Grow the Game®

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on whatsapp

The Lax’s D2 Championship Preview

We’re gonna skip the normal weekly roundup for this week and go straight into a preview for the National Championship tournament in Denver.

We’ll hopefully have a round by round analysis once the tourney begins on Tuesday.

#1 St. Thomas vs #16 Sam Houston State

Both teams won their conference tourney, though one game doesn’t really make for much of a tournament. Yeah, I’m looking at you Lone Star Alliance. Either way, this will be a mostly glorified practice for the Tommies. SHSU is no Southwestern, so they don’t even have a chance. Tommies by a lot.

#8 Western Oregon vs #9 Grove City

I wasn’t that happy with Grove City getting in, but they are a greatly talented team. They beat 412 in the opener and went 2-2 vs Tournament teams. Western Oregon had a strong schedule, but went 1-4 against tourney teams. I’m gonna go with Grove City.

#5 Davenport vs #12 Western Washington

The Panthers played a tough schedule. 6 games vs teams in Denver. They’ve earned their spot. Western also played 6 Denver teams.  In my opinion, they played a tougher schedule and only failed to put up at least 10 goals 5 times this season. We’ll go with Davenport.

#4 Grand Valley State vs #13 Cal State Fullerton

GVSU went from losing the title game, to not making the tournament last year, then getting a #4 seed this season. Bipolar much? They lost 3 times, with the worst coming against the #6 seed, St. Johns. Fullerton is another story. 12 wins is great. 0 wins against a decent opponent, is not. Grand Valley is gonna win by a lot.

She likes my beard.

#3 Utah Valley vs #14 Briarcliffe

This game will be very similar to the #1 vs #16 matchup, except that Sam Houston has actually played at least one decent team. Briarcliffe gets bounced big time.

#6 St. Johns vs #11 SCAD

St. Johns played a hell of a schedule. 4 losses on the season, all the #1, #2, and #5 teams. The results of an early season road trip are what killed SCAD’s seed, though I personally don’t think they should be here at all. I’m gonna say St. Johns wins a close one.

#7 Elon vs #10 Westminster

Elon was SCAD’s travel partner and suffered the same fate. They haven’t played anyone of consequence since. Westminster won the title 2 years ago. This season they played a schedule against Top D2 schools, BYU, 3 other D1 schools, and 2 scrimmages vs NCAA teams. If that doesn’t get you prepared for the tournament, nothing will. It’ll probably go the other way, but I say Elon pulls the upset. Yes, I know I just said a 7 beating a 10 would be an upset. Westminster is that good.

#2 Dayton vs #15 Missouri State

Dayton decided to start their season against 5 top ranked teams. All 5 are going to Denver. They suffered their only loss at the end of this stretch, then decided to go win some more. Mo state come to Denver with a lot of momentum. They’re riding high off a GRLC championship win over a rival who they lost to in the regular season. You’ll see a flash of greatness at the start, but the Flyers will take over.

Once these games have been played, You’ll get my take on Round 2 of D2.

Also, if you haven’t yet done so, sign up for the Bracket Challenge.

About the Author: The Lax picked up his first stick when he stepped on campus at MCLA D2 school UNC Charlotte. After taking a short break, he returned to the field for independent UNCG. The Lax enjoys flowers, pictures of unicorns, long walks on the beach, and above all else, beating people with his D-Pole.

Contact LaxAllStars at