New England D3 Report: Postseason
In the final report of the year we will look back at the teams and players that made 2014 such a great season. Once again New England is home to the National Champs as Tufts took care of business in Baltimore on Memorial Weekend. Obviously the Jumbos took the top spot in the year end rankings.
- Tufts (21-2) What else can be said about the Jumbo offense? Cole Bailey(51/62) , John Uppgren(66/58) and Beau Wood(73/30) all three cracked the 100 point mark. This marked the first time three players on one team achieved this feat in one season. Yet, Chris Schoenhut led the team in goals with 80 markers. Coach Mike Daly is building a dynasty in Medford. Only Wood will graduate from the prolific foursome. 423 goals as a team is a massive number, let’s see if the rest of the NESCAC can solve this team.
- Endicott (15-5) The Gulls lost the CCC title game to Western New England, however they earned a coveted Pool C at large bid from the NCAA. The Gulls made an outstanding showing as they beat The Little East’s Keene State. In the second round they gave Tufts what proved to be their toughest game in the entire title run. The Gulls put a major scare in the Jumbos falling short in a 10-9 game. Once again Coach Sean Quirk showed what kind of program he runs and that the CCC continues to elevate as a league. Harrison Cotter (61/13) was a major force down the stretch. The Gulls bring back a boat load of talent next year. They have the makings of a top 10 team.
- Amherst (15-5) The Lord Jeff’s had a huge rebound in 2014. The lost in the NESCAC final to Tufts, but like Endicott made the tourney. They were able to win a first round game against Colorado College before bowing out to Union in the second round. Devin Acton will certainly be missed at attack, but Kane Haffey and Quin Maroney will both return.
- Springfield (14-4) The Pride came away with the first NEWMAC title and returned to the NCAA’s. They were able to beat cross town rival Western New England before falling to Cortland State in the second round. Until someone shows otherwise the NEWMAC looks to be a cake walk.
- Wesleyan (12-5) The Cardinals finished the season losing to Amherst in the NESCAC semi’s. I think they really need to look at their OOC schedule if they want to make the NCAA’s as an at large.
- Williams (10-7) A solid season here. They figure to return their top 10 scorers next season. Only two of them are juniors. They will be looking to return to their glory days.
- Western New England (10-7) After a dreadful start losing 6 of their first 7 the Golden Bears rebounded to win the CCC title at Endicott. However the bowed out to Springfield in the first round of the NCAA’s. The will continue to battle it out with Endicott in the CCC.
- Middlebury (8-7) Not a great season in Vermont as they fell to Williams in the NESCAC tourney. The offense was young though. Certainly not the power of days gone by.
- Conn College (9-7) Lost to Wesleyan in the NESCAC tourney. Will return goalie Bleistein next season.
- Bowdoin (9-7) Huge disappointment to me losing their final six games. This is a team I figured would have done better. Coach Archbell has some work to do next year as 3 of 4 top scorers graduate.
1st Star: Fearsome Foursome,Tufts– (Cole Bailey, Beau Wood, John Uppgren, Chris Schoenhut) I wouldn’t know how to separate these guys and they could easily be first, second and third stars. Let’s just make them all first star and give some others a chance to get some glory. Once again 426 points combined is Thompson like numbers. Well done!
2nd Star: Quin Moroney, Amherst– The sophomore from Manhasset NY also put up 100 plus this season in the NESCAC with 31 goals and 81 assists. He is an outstanding dodger from behind and distributor of the ball.
3rd Star: Harrison Cotter, Endicott– The junior from Fairfield Prep really heated up down the stretch for the Gulls scoring 11 goals over the final 3 games against Western New England, Keene State and Tufts. Also scored 7 goals against Bowdoin.
Unsung Hero: Curtis McKeon Salve Regina– In this world of FOGO’s the Salve middie was a true throw back. He not only took most draws, but he was a top offensive threat for Coach Pat Cooney. He scored 50 goals and added 16 assists, while going 290/461, 63% on faceoffs for the 15-5 Seahawks.