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Men's soccer / Re: New England Soccer Discussion
« on: Yesterday at 02:38:36 pm »
Sorry to see that Newbury College in Brookline, MA will be closing its doors after this spring semester (https://www.wbur.org/edify/2018/12/14/newbury-college-brookline-shuts-down). Newbury's men's team was coming off a NECC conference title and their first ever NCAA appearance (3-1 loss to Cortland St.). Tough news to get before the holidays for all involved I'm sure.

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Men's soccer / Re: Liberty League
« on: December 10, 2018, 10:34:34 am »
Also, for arguments sake, if I had to put together an all-time Saints XI team (regardless of position but with some balance) it would be Greg Sutton, Nick Hillary, Franco Bari, Harry Copeland, Ali Montacer, Jamal Ballantyne, Sam DeMello , Ryan Carruth, Manny Brito, Andre White and Danny Annan with Andrew Bednarsky and Cris Napolitano (who was one of the most underrated players Iíve ever seen) being the last ones left off.

CU_GKnight thanks for the history of SLU soccer. It prompted me to go to the SLU men's soccer page and look at the all-time records after reading your comments.  One name you mentioned that jumped out at me was Manny Brito. Manny has coached my sons at the club level on a few occasions. I had no idea he had such a storied career at SLU and had played first division football in Portugal for Academica. Manny is a true gentlemen and has always been someone I respect highly in the soccer profession. SLU can be proud of him as one of their own.

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Men's soccer / Re: World Cup and European leagues
« on: December 03, 2018, 08:51:10 am »
Did anyone catch the ending to the Merseyside Derby yesterday? What a finish for Liverpool! Imho, I think Pickford
thought he could catch the service (if you could call it that) from van Dijk and the ball carried on him and then he just got caught
in no man's land not knowing what to do with it. Curious to hear other's take on it.

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Men's soccer / Re: 2018 NCAA Tournament Bracket Challenge
« on: December 03, 2018, 08:42:52 am »
Bloots, thanks for setting up the tournament challenge and tallying the scores. Well done to you for squeaking out the win over
Pelinho with the tie-breaker. Lastly, a shout out to casualfan for being the only one to pick Tufts over Calvin in the final. He overcame
a slow start in the first two rounds to almost win.

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Men's soccer / Re: 2018 Season - National Perspective
« on: December 01, 2018, 11:24:29 am »
Also, interesting to note that only 4 of the 49 All Americans are from New England schools, despite the heavy concentration of D3 schools in New England.  Must mean the non-New England schools do a much better job of recruiting top shelf talent...

I counted six from the New England region: Marcucci-Conn C., Braun-Tufts, Greenspan-Babson, Gaumer-St. Joe's Maine, Niang-Bowdoin, Igo-Salve Regina.

I don't agree with your assessment of other regions doing a better job recruiting top talent (maybe that was tongue-in-cheek??). I am guessing that when choosing these All-American
teams, there is an eye to balanced representation throughout all 8 regions with many worthy candidates from each.

My tally was obviously inaccurate Ty Webb, but my fundamental point still stands...and yes it was tongue in cheek...  I don't pretend to understand the dynamics in national polls or coaches' votes and selections...but there does appear to be disproportionate amount of love (relative to the number of schools and relative quality of programs) for the midwest.  I am admittedly a New Englander and a NESCAC fan, so I could be biased and inaccurate in my perceptions.  If so, please provide corrective data...

Truenorth, it sounds like we fall into the same camp at being biased towards New England schools, which was the impetus for me correcting your number chosen from the region. I have no corrective data to offer regarding a disproportionate amount of players chosen All-American relative to regions. The All-American selections do make for good debate while waiting for the semis to start.

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Men's soccer / Re: 2018 Season - National Perspective
« on: November 30, 2018, 10:09:45 am »
Also, interesting to note that only 4 of the 49 All Americans are from New England schools, despite the heavy concentration of D3 schools in New England.  Must mean the non-New England schools do a much better job of recruiting top shelf talent...

I counted six from the New England region: Marcucci-Conn C., Braun-Tufts, Greenspan-Babson, Gaumer-St. Joe's Maine, Niang-Bowdoin, Igo-Salve Regina.

I don't agree with your assessment of other regions doing a better job recruiting top talent (maybe that was tongue-in-cheek??). I am guessing that when choosing these All-American
teams, there is an eye to balanced representation throughout all 8 regions with many worthy candidates from each.

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Men's soccer / Re: 2018 NCAA Tournament Bracket Challenge
« on: November 13, 2018, 11:55:49 am »
Bloots, Thanks for the credit on the bye teams and doing all the tallying on these.


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Men's soccer / Re: 2018 NCAA Tournament Bracket Challenge
« on: November 13, 2018, 11:12:06 am »
Hmmm...???

