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Recent Posts re: NCAA Division III Men

May 9, 2015
Foster's Late Strike Saves Ohio Wesleyan

March 27, 2015
Small College Weekend Primer: Whittier's Challenge
Here's a quick peek at the games of note at the Division II and III level, including a crucial game for the Poets.

March 11, 2015
Morning Jac: Frostburg State Ignoring WAC Win
Frostburg State picked up an impressive victory over Washington College last weekend, but Tommy Pearce is keeping the Bobcats' eyes on the CAC prize.

March 4, 2015
Morning Jac: No Place Like Home for Williams
The Ephs had to practice and play games on the road for most of the 2014 season, but now they are getting their payoff. If the rout of Bowdoin in the opener is any indication, it could be a big year for Williams.

March 3, 2015
Morning Jac: Coast Guard Changing Gears
Coast Guard's transition to the varsity world may not be the smoothest in terms of wins, but once the Bears get settled in they have a chance to be a player in the NEWMAC.

February 27, 2015
Small College Weekend Primer
There are 86 Division III men's games and 25 Division II men's contests this weekend, marking the first full slate of games this year. Jac Coyne takes a peek at a couple of matchups worthy of following.

February 26, 2015
Morning Jac: Tufts Has a Familiar Look
In 2011, Tufts came up a game short of repeating as national champions. The Jumbos have a very similar make-up to that squad this spring, but are hoping to excise the memory of their previous shortfall.

February 17, 2015
Morning Jac: Aurora Eyeing Third Bid
The Spartans are only one of nine teams that have advanced to at least the second round of the NCAA tournament in the past two seasons. Their sights are now set on a third visit.

February 12, 2015
Morning Jac: How Will Albion Handle the 9:09?
The Britons had 9:09 to score a goal in the MIAA championship game, but couldn't find one. They hope to use that shortfall this year to be ready when the games get tight.

February 10, 2015
Morning Jac: York Readies for Stevenson Opener
The 12th-ranked Spartans are way past the point of flying under the radar, but they'll certainly be underdogs when they travel to No. 5 Stevenson on Saturday. What's York's approach?

February 3, 2015
Morning Jac: It's Personal for G-boro's Foderaro
Mike Foderaro was a three-time captain and two-time MVP while playing for Greensboro, and now he's back as the Pride's head coach. He very much wants to be the guy to lead his alma mater to its first NCAA tournament berth.

October 17, 2014
Conference Snapshot: SUNYAC
The Cortland train appears unstoppable. Is there anyone in the SUNYAC who can derail the Red Dragons?

October 17, 2014
Conference Snapshot: The Independents
The number of teams in the independent pool has gone down considerably this year, but there are still some quality unattached teams that will find themselves in the NCAA tourney.

October 17, 2014
Conference Snapshot: Skyline Conference
It has been six straight conference titles for Montclair State, and there is not much to lead us to believe it'll be anyone other than the Red Hawks hoisting the Skyline banner once again.

October 16, 2014
Conference Snapshot: Southern Athletic Assoc.
After two years of hogging Pool B bids, the SAA takes its first foray into the automatic qualifying jungle. The conference will only get one bid this year, but the race for that ring will be extremely entertaining.

October 16, 2014
Conference Snapshot: Old Dominion
The ODAC had its number of bids pared down to just one last year after a high-water mark of three in '13, but a stacked league this spring could mean a return to multi-bid bliss.

October 15, 2014
Conference Snapshot: Ohio River
The Ohio River Lacrosse Conference, a confluence of two other conferences plants its flag this spring and starts the clock on an automatic qualifying bid in 2017.

October 15, 2014
Conference Snapshot: Ohio Athletic Conference
The OAC is one of three conferences that have earned an automatic qualifying berth this spring. Is there a fresh face ready to represent the conference, or is it Otterbein for the foreseeable future?

October 15, 2014
Conference Snapshot: North East
The NEAC has been the exclusive domain of Kueka over the past four years. The Storm are still the favorites to make it five in a row, but they should receive a challenge from Morrisville State.

October 14, 2014
Conference Snapshot: North Coast
Ever since its departure from the Pool B world, the NCAC has been a one-bid league. Will that trend continue, or is this the year it returns to its NCAA tournament multi-team form?

October 14, 2014
Conference Snapshot: North Atlantic
In its ninth year with an automatic qualifier, there won't be much different from the previous eight -- two teams will be in contention for the chance at the NCAA tournament.

October 13, 2014
Conference Snapshot: NEWMAC
The name changed, but the results stayed the same last year for the NEWMAC (formerly the Pilgrim). Don't look for much new in '15 as the Springfield train steams ahead.

October 13, 2014
Conference Snapshot: The NESCAC
The championship trophy is owned by the NESCAC this spring, but the last two seasons have been cause for concern for this power conference. Is the tide about to turn, or is it a new reality for the league?

October 10, 2014
Conference Snapshot: Midwest Lacrosse Conf.
The Midwest Lacrosse Conference has a very different look this spring, but one thing has remained the same: it's good to be Aurora.

October 10, 2014
Conference Snapshot: Michigan Intercollegiate
The MIAA has been Adrian's playground since the conference's inception. Is it business as usual in the Great Lake State or is another contender about to emerge?

