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Men's soccer / Re: D3soccer.com All-America Teams, POYs, and COY
« on: February 21, 2017, 05:54:44 pm »
Even though we are far, far into the off-season, hopefully there will be some good discussion about the All-America selections once fans realize the teams have been posted.  We at D3soccer.com enjoy the reactions and feedback. We feel very good about the teams we put out each year, but please know that no one person on our staff (nor any of the coaches or SIDs that participate in our process) agrees with all the selections and can personally defend why each player was (or wasn't) selected and which team they were placed on. So don't expect myself or anyone else to officially make the case for or against any players. However, we may carefully chime in with either (a) our personal opinion about the strengths and weaknesses of a given player's case for selection or (b) guesses as to why a player found favor (or not) with our panel of voters.

Naturally, the D3soccer.com All-America teams will get compared the NSCAA's teams.  Our process is certainly quite different from theirs, and there are probably also some other differences in philosophy and expectations for the awards.  With a different process, maybe even a different philosophy, and a different set of coaches, SIDs, and staff members contributing, it's unrealistic to expect the two sets of All-America teams to match. And the fact that our process starts after the NCAA tournament (more by necessity than by choice) and takes into consideration the teams' results and players' performances in the tournament, further increases the probability of differences between the two sets of All-America teams.

There are some specific, basic things to keep in mind if comparing the D3Soccer.com All-American selections to the NSCAA's teams.  First, as is tradition, D3soccer.com holds its honors to a strict eleven players per team and 33 players overall.  So keep that in mind when comparing the D3Soccer.com teams to the NSCAA teams which typically include +/- 15 players per team for a grand total of approx. 45 honorees (i.e. a whole extra team's worth of players).  So it's a fairer comparison to only consider the NSCAA's first and second teams against D3Soccer.com's three teams.

Second, D3soccer.com's ratio of forwards, midfielders, and defenders is intentionally kept reasonably close to the ratio typically fielded in actual games.  The NSCAA teams tend to include a rather high percentage of forwards.  For example, this year their first team has eight forwards out of a total of 16 first team selections, or 50%.  D3soccer.com only has eight forwards selected total for all three teams this year (24%) as has been the case most every year, with just two or three forwards on each team of eleven players.

We have no quotas or minimums and maximums for regional distribution/representation. We want the teams to represent the best players across the country and if some regions seem to be have more top level players than some other regions in a given year, then those regions will have more representatives on the teams. We do work as best we can to root out any regional bias in our final selections. We are realistic and expect that most coaches and SIDs exhibit some natural, unintentional bias for players they have faced and/or know about from their conference or region. It's much easier to feel strongly about and vote for a top player you've seen play than a supposed top player from another region that you only know from a stat sheet. Through both a diverse panel of voters and by being conscientious and on the lookout for bias that favors or disadvantages any region, we hope that all regions, conferences, and teams have been given a fair shot at having their top players selected for our All-America teams.

That said, the selections ultimately come down to the opinions of our panelists and D3soccer.com staff.  All involved are human and are just a small sub-set of D-III soccer fans, each with his/her own limited perspective and exposure to players across the nation.  There is no genius super-fan on our staff who's watched several hundred matches throughout the season and can rely on first-hand observation to compare all candidates. Nor is there a sophisticated algorithm or computer program to scientifically compare players' performances and identify the most deserving honorees.  No, this is a very subjective (and imperfect) endeavor. As such, do some deserving players get left out and/or overlooked? Sure, . . . for all sorts of reasons.

We take the task of naming All-Americans very seriously and go about it as diligently as we know how and are able (given a whole host of limiting factors). But we don't take ourselves too seriously, i.e. we don't think we or our process yields perfect, indisputable, infallible results. We do not think in terms of being the final authority on these matters. We only want to promote Division III soccer and do our best to recognize and honor the top student-athletes in Division III menís and womenís soccer each year, meaning absolutely no disrespect to all the other talented, hard-working players who we do not select, some of whom very well may be as good and as deserving as some of those we did select. These are our All-America teams, the D3soccer.com All-America teamsónothing more, nothing less.

And it's exactly because we take the task seriously without taking ourselves too seriously that we welcome and encourage fans to critique our selections and to voice their agreements and disagreements with the reasoning behind those opinions. It's all good as long as the promotion of certain players is not advanced by bashing and disparaging other players, which is unnecessary, disrespectful, and simply not cool. So have at it.  Tell us and each other what you think.  What did we get right and what did we get wrong, in your opinion?  Who would you have included that we did not, and why?

