Making the Grade: RMLC Division II

Leading in to the 2014 MCLA season we will be breaking down and grading the schedules for every conference and the teams in each division. Today we review the RMLC Division II.
Making the grade: RMLC division 2

Montana State University : 2013 (5 – 8)/(3 – 1)

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A | For having to do a lot of traveling, they face a solid mix of D1 and D2 teams, in and out of conference. Even though they only have 5 true home games, the road stretches won’t be much of a challenge. We expect them to finish the season above a .500 overall record.

2/8 – Boise State (Away)+
2/22 – Regis (Home)*
3/1 – JWU-Denver (Away)*
3/2 – Western State (Away)*
3/7 – Utah State (Home)
3/9 – Montana (Home)
3/21 – Montana (Away)
3/22 – Great Falls (Away)+
3/29 – Utah Valley (Away)
3/30 – Fort Lewis (Away)*
4/5 – Western Oregon (Home)
4/6 – Gonzaga (Away)
4/12 – Colorado Mines (Home)*
4/13 – Great Falls (Home)+
4/19 – Northern Colorado (Away)*
4/20 – Metro State (Away)*

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University of Northern Colorado : 2013 (5 – 6)/(3 – 1)

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B+ | We  like travel, so the trips to AZ and FL to start the season are pretty exciting for them to get out of the cold. How they managed to play almost every single division game at home is mind-boggling. The one away game against Regis is in Denver (not much travel there). This might give them the edge they need to finish on top of MSU.

2/8 – Colorado Mesa (Home)+
2/21 – Biola (Home)
2/22 – Northern Arizona (Away)
3/1 – Palm Beach Atlantic (Away)
3/2 – Florida Gulf Coast (Away)
3/29 – JWU-Denver (Home)*
3/30 – Western State (Home)*
4/5 – Fort Lewis (Home)*
4/11 – Metro State (Home)*
4/18 – Regis (Away)*
4/19 – Montana State (Home)*
4/25 – Colorado Mines (Home)*

From MCLA Team Survey:
Who are your players to watch this year?
Clay Haverty, Sr. Midfield
Clay has won two conference titles, 2nd team midfield 2012 and 1st team SS defense 2013. Clay has also posted a minimum of 3 points per game this past fall expanding his talents to the offensive side of the field.
Steve Karsten, Jr. Goalie
Steve is a new addition to the program. He played Lacrosse previously at Grand Canyon College and came home to help coach high school. Steve had an outstanding fall and due to his hand speed we see strong future with him.
Ryan Ballentine, So. Defense
Ryan comes to us from a strong high school program in Fort Collins. He is a team captain who is the strongest and most developed d pole in the program.
Christopher Nolan, Sr. Utility short stick. Middi and Attack
Chris returned for his senior season with a spark. Chris has the talent to be the most aggressive FOGO and true talent to finish in front of the goal.

Which out of conference game on your schedule are you most excited about? Why?
Palm Beach and Florida Gulf Coast- This is a trip we are taking to Palm Beach Florida. This is a great opportunity for us to escape the snow and see our talents against a strong Division 2 conference and two national tournament quality programs.

Fort Lewis College : 2013 (9 – 9)/(2 – 1)

B | It’s challenging to have only four true home games. The Skyhawks see good D1 and D2 teams, in and out of conference. The road trip to Cali should be tough, as well as having most of their divisional games at end of season.

2/28 – Northern Arizona (Away)
3/1 – New Mexico (Away)
3/8 – Colorado Mines (Away)*
3/9 – Metro State (Away)*
3/11 – Utah State (Home)
3/23 – San Jose State (Away)
3/25 – Saint Marys (Away)
3/28 – Utah Valley (Away)
3/30 – Montana State (Home)*
4/5 – Northern Colorado (Away)*
4/6 – Colorado Springs (Away)+
4/11 – JWU-Denver (Home)*
4/12 – Regis (Home)*
4/19 – Western State (Home)*

From MCLA Team Survey:
Who are your players to watch this year?
Shaun Koenig #29- Jr. Defense, (Canyon Del Oro Hs, AZ). 2013 Honorable Mention MCLA All-American. Easily the best takeaway defenseman in RMLC D2 last year and the leader of a defensive unit that has added a lot of talent in the off-season.
Max Segal #8- So. Attack, (Littleton HS, CO). 2013 Honorable Mention MCLA All-American. Shattered the single season Fort Lewis goal scoring record with 64 last year. A nightmare in the riding game where he created at least 3 turnovers a game last year.
Michael Chase #17- Sr. Midfield, (New Trier HS, IL). The team’s lone senior. Michael’s 10 goals and 12 assists last season came almost exclusively against the best teams we played. His speed and effort will set the tone for a young midfield.
Ian Bragdon #2 (Forest Hills NE HS, MI), Conor Henricks #24 (Air Academy HS, CO)- Fr. Attackmen, New additions to the Skyhawks, these two players dominated in fall ball, combining with Max Segal to form a young, athletic, and talented attack unit that should be fun to watch.

Which out of conference game on your schedule are you most excited about? Why?
Traveling to St. Mary’s in California on March 25th should be one of the highlights of the D2 season. Last year, St. Mary’s came from six goals down to beat Fort Lewis when we met them in Utah. This year, both teams should be playing for rankings and consideration for an at large berth to nationals.

Regis University : 2013 (5 – 5)/(2 – 2)

C- | Regis is taking on a very tame schedule, they face a ton of conference match-ups. Creighton and Wyoming coming to visit are the only OOC teams they see.

2/14 – Wyoming (Home)
2/22 – Montana State (Away)*
3/13 – Metro State (Home)*
3/23 – Creighton (Home)
3/30 – Colorado Mines (Home)*
4/5 – JWU-Denver (Home)*
4/12 – Fort Lewis (Away)*
4/13 – Western State (Away)*
4/18 – Northern Colorado (Home)*

Colorado School of Mines : 2013 (3 – 5)/(2 – 2)

C | It’s a decent schedule with not much outside of the division. The scrimmages might be the toughest competition because they face no real road threat having only two games out of state.

2/21 – Utah Valley (Home)
3/1 – Western State (Home)*
3/8 – Fort Lewis (Home)*
3/18 – New Mexico (Home)
3/22 – Creighton (Home)
3/28 – JWU-Denver (Home)*
3/30 – Regis (Away)*
4/11 – Great Falls (Away)+
4/12 – Montana State (Away)*
4/18 – Metro State (Home)*
4/25 – Northern Colorado (Away)*

Western State Colorado University : 2013 (2 – 7)/(1 – 2)

D- | Not much to see here, folks. The see only one game outside of the division. There is no road threat, all games are played in-state. It’s apparent they are looking to improve their record.

3/1 – Colorado Mines (Away)*
3/2 – Montana State (Home)*
3/29 – Metro State (Away)*
3/30 – Northern Colorado (Away)*
4/12 – JWU-Denver (Home)*
4/13 – Regis (Home)*
4/19 – Fort Lewis (Away)*
4/26 – Colorado Springs (Home)+
4/26 – New Mexico (Home)

Metropolitan State College : 2013 (2 – 6)/(0 – 4)

D | Metro’s schedule is focused on improving their overall record. The two game stretch to AZ starting the season is the only outside competition besides the CO-Denver scrimmages.

2/23 – Northern Arizona (Away)
3/2 – Colorado-Denver (Away)+
3/9 – Fort Lewis (Home)*
3/13 – Regis (Away)*
3/29 – Western State (Home)*
4/11 – Northern Colorado (Away)*
4/13 – Colorado-Denver (Home)+
4/18 – Colorado Mines (Away)*
4/20 – Montana State (Home)*
4/26 – JWU-Denver (Home)*

Johnson and Wales University-Denver : New for 2013

C+ | Good schedule for their first season. We understand playing it safe with scrimmages but they also do see decent competition outside of division. The spread out divisional games with scrimmages mixed in will help alleviate some pressure. It’s going to be exciting to see how they do.

2/1 – Colorado Springs (Away)+
2/8 – Wyoming (Home)+
2/15 – Denver University (Away)+
2/22 – Utah Valley (Home)
3/1 – Montana State (Home)*
3/14 – New Mexico (Home)
3/16 – Nebraska (Home)
3/28 – Colorado Mines (Away)*
3/29 – Northern Colorado (Away)*
4/1 – Notre Dame deNamur (Home)+
4/5 – Regis (Away)*
4/11 – Fort Lewis (Away)*
4/12 – Western State (Away)*
4/19 – Colorado-Denver (Away)+
4/26 – Metro State (Away)*

Next up: RMLC DI.

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