October 9, 2014
Conference Snapshot: MAC Commonwealth
Stevenson has been the brightest light for the MAC Commonwealth, even notching a national championship for the league. Will the Mustangs continue their roll, or will the rest of the talented conference catch up with them?

October 8, 2014
Conference Snapshot: Little East
The LEC has been an annual battle between Keene State and Eastern Conn. with a trip to the dance on the line. It's looking like one of those teams will have no peers within the conference in '15.

October 8, 2014
Conference Snapshot: Liberty League
The Liberty has emerged as one of the most powerful conferences in the country. Nothing should slow that down this spring, although grabbing a national championship would erase all doubt.

October 7, 2014
Conference Snapshot: Conf. of Ill. & Wisconsin
The College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin plants its lacrosse flag this spring with a six team league. Is there a Pool B bid in the mix for this upstart conference?

October 7, 2014
Conference Snapshot: Landmark Conference
The Landmark has had five different champions in its seven years of existence. Does the diversity show again this spring or will Goucher win its third-ever crown?

October 6, 2014
Conference Snapshot: Empire 8
The Empire 8 entered the '14 campaign with plenty of promise, but only Ithaca emerged as tournament ready. Three teams have the potential to win the league this year, meaning multiple bids aren't out of the question.

October 6, 2014
Conference Snapshot: Great Northeast
The GNAC enters Year Four of automatic qualifying status and the question is will there be a repeat conference champion after three different teams in the previous three years?

October 3, 2014
Conference Snapshot: Colonial States
The conference tour continues, this time with a stop in the CSAC. Is this year that someone threatens Cabrini's hegemony within the league? (Spoiler alert: No).

October 3, 2014
Conference Snapshot: Commonwealth Coast
For the first time, the CCC earned a second bid to the NCAA tournament as Endicott had enough juice in the Pool C race. Is this the new normal, or an anomaly?

October 2, 2014
Conference Snapshot: Centennial Conference
Next up on the Division III Conference Snapshot list: the Centennial. Is the former power player ready for a second bid in '15, or will it be a one-trick pony once again?

October 1, 2014
Conference Snapshot: Capital Athletic Conf.
We're still in the clutches of fall ball, but it's never to early to take a peek at 2015. I'll be taking a quick peek at every conference in Division III to gauge what to expect when the new campaign rolls around. Let's start with the CAC.

August 8, 2014
Lasting Impact from Beville's Iroquois Experience
Moving from Cortland to the Iroquois National team was a study in contrasts for Steve Beville, but it's an experience that will not soon be forgotten.

May 7, 2014
Morning Jac: "I'd Rather Lose to Springfield Guy"
Four members of Springfield's 1994 Division II championship team will coach in this year's D-III tournament, and each one will square off with another teammate or coach in the first round.

May 4, 2014
Bracket Projection: NCAA Division III Men
The NCAA Division III brackets will be release at 10 p.m. this evening, but before it becomes official, I'm taking a crack at predicting the 30-team field.

April 30, 2014
Morning Jac: Division III's Other Undefeated Team
Everyone knows about RIT and Denison's undefeated campaigns with their presence at the top of the polls and regional rankings. But a third unblemished team, Keuka, is hoping to take a spot next to those other two in the NCAA bracket.

April 16, 2014
Bates, Colby Paying Tribute to Fallen Players
It's been a Maine rivalry for decades, but next Wednesday's game between Bates and Colby will have an official name now.

March 25, 2014
Stray Shot Sends Berry's Gilbert to Surgery
Berry head coach Curtis Gilbert thought he was out of harm's way before last week's game against Centre. Now he's facing a complicated surgery on Friday.

March 19, 2014
Morning Jac: Mary Washington Building Memories
Eagles coach Kurt Glaeser remembers every key play from the loss to York on Saturday, but he's hoping the lessons learned from the setback will produce fonder postseason memories.

March 12, 2014
Morning Jac: St. Lawrence Renews Ithaca Rivalry
Since the demise of the UCAA, St. Lawrence and Ithaca don't play much anymore (the last game was in 2011), but the two two upstate powers will renew acquaintances in Tampa tonight.

March 12, 2014
Carrier Dome Clash Moved to Thursday
Upstate showdown between No. 1 RIT and No. 4 Cortland has been moved from Wednesday to Thursday because of inclement weather.

March 11, 2014
Morning Jac: Roanoke Better Than Polls Show?
When the Maroons went from No. 8 in the country to barely on the grid, all 'Noke head coach Bill Pilat could do was laugh.

March 7, 2014
Morning Jac: Golden Flyers on the Rebound
The nightmarish loss to Springfield in the season opener still lingers for Nazareth, but the Golden Flyers are hoping they are back to good as they enter the most grueling phase of their schedule.

March 4, 2014
Morning Jac: Eastern Conn.'s Five-Year Itch
In their eight trips to the NCAA tournament, the Warriors have only made it out of the first round once, and that was back in 2009. Justin Axel sees a lot of similarities with this year's edition of EConn.

February 28, 2014
Morning Jac: Middlebury Forced Into New Approach
The Panthers missed the NCAA tournament for the second straight year in 2013, forcing them to readdress how they schedule outside of the conference. But their first challenge will be to host NESCAC rival Tufts on Saturday.

