‘Tis the new year and that means only one thing: the lacrosse season is nearly upon us. It also means that I will be giving all of you a look into the schedules of all 100+ MCLA Division 2 teams.
We’re going to use a slightly different format than last year. Instead of focusing entirely on a team’s out of conference schedule, we’re going to look at the whole thing. The grading system will be similar: A-F, depending on certain minimum criteria. A grade may be bumped up, depending on the quality of the games.
A: This team went above and beyond the minimum league requirement of 2 out of conference games.
B: This team went above the minimum league requirements of 2 out of conference games.
C: This team met the minimum requirement of 2 out of conference games.
D: This team only scheduled one out of conference game.
F: This team failed to schedule any out of conference games.
Austin College is the first team on the chopping block. As you can tell by the large number of red stars, they did not schedule out of conference. They start a horrible trend in the LSA.
FINAL GRADE: F.
Centenary has the distinction of playing in the first out of conference game in D2 this season. Sadly, that is the only one they play in the MCLA. I’ll give Coach Brand some credit for getting some NCAA squads on the schedule, seeing as they are transitioning to NCAA D3. However, for my purposes, and the MCLA’s for that matter, it doesnt count.
FINAL GRADE: D
Sam Houston State
Now this is a work of art. At least it is for the LSA. 6 total non-LSA games, not including the canceled game @ Hope. I applaud the Bearkats. The schedule may not get them an at-large bid to Denver, but barring an upset, I don’t see that being a problem.
FINAL GRADE: A
St. Edwards brings us back to the LSA habit of not scheduling outside of Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.
FINAL GRADE: F