heck, if they're all in & want to keep playing, go pher it.  ;)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 10, 2018, 08:46:38 pm

Drew pulls off a pretty nice upset at Moravian.

Coach has the ladies of Madison playing with a purpose.

May be one of their biggest wins in quite a few years.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on January 11, 2018, 01:49:56 pm

I could care less about anyones SOS being affected under these conditions.

I'm concerned with 6 kids trying to make it through the next half of the season without further injury.

In some respects, I would think that sending the new coach out to get acquainted with local coaches to improve the local freshman talent level for next year would be a better use of her time as opposed to what's currently taking place but what the heck, if they're all in & want to keep playing, go pher it.  ;)

Talked to a few conference coaches... they don't feel the right move is to cancel the season and feel it could hurt other teams by removing games from their schedules they can't make up.

If Goucher is willing to keep moving forward (and they are making efforts to fill the depleted roster during the season), that is their decision. Canceling seasons already started is a nuclear option and I just don't feel things are nuclear.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on January 11, 2018, 02:56:22 pm
It would be helpful if they could recruit a couple of roster fillers from other sports who played basketball in high school, just to provide a little bit of a buffer.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on January 11, 2018, 06:01:07 pm
It would be helpful if they could recruit a couple of roster fillers from other sports who played basketball in high school, just to provide a little bit of a buffer.

They have already... one who is a field hockey goalie and has been working as table staff for basketball is now starting.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on January 11, 2018, 06:01:19 pm
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Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 13, 2018, 05:27:21 pm


Lady Royals have much work to do before Wednesday's game.

Pretty sloppy with far too many 3 second violations & allowing Goucher to crash the offensive boards.

Goucher has a few nice players & they outhustled Scranton the whole game.

I'd give them an A for effort, just hard to win with only 6 kids.


Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: lefty2 on January 13, 2018, 08:15:57 pm
I saw the Gwynedd-Mercy men's team win a conference championship with just six players on the roster.  Of course, three of the players were D-I transfers.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 13, 2018, 09:14:40 pm


Lady Royals have much work to do before Wednesday's game.

Pretty sloppy with far too many 3 second violations & allowing Goucher to crash the offensive boards.

Goucher has a few nice players & they outhustled Scranton the whole game.

I'd give them an A for effort, just hard to win with only 6 kids.

 2 Lady Royals(Gantz,Burns) didn't dress(1 on crutches).
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 13, 2018, 09:41:41 pm
After 1/4 of the conference season:

Drew  3-1
Juniata 3-1
Scranton 3-1
Moravian 2-2
Catholic 2-2
E-town 2-2
Susque 1-3
Goucher 0-4

Juniata +1 for win @ Catholic; Moravian -1 for loss @ home to Drew

Wed: Scranton-Moravian; Drew-E-town
Sat: Scranton-Catholic, Moravian-Juniata
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 17, 2018, 09:41:59 pm

Fantastic all around game by both Moravian & Scranton.

Like 2 prize fighters on the ropes all night but neither would go down.

Scranton's shooting was lights out & Moravian was just a half step behind them.

As has happened before, the one area the lady Royals have to improve upon is boxing out (allowing too many offensive boards) and getting out-rebounded.

Eventually, those second & third possessions on missed shots will do you in.

Beyond that, great all around effort with personal highs in scoring for Bridgett, Katie F. & Mackenzie.

Great job everyone!

Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 17, 2018, 10:35:19 pm
 I'll add Emily finishing her drives for big buckets and Katie B holding McPherson scoreless in the 1st half. McPherson did score 18 in the 2nd half & OT but she had to work hard for all of them. I suspect Maddy Capuano also had a personal scoring high for Moravian.
  Katie F with a great effort(shooting,block shots) and all sucked it up with the effort at both ends amid extended playing time(OT) and reduced rosters. Moravian with an 18-2 offensive rebound advantage offset the Scranton shooting advantage.
 And Bridgette with career point 1000!
 A game for the ages(16 lead changes)!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on January 20, 2018, 05:54:16 pm
Another great win by a very young Royals team.Coach is doing a great job with these kids.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on January 20, 2018, 05:56:12 pm
One other thing Catholic get 20 under control she is a very sore loser.Coach get control of that girl before she hurts someone.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 21, 2018, 12:20:39 am
After another week of conference action:

Scranton,Juniata 5-1
E-town  4-2
Catholic,Drew 3-3
Moravian,Susque  2-4
Goucher 0-6

Only 3 road wins involving top 5 teams: Scr  and Juniata over Catholic & Catholic over Drew

Wed: Drew-Scranton; Juniata-E-town
Sat: Catholic-Juniata, Scranton-E-town
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 21, 2018, 10:18:15 am


Note to D3 Editorial crew:

Scranton is 5-1 in conference play, not 4-1.

They are not a half game behind Juniata, they are currently tied for the lead.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Ryan Scott (Hoops Fan) on January 21, 2018, 11:19:43 am


Note to D3 Editorial crew:

Scranton is 5-1 in conference play, not 4-1.

They are not a half game behind Juniata, they are currently tied for the lead.

Got it fixed - someone missed checking the "conference" box for the Catholic game.  I also added the links to this year's and last year's schedule - apparently I missed that over the summer.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 21, 2018, 01:36:19 pm

Thanks Ryan.

Just want to be sure that those voting for the Top 25 are looking at the correct numbers.

Take care.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on January 21, 2018, 04:57:18 pm

Thanks Ryan.

Just want to be sure that those voting for the Top 25 are looking at the correct numbers.

Take care.

Most Top 25 voters would spot that, but I also don't think it would affect their decisions... but we like to make sure glitches like that are taken care of, so that's for the head's up.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on January 21, 2018, 11:38:12 pm
Would love to give credit to Coach Woodruff and this very young Lady Royals team.There non conference play was pretty tough with playing at York,Pa.at Cabrini,Messiah(H)and  The CCIW Wheaton  which is the biggest and physical team this young team has faced and won all them non conference games. Now comes   playing Conference foes,Juanita,Moravian,Catholic,Elizabethtown and coming up Drew so I just want to say Coach you are doing a great job taking over after the Legend Coach Mike Strong keep it up
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 26, 2018, 09:30:56 pm


Question for Pat or d-mac...

What exactly was Stevens thinking when they decided against joining the Landmark for the Empire-8?

I mean from a campus overlooking NYC & instead of playing against Drew, Catholic, Moravian & Scranton they somehow feel road trips to Rochester, Elmira & suburban Buffalo in the winter is where they belong?

The process of landing on that square and somehow saying, yep, this is the league for us just intrigues me.

Stevens is a great school but rivals with Houghton, Sage or Nazareth....really??
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on January 27, 2018, 10:02:39 pm
Oh Saratoga, just when I was really missing you, you come up with that post.   First of all, don't Goucher, Susquehanna and Juniata count?  Yes, I still don't really know who or why that first team instigated the Landmark move, but you're just as adamant as me wondering why Steven's Institute of Technology said, thanks but that's O.K.   Come on, you know you miss us in the MAC.   We were headed to Wilkes today on 80 and the split came up to the right for Scranton and 380, and to the left to stay on 80 for the Blakeslee exit.   Really made me think about you guys, so I decided to take a look at your site.  Yikes, you and I might be more alike than I would hope.  We don't get to as many of the games as we used to, and Manhattanville,  lovely school that it is, is out of our traffic realm.   Overall, i'm happy with our "new schools".    Since yours' are still predominately the MAC, except for CUA, I know you're happy with yours'.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 27, 2018, 10:51:59 pm


Kate,

Of course Juniata, Goucher & Susquehanna count...actually, I have no idea what you're even inferring by bringing them up.

What I was doing by mentioning the schools I did was simply making a point that Stevens walked away from a conference where multiple schools are within 2 hours or less of their campus as opposed to 4 and 5 hours away.

If i remember correctly, some of your earlier concerns with teams leaving conferences always seemed to have something to do with geography and natural rivals.

As for me, I loved the move to the Landmark when it happened & I still love it today.

Sorry to say, there isn't one school in the MAC I miss...ok, possibly the annual trip to "the barn"...possibly.

My post regarding Stevens was nothing more than an attempt to see if any of the editors of this site had any knowledge why the move to the Empire 8 was made when there were so many schools in much closer proximity in the new Landmark Conf.

Personally, I'm very happy they made that call as it opened the door for Scranton...just for the life of me, I can't really understand why.

In the meantime Kate, you are still my favorite fan on this site.

Your dedication & love to a team that barely plays .500 ball year after year is truly admirable & for that, DVC should give an award in your honor to the young lady that displays those endearing qualities regardless of natural talent.

Hang in there & stay healthy...you may be going in soon!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on January 28, 2018, 08:12:47 am
Saratoga, I truly hope we can both stay healthy, especially during our favorite time of the year, our basketball seasons!   And, you're right about geography -it should play a role in League formation and retention.   It seems strange that today's players and some coaches will never realize that intense rivalry that our old MAC teams shared - you have to miss DeSales a little bit, as they used to give you guys fits on occasion.   Btw, Del Val has given Hubby and me many very, very much appreciated gifts over the years, but our love for that school, the coaches and the Team is unwavering.   In light of what's happening at Penn State and Michigan State, our D3 schools are looking better and better with each passing season.   I will continue to follow our old MAC schools in the Landmark, and always miss that trip up 380 to Route 307 and parking on Mulberry (?) Street and grabbing a hoagie at a Subway that was there.   Hope this great winter weather continues for our basketball travels in the month of February!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on January 28, 2018, 10:06:05 am
Hoagie at subway? Cringe!! Itís ainít wawa lol. Itís SUB way
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Ryan Scott (Hoops Fan) on January 28, 2018, 12:05:00 pm
Hoagie at subway? Cringe!! Itís ainít wawa lol. Itís SUB way

Where do you buy grinders?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on January 28, 2018, 12:48:58 pm


Question for Pat or d-mac...