February 25, 2014
Morning Jac: Tough Week Ahead for Cabrini
They opened up with a comfortable win over Haverford, but now Cabrini must finish the week with a game against No. 5 Dickinson and a neutral site contest with No. 9 Lynchburg. Are the Cavs ready?

February 21, 2014
Morning Jac: Small College Weekend Watch List
The build-up to the March 1 blowout grows closer and closer and this weekend will be an important one in the Division II & III ranks. Here's a look at 12 games that will resonate.

February 20, 2014
Morning Jac: Stagnitta Still Figuring Out Arcadia
After 10 years as a Division I head coach and two years coaching in the MLL, Jim Stagnitta is back in Division III with Arcadia. The weather has not been helpful in streamlining his transition to the second-year program.

February 18, 2014
Morning Jac: W&L Loss Still Lingers for Denison
Big Red head coach Michael Caravana admits that last year's one-goal loss to the Generals "lingers." Denison will have a chance to return the favor when they visit W&L on Saturday.

February 17, 2014
NCAA Division III Weekly Notebook
Salisbury head coach Jim Berkman didn't see the game-winning goal against Lynchburg on Saturday. He was too busy with the details.

February 13, 2014
Morning Jac: Hornets Know Something We Don't?
Lynchburg head coach Steve Koudelka is his usual levelheaded self heading into Saturday's game against No. 5 Salisbury. Is there something he knows about his 11th-ranked team that we don't?

February 11, 2014
Morning Jac: "Just the First Game" for York
It's a game against the defending national champions on the road in a chilly night game. Big deal. It's just another step on the road to what is hopefully a successful season for the Spartans.

February 10, 2014
Morning Jac: Small College Round-Up
It was a muted start to the season in both Division II and Division III, but there was enough action to pontificate on for a spell.

February 7, 2014
Morning Jac: Let's Light This Candle
Optimism is about to give way to reality as the small college season gets underway today with three games in North Carolina and Detroit.

February 6, 2014
Morning Jac: Trinity Ready for NESCAC Green Light
It was a rough 2013 season for Trinity as the Bantams missed the eight-team NESCAC tournament. Even though they'll have one less week to prepare, Mike Higgins and company are optimistic about '14.

February 5, 2014
Morning Jac: Susquehanna Eyeing Landmark Redux
The Landmark Conference has the most parity of any league in Division III, but Susquehanna is hoping to end that and become the first back-to-back champion in conference history.

February 4, 2014
RIT Alumni Group Raises the Bar in Division III
Most alumni hand over an annual check to the program, play a scrimmage and call it a year. RIT's group is slightly more invested, and have hopefully upped the alumni support game.

February 3, 2014
Morning Jac: Ten Most Intriguing Feb. D3 Games
We've flipped the calendar to February -- the month when we finally light this candle. What are the 10 most compelling games on the Division III schedule during the kick-off month?

January 30, 2014
Morning Jac: Keene State Ramping It Up
After getting bounced on its own field with a tournament bid on the line, Keene State is upping the non-conference competition level in hopes of being ready this year.

January 24, 2014
Morning Jac: Fourth Time the Charm for Ferrum?
They narrowly missed the NCAA tournament last year, but Ferrum finally has its first senior class. And with that comes optimism that the Panthers could finally break through.

January 22, 2014
Morning Jac: Pool B's Last Big Party?
For the second straight season, there will five Pool B entrants to the NCAA Division III tournament. But is the independent bid binge about to come to screeching to a halt?

September 26, 2013
Living In a Fantasy (Bracket) World
With the announcement yesterday that the Division I men’s bracket was expanding by two teams to 18, I did some calculations and came up with the fact that if the Division III men were afforded the same tournament participation ratio as the big boys – 18 of 67 teams, or 26.7 percent – D-III would have a 57-team bracket this spring instead of the 30 it’s actually getting. In addition, if that ratio applied to Division II, they would have a 15-team tournament.

September 23, 2013
Division III Men's Tourney Expands to 30 Teams
The D-III tournament has added one more team for the 2014 campaign, evening out the brackets, although it will still be tough sledding for at-large candidates and smooth sailing for independents.

June 17, 2013
Two Lacrosse Players Killed in Auto Accident
A pair of lacrosse players were killed over the weekend in an automobile accident near Richmond, Virginia

May 22, 2013
Year-Ending Play Not Defining for Kaminski, Consul
Mistakes by Cortland goalie Mike Kaminski and attackman Cody Consul were on display against RIT, but one play doesn't erase the season- and career-long accomplishments of the players.

May 5, 2013
NCAA Division III Bracket Projections
It's late on the clock, but here's a guess at how Division III is going to shake out.

May 5, 2013
Randall Finds Positive in Nazareth’s Low Point
Giving up 25 goals to RIT in a midseason loss exposed Nazareth, but oddly enough, it was the spot when Flyers' head coach Rob Randall found a big dose of optimism to inject into his young team.

May 5, 2013
Wesleyan Hoping to Prove the Numbers Wrong
The Cardinals' omission from the regional rankings hasn't sat well with John Raba and his minions. Sunday's NESCAC championship game is a chance to prove the number-crunchers wrong.

May 4, 2013
NCAA Div. III Conference Tourney Clearinghouse
We're getting into the time of year when it seems like a new conference tournament is starting up. Find all of your dates, match-ups and results here for NCAA Division III men.

