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posted 03.14.2011 at 10.02 a.m. by Jac Coyne

Monday Notebook: NCAA Division III

- In my Weekender column on Friday, I wrote about the clashing philosophies of Roanoke and Dickinson in last year's 7-6 win for the Red Devils. 'Noke coach Bill Pilat mentioned that Dickinson was playing a little looser this year, so the score might be higher. The between-the-lines thinking was that this would be an advantage for the Maroons. As it turns out, Dickinson was willing to trade goals with Roanoke, and they pulled out the victory, as well.

The teams traded 97 shots and the game featured an astounding number (89) of ground balls as the Devils took a 14-10 lead midway through the fourth quarter and parried the Maroons the rest of the way. The victory was a testament to the versatility of Dickinson Dave Webster, who has gone from a brutish, defensive team to one willing to dance toe-to-toe with Roanoke in just one season

- Another subplot in the Roanoke-Dickinson game that I mentioned on Friday was the goalies, as both teams were still breaking in new ones after standouts graduated in 2010. While Red Devils netminder Greg Hanley got the better of the matchup with 21 saves, the Roanoke platoon of Mike Hardon and Charles Pease combined for a solid 17 stops.

- I spoke with new Trinity coach Mike Higgins on Sunday about the Bantams big season-opening win over No. 10 Conn. College. Look for a stand alone story about the upset later today on Lacrosse Magazine Online.

- The Cortland-Stevenson game should be a good one, but there's a slight scheduling disadvantage for the Mustangs. The Red Dragons have the entire week to prepare for the game while Stevenson has to face Roanoke on Wednesday. Will it make a difference? If it's a tight game in the fourth quarter, every variable will be in play.

- Lost in the drama of John Thompson's move from Colby to Amherst this year was the departure from Amherst of Tom Carmean to take the head job at Guilford. His presence in Greensboro, N.C., has obviously been a boon for the Quakers. A traditional bottom-feeder in the ODAC, Guilford is off to a 5-1 start -- the most wins in a season for the Quakers since 2005. Things are about to get a lot tougher for Carmean's squad, and they'll have to fight to get to the eight wins needed for a .500 season, but a good man has found a good spot. I'm happy for the Quakers' new coach.

- Alfred improved to 4-0 with a win over Potsdam. The Saxons haven't exactly played the mettle, but it's a solid start, regardless...USL staff member and former Salisbury SID Paul Ohanian sent me an excited e-mail about the prospects of York this season, especially after the Spartans 4-0 beginning. Alas, it was the CAC jinx, as York couldn't get past Messiah this weekend...with three Pool B bids and last year's independent field, I'm not sure if Wittenberg's schedule, despite the 5-0 start, would have been good enough. This year, with the addition of a fourth Pool B and the SCAC (i.e. Colorado College) out of the mix, the Tigers are essentially locks...UMass-Dartmouth is 4-0 and could be 7-0 heading into the Keene State game...with Geneseo, Springfield and Bowdoin sitting between the Owls and UMass-Dartmouth, Keene State has weightier things on its mind before meeting the Corsairs...Nazareth plays Western New England this afternoon.