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Making the Grade: LSA DI

0 - Published January 7, 2014 by in Commentary, LSA, Press Release

Coming up over the next few weeks we are going to review the schedules of each MCLA conference and assign a grade to each team. Grades are determined by the opinions of current and former MCLA coaches, players and officials which are based on strength of opponents, travel schedule, perceived risks and home vs. away factors.

The following teams are ranked in order of how they are expected to finish in the conference. Grades and projected results are based on the average score of the participating LaxAllStars judges.

Note: * indicates conference matchup, + indicates scrimmage

NORTH

Southern Methodist University : 2013 (8 – 5)/(5 – 0)

A- | The Mustangs have a tough schedule this season with only 4 true home games. With the big road stretch including a trip to California and a game at Texas State, we expect SMU to be challenged this season. They should do very well once again, looking to match last year’s flawless conference record. They are a defensive minded squad with a large freshman class with players from all over.

2/8 – Louisiana State (Away)
2/9 – Houston (Away)
2/15 – Texas Tech (Away)*
2/16 – New Mexico (Home)
2/22 – Oklahoma (Home)*
3/1 – Texas A&M (Home)*
3/8 – Cal Poly (Away)
3/9 – Chico State (Away)
3/10 – Santa Clara (Away)
3/29 – Texas State (Away)
3/30 – North Texas (Home)
4/4 – Texas Christian (Away)*
4/6 – Baylor (Away)*
4/12 – Kansas (Home)

Players to Watch

Schuyler Grey IV |Attack| Sophomore – He had 39 goals in his freshman campaign and was 1st Team LSA.
Chad Kehoe |LSM| Junior – He is one of the best take away LSM in the LSA. He has earned 1st Team LSA honors as a freshman and sophomore.
Niko Lundeen|Defense| Senior – Tall, rangy with creativity on ball. He was a 1st Team LSA defenseman last year.
Adam Connolly|Goalie| Sophomore – Ball stopping skills are top notch and his outlet ability allows us to push the tempo.

Texas Christian University : 2013 (7 – 7)/(4 – 1)

A- | A big squad should help propel the Horned Frogs through a challenging schedule. They take on great teams from the LSA South, GRLC and SELC and their conference games are no cake walk either. We expect them to be heavily challenged, but hard work can pay great dividends for TCU this season.

2/1 – Sam Houston State (Home)
2/2 – Houston (Home)
2/7 – Texas (Away)
2/8 – Texas State (Away)
2/9 – UL Lafayette (Home)
2/14 – Baylor (Home)*
2/16 – Nebraska (Home)
2/22 – Minnesota (Home)
2/23 – Missouri (Away)
3/1 – Texas Tech (Home)*
3/22 – Florida State (Home)
3/23 – Texas A&M (Home)*
3/29 – Vanderbilt (Away)
3/30 – Ole Miss (Away)
4/4 – Southern Methodist (Home)*
4/11 – North Texas (Away)*
4/12 – Oklahoma (Away)*
4/13 – Kansas (Home)

University of Oklahoma : 2013 (7 – 5)/(3 – 2)

C+ | With having a pretty short schedule so far, we could only score the Sooners so high. Grand Canyon and Texas State are the only two big teams out of division and SDSU can give them a run for their money. Other than the trip out West, they are held back by length of schedule. Nothing too appealing.

2/8 – Texas A&M (Away)*
2/15 – Texas State (Home)
2/22 – Southern Methodist (Away)*
2/23 – Baylor (Home)*
3/9 – St. Cloud State (Home)
3/16 – Grand Canyon (Away)
3/18 – San Diego State (Away)
3/29 – Texas Tech (Home)
4/5 – North Texas (Away)*
4/12 – Texas Christian (Home)*

Texas A&M University : 2013 (4 – 10)/(3 – 3)

B-| The Aggies are facing a decent length schedule with some pretty big games [Texas, Texas State, Central Florida]. Divisional games are pretty close together so momentum could play a huge role in their season. Although we see minimal road risk, they host a variety of teams along with a challenging in-state schedule. You really shouldn’t sleep on TAMU.

2/1 – Texas State (Away)
2/2 – Texas (Away)
2/8 – Oklahoma (Home)*
2/22 – Rice (Away)
2/23 – Houston (Away)
3/1 – Southern Methodist (Away)*
3/2 – Texas Tech (Away)*
3/7 – South Florida (Home)
3/22 – North Texas (Away)*
3/23 – Texas Christian (Away)*
3/28 – Baylor (Home)*
3/29 – UL Lafayette (Home)
3/30 – Central Florida (Home)
4/6 – Louisiana State (Home)

Texas Tech University : 2013 (4 – 7)/(2 – 3)

C- | As of right now the Red Raiders have a shorter schedule with only two out of conference games which are at home. Not much too look at outside of divisional games with no noteworthy match-ups. Only one out of state game and two out of conference make it hard to not justify a D, we hope to see more games get added.