What exactly was Stevens thinking when they decided against joining the Landmark for the Empire-8?

I mean from a campus overlooking NYC & instead of playing against Drew, Catholic, Moravian & Scranton they somehow feel road trips to Rochester, Elmira & suburban Buffalo in the winter is where they belong?

The process of landing on that square and somehow saying, yep, this is the league for us just intrigues me.

Stevens is a great school but rivals with Houghton, Sage or Nazareth....really??

I honestly don't know. I have asked over the years and never gotten an answer. Something happened at the last minute, because Stevens was set to be part of the announcement, then bowed out saying they had a change of heart and 24 hours later announced they were headed to the Empire 8. I can't say who because I don't remember, but I have heard talk that Stevens may have regretted the decision, but you will never hear that from anyone on record, for sure. I am not sure if they regret it or not, but the bridge is burned and they are basically stuck in the E8 for now.

USMMA was the last minute addition to the Landmark, though I think we all agree Stevens would have been the better option.

kate - per rivalries, I think all rivalries in this region have taken a back seat. I don't see the Gettysburg-McDaniel rivalry in basketball being nearly as heated anymore. While we can hold on to great rivalries of the past, I don't think assuming staying in a conference would have kept the heat on rivalries to this time period. I just don't see it even for storied rivalries in this area that haven't been affected by anything.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: mailsy on January 28, 2018, 01:06:50 pm
Regarding rivalries. They've changed over time. I know that when I was in college. The big rivalries I remember were with Eastern, Philly Pharmacy(now D2), Allentown College(DeSales). Then it changed to Alvernia, Eastern, then it changed again now it's Gwynedd and Neumann. Today's players don't remember the old rivalries. They have their own. As teams move in and current teams improve, that's when rivalries happen. The Eastern game is great but the players don't see it as much a rivalry as conference games. Us old guys remember the old days. But as we get older new rivalries will continue. It's just the way of things.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on January 28, 2018, 02:24:50 pm
Stevens was part of the announcement. In fact, I think the Stevens president released the news early and that's how it broke, if I remember my 2005 correctly.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on January 28, 2018, 03:24:00 pm
Stevens was part of the announcement. In fact, I think the Stevens president released the news early and that's how it broke, if I remember my 2005 correctly.

Hmm.. that does sound familiar now... that Stevens was in the announcement, then backed out almost immediately, and then announced with the E8 like two days later. It was crazy.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 28, 2018, 09:44:12 pm


Question for Pat or d-mac...

What exactly was Stevens thinking when they decided against joining the Landmark for the Empire-8?

I mean from a campus overlooking NYC & instead of playing against Drew, Catholic, Moravian & Scranton they somehow feel road trips to Rochester, Elmira & suburban Buffalo in the winter is where they belong?

The process of landing on that square and somehow saying, yep, this is the league for us just intrigues me.

Stevens is a great school but rivals with Houghton, Sage or Nazareth....really??

I honestly don't know. I have asked over the years and never gotten an answer. Something happened at the last minute, because Stevens was set to be part of the announcement, then bowed out saying they had a change of heart and 24 hours later announced they were headed to the Empire 8. I can't say who because I don't remember, but I have heard talk that Stevens may have regretted the decision, but you will never hear that from anyone on record, for sure. I am not sure if they regret it or not, but the bridge is burned and they are basically stuck in the E8 for now.

USMMA was the last minute addition to the Landmark, though I think we all agree Stevens would have been the better option.

kate - per rivalries, I think all rivalries in this region have taken a back seat. I don't see the Gettysburg-McDaniel rivalry in basketball being nearly as heated anymore. While we can hold on to great rivalries of the past, I don't think assuming staying in a conference would have kept the heat on rivalries to this time period. I just don't see it even for storied rivalries in this area that haven't been affected by anything.

USMMA was in from the onset; Scranton was chosen over E-town to replace Stevens.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on January 28, 2018, 11:25:16 pm
I have to check that. I don't remember USMMA being an original member. Scranton was in from the beginning and may have been chosen over Etown certainly... but they needed a school to compliment Drew (i.e. Stevens) and thus USMMA.

But again, need to check on that.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on January 28, 2018, 11:29:27 pm
I do see Wikipedia has the information the way you have it, Ronk... but I swear USMMA was the solution. Man, I have that weird in my head. Need to find the press releases and stories to get my head back on track with that one.

---UPDATE---

Just read the history on Landmark's page... sheesh, I had that backwards. That is odd. Oh well. Might have just had that screwed up due to Drew/Stevens being so obvious as travel partners that I thought USMMA came in as an obvious solution.

Should get the brain checked in for a tune up. SMH

Thanks for clearing that up!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on January 29, 2018, 01:46:37 am
After another week of conference action:

Scranton  7-1
Juniata  6-2
E-town  5-3
Catholic,Drew  4-4
Moravian,Susque  3-5
Goucher  0-8

Only 5 road wins involving top 5 teams: Scr  and Juniata over Catholic, Scr & Catholic over Drew, Scr over E-town

Wed: Scranton-Moravian; Drew-E-town
Sat: Scranton-Juniata, Catholic-Drew

 the projected conference finish would be:

Scranton  12-2
Juniata  10-4
E-town  9-5
Moravian, Catholic  8-6
Drew  5-9
Susque  4-10
Goucher  0-14
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Caz Bombers on January 29, 2018, 09:54:02 am
In defense of Stevens, the E8 they joined (with RIT and Ithaca) was considerably stronger in all sports than it is now that Sage and Houghton have replaced those two schools. If they had football, which they probably never will, the LL would have snapped up Stevens in a heartbeat when they needed the members.

Now they have long travel to play teams that are mostly beneath their level (speaking on all-sports basis), but on the other hand there's that much less competition to win the conference and get those Pool A bids. So I guess it all evens out.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on January 30, 2018, 05:22:44 pm


Caz,

I guess you're right...the E-8 Stevens originally joined looks nothing like that today.

Has to be a certain degree of buyers remorse these days on behalf of the administration.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on February 01, 2018, 01:54:37 am
First and for most Congratulation Lady Royals on another great win on the road against another great team in Moravian.Somethimg caught my eye is massey a reliable source?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 04, 2018, 12:24:55 am
After another week of conference action:

Scranton clinches a conference playoff spot

Scranton  9-1
Juniata  7-3
E-town,Catholic  6-4
Drew,Moravian,Susque  4-6
Goucher  0-10

Big games this week:

Wed: E-town-Juniata
Sat:  Catholic-Scranton

 the projected conference finish would be:

Scranton  13-1
Juniata  10-4
E-town  9-5
Moravian  8-6
Catholic  7-7
Drew  5-9
Susque  4-10
Goucher  0-14
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on February 04, 2018, 02:56:49 am
Great win Lady Royals!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 04, 2018, 09:29:03 am
Rofrog:

Great win by the Lady Royals indeed.

If their primary option isn't there, they don't panic, they just reset the offense and move to option 2 or 3.

They share the ball, play excellent D and pretty much stay within themselves.

For as young as they are, not sure you can expect anything more.

Talent plus coaching is what separates so many teams.

Still two weeks to play and regardless of how far this group of kids can go, they have been a pleasure to watch mature and develop as the season has progressed.

Ronk:

I have a hunch the last game of the season (Moravian at Catholic) may very well have serious playoff implications.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 04, 2018, 10:47:57 am
 Yes, my projection is that the Lady Royals will be playing the winner of that final regular season game between Moravian and Catholic in the 1st round of the playoffs. After 2 OT battles with Moravian, I'll be hoping it's Catholic.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 05, 2018, 05:12:50 pm
FYI: http://athletics.goucher.edu/general/2017-18/releases/20180205lh4uc9
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 05, 2018, 07:07:40 pm


Dave,

Over the course of the last 5 years or so, the NCAA came out with their first Regional Ranking during the first week in Feb.

Last year it was released on this date, Feb. 5th.

Any idea why it's being delayed, how many there will be & when the first will be released?

Thanks
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 05, 2018, 07:15:17 pm

Somewhat surprised the Goucher AD isn't staying on till the end of the semester.

Guess he wants to get to NYC in time for St. Patrick's Day.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: mailsy on February 05, 2018, 07:26:13 pm


Dave,

Over the course of the last 5 years or so, the NCAA came out with their first Regional Ranking during the first week in Feb.

Last year it was released on this date, Feb. 5th.

Any idea why it's being delayed, how many there will be & when the first will be released?

Thanks

It usually gets released the first Wednesday of February
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 05, 2018, 07:40:24 pm
Thanks Mailsy.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 05, 2018, 09:41:23 pm
The Regional Rankings have nothing to do with the date, but where in the season things are.

The first regional ranking are released the Wednesday three weeks prior to the end of the season. This year, that is Feb. 25. Count back three Wednesdays and we arrive at Feb. 7. :)

As for Goucher's AD, I won't speak for him, but he chose to make a move he felt was best for the department and himself. Leaving on March 16th just seemed to be best from his point of view. I think in many ways he would have stayed to the very end, but this time it felt better to take a break.

