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Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« on: November 22, 2015, 05:42:18 pm »
Will be interesting if Amherst wins this whole thing despite being knocked out by the 8th seed in the NESCAC tournament. I believe the 1 seed had never lost the first game of the conference tournament besides for Tufts last year, and look where that got them.

Surely the Amherst players (and the Tufts players from last year) benefitted from the rest of having almost two weeks off to prepare for the NCAAs. Maybe being the 1 seed and losing to the 8th seed is actually an omen for national success?

Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« on: November 08, 2015, 04:39:18 pm »
Now that NESCAC games are over , what are people's predictions on the conference teams, POY, ROY and COY?

Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« on: September 12, 2015, 03:52:26 pm »
Mr. Right, are you sure you were watching the right game? Definitely smell a bias towards Midd.

1. Conn's defense and keeper weren't tested all game. How could you get a reading on a keepe who didn't even have to make a real save?

2. Disastrous game? What type of game did all the other outside defenders have when they surely gave away the ball more than a few times? Gikandi is definitely one of the better defenders on the ball in this league.

3. Yes, Conn's Leon looked particularly impressive. Would have liked to see Middlebury's freshman play.

Midd defeats Conn 1-0. Tell me if this sounds familiar, 2 minutes in Midd scores off a long throw. Conn had about 4-5 really good chances to score but could not finish. I thought they were the better team today and deserved something from that game. Midd's ace in goal Sydor had a fantastic game and cut off some good scoring chances for Conn. For Conn I saw 3 suspect things. 1. Like last year, I am not a big fan of Conn's keeper he is a weak link for them. 2. Gikandi at Left back had a disasterous game as he must have given the ball away 5 times in the 2nd half and 3. Besides Devlin and Patch who is going to step up and get them goals? I saw 2 good frosh on the field for Conn. Good result for Midd w/o their frosh

Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« on: September 07, 2015, 10:24:19 am »
Predictions for the games this week?

Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« on: August 07, 2015, 09:17:30 pm »
Tufts will finish top two.

Defense - both their starting fullbacks return. They have rising sophomores who can fill in the void left by Williams and Kramer.

Midfield - their three starting center mids, Pinheiro, Halliday, and Kayne, are returning. They also have depth.

Forwards - yes, santos and hoppenot are big losses, but they have strong freshman who came off the bench last year. don't forget about Brown. Very good, crafty player who has been a starter the last few years. Majumder impressed me with his play and I think he can do what hoppenot did for this tufts team last year.

I think some of you forget how good of a team Tufts is at moving the ball....
Don't forget the way tufts plays isn't over reliant on players making "special plays." They are a true team, with everyone playing a role on both sides of the ball. They are very hard to break down which was the key to their success last year. I've heard they have strong freshman coming in. That coupled with returning players who I'm sure are eager for repeat success after tasting it last year makes them dangerous.   

Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« on: July 30, 2015, 03:11:02 pm »
Great reply GabWirz.

Out of curiosity, who were the best players you've played with at Amherst over the years? (if you don't mind sharing)

I also completely agree with you about how there are many players (like you) in the league who could play at a higher level and are more "skilled" then they might show.

Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« on: July 29, 2015, 01:13:04 pm »

What are your predictions for 1-11 this upcoming season?
And I am also interested in who you would have in your nescac "all star" team.

Men's soccer / Re: New England Soccer Discussion
« on: July 15, 2015, 09:44:35 pm »
It is true that a number of players will not be returning for Conn in the fall due to various reasons. Let me assure you that many of these kids who are "left" were not going to be on the team in the fall even if they stayed. Murphy has high expectations for his team and he makes it clear from the get go. A few of thise  who "left" the team did not meet these expectations. As expected, the natural reaction to these changes is to pin the blame on the coach. . A few others left the team for reasons,  unrelated to soccer, that I'm not at liberty to disclose.

Men's soccer / Re: New England Soccer Discussion
« on: July 15, 2015, 11:40:52 am »
This is wrong. Conn plays their games on a beautiful field right in the middle of campus. The turf field is located at the athletic center which is across the bridge, and is only used during bad weather conditions.

I agree Murphy is a good recruiter and his staff is one of the more proactive ones I see in the NESCAC.  He's pulled in some D1 talent for sure - this is a result of the coaching staff's work ethic.

Also agree with the lack of "wow" factor on the campus.  Another minor issue that I see with Conn is getting to the soccer field from the campus.  Having to walk over a bridge over a very busy road which feels like a freeway kills the vibe when comparing to the many idlyllic campuses in the NESCAC.  This is a minor issue but you're dealing with impressionable 17 year olds.

Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« on: August 14, 2013, 08:02:00 pm »
Cacalum, loved your post. Look forward to your "second tier" analysis.

Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« on: August 14, 2013, 04:08:13 pm »
Complete agree with Flounder. We respect everyones opinions here. Please don't leave LaPaz  :(

Out of curiosity Bury, you think you guys will have the best back 4? Can you explain your thinking behind that? You lost Freeman, who in my opinion was one of the best full backs in the league.

Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« on: August 13, 2013, 08:54:36 pm »

I recall hearing that as well. I don't know why santos would have sat for any other reason...

and @ LaPaz, i heard about Heo from my friend's son who plays soccer at Amherst.

Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« on: August 12, 2013, 05:11:05 pm »
Heo is not returning this year.
Amherst, Williams, and Tufts will be real strong this year. The beauty of this league is that any team can win against any team if it's their day. I also agree with LaPaz on Conn. If they can win and not tie, they should do real well.

Anyone want to post their predictions for top 4 as of now?

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