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Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« on: December 18, 2019, 05:00:28 pm »
Also must be mentioned Joe "the repo man" Braun was named national scholar player of the year. Affectionally known since his sophomore year as "the brain" Braun must have set the record for lowest GPA of any winner, eclipsing the bar set by fellow Jumbo Conor Coleman.  In Braun's defense at least he was good at soccer. I don't know how Coleman scammed his way into it. 

Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« on: December 18, 2019, 04:58:32 pm »
Mr. Right for the most part I think you were pretty close with your predictions for how next season's squad will look. Inspired by timmy two wheel's and his excellent betting lines, I'm gonna wager that, while less known, the front three of Ratzen, Cano, and Jacobs outscore the more acclaimed Braun, Tasker, Lane trio. I think most people would be surprised to see how close it was this year. 18 goals for the starters versus 14 for the second group.   

All that being said, the Amherst group for next year is gonna to be incredible.  German was just named the second ever Sophomore to win National Player of the year. And while he will miss the service of Dane Lind there is little to suggest he won't put up big numbers again next year. I don't know what the career nescac goal record is, but I'm sure he will threaten it. Ada will continue to get better and is an incredibly talented player. Impossible to stop 1v1 and very clever at finding passing lanes. I imagine he will take over Lind's role as German's main provider. The loss of coleman will be important in terms of team identity, but Ignacio Cubbedau (thats definitely spelled wrong) is equally if not more talented and will make a big jump next year. 

So long story short, I think next year will probably play out pretty similar to this year with Tufts and Amherst a step above the rest of the NESCAC and the country. 

Men's soccer / Re: Big Dance
« on: December 10, 2019, 09:05:42 pm »

Men's soccer / Re: Big Dance
« on: December 09, 2019, 04:57:00 pm »
I think the press conference has two elements. First this team did want a shot at Amherst again because they thought they were truly better than them. And without getting to play them again theyíd never be able to show that.

Second and this speaks to 2016 as well but as d3 athletes you donít get to do many press conferences so when you do guys fall into a lot of cliches to avoid rocking the boat. They also are going to try and be complimentary and deferential to the opponent, so citing how they wanted to get another shot after X team beat us last time is a natural response.

Finally, and in this way I will agree about the revenge element, no matter how successful you have been in the past losing in the tournament is painful. Even if you won 9 titles in a row, you have to sit in the locker room and watch the seniors on your team cry. So if you have the chance to avenge that moment the next season, itís gonna mean something regardless of your other successes.

Men's soccer / Re: Big Dance
« on: December 09, 2019, 03:22:07 pm »
Paul Newman... I don't think that the revenge factor mattered in terms of motivation. Its the national championship game. It wouldn't matter if you were playing Amherst or a team they'd never seen before. You are 100% ready to go and the other team has nothing to do with motivation.

Instead Tufts just frankly doesn't like Amherst. This has less to do with the current team than really the alumni. You have to remember Tufts won a national championship before they won a game against Amherst. For a lot of the alumni, winning that first game against amherst on homecoming in 2016 was almost on par with the 2014 title. No matter the national success, Amherst had been the in conference bully, and during the early shapiro years they tormented those teams. The guys that played during those years won't forget that, and that has been passed down even to the current group. So long story short this isn't revenge for losing in OT this year... this is revenge for 2013 Amherst scoring a goal and ripping down the Tufts Parents sign and feigning taking a dog piss on it... its revenge for not beating them over a ten year span.  But like I said for the current guys it didn't change the way they played or prepared for the game. But for the alumni it sure made saturday night sweeter.

Men's soccer / Re: Big Dance
« on: December 08, 2019, 12:12:55 am »
First off replying to Hiya on the crowed. Amherst had an incredible showing in terms of alums but the Tufts group always travels well as success begets success.

Next as an alum I am so incredibly proud of this senior class. Despite all the questions of their leadership ability coming into the year they managed to accomplish what we all failed to do, go back go back. It is so incredibly difficult when every team has you circled on the schedule as the defending champs. They managed to right the ship after the mid season and go on a dominant run. This team and class has earned a place on the tufts Mount Rushmore as the first class to do the Nescac NCAA double.