Please understand, there is only so much I can say about it. Geoff and I have known each other for over 22 years (I arrived at Goucher a year after he started there). I know a lot more about the decision, the process, and what-not, but I won't speak on it. Just understand, all aspects of this was his decision and he made it on his own.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 06, 2018, 12:06:45 am

Glad he was able to call the shot on his departure.

After all those years, certainly beats the alternative.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on February 06, 2018, 09:51:44 am
Drew vs Scranton pushed back until Thursday at 7 due to weather.WomensBasketball
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 07, 2018, 02:37:57 pm
Women's first regional rankings of the season are out: http://www.d3hoops.com/notables/2018/02/women-regional-rankings-first
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 07, 2018, 05:46:34 pm

Somewhat surprised to see Marymount ranked higher than CNU when the Captainettes have a better record & just blasted Marymount last week by 18.

Other than those two being in the wrong order, looks about right.


Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 07, 2018, 05:48:57 pm

Somewhat surprised to see Marymount ranked higher than CNU when the Captainettes have a better record & just blasted Marymount last week by 18.

Other than those two being in the wrong order, looks about right.

They split the season... that may be a wash, considering both won on their respective home courts, in the eye's of the committee. Marymount has a significant advantage in SOS. MU: .586... CNU: .540. I can see some reasons at least initially to give Marymount the slight advantage for now.

Not all the data is considered this first week.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 07, 2018, 06:17:21 pm

Correct.....A lot can happen between this initial ranking & the last in two weeks.

A great time of year (minus the weather).
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Swish3 on February 08, 2018, 08:50:50 am

Somewhat surprised to see Marymount ranked higher than CNU when the Captainettes have a better record & just blasted Marymount last week by 18.

Other than those two being in the wrong order, looks about right.

They split the season... that may be a wash, considering both won on their respective home courts, in the eye's of the committee. Marymount has a significant advantage in SOS. MU: .586... CNU: .540. I can see some reasons at least initially to give Marymount the slight advantage for now.

Not all the data is considered this first week.

Yep, it's gotta be the disparity in SOS...I'm hoping CNU has a stronger out of conference schedule next season, given the departure of two CAC schools.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 08, 2018, 03:26:44 pm

Somewhat surprised to see Marymount ranked higher than CNU when the Captainettes have a better record & just blasted Marymount last week by 18.

Other than those two being in the wrong order, looks about right.

They split the season... that may be a wash, considering both won on their respective home courts, in the eye's of the committee. Marymount has a significant advantage in SOS. MU: .586... CNU: .540. I can see some reasons at least initially to give Marymount the slight advantage for now.

Not all the data is considered this first week.

Yep, it's gotta be the disparity in SOS...I'm hoping CNU has a stronger out of conference schedule next season, given the departure of two CAC schools.

 And to face that prospective stronger ooc schedule next season, CNU is the leading choice of 2 seniors of which I'm aware.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Swish3 on February 08, 2018, 04:32:55 pm

Somewhat surprised to see Marymount ranked higher than CNU when the Captainettes have a better record & just blasted Marymount last week by 18.

Other than those two being in the wrong order, looks about right.

They split the season... that may be a wash, considering both won on their respective home courts, in the eye's of the committee. Marymount has a significant advantage in SOS. MU: .586... CNU: .540. I can see some reasons at least initially to give Marymount the slight advantage for now.

Not all the data is considered this first week.

Yep, it's gotta be the disparity in SOS...I'm hoping CNU has a stronger out of conference schedule next season, given the departure of two CAC schools.

 And to face that prospective stronger ooc schedule next season, CNU is the leading choice of 2 seniors of which I'm aware.

Do tell, ronk...how good are they?  CNU's losing A LOT to graduation this year....
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 08, 2018, 06:10:56 pm

Somewhat surprised to see Marymount ranked higher than CNU when the Captainettes have a better record & just blasted Marymount last week by 18.

Other than those two being in the wrong order, looks about right.

They split the season... that may be a wash, considering both won on their respective home courts, in the eye's of the committee. Marymount has a significant advantage in SOS. MU: .586... CNU: .540. I can see some reasons at least initially to give Marymount the slight advantage for now.

Not all the data is considered this first week.

Yep, it's gotta be the disparity in SOS...I'm hoping CNU has a stronger out of conference schedule next season, given the departure of two CAC schools.

 And to face that prospective stronger ooc schedule next season, CNU is the leading choice of 2 seniors of which I'm aware.

Do tell, ronk...how good are they?  CNU's losing A LOT to graduation this year....

Let's just say that they have ability if both Coach Broderick and I were interested in them. Jess Deguilh was the most recent CNU player that we both liked.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 08, 2018, 09:18:18 pm

Ronk:

So are you batting 0 for this century in your quest to bring forth the AAU talent you observe to the Electric City??

If so, you need to step up your game kind sir, Trevor can't do this alone! :o
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 08, 2018, 10:34:55 pm

Ronk:

So are you batting 0 for this century in your quest to bring forth the AAU talent you observe to the Electric City??

If so, you need to step up your game kind sir, Trevor can't do this alone! :o

 I can only claim 1 - Sofia, but Trevor did all the heavy work after I pointed her out to him.  8-)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Swish3 on February 09, 2018, 08:49:38 am

Somewhat surprised to see Marymount ranked higher than CNU when the Captainettes have a better record & just blasted Marymount last week by 18.

Other than those two being in the wrong order, looks about right.

They split the season... that may be a wash, considering both won on their respective home courts, in the eye's of the committee. Marymount has a significant advantage in SOS. MU: .586... CNU: .540. I can see some reasons at least initially to give Marymount the slight advantage for now.

Not all the data is considered this first week.

Yep, it's gotta be the disparity in SOS...I'm hoping CNU has a stronger out of conference schedule next season, given the departure of two CAC schools.

 And to face that prospective stronger ooc schedule next season, CNU is the leading choice of 2 seniors of which I'm aware.

Do tell, ronk...how good are they?  CNU's losing A LOT to graduation this year....

Let's just say that they have ability if both Coach Broderick and I were interested in them. Jess Deguilh was the most recent CNU player that we both liked.

Fair enough...unfortunately for Jess and CNU, I think her injury really slowed her progression.  Also, even though she's a "big", as they say, her lack of quickness doesn't seem to be the best fit for Broderick's system.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: lefty2 on February 10, 2018, 10:39:06 am
Coach woodruff was on the radio this morning.  Never looked better.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 10, 2018, 07:18:39 pm
With 1 week to go:

Scranton  11-1
Juniata  8-4
E-town 7-5
Catholic,Moravian,Susque  6-6
Drew  4-8
Goucher  0-12

Big games this week:

they're all big since E-town doesn't play Goucher

 the projected conference finish would be:

Scranton  13-1
Juniata  10-4
E-town,Moravian  8-6
Susque  7-7
Catholic  6-8
Drew  4-10
Goucher  0-14
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 11, 2018, 08:31:43 am

I'm going with:

*Scranton...13-1

*Juniata...10-4

*E-town...8-6

*Catholic...7-7

*Susquehanna...7-7

*Moravian...7-7

The Lady Royals, Juniata & Blue Jays are in and are set 1 through 3 & let the actuaries figure out which one of the other 3 teams emerge as the 4 seed.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on February 12, 2018, 08:57:24 pm
All I will.say about d3 womens polls is WOW and are you kidding me.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on February 14, 2018, 12:12:28 am
Wbca has the Lady Royals 9th!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 14, 2018, 03:11:23 pm
New women's regional rankings: http://www.d3hoops.com/notables/2018/02/women-regional-rankings-second
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 15, 2018, 12:38:05 am
With 1 game to go:

Scranton  12-1
Juniata  9-4
E-town 8-5
Moravian  7-6
Catholic,Susque  6-7
Drew  4-9
Goucher  0-13


Playoffs should be Moravian @ Scranton and E-town @ Juniata

 the projected conference finish would be:

Scranton  13-1
Juniata  10-4
E-town,Moravian  8-6
Susque  7-7
Catholic  6-8
Drew  4-10
Goucher  0-14
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 15, 2018, 07:18:39 pm

I'm going with Catholic over Moravian to put multiple teams at 7-7.

Break out the slide rules.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 15, 2018, 07:40:58 pm
I think Moravian wins all the tie-breakers.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 15, 2018, 10:58:54 pm
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Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 16, 2018, 01:56:38 pm
There is a scenario Saturday where Moravian wins @ Catholic and E-town loses @ Susquehanna; Moravian and E-town would tie for 3rd @ 8-6; E-town would finish 4th by virtue of Moravian having a better record(2-0) against Catholic who would be the tiebreaker down at #6 in the conference.  In this case, the Lady Royals would host E-town and Juniata would host Moravian in the semis.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on February 16, 2018, 10:26:10 pm
I like that one ronk.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 18, 2018, 06:40:06 pm
    Like the men, this may have been the most competitive season in Landmark history with 6 teams competing for the 4 playoff spots in the final week, the 7th place team(Drew) beating 2 of the playoff teams(Juniata,Moravian), Scranton needing OT twice to beat Moravian, and Goucher surviving in this strong conference despite having only 6 or 7 players for most of their schedule.
  The nonconference record of Scranton, Juniata, and Moravian was 32-1 and among their victims were 7 teams with at least 19 victories(Cabrini, Messiah, Wheaton(IL), Randolph-Macon, FDU, TCNJ, and Albright) and 2 others(Marymount, Gettysburg) by Catholic and E-town.
   Talked briefly with Goucher HC Preston yesterday before her game with Scranton and she feels good with how her recruiting is going, not just in the state of Maryland, but also out of the Mid-Atlantic region to include nationally. Turns out, she was interested in 2 players from 1 team that also interested me, but Goucher didn't offer their desired majors. So, it looks like there will be competition from Goucher in the near future.
    Semis Wednesday:

Moravian @ Scranton; E-town @ Juniata
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 20, 2018, 08:41:05 pm

Is there possibly a wormhole that exists for three Landmark teams to get bids to the NCAA tournament?