ROUND OF 32 (1 pt for each correct)
Carleton,Trinity-TX,MHB,Luther,Gust.Aldophus,St.Thomas,Augsberg,CWR,Capital,Kenyon,CMU,Calvin,Carthage,John Carroll,Lycoming,Stevens,Amhurst,St.Joe's,Conn Coll, Springfield,MSU,Fords,Messiah,JHU,Cortland,Williams,Rochester,SLU,F&M,Eastern

ROUND OF 16 (2 pts for each correct)
Chicago,Trinity-TX,Luther,St.Thomas,CWR,Kenyon,Calvin,Lycoming,Tufts,St.Joes,Conn Coll,Fords,Messiah,Cortland,SLU,F&M

ELITE 8 (4 pts for each correct)
Trinity-TX,Luther,Kenyon,Calvin,Tufts,Fords,Messiah,F&M

FINAL FOUR (8 pts for each correct)
Trinity-TX,Calvin,Fords,Messiah

FINAL (16 pts for Finalists, 32 pts for Champion)
Messiah over Calvin
Goals scored in Final:  3

I need clarification on my scoring. I did not include Chicago & Tufts on my round of 32 picks because they were not playing.
I did have them advancing in the round of 16, so I hope I can count them as correct for the round of 32. I just wanted full disclosure before I tally mine. Thanks!

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Men's soccer / Re: 2018 NCAA Tournament Bracket Challenge
« on: November 13, 2018, 11:10:18 am »
I need clarification on my scoring. I did not include Chicago & Tufts on my round of 32 picks because they were not playing.
I did have them advancing in the round of 16, so I hope I can count them as correct for the round of 32. I just wanted full disclosure before I tally mine. Thanks!

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Men's soccer / Re: 2018 NCAA Tournament Bracket Challenge
« on: November 08, 2018, 08:01:23 pm »
Hmmm...???

ROUND OF 32 (1 pt for each correct)
Carleton,Trinity-TX,MHB,Luther,Gust.Aldophus,St.Thomas,Augsberg,CWR,Capital,Kenyon,CMU,Calvin,Carthage,John Carroll,Lycoming,Stevens,Amhurst,St.Joe's,Conn Coll, Springfield,MSU,Fords,Messiah,JHU,Cortland,Williams,Rochester,SLU,F&M,Eastern

ROUND OF 16 (2 pts for each correct)
Chicago,Trinity-TX,Luther,St.Thomas,CWR,Kenyon,Calvin,Lycoming,Tufts,St.Joes,Conn Coll,Fords,Messiah,Cortland,SLU,F&M

ELITE 8 (4 pts for each correct)
Trinity-TX,Luther,Kenyon,Calvin,Tufts,Fords,Messiah,F&M

FINAL FOUR (8 pts for each correct)
Trinity-TX,Calvin,Fords,Messiah

FINAL (16 pts for Finalists, 32 pts for Champion)
Messiah over Calvin
Goals scored in Final:  3



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Men's soccer / Re: NEWMAC 2018
« on: November 07, 2018, 07:34:06 pm »
NEWMAC Men's Soccer Post Season Honors announced. Babson makes it a clean sweep. Not sure it's going to do much for lifting spirits
after the ncaa snub. :'(
http://www.newmacsports.com/sports/msoc/2018-19/releases/20181107gnwnro

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Men's soccer / Re: New England Soccer Discussion
« on: November 06, 2018, 09:38:04 am »
I feel real bad for Babson. They did not get screwed as in the end their resume just did not stack up as they had no ranked wins BUT they were a NCAA team IMO and I feel for them and Senior studs Greenspan and Parker. Babson will bring basically everyone else back as they were quite young but the loss of Greenspan and Parker will be felt BIGTIME...You just cannot replace players like that with the snap of a finger. However, other players are going to have to step up and pick up where those two left off. They are both All-Americans IMO and it is just a shame they cannot end their careers in the NCAA Tournament. The way Babson lost in the NEWMAC Championship was just ruthless as well as Springfield scored on a nice volley with about 2 minutes left. I will say recently Babson Head Coach Jon Anderson has weakened his schedule and it really hurt them this year. Anderson has picked up Lesley(4-9-4), New England College(7-8-4), Mitchell(9-9-0) to go along with Emerson(3-13-1) in their own league. I mean its not that bad but in the past those 3 games would have been against stronger opponents giving them more opportunity to find ranked Wins. I totally understand that they cannot control their opponents records. The one year they beat rival Brandeis it just does nothing for them. It is not their fault that other NEWMAC sides like WPI could not stick in the rankings. It is a bit confounding how the Final rankings shaped up and in one game Springfield jumped what like 8 spots and Babson dropped 6 spots. No doubt Springfield deserved to finish ranked #4 as the Newmac Championship basically got them two extra Wins and had Springfield dropped that game to Babson they still might have snuck in. BUT Springfield PLAYED Endicott, Stevens, Gordon etc and ended up with 3 ranked Wins. Babson did play Brandeis/ Williams/ Tufts/ ECONN/Dickinson/ETOWN bit either failed to beat those teams or unluckily beat the teams that had off years while Springfield beat the teams that had solid years. IT IS THAT CLOSE.....

