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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: March 15, 2020, 08:35:59 pm »
I'm not an expert...but maybe Tufts, Middlebury and Amherst next year vying for the title?

   MIDDLEBURY      6-4      21-6      X Farrell      X Bosco      X Eastman      X Folger – Sr      X Sobel***      X Kornaker      6 Cahill      DeLorenzo – Sr   

Let's not forget Will Ingram, one of only three Panthers to play (15 mpg) in all 27 contests this past season and whose defensive efforts were often responsible for restoring order in games getting out of control.

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: March 10, 2020, 01:53:41 am »

Amherst just cancelled all spring sports.  Sort of wonder what would've happened if the men's hoops team had actually made the playoffs?    Wonder what will happen with the women's team, which is still alive.  Leave it to my alma mater to feel like they need to make the most rash decision possible.

The Amherst women's ice hockey team is also still active.  They extended their season by defeating Middlebury in the NESCAC finals to earn the AQ.

Lacrosse, track, cross country, softball / Re: Lacrosse
« on: January 30, 2020, 02:05:42 am »
To say the two games are different ... is an understatement. LOL

I look forward to hopefully calling my fifth ... maybe sixth women's championships this season.

As someone who has heard you do them all Dave, I certainly hope you and Monika Moore get the return gig in May.  You work well together and have always done a great job.  Naturally, I hope to have a rooting interest in the outcome, but I admit I've been spoiled lately.   

Lacrosse, track, cross country, softball / Re: Lacrosse
« on: January 29, 2020, 11:50:05 am »
FanLax has a good Forum.

Or we could improve the forum here.

Yes we could Dave, and I plead guilty to not posting as much last year as in seasons past.  The fact that I'm enjoying my civilian status in the crowd these days is no excuse.   A big reason it's important to keep this board alive is that most of the attention is paid to the women's game.  Most other forums I've come across have been focused on the men.   In appreciable ways the two games are quite different.   Most posters have been Nescac supporters but  fans from other regions turn up with enough regularity to show the interest is out there.   

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: January 26, 2020, 03:47:46 am »
Trinity hits a full court buzzer beater off the inbound to send it to double OT. Maybe the most clutch shot I have ever watched.

Here's the video:


Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: January 26, 2020, 03:15:40 am »
Middlebury's win over Williams was a great team effort, especially without Max Bosco's services being available.  Starters Kornaker, Farrell, Folger and Eastman played a combined 114 minutes and scored 67 points.  Spot starter Will Ingram pulled down a season high 6 rebounds.   He and Perry DeLorenzo split 45 minutes of play greasing the smooth running machine while drawing crowd attention several times for things that don't show up in the box score.  Fouls limited Cahill's playing time but his stat line belies his value to the team while he was in there.  This game was as much fun to watch as any has been all season. 

The 18 point victory margin, however, belies the fact that there were four ties and seven lead changes in the first fifteen minutes of play.  The Panthers came back from as many as 8 points down before taking a 6 point into halftime.  With that in mind let's give a mention to fy Charley Moore's performance.  He entered the game at 10:59 with the Panthers trailing 15-20.   Half a minute later the Ephs' Michael Myers made it 23-15.  At 9:10 it was a Charley Moore layup off an assist from Ingram who had collected the defensive rebound that cut the deficit to four at 23-19.  Another layup by Moore at 6:48 cut it to one and twenty-three seconds later he hit from behind the arc to put his team ahead 28-26.  Henry Feinberg answered with a trey of his own to give the lead back to Williams at 6:01 but fifteen seconds later Jack Farrell scored three off an assist from Moore and although Williams would tie it up at 31-31 Middlebury never again trailed.  Moore went to the bench at the 4:04 mark with his team leading by a score of 35-31.  During his seven minute stint the Panthers had scored 20 points to go from 8 down to lead by 4.  Charley Moore scored 7 of those points and dished the assist that led to 3 more.  Not too shabby.

Like I said, this was a fun game to watch.

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: January 20, 2020, 05:39:36 pm »

I don't know what the impact would be but no one in their right mind is going to think that a 40 plus year coach who has won over 800 games isn't going to be more effective, in general, than a 27-year old coach who has never been a head coach before.   As noted previously, Aaron Toomey owes Amherst nothing - he is the GOAT in program history - and if Hixon wanted a year off, he probably earned that 20 years ago.   But in a good league, a tight league, there is not a doubt in my mind that Hixon would matter.

Finally!  An ounce of common sense is applied to the equation.

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: January 17, 2020, 12:58:11 pm »
Vandy really knows his stuff and that post shows it. In my opinion he qualifies as one of an elite group of guys on this board with expansive knowledge of D3 hoops and college basketball in general especially it's history.
Great post.


You're too kind.  I just do my homework.   

