NESCAC 2018

NESCAC 2018

New postby M. Laffley on Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:59 pm

As usual, NESCAC had 7 teams ranked in the IWLCA Pre-Season Poll

The IWLCA Division III Coaches Pre-Season Poll is topped by 2017 NCAA National Champion Gettysburg College, who claimed 19 of the 25 available first place votes. The Bullets narrowly edged out #2 TCNJ in the rankings after doing the same in last year's Championship game, a 6-5 defensive battle that saw Gettysburg claim its second NCAA title in program history. Washington and Lee, Trinity, and Middlebury comprise the remainder of the top five in the pre-season poll after going deep in the NCAA tournament last year. Checking in at numbers six through ten are William Smith, Franklin & Marshall, York, Salisbury, and Colby. The NESCAC is again the top conference in Division III with seven teams ranked in the pre-season Top 25, including Hamilton (#12), Tufts (#19), Wesleyan (#20), and Bowdoin (#23), who join the Top 10 peers (Trinity, Middlebury, and Colby).

Rank Institution Points FPV 2017 Record
1 Gettysburg 618 19 21-3
2 TCNJ 605 6 19-2
3 Washington and Lee 559 0 19-2
4 Trinity (CT) 533 0 17-5
5 Middlebury 519 0 16-5
6 William Smith 482 0 20-2
7 Franklin & Marshall 472 0 17-5
8 York (PA) 452 0 16-4
9 Salisbury 434 0 16-6
10 Colby 397 0 15-4
11 Ithaca 323 0 14-5
12 Hamilton 314 0 12-6
13 Messiah 311 0 16-3
14 Catholic 302 0 14-5
15 SUNY Brockport 282 0 16-3
16 SUNY Cortland 255 0 14-5
17 Mary Washington 219 0 15-6
18 St. John Fisher 207 0 15-5
19 Tufts 168 0 10-6
20 Wesleyan (CT) 167 0 11-6
21 Colorado College 125 0 15-5
22 Claremont-Mudd 86 0 16-2
23 Bowdoin 62 0 10-6
24 Denison 41 0 15-4
25 Stevens 35 0 13-5
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The 2018 Coaches Poll has been expanded to include 25 teams in all three NCAA Divisions this year in order to more accurately reflect the growth of the game at the collegiate level in recent years. The first Division III regular season poll for the 2018 season will be published on February 26.
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Re: NESCAC 2018

New postby cto on Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:17 pm

You can probably throw away this poll. The shot clock and free movement in the game will change D3 dramatically. Personally I will be happy not to see the 6-5 games with 20 min of stalling.
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Re: NESCAC 2018

New postby 21laxer on Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:30 am

You don’t think any of these coaches will adjust?
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Re: NESCAC 2018

New postby M. Laffley on Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:34 am

Agreed.

I expect the top-tier teams with roster depth to run multiple midfield lines. The result will be an even wider gap between these programs and the rest of D-3.
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Re: NESCAC 2018

New postby playlax on Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:00 am

21laxer wrote:You don’t think any of these coaches will adjust?


21laxer - what are your referencing here?
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Re: NESCAC 2018

New postby 21laxer on Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:15 pm

Playlax- I was responding to cto’s post. I do not think the rule changes will shake up the top 25 much. I think there are a lot of great coaches leading those teams that are innovative and can adapt. I’m sure many of them have been brainstorming and researching. Maybe I’ll be proved wrong in May? I do wonder/worry that M Laffley May be right. The disparity may widen between top tier teams and the rest—I hope this is not the case. Coaching Friends have also argued the other point that the other team will have a chance to get the ball back. I guess we will see soon. I think in a month we will all have a much better understanding standing of the impact of the rule changes. Good luck!
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Re: NESCAC 2018

New postby netrip on Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:36 am

Not trying to be provocative here at all; I'm new to women's D3 this year, so I have no real frame of reference for this query, but are the best D3 teams so deep that they have multiple lines of middies to run that won't be a substantial to dramatic drop-off in ability from their top line(s)?

i.e., if team A has a roster of 33 girls and team B has 23, are those last 10 players on A's bench, maybe 5 of whom play midfield, good enough to run significant minutes to spell the best lines without hurting the team overall? I've been watching IAAM high school games the last four years (albeit without the new rules), and it seemed the giant roster teams didn't actually play too many more girls than the thinner roster teams when the outcome was genuinely at issue, although they admittedly could probably withstand injury better.
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Re: NESCAC 2018

New postby cto on Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:02 pm

The changes will not be affected by midfield depth. It is the decision making in transition by defenders and midfield. Also the more deliberate offenses ( not just NESCAC schools) will have to be more quick strike in nature. Some teams have the athletes some do not. I predict more upsets and after looking at that top 25-I know at least a few will not be there at the end. The free motion in my opinion allows the defenders to run back in position more than letting the offense keep going. Also with 3 second calls being FPS makes installing zone/backer d more risky . D1 has had a year to digest the shot clock before the free motion -D3 will be thrown right in . Great coaches can only do so much to get these teams ready. The real strategy will be weather to zone ride or man to burn the 90 sec clock. Any weak link in transition will get exposed.
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Re: NESCAC 2018

New postby seacoaster on Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:21 pm

I think teams are going to need an additional "line" of midfielders come late April and May; the pace of play will generally increase and fatigue and heat will become factors. So in the NESCAC, what are the general size of lineups: 24-30? At some point, teams are going to need a bench that can play.
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