Still Congrats to Babson/Anderson on such a great year and he should be COY in NEWMAC for the quick turnaround his team made this season.

I would certainly give Anderson CoY for righting the ship well. On the one hand I do feel bad for them, as objectively 12-3-4 is very solid. They also rolled through the NEWMAC, putting together a 5-0-2 record. And Parker would be my pick for NEWMAC PoY, with Greenspan defensive MVP. It's interesting, though, as we were saying last Thursday that they were #4 in NE, seemingly pretty much a lock, and that was before/during the NEWMAC semifinal (which they won). I figured getting to the NEWMAC final would see them in, regardless of result (either AQ or Pool C). However, on closer reflection, they did not have any real "statement" results, and the 1-3-3 RvR exemplifies that. In the past few years a win over Brandeis would have been solid, but the Judges' underperforming rendered it useless (and it certainly didn't help their SoS). Moreover, going unbeaten against conference foes like Springfield/WPI/Wheaton during the NEWMAC regular season would traditionally be seen as a sign of strength, but not this year.

I agree that the SoS was not fantastic. I seem to remember Babson having a SoS around or above .600 most years. And while I would cut them slack on Emerson considering they are a NEWMAC team, I look at that list of non-conference games in New England and see Mitchell, Lesley, New England College and I go "hm." Even two of the other teams in their New England non-conference schedule (ECSU and Bridgewater State) are, with all due respect, not like playing a St. Joe's/Endicott/Gordon/RWU/etc. (e.g. a non-NESCAC, non-conference game that will be a tough out). They also have dropped Bowdoin from the schedule, which confuses me because that was a good New England regional matchup. Of course Babson did have Tufts and Williams on the schedule, as well as (a sub-.500) Brandeis, and their SoS of .583 is not bad by any means -- last year's SoS was .582 -- but it's certainly not as strong as it was in 2016 (.597), 2015 (.604), or 2014 (.602) at the time of the final rankings. In the recent past -- since winning the NEWMAC title as the top seed in 2010 -- and excluding their tournament omissions in 2013 and 2017, they've either had somewhat-unspectacular regular seasons and fallen ass-backwards into the conference title (2014 and 2015, although I guess the former's 14-5 was better than the latter mark of 10-6-2) or lost in the NEWMAC tourney and gotten a Pool C (2011, 2012, and 2016). This year, after losing in the NEWMAC tourney, they did not have the SoS or RvR for the latter path.

Both Mr. Right and Blooter have summed it up pretty well in regards to Babson. I would just add that I think it all came down to R-v-R. 1-3-3 was just not going to cut it. A .357 winning percentage against ranked teams is just too low. Babson needed to find a way to win at least one of those three ties (all road games;Dickinson, ETOWN & WPI). If Babson turns just one of those ties into a win and now the R-v-R is 2-3-2 I think they're in. That has them taking points in 4 out of 7 ranked games. Additionally, they were ranked as high as 3rd in the region with a similar R-v-R (2-2-1) when they still had the Brandeis win.

A final point: I think the NCAA is missing the mark with conference winners that lose in their tournament and then lose out on Pool C. Basically, the NCAA is saying your conference and conference games really didn't matter (Unless you're NESCAC and then you get to host and draw a first-round bye). I have some suggestions to add value to a regular season conference title. Add a component to the R-v-R. Add a C for conference winner and assign it a value. So in Babson's case their R-v-R-C would have been 1-3-3-1. Or better yet, make it part of the primary selection criteria along with R-v-R & SOS etc,. Is Springfield's last-minute goal worth more than 7 hard fought games that Babson took to win the conference? Personally, I don't think so.

I realize that there are teams smarting even more than Babson today. St. Norbert, NPU, Oglethorpe, and CMS. all have beefs that are every bit as strong as Babson's.

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Men's soccer / Re: 2018 Season - National Perspective
« on: November 04, 2018, 10:29:10 pm »
Can some explain when the actual schedule will be posted, and how the first  round locations are chosen for this relative newbie?

Thanks!


Yes, the tournament will be drawn tomorrow during a live show at 1 PM ET. Locations are chosen typically based off of regional rankings. They do a great projection on d3soccer.com, it will probably be updated soon with part 2.

https://www.ncaa.com/news/soccer-men/article/2018-11-03/college-soccer-diii-mens-tournament-selections-be-revealed

Here is the D3soccer.com link for the projections. Scroll to the bottom for analysis and predictions.

http://www.d3soccer.com/columns/christan-shirk/2018/mens-at-large-analysis-and-predictions

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