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Making the Grade: GRLC D1

Making the Grade: GRLC D1

0 - Published February 5, 2014 by in Commentary, GRLC, Season Previews
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Indiana University : 2013 (11 – 4)/(3 – 1)

Indiana hoosiers lacrosse

A | Another exciting year of competition, all while spending most of the season on the road. The big game against Michigan State should be exciting, we have it circled on the calendar. Our expectations have them finishing above Purdue to become conference champs. It will be very tough to play so many games on the road, and home games up in Indianapolis. 

3/1 – Michigan State (Away)
3/2 – Davenport (Away)
3/8 – Missouri (Away)
3/9 – Toldeo (Home)
3/15 – Minn-Duluth (Away)
3/16 – St. Cloud State (Away)
3/28 – Western Michigan (Home)
3/30 – Minnesota (Home)
4/4 – Miami: OH (Away)*
4/5 – Kentucky (Away)
4/11 – Purdue (Away)*
4/13 – Illinois (Home)*
4/18 – Cincinnati (Home)+
4/19 – Illinois State (Away)*

From MCLA Team Survey:
Who are your players to watch this year?
Alex Eaton – Midfield – Carmel IN – Junior – 46g/15a/61 pts – 1st team All GRLC, Offensive POY GRLC, MCLA All America Honorable Mention, MCLA Scholar Athlete

Brent Balek – Attack – Carmel IN – Sophomore – 42g/6a/48 pts – 1st team All GRLC

Keegan McQuillan – Attack – Naperville IL – Senior – 23g/17a/40 pts – 2nd team All GRLC

David Haggerty – Midfield – Orland Park IL – Sophomore – 16g/18a/34 pts – Honorable Mention GRLC

David Sandberg – Attack – West Windsor NJ – Sophomore – 21g/12a/33 pts – Honorable Mention GRLC

All three starting defensemen return

Kevin Moriarty – Wantagh NY – Senior – 1st Team All GRLC
Joe Memmolo Jr – Clarence NY – Sophomore
Jordan Croop – Cincinnati OH – Sophomore – Honorable Mention GRLC

Some Freshman to watch

Ben Hanson – Midfield – Wilmington DE
Matt Kelley – Midfield – Washington DC
Jack Atmonavage – Midfield – Urbana MD
Chris Von Der Ahe – Midfield – Newport Beach CA
Andrew Wishart – Midfield – Noblesville IN
Jack Delaney – Defense – Needham MA
Peter Hildreth – LSM – Minneapolis MN
Which out of conference game on your schedule are you most excited about? Why?
We have a great OOC schedule this year including Michigan State, Davenport, Tennessee, Minnesota, and St. Cloud State, but the one that sticks out to me is against Minnesota Duluth. Being my alma matter it will be special to play against them back in Minnesota. It will be great for us to get so many top 25 teams on our schedule this year. I really wanted to test the guys we have coming back and hopefully it will put us in a good position to make the national tournament in May.

Purdue University : 2013 (9 – 5)/(3 – 1)

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A | Again, we appreciate high caliber competition all around and we are excited for the Michigan State matchup. The Boilermakers spend a lot of time on the road in 2014. The difference between first and second place in the GRLC will be determined at end of the season when Purdue and Indiana have all of their division games. It’s going to be an intense season to see if they can repeat as conference champs.

2/22 – Kentucky (Away)
2/23 – Dayton (Home)
3/1 – Davenport (Away)
3/2 – Western Michigan (Away)
3/8 – Iowa (Home)
3/15 – MSU-Mankato (Away)
3/16 – Minn-Duluth (Away)
3/29 – Minnesota (Home)
3/30 – Central Michigan (Home)
4/6 – Illinois State (Home)*
4/11 – Indiana (Home)*
4/13 – Miami: OH (Away)*
4/18 – Illinois (Away)*
4/20 – Michigan State (Away)

Illinois State University : 2013 (5 – 5)/(3 – 2)

ISU Redbirds Illinois State

B | Who wouldn’t love to see more games since they also lack in threat on the road. Lucky for them, they managed to schedule the majority of the season at home. Two weekends spent out of state won’t be too tough. They have a really good chance to ride momentum into the playoffs with three divisional games at home to close out the season.

2/28 – Illinois Wesleyan (Away)+
3/23 – Bradley (Away)
3/28 – MSU-Mankato (Home)
3/29 – Central Michigan (Home)
4/5 – Kansas (Home)
4/6 – Purdue (Away)*
4/11 – Iowa (Away)
4/12 – St. Cloud State (Away)
4/19 – Indiana (Home)*
4/26 – Miami: OH (Home)*
4/27 – Illinois (Home)*

University of Illinois : 2013 (5 – 6)/(2 – 2)

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B+ | We love seeing a team like the Illini taking on some tough competition, especially with the first half of the season played away. The also only boast four home games at end of season. Stacking all of their division games at end of season could go either way, so we are excited to see what U of I will do this season. Are they still in a “rebuild” phase?

3/1 – Wash-St. Louis (Away)
3/9 – Davenport (Away)
3/15 – Missouri (Away)
3/23 – Simon Fraser (Away)
3/25 – Arizona State (Away)
3/27 – Grand Canyon (Away)
4/4 – Iowa (Home)
4/6 – Wis-Madison (Home)
4/13 – Indiana (Away)*
4/18 – Purdue (Home)*
4/25 – Miami: OH (Home)*
4/27 – Illinois State (Away)*

From MCLA Team Survey:
Who are your players to watch this year?
Sam Weinstein, Attack, Senior, Serious scoring threat with great lacrosse IQ
Jack Wright, Midi, Sophomore, Up and coming stud looking to have a breakout year
Connor Murphy, Defense, Junior, Physical presence on the field will be evident every game this season
Michael Arendt, Midi, Freshman, MCLA rookie who is going to have a huge impact this season.