April 29, 2013
NCAA Division III Weekly Notebook
Ryan Cavanagh was the perfect fit for Plattsburgh, but it's more than just a coaching gig for the former Cardinal. It's more of a quest.

April 22, 2013
NCAA Division III Weekly Notebook
Eastern took its lumps in the Eagles first go-around in the NCAA tourney last year, but they've learned from that experienced and are hoping to make a bigger splash this year.

April 15, 2013
NCAA Division III Weekly Notebook
It was pretty clear that Salisbury was going to have some growing pains this year, but the Sea Gulls' staff probably didn't realize just how much teaching they'd have to do.

April 8, 2013
NCAA Division III Weekly Notebook
Aurora is mashing up its competition in the Midwest Lacrosse Conference, evoking images of a young Cabrini program. It won't be all clear sailing for the Spartans, however, with three important regular games left on the docket.

March 25, 2013
NCAA Division III Weekly Notebook
Middlebury head coach Dave Campbell is pleased with the Panthers' start, but this is the point of the season when things went south last spring.

March 18, 2013
NCAA Division III Weekly Notebook
Dan Knapton just wanted his son to have a couple of games closer to home. In order to do it, he created one of the cooler events in Division III.

March 11, 2013
NCAA Division III Weekly Notebook
It's not always easy to make big in-season changes, but Nazareth has made a couple of them and it appears to be paying off for the Flyers.

March 4, 2013
NCAA Division III Weekly Notebook
Even though they lost to Stevenson again this spring, RIT and Jake Coon are in a much different place than they were in 2010 when the Mustangs defeated the Tigers. The overtime score is indicative of that.

February 25, 2013
NCAA Division III Weekly Notebook
Washington College finds a way to solve its Gopher problem and Washington & Lee has a spring break to remember

February 18, 2013
NCAA Division III Weekly Notebook
After Lynchburg's thrilling win against Sailsbury on Saturday, Hornets' head coach Steve Koudelka addressed Jac Coyne's three key plotlines emerging from the contest.

February 15, 2013
Can St. Mary's Keep the CAC a Two-Bid League?
Salisbury and Stevenson have dominated the Capital Athletic Conference since 2009. With the Mustangs off to the MAC, is this the Seahawks' time to take a seat at the tournament table?

February 11, 2013
NCAA Division III Weekly Notebook
Sunday's score might not show it, but the 2013 edition of Salisbury will have a very different look. At this point, the Gulls' offense is just along for the ride.

February 5, 2013
NCAA Division III Weekly Notebook
Albright set the bar for start-up programs in 2012, but things will definitely be tougher for the Lions in Year Two. Jake Plunket knows it and is enjoying the challenge.

January 24, 2013
Tufts Men Sanctioned for ‘Unacceptable Behavior’
In the wake of an external investigation of inappropriate remarks made during a volleyball game, 27 members of the Tufts men's lacrosse team will be suspended for the first two games of the season.

January 15, 2013
Marywood Men Heading to L.I. in Sandy Relief Effort
The effects of Hurricane Sandy have been bumped from the front pages, but help is still needed. The Marywood (Pa.) men are using one of their last free weekends before the start of the season to help a Long Island community.

January 11, 2013
Division III to Adopt New Regional Format in ‘14
Instead of only looking at in-region results in their primary criteria folder, the Division III men's lacrosse committee will be taking into account all games when picking the tournament field.

January 1, 2013
Postseason Spoiler: Small School Tourney Brackets
It's the new year and we're just under six months until the culmination of the 2013 season. Here's a sneak peek as to what the brackets will look like for the small schools in May.

December 6, 2012
Independent's Day: D-III Tourney Bid Breakdown
The NCAA has disclosed the size of the 2013 Division III tournament and which pools the bids have been allotted to. The numbers suggest it's a good year to be an independent.

November 29, 2012
A Tale of Two MAC Conferences
The Middle Atlantic Conference split last year, but this spring there will be two separate bids involved. At first glance it looks like the Commonwealth got the better end of the deal, but is that really the case?

November 7, 2012
Does Carthage's Doubleheader Break New Ground?
Carthage is playing a pair of regular season games in the same day in what could be a first for a men's NCAA program.

October 29, 2012
Despite Storm, Long Island Teams Doing Okay
Long Island is getting battered by Hurricane Sandy, but for now the players and coaches appear to be in good hands.

October 24, 2012
Can Otterbein Keep Ohio in the Pool B Business?
The NCAC's move to the auto-qualifying realm has opened up the race for Pool B bids, especially in the Buckeye State. Can Otterbein fill the independent void before the Ohio Athletic Conference comes online, as well?

September 29, 2012
Associates to Help SCAC Keep Auto Qualifier
Facing the loss of its Pool A status after the 2014 season, the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference has announced the addition of five associate members in '14, keeping the league solvent for the foreseeable future.

September 14, 2012
NCAA Division III Summer Notebook
The NCAC's Catch-22; ODAC scheduling gets tighter; Salisbury being Salisbury; Cabrini can't hide disappointment; notes.

July 20, 2012
Amherst Eyeing a Move Back to the Future
Amherst's high expectations fizzled at the end of the 2012 season. The Lord Jeffs won't have a bulls-eye this year, which is the way they want it.