What if.....

Moravian upsets both Scranton & Juniata (should they defeat E-town).

Moravian gets the automatic....

Scranton will certainly get a Pool C and...

Would the powers that be also reward Juniata for a 22 win season?

Personally, I'd just rather see the Lady Royals take the automatic & rain on everyone else's parade but....... I think the possibility does exist that under the right conditions, there could be 3 Landmark teams in the dance.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 20, 2018, 10:42:25 pm
 Juniata would probably have a good chance in that scenario, being 2nd to the table for the Mid-Atlantic after Scranton who would go early after the 2 NESCAC reps and currently with a 3-1 vrro, if their opponents continue to be ranked.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 21, 2018, 03:03:15 pm
The NCAA released the third set of women's basketball regional rankings with few changes from last week's version. This is the final set that we'll see before the Tournament bracket is released on Monday. Full list here: http://d3hoops.com/notables/2018/02/women-regional-rankings-third

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Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on February 21, 2018, 08:45:02 pm
Saratoga:Moravian is out!Great adjustments by Coach Woodruff and staff in 2nd half.Saratoga I think me and you should broadcast the next game and have ronk interviewing the floor.We can do a better job.One thing I can say Dean,Harry Scranton is very young also.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 21, 2018, 09:10:29 pm
Saratoga:Moravian is out!Great adjustments by Coach Woodruff and staff in 2nd half.Saratoga I think me and you should broadcast the next game and have ronk interviewing the floor.We can do a better job.One thing I can say Dean,Harry Scranton is very young also.

 No, Dean is very good at play-by-play and Harry very perceptive at analysis - what needs to happen, what is/isn't happening, and why. I have more problems with buffering on the video transmissions.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on February 21, 2018, 09:32:33 pm
Ronk I have to disagree:He is still calling players out from two years ago.Mike Remish and John McCormick where great play bye play.Not trying to get any points but Dave McHugh is probably the best announcer in D3 and I have been to alot of colleges my friend.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 21, 2018, 10:02:39 pm
Saratoga:Moravian is out!Great adjustments by Coach Woodruff and staff in 2nd half.Saratoga I think me and you should broadcast the next game and have ronk interviewing the floor.We can do a better job.One thing I can say Dean,Harry Scranton is very young also.

 No, Dean is very good at play-by-play and Harry very perceptive at analysis - what needs to happen, what is/isn't happening, and why. I have more problems with buffering on the video transmissions.

Ronk - I know Stretch is having issues these days... but maybe your computer connection struggles? I also know that Stretch can't provide variable bit-rate as of yet (it is a long story and I don't want to get started on it, honestly)... so if you connection is struggling with 720 HD... your stream is going to buffer. So... it could be a lot of things. SMH
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 21, 2018, 10:11:20 pm
Rofrog;

Completely agree that there is sometimes way too much chatter on the broadcasts.

There is a point that in the role of "color commentator" you let the "play by play' announcer do his or her job & stop talking over, under, around & through them, regardless of the point you're trying to make.

Additionally, although it's nice to know Moravian "is young"...(stated nearly 15 times throughout the broadcast), does he even realize the Lady Royals start 3 sophomores & a junior?

When it's mentioned that tonights opposition has "only 4 seniors on the team", does he even realize the Lady Royals have only two?

Although it's nice to hear repeatedly how Moravian is having "an off night"...do you for even one moment think the Scranton defense had anything to do with that?

I get that you don't want to come off as broadcast homers (such as John Sterling & Suzy) but in that process, try to find the positives your own school is accomplishing and stop acting like every team we face is either UConn or so young they just were brought up from an 8th. grade CYO team to fill in.

Regardless of where the Lady Royals season ends, they have turned in one heck of a remarkable year and in that process, they have played defense with pride & passion and their game plans coach has put together have been executed flawlessly thus far.

So the next time you want to reference a "young" group of kids, start by getting acquainted with the roster of the team you're doing the "color" for.



Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 21, 2018, 11:22:36 pm
Saratoga:Moravian is out!Great adjustments by Coach Woodruff and staff in 2nd half.Saratoga I think me and you should broadcast the next game and have ronk interviewing the floor.We can do a better job.One thing I can say Dean,Harry Scranton is very young also.

 No, Dean is very good at play-by-play and Harry very perceptive at analysis - what needs to happen, what is/isn't happening, and why. I have more problems with buffering on the video transmissions.

 Dave - Thanks for your thoughts.

Ronk - I know Stretch is having issues these days... but maybe your computer connection struggles? I also know that Stretch can't provide variable bit-rate as of yet (it is a long story and I don't want to get started on it, honestly)... so if you connection is struggling with 720 HD... your stream is going to buffer. So... it could be a lot of things. SMH
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on February 22, 2018, 10:14:10 am
have you heard some of the other commentators around d3? Come on let's lay off these guys.

Dean is a rarity in d3...professional level play by play...from a non-student.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 22, 2018, 03:04:42 pm
NEPA:

No issue with Dean at all, he does a great job.

It's the visiting color commentator that doesn't stop talking & runs into Dean's conversation all game.

Add to the conversation, don't detract from it.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on February 22, 2018, 04:23:41 pm
Nepafan:But it is okay for you to constamtly bash Goucher calling the kettle black my friend.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on February 22, 2018, 04:24:40 pm
constantly
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on February 22, 2018, 04:53:28 pm
Stating a record is not bashing. In fact you owe Dean and Harry an apology, or you could offer to do play by play on your own.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on February 22, 2018, 08:28:20 pm
And I'm stating a fact.Sorry it butt hurts you but the truth usually does.I owe no one an apology for which I have my opinion.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on February 23, 2018, 09:27:50 am
And I'm stating a fact.Sorry it butt hurts you but the truth usually does.I owe no one an apology for which I have my opinion.

You stating a fact or an opinion? I am sure Dean would love to have you up for a halftime interview, let's see how you sound on the air.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on February 23, 2018, 11:29:15 am
My opinion is based on you saying I owe them an apology!The fact of the story is they are still not that good.Like I said I have been to alot of d3 games and there are alot of Students broadcasting the game that do a better job.Go back to guys side of the Landmark Thats right there out.Smh
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 23, 2018, 06:34:30 pm


And on the 23rd. day, they began to eat their young....

Let's get back to basketball.

Not everyone appreciates the same coach or broadcast team the same way.

In Boston, some loved Farrell, management didn't.
Some love Jerry Remy, others don't.

In New York, some thought Gerardi was a God, others thought he was the second coming of Satan.
Some love John Sterling, others despise him.

In Baltimore, some Believe in Buck, others want him out.
Some love Jim Palmer, others find him self serving.

Probably even some that didn't enjoy Keith Jackson or Vin Scully (hard as that is to believe).

It's ok, it's just one persons view.

Absolutely no reason to infer some horrible injustice has been done because of a different perspective.

On three, you guys need a bro-hug.

1, 2,  :o
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Ryan Scott (Hoops Fan) on February 24, 2018, 07:17:33 am

I have no skin in this game, but who doesn't like John Sterling?  I think he's great, especially for the Yankees... oh, maybe that's why people don't like him.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on February 24, 2018, 08:07:09 am
This is d3basketball and we are making comparisons to professionals?


Sterling is a clown Ryan.

Has this whole forum lost its mind?  ;D
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: mailsy on February 24, 2018, 08:56:26 am
This is d3basketball and we are making comparisons to professionals?


Sterling is a clown Ryan.

Has this whole forum lost its mind?  ;D

Yes.  ;D
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 24, 2018, 09:22:45 am


NEPA:

Come on, you're an intelligent guy, look big picture.

My point is simply that in a group of fans regardless of the sport, there will be differences on coaching philosophy, playing surface, fan base, best concessions & yes, even broadcast teams be it at the DIII level or above.

By the way, Sterling is evil...as is the Empire.  ;)

Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 24, 2018, 07:36:03 pm
 Congrats to the Lady Royals on another conference championship(6th Landmark in 11 years & 24th, overall). It was a gritty win, usually the case going against the conference runner-up in the 3rd meeting of the season. Good prep for the coming NCAA tourney when the demands of instant reaction and anticipation are bigger factors than during the regular season. As noted elsewhere, the team is relatively young and still growing in their big game experience. To their credit, however, they have won all 4 OT games this year.
  Wrt OT, I had a discussion with Coach Woodruff at the game @ Catholic last month about the foul vs defend scenario(3-pt lead/under 10secs/opponent's ball) which came up in the 1st OT game this season(Messiah in December); thought there was an agreement to foul but maybe he forgot today.  ;D
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on February 24, 2018, 07:39:18 pm
 Ronk:He had feehry fouling Gracie Stauffer but the ref never called it.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on February 24, 2018, 07:42:36 pm
why wasn't this game played in prime time? Congrats to the ladies and the entire program.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 24, 2018, 08:01:50 pm
Ronk:He had feehry fouling Gracie Stauffer but the ref never called it.

