Fri Feb 28
- Cleary (0-2) lost 5-22 to Clarke (1-1) at the Legacy Center in Brighton. Kendrick Scherer (#7, G, JR, Novi) made 10 saves in goal for Clarke. CLARKE RECAP - CLEARY RECAP
- Western Michigan (0-1) lost 11-13 to Texas Christian (3-1) in Pensacola, FL. LIVESTREAM
Sat Feb 29
- Michigan St. (1-2, MCLA D1 #13) lost 9-12 to defending national champion South Carolina (8-0, MCLA D1 #1) in Columbia, SC. LIVESTREAM ON MSU PERISCOPE
- Madonna (2-1, NAIA #6) lost 4-11 to Reinhardt (0-0, NAIA #1) at 1 PM EST in Waleska, GA. LIVESTREAM
- Alma (1-3) lost 11-24 to Illinois Wesleyan (2-1). Alma was led by Alley (5G+1A) and Hunyadi (2G+3A). IWU Michigander Paul Mucci (#24, A/M, SO, Bloomfield Hills) had 1G+2GBs, and Zac Taylor (#42, FOGO, SO, Brighton) won 12 of 18 faceoffs for IWU. John Henige (#29, D/LSM, FR, U. of D. Jesuit) didn't register any stats. IWU PREVIEW - LIVESTREAM - IWU RECAP
- Albion (2-2) lost 11-12 to Oberlin (2-0) which scored the game-winner in the final minute. Scott Shephard (#2, A, SR, Bloomfield Hills) led Albion with 4G, and Fernando Robison (#8, FOGO, SO, Tecumseh) won 17 of 27 face-offs OBERLIN RECAP - ALBION RECAP
- Kalamazoo (3-0) won 18-9 over Taylor (0-1). Michiganders Ian McClain (#7, A, SO, Grand Haven), Chad Nelson (#11, LSM, FR, Rochester Adams), and Jordan Laing (#50, D, FR, Dewitt) are on the Taylor roster. LIVESTREAM - TAYLOR RECAP
- Western Michigan (0-1) lost 9-11 to Auburn (5-3, MCLA D1 #24) in Pensacola, FL. LIVESTREAM
- Concordia-Ann Arbor (0-1) hosts Clarke (0-1) at 1 PM EST in Ann Arbor. Kendrick Scherer (#7, G, JR, Novi) is on Clarke's roster. LIVESTREAM - CONCORDIA RECAP
- Davenport (0-2) lost 6-13 to Lewis (2-2) at 2 PM EST in Romeoville, IL. LIVESTREAM - DAVENPORT RECAP
- Michigan (3-2) won 16-11 over St. Johns in Ann Arbor. Michiganders Ben Keller (#34, M, JR, EGR), Bryce Clay (#3, A, SO, FHC), Michael Cosgrove (#21, M, FR, Brother Rice), Nick Schanhals (#16, G, GR, Muskego Reeths-Puffer), and Brandon Murphy (#11, FOGO, FR, Brother Rice) are on Michigan's roster. UM PREVIEW - ST JOHNS PREVIEW- LIVESTREAM - UM RECAP - ST JOHNS RECAP
- Siena Heights (0-2, NAIA #10) lost 13-15 to St. Ambrose (2-1, NAIA RV) at a neutral field in Chicago. Hayden Latham (# 10, D, SO, Caledonia) and Jalen Mireles (#21, LSM, FR, Tecumseh) are on St. Ambrose's roster. ST AMBROSE RECAP
- Hope (1-0) won 10-8 is a see-saw batle against Augustana (0-4). Matt Jarzynski (#29, D, SR, DCC) and Cade Elliott (#34, G, FR, Jenison) are on Augustana's roster. LIVESTREAM
- Michigan-Dearborn (0-2) plays Point (2-0) at 4 PM EST in Savannah, GA.
- Adrian (0-1) hosts Hiram (1-0) at 5 PM EST at Detroit Country Day. HIRAM RECAP
Sun Mar 1
- Madonna (2-2, NAIA #6) lost 7-12 to Tennessee Wesleyan (2-2) in Athens, TN. LIVESTREAM - MADONNA RECAP
- Western Michigan (0-2) lost 5-14 to Florida St. (5-1, MCLA D1 #7) at 12 PM EST in Pensacola, FL. LIVESTREAM
- Michigan-Dearborn (2-2) won 17-10 over St. Andrews (1-3) in Savannah, GA.