Miami University of Ohio : 2013 (3 – 6)/(0 – 4)

B | Oh Redhawks, we like the good mix of competition and the road trip to GA is going to be rough, but they need to improve the overall record. Two years ago they had two teams, so it can’t be that hard to find a solid core of committed athletes. Hopefully they won’t be too beat up from the long season when the divisional games hit at the end.

2/21 – Ohio University (Home)
2/23 – Iowa (Home)
2/28 – Toledo (Home)
3/1 – Central Michigan (Home)
3/2 – West Virginia (Home)
3/8 – Auburn (Away)
3/9 – Georgia Tech (Away)
3/16 – Kennesaw State (Home)
4/4 – Indiana (Home)*
4/12 – Kentucky (Away)
4/13 – Purdue (Home)*
4/25 – Illinois (Away)*
4/26 – Illinois State (Away)*

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University of Iowa : 2013 (8 – 7)/(4 – 1)

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Photo from: HawkeyeLacrosse.com

B+ |  A huge road stretch to start the season and a great mix of D1 competition is just what the Hawkeyes need. We have no reason no to expect them to finish on top of their division. We would love to see some tougher competition in the future, but this will be another big year for Iowa.

2/22 – Ohio University (Home)
2/23 – Miami: OH (Away)
3/1 – Minnesota (Away)
3/2 – MSU-Mankato (Away)
3/8 – Purdue (Away)
3/28 – Central Michigan (Home)
3/30 – Kansas State (Home)*
4/4 – Illinois (Away)
4/11 – Illinois State (Home)
4/13 – St. Cloud State (Home)
4/18 – Iowa State (Home)
4/20 – Nebraska (Home)*
4/26 – Missouri (Away)*

University of Kansas : 2013 (4 – 5)/(2 – 3)

C | For whatever reason the Jayhawks are sticking to a pretty short schedule, we hope they end up playing more games. With a lot of time spent on the road the trip to TX is going to be brutal. It’s good to see them taking on some high caliber competition. Go ahead and expect good things in the future for Kansas. Could they be a sleeper this season? Probably!

3/1 – Nebraska (Away)*
3/7 – Kansas State (Away)*
4/5 – Illinois State (Away)
4/12 – Southern Methodist (Away)
4/13 – Texas Christian (Away)
4/19 – Missouri (Home)*
4/26 – Benedictine (Away)
4/29 – Missouri Valley (Home)

University of Missouri : 2013 (4 – 8)/(3 – 2)

B | All around pretty good schedule from the Tigers, although there isn’t much road threat. The two trips out of state won’t be too challenging for Mizzou. The rest of the season is played at home which is a bonus. All divisional games at end of season could be tough, but they should finish with a better record than last season.

2/15 – Ole Miss (Away)
2/16 – Kentucky (Away)
2/21 – Minnesota (Home)
3/5 – Missouri Valley (Home)
3/8 – Indiana (Home)
3/15 – Illinois (Home)
4/4 – Arkansas (Home)*
4/6 – Nebraska (Home)*
4/12 – Kansas State (Away)*
4/19 – Kansas (Away)*
4/26 – Iowa (Home)*

University of Nebraska : 2013 (3 – 5)/(1 – 4)

Herbie Lacrosse Nebraska

A | Definitely a high-brow schedule with a great mix of competition from different levels and conferences. A lot of road trips mean that they’re not taking it easy this season. Expect a big season and bright future for the Cornhuskers, we’re very excited to see how they do.

2/8 – South Dakota (Home)+
2/15 – Baylor (Home)
2/16 – Texas Christian (Away)
2/22 – Kansas State (Home)*
2/22 – Dordt (Home)
3/1 – Kansas (Home)*
3/7 – St. Cloud State (Home)
3/9 – MSU-Mankato (Home)
3/14 – Utah State (Away)
3/15 – New Mexico (Away)
3/16 – JWU-Denver (Away)
4/5 – Arkansas (Away)
4/6 – Missouri (Away)*
4/19 – Iowa State (Home)
4/20 – Iowa (Away)*
4/25 – Creighton (Home)

Kansas State University : 2013 (1 – 6)/0 – 0)

C | The short schedule leaves much to be desired but they do take on decent competition across the board. It seems that their schedule is set up for improving on last year’s record. It’s nice that they have home and away games evenly spread out. Last place in the division is expected, but hopefully they can pick up more than one win in 2014. It could be exciting to see how the couple games against Benedictine turn out. Will there be a difference between game one at the beginning of season and game two at the end?

2/22 – Nebraska (Away)*
2/22 – Dordt (Home)
3/1 – Benedictine (Home)
3/7 – Kansas (Home)*
3/30 – Iowa (Away)*
4/5 – Iowa State (Away)
4/12 – Missouri (Home)*
4/19 – Arkansas (Home)
4/26 – Benedictine (Away)

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University of Arkansas : 2013 (3 – 5)/(0 – 5)

D- | The Razorbacks are sporting a short schedule compared to most teams, but the face some major road threats with no actual home games. Since we only see two D1 games, we feel they’re going in the wrong direction to improve. Maybe they have been too soft on the program for the past few seasons, making them probably a better fit for D2 if they stay MCLA.

2/15 – Tulsa (Away)
2/15 – Stephen F Austin (Home)
2/22 – Memphis (Away)+
3/1 – St. Ambrose (Home)
3/1 – Missouri State (Away)
3/8 – Missouri S&T (Away)
4/4 – Missouri (Away)*
4/5 – Nebraska (Home)
4/19 – Kansas State (Away)

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