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Men's soccer / Re: New England Soccer Discussion
« on: May 11, 2021, 08:26:09 am »
Zero chance the NESCAC would add them.

I have to agree- UH isn't a fit for the NESCAC.  I think maybe the CCC as another poster mentioned.

Men's soccer / Re: New England Soccer Discussion
« on: May 07, 2021, 07:45:43 am »
D1 University of Hartford is transitioning to D3 Athletics by 2025:

My wife got her Masters at UH and she still has a lot of contacts there, and she's been told this is mainly due to the shaky financial standing of UH.

Men's soccer / Re: New England Soccer Discussion
« on: April 14, 2021, 08:31:58 pm »
Caught a couple of New England games on video.  Babson crushed D2 Stonehill today 6-0. As the score indicates, Babson completely outclassed Stonehill. 

I also saw the St. Joseph's of Maine win over Maine-Fort Kent 3-2 on a late PK.  For those who aren't familiar with Maine-Fort Kent, they played in the USCAA 2019 National Championship game and they're usually a tough team with many players from the Caribbean and elsewhere.  This was a good win for St. Joe's.

It was sooo nice to be able to watch actual competitive D3 games again.

Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« on: April 14, 2021, 08:14:09 pm »
Seems like Giammatei is playing in Ireland?  Does that mean he can no longer play for Amherst?

Seems that way to me, but I have no idea how that all works.  Interestingly, Dundalk is playing him as a defender, which surprised me.

Men's soccer / Re: Covid Impacts on Upcoming Season
« on: March 04, 2021, 03:36:10 pm »
Trinity (TX) men had to call off last weekend's game against Austin College due to COVID protocols.   According to the Trinity student newspaper there has been a recent outbreak on campus, which they are attributing to the recent weather that knocked out power and water to large parts of the state for several days (which in turn resulted in people gathering for warmth/power/water in those places which still had them).   The other athletic programs on-campus are (so far) not impacted.

They've also called off this weekend's match versus Colorado College due to continuing COVID issues.   The release says both matches will be rescheduled "schedules permitting".

I think there's going to be a lot of those situations across the college sports landscape this spring, until most of population has been vaccinated.  My son works for a D1 program in New England and they've had to cancel their first games on both the men's and women's side due to Covid protocols. 

Men's soccer / Re: New England Soccer Discussion
« on: January 08, 2021, 09:02:51 pm »
Wow - it's been a while. I hope everyone is doing OK and I hope to see some D3 soccer before too long.  I no longer have a NE Soccer Journal subscription, but they just posted an article saying that Patrick Agyemang from Eastern Connecticut is transferring to Rhode Island.  Best of luck to him at Rhode Island and ECSU is definitely going to miss him.

Men's soccer / Re: Covid Impacts on Upcoming Season
« on: July 23, 2020, 09:48:47 am »
St. Joseph's of Maine isn't throwing in the towel yet on some type of a fall season, despite the GNAC conference cancelling the conference schedule.  Perhaps with lower COVID rates in New England, and in Maine in particular, they might be able to cobble together some games against in-state opponents.

1. Coaches/asst coaches salaries?  Will they get paid, furloughed or canned outright?  Many of these coaches supplement their salaries with club coaching and clinics, which also will not happen.  That's a real hardship.

2. Seniors will retain a year of eligibility - will there be a frenzied market to attract players to play a grad year as a transfer?

Curious of people's thoughts

My son is something like the 4th assistant on a D1 team, and as such he doesn't actually get paid through the school but rather through a coaching gig at a local club team.  The state where my son's team is located has very low Covid rates (I hope that continues) and there are a number of camps that have taken place over the summer and will continue to take place, both with his club team and with other groups.  I know they are taking all necessary precautions. 

I asked my son about other coaches who do get paid by the school, and if he knows what's happening with them he's not saying so to me, so that's a question I'd like to know, too.  I do know that the work of a D1 soccer coaching staff continues despite Covid, so they continue to have meetings and such.  I believe there were Covid-related layoffs at the school throughout various different athletic teams, and men's soccer lost one assistant during the layoff. 

Men's soccer / Re: New England Soccer Discussion
« on: June 19, 2020, 12:12:16 pm »
positive thinking from St.Joe's with a 2020 Fall schedule up on its website...I would give a Fall season about a 2% chance right now but I like the positivity of the program. BTW Amherst is on the schedule at Home midweek at 8:30pm. Odd start time but the site of Amherst on campus with all the possible grievances St.Joe's has had the past few seasons in the NCAA's will surely bring out the best in quality and focus from the St.Joe's players and will be a must watch game. Credit also to Amherst and Serpone for putting his boys right into the lions den to see how his players deal with it. Also on the schedule are two mid-weeks at WPI and hosting Colby at 7pm with the rest of the schedule a scattering of cupcakes and possible trap games.