1/25 – Incarnate Word (Home)+
2/15 – Southern Methodist (Home)*
2/16 – New Mexico (Home)
2/22 – North Texas (Home)*
3/1 – Texas Christian (Away)*
3/2 – Texas A&M (Home)*
3/8 – South Florida (Home)
3/9 – Rice (Away)
3/29 – Oklahoma (Away)*
4/12 – Baylor (Away)*

University of North Texas : 2013 (3 – 10)/(1 – 4)

C- | With a short schedule that is almost completely in Texas, it seems that the Mean Green are looking to improve this year, not to challenge. Expect a slightly better result than last season.

2/1 – Houston (Home)
2/8 – UL Lafayette (Home)
2/14 – Texas State (Home)
2/22 – Texas Tech (Away)*
3/8 – Texas-San Antonio (Home)
3/22 – Texas A&M (Home)*
3/23 – Baylor (Home)*
3/30 – Southern Methodist (Away)*
4/5 – Oklahoma (Home)*
4/11 – Texas Christian (Home)*

Baylor University : 2013 (5 – 10)/(0 – 5)

C | Mostly in state games with no big competition. Looks like a repeat of last year with less games. The Bears need to win more games, and their one trip to the 5 game away stretch really saved their schedule. It seems that they tried to stay mostly in-state to try to get the program wins.

2/1 – Texas-San Antonio (Home)
2/8 – Rice (Home)
2/14 – Texas Christian (Away)*
2/15 – Nebraska (Away)
2/23 – Oklahoma (Away)*
3/23 – North Texas (Away)*
3/28 – Texas A&M (Away)*
3/30 – UL Lafayette (Home)
4/5 – Houston (Home)
4/6 – Southern Methodist (Home)*
4/12 – Texas Tech (Home)*

SOUTH

University of Texas : 2013 (13 – 4)/(6 – 0)

Texas Longhorns Lacrosse

A+ | The Longhorns may win the award for most exciting schedule this season. One of the most challenging schedules out there, they are away at Oregon, Colorado, GA Tech, Simon Fraser and CSU, which is being put through the gauntlet. After that they host a slew of teams like Chapman, Central Florida and the best of the LSA North and South. They really went out of their way to compete with the big dogs. UT will also travel east to take on NCAA DI Mercer University in Macon, Ga. and will kick of their season on February 1 at home against NCAA DIII Southwestern University.

2/1 – Southwestern (Home)+
2/2 – Texas A&M (Home)
2/7 – Texas Christian (Home)
2/8 – Texas-San Antonio (Home)*
2/16 – Houston (Away)*
2/16 – Rice (Away)*
2/22 – Ole Miss (Away)
2/23 – UL Lafayette (Away)*
2/28 – Colorado (Away)
3/2 – Colorado State (Away)
3/7 – Mercer (Away)+
3/8 – Georgia Tech (Away)
3/29 – Chapman (Home)
3/30 – Central Florida (Home)
4/5 – Louisiana State (Home)*
4/8 – Texas State (Away)*
4/12 – Oregon (Away)
4/13 – Simon Fraser (Away)

Players To Watch
Josh Francis |Midfield| Senior
John Jackson |Midfield| Senior
Michael Rizzutti |Defense| Senior
Turner Kerr |Defense| Senior
Jordan Lee |Goalie| Senior

Texas State University : 2013 (12 – 6)/(5 – 1)

B | The stay mostly regional but take on challenges like facing Chapman at home. They take a solid SELC road trip – South Carolina might have something to prove after last season, and it will definitely be a game to watch. The Bobcats face tough competition all season, and we are guessing they have April 8th circled on the calendar.

2/1 – Texas A&M (Home)
2/2 – Rice (Home)*
2/8 – Texas Christian (Home)
2/14 – North Texas (Away)
2/15 – Oklahoma (Away)
2/20 – Texas-San Antonio (Away)*
3/1 – Houston (Home)*
3/8 – Tennessee (Home)
3/9 – South Carolina (Away)
3/23 – Florida State (Home)
3/29 – Southern Methodist (Home)
3/30 – Chapman (Home)
4/8 – Texas (Home)*
4/12 – Louisiana State (Away)*
4/13 – UL Lafayette (Away)*

Players to Watch

Andy Uhl |Attack| Senior – 2012 LSA Offensive Player of the year
Bucky Desadier |Attack| Sophomore – Binghamton transfer and HS All American
Jason DiGiovanni |Midfield| Senior – The backbone of the midfield
Blake Mattinson |Defense| Sophomore – An old soul, no nonsense defender
Patrick Franklin |Defense| Junior – High Lacrosse IQ D-Man
Will Laurel Goalie |Goalie| Senior – To ranked goalie on the depth chart for all four years

Louisiana State University : 2013 (6 – 8)/(4 – 2)

C | Only road games that are challenging take place over the trip to Texas, home games seem to be scheduled pretty easy. The Tigers have no challenging out of conference games and no marquee games are taking place in the Bayou with Florida State being their only top ranked opponent. We expect a middle of the road season.

