Chapman beat 8th ranked Ithaca in the regular season last year 14-11.Lemme guess.. it doesnt mean anything right? please..
This is a pretty misleading example IMO. Westsidelax.com fails to mention that this game was clearly played as a scrimmage---both teams subbed liberally throughout the game. Plain and simple, if winning is the primary objective you do not play everyone on your entire roster. To use this result as a measure of comparison between the NCAA and MCLA is not entirely accurate. A much better example is the Whittier/Chapman game from this past spring. The game was played exclusively with starting personnel, and it is clear that both teams employed opponent specific game plans. This game was a battle to the end, and would leave an objective observer to believe that when all things are equal, the best MCLA teams are somewhere in the range of 30-50 when compared to NCAA D3. For example, had Ithaca treated this contest as an E8 game (starters all game, detailed scouting reports), they probably would have won by 3-5 goals even while on the road. The talent difference between Ithaca's starters/depth and Chapman's starters/depth was evident during the Ithaca/Whittier game days later when Whittier had a much tougher time competing with Ithaca than they did with Chapman.
Another example of NCAA and MCLA competition in a non scrimmage environment is when Whittier was a top 5 D3 team in the early 2000's. These inter-division contests were played as real games, with Whittier simply dominating club competition. I'm pretty certain the results would be similar today if club teams regularly played top 5 D3 teams ie Salisbury, Cortland, Stevenson etc... I know the MCLA has improved since '02/'03 however, I think the club league has improved much more in terms of league depth, not necessarily the best teams becoming a ton better. Regardless of how you view Chapman's performance vs. Ithaca or the recent Whittier teams, the biggest and most legit performance for the MCLA was in 2004 when BYU upset Whittier 12-10 in the season opener (Whittier was not a top 5 team anymore, but still were in the top 15 and made the NCAA playoffs). This was far more impressive than anything of late.
Finally, in terms of Denison beating Michigan this weekend, it's pointless to compare results of any lacrosse game in the fall. There are way too many variables/approaches specific to each team's fall schedule to find a truly meaningful comparison.