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: January 17, 2020, 03:25:32 am »
A good example of the general ignorance about the quality of D3 hoops can be found on JJ Redick's podcast (the episode with Hasan Minjah and Malcolm Gladwell).  At around the 38 minute mark, they discuss Duncan Robinson, and one of them (I believe Gladwell) mocks the caliber of D3hoops, saying a lot of guys who couldn't play varsity on many high school teams could make the Williams roster, and that anyone over 6'6 can play for them.  Not the first time Gladwell will say something without basis yet with a high degree of confidence, but pretty interesting to hear ...

Damn it ... this is what I forgot to talk about on Hoopsville tonight. SMH


Why waste time responding to such ignorant remarks?

Gladwell once wrote in an article for The New Yorker that Fordham's 1971 defeat of Julius Erving-led UMass was a huge upset and that without the Rams relentless press the Minutemen would have won by thirty points.  David vs Goliath was the theme of the article and he cast Fordham as David due to the size of their players.  A bit of research, which this highly renown social scientist never spent his time doing, shows that Fordham went 23-3 that season.  They made the NCAA tournament easily beating Southern before losing by ten points to Villanova, who would eventually lose to UCLA in the championship game.  They then defeated South Carolina in the consolation tilt.  The mighty Minutemen went 19-3 against DI competition, playing only the eastern indies of the day and their Yankee Conference brethren.  They also played five games against DII and DIII teams including a one point loss to Springfield.  They ended their season losing to UNC by forty-one points in the opening round of the NIT.

I doubt he knows much, if anything, about DIII basketball.  Why give credence to such twaddle by dignifying it with a response?       

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: December 30, 2019, 09:14:42 pm »
Trinity had the same thing when I tried to watch the end of the Babson/Eastern Connecticut game being held there.

I understand the desire to monetize, collect data or whatever. But, when you make it hard to watch a game, the most likely result is what I did. I just go do something else.

It was only midway through the first half when I tried to watch the Babson game so I went through the motions of signing up.  My reward was an endlessly buffering video stream along with a total picture quality meltdown.  I had succeeded in signing up for a nifty newsletter though.

We had the honor of attending the D3 semi-final match-up last Saturday in Allentown, PA featuring the Mules of Muhlenberg (who knew Colby wasn’t the only “Mule” out there!) against North Central from Illinois...We attended out of curiosity

Our very unscientific assessment....any and all teams in the NESCAC would get pasted by North Central ......however, we think the upper echelon of the NESCAC from 2019 (MID, Wes, TTUN) would give Muhlenberg a run for their money and we would give them a shot at a win...I’ve been saying for a long-time that the Centennial League is very comparable to the NESCAC and we continue to believe that after watching Muhlenberg play in person on Saturday.

Interesting observation.  In mid-November of 2013 Middhoops and I followed the Panther basketball team down to F & M for a season opening tournament.  Middlebury had a 4:00 start on Saturday and we decided to check out the campus for a few hours beforehand.  We lucked into watching most of a football game between the hosts and Gettysburg.  Franklin & Marshall won 36-26 and would close out their season the following weekend defeating Delaware Valley in the ECAC Southeast Bowl for a 7-4 slate.  Gettysburg's season ended at 4-6.  Middhoops and I left feeling that we'd seen a good football game but nothing that was played at a level any better than what we'd seen on any given Saturday on Youngman Field.

I'm sure that most of you have seen this, but this link popped up when I was reading the post on the Howard coach. Interesting approach, which I think will happen more and more across the country.
Middlebury, Vermont, has a football culture separate from the college that goes back a hundred years.  The guy who spearheaded this played his high school and college ball in Midd. 
People have been aware of the possible/likely demise of the sport for a long time.  The safety program for kids is outstanding and necessary, but the love shown to the sport through the decades is unmistakable.  Crowds come hours early to high school games and celebrate in the parking lot.  The team's following is often 5x that of the home team for away games.
It would be very difficult to replicate this in a place that lacked the history, tradition and deep appreciation for high school football.

While the high school culture developed on it own Cuz, there is no better time to mention how interwoven it has become with the program on the hill.  As you know,"the guy who spearheaded this," along with two other high school friends of ours, played on that 1972 undefeated Panther eleven.  One was the QB.  As the HC at Middlebury Union High School Brakeley went on to coach three of the four current MC assistants, including his son who mentors the defensive line.  The three MUHS alums have thirty years of football coaching experience at the college. 

MidDay....Middhoops and I look forward to enjoying those drinks with you next season. 

Middlebury Panthers 9-0.  Cheer Boys Cheer!

Has the Nescac ever put a player forth for the Gagliardi?

Middlebury QB MacCallum Foote was a Gagliardi finalist in 2013. 


Lost in the excitement of Saturday's great football action was that Middlebury's decision over Bowdoin marked HCOF Bob Ritter's 100th win as the Middlebury mentor.  Ironically, win #1 was at Bowdoin as well.  He's had only one losing slate since taking over in 2001 and since that (3-5) 2005 season his Panthers are 81-32. 

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