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Making the grade SELC Division 2

Making the Grade: SELC Division II NE, NW

0 - Published January 13, 2014 by in Commentary, Season Previews, SELC
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North East

St. Andrews University: 2013 (10 – 4)/(4 – 0)

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A- | Quality schedule against a handful of top ranked programs. We would like to see more competition like Dayton, Indiana Tech, USCGA, and SCAD on the road but unfortunately these teams all head to St. Andrews. We expect another flawless run in the SELC D2 NE from a team we expect to see in the playoffs.

2/1 – Tennessee Wesleyan (Home)
2/9 – Dayton (Home)
2/15 – Charleston (Away)*
2/22 – S. Connecticut (Home)
3/1 – Indiana Tech (Home)*
3/7 – Florida Gulf Coast (Away)
3/9 – U.S. Coast Guard (Home)
3/12 – St. Edward’s (Home)
3/19 – Citadel (Away)*
3/22 – Reinhardt (Home)
3/27 – Point (Away)+
3/30 – Wofford (Home)*
4/5 – Coastal Carolina (Home)*
4/12 – SCAD (Home)

From MCLA team survey:
Which State(s) do the majority of your players come from?
MD, NY, PA, FL, VA, WA, NC, KY, CA, CO, SC, BC-Canada

What are your team’s goals for the 2014 season?
1. Qualify for conference tournament
2. Win conference tournament earning the Automatic Qualifier
3. Be in position for an At-Large Bid to national tournament

Who are your players to watch this year?
Jake Brown | Sophomore |Attack -elevated his game, increased his lacrosse IQ and is playing smarter, 2nd teamAll-SELC
Matt Benedict | Sophomore | Attack – coming off Canada’s National Tournament, he has not stopped playing competitively and continues to play at a high level
Chris Michela | Graduate Student | Midfield – utilizing his final year of eligibility, Chris is a dominate two way midfielder with a powerful shot
Cha’Sed Miller | Sophomore | Midfield –  after taking the summer off, and limited reps in fall ball to recover from injuries, Cha’Sed is entering the year healthy
Kekoa Naipo | Sophomore | Defense – 1st team All-SELC, great in the clearing game, in shape and a lock down defender
Randy Loving | Sophomore | Face-Off – returning to the face off X to try improve upon last years 2nd team All-SELC performance
Ryan Perez | Sophomore | D-Middie – converted from an O-midde to fill a need on the defensive side of the ball, Ryan remains a threat in transition
Dugan McDermott | Senior | Defense – Honorable Mention All-SELC, Dugan is the definition of a defensemen, goes 100% all the time, leads the defense, tough, relentless, and covers a lot of ground.
Dalton Steed | Senior | D-Middie – returning for his 2nd season with the squad, Daltons athletism is easy to see on the field, his IQ and leadership has improved greatly from last year

The Citadel: 2013 (5 – 4 )/(3 – 1)

B+ | The Citadel’s first 5 out of 6 games are on the road. Nice mix of D2 competition in and out of conference all season long. The road stretches will be difficult, but don’t count them out for knocking off St. Andrews this season.

2/1 – UNC-Charlotte (Away)
2/2 – Davidson (Away)
2/8 – SCAD (Home)
2/12 – South Carolina (Away)
3/1 – Emory (Away)
3/2 – Kennesaw State (Away)
3/4 – Reinhardt (Home)
3/9 – Georgia Southern (Away)
3/16 – Wofford (Away)*
3/19 – St. Andrews (Home)*
4/6 – North Florida (Home)+
4/10 – Coastal Carolina (Home)*
4/16 – Charleston (Home)*
4/19 – Appalachian State (Away)

Coastal Carolina University: 2013 (4 – 4)/(2 – 2)

B | Coastal Carolina made a bold move by scheduling all the conference games at the end of the season split by two quality squads. Competition is solid out of conference. We are glad they added more games but we expect a tough season again this year.

2/8 – Dayton (Home)
2/15 – East Carolina (Home)
2/22 – Florida Gulf Coast (Home)
3/1 – S. Connecticut (Home)
3/2 – George Washington (Away)
3/8 – St. Ambrose (Home)
3/12 – Lourdes (Home)
3/15 – UNC-Charlotte (Home)
3/21 – Charleston (Away)*
3/23 – Reinhardt (Home)
4/5 – St. Andrews (Away)*
4/6 – Elon (Away)
4/10 – Citadel (Away)*
4/19 – Wofford (Away)*

From MCLA team Survey:
Please describe this year’s squad in 140 characters or less.
The 2014 Chanticleers will have depth in talent and a fun work ethic.

