Landmark Conference 2018

Landmark Conference 2018 playoffs

New postby nevadajoe on Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:52 am

Upon further review, a Goucher win over Moravian on Saturday will get them the #3 seed. A loss to Moravian and they do not make the playoffs. If Moravian wins, they will be the #4 seed.
A Susquehanna win over Drew gives then the #1 seed. A loss drops them to 4-2 and they will be behind Scranton in any tie-breaker.
If Elizabethtown beats Catholic and Susquehanna beats Drew, the Blue Jays will be the #2 seed. If Elozabethtown loses and ends up at 4-2, they will most likely still be the #2 seed.
Scranton is 4-2 with losses to Goucher and Elizabethtown. They could wind up anywhere from the #2 seed to the #4 seed depending on Saturday's results.
There is an outside possibility that 4 teams could finish at 4-2. I won't even try to figure that one out.
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Re: Landmark Conference 2018

New postby CecilDlax on Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:57 am

Stakes are high at Beldon Field on Saturday for both Goucher and Moravian. Can Moravian break through? Can Goucher get back to the tournament? Goucher has talent on both ends, and if Moravian can beat the Gophers away (on alumni/senior day), they'll certainly have earned it. Very encouraging to see all the Landmark teams upgrading their OOC schedules. Etown particularly impressive on that score (Christopher Newport, Lynchburg, F&M, York, Frostburg State, Colorado College), but the others played some strong teams, too. Scranton: Muhlenberg, Cortland, Hampden-Syndney, Montclair State; Goucher: Gettysburg, McDaniel, Messiah; Catholic: Hampden-Sydney, Montclair St; Susquehanna: Muhlenberg, F&M, York, Washington&Lee; Moravian: Muhlenberg. The Landmark tournament almost always creates surprises, and this year's title seems completely up for grabs. Goucher sophomore attack Matt Woodson has had a breakout season, scoring 40 in just 12 games. Other breakout/likely all-conference players from around the conference this year?
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Landmark Conference 2018

New postby MocoLax2010 on Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:45 am

Moravian vs Goucher looks like a great match up for the weekend. A playoff game for the playoffs. It's amazing after only three years that Moravian can be competing for a playoff spot. Even without a core of Seniors, this team is pretty fun to watch. Goucher on Alumni/Blue Gold Day will be a tough place to play for the young Hounds but I'm sure they will rise to the occasion. GOOD LUCK!
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Re: Landmark Conference 2018

New postby nevadajoe on Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:28 am

Now that the tournament is set, it's time to think about the Landmark All-Conference team which will be voted upon by the coaches.
Attack - The top three are Connor Kirkwood (Scranton), Andrew Porzio (Susquehanna) and Matt Woodson (Goucher). Others under consideration are Mike Scrafano (Elizabethtown), Brandon Sankey (Elizabethtown), Mike DiGenova (Elizabethtown), Owen Smith (Catholic), Mark Laratta (Moravian), Jack Crowley (Drew), Tim Dolan (Scranton) , Colton Dick (Susquehanna) and Zephan Harnish (Goucher).
Middies - The top three are Bennett Bradley (Catholic), Alex Tzanateas (Susquehanna) and Conor Carey (Scranton). Others to be considered are Seamus O'Connor (Drew), Kyle Macdonnell (Drew), Andrew Sade (Goucher) and Jake Smolokoff (Susquehanna).
Defense - Top three are Jeremy Klipple (Elizabethtown), Gordon Paul (Scranton) and Peter Cost (Goucher). Others to be considered are Alex Weightman (Susquehanna), James Tsilonis (Susquehanna), Greg Swenson (Drew), Patrick Kamm (Catholic), Charles Kraemer (Catholic) and Kieran Pues (Scranton).
LSM - Best this year is Alex Maiale (Scranton). Also to be considered is Jimmy Schicke (Moravian).
Face-off - My pick is Adam Drury (Scranton). Also to be considered is Pierce Mead (Susquehanna) and Kyle Pienik (Elizabethtown).
Goalie - Tom Mahoney (Elizabethtown). Also Matt Messerle (Goucher) and Dylan Abplanalp (Susquehanna).
Player of the Year - Bennett Bradley (Catholic). Other votes could go to Connor Kirkwood (Scranton).
Rookie of the Year - This one is wide open but I'll go with Colton Dick (Susquehanna). Other considerations are Owen Smith (Catholic) or Brandon Sankey (Elizabethtown).
Coaching Staff - Again, this is wide open. I'll go with Goucher for getting back into the playoffs this year.. You could also go with the first-year Elizabethtown staff for retooling after so many graduation losses and earning the #2 seed in the playoffs. Or the other first-year staff at Scranton for also making the playoffs.
I have probably missed something so please feel free to add your comments.
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Re: Landmark Conference 2018

New postby CecilDlax on Tue May 01, 2018 11:48 pm

All Conference awards announced today.