Mr. Right, I hope you're actually wrong on your thoughts about the Fall season.  Can't say I really disagree, though, as there's still too much up in the air. 

I didn't pick up at first that Amherst was scheduled to be at SJC at 8:30 at night - that really is an odd timing for a mid-week game.  As for the rest of SJC's schedule, I agree there are too many cupcakes.  I'd like to see them get rid of the local games against Thomas and Southern ME and pick up some other good opponents, like Eastern CT, UMass-Boston, Clark, or other teams like that.

Men's soccer / Re: Covid Impacts on Upcoming Season
« on: May 28, 2020, 07:29:09 pm »
Interesting conversation... A couple of points:

1) Perhaps this is obvious, but a number of D1 schools are stating that playing Fall sports is contingent on there being in-person/on-campus classes. Michigan is on record saying they won't play Fall sports if classes/activities are virtual. Just something to keep an eye on... Not sure how you have a season when individual schools are making individual decisions. I assume MI is talking to the rest of the conference, but who knows.

2)  For short synopsis of that article: "Cutting sports like swimming and wrestling could cost a D1 school more money than it saves." There's obviously a lot more to the story, but I just wanted to challenge the idea that Athletic Department's are being straight about the economics of cutting programs. It's also quite annoying that these extremely bloated departments are paying a bunch of suits 6 figure salaries, while cutting programs.

/soap box

Regarding point #1, my wife teaches for a D1 university and the preliminary word is that the students will be on campus in the Fall, although they are going to take steps to limit in-class attendance in the interests of social distancing.  Not sure how the heck that will work in the dorms, though...

Men's soccer / Re: CAC 2019
« on: May 26, 2020, 02:24:49 pm »
CAC expansion announced...

The Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) will expand to 11 member institutions as league officials announced on Tuesday (May 26) that six schools have accepted invitations to join the CAC and will become official members effective June 15, 2020.

The CAC Board of Directors voted unanimously to offer full membership to six members of the American Collegiate Athletic Conference (ACAA), including: University of California-Santa Cruz, Finlandia University (Mich.), Mills College (Calif.), Mount Mary University (Wisc.), Pine Manor College (Mass.) and Pratt Institute (N.Y.).

The CAC will consist of 11 full-time members for the 2020-21 academic year. The Conference will reduce to eight in 21-22 when Southern Virginia University, St. Mary's College of Maryland and Pine Manor College depart. Christopher Newport University, University Mary Washington and Salisbury University will remain with the Conference along with the incoming members from the ACAA.

Wow - talk about a geographically dispersed conference. 

Men's soccer / Re: New England Soccer Discussion
« on: May 26, 2020, 02:23:05 pm »
St. Joe's of Maine released their schedule today:

I'm really pleased to see 2 NESCAC games on the schedule (Colby, Amherst) as well as WPI, Endicott, and Gordon as non conference games.  There are still a couple of fluffy local Maine games with Thomas and Southern Maine, but I think this is a step in the right direction for SJC.

Men's soccer / Re: Covid Impacts on Upcoming Season
« on: May 26, 2020, 02:18:31 pm »
In light of this conversation, as well as what's going on with my son who is now an assistant at a D1 program, I was a little shocked to receive a twitter notification that St. Joe's of Maine just released their Fall schedule, and it begins on September 1.

Men's soccer / Re: 2020 D3 recruits
« on: April 01, 2020, 02:59:36 pm »
Is there a place where you can track soccer transfers? I imagine that is only at the D1 level, but something I am curious about.

There is no site I'm aware of that tracks D3 soccer transfers.  I think the best bet is to go into the 2020 Men's Recruiting Classes document and search for the word "transfer".  I'm seeing 15 transfers when I do that. 

Men's soccer / Re: Player Turnover
« on: April 01, 2020, 11:37:23 am »
It seems high when you present it like that. But if you think about it over four years. If a class comes in with 10 guys having 3 depart between freshmen and senior year seems pretty normal.

Maybe it was a reading comprehension issue on my part  :o because I was thinking on a year to year basis rather than over 4 years.  If it's over a 4 year period for a single recruiting class, I agree that a 30% turnover rate is probably about right.

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