Mon Mar 2
Tue Mar 3
- Hope (0-1) hosts Elmhurst (0-3) at 6 PM EST in Holland, MI. Nate Yuhas (#15, FOGO, SO, Ann Arbor Pioneer) and Sante Dybowski (#18, A/M, SO, Brother Rice) are on the Elmhurst roster. LIVESTREAM - HOPE RECAP
- Michigan-Dearborn (0-2) visits SCAD (2-0, NAIA #9) at 7 PM EST in Savannah, GA. Benny Goldberg (#25, G, FR, Birmingham) is on SCAD's roster. UM-D RECAP - SCAD RECAP
- Calvin (1-0) visits Benedictine (1-0) at 8 PM EST in Lisle, IL. Quinn Schumaker (#19, LSM, JR, Caledonia) is on Benedictine's roster. BENEDICTINE RECAP - CALVIN RECAP
Wed Mar 4
- Adrian (0-1) visits Concordia-Chicago (0-1) at 2 PM EST in River Forest, IL. LIVESTREAM - ADRIAN RECAP
- Kalamazoo (3-0) hosts Northland (0-4) at 5 PM EST. LIVESTREAM - KZOO RECAP
- Detroit (2-2) hosts Bobby Mo (1-2) in Detroit's first ever home game under the lights at 7 PM EST. James Scane (#38, M, SR, Brother Rice) has 3 GBs in 3 games for Robert Morris so far this year. UDM PREVIEW - ROBERT MORRIS PREVIEW - LIVESTREAM - UDM RECAP - RMU RECAP - UDM HIGHLIGHTS
- Michigan St. (1-2, MCLA D1 #13) visits Florida St. (3-1, MCLA D1 #7) at 6:30 PM EST in Tallahassee, FL. LIVESTREAM
Thu Mar 5
- Grand Valley St. (0-0, MCLA D2 #6) plays Florida Gulf Coast (0-0, MCLA D2 #12) at 4 PM EST in Nashville, TN. LIVESTREAM
Albion (2-2) visits Wabash (0-2) at 4 PM in Crawfordsville, IN. Joe Plencner (#13, M, SO, Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard) is on the Wabash roster. LIVESTREAM[postponed due to transportation issues]
- Davenport (0-2) visits Colorado Mesa (5-0, D2 #16) at 6 PM EST in Pueblo, CO. LIVESTREAM - DAVENPORT RECAP
Fri Feb 21
- Cleary (0-0) lost 4-23 to Central Michigan (0-2) in a scrimmage at the Legacy Center. CMU was led by Carson Pakula (#25, A, SR, Canton) with 8G+3A and Thomas Kennedy (#5, A, FR, Troy Athens) with 4G+3A.
Sat Feb 22
- Detroit (2-2) lost 6-18 to Marquette (3-1) at Ultimate Soccer in Pontiac. The game was close for most of the first half, but Marquette scored 3 goals in the final minutes of the half and never looked back. Turnovers were a significant problem for Detroit. Erskine led Detroit with 3G. Michiganders Patrick English (#21, M, FR, FHC), Noah Verlinde (#26, D, FR, Spring Lake), and Sean Richard (#72, G, FR, U. of D. Jesuit) are on Marquette's roster this season, but none registered stats. Connor Marsh (DM, Brother Rice, 2018) isn't on their roster this season. UDM PREVIEW - MARQUETTE PREVIEW - UDM RECAP - PHOTOS - MARQUETTE HIGHLIGHTS
- GVSU (0-0) won 14-11 over Lourdes in a scrimmage in Allendale.
- Michigan (2-2) lost 12-14 to Merrimack (1-3) in Ann Arbor as Merrimack got their first win as a D1 program. Zawada led Michigan with 3G+1A. Michigander Ben Keller (#34, M, JR, EGR) had a career day with 2G+1A, Bryce Clay (#3, A, SO, FHC) added 1A+6GBs, and Michael Cosgrove (#21, M, FR, Brother Rice) had 1 GB. Nick Schanhals (#16, G, GR, Muskego Reeths-Puffer) and Brandon Murphy (#11, FOGO, FR, Brother Rice) did not register any stats. Kyle Heeren (#15, D, SO, Rockford) did not register any stats for Merrimack. MERRIMACK PREVIEW - UM PREVIEW - LIVESTREAM - PHOTOS - UM RECAP
- Alma (0-1) visits Ohio Northern (2-0) at 1 PM EST in Ada, OH. Bradley Griffin (#46, LSM, SO, Bloomfield Hills) and Cam Veto (#52, A/M, SO, Hartland) are on Ohio Northern's roster. ONU PREVIEW - LIVESTREAM - ALMA RECAP
- Calvin (0-0) hosts Wabash (0-0) at 1 PM EST in Grand Rapids. Joe Plencner (#13, M, SO, Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard) is on the Wabash roster. WABASH PREVIEW - CALVIN RECAP
- Aquinas (1-0, NAIA #8) won 11-8 over St. Ambrose (0-1) in Davenport, IA. Aquinas was led in scoring by Nash West (#14, A, JR, Brighton) with 5G, Jon Jardis (#3, A, SO, Midland) with 4A, and Joey Fitzgerald (#11, A, JR, Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard) with 3G. Clayton Boerigter (#0, G, SO, Zeeland) made 18 saves in goal. Hayden Latham (# 10, D, SO, Caledonia) had 1A+2GBs, and Jalen Mireles (#21, LSM, FR, Tecumseh) did not record any stats. AQUINAS RECAP - ST AMBROSE RECAP
- Madonna (0-0, NAIA #6) visits Missouri Baptist (0-0, RV) at 2 PM EST in St. Louis, MO.
- Adrian (0-0) visits Benedictine (IL) (0-0) at 2 PM EST in Lisle, IL. Quinn Schumaker (#19, LSM, JR, Caledonia) is on Benedictine's roster. ADRIAN RECAP - BENEDICTINE RECAP
- Albion (2-0) visits Otterbein (0-0) at 2 PM EST in Westerville, OH. Michiganders Travis Barr (#29, A, SO, DeWitt), Logan Fenech (#30, MR, JR, Haslett-Williamston), Mitchel Rolfe (#34, D, JR, Rochester Adams), and Thomas Baert (#35, M, SO, Walled Lake Western) are on Otterbein's roster. LIVESTREAM - ALBION RECAP - OTTERBEIN RECAP
- Michigan St. (1-0, MCLA Div 1 #12) open the season by winning 15-2 East Carolina (0-2) in Lynchburg, VA as all 42 players on the Spartans' roster saw the field. GAME VIDEO - MSU RECAP
- Lawrence Tech (0-0, NAIA #3) hosts William Penn (0-0) at 5 PM EST at Detroit Country Day. LTU PREVIEW - LIVESTREAM - LTU RECAP - LTU HIGHLIGHTS
- Siena Heights (0-0, NAIA RV) visits Cumberlands (0-0, NAIA #4) at 7 PM EST in Williamsburg, KY. LIVESTREAM - SHU RECAP - CUