Things are on fire right now in the PNCLL, we are in the final week of regular season play.
Things could get shaken up a bit before the conference playoffs.
Below are the PNCLL DI teams in order of how the currently stand in the rankings and my comments on their position.
Simon Fraser has had a very impressive season thus far.
They are full of talent, and have an 11-3 record. Their last game though was a very disappointing loss to the Texas Longhorns.
The game was neck-and-neck and Simon Fraser even had a one point lead at halftime, but the whole pace of the game changed when the Longhorns had a 7 to 0 run in the third quarter.
This was all thanks to Texas goalie Jordan Lee.
Simon Fraser took more shots than Texas, but they just weren’t getting past Lee who had an 84% save percentage.
I like to think of this game as a fluke for Simon Fraser and still think they will have a strong presence in the National Tournament.
This is Oregon State’s first week after they skipped Oregon in the PNCLL rankings, and it couldn’t have happened at more perfect of a time.
They are going to play Oregon this Saturday in the Civil War, and they will be able to prove that they deserve the number two spot.
I was confident in Oregon State’s ability to win it over Oregon, up until Montana was able to exploit their weaknesses. OSU barely survived a scare in Missoula, Montana where they won 8 to 7.
They must be very thankful for this win, because it is going to give them much more breathing room in the seeding process for the PNCLL playoffs.
Oregon has had somewhat of a downgrade of a season this year.
They have won all of the games they were supposed to win, but they also lost all the games they were supposed to lose.
With a 7-5 record, they should be thankful that they are still ranked very highly in conference. Much like Simon Fraser, they suffered a rough loss to the University of Texas last weekend all due to Texas’ 7 to 0 run in the third quarter.
Oregon might not have the talent that they are used to being surrounded by this season, but they are going to be competing in a rivalry match this weekend where anything can happen.
Both Oregon and Oregon State have been looking forward to this game ever since the PNCLL Championship last year where Oregon State stole the title from Oregon.
Besides their unfortunate 4-7 record, Boise State has been playing strongly this season.
Coach Sanderson has been running a tight ship over in Boise.
They just recently had a somewhat close game against an extremely talented Westminster team, and had a small first half comeback in order to get a very important win against University of Washington.
If they win out against Idaho and Washington State, which is a definite possibility, they will be sitting strong to hopefully get some PNCLL Tournament upsets that we all like to see.
The University of Idaho is 6-6, and has a very important game coming up this Sunday against Boise State. If they are able to win, they will clinch the number four seed in the PNCLL Playoffs this year.
A little over a week ago, they were able to hold off Montana for a huge win, but their next game was probably their most disappointing one of the season. They got crushed by an Oregon State team, that I believe they could compete with.
The Idaho defense practically gave up from the beginning, and the offense didn’t do much better. With this attitude, they will never make it to the PNCLL Tournament. But if they are able to change things around, this upcoming Boise State game will be very interesting.
Montana has had a great season thus far.
Unfortunately, it looks like their playoff dreams are over though.
They are 5-7, but they have lost many extremely close match-ups. They just recently gave Oregon State, the number two team in the PNCLL, a run for their money.
Kit Jeffrey was able to lead Montana to an impressive 7 to 8 loss, where he was the highest score for both teams and had 4 of Montana’s 7 goals. They have an upcoming game against Washington, where I think they can have a lot of fun as long as their defense and Jeffrey play as well as they did against OSU, and then another game against Simon Fraser where I just don’t think they have the depth to keep up.
Washington has had a very confusing season. They have showed many signs of light, especially during their extremely close games against the number two and three teams of the PNCLL, Oregon and Oregon State, but they have also had some disappointing moments.
Fortunately for them, there is still a possibility of them sneaking into the PNCLL Playoffs.
If they are able to win out this weekend against Montana and Washington State, and Idaho is able to beat Boise State, Washington will jump from the number 7 team in the PNCLL to the number 4 team and be able to compete in the conference playoffs.
Even though they are 4-7, and were out of the playoffs a while ago, Washington State absolutely killed it this weekend. They destroyed Central Washington 21 to 6, and stomped on Gonzaga with a 22 to 10 victory.
This has definitely got Coach Garabedian wondering why they can’t always play like this.
If Washington State is able to carry this momentum over to next weekend when they play Boise State and Washington, they will be able to make the PNCLL Playoff talk very interesting.
Portland State just recently finished their winless season off on Easter Day with a 5 to 24 loss to the University of Idaho, and they don’t have much to be proud of. They averaged 3 goals a game and let in around 22. The only positive thing for Portland State is that now they will be able to get a head start on some summer training.
Forget those rankings, they don’t mean anything! I’d like to rearrange it a bit…
Henry’s PNCLL DI Ranking
- Simon Fraser
- Oregon State
- Boise State
- Washington State
- Portland State