How many players tried out for the team this year?
40

Which State(s) do the majority of your players come from?
New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania

What are your team’s goals for the 2014 season?
Make it into the SELC playoffs.

Who will be the toughest team to play in your conference this year? Why?
St Andrews - They have a great work ethic and it mirror the coaches’ passion for the game.

College of Charleston : 2013 (2 – 7)/(1 – 3)

B- | Although the schedule is short, the competition is tough. Appalachian State on the road in the middle of their conference schedule could kill or bolster any momentum they have at the end of the year.

2/1 – Davidson (Away)
2/2 – UNC-Charlotte (Away)
2/7 – SCAD (Home)
2/8 – Georgia Southern (Away)
2/15 – St. Andrews (Home)*
2/21 – Coastal Carolina (Home)*
3/23 – Wofford (Away)*
4/12 – Appalachian State (Away)
4/16 – Citadel (Away)*

Wofford College : 2013 (0 – 8)/(0 – 4)

B- | We have no evidence to believe this season will be any easier than the last. We respect a long schedule, but it doesn’t look like they could find enough competition around their level to help collect some wins.

2/9 – Emory (Home)
2/16 – Davidson (Away)
2/23 – UNC-Charlotte (Away)
2/27 – Emmanuel (Home)
3/2 – Appalachian State (Home)
3/5 – Reinhardt (Home)
3/9 – Aquinas (Home)
3/12 – St. Ambrose (Home)
3/16 – Citadel (Home)*
3/23 – Charleston (Home)*
3/30 – St. Andrews (Away)*
4/19 – Coastal Carolina (Home)*

North West

Elon University : 2013 (9 – 4)/(3 – 1)

3.9.12 TWC at Elon Final 13-9

A- The first half of the season is against very good competition, and we are excited to follow Elon to see how they handle themselves. Their schedule is mostly against great D2 and solid D1 teams, plus a NCAA D1 scrimmage to kick it off. We expect big things from Elon this season.

2/17 – High Point (Home)+
2/22 – SCAD (Away)
2/26 – Appalachian State (Home)
2/28 – Indiana Tech (Home)
3/2 – NC State (Away)
3/5 – Duke: Club (Home)
3/8 – Grove City (Home)
3/9 – Emmanuel (Home)
4/5 – UNC-Charlotte (Home)*
4/6 – Coastal Carolina (Home)
4/12 – Davidson (Away)*
4/13 – Briarcliffe (Home)

Univ. of North Carolina at Charlotte : 2013 (4 – 4)/(2 – 2)

B | Charlotte should be able to improve their record from last year with five more games than before. They play a solid mix of D2 teams from the SELC, but the schedule is a little too light on the road. Their first conference game of the season will set the tone.

2/1 – Citadel (Home)
2/2 – Charleston (Home)
2/8 – Appalachian State (Home)*
2/16 – Emory (Away)
2/22 – Wash-St. Louis (Home)
2/23 – Wofford (Home)
3/10 – Aquinas (Home)
3/14 – Lourdes (Home)
3/15 – Coastal Carolina (Away)
3/21 – Davidson (Home)*
3/23 – NC State (Home)
4/5 – Elon (Away)*
4/12 – Briarcliffe (Home)

Appalachian State University : 2013 (3 – 6)/(1 – 3)

Appalachian State Lacrosse

B- | Interesting mix of D1 and D2 teams – the scrimmage against High Point raises a brow or two also. Just enough road games kept their schedule afloat, we would like to see more games added.

2/8 – UNC-Charlotte (Away)*
2/16 – Wake Forest (Home)*
2/21 – High Point (Away)+
2/26 – Elon (Away)*
3/2 – Wofford (Away)
3/22 – Davidson (Home)
3/29 – East Carolina (Away)
4/6 – NC State (Away)
4/12 – Charleston (Home)
4/13 – Tennessee Wesleyan (Home)
4/19 – Citadel (Home)

Davidson College : 2013 (3 – 7)/(0 – 4)

C+ | The Wildcats have a slightly watered down version of Appalachian State’s schedule. The goal for this year should be to find at least one conference win, which could be a huge challenge.

2/1 – Charleston (Home)
2/2 – Citadel (Home)
2/16 – Wofford (Home)
2/22 – Emory (Away)
2/23 – Emmanuel (Away)
3/12 – Aquinas (Home)
3/21 – UNC-Charlotte (Away)*
3/22 – Appalachian State (Away)*
4/12 – Elon (Home)*
4/16 – Wake Forest (Away)

Next Up: SELC Division II, Southeast and Southwest

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