July 12, 2012
Kivlen Rallies for Strong First Season at Montclair
The start to the season wasn't exactly what Chris Kivlen was looking for when he came to Montclair from Albany. But the Red Hawks rallied and the expectations are higher for 2013.

June 27, 2012
Bowdoin Job Presents Challenges for Archbell
The Polar Bears new head coach has one of the premier jobs in Division III, but there are plenty of obstacles facing him. He feels he's up for the task.

May 15, 2012
Cortland Forced to Switch Gears
In the span of four days, the Red Dragons have to transition from the high-tempo Stevens program to a methodical Union squad. Regardless, expectations remain the same for Steve Beville's bunch.

May 15, 2012
Denison's Caravana: "Maybe We're Pretty Good"
Sure, the win over Lynchburg was pretty impressive, but Denison has been doing that for a while now. It's no surprise to them.

May 9, 2012
Springfield-Stevens: A Most Unwanted Game
The coaches for the Pride and Ducks felt they didn't get the draw they deserved, but fortunately their players don't worry about that kind of stuff. Plus, other notes.

May 5, 2012
NCAA D-III Conference Tourney Clearinghouse
The second season is upon us. Here's a listing of all the conference tournaments in Division III along with results when they become available.

May 5, 2012
Bracket Projections: NCAA Division III First Attempt
We're under 24 hours until the official word comes down on the MD3 brackets. Jac Coyne takes his first stab at the match-ups.

May 4, 2012
Washington & Lee Enjoying the Rebound
Things looked bleak for the Generals a couple of weeks ago, but now the Generals are on the cusp of an NCAA bids.

May 3, 2012
Tufts' Beau Wood Getting What He's Earned
He was buried in Tufts' stacked depth chart last year, but now Wood is both the NESCAC's leading scorer and embodiment of the Jumbos' motto.

May 2, 2012
Beville's Achievement Lost in Team Success
Steve Beville cracked the 100-win mark at Cortland, but individual awards are put on the backburner with this team.

May 1, 2012
Composure Is Key for Aurora and Kylor Berkman
The Spartans first-year head coach is still trying to figure out how to channel the competitive fire left over from his playing days into an effective coaching style. He learned a lesson earlier this year in a victory way too close for comfort.

April 23, 2012
Monday Notebook: NCAA Division III
As head coach Dave Campbell said, "this has been a season unlike any other" for Middlebury, as the Panthers are out of the NESCAC tourney for the first time ever.

April 16, 2012
Monday Notebook: NCAA Division III
Mike Caravana is in his second, fourth-year season with Denison, but he doesn't buy into the conventional coaching fourth-year wisdom. Also, what do we take from the Salisbury-Stevenson game?

April 3, 2012
Energy, Zone Has the Cardinals Back in the Mix
Wesleyan is using a lot of emotion and its signature zone to rise to the top of the NESCAC so far.

April 2, 2012
Monday Notebook: NCAA Division III
Cortland has run the non-conference gauntlet this March and the Red Dragons are a little beat up. But they're undefeated as they head into conference play.

March 27, 2012
Ithaca Win Exemplifies Oswego State's Season
The resiliency shown in the Lakers triple overtime win against the Bombers is something Ryan Martin has seen in his team as they've raced out to a 6-0 start to the season.

March 26, 2012
Monday Notebook: NCAA Division III
Dickinson has used its 'learning moment' against St. Mary's to good use. Bowdoin's Tom McCabe shares the spotlight after his record-breaking win.

March 20, 2012
No Moral Victories for the Ducks
They played the two-time NCAA finalists to two goals with some key guys injured, but Stevens isn't into moral victories anymore. They're really just losses.

March 19, 2012
Monday Notebook: NCAA Division III
Cabrini's group of starless players allowed the Cavaliers to snap their hex against Gettysburg. It was an even game with Stevens, but Tufts received heady play from both a new and old name. Barring a collapse, Lynchburg's in.

March 13, 2012
Koudelka, Lynchburg Staff Honor Their Mission
In ended up being a footnote in Saturday night's game, but Lynchburg's handling of an uncomfortable situation speaks well of the coach and the school.

March 13, 2012
Salisbury's Berkman Undergoes Heart Procedure
The longtime Sea Gulls head coach has a cardiac catheterization and has two stents inserted. He plans on returning to the sidelines for next Wednesday's game against York.

March 12, 2012
Monday Notebook: NCAA Division III
Franklin & Marshall has parlayed their loss to Lynchburg in February into a three-game winning streak as they prep for the start of the Cetennial slate.

March 5, 2012
Monday Notebook: NCAA Division III
He had to shake things up when he first arrived in Wellesley, but now Brendan Gorman is starting to reap the rewards of his culture change at Babson.

February 29, 2012
D-II/III Committees Recommend Regional Changes
Recommendations have Western D-IIs heading to the South region and D-III moving to a six-region format.

February 27, 2012
Monday Notebook: NCAA Division III
After the Dickinson win, St. Mary's is now looking for consistency; Springfield steals their first one of the season; the congrats file.

February 20, 2012
Monday Notebook: NCAA Division III
Mary Washington riding their defense to a 2-0 start; Lynchburg's Steve Koudelka has an appreciation for Salisbury's Sam Bradman; trivia!