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Men's soccer / Re: D3Soccer.com All-America Teams, POYs, and COY
« on: February 21, 2017, 03:19:06 pm »
February 21, 2017
2016 D3soccer.com Men's All-America teams

2016 MEN'S PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Forward: Lucas Terci (Sr.), Montclair State
Midfielder: Jacob Bender  (Sr.), Messiah
Defender: Trent Vegter  (So.), Calvin
Goalkeeper: Scott Greenwood  (Sr.), Tufts


2016 MEN'S ALL-AMERICANS

FIRST TEAM
  F 
Lucas Terci **
  Sr. 
Montclair State
  F 
Matt Kinkopf
  Sr. 
Ohio Northern
  F 
Max Lopez
  So. 
Chicago
  M 
Jacob Bender
  Sr. 
Messiah
  M 
Pat Devlin
  Sr. 
Connecticut Col.
  M 
Austin Bitta
  Sr. 
Carthage
  M 
Nicco Capotosto
  So. 
Chicago
  D 
Trent Vegter
  So. 
Calvin
  D 
Mark Heydt
  Sr. 
St. Thomas
  D 
Henry Myers
  Jr. 
Kenyon
  GK 
Scott Greenwood
  Sr. 
Tufts

SECOND TEAM
  F 
Nick Kapetanos
  Jr. 
Benedictine
  F 
Fabio DeSousa
  Fr. 
Rutgers-Newark
  F 
Caleb Lucas
  Sr. 
Maryville (Tenn.)
  M 
Josh Ocel *
  Sr. 
Brandeis
  M 
Isky Van Doorne
  Sr. 
Calvin
  M 
Jimmy Grace
  Sr. 
Chris. Newport
  D 
Daniel Sullivan
  Sr. 
Tufts
  D 
Anthony Passiatore
  Sr. 
Oneonta State
  D 
Will Sjaastad
  So. 
Rowan
  D 
Laurence Wyke
  So. 
Trinity (Texas)
  GK 
Connor Young
  Jr. 
Cortland State

THIRD TEAM
  F 
Gonzalo Hernandez
  Sr. 
Dubuque
  F 
Braden Andryk
  Jr. 
Milwaukee Engr.
  M 
Mohamed Kenawy
  So. 
Mass-Boston
  M 
Caleb Cole
  Sr. 
Gordon
  M 
Soren Frykholm
  Sr. 
Colorado College
  M 
Bryce Ciambella
  Sr. 
Amherst
  D 
Jackson Lenhart
  Sr. 
Amherst
  D 
Wyatt Fabian
  Jr. 
Franklin & Marshall
  D 
Thomas Salamone
  Sr. 
Lynchburg
  D 
Dakota Rosenberg
  Jr. 
Messiah
  GK 
Michael King
  Sr. 
Clarkson

* previous D3soccer.com All-America honors


2016 MEN'S COACH OF THE YEAR
Jon Lowery, St. Thomas (20-2-3) - 2016 National Semifinalist

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Men's soccer / Re: All-American Teams
« on: February 21, 2017, 03:12:25 pm »

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Men's soccer / D3soccer.com All-America Teams, POYs, and COY
« on: February 21, 2017, 03:10:43 pm »
Well, just when you were starting to forget that our website even existed and that we do All-America teams . . . .

February 21, 2017
2016 D3soccer.com Men's All-America teams

Sorry for the  l - o - n - g  delay.  Real job, family, holidays, etc.  Been a real tough year and last few months.

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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

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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

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Men's soccer / Re: 2016 NCAA Tournament
« on: November 30, 2016, 09:26:37 am »
Apologies that D3soccer.com'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

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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 D3soccer.com 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 (http://www.d3soccer.com/ncaatournament/2011/men/2011-mens-bracket) and 2012 (http://www.d3soccer.com/ncaatournament/2012/men/2012-mens-bracket), 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.

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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

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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.

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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 D3Soccer.com

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.

D3soccer.com did include her hire as the last entry in our 2015 Coaching Carousel (http://www.d3soccer.com/notables/coaching-carousel), reposting the article from the NYU men's soccer page (http://www.gonyuathletics.com/news/2015/9/3/MSOC_0903152348.aspx?path=msoc) on our website (http://www.d3soccer.com/seasons/men/2015/contrib/Kim-Wyant_NYU_mens-coach).

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 D3soccer.com.  PM or e-mail me.

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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.

