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Frequent Flyer Miles: SouthEastern Lacrosse Conference

3 - Published January 22, 2011 by in College

It’s time for another trip to MCLA Land!

This time we finish up our visit to the south with my home conference, the SouthEastern Lacrosse Conference (SELC). Like our trip to the GRLC, the SELC is middle of the road conference, however, they are a far more outgoing bunch, as we will see.  I expect several A’s from this group, quite a few B’s and hopefully all passing grades. If you’re new to the series, here’s a little refresher:

‘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.

Appalachian State

New coach from a winning program. Blaine Patrick has the Mountaineers headed in the right direction, and this is the first step.

FINAL GRADE: C

College of Charleston

Charleston is a new team to the SELC. Like most other new teams, the disappoint schedule-wise. Hopefully next year they get it right.

FINAL GRADE: F

Charlotte

Charlotte is an interesting case. I gave them a D last year. Head Coach Josh DuVall vowed to me that the 49ers would not have anything lower than an A, as long as he could help it.  He delivered on two fronts. Two-time reigning national champion? Check. (Alluded to in a Fireside Chat). First trip out of conference in team history? Check.

FINAL GRADE: A

the Citadel

the Citadel is back after a brief disappearance from MCLA action. They start off right with St. Mary’s out of Cali, and get another visitor from up north, Coast Guard Academy.

FINAL GRADE: C

Coastal Carolina

Despite their beach front location, they can’t bring in a team from up north.

FINAL GRADE: F

Davidson

The Wildcats don’t have many home games. They do luck out in hosting an OOC game. Sadly, that’s their only one. New coach means a rebuilding year. Next year should be a better effort.

FINAL GRADE: D

Elon

Elon has got to have the toughest 4 opening games in the MCLA. D1 Wake Forest, followed by 3 Top 10 teams. Granted, that’s their only OOC, but if they win 2 of 3, or possibly even have close games, it might get them an at-large, should they need it.

FINAL GRADE: A+

Emory

Maybe its just me, but Emory used to always have an unenviable schedule. With Davenport, they are slowly getting back to that level. St. Mary’s and Sam Houston State should prove to be good indicators as well

FINAL GRADE: B+

Furman

The Paladin’s are a team that just kind of hovers around the middle of the SELC. A schedule like this shows us why. Bonus point: They play in the 2011 seasons first collegiate lacrosse game at any level.

FINAL GRADE: F

Georgia Southern

The Eagles look to be getting over some growing pains. I see evidence of wanting to schedule strong, but they need to follow through more.

FINAL GRADE: F

Georgia State

Georgia State is in the same boat as Georgia Southern. I see evidence, but need more follow through. They do have Stonehill at home, which should be a good matchup.

FINAL GRADE: D

Kennesaw State

Kennesaw State was one of the most talked about teams right around Selection Sunday. They were so close to getting an at-large, and were widely considered the last team out. One of their biggest detractors was their schedule. This season, I dont see that as a problem. 4 games from acrosse the country should give the MCLA a good indicator of their talents.

FINAL GRADE: A

Liberty

Liberty is back in the MCLA after a break, like the Citadel. It looks like they wanna start back on the right foot and get back to the successful team they once were.

FINAL GRADE: C

North Florida

The Ospreys are going to have to bank on winning the SELC tournament if they want to visit Denver in May.

FINAL GRADE: F

Palm Beach Atlantic

Palm Beach is yet another relatively new MCLA team. We have a lot of them in the SELC. They start off with an OOC game, have one in the middle, then finish out with all 4 divisional games. Looks good to me.

FINAL GRADE: C

Reinhardt

The other half of today’s season opener. Reinhardt gets two OOC games in their second MCLA season. They should be improved over last seasons 0-8 slate.

FINAL GRADE: C

SCAD

The teams in the top half of the SELC know how to schedule. The Bees travel to the unfriendly Minnesota climate to take on 3 Top 10 teams in addition to the 3 Top 10 quality SELC teams they have scheduled.

FINAL GRADE: A

Southern Virginia

SVU used to be a doormat in the SELC. They’ve become a lot more competitive in recent years. Hopefully they’re landing some of the Mormon players BYU isn’t getting. They’re scheduling has also improved quite a bit.

FINAL GRADE: B

Tennessee Wesleyan

The Bulldogs are a good team. They have on of the only dross divisional rivalries in the MCLA, with Tennessee. They also tend to be a good destination for OOC games. This season, they show that again hosting 3 teams from around the country.

FINAL GRADE: A

Wofford

Wofford is another brand new team to the SELC. They get a slight pass on not scheduling OOC games, but it’s hard to get them when you are brand new to the league.

FINAL GRADE: F

Overall, I think the SELC schedules pretty strong, or at least the top half of the conference does. 7 grades of B or higher, with quite a few more C’s. I saw too many F’s for my liking, but several of those were from new teams so they should improve next year. Also, props to the SELC for having the years first lacrosse game at any level.

The SELC as a whole looks to be the toughest of the 3 conference’s I’ve previewed thus far. We have 7 more to go to see if they can keep it up.

OVERALL GRADE: B

[All schedule images courtesy MCLA.us.]

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