 Guess you're going to have to foul the ball possessor.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on February 24, 2018, 08:34:41 pm
Ronk I guarantee she shoots that again she misses 9 out of 10 mann was all over her.It wasn't an open shot.But he was trying to foul gracie but the ref never called it and it was right on front of the ref.They also set up a great screen but Mann recovered and was in her face.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 24, 2018, 09:17:09 pm


Somewhat of an upset...Marymount knocks off Christopher Newport, also by a point.

Kate P's Cabrini club wins & gets the automatic.

Some games still to be played tomorrow that may have a bearing on which teams will be headed to the Electric City on Friday.


Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on February 24, 2018, 10:00:01 pm
Saratoga,Ronk,Nepafan any thoughts on Scrantons first game in the NCAA I will take a shot Valley Forge vs Scranton in 1st round
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 24, 2018, 11:24:26 pm
In my annual bid to help the NCAA with their bracketing, here's the half of the bracket that I care about :

#1 Amherst (TCNJ,Skidmore,Mt St Mary)
#2 Tufts (UNE,Keuka,Cabrini)
#3 Scranton (Marymount,SUNY-Geneseo,Stevens)
#4 Bowdoin (St Joe(ME),FDU,SUNY-Old Westbury)
#5 Rochester (Juniata,MIT,Hilbert)
#6 Montclair St (Gettysburg,Randolph-Macon,Mass-Boston)
#7 Messiah (CNU,Staten Island,Becker)
#8 Brooklyn (Roger Williams,Albright,Westfield St)
 
Sectional rounds (1-8 & 2-7; 3-6 & 4-5)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on February 24, 2018, 11:45:12 pm
 Looks like you have been doing it for awhile Ronk.I like it.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 25, 2018, 12:23:12 am
Ronk:He had feehry fouling Gracie Stauffer but the ref never called it.

Watched the replay; ball was inbound to Anstine; she had the ball for almost 2 secs before she passed to Atkinson; that was plenty of time to foul her; didn't look to me like Feehery tried to foul her.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on February 25, 2018, 12:47:19 am
That was right from the horses mouth just saying.Because he was screaming at feehry just saying
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on February 25, 2018, 12:53:07 am
Ronk tell you the truth I didn't even see her out there(Stauffer).Even the group around me said you need to foul.Maybe it was a miss communication out there
But Coach is a great coach I doubt he would let them tie the game but who knows.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 25, 2018, 01:36:32 am

Apparently the "big" he was referring to was Morgan Instone as she only shoots at 58%.

I watched the replay & Gracie wasn't even in the game at that point.

Too risky, all eyes are on where the ball is at that time, need to make the foul apparent.

The no-call that amazes me is right at the end of OT, Juniata lines up with .05 seconds left & Gracie runs right over Sophia right in front of the ref...he sees it because he shakes his head no & refuses to blow the whistle.
It's apparent that she initiates contact to hopefully get a call...it's just that the call should have been player control, Lady Royals ball.

Oh well, regardless...a happy ending.

My crack at the Scranton pod...

Scranton vs. Becker

Cabrini vs. Stevens.

I think Marymount will host over Brooklyn & Juniata will be somewhere in Ohio or possibly Thomas More.

Not so sure Albright makes the cut.

What a season these kids have put together.

Hope the old house is rocking next weekend!

Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: lefty2 on February 25, 2018, 10:06:10 am
I can't help but wonder if Rofrog, NEPAfan, Saratoga and Ronk unknowingly sit next to each at Scranton games and then come on here and bicker with each other.  I'm guessing one of them is Trevor's mom.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 25, 2018, 10:14:25 am
 Just carrying on the tradition from the MAC-Freedom days of Cold Case and Colonel John    ::)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: lefty2 on February 25, 2018, 10:37:39 am
Colonel John and the late Cold Case didn't root for the same team though.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 25, 2018, 11:01:12 am


I think the good Colonel was a closet Royal.  ;)

Big game up at Amherst today.

Tufts finally has their starters all back and they just might pull it off in Mammothville.

Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on February 25, 2018, 02:21:04 pm
I can't help but wonder if Rofrog, NEPAfan, Saratoga and Ronk unknowingly sit next to each at Scranton games and then come on here and bicker with each other.  I'm guessing one of them is Trevor's mom.

We do, we also put in a deposit on the 2018-2019 for a box at the long center. They don't want us sitting next to the general population.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: kate on February 25, 2018, 03:32:45 pm
Ronk, does Albright get a spot because they beat Tufts?  That's be great!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 25, 2018, 04:26:32 pm
Ronk, does Albright get a spot because they beat Tufts?  That's be great!

 Kate,
 The victory over Tufts would be contributory - a win, vrro positive result, increase in SOS for playing them; Albright is probably on the bubble; listen to hoopsville tonight ~ 6:30 for their run at pool C selection.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 25, 2018, 04:40:35 pm

Apparently the "big" he was referring to was Morgan Instone as she only shoots at 58%.

I watched the replay & Gracie wasn't even in the game at that point.

Too risky, all eyes are on where the ball is at that time, need to make the foul apparent.

The no-call that amazes me is right at the end of OT, Juniata lines up with .05 seconds left & Gracie runs right over Sophia right in front of the ref...he sees it because he shakes his head no & refuses to blow the whistle.
It's apparent that she initiates contact to hopefully get a call...it's just that the call should have been player control, Lady Royals ball.

Oh well, regardless...a happy ending.

My crack at the Scranton pod...

Scranton vs. Becker

Cabrini vs. Stevens.

I think Marymount will host over Brooklyn & Juniata will be somewhere in Ohio or possibly Thomas More.

Not so sure Albright makes the cut.

What a season these kids have put together.

Hope the old house is rocking next weekend!

 You're most likely right about Marymount hosting over Brooklyn or even TCNJ.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on February 28, 2018, 02:34:33 am
If Juniata gets by piedmont which I think they will.I think they will give Thomas more some fits Juniata has a really nice team.Ronk,Saratoga what is your take
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on February 28, 2018, 01:11:07 pm
If Juniata gets by piedmont which I think they will.I think they will give Thomas more some fits Juniata has a really nice team.Ronk,Saratoga what is your take

 Thomas More still has some talent from 2 years ago, the last time I saw them play. They didn't get any competition in their league unlike Juniata, but did win easily over CNU.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on February 28, 2018, 01:17:52 pm
Thomas More is a very good team. Abby Owings is the reason they won their last championship despite the fact Moss was still on the team. She is the program's all-time leading scorer (that's what happens when you are forced to scrub an entire season of Moss' records) and it isn't a joke.

TMC was good before Moss and they are good after. They don't get tested in their conference, but they also have a single loss at home in about six or more years. Juniata would have a very tough task in front of them.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 28, 2018, 06:27:10 pm


I saw Thomas More a few times this year for brief periods.

They are good but the teams I saw them play against were just not competitive.

Not sure that was because TM is that good, the competition was that bad or a combo of both.

I suspect the latter.

However, if Juniata (providing they win Friday) can clamp down on D as they are capable of...who knows.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on February 28, 2018, 10:15:18 pm

As we get ready for Friday's opening round game, here is a nice interview with Landmark Coach of the Year, Trevor Woodruff and 4 of his players.

By the way, in addition to accolades for Coach, both Bridgett Mann & Mackenzie Mason were named First Team All-Landmark with Bridgett also named Player of the Year and Katie Feehery was named to the Second Team.

Great selections & congratulations to all.

https://www.meridix.com/event/132186



Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on March 01, 2018, 03:09:27 am
Just wondering if d3hoops doings preview on the women's side  like they did on the men?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Ryan Scott (Hoops Fan) on March 01, 2018, 06:42:17 am
Just wondering if d3hoops doings preview on the women's side  like they did on the men?

It should be up today.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on March 01, 2018, 11:37:32 pm
I wonder if the games at Scranton will be played tomorrow or ppd until Saturday with the Snowstorm coming all different prediction 5-8,8-12 and from the local weather (That can't predict the weather 2-4)Weather channel is usually a curate and they said 8-12 so who knows?Teams are here!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 02, 2018, 01:20:05 am
I wonder if the games at Scranton will be played tomorrow or ppd until Saturday with the Snowstorm coming all different prediction 5-8,8-12 and from the local weather (That can't predict the weather 2-4)Weather channel is usually a curate and they said 8-12 so who knows?Teams are here!

Yes, the Lady Royals are going to have to do it without me if they play on Friday; I-81 in a blizzard is not a reasonable experience; don't know about a Sat/Sun tourney, yet.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on March 02, 2018, 02:46:50 am
Agreed ronk especially around frackville to Hazelton area tricky.I guess no preview for the ladies?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Ryan Scott (Hoops Fan) on March 02, 2018, 07:24:30 am
Agreed ronk especially around frackville to Hazelton area tricky.I guess no preview for the ladies?


http://d3hoops.com/playoffs/women/2018/tournament-preview
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on March 02, 2018, 08:46:26 am
hope the video holds up for you ronk....maybe we'll get High Def one of these days.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 02, 2018, 09:04:23 am

Obviously there are a number of host sites being affected by this storm across the Northeast.

It also appears obvious that the NCAA leadership would rather play the games in less than ideal conditions & impact the many fans who would otherwise attend because they don't want to pay for another days lodging & meals to the teams that have traveled.

Why not just make the call to cancel, move the games to 5:00 & 7:00 Saturday & the first round championship gets played Sunday at 3:00.

Make the call Bobbi, the NCAA can afford it.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on March 02, 2018, 09:45:14 am

Obviously there are a number of host sites being affected by this storm across the Northeast.