2/1 – Milsaps (Away)+
2/7 – Houston (Away)*
2/8 – Southern Methodist (Home)
2/14 – Sam Houston State (Home)
3/1 – Texas-San Antonio (Away)*
3/7 – Tennessee (Home)
3/8 – Alabama (Home)
3/11 – Florida State (Home)
3/16 – Tulane (Home)
3/22 – UL Lafayette (Away)*
4/3 – Rice (Home)*
4/5 – Texas (Away)*
4/6 – Texas A&M (Away)
4/12 – Texas State (Home)*

University of Houston : 2013 (8 – 5)/(3 – 2)

C | They take a solid SELC trip and their conference games are well balanced. The mid-season four game away stretch will challenge the Cougars, especially their stay in Louisiana. 

1/26 – Tulane (Home)
2/1 – North Texas (Away)
2/2 – Texas Christian (Away)
2/7 – Louisiana State (Home)*
2/9 – Southern Methodist (Home)
2/16 – Texas (Home)*
2/23 – Texas A&M (Home)
3/1 – Texas State (Away)*
3/7 – UL Lafayette (Away)*
3/8 – South Carolina (Away)
3/9 – Miami: FL (Away)
3/23 – Sam Houston State (Home)
3/29 – Texas-San Antonio (Home)*
4/5 – Baylor (Away)
4/12 – Rice (Away)*
4/13 – St. Edward’s

Player to Watch

Steven Hartshorn |Attack| Junior – Steven was the Lone Star Alliance Division II Rookie of the Year. Steven has done lots of off season work. He travelled to Scotland this summer with the USA Athletes International team and helped them go undefeated.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette : 2013 (3 – 7)/(2 – 4)

C | All away games are in Texas but one. The Cajuns home games will be tough with Texas and Miami, they take on a big mix of easy then hard games. Too many DII match-ups for a DI school that should be moving forward in a tough conference. 

1/31 – Stephen F Austin (Home)
2/8 – North Texas (Away)
2/9 – Texas Christian (Away)
2/15 – Sam Houston State (Home)
2/21 – Ole Miss (Home)
2/23 – Texas (Home)*
3/7 – Houston (Home)*
3/8 – Miami: FL (Home)
3/9 – Tulane (Away)
3/22 – Louisiana State (Home)*
3/29 – Texas A&M (Away)
3/30 – Baylor (Away)
4/5 – Texas-San Antonio (Away)*
4/6 – Rice (Away)*
4/11 – Texas A&M Corpus Christi (Home)
4/13 – Texas State (Home)*

Rice University: 2013 (3 – 6)/(1 – 5)

C- | The Owls have only one out of state game scheduled right now. The rest of the competition is pretty tough, and Rice would probably have a better record if they were DII. The short schedule, only leaving Texas once, and hard conference games at home make for a well balanced schedule.

2/2 – Texas State (Away)*
2/8 – Baylor (Away)
2/15 – Texas-San Antonio (Home)*
2/16 – Texas (Home)*
2/22 – Texas A&M (Home)
3/9 – Texas Tech (Home)
4/3 – Louisiana State (Away)*
4/6 – UL Lafayette (Home)*
4/12 – Houston (Home)*
4/19 – Texas A&M Corpus Christi (Home)

University of Texas-San Antonio : 2013 (2 – 12)/(0 – 6)

C- | UTSA never leaves Texas, they host a mid-season scrimmage against a new program in between two tough matches, then face Texas on the road – that stretch will be brutal. The schedule is weak except for divisional games and right now it stands a little too short of a schedule compared to the rest of the conference.

2/1 – Baylor (Away)
2/8 – Texas (Away)*
2/15 – Rice (Away)*
2/20 – Texas State (Home)*
2/27 – Incarnate Word (Home)+
3/1 – Louisiana State (Home)*
3/8 – North Texas (Away)*
3/29 – Houston (Away)*
4/5 – UL Lafayette (Home)*

Next Up: SLC Division II North and South

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