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#16
Men's soccer / Re: 2023 NCAA Regional Rankings
November 01, 2023, 09:01:18 PM
As conference playoffs begin tomorrow in the NEWMAC I expect things to go to the wire (but please no PKs).  As a Babson fan things will be stressful.  Of their 23 goals, only 3 have been scored in the 1st half;  and no 1st half goals (by Babson) since 9/17, spanning 11 games.  Some of that is tough luck, but IMO the lion's share can be attributed to "let's feel the other team out and see what we're up against".  No excuses tomorrow - 2nd game against a conference foe.
#17
U: Amherst
W: La Verne
#18
Pick-ems, fantasy leagues, etc. / Re: Top 25 Pool
October 26, 2023, 03:52:33 PM
DePauw
#19
Region 2 men's basketball / Re: MBB: NEWMAC
October 25, 2023, 10:16:15 AM
Salve Regina's roster is out

https://www.salveathletics.com/sports/mbkb/2023-24/roster

First year in the NEWMAC.

They lose their all-time top scorer in Mikey Spencer (2068 pts.)

They have 2 xfers:  Sean Seymour, a soph guard who hardly played at D2 St. Rose; and Stefanos Spassof, a senior guard who likewise played a little D2 ball at St. Michael's.
The roster also lists 2 other "grads", but I think they're actually freshmen;  easy mistake with "F" and "G" adjacent on the keyboard.
#20
Region 2 men's basketball / Re: MBB: NEWMAC
October 25, 2023, 09:21:07 AM
Emerson's roster is out

https://emersonlions.com/sports/mens-basketball/roster/2023-24

They lose their top 4 scorers, top 4 rebounders, and 4 starters, including Jared Houston.  Massive losses, including Beckwith who transferred.

No one over 6'5" listed.

And maybe this was posted elsewhere, but top long-term assistant coach and recruiter, Jack Barrett has joined Ryan Cain @ Johns Hopkins.  In this modern age it's rare to see just one assistant coach (Sean Coman) listed.  That's all Emerson shows for Bill Curley.  And Coman just graduated last year after transferring to Emerson.  So, a huge coaching loss as well.

2 Grad xfers, Jerry Lawson, by way of UC Santa Barbara and Irvine Valley College (although I don't think he played ball at UCSB); and Allen Li from the South China University of Technology.  They also have a FY from Spain so they win the NEWMAC award for who traveled the farthest.
#21
Region 2 men's basketball / Re: MBB: NEWMAC
October 24, 2023, 01:10:21 PM
Coast Guard's roster is out

https://coastguardathletics.com/sports/mbball/roster

Reversing the NEWMAC trend, only 12 players listed.

They return the top 3 scorers from last year's 4-21 2-12 (conf) team, including their top scorer Rooney, who blossomed 13.9 as a soph on a very young team.  No seniors on this year's roster and they don't list 2 of their top 3 rebounding bigs (who were just sophs), Cameron Brown and Countryman.  The loss of these bigs (who I believe were at the CG height limit) really hurts. 

But it's CG.  No team will play harder.

#22
Region 2 men's basketball / Re: MBB: NEWMAC
October 23, 2023, 02:14:55 AM
Babson's roster is out

https://babsonathletics.com/sports/mens-basketball/roster

At 15 players (same as last year) it's suddenly the smallest of conference teams published so far.

They are losing the 2-4 scorers from last year.  3 FYs and 1 xfer grad (Baxter from Bates) new to the team.  Just 2 seniors: Gorgol, who has gone down to season-ending injuries 2 consecutive years; and Watson, who hasn't played much.

Early guess at the starting 5: Amado, Baxter, Mason, Lauder, and Gorgol.

Mason (much heralded as a recruit) has been plagued by injuries both years.

Concerns:

Someone needs to step up as a consistent #3 scorer after Amado & Baxter.

One of the sophomore /junior bigs (Mason, Woolhouse, or Lauder) needs to show improvement as inside scorers.

Can someone other than Amado/Baxter handle PG responsibilities?  They will likely have trouble with ball pressure from teams with defensive quickness.  For all their other talents, neither Amado nor Baxter excel at ball handling.  I expect Cross, Chalumeau, Watson, and Flaks to battle for the PG role, but all are likely to do so as subs, at least initially.

At least 2 of the 3 FY players are going to need to be contributors, both for this year and continuity into the future.

Strengths:

They should be very good on the defensive glass.

If healthy, and not burdened with carrying the whole team on his back, Amado has AA potential.

Strong coaching team remains intact.








#23
Region 2 men's basketball / Re: MBB: NEWMAC
October 21, 2023, 08:04:44 AM
MIT's roster is out

https://mitathletics.com/sports/mens-basketball/roster

I think MIT may be on the rise again, after the deep slide of the last few years, bottoming out at 4-19 last year on a team that had no seniors.

