Frequent Flyer Miles: Lone Star Alliance

5 - Published January 10, 2011 by in Uncategorized

‘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.



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.


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.


St. Edwards

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


Stephen F Austin

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



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



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


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


UT San Antonio

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


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.


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5 Responses to Frequent Flyer Miles: Lone Star Alliance

  1. 412 Lax January 11, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

    Not a lot of good grades for the LSA, but their location really handicaps their programs.

  2. SLClax January 12, 2011 at 6:43 pm #

    are there more coming? or DI grades coming?

  3. Mike Band January 13, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

    The fact that they don’t get too far out of Texas likely has to do with the fact that Texas is about 300x the size of most other states.

  4. Courtland_jacob January 13, 2011 at 9:32 pm #

    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.

    • MP January 28, 2011 at 11:22 pm #

      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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