Moving forward tufts loses a ton. The starting front 3, rojas at the 10, Jameson at CB with Stern at Lb  and Treverrow off the bench. That being said they also return a ton of talent. Ratzen ended as the leading scoring coming off the bench and will slot in for Lane. Cano scored a banger last night and will have the job of filling Tasker shoes. Max Jacobs will the insurance goal tonight and a ton of big goals will have to replace Joe Braun, the second two time all American in tufts history. (Shout out Matt Adler) Zach sigelstein and a couple others will have to replace rojas and the ton of production he had over the last four years. Theoretically Paoletta who is arguably the most dominant center back in the country will come back in for Jameson once heís healthy.

TLDR tufts is losing one of the greatest classes in D3 soccer history and it will be quite the task to replace them. But worrying about that can wait until Monday when the boys will get back to work. Incredibly proud of this group and welcome to the mountain top.

Men's soccer / Re: Coaching Carousel
« on: November 26, 2019, 02:26:44 pm »
I could really see Serpone in the running for that harvard job too. An incredible career at Amherst, a school very similar to Harvard in terms of academic prestige and difficulty.  Plus I would have to think that Harvard would be very interested in taking some of the good press coach Serpone got from the New York times a few weeks back. If you haven't read the article it is quite interesting. Either way I think Serpone has got to be one of the top candidates for the job.

Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« on: November 25, 2019, 10:55:43 am »
Tufts making the final does not make Conn the #3 team in the country. It makes tufts a top two team. Conn is not better than Calvin, Messiah, North park or a handful of other teams. You canít just say we lost to the best team so weíre the next best team.

Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« on: November 25, 2019, 10:53:48 am »
Whoís better couldnít be more relevant. Thatís the whole point of the award. Those stats donít factor in the difficulty of saves, a goalies ability in the air, his kicking. If you polled Nescac coaches they would rather have Marcucci and thatís why heís first team. Because if heís on your team, your team is now better.

Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« on: November 24, 2019, 11:26:40 pm »
Yeah but stats only show so much. If you watch the game Marcucci is just better. Easily the best goalie in the league since Tom Bull

Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« on: November 24, 2019, 07:19:46 pm »
A joke the refs let the game start on the grass then switch their minds 45 mins later.  Anyways... this has got to be the first time the Nescac has gotten two teams in the final four in recent memory.  Everyone here would be rooting for a tufts-amherst final. That game would be one for the ages. Tufts will absolutely have their hands full with Calvin on friday night though.  You've got to think Amherst is a big favorite over centre but you never know.

Men's soccer / Re: Big Dance
« on: November 24, 2019, 07:16:03 pm »
a great performance by Tufts to return to back-back final fours for the first time.  Zach lane bagged two goals today after missing a few chances yesterday. He always plays his best soccer at the end of year with the a goal in the final four and the game winner in the title game last year. Ian Daly with two goals in two games from right back. Not a bad performance for a sophomore. 

Round 3 against Calvin will be a battle. Another game where the first goal will be so crucial. Neither team will want to have to play from behind.

Men's soccer / Re: Big Dance
« on: November 24, 2019, 01:46:13 pm »
Well despite having on paper the hardest path Amherst ends up with a cakewalk to the final four. Rowan missing their leading scorer for his 8th yellow card in the most NJAC move of all time. Then Messiah somehow losing to RPI. To be fair given the condition of the field, I think Amherst would have beaten Messiah as well.

Men's soccer / Re: Big Dance
« on: November 23, 2019, 10:53:39 am »
Yeah mr. right spot on. Itís not about making players feel nice. But playing 13 players isnít a winning strategy. If d3 was Friday-Monday I donít think tufts has 3 titles. Playing 18 guys makes such a difference when it comes to the second game.

Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« on: November 23, 2019, 10:51:30 am »
And speaking of Zach Halliday, we canít forget about his better looking more talented younger brother Kevin. You guys see those goals against Hamilton. What a player! Thatís the type of big game performance the jumbos are going to need today.

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