February 13, 2012
Monday Notebook: NCAA Division III
All is not lost for Randolph-Macon; York should be unblemished facing the CAC mettle.

February 9, 2012
Randolph-Macon Primed in Sheridan's Second Year
After trying to reformulate the Yellow Jackets last spring, B.J. Sheridan has Randy-Mac ready for a big spring.

February 6, 2012
Monday Notebook: NCAA Division III
Four games on the docket for this weekend, featuring mostly the ODAC and CAC; thought from Lebanon Valley.

January 31, 2012
Tufts Winding Up (and Waiting) for 2012
Things are pretty quiet in Medford right now, but head coach Mike Daly and the Jumbos are slowly gearing up for this spring.

January 23, 2012
Salisbury's Practice Delayed Two Weeks
Defending champs will only have two weeks to prepare for season opener against Greensboro after a decision by the athletic administration.

December 21, 2011
Backtrack: NCAA Reconfigures Division III Bids
A month after releasing the field for 2012, the NCAA tweaks the 28-team Division III qualifiers.

November 23, 2011
Morning Jac: Thompson Adjusting to Amherst Brand
John Thompson knew he'd have an advantage working with the Amherst name when he took the Jeffs' job last year. Now he's hoping to strengthen the Amherst men's lacrosse brand.

November 14, 2011
Morning Jac: Division III Tourney Expands to 28
For the fourth consecutive season, the Division III men's tourney has expanded it field. This year, it's the at-larges who benefit.

November 8, 2011
Morning Jac: McCabe's Bowdoin Legacy is Secure
I've been fortunate to be able to call Tom McCabe a friend over the years. And while he'll be missed when he and his wife join the Peace Corps for a 27-month journey at the conclusion of the 2012 season, he'll leave a lasting legacy at Bowdoin.

October 18, 2011
Morning Jac: My Non-Shot Clock Solution
On Friday, I outlined why mandating a shot clock would be a mistake for college lacrosse. It's not fair to point out the problems without offering a solution, so I'm ready to offer my manifesto for altering the rules to speed up the game without adopting a shot clock.

October 14, 2011
Morning Jac: Mandating a Shot Clock is Bad Policy
The addition of a shot clock may seem like a quick fix for the ills of Division I lacrosse, but it's an invasive rules change that not only runs counter to the mission of the NCAA, but will hamstring nearly 90 percent of collegiate programs.

September 28, 2011
Morning Jac: Can St. Lawrence Return to Form?
One of the biggest surprises of the 2011 campaign was former power St. Lawrence going winless in the Liberty League. Can they return to the glory days in the ever-tougher conference?

September 23, 2011
Morning Jac: Hamilton Finally Heading Home
After operating as a NESCAC team in the Liberty League, Hamilton is finally going all-in with its original league. The results may not be pretty at the jump, but the Continentals are finally home.

September 19, 2011
Morning Jac: No Relief for RIT with Liberty Move
RIT, which earned the top seed in the North region last year, will be moving from the Empire 8 to the Liberty League this spring. Despite the Liberty's tepid postseason history, the Tigers will have their hands full.

September 8, 2011
Morning Jac: Stevenson Ready to Answer Questions
The number of players lost from the 2011 Stevenson team -- nine All-Americans -- is staggering. For many programs, these types of questions would be prohibitive. Paul Cantabene and the Mustangs believe they have the answers.

September 7, 2011
Morning Jac: The State of Michigan's Excellent Year
The Great Lakes State has its issues, but when it comes to lacrosse, 2011 was Michigan's year.

August 24, 2011
Morning Jac: Berkman Making a Name for Himself
Kylor Berkman may have a recognizeable last name, but he's trying to create his own lacrosse brand as the new head coach of Aurora.

August 4, 2011
Morning Jac: Colorado College's Quandary
Guy Van Arsdale has left Colorado College to take the Jacksonville job, leaving the athletic administrators with a tough choice. Should they shoot for a long-term fix or use its cachet to attract a high-powered -- and likely short-term -- replacement?

July 29, 2011
Morning Jac: Torrisi Does Lacrosse Proud
Adam Torrisi didn't get the Montclair State job that he hoped for, but his willingness to stand tall for his alma mater and his sport means everyone should be rooting for him as he strives to continue his career.

July 5, 2011
Morning Jac: The Localization of Division III
The splintering of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference is unforuntate, but it is ushering in a new age of Division III lacrosse.

June 24, 2011
Morning Jac: The NCAC Reality Check
The addition of Hiram (Ohio) College may seem inconsequential, but it is finally going to force the North Coast Athletic Conference to adapt to the "real world" of Division III lacrosse.

June 2, 2011
2008 U.S. U19 Team Well-Represented in NCAAs
US Lacrosse's men's national team leadership must've known something when they selected the 2008 U.S. under-19 team. Not only did the coaches and selection committee pick the players that would lead Team USA to the gold medal, but they picked players who went on to have some terrific college careers. Quite a few of them were on display at the NCAA men's championship weekend in Baltimore.

May 30, 2011
Morning Jac: Salisbury Is Good for Division III
It's okay to root against Salisbury or be disappointed that the Eastern Shore factory won another national title. The Sea Gulls should, however, be appreciated for what they provide for the rest of Division III.

