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posted 03.07.2011 at 10.00 a.m. by Jac Coyne

Monday Notebook: NCAA Division II

- C.W. Post graduated enough off last year's team to keep coach John Jez guessing as he headed into the 2011 season, but the biggest question mark was at faceoff. Mike Cama gave the Pioneers a massive advantage last year in draws -- something Jez said Post would be hard-pressed to duplicate. While they haven't played the stiffest competition so far, senior Ronnie Irving is doing his best Cama impersonation so far. Irving is currently running at over 75 percent on faceoffs after winning 15-of-20 in Post's 11-6 win against Seton Hill. Irving is going to be severely tested once the ECC season really gets into full swing, but right now he's been a big boost for the champs.

- Can Le Moyne put the Limestone loss behind them quickly and push on with the season?

"I don't think we have a choice," said Le Moyne head coach Dan Sheehan. "We've dealt with this in the past, losing a regular season game. Our kids have an opportunity to watch some film now and they'll learn we're only as strong as our parts together."s

- Fresh off its huge win over No. 7 NYIT on Wednesday, Mercy followed up with a dominant defensive performance against a pretty good Chestnut Hill team. John Lionetti (13-for-15) owned the X while Sal Spinelli struck for four goals as the Mavericks cruised, 13-3. The final margin would have likely been larger had Dakota Maurer not made 20 stops for the Griffins. Next on the docket for Mercy (3-0) is a weekend double-dip against AIC on Friday and Molloy on Sunday.

- The perfect start, including the Le Moyne win, has made the first month of the season enjoyable for the Limestone players, but it also feels pretty coach for the Saints' coach. After a disappointing finish to his 12-year career at Washington College, J.B. Clarke is feeling good again.

"It's been a lot of fun," said Clarke on Sunday. "I've enjoyed the extra time with the student-athletes that you don't get at Division III and the level of the play is very high. It's been terrific. I've really enjoyed it so far."

- It was a solid weekend for Conference Carolinas teams. Limestone obviously posted the biggest win, but Belmont Abbey and Queens both posted wins over Deep South opponents. Abbey used four Tanner Scharr goals to bounce Wingate, 13-9, while the Royals utilized a Jimmy Baker hat trick to beat Catawba, 10-7. Pfeiffer also housed Lake Erie, 18-1.

- Lost in the loss to Limestone is the fact that Le Moyne faceoff man Corey Bulken went 17-for-23 at the X...C.W. Post played six games and Eddie Plompen has netted a hat trick in five of them...kind of a close shave for No. 5 Dowling against Southern New Hampshire. The Golden Lions subdued the Penmen, 7-4, thanks to three more from Vito Demola...speaking of Dowling, its game against Adelphi is a good inter-regional contest to keep an eye on...I'm a little surprised it took St. Leo overtime to beat Notre Dame de Namur. Good cross-country performance by the Argos.