It also appears obvious that the NCAA leadership would rather play the games in less than ideal conditions & impact the many fans who would otherwise attend because they don't want to pay for another days lodging & meals to the teams that have traveled.

Why not just make the call to cancel, move the games to 5:00 & 7:00 Saturday & the first round championship gets played Sunday at 3:00.

Make the call Bobbi, the NCAA can afford it.

In my 20-plus years of following the tournament they've never done a blanket postponement. (Not a cancellation.) They have postponed games at individual sites, however, and if the situations on the ground require it then I'm sure they'll do it.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on March 02, 2018, 08:37:14 pm
scranton game and other mens game aren't working for me...is it just me?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 02, 2018, 09:00:39 pm

Unfortunately, I'm snowed in but the Lady Royals game worked perfectly for me.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 02, 2018, 10:49:40 pm

Unfortunately, I'm snowed in but the Lady Royals game worked perfectly for me.

 Guess it's good I didn't try to make it.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 03, 2018, 01:53:40 am


Better safe than sorry.

Today should be a nice day for a road trip & it's always a nice day for a win!

How ironic will it be if Bridgett ends up breaking the all-time Scranton 3 point shooting record against the very same player that's held it all these years... Cabrini coach Kate P.?

Of all the great Lady Royal players that have come & gone & been a part of these records, to think that the changing of the guard just may happen under these circumstances is pretty neat & statistically, pretty improbable.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 03, 2018, 10:23:00 am


Better safe than sorry.

Today should be a nice day for a road trip & it's always a nice day for a win!

How ironic will it be if Bridgett ends up breaking the all-time Scranton 3 point shooting record against the very same player that's held it all these years... Cabrini coach Kate P.?

Of all the great Lady Royal players that have come & gone & been a part of these records, to think that the changing of the guard just may happen under these circumstances is pretty neat & statistically, pretty improbable.

 Kate is such a competitor that her game plan today will be to prevent Bridgette from making any 3-pt attempts.  ::)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 03, 2018, 02:16:29 pm

Wish the Lady Royals would play their games at 7:00 like Bowdoin does.

Gives people a chance to get things done on a Sat. then head to the game.

Obviously, game times are not dictated by the NCAA as Bowdoin plays at 7:00 & even Amherst is at 6:00.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 03, 2018, 03:07:55 pm
 NCAA dictates a range of starting times: no earlier than 5 PM, no later than 8.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on March 03, 2018, 07:17:48 pm
Great thing that came out of this game against Cabrini today was take Bridget out and other players stepped up.Great win Lady Royals Team effort.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 03, 2018, 09:17:24 pm


Well then, realize Scranton is like LA, they like the later starting times.

Two years ago the Elite 8 game vs. Tufts was at 3 & half the students were still lost at the parade.
They may have actually found their way home by 7.  ;)

In all seriousness, who would have ever thought that a team loaded with freshmen & sophomores & coming off the graduation of two All-Americans would be able to be in the position these kids are in??

Survive & advance.

An ugly win is still far better than a pretty loss.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 03, 2018, 09:33:34 pm
 From the bracket seeding, the Lady Royals should be hosting the sectional(Messiah-Bowdoin > 500 miles, leaving only Scranton and Tufts to host) facing a foe(Bowdoin) from those back-to back years of 2004 & 2005. The 2005 game in Scranton was perhaps the finest D3 women's game I've seen, considering the opponent and the importance(Elite 8). We'll find out tomorrow.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on March 03, 2018, 09:55:34 pm
a little juice in the long center , congrats
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on March 04, 2018, 12:09:06 am
Nepafan:Can you imagine next weekend if Scranton host Packed house!Ronk,toga The four host for next week Amherst,Thomas More,Scranton and Wartburg what do you think?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 04, 2018, 12:13:59 am
 It'll be Hope instead of Thomas More.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on March 04, 2018, 12:16:34 am
Dave good call on Thomas More I thought Juniata would have at least gave them a game!(Wow)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on March 04, 2018, 02:26:42 pm
Just in Scranton to host this weekend.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 04, 2018, 02:39:27 pm

Rofrog;

Just in from where?

I was just on the NCAA site & nothing was posted 10 minutes ago.

Did it just go up?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on March 04, 2018, 03:14:27 pm
Twitter University of Scranton and Facebook
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 04, 2018, 03:17:47 pm


Ok thanks...it's now on the Lady Royal Homepage as well.

FANtastic!!!  :)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 04, 2018, 04:43:40 pm
 If the Lady Royals win out, they most likely would have to beat Bowdoin, Tufts, and Amherst in succession.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on March 04, 2018, 08:38:02 pm
Scranton wants to be on par with these nesac schools. Not sure they are there yet
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on March 05, 2018, 12:11:23 am
So messiah shouldn't even show up then according to ronk and Amherst is in the Championship game already we have alot of game to be played.Amherst had a scare this week.Just saying.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on March 05, 2018, 12:15:41 am
This is a great year for this young and I mean young lady Royals team and as far as Scranton be on par with the Nescac they are there if not very close .This team was picked 3rd not first like the men and they proved everyone wrong even myself I thought it would be a rebuilding year after losing 2 all Americans. I personally think this team is better then last year's team!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on March 05, 2018, 12:16:27 am
One other thing do you see what coaching does!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 05, 2018, 01:41:44 am


You know, perhaps the Lady Royals aren't quite there just yet as far as being "on par" with Tufts & Bowdoin, but the great thing is, here they are anyway, hosting those schools with at least one more game to play.

As Rofrog has pointed out, not too shabby for a team that graduated two All-Americans & is loaded with freshmen & sophomores.

This group of kids have already far surpassed everyone else's expectations & they're playing with house money.

Some schools never get to the Field of 64, Sweet 16 or Elite 8....ever.

This team knows nothing else under Coach Woodruff and regardless of what happens next against Bowdoin, Tufts or Messiah, they've already shown what some talent, combined with a dose of heart & passion can do when mixed with equal parts of quality coaching.

Well done ladies, well done!



















Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 05, 2018, 01:55:38 am
So messiah shouldn't even show up then according to ronk and Amherst is in the Championship game already we have alot of game to be played.Amherst had a scare this week.Just saying.

 Tufts is merely the favorite in the Messiah game, not the foregone winner; they'll still have defeat a good Messiah team. Look for Leah Springer to be a big factor for Messiah.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on March 05, 2018, 01:56:46 am
Saratoga well said  This is great accomplishments  for Coach Woodruff 1st season 30-1 elite 8,2nd year 26-4 sweet sixteen and this year is far from over 28-1 and hosting there second sectional not bad. ha some teams would love to have one of those seasons.Great job all around
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on March 05, 2018, 01:58:00 am
You know what I say about big favorite through it out the window.The game is played on the floor not paper.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on March 05, 2018, 01:58:29 am
throw
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on March 05, 2018, 02:00:56 am
Ronk did you see what happened on opening weekend d3 hoops darling was knocked out Washington u.That is why the game is played on the floor and not on paper or by experts!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on March 05, 2018, 02:04:39 am
Ronk saw the number one recruit at long center also this weekend.More to come
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 05, 2018, 02:09:06 am
send me a PM or email about her.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on March 05, 2018, 02:14:13 am
You coming up.tomScranton this week?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on March 05, 2018, 02:15:30 am
You know who I am you sit by me at the away games at Catholic,Voucher and York pa this year
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on March 05, 2018, 02:16:08 am
goucher
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 05, 2018, 08:19:40 am
You coming up.tomScranton this week?

 Yes, I intend to be there, weather permitting.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on March 05, 2018, 06:35:01 pm
Hopefully the teams get in before Wednesday another Storm coming.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on March 05, 2018, 09:26:20 pm
I really like this young lady Royals chances of beating Bowdoin.I also like the chances of Messiah beating tufts if you look tufts lost to Albright which plays in the same conference As Messiah they will give tufts some fits all you do is shut down baptista and I think Coach Miller will go over that video time and time!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 05, 2018, 10:29:27 pm

Rofrog:

Just shutting down Melissa Baptista may be easier said than done.

As you know, some may have felt if you shut down Bridgett Mann you'll stop Scranton & I think Cabrini found out that wasn't actually true.

Tufts has multiple options just like the Lady Royals and Baptista wasn't even their top scorer this season, that honor goes to Erica DeCandida.

Add in a backcourt that's played together 3 years (Jac Knapp & Lauren Dillon) and throw in the NESCAC ROY in Emily Briggs & Tufts presents matchup challenges all over the court.

The fact that they have a pretty experienced coach doesn't hurt either.

At this point in the season, every team left brings multiple ways they can win.

The upsets become fewer & the cream really does rise to the top.

Too bad the UofS Spring break begins on Friday as that may impact the student section somewhat.

However, the Lady Royal focus & attention will be all on Bowdoin & devising a plan to slow them down and keep them from crashing the boards for second and third chance opportunities.

What a great time of year!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 05, 2018, 10:44:52 pm

Rofrog:

Just shutting down Melissa Baptista may be easier said than done.

As you know, some may have felt if you shut down Bridgett Mann you'll stop Scranton & I think Cabrini found out that wasn't actually true.

Tufts has multiple options just like the Lady Royals and Baptista wasn't even their top scorer this season, that honor goes to Erica DeCandida.

Add in a backcourt that's played together 3 years (Jac Knapp & Lauren Dillon) and throw in the NESCAC ROY in Emily Briggs & Tufts presents matchup challenges all over the court.

The fact that they have a pretty experienced coach doesn't hurt either.

At this point in the season, every team left brings multiple ways they can win.

The upsets become fewer & the cream really does rise to the top.