May 18, 2011
Morning Jac: The Perils of the Webcast
The internet nearly cost RIT its undefeated season and No. 1 seed in the North bracket. Coach Jake Coon said it won't happen again.

May 13, 2011
Morning Jac: "Coyne's Picks" Quote Dump
My "Coyne's Picks" piece covering all of the MD3 games for Saturday will be up shortly, but there were some quotes that didn't make the main story. I've dropped a couple of extras into a blog.

May 12, 2011
Morning Jac: Wehrum, Randall Still Like Family
Union coach Paul Wehrum and Naz coach Rob Randall have been like family except for two, two-hour segments in the last 25 years.

May 11, 2011
Morning Jac: Colorado Coll. Wears Locker Legacy
Colorado College is playing in the NCAA tournament today in no small part due to the groundwork laid by Doug Locker.

May 10, 2011
Morning Jac: Naz Tastes the Bitter & the Sweet
Nazareth head coach Rob Randall called the events of Sunday, when the Flyers got blasted by RIT in the E8 finals only to learn they were admitted to the NCAA tournament, as "bittersweet."

May 9, 2011
Scranton’s Rallying Cry: “One More”
The Royals used their philosophy of immediacy to win the Landmark automatic qualifier. Now Scranton will try the same approach in the NCAA tourney.

May 9, 2011
Morning Jac: A Dose of Fresh Faces in Men's D-III
While much of the teams in the MD3 tournament were familiar names, there was five fresh faces among the group. That's reason for optimism.

May 8, 2011
Morning Jac: Lynchburg Has Already Passed Exam
The fact that the Hornets didn't mail in the season after a 4-5 start means the players have learned a valuable life lesson, regardless of how today's ODAC championship game finishes.

May 6, 2011
Morning Jac: Is This the Right Move for Mustangs?
Stevenson announced it will be moving to the MAC in '13, but the lacrosse programs had very little to do with the decision.

May 2, 2011
Monday Notebook: NCAA Division III
Chalk it up to my NESCAC bias if it makes you feel better, but there is no more grueling three-day span than the conference’s Friday regular season finale followed by the Sunday tournament first round.

April 27, 2011
Tufts on Tape — and in HD
“Tufts Lacrosse 2010,” details the story of the 2010 Tufts men’s lacrosse team that won the NCAA Division III national championship, the first national title in any sport in school history.

April 27, 2011
Morning Jac: Goalie Situation Settled at Salisbury
I had to ask. The coach may not have liked it, and I may have already known the answer, but I had to ask whether there was any change in the goalie rotation at Salisbury after Saturday's game.

April 26, 2011
No What Ifs — Berkman At Ease With Salisbury’s AQ
Salisbury's win over Stevenson in the CAC championship game gave the Sea Gulls a 16-1 record and an automatic qualifying berth to the men’s NCAA Division III tournament. They’re in. No questions asked. Pundits don’t matter anymore. That all sounds good to coach Jim Berkman.

April 20, 2011
Roanoke Players Suspended in Separate Incidents
Roanoke College has suspended men's lacrosse players Brendan Nizolek and Trey Keeley in light of two unrelated incidents reported this week. A third player, Reid Mayberry, has been removed from the Maroons' roster, the cause unknown.

April 19, 2011
The Morning Jac: Weekend Quote Dump
We've got a jam-packed Dump this week with quotes from Limestone players and coaches, Tony Mendes, Jim Berkman, Paul Cantabene and Gene Peluso.

April 18, 2011
The Inevitability of Salisbury-Stevenson Part Deux
The first rule of coaching is taking each game one at a time, which precludes coaches from looking past their next opponent. The same does apply to space-filling writers.

April 18, 2011
Monday Notebook: NCAA Division III
Say what you want about the ODAC, but they are certainly a charitable bunch. Over the course of the season, the rest of the league has done its best to hand the conference to Roanoke.

April 15, 2011
Morning Jac: The Second Season is Upon Us
The Conference Carolinas and Deep South Conference tournaments start this weekend, reminding us that the 'Upset Season' is about to begin.

April 13, 2011
Morning Jac: Win Has Endicott Leaping Forward
Gulls coach Sean Quirk is a jumper, and the win over No. 1 Tufts has Endicott jumping in the right direction.

April 11, 2011
Monday Notebook: NCAA Division III
Trinity went 2-7 in the NESCAC last year, finished 9-7 overall, and failed to make the eight-team conference tournament. So while Tufts gave the Bantams fits -- certainly not an exclusive club -- in an 18-10 win for the Jumbos, Mike Higgins and the Trinity players need to be commended for their start to the season.

April 7, 2011
Morning Jac: Amherst Too Good for Rivalry Game
The Amherst-Williams match-up in every sport is one of the most storied in NCAA Division III, but the Lord Jeffs have outgrown the men's lacrosse rivalry, if only for a year.

April 6, 2011
The Morning Jac: Wednesday Games to Watch
It's a busy day in the bushes, especially in Division III. Here are the game to keep an eye on.

April 5, 2011
The Morning Jac: Weekend Quote Dump
Here are some leftover snippets from some of the coaches and players I spoke with last week.

