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Frequent Flyer Miles: Lone Star Alliance

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Written by Hilsgen

Noah Hilsgen is back with a preview of ALL the MCLA Division II teams in the Lone Star Alliance Conference. He has a solid grading system and tells it like it is. Lots of MCLA D2 lacrosse action scheduled for Spring 2011!

‘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.

Austin College

Austin College is the first team on the chopping block. As you can tell by the large number of red stars, they did not schedule out of conference. They start a horrible trend in the LSA.

FINAL GRADE: F.

Centenary

Centenary has the distinction of playing in the first out of conference game in D2 this season. Sadly, that is the only one they play in the MCLA. I’ll give Coach Brand some credit for getting some NCAA squads on the schedule, seeing as they are transitioning to NCAA D3. However, for my purposes, and the MCLA’s for that matter, it doesnt count.

FINAL GRADE: D

Sam Houston State

Now this is a work of art. At least it is for the LSA. 6 total non-LSA games, not including the canceled game @ Hope. I applaud the Bearkats. The schedule may not get them an at-large bid to Denver, but barring an upset, I don’t see that being a problem.

FINAL GRADE: A

St. Edwards

St. Edwards brings us back to the LSA habit of not scheduling outside of Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.

FINAL GRADE: F

Stephen F Austin

I’m running out of ways to say the same thing.

FINAL GRADE: F

Trinity

I’ll give Trinity credit for getting some D1 teams. Still a horrible schedule.

FINAL GRADE: F

Tulane

Tulane is an interesting case. They were readmitted to the LSA on a probationary status as a D2 team. When they left, they were D1 and are hoping to get back to that level. As such, they have a large D1 schedule. If we were rating this based on D1 requirements, they’d pass. But they are classified as D2 and as such, they have one non-LSA game.

Final Grade: D

UL-Lafayette

Lafayette is a new MCLA team this year. Not starting off with a good impression.

FINAL GRADE: F

UT San Antonio

The last team in our LSA preview. I must say that it couldn’t come soon enough.

FINAL GRADE: F

Overall, the Lone Star Alliance has failed me once again. I don’t know why they stay in their little three state bubble. Until they get over their shyness, they will consistently remain at the bottom of the pack.

OVERALL CONFERENCE GRADE: F

About the author

Hilsgen

Hilsgen is a former MCLA D2 defender. After his playing career ended, he turned to the sidelines where he was briefly on staff at UNCG. Now, he's a nomadic lacrosse fan, looking for his next coaching and playing opportunity.

5 Comments

  • We at UL wanted to try and get some OOC game, I
    tried scheduling a 3 game weekend in Atlanta, but it didn’t work out on those schools’ end. By the time I went to schedule most teams had their schedules and specifically OOC schedules set, and given that the closest ooc Div II team is 9 hours from us, it’s pretty tough to get any games scheduled.Heck our conference games are 6-8 hours away from us. We’re a first year team, and the fact that I even tried to get games against numerous teams from the SELC and Great Rivers should say something. Believe me I don’t want our schedule to lack ooc games, but I didn’t even get replies from 90% of the schools I Emailed.

    • We have had similar issues. It is not for a lack of trying to get OOC games. Our hope is showing that we are a realiable and stronger program this year, will help with scheduling for next year. Geography also plays a part. As our conference strengthens as a whole, all of our schedules can get stronger. How about celebrate the fact that we expanded the number of teams?

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