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Frequent Flyer Miles: Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association

0 - Published February 9, 2011 by in College

After a slight lay-off, we’re back and in preview mode! The season is in full swing, and these conferences need to be looked at.

After logging some more miles, we’re back East, checking out the Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association (CCLA). The CCLA is home to 4 of the countrys toughest teams in Dayton, Davenport, Grand Valley, and Grove City.

‘Tis the new year and that means only one thing: the lacrosse season is nearly upon us.  It also means that I will be giving all of you a look into the schedules of all 100+ MCLA Division 2 teams.

We’re going to use a slightly different format than last year. Instead of focusing entirely on a team’s out of conference schedule, we’re going to look at the whole thing. The grading system will be similar: A-F, depending on certain minimum criteria. A grade may be bumped up, depending on the quality of the games.

A: This team went above and beyond the minimum league requirement of 2 out of conference games.

B: This team went above the minimum league requirements of 2 out of conference games.

C: This team met the minimum requirement of 2 out of conference games.

D: This team only scheduled one out of conference game.

F: This team failed to schedule any out of conference games.

Aquinas

In years past, I haven’t really seen Aquinas do much in terms of scheduling. Granted, they really don’t have to in order to get a tough schedule. They travel to the SELC for 3 relatively easy games, and one tough game with TWC.

FINAL GRADE: C+

Butler

Too bad the Butler lacrosse team isn’t anything like their basketball team. If they were, they wouldn’t have such a simple schedule with just two OOC games. You know my thoughts on doing the bare minimum.

FINAL GRADE: C

Calvin

Calvin once was one of the top teams in the CCLA. Now it seems as though they’ve drifted to mediocrity. 4 OOC games against mediocre teams. Give them credit it for traveling to Minny for 2 games in a day. Side Note: I don’t get why some teams play twice in the regular season. someone please explain that.

FINAL GRADE: B-

Carnegie Mellon

The Tartans are the only non-southern team I have ever played against. Once again, they travel to Buena Vista, VA, to participate in the Knight Invitational to get their OOC requirement out of they way.

FINAL GRADE: C

Davenport

The Davenport Panthers always want the toughest schedule in the country. So far, they may have achieved that feat. Travelling for all their OOC games, they head down south for 3 of the SELC’s toughest, then travel to play last year’s surprise team, Briarcliffe. They finish up their OOC travels against two of the most consistently tough teams in the country, St. Johns and St. Thomas.

FINAL GRADE: A+

Dayton

Dayton follows the Davenport model, but not quite to the extent of the Panthers. After getting the opener out of the way, they travel to Elon, NC, for the Face-off for Autism, featuring Elon, Charlotte, and St. Thomas. After heading back home, they get their last two OOC games.

FINAL GRADE: A

Ferris State

Ferris State does the bare minimum, but gets lucky enough to end their season with Davenport.

FINAL GRADE: C

Grand Valley State

GVSU travels to Minnesota to get 3 top OOC games, then comes back home to face the rest of the CCLA. Not much more to say than that.

FINAL GRADE: B

Grove City

Grove City is a team you’ll be hearing about this season. They have 3 tough OOC games and one I’m not too sure about. They were also smart in scheduling the CCLA’s 3 toughest teams.

FINAL GRADE: B

Hope College

Hope is going to need just that, hope, if they plan on making the MCLA tournament. Yes, they have twice as many OOC games than they need. It’s their in-conference games that will give them the most trouble.

FINAL GRADE: C+

Indiana Tech

Indiana Tech opens their season with a bang heading down to SELC land to take on 3 good teams. They don’t have any other OOC games, but they have two of the tougher CCLA teams and a few D1 teams peppered throughout their schedule.

FINAL GRADE: B-

John Carroll

John Carroll gets a return game from Charlotte, then travels south to the SELC for a 2nd straight year to take on App State and SVU.

FINAL GRADE: B-

Michigan – Dearborn

Dearborn is one of those branch campuses that uses the M logo. Sadly, it doesn’t give them any of the Wolverine’s mojo. Hey, that rhymed!. They open their season on a OOC road trip. Mo Bap is the tougher of the two teams they’ll play.

FINAL GRADE: C

Northern Michigan

A small schedule, but it was made efficiently. Required conference games. Hosting an OOC game. Making an OOC roadtrip for two games.

FINAL GRADE: B-

Northwood

The only non-CCLA team scheduled is Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

FINAL GRADE: D

Oakland

Oakland has what seems to be a big schedule. It’s just a big schedule almost entirely made up of CCLA games. They make a short trip to Indianapolis to take on two GRLC teams.

FINAL GRADE: C

Sienna Heights

5 games in March. 5 games in April. They travel to Wheaton. You’d think they’d be able to schedule at least one more GRLC team to play them on that trip.

FINAL GRADE: D

Taylor

Taylor also travels to Wheaton, the Trojans also travel to the GRLC, or so their schedule makes it seem, for three more games to start their season.

FINAL GRADE: B+

Walsh

Walsh gets a game from Charlotte, then travels to Indianapolis a few weeks later for another Atlantic 10 member, St. Louis.

FINAL GRADE: C

The CCLA benefits from having 4 of the top teams in the country and their penchant for tough scheduling. Most everyone got the MCLA-required 2 OOC games, so you cant fault the conference as a whole. We’ll see if that helps them get 4 teams in the tournament again this season.

CONFERENCE GRADE: A-

[All schedule images courtesy MCLA.us.]

[Title image courtesy grovecitylacrosse.com]

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