Notably the roster size goes from 13-21, and some of the tape on the 9 FYs (yeah, it's only tape, so we need to see it in a D3 setting) looks like a very strong class.  This should mark the end of the days of dressing 7-8 and 4 guys playing 39+ minutes.
#24
Region 2 men's basketball / Re: MBB: NEWMAC
October 21, 2023, 07:36:55 AM
Springfield's roster is out

https://springfieldcollegepride.com/sports/mbkb/2023-24/roster

This feels like a preliminary list with walk-ons before finalization, because it has 24 guys, including 10 FYs.  Or maybe they're starting a JV program.  I don't think I've ever seen a basketball team go into a season with 24.  For comparison the 22-23 roster had 17.

Anyway, they return the 2-5 top scorers from last year, losing only Costa.

And they have a GR xfer, Joe Hoch, from Trinity.


#25
Region 2 men's basketball / Re: MBB: NEWMAC
October 20, 2023, 01:48:10 PM
NEWMAC Preseason Rankings are out:

2023-24 NEWMAC Men's Basketball Preseason Poll

Rank   School (first-place votes)   Points
1   WPI (5)   60
2   Babson (3)   58
3   Clark (1)   52
4   Emerson   38
5   MIT   26
6   Springfield   24
7   Coast Guard   22
7   Wheaton   22
9   Salve Regina   21

I don't know how much the coaches know about the off-season changes of their foes, but what strikes me about this list is that (knowing only about subtractions) Wheaton looks to have dropped to about where I expected, but Emerson (decimated by losses) clings to the 4th spot.  Emerson has only 8 players listed on their roster (returning upperclassmen) before adding FYs and any xfers.  I'd expect a minimum of 5 additions;  but 7-8 is conceivable.

Some of the league teams have cleared out last year's grads, but we are probably still a day away from full roster lists (other than Clark's, which is out).
#26
Region 1 men's basketball / Re: MBB: NESCAC
October 19, 2023, 02:09:40 PM
They don't need me to defend their schedule, but the '03 Williams team beat D1 Holy Cross on the road (I was at the game).  That team was legit.
#27
Region 2 men's basketball / Re: MBB: NEWMAC
October 05, 2023, 11:29:35 AM
Clark University has their 23-24 roster out.

Notable:

All 7 of their top scorers return from a team that was ousted by WPI in the NEWMAC semis, but beat a senior-laden Wheaton team in the 4 vs. 5 playoff
Dylan Ahearn is a D2 xfer from Slippery Rock (didn't play a lot)
Looks like another good incoming class, though we'll see in a month or more

My early projection is anywhere from 1st to 4th in the NEWMAC

EDIT: Clark, not Springfield
#28
Region 2 men's basketball / Re: MBB: NEWMAC
October 05, 2023, 10:58:26 AM
Some movers from last year's conference rosters:

Alex Carlisle goes from Wheaton to D2 Assumption
James Beckwith goes from Emerson to D3 TCNJ (without seeing the 23-24 Emerson roster, losing Houston, Martin, and Beckwith leaves a lot of holes)
#30
Quote from: PaulNewman on October 03, 2023, 07:45:21 PM
Quote from: BaboNation on October 03, 2023, 06:45:49 PM
Quote from: Kuiper on October 03, 2023, 06:28:53 PM
Tufts 0 - Babson 0.  I couldn't watch the game, but it looked remarkably even from a statistical perspective.

I'd call it a gentlemans' draw.  Neither team was playing with much urgency for the last 10 minutes - probably happy with a quality SOS outcome.
Can't remember a game with fewer highlight plays.  Plenty of skill, but little of note in the final 3rd of the pitch.  Tufts probably had the best chance denied at the 6.

The Babson announcer referred a few times to Tufts having the single best chance...but for the parts I watched I thought Babson was controlling the game or at least had a sizeable possession advantage (which for all I know Tufts wanted to do).  Btw, the announcer was very good...descriptive, stayed with the action but never got in the way.

I watched the whole game and Gerken's (Tufts) 1st half shot from about 8 yards that was turned away by a kick save was the best chance I saw.
And the ref must have had a postgame event he couldn't change because he kept the clock running even when guys were down and play was stopped.
Babson handled the Conn-Amherst-Tufts (1-1-1) as well as I could reasonably expect.  They could run the table on the remainder of the regular season.  As a group they are playing better than earlier in the season.  I like that they have Gazo moved to the back line where they were having trouble with high traps and turnovers.
The team is pulling me in again with hope.  If the postseason comes down to another PK battle, all I ask is to have 5 shots on frame.  Is that unreasonable?