TEAM (W-L-T)
   SOS
   Regional Rank
Colorado College (11-2-1)
.534
   West #2
Buffalo State (10-4-1)
.533
   East #6
Haverford (9-2-2)
.533
   Mid-Atlantic #4
Dominican (10-2-2)
.532
   Central #5
Milwaukee Engineering (10-6-0)
.532
Scranton (10-3-0)
.531
   Mid-Atlantic #6
Carnegie Mellon (9-2-2)
.531
   Great Lakes #7
Benedictine (10-3-1)
.528
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (9-4-1)
.528
Kenyon (11-2-0)
.528
   Great Lakes #6
Stevens (8-4-1)
.528
Roanoke (6-4-3)
.526
St. Norbert (13-3-0)
.525
   North #6
UW-Platteville (10-6-0)
.525
Chapman (9-4-2)
.524
North Carolina Wesleyan (10-4-0)
.524
Redlands (13-2-0)
.522
   West #4
Knox (12-3-1)
.520
Johns Hopkins (9-3-2)
.519
   Mid-Atlantic #9
Calvin (12-2-0)
.518
   Central #6
Gordon (9-3-1)
.517
Houghton (8-2-3)
.516
Lebanon Valley (9-2-0)
.516
   Mid-Atlantic #8
Merchant Marine (9-4-2)
.511
La Verne (9-3-1)
.503
Grove City (10-3-1)
.502
Wentworth (9-2-4)
.502
Thomas More (8-5-1)
.501
Capital (11-1-2)
.500
Eastern (10-3-1)
.500
Mary Washington (10-3-0)
.500
Springfield (12-1-1)
.499
Geneva (10-3-1)
.494
Transylvania (8-2-3)
.493
Maryville (Tenn.) (11-2-0)
.491
Randolph-Macon (8-2-2)
.477
Hood (9-4-0)
.471
Birmingham-Southern (9-4-1)
.470
Penn State-Behrend (12-1-3)
.470
Medaille (9-3-2)
.458
Thomas (9-4-1)
.442
Central (9-5-0)
.441
Penn State-Harrisburg (10-4-0)
.437
Penn State-Abington (10-2-0)
.436
Morrisville State (11-2-0)
.421
Immaculata (9-4-1)
.415

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Men's soccer / Re: 2016 D3 Season: NATIONAL PERSPECTIVE
« on: October 19, 2016, 04:20:59 pm »
TOP 50: STRENGTH-OF-SCHEDULE AS PER NCAA
(games through Sunday, October 16)

(used for Regional Rankings and At-Large Selections)

TEAM (W-L-T)
   SOS
Chicago (14-0-0)
.670
Emory (8-3-1)
.636
Rutgers-Camden (8-4-3)
.633
Rowan (12-1-1)
.630
Brandeis (6-4-3)
.628
Oglethorpe (5-4-3)
.628
Rochester (8-1-3)
.627
Carthage (11-3-0)
.626
Wheaton (Ill.) (4-7-3)
.624
Lynchburg (10-1-2)
.618
TCNJ (7-6-2)
.614
Brockport State (2-9-2)
.611
Case Western Reserve (4-7-3)
.610
Rutgers-Newark (15-2-0)
.607
Babson (8-4-3)
.606
Stockton (4-7-4)
.601
William Paterson (6-7-2)
.601
Alvernia (3-10-0)
.600
Loras (9-4-0)
.600
Hardin-Simmons (6-3-2)
.599
North Central (Ill.) (5-7-1)
.597
Oneonta State (11-3-1)
.597
Tufts (7-3-2)
.596
Colby (4-7-2)
.594
Montclair State (11-4-1)
.594
Rhode Island College (10-3-1)
.594
Dickinson (5-7-2)
.593
Christopher Newport (12-2-1)
.590
Muhlenberg (3-7-3)
.590
Gustavus Adolphus (5-8-1)
.588
Oswego State (4-11-0)
.588
Luther (10-3-2)
.586
Messiah (11-0-3)
.584
MIT (4-8-1)
.584
Cortland State (12-2-0)
.584
WPI (7-2-4)
.584
Macalester (10-3-2)
.582
Williams (7-2-3)
.582
Hobart (7-4-3)
.581
Ramapo (8-3-2)
.580
Washington and Lee (10-3-0)
.579
UW-Whitewater (10-4-3)
.579
Virginia Wesleyan (6-4-3)
.578
Washington U. (8-2-1)
.578
Amherst (11-1-1)
.577
St. Olaf (6-2-6)
.577
Heidelberg (5-7-1)
.576
North Park (9-3-1)
.576
Potsdam State (7-5-2)
.576
Western Connecticut (5-7-1)
.576

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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 D3soccer.com, 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 D3soccer.com.

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Men's soccer / Re: 2016 D3 Season: NATIONAL PERSPECTIVE
« on: October 07, 2016, 12:05:19 pm »
http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center/news/ncaa-announces-sites-relocated-championships

http://www.odaconline.com/general/2016-17/releases/20161007gw3gou


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.

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