Player of the Year: Jeremy Klipple, Etown
Rookie of the Year: Colton Dick, Susquehanna
Coaching Staff: Etown

First Team

Attack: Woodson, Goucher; Kirkwood, Scranton; Porzio, Susq
Midfield: Bradley, Catholic; Carey, Scranton; Tzaneteas, Susq
Defense: Klipple, Etown; Pues, Scranton; Yaga, Susq
LSM: Maiale, Scranton
SSM: Modesti, Scranton
F/O: Drury, Scranton
Goalie: Abplanalp, Susq

Second Team

Attack: Crowley, Drew; Scrafano, Etown; Dolan, Scranton
Midfield: O'Connor, Drew; Bailey, Goucher; Laratta, Moravian
Defense: Swenson, Drew; Bloom, Etown; Cost, Goucher
LSM: Schicke, Moravian
SSM: Knapp, Etown
F/O: Mead, Susq
Goalie: Messerle, Goucher
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Re: Landmark Conference 2018

New postby Laxer1957 on Wed May 02, 2018 6:27 pm

SU And E-town advance...
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Re: Landmark Conference 2018

New postby Laxer1957 on Fri May 04, 2018 3:12 pm

Who does everyone have for the Landmark champ?

This guys says SU 10-9
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Re: Landmark Conference 2018

New postby Laxer1957 on Sat May 05, 2018 2:53 pm

SU 7 - Etown 4 at the half
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Re: Landmark Conference 2018

New postby XDIII on Sat May 05, 2018 3:59 pm

Final: Etown 10, Susque 9. Etown completes a nice comeback and secures the championship.
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Re: Landmark Conference 2018

New postby nevadajoe on Sat May 05, 2018 5:03 pm

You have to give a lot of credit to Coach Perzinski and Elizabethtown for the comeback win on the road to secure the Landmark title for the second year in a row. Down 7-4 at the half, having won only 1 of 13 face-offs which limited them to only 9 shots, adjustments were made at halftime which got the Blue Jays back on track. They managed to win 6 of 10 faceoffs in the second half and made good use of those extra possessions. They nipped away at the Susquehanna lead, scoring 2 man-up goals in the third quarter against one of the best man-down units in the country. They tied it at 8 on an Austin Dews goal and then took their first lead of the day, 9-8 with 4:41 left in the game, on a goal by Mike Scrafano from a beautiful pass from Mike DiGenova. Another feed from DiGenova to Brandon Sankey put the Blue Jays up by 2 with 3:54 left. The River Hawks did not fold and came back to within one on a Jake Smolokoff goal with 1:49 left. The E-town defense played well down the stretch as they did for the entire second half. Give lots of credit to Jeremy Klipple, showing why he was named POY, Jeff Bloom and Kyle Coats, Tom Mahoney came up big as well in the second half in goal. Until Smolokoff's goal, the Blue Jays defense held the high-powered River Hawk offense scoreless for over 26 minutes.
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Re: Landmark Conference 2018

New postby nevadajoe on Mon May 07, 2018 4:31 pm

Interesting first-round match-up for E'town. John Carroll (the most famous alum is Don Shula) is an offensive power house averaging almost 15 goals per game. They have some depth and experience at attack and will test the Blue Jays defense. John Carroll won their first round tournament game last year vs. Albion and look to repeat that success again this year.
This game will come down to defense and goalies. E'town has some really agile and quick defensemen and Mahoney is stellar in goal.
I think E'town wins in a high-scoring affair and moves on to face Gettysburg.
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Re: Landmark Conference 2018

New postby Stonegate on Tue May 08, 2018 7:14 pm

Congrats to the Jays. Nice second half. Took over a close game. JCU looked bigger,but Jays were definitely quicker. Noted the X d man stole a couple of ground balls ... Nice work.
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Re: Landmark Conference 2018

New postby nevadajoe on Wed May 09, 2018 7:51 am

Congrats to E'town for dictating the pace for most of the game and limiting the high-powered John Carroll offense to just 6 goals on only 24 shots. The Blue Jays defense took over in the 4th quarter and Ton Mahoney stopped all 5 shots he saw. Great job by the E'town offense in the 4th, being patient and taking quality shots.
Next up will be the challenge of a very strong Gettysburg team. E'town has a puncher's chance here if the Bullets get caught looking past the second round game, if Mahoney stands on his head, if their defense can frustrate the Gettysburg scorers and if the quickness of the E'town offense matches up enough to steal a few goals. If E'town can keep it close, who knows what might happen.
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2018 Landmark Conference Report Card & Forecast

