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Lafalum

Field Hockey to have first scrimmage on Friday

FH will scrimmage Rutgers at 7 pm at Rappolt, Good time to get a look at the new team
Bogus Megapardus

FH is fourth in the PL preseason voting?  Seriously???  They've got to be joking.

http://www.patriotleague.org/sports/w-fieldh/spec-rel/081915aaa.html

Now I'm calling B.S.  My bold prediction: Pards will win the Patriot League outright and win the PL tournament.  I care not what American U., Bucknell and Metropolitan College think they have.  I will eat a field hockey ball if I'm wrong.  Seriously this time.  Cool
Lafalum

In recent memory the Leopards have NEVER been picked in the stupid preseason poll. When they won back to back championships they were not picked. The year after they won the first time with Decroce returning they did not pick us. Boston U has lost their senior goalie and will play with one freshman goalie,,good luck. American scored all of 29 goals last year but it looks like they did have a good recruiting year. Bucknell lost the core of their team, Colgate lost the the best players they had in years, Lehigh is just terrible, and Holy Cross got a new coach mid spring, after recruiting was over.
Though I agree with the top four, Lafayette will have one of the strongest goalies in the league ( she is a junior and was a high school all american). Madagan back, Colbourne is excellent ( should have been rookie of the year]. The team had a solid performance in europe.
I am looking forward to friday.
bison137

Lafalum wrote:
In recent memory the Leopards have NEVER been picked in the stupid preseason poll. When they won back to back championships they were not picked. The year after they won the first time with Decroce returning they did not pick us. Boston U has lost their senior goalie and will play with one freshman goalie,,good luck. American scored all of 29 goals last year but it looks like they did have a good recruiting year. Bucknell lost the core of their team,



Only time will tell, but going into the season I think it would be near impossible for a neutral party to not pick Boston U.    They won the league last year (albeit very luckily) and they return every one of their field players.   No graduation losses.   True, breaking in a new GK is an issue - but if either of their two GK's (a freshman and a junior) is even close to adequate, they will be very strong.  The freshman was a very good HS player FWIW.   As strong as they should be in the field, they could likely beat the bottom few PL teams without even playing a goalie.   LC lost a lot more than Boston U did as far as field players go.

As for Bucknell, it will be an interesting year.   As you say, they graduated five good seniors.    But, like football, this is Year 3 of scholarships for them and I expect a number of the scholarship players to emerge as good players.   I wouldn't count them out at all, and Jeremy Cook is a very good coach.
Lafalum

bison137 wrote:
Lafalum wrote:
In recent memory the Leopards have NEVER been picked in the stupid preseason poll. When they won back to back championships they were not picked. The year after they won the first time with Decroce returning they did not pick us. Boston U has lost their senior goalie and will play with one freshman goalie,,good luck. American scored all of 29 goals last year but it looks like they did have a good recruiting year. Bucknell lost the core of their team,



Only time will tell, but going into the season I think it would be near impossible for a neutral party to not pick Boston U.    They won the league last year (albeit very luckily) and they return every one of their field players.   No graduation losses.   True, breaking in a new GK is an issue - but if either of their two GK's (a freshman and a junior) is even close to adequate, they will be very strong.  The freshman was a very good HS player FWIW.   As strong as they should be in the field, they could likely beat the bottom few PL teams without even playing a goalie.   LC lost a lot more than Boston U did as far as field players go.

As for Bucknell, it will be an interesting year.   As you say, they graduated five good seniors.    But, like football, this is Year 3 of scholarships for them and I expect a number of the scholarship players to emerge as good players.   I wouldn't count them out at all, and Jeremy Cook is a very good coach.


I think the top four are probably right. Boston scored all of 43 goals last year,  but it was their goalie that kept them in the game most of the time. I think their championship win was an upset. Their second string goalie played all of 13 minutes. She may have been good in High Schoo,l but I don't see any high performance kudos for her. Boston has a very tough schedule early on,especially tough for a freshman goalie…no place to hide. I am not as impressed with their field players, good not great.
Lafayette's attack and midfield could be quite good with USA under 21 team member Madagan, and Weedling is fast, and our Canadian girls who were in the Canadian national pipeline. Our goalie was a high school all american and as a Junior may be the best goalie in league despite no all league honors last year.
Our biggest loss may be First teamer Jennna Seybert from our defense and was very strong on corner shots.
Bucknell is a big question mark to my mind, Jeremy is a good coach….. are the Bisons fully funded with Scholarships??
American had its second large class in as many years and this latest one looks pretty good.
The top four will make the PL stronger.
bison137

Lafalum wrote:
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I think the top four are probably right. Boston scored all of 43 goals last year,  but it was their goalie that kept them in the game most of the time. I think their championship win was an upset. Their second string goalie played all of 13 minutes. She may have been good in High Schoo,l but I don't see any high performance kudos for her. Boston has a very tough schedule early on,especially tough for a freshman goalie…no place to hide. I am not as impressed with their field players, good not great. . .

Bucknell is a big question mark to my mind, Jeremy is a good coach….. are the Bisons fully funded with Scholarships??



1.  Don't know much about Boston U's returning GK but I do know that the incoming freshman was very good in HS.

2.  I don't believe Bucknell is fully funded but it has enough to be competitive.   Jeremy had zero scholarships before three years ago - and most of last year's regular season championship team was non-scholarship - so having any reasonable number of scholarship players is a big improvement.  Don't know if it will work like football, but it is possible that Year 3 of scholarships will surprise some people.
Lafalum

bison137 wrote:
Lafalum wrote:
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I think the top four are probably right. Boston scored all of 43 goals last year,  but it was their goalie that kept them in the game most of the time. I think their championship win was an upset. Their second string goalie played all of 13 minutes. She may have been good in High Schoo,l but I don't see any high performance kudos for her. Boston has a very tough schedule early on,especially tough for a freshman goalie…no place to hide. I am not as impressed with their field players, good not great. . .

Bucknell is a big question mark to my mind, Jeremy is a good coach….. are the Bisons fully funded with Scholarships??



1.  Don't know much about Boston U's returning GK but I do know that the incoming freshman was very good in HS.

2.  I don't believe Bucknell is fully funded but it has enough to be competitive.   Jeremy had zero scholarships before three years ago - and most of last year's regular season championship team was non-scholarship - so having any reasonable number of scholarship players is a big improvement.  Don't know if it will work like football, but it is possible that Year 3 of scholarships will surprise some people.

The freshman Boston GK had a very good high school career but no high performance experience e.g. under 19 selections to high performance camps. Last year Boston brought the ice hockey GK for a graduate year so I would guess the upper-class keeper doesn't have the confidence of the coach. Boston has a very tough early schedule and freshman keepers can be fragile . A weak keeper could force Boston to keep their midfields back for support, not helping the offense. Last year's keeper was excellent, not happening this year.
NewXbo

I don't know much, make that anything, about other team goalies. But I do know we need to do a better job of getting the ball out of our defensive end.

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