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posted 03.28.2011 at 10.03 a.m. by Jac Coyne

Monday Notebook: NCAA Division II

- How do you know you played a long game? When the Statcrew software that keeps box scores runs out of overtimes inputs and you still have three to play. That's what happened when Queens and Pfeiffer got together in a Conference Carolinas clash as they set the NCAA men's lacrosse record for the longest game with a seven overtime affair.

The result -- Queens won, 4-3 -- is almost irrelevant. All anybody will remember is the goal scored by Corey Geroy with 18 seconds left in the seventh frame, allowing the game to surpass the 2009 contest between Virginia and Maryland for the record.

A fact lost in the marveling about the length of the game was the significance of the final outcome. Queens improves to 7-1 and keeps itself in the Wild Card discussion while also gaining some confidence for next week's clash at Limestone -- the presumptive No. 1 team in the land come Monday.

- In what has the potential to be one of the best rivalries in the West, Mesa State defeated Adams State on Saturday, 9-7, in the first official meeting between the two schools. Both located in Colorado and part of the same traditional league (the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference), the Mavericks and Grizzlies will be meeting twice a year for the foreseeable future as members of the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.

The programs also feature two former MCLA coaches who had crossed passed in the non-varsity ranks. Adams State coach Jason Lamb was the long-time coach at BYU while Mesa State's skipper A.J. Stevens was the head coach at both Illinois and Claremont. As for the game, Kevin Bertrand was the star of the day for Mesa, scoring four goals.

- He was gracious about Dowling's win on Saturday, but John Jez isn't happy about a lot of aspects of his team right now.

"We have some guys who are on C.W. Post and think that automatically makes them champions even though they haven't put in the time," he said. "The senior leaders and returners put in the time, and they need to start developing the young guys."

- Limestone is the lone remaining undefeated team in MD2. No where else to put them but the top spot.

- What do I take from Merrimack beating Assumption by the somewhat surprisingly close scorer of 8-5? The rest of the Northeast-10 won't be rolling over for either Merrimack or Le Moyne this spring. Likely a byproduct of the lack of clear leader in the North or Central regions, every team still believes they have a shot. The game between Merrimack and Le Moyne will obviously be the one everyone will be watching, but there are teams that could make a splash along the way. Don't be surprised if the presumptive leaders take a tumble along the way.

After beating Lake Erie, 11-4, and Seton Hill, 10-9, I think it's safe to assume that Mercyhurst will not be blowing anybody out this year. The Lakers will be playing to be in at the end and hope for the best. Still a dangerous team, however....don't forget about Mercy. The Mavs could easily be 10-1 heading into the home contest against C.W. Post on April 23...Grand Canyon lost to Domincan, 12-11 in overtime Saturday. It's good to see those kids still playing hard even though the program is done after this year. That's the definition of a competitor.