MCLA Predictions for 2018 Season

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MCLA Predictions for 2018 Season

New postby RhodyWombat on Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:46 am

Hello all,

Anybody have any predictions for the upcoming MCLA season? Who's a shoe-in for their conference championships / national championships? What mediocre team will rise as a powerhouse? What team will fall from past grace? Your predictions below!
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Re: MCLA Predictions for 2018 Season

New postby LeadSled1 on Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:47 pm

Nobody is a shoe-in for the national championship, probably not for most conferences. I'd lay money on GCU being in the mix.
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Re: MCLA Predictions for 2018 Season

New postby urugxal on Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:25 pm

I think Utah may be an odds on favorite. Last year in the MCLA before going D-1 next year. Many D-1 worthy commits that could play at many other established programs.
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Re: MCLA Predictions for 2018 Season

New postby RhodyWombat on Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:58 pm

LeadSled1 wrote:Nobody is a shoe-in for the national championship, probably not for most conferences. I'd lay money on GCU being in the mix.

Sorry about that. I meant something more like "Are there any teams that you feel will have an amazing season?" or something like that. There is, without a doubt, no team that automatically gets recognition for the nattys before the season begins. Sorry for the confusion.
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Re: MCLA Predictions for 2018 Season

New postby youenjoymyself on Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:04 pm

Utah, hands down. You have to remember that IL's rankings are worthless. They don't even get D1 right, and their whole reason for being revolves around that league. Their MCLA rankings are the product of some intern spending an hour looking at the rankings from last year and throwing a dart at a board.

Utah finished up #10 last year, lost no one, and just brought in a LOT of talent. Their freshman class is 27 strong, national in scope, and most of those players would normally never touch an MCLA school.
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Re: MCLA Predictions for 2018 Season

New postby LeadSled1 on Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:16 pm

I'm still not on the Utah train. They lost 7 games last year including the last 4 in a row. While bringing in talent is great and they got some good recruits, I'm not seeing a lot of fresh out of high school players having the physical presence of Junior and Seniors on other teams they will be playing. It will be interesting to see how they fair with the level of recruiting they were able to bring in. Other teams have been able to bring in JUCO and NCAA transfers, but a lot of rosters aren't published even now. (I wonder if that is on purpose) I'm looking forward to the season as it progresses.
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Re: MCLA Predictions for 2018 Season

New postby FastGame on Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:12 am

Utah has several D1 transfers on their roster this season who were starters at their former schools which should be helpful. Still doesn't mean its hands down or written in stone, the games still need to be played.
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Re: MCLA Predictions for 2018 Season

New postby youenjoymyself on Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:43 pm

LeadSled1 wrote:While bringing in talent is great and they got some good recruits, I'm not seeing a lot of fresh out of high school players having the physical presence of Junior and Seniors on other teams they will be playing.


Take the defense, obviously the position where physical presence is paramount. They only lost one player, a backup, to graduation. Yet this year's roster has only two 2017 poles that made the cut. And one of those is Neeleman, who's dad funded the program and was a D1 commit (Loyola). Every other defender is a new face, beating out the returning starters. I count 12 poles on the 2018 roster. Which means their best starting close defenseman from last year is now, at best, their 13th pole. That's a pretty significant upgrade in talent.

Same thing happened with their goalies. And I'm sure it happened with mids and att too, I just haven't looked.
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Re: MCLA Predictions for 2018 Season

New postby el zurdo on Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:20 pm

I suppose the argument against Utah as a title contender is that the program is obviously looking to build for the future and (despite the obvious influx of talent) might not be ready to beat the top teams filled with upperclassmen. I would still put them in a preseason top 10, but I'm curious to see how the young guys adapt to college competition and pick up the systems of the coaching staff.

There are some traditional MCLA powerhouses with a lot of talent returning like Chapman, ASU, GCU, BYU, and Colorado. Other competitive teams like VTech, GTech, FSU, Cal, and Cal Poly lost some guys but should be very solid. I think it will be a very competitive year for the MCLA.
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Re: MCLA Predictions for 2018 Season

New postby LeadSled1 on Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:30 pm

I went back and took a look at Michigan for their transition time. They were the MCLA national champions 2008, 2009, and 2010. Their last season was 2011 and they lost in the Semi to Arizona. 2012 they were NCAA.
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Re: MCLA Predictions for 2018 Season

New postby ChargersLax on Sat Feb 03, 2018 1:05 pm

Nice Q and A with Florida Gators Captain Noah Boldt. Gators expect to turn some heads this year in the SELC. https://quickstickblog.com/2018/02/03/q ... oah-boldt/
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Re: MCLA Predictions for 2018 Season

New postby el zurdo on Mon Feb 05, 2018 6:17 pm

Some interesting results from Texas this weekend. USC won big over TCU and lost a close one to SMU 8-6. SC is typically a middle of the pack team from the SLC, so is this a sign that SC has improved? Also, Texas A&M over Texas was a surprise. What does this mean about the overall strength of the LSA?
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Re: MCLA Predictions for 2018 Season

New postby LeadSled1 on Mon Feb 05, 2018 6:56 pm

Clemson SELC Div 1 wins over Belmont Abbey (NCAA DII, last year's #5) 13-8. Box Score 5/0, 2/4, 4/0, 2/4 in a scrimage on 1/31. Then in MCLA play take down University of Miami 15-3 and Ole Miss 11-3. Off to a strong start.
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Re: MCLA Predictions for 2018 Season

New postby pitt12 on Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:54 am

Just to clarify Clemson beat the Belmont Abbey JV/ Developmental team also lost to first year D2 program Newberry 10-6. Good luck to Clemson this season.
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Re: MCLA Predictions for 2018 Season

New postby LeadSled1 on Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:43 pm

So Belmont Abbey has a seperate JV/Development team from their current 68 man roster listed for their varsity program?
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Re: MCLA Predictions for 2018 Season

New postby pitt12 on Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:08 am

Yes...they have a JV/Developmental team from what I have been told from the Belmont Abbey supporters. Nothing against Clemson. Looks like they are off to a good start.
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Re: MCLA Predictions for 2018 Season

New postby el zurdo on Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:19 pm

It's a slippery slope when reporting on scrimmage results especially with programs from other divisions. Hard to know the intentions of the other program. I think Clemson will have plenty of opportunities to prove themselves this season in the SELC. The next two weeks should give some insight as they play Florida and Georgia and then head to Texas for games with TCU and SMU.
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Re: MCLA Predictions for 2018 Season

New postby ChargersLax on Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:02 pm

Big things expected from Montana State this year on the DII side of things. Nice Q&A with senior attackman and 2x All American Louis Richman. https://quickstickblog.com/2018/02/09/q ... s-richman/
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Re: MCLA Predictions for 2018 Season

New postby el zurdo on Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:19 pm

I'm not sure when the next poll comes out but it would be tough to figure out 15-25 in D1. SMU, Texas, and Sonoma took some Ls, but who could take their place? South Carolina? Davenport? Arizona? San Diego St? Would have had Clemson in that group before they lost to Georgia. Who am I missing?
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Re: MCLA Predictions for 2018 Season

New postby umnlaxcoach on Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:33 pm

Everyone north of I-40 :wink:
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