Too bad the UofS Spring break begins on Friday as that may impact the student section somewhat.

However, the Lady Royal focus & attention will be all on Bowdoin & devising a plan to slow them down and keep them from crashing the boards for second and third chance opportunities.

What a great time of year!

 You think they're going to miss out on St. Patrick's day parade festivities?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on March 06, 2018, 01:46:27 am
Ronk I agree 100%.Down at the Beer distributor las t Friday kids  from the U reserving ther kegs of natty ice lol.Not one but  two kegs  at a time.What a time of the year in the electric city.Toga i think that is a big key to this game!I know that you play five players but if you hold her to 10 points and not 26 I will take my shots Any day on anyone else beating them and I guarantee Mike Miller has that in his game plan maybe not completely stop but contain her.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on March 06, 2018, 07:10:42 am
Juniata was going to stick with ThomasMore too. They got smoked.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 06, 2018, 10:52:16 am

Ronk;

I guess my concern is based upon the fact that all UofS residence halls will close at 8:00pm on Friday.

If you have an apartment, no problem.

But, I have a hunch all the freshmen & sophomores in the dorms don't have a lot of say in the matter & the school apparently doesn't want them around Friday & Sat. night...I wonder why? :)

Additionally, there are probably kids taking off to Florida, Cancun & the Bahamas right after classes finish.

Too bad Spring Break wasn't a week later.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 06, 2018, 10:57:16 am

Ronk;

I guess my concern is based upon the fact that all UofS residence halls will close at 8:00pm on Friday.

If you have an apartment, no problem.

But, I have a hunch all the freshmen & sophomores in the dorms don't have a lot of say in the matter & the school apparently doesn't want them around Friday & Sat. night...I wonder why? :)

Additionally, there are probably kids taking off to Florida, Cancun & the Bahamas right after classes finish.

Too bad Spring Break wasn't a week later.

 Do u think the AD of the year can reverse that so that the home-court advantage isn't reduced?   ;D
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on March 06, 2018, 11:22:52 am
Seems like the crowd was feeding off the Cabrini crowd, they brought a good crowd that was vocal.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 06, 2018, 12:03:27 pm
Cabrini had an old drunk guy the kids got on especially after he attempted to storm the court after a call against them & had to be yanked back by some other fans.

Crazy.

I'm sure the place will be hopping but it would have been nice to have everyone on campus this week.

I'll point the Spring Break issue out to Dave & let him know that if it isn't corrected for next year, you'll no longer send that big check. :'(
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on March 06, 2018, 03:06:44 pm
If the Lady Royals win out, they most likely would have to beat Bowdoin, Tufts, and Amherst in succession.

Um... you forgot a round. What about the semifinals? :)

Wartburg, St. Thomas... others... before Amherst. :)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 06, 2018, 03:44:05 pm
If the Lady Royals win out, they most likely would have to beat Bowdoin, Tufts, and Amherst in succession.

Um... you forgot a round. What about the semifinals? :)

Wartburg, St. Thomas... others... before Amherst. :)

 As is said in the math world, necessary but not sufficient to win out; yes, a semifinal win is required, also, to win out. That was for the benefit of the NESCAC chatterers; we haven't had any Wartburgers on this end of the boards.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 06, 2018, 05:18:21 pm


Just wondering...

Have the Scranton men ever hosted in Danzig's tenure besides the year Ursinus forgot to apply to host & it was given to the Royals?

If that's it, that's one heck of a long time without a mens playoff game inside the Long Center.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 06, 2018, 06:14:37 pm


Just wondering...

Have the Scranton men ever hosted in Danzig's tenure besides the year Ursinus forgot to apply to host & it was given to the Royals?

If that's it, that's one heck of a long time without a mens playoff game inside the Long Center.

Yes, I think @ Baruch(William Paterson) in 06, Gettysburg(Elms) in 08, F&M(Brandeis), William Paterson(Messiah), Brockport(Hobart), and Babson(Baruch).
 I'm remembering the Brockport year that the Royals finished high enough in the regional rankings to host but the NCAA had a geographical need to take the Mid-Atlantic's host and give it to the South(Emory).
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on March 06, 2018, 07:54:28 pm
To top it off Saratoga: that drunk man was a family member of the coaching staff smh.I remember seeing him at alot of royal games in the past.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 06, 2018, 09:52:23 pm

Rofrog:

I'm assuming the association of the crazy guy is with Cabrini.

Ronk;

There was another road trip by Scranton.

In 2011 they were sent packing to Williams to face Becker 90210

Another first round exit.

That's pretty unbelievable...all these years & not once earning a host site for the hallowed hardwood of the Long Center.


Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on March 07, 2018, 10:12:45 am
The women have been a blessing and a curse to this fan lol. Maybe they'll build a court devoted to the women's team so both can host.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on March 07, 2018, 12:08:14 pm
The women have been a blessing and a curse to this fan lol. Maybe they'll build a court devoted to the women's team so both can host.

That won't happen. UWSP has dedicated courts and the NCAA (DIII rules) has indicated they will not allow them to dual host there, either. Can't have exceptions to the rules because it only causes chaos. Also, the rule is in place because they don't want either tournament slighted compared to the other. In some way, administrations would have to make decisions on where resources go or how each is treated. Hard to duplicate both equally. Stevenson, if they ever had the chance, could do a split as well... again, won't be allowed.

Scranton men have been in a position to host on several occasions and the women having priority has thwarted them. There also was one year (2014?) where we all felt Scranton should have hosted and the committee pulled out from them. There was a famous pod at VWC (now VWU; they should have hosted) that had three Mid-Atlantic teams in it; bracketing that year wasn't the best effort.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: lefty2 on March 07, 2018, 06:14:56 pm
The women have been a blessing and a curse to this fan lol. Maybe they'll build a court devoted to the women's team so both can host.
The Woodruff Dome?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 07, 2018, 06:53:37 pm


If Trevor keeps winning at the pace he's established, he'll at least get another office to meet those new recruits and new bleachers in the Long Center while the Dome is being constructed.



Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on March 08, 2018, 11:04:42 am
I was going to write that I was being sarcastic...but didn't think I needed to.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: lefty2 on March 08, 2018, 11:32:27 am
I was going to write that I was being sarcastic...but didn't think I needed to.
Anything I post about Trevor is sarcastic.  Except the one about him looking great on the radio.  That was sincere.  And true.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on March 08, 2018, 06:30:02 pm
I was going to write that I was being sarcastic...but didn't think I needed to.

Yeah... I can get you might have been... but you wouldn't believe how many people who aren't following along or whatnot think those are real options... so I try and make sure to cover the bases. :)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on March 08, 2018, 08:01:32 pm
I was going to write that I was being sarcastic...but didn't think I needed to.
Anything I post about Trevor is sarcastic.  Except the one about him looking great on the radio.  That was sincere.  And true.

With friends like you...
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on March 09, 2018, 10:52:48 pm
That 2nd quarter decided that game.Great year Ladies you will be back at it again .Thank you seniors
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 09, 2018, 11:03:05 pm

What an absolutely fantastic season by the Lady Royals.

That said, congratulations to Tufts & Bowdoin...the two best teams standing.

Trevor used smoke, mirrors & duct tape and he brought these kids as far as they could go.

A great game to watch & the Lady Royals have absolutely no reason to hang their heads...they left everything on the court.

Give Bowdoin credit, every time the ladies made a run, they nailed their open looks or got an offensive rebound to reset.

Scranton needs some help on the wing to take some of the pressure off Bridgett but what a wonderful finish for Katie & Katie.

Thanks everyone for another fantastic season.

Seven more months till practice starts!!!
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on March 09, 2018, 11:17:55 pm
Comment from a Bowdoin fan im only quoting him (We never shoot this many threes)Well he was in a zone for sometime smh .
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 09, 2018, 11:21:23 pm

One killer of a stat...

Bowdoin had 19 offensive rebounds, Lady Royals had 4.

Killed on the glass & multiple shots in the same sequence will eventually do you in.

Should be a great game tomorrow...I'm going with:

Bowdoin: 53

Tufts: 65

Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on March 09, 2018, 11:29:25 pm
Saratoga here is another stat Bowdoin 32.9 pct from the field 35.7 from beyond the arc 10-28Scranton 40.0 from the field 16.7 pct from the arc3-18  big difference 30pts to 9 pts
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 09, 2018, 11:37:05 pm

Bowdoin had multiple kids willing to shoot after finding the soft spot in the zone...the Lady Royals were trying to be too perfect on every possession and were tentative on the trigger.

These kids rode the gravy train as far as they could.

What a finish for Katie F.

Talk about improving her game & wanting the ball...hope she can pull a Moravian & find a fifth year.  ;)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 10, 2018, 12:44:44 am
 Thanks to the 2 Katies for laying the groundwork for a great season, one not thought possible in many quarters. And to Katie F., you're in my top 5 Royals all-time for improvement over the 4 years, despite playing behind 2 All-Americans. Best wishes to both in the future.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 10, 2018, 03:09:14 pm

One killer of a stat...

Bowdoin had 19 offensive rebounds, Lady Royals had 4.

Killed on the glass & multiple shots in the same sequence will eventually do you in.