New postby nevadajoe on Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:53 am

Here's the Landmark Conference team report card for 2018 and the forecast for 2019.
1. Elizabethtown - A
Probably the best 10-loss team in the country but those early losses to quality opponents prepared them for the journey to the conference championship under first-year coach Chris Perzinski. They had some tough games in conference play where they showed the resilience and grit to finish with a win. None of those games was tougher than the championship game vs. Susquehanna, coming back from a 5-goal deficit and playing stellar defense in the 4th quarter to take one-goal victory. And then, they became the second Landmark team to grab a win in the tournament, besting John Carroll 9-6 in the first round. Simply a great team effort and a season that should be appreciated for years to come.
Forecast - Sunny and Bright - Only lose 4 players to graduation and should be able to re-tool a bit on defense (led by POY and All-American Jeremy Klipple) as all of their offensive threats return in 2019. They should be favored to repeat next year.

2. Susquehanna - A-
The River Hawks were picked to finish 6th in the pre-season coaches poll. Nonetheless, Coach Moan and his squad methodically got better as the season went on and grabbed the #1 seed for the playoffs. Blending a mix of veterans and newcomers, they fell short by just one goal of earning their third conference title.
Forecast - Mostly Sunny - They lose three first-team All-Conference players. Andrew Porzio and Alex Tzaneteas provided 36% of the goals this year. Pierce Mead was a force at face-off. They will need also need to replace two starters on defense who accounted for 25% of the team's caused turnovers. But they always seem to have a great incoming class that should be able to contribute immediately. They should make a return to the championship game in 2019.

3. Goucher - B+
Picked to finish near the bottom in the pre-season, Brian Kelly pieced together a line-up that wound up making the playoffs for the first time in three years. The Gophers were playing their best lacrosse at the end of the season, which is a credit to hard work by both the players and the coaching staff.
Forecast - Partly Sunny - The Gophers lose an awful lot on defense, including All-Conference goalie Matt Messerle and 5 players who logged many minutes on the field. These guys will need to be replaced and will need to gel as a unit quickly. The offensive core, led by Matt Woodson, Andres Sade, Zephan Harnish and Mason Gorman, returns so the Gophers should not have any problem scoring in 2019 and a return to the playoffs might be in the cards for the Gophers.

4. Scranton - B-
The Royals were the most inconsistent team in the conference. At times, like the 9-8 win over Susquehanna and the 16-6 rout of Catholic, very good, and, at other times, like the early season 12-10 loss to Goucher, not so good. But they made it to the playoffs for the eight year in a row, which conversely is the most consistent performance by any other Landmark team.
Forecast - Partly Sunny with a Chance of Rain - They lose a lot of contributors to graduation, including three first-team All-Conference stars in Adam Drury, Conor Carey and Kieran Pues. They'll need to plug some holes on both sides of the ball, as well as in the net. But they will be striving for that ninth straight playoff appearance in 2019.

5. Moravian - C+
You have to feel good about this team and their future, winning their first two conference games of the year (beating Catholic 5-4 and Drew 11-7) and continuing to be more competitive in the conference (losing to Susquehanna 8-6 and to Elizabethtown 9-5).
Forecast - Sunny - The Greyhounds return their entire squad, a group of seniors and juniors who have played together for three years and have weathered bad losses and enjoyed tremendous success. No doubt. they will be the most closely-knit team next year and that might translate into their first playoff appearance.

6. Catholic - D
This team was an enigma for everyone. The #1 pre-season pick by the coaches (and by nevadajoe as well), they never seemed to get into rhythm, winning only 2 games in the conference. The high-powered sputtered at times, especially late in the season, and the defense never did appear to be working together as a unit. But they did finish strong with their 14-13 Senior Day victory over E'town.
Forecast - Partly Cloudy - The Cardinals lose quite a bit on offense, including 67% of their goal scorers. Coach Singer has some young players to step up and, if Catholic can find a way to play more as a unit on both offense and defense, they should return to their performance level over the past several years.

7. Drew - D-
The Rangers had a new coach, several returning offensive stars and a lot of hope going into the 2018 season. Unfortunately, they stumbled out of the gate, never seemed to get on track, went winless in the conference and only won three games all season.
Forecast - Cloudy with a Chance of Rain - Coach Sage will need to re-group, add more players to the roster and begin the 2019 season by looking ahead and not glancing back. They only lose a few players to graduation and perhaps 2019 will be the year that their offensive stars return to the way they contributed in 2017, when they made it to the Landmark championship game.
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