April 4, 2011
Monday Notebook: NCAA Division III
They’ve been the gold standard in the Liberty League for a big chunk of the 2000s, but it looks like St. Lawrence’s run as the top dog is coming to an end.

April 1, 2011
Clearinghouse: The Weekend Postponement Page
There's bad weather heading to New York, New England and the Mid-Atlantic this weekend, which will surely bring a slew of postponements and cancellations with it. We'll list them here.

March 30, 2011
The Morning Jac: Wednesday Games to Watch
There are nearly 60 games from NCAA Division II and III, along with the MCLA. Here are the noteworthy match-ups.

March 29, 2011
The Morning Jac: Weekend Quote Dump
Every week I have leftover quotes from the various people I speak with during the week that don’t make the stories for which they were intended. Here are a couple.

March 28, 2011
Monday Notebook: NCAA Division III
They are justifiably ranked No. 6 in the country and have an 8-0 record, but should we consider Stevens a “contender?” It’s a tough question.

March 24, 2011
The Morning Jac: Stevenson Athletic Dept. Aces Exam
If the situation occurred at a lot of schools, last night’s game between Stevenson and Tufts would not have happened.

March 23, 2011
Time and Venue Change for Tufts-Stevenson Clash
Weather has forced the game to be moved to Towson University at 8 p.m.

March 23, 2011
The Morning Jac: Wednesday Games to Watch
As you know, Wednesday’s during the season are one of the busiest days of the week for NCAA Men’s Division III and the other lower levels. Let’s take a look at some of the more interesting match-ups.

March 22, 2011
The Morning Jac: Weekend Quote Dump
I spoke with a lot of coaches and players this past week, and only a fraction of the quotes made the actual story. Here are a couple of leftovers.

March 21, 2011
Monday Notebook: NCAA Division III
Just when you think you’ve gotten rid of Gettysburg, the Bullets always seem to claw their way back into the discussion. This past week was a perfect example. Gettysburg barely beat No. 15 Cabrini in double overtime, 9-8, to push above the .500 level and then turned around and handled No. 7 Haverford relatively easily on Saturday in a 10-4 victory.

March 20, 2011
The Morning Jac: Diary of a Heartbreak
No. 10 Lynchburg led No. 9 Roanoke, 11-5, with 13:42 left in the game on Saturday night at Lynchburg. What transpired over the rest of the quarter will go down as one of the most heartbreaking series in this history of Hornets lacrosse.

March 19, 2011
Morning Jac: Checking in on Pool B
There’s no topic more debated in NCAA Division III than the Pool B situation. It enrages some, frustrates others, and is universally considered an ineffective use of tournament slots. At least outside of the NCAC, anyway. It’s of no use fighting the battle about the legitimacy of the spots, so let’s take a peek at the frontrunners to date for the four bids this year to the 26-team field.

March 16, 2011
The Morning Jac: Wednesday Games to Watch
Here are my thoughts on today's host of top-drawer games and who will be walking away with the win. Feel free to chime in with your thoughts and predictions.

March 15, 2011
The Morning Jac: Weekend Quote Dump
Speaking with various coaches over the weekend, I always have a pile of unused quotes and notes that are interesting enough to pass along, but not quite comprehensive enough for their own story.

March 14, 2011
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 more wide open this year, so the score might be higher.

March 11, 2011
Morning Jac: How Do We Handle Contraction
It’s natural for lacrosse fans to feel melancholy upon hearing of the news about losing a pair of NCAA programs this week. First, it was Division I Presbyterian on Tuesday, and this afternoon, as I wrote last night, Division II Grand Canyon will officially announce that it will be dropping their program.

March 10, 2011
The Morning Jac: Sydney’s Tough Loss
The ODAC is a good men’s lacrosse league. I don’t think anyone can realistically contest that. Still, the conference has had a problem of late. It’s members can’t seem to get a viable second team ready for an at-large selection to the NCAA tournament.

March 9, 2011
The Morning Jac: Busiest Day of the Week
Other than the weekends, of course, the busiest day of the week for small college fans is on Wednesday. While there a handful of contests on Tuesday and a couple more on Friday, Hump Day is where the action is.

March 7, 2011
Monday Notebook: NCAA Division III
- Hype can be a killer sometimes. No. 13 Geneseo is undoubtedly a talented team, and will likely give Cortland all they can handle in SUNYAC play, but the Knights ran into a buzz saw against unranked Nazareth. The Flyers sliced through the Genny’s defense in the second half and gave the attack fits in a 14-9 victory.

March 4, 2011
Bullet, Gull Offense Lag Behind Stout Defense
Both Salisbury and Gettysburg are bringing stifling defenses into this game – the Bullets lost their only game, 7-6 – but the offenses haven’t been up to par to this point.

February 28, 2011
Slides and Rides: NCAA Division III
The biggest victory over the weekend was Hampden-Sydney's triumph of Gettysburg – a win that will likely vault the Tigers into the top 15 this week. It was a bizarre road victory, as HSC was statistically dominated by the Bullets, including a 2-to-1 advantage in shots, but the Tigers never let the hosts get on a big roll and put the game away. That's what happened last year when Sydney held a 10-9 lead after three quarters, only to watch Gettysburg go on an 8-0 run in the fourth to take the 17-10 victory.