Should be a great game tomorrow...I'm going with:

Bowdoin: 53

Tufts: 65


 I'll go with Tufts also, but by a lesser difference, say 6. Likewise, it should be a great game. Tufts has just a little more everything; what they don't have is Kate Kerrigan who won't let Bowdoin lose. Kate's high school teammate was Tufts' PG Lauren Dillon(from talking with Kate's father after the game). I mentioned to him that Kate was my favorite player from her AAU days 4 summers ago.
  Thought the Scranton strategy to start with a 3-2 zone defense was commendable; the defenders were just too slow to close out the Bowdoin 3-pt shooters. Bowdoin had more such shots(most, uncontested) in each of the 1st 2 quarters than Scranton had total shots. Scranton knew about Kate being a force on the offensive boards; sometimes, it's hard to translate that knowledge into effective results. That's part of what separates the great players from the rest of us.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Maine 1 on March 10, 2018, 03:48:46 pm
 I thought Scranton's zone was soft and  they stayed in it too long.  Bowdoin was getting easy uncontested threes, and a lot of them.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on March 10, 2018, 07:11:56 pm
Maine one agreed he meaning coach never played zone (much) all year long then he does it this game after 2 3pt you switch he did stay in it to long .
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on March 10, 2018, 07:12:30 pm
Look it is the 3 period they are 1-9
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on March 10, 2018, 07:13:43 pm
Stats don't lie they had 30 pts off of 3 pts we had 9
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on March 10, 2018, 07:14:49 pm
I know one thing they will be calling Scranton Nescac south.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on March 11, 2018, 09:23:12 pm
Everyone enjoy the off season hopefully the recruits are committed and they release them in July not November.Saratoga see you around.Ronk maybe catch you at a couple aau games.Be safe all
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on March 11, 2018, 09:38:49 pm
Everyone enjoy the off season hopefully the recruits are committed and they release them in July not November.Saratoga see you around.Ronk maybe catch you at a couple aau games.Be safe all

We can talk about them in July all we want, but don't they have to get on campus, start classes, show up at practices, get a jersey, and start to play before it really matters? :) This is DIII, not DI. They are beholden to the schools or the teams.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on March 11, 2018, 11:07:11 pm
Dave deposits have to be made by May.So I think a coach has a great idea who is committed to the school.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on March 11, 2018, 11:11:16 pm
Dave deposits have to be made by May.So I think a coach has a great idea who is committed to the school.

Oh I know that... but my point is, there are plenty of examples of players who end up either not showing up after their deposit is put down, change their minds after they get to campus, don't pan out once practices start (or before, just ask the Mary Washington women what that is all about), or don't play - heck... even injuries play a roll.

Many ask why I don't get excited about recruiting in DIII... all of those reasons have factored into many recruits not actually playing for teams everyone expected them. I don't get serious about players until I see them playing in games.

So I was giving a hard time, tongue and cheek wise, because of how much in DIII is unknown in this department.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on March 12, 2018, 09:08:31 am
Are any issues you raise unique to d3?
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on March 12, 2018, 12:29:13 pm
Are any issues you raise unique to d3?

Yes... all unique to D3. In D2 and D1 student-athletes who are getting scholarships sign contracts. There is a lot more going on before that student even steps on campus. And coaches know full well who is coming and who will have a jersey.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on March 12, 2018, 01:44:02 pm
Yet they can still decommit, or decided not to show up in September. Point is there is uncertainty at ever level, the ability to talk about recruits is what keeps posters like us to remain engaged through the summer.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on March 12, 2018, 02:06:06 pm
Yet they can still decommit, or decided not to show up in September. Point is there is uncertainty at ever level, the ability to talk about recruits is what keeps posters like us to remain engaged through the summer.

I just feel that when a recruit commits at the higher levels, there is FAR more certainty they are coming and playing... based basically on the paperwork they have to sign (rightly or wrongly). I think in DIII it can be a total crap shoot.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on March 13, 2018, 12:08:06 am
 Dave I have to disagree with the total crap shoot theory.These kids go to.the school first and for emost for academic as in d1 they gp for the scholarships and to make money.This is why I love d3 because these kids go for there education first   athletics last.I truly believe these coaches know who is coming to school they start re rioting as a junior and so on.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on March 13, 2018, 12:14:21 am
Also I can tell you every year,It gets out there you see them at the games that they are the next one to come to the U.Thst is why I don't understand why hold on to November that was my point.Nepafan,Saratoga,ronk and I share little notes behind close doors because we know who is coming(Sometimes)One thing I have to say about Danzing he always mentions his recruits way before the season starts)!So it's not the part about if they show up its about putting it out there so your fan base can start getting excited for that purpose.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on March 13, 2018, 01:33:57 am
sorry it is suppose to say recruit not re rioting
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: NEPAFAN on March 13, 2018, 09:39:37 am
rofrog you can edit your posts , there should be a modify button..

And glad we agree on the recruits. ;)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 13, 2018, 10:13:40 am
Gentleman,

No recruits are secure until Ronk submits his paperwork to four NESCAC schools and one Landmark.

Article IV, Section II of the NCAA Division III bylaws clearly states:

Only upon actual written receipt of said scouting report from Ronk will aforementioned schools (Amherst, Williams, Tufts, Middlebury, Scranton and on occasion, CNU) be allowed to release the names of incoming student athletes.


Therefore, any delay in hearing about recruits/transfers appears to be less on the respective coaches and a little more on the Ronkster filing his AAU reports a little sooner. ;)


Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 13, 2018, 11:44:35 am
Gentleman,

No recruits are secure until Ronk submits his paperwork to four NESCAC schools and one Landmark.

Article IV, Section II of the NCAA Division III bylaws clearly states:

Only upon actual written receipt of said scouting report from Ronk will aforementioned schools (Amherst, Williams, Tufts, Middlebury, Scranton and on occasion, CNU) be allowed to release the names of incoming student athletes.


Therefore, any delay in hearing about recruits/transfers appears to be less on the respective coaches and a little more on the Ronkster filing his AAU reports a little sooner. ;)

 At the moment, I have Tufts(2), CNU(2), Catholic(2), Muhlenberg(1), Wesleyan(1), Trinity-CT & TX(1 each), Carnegie-Mellon(1), Lynchburg(1), MIT(1) and Scranton,Amherst,Williams,Middlebury(0) of the ones who have verballed to D3 schools. The MIT and Carnegie-Mellon choices were my highest ranked prospects of these. Still a few undeclareds remaining, but hopefully, Trevor has more on his own list.

BTW, I had 2(Kerrigan,Sire) of the regional POYs announced today on my past lists; missed out on Bridgette because she didn't play much AAU.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Dave 'd-mac' McHugh on March 13, 2018, 04:49:31 pm
Dave I have to disagree with the total crap shoot theory.These kids go to.the school first and for emost for academic as in d1 they gp for the scholarships and to make money.This is why I love d3 because these kids go for there education first   athletics last.I truly believe these coaches know who is coming to school they start re rioting as a junior and so on.

I am fully aware of the decisions students make to come to DIII. I have been in and around DIII since the mid-90s. I am a former DIII student-athlete. Proud of that. But that is also why I can say from personal experience it can be a crap shoot. I have had incredible talented teammates decide not to play anymore. Recruits were swear were going to play decide to stick to academics (and I was a fall sport, so that is a quick decision). Of course transfers because the school didn't fit what they wanted - nothing to do with academics (heck, some of that Scranton has experienced lately).

And yes, coaches get a sense of who is coming... but I know from a story of a friend of mine who's daughter was being recruiting by one of the top CCIW teams to come play for them. That coach was pretty sure the decision was their's. When the player chose her school, it was a more local one without the same prowess of a program. The CCIW coach was a bit surprised. They may know who they have coming starting with recruiting in mid-Junior year, but that doesn't mean things don't change even at the last minute. I have heard the stories, seen them play out, there is a comment on another board of a player committed to Loras who has now decommitted and looking at DII.

It is what it is and I just don't buy that much stock in the pre-season excitement.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: saratoga on March 13, 2018, 10:28:03 pm

Somewhat of a head scratcher with the Mid-Atlantic pick for Women's Coach of the Year.

Fully agree that Juniata had a very nice season, received an at large bid to the tournament & even won a game.

However, the Scranton coaching staff with the loss of not one but two All-Americans, picked third by the other coaches in the Landmark turns around and not only wins the regular season but then wins the Landmark tournament, hosts the first round (wins both games) and then is picked as the host site for the Sectionals, advances to the Sweet 16 for the second straight year (the Elite 8) the previous season and gives Bowdoin one of its toughest games all season & by the way...ends up 28-2 & somehow Juniata's 23-6 record creates a more worthy coaching staff??

I would argue the body of work between the two teams certainly suggests otherwise.

Having a really nice season is one thing, having a truly fantastic eye-opening one is quite another.

Not saying this was a bad call by the other Landmark coaches, but it most certainly is the wrong call.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on March 13, 2018, 10:46:45 pm
Juniata was 10-15 last year, and 2-12 in the Landmark. Improved by 13 wins. That was the case for Danny Young-Uhrich.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on March 14, 2018, 11:21:11 pm
Talking about recruiting watching Syracuse tonight heard Boeheim speak of his daughter and playing the states.Well checked it out she will be going to U of R nice article.
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: ronk on March 15, 2018, 12:04:33 am
Talking about recruiting watching Syracuse tonight heard Boeheim speak of his daughter and playing the states.Well checked it out she will be going to U of R nice article.

 Knew about her but her AAU tourney choices last summer didn't coincide with mine. Thought Jim would return the favor of stealing Gerry MacNamara by having her go to Scranton.  ;)
Title: Re: Landmark Conference
Post by: Rofrog on March 15, 2018, 01:26:35 am
Pretty interesting story on how he rushed Syracuse into giving him the head coaching job by saying