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Men's soccer / Re: 2016 NCAA Tournament
« on: December 01, 2016, 09:47:38 am »
The second two coaches interviews . . .

December 1, 2016
Interview: Michael Coven, Brandeis men's coach
By Ryan Harmanis

December 1, 2016
Interview: Ryan Souders, Calvin men's coach
By Ryan Harmanis

Men's soccer / Re: 2016 NCAA Tournament
« on: November 30, 2016, 10:05:31 pm »
And the second of the four interviews with the Final Four men's head coaches is posted . . .

November 30, 2016
Interview: Josh Shapiro, Tufts men's coach
By Ryan Harmanis

Men's soccer / Re: 2016 NCAA Tournament
« on: November 30, 2016, 09:26:37 am »
Apologies that's tournament coverage this year has been running behind schedule.  Lots of OT at my paying job and family life have made it impossible for me to keep up this year, and it seems all our staff/contributors have less time to devote to the site this year.  Anyway, we just published the first of four interviews with the Final Four men's head coaches.  Ryan does an excellent job with these.

November 30, 2016
Interview: Jon Lowery, St. Thomas men's coach
By Ryan Harmanis

Men's soccer / Re: 2016 NCAA Tournament
« on: November 09, 2016, 01:10:40 pm »
One more quick thing that I noticed...Is this new?

Transcontinental Quadrant

I never remember this? Just an interesting side note as it looks like they dropped the West name...

The names of the quadrants are not given by the NCAA and therefore are not official. It's just something we at do so we have some way of referring to them. And sometimes the teams and the pods of a quadrant are so scattered that there's just no name that fits except something like "Transcontinental".  We used that twice before for the men in 2011 ( and 2012 (, but have avoided using it until again until this year. We've used it for the women in 2011 and 2014.

There are no set four names we use every year.  Almost every year two of the quadrants could both be given the designation "Northeast", but then we look to see if one could be named "New England" or "Mid-Atlantic", and if not maybe "East" or "Atlantic".  And then there's always one quadrant (sometimes almost two) that could go "Central", "North Central" or Midwest" with one designation perhaps seeming a little more appropriate given the mix of teams and pod sites that year.  Sometimes we can use "Great Lakes" or "West", etc.  I probably over-think the naming, but it is nice to have a name for referencing purposes, especially when we get to the sectionals.

Men's soccer / Re: Liberty League
« on: November 02, 2016, 11:38:49 pm »
I'm looking at the East region rankings and they're sitting at #2 below Cortland and above Oneonta.

You must be looking at the one that doesn't count.  Vassar is at #7 in the NCAA rankings (as opposed to NSCAA).

stlawus, might I suggest one of these:

October 15, 2016
Coming Wednesday: the rankings that matter
By Christan Shirk

2016 NCAA Regional Rankings

Men's soccer / Re: 2016 D3 Season: NATIONAL PERSPECTIVE
« on: October 29, 2016, 10:57:26 pm »
Redlands have lost 3 in a row and somehow are listed as regular season champs.  Is that right?  Is La Verne ineligible?

No, I must have miscalculated or otherwise screwed up when I thought they had clinched the top spot.

Men's soccer / Re: UAA 2016
« on: October 28, 2016, 04:39:29 pm »
I did not realize that NYU Mens Soccer Head Coach is a woman. There has been no story on this site about it and frankly it could / should be a national story. Is this a 1st in Men's College Sports? I believe it is a 1st in Men's College Soccer. We all applauded Serpone this summer for hiring a women's assistant but this is a whole different level. Maybe I have my info wrong but it seems she was named Head Coach in 2015. Can anyone confirm and if so this would make an excellent piece for all you writers for

NOTE: NYU website say's she took over in 2015 after the 2nd game of the season. Another question i obviously have is what happened to longtime Head Coach Joe Behan? To resign before the 2nd game of the 2015 season means plenty of possibilities....1. Major Coaching rule violation 2. Major Player Off-Field issues or 3. Major Health issues. Either way I would be curious to know the situation. NYU Men's Soccer has been so irrelevant since their lucky 2006 NCAA Final 4 run that I had no idea he had resigned. did include her hire as the last entry in our 2015 Coaching Carousel (, reposting the article from the NYU men's soccer page ( on our website (

That article on the NYU site did not mention the fact that she was the first-ever woman to be head coach of an NCAA men's soccer team, so this is the first I am hearing about that.  It is noteworthy and we'd be happy to publish an article on her.  We'd just need someone to write the article.  I'm over-extended (too say the least) just keeping up on the administrative/behind-the-scenes stuff and I'm not sure any of our weekly columnists have time to work on such a column.  We depend fully on volunteer, unpaid submissions, whether from regular columnists or one-time/irregular submissions, so I'm making an open invitation for someone to write an article for  PM or e-mail me.

Men's soccer / Re: 2016 D3 Season: NATIONAL PERSPECTIVE
« on: October 19, 2016, 05:03:12 pm »
Some teams with good W-L-T Records, but low SOS.

   Regional Rank
Colorado College (11-2-1)
   West #2
Buffalo State (10-4-1)
   East #6
Haverford (9-2-2)
   Mid-Atlantic #4
Dominican (10-2-2)
   Central #5
Milwaukee Engineering (10-6-0)
Scranton (10-3-0)
   Mid-Atlantic #6
Carnegie Mellon (9-2-2)
   Great Lakes #7
Benedictine (10-3-1)
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (9-4-1)
Kenyon (11-2-0)
   Great Lakes #6
Stevens (8-4-1)
Roanoke (6-4-3)
St. Norbert (13-3-0)
   North #6
UW-Platteville (10-6-0)
Chapman (9-4-2)
North Carolina Wesleyan (10-4-0)
Redlands (13-2-0)
   West #4
Knox (12-3-1)
Johns Hopkins (9-3-2)
   Mid-Atlantic #9
Calvin (12-2-0)
   Central #6
Gordon (9-3-1)
Houghton (8-2-3)
Lebanon Valley (9-2-0)
   Mid-Atlantic #8
Merchant Marine (9-4-2)
La Verne (9-3-1)
Grove City (10-3-1)
Wentworth (9-2-4)
Thomas More (8-5-1)
Capital (11-1-2)
Eastern (10-3-1)
Mary Washington (10-3-0)
Springfield (12-1-1)
Geneva (10-3-1)
Transylvania (8-2-3)
Maryville (Tenn.) (11-2-0)
Randolph-Macon (8-2-2)
Hood (9-4-0)
Birmingham-Southern (9-4-1)
Penn State-Behrend (12-1-3)
Medaille (9-3-2)
Thomas (9-4-1)
Central (9-5-0)
Penn State-Harrisburg (10-4-0)
Penn State-Abington (10-2-0)
Morrisville State (11-2-0)
Immaculata (9-4-1)

Men's soccer / Re: 2016 D3 Season: NATIONAL PERSPECTIVE
« on: October 19, 2016, 04:20:59 pm »
(games through Sunday, October 16)

(used for Regional Rankings and At-Large Selections)

Chicago (14-0-0)
Emory (8-3-1)
Rutgers-Camden (8-4-3)
Rowan (12-1-1)
Brandeis (6-4-3)
Oglethorpe (5-4-3)
Rochester (8-1-3)
Carthage (11-3-0)
Wheaton (Ill.) (4-7-3)
Lynchburg (10-1-2)
TCNJ (7-6-2)
Brockport State (2-9-2)
Case Western Reserve (4-7-3)
Rutgers-Newark (15-2-0)
Babson (8-4-3)
Stockton (4-7-4)
William Paterson (6-7-2)
Alvernia (3-10-0)
Loras (9-4-0)
Hardin-Simmons (6-3-2)
North Central (Ill.) (5-7-1)
Oneonta State (11-3-1)
Tufts (7-3-2)
Colby (4-7-2)
Montclair State (11-4-1)
Rhode Island College (10-3-1)
Dickinson (5-7-2)
Christopher Newport (12-2-1)
Muhlenberg (3-7-3)
Gustavus Adolphus (5-8-1)
Oswego State (4-11-0)
Luther (10-3-2)
Messiah (11-0-3)
MIT (4-8-1)
Cortland State (12-2-0)
WPI (7-2-4)
Macalester (10-3-2)
Williams (7-2-3)
Hobart (7-4-3)
Ramapo (8-3-2)
Washington and Lee (10-3-0)
UW-Whitewater (10-4-3)
Virginia Wesleyan (6-4-3)
Washington U. (8-2-1)
Amherst (11-1-1)
St. Olaf (6-2-6)
Heidelberg (5-7-1)
North Park (9-3-1)
Potsdam State (7-5-2)
Western Connecticut (5-7-1)

Men's soccer / Re: 2016 D3 Season: NATIONAL PERSPECTIVE
« on: October 19, 2016, 03:57:33 pm »
Thanks for posting that, Golden-Fan!  I got the women's rankings as soon as they came out so I could get them posted on, but by the time the men's rankings were released I couldn't get on the NCAA site anymore--kept repeatedly getting the Network Error screen.  So thanks to your post I was able to get the men's rankings up on

Men's soccer / Re: 2016 D3 Season: NATIONAL PERSPECTIVE
« on: October 07, 2016, 12:05:19 pm »

The new site for the 2016 NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Soccer Championships is Donald J. Kerr Stadium on Roanoke College's campus.  The City of Salem, VA in conjunction with Roanoke College and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) were selected as hosts.

Men's soccer / Re: New rule changes for 2016 season
« on: September 02, 2016, 11:34:03 am »
Got this posted to this morning:

What's new in 2016? - Part 2: Rules Changes

Overall, there's no really big or impactful changes this time around.  Most seem sensible, worthwhile changes.

Men's soccer / Re: Hot Stove Action
« on: September 02, 2016, 11:01:15 am »
Looking forward to 2016 Rule changes piece. Hopefully, that comes out before Thursday. Any major changes that we all should be aware of

Didn't make the Thursday deadline, but Part 2 on the Rules Changes has now finally been finished and posted.

What's new in 2016? - Part 2: Rules Changes

You guys on here already mentioned and somewhat discussed the video review and offside.  Overall, there's no really big or impactful changes this time around.  Most seem sensible, worthwhile changes.

Men's soccer / Re: Liberty League
« on: August 30, 2016, 05:34:41 pm »
I'm pretty sure the proposal before the LL is that next year when Ithaca joins, the men's soccer playoffs will go to a six-team format.
When the original announcement was made about Ithaca joining the Liberty League it said the move would "occur no later than the 2018-19 academic year".  Has there been any subsequent information about the move happening for next year?  If so, I should include it in the Upcoming Changes section of my What's new for the 2016 season? article.  In fact, regardless, I should probably have included it.  Might still do so.

Men's soccer / Re: Hot Stove Action
« on: August 30, 2016, 04:56:33 pm »
I am a bit confused about the "new" opening weekend for the 2 bye teams. Has the mid-week "play-in" game been elimanted and now they are sending those 2 teams to the selected Bye teams for the week-end? Id so why would they add more travel if not needed

Yes, as I understand it, the mid-week "play-in" games have been eliminated and moved to the weekend for a 3-team pod.  Here's the language from the Division III Championships Committee's meeting minutes back in February.

For men's soccer, the recommendation to increase to 62 teams also brings stand-alone first-round
games to the same site as second-round play where one team, typically the host team, has a bye.

So it will function the same as all the other 1st/2nd Round pods except it's missing one team meaning just one game the first day.

As to it potentially increasing travel, it could also potentially reduce travel, couldn't it?  Well, thinking that through, maybe not.  It could help reduce missed class time and the potential for back-to-back long trips for the same team if the visitors win the mid-week game.  Think about a Redlands/Colorado midweek game to advance to play Trinity (Tx) who got a bye.

And remember in 2007 when Trinity (Tx) had earned a bye, but their pod also included Principia and Texas-Tyler.  The committee made Trinity play Texas-Tyler in the first round and gave Principia the bye as a way to remove the risk of either having Principia travel round-trip from Illinois to Texas twice or putting them up in a hotel for an extra couple days in the event they won the first round match at Tyler.  Eliminating the the mid-week game, removes that quandary.

But wouldn't the best thing be to allow both arrangements to be used based on the tournament participants and how the bracket shapes up.  Why not keep both on the table.  Sometimes it would be advantageous to have the midweek game (think Redlands/Claremont and Trinity with the bye) while the 3-team weekend pod makes sense for the two other scenarios I used above.

Finally, why this change triggered by going from a 61-team tournament field to a 62-team field (changing the number of byes and stand-alone 1st round games from 3 to 2), I have no idea.  Maybe that wasn't the trigger, but the language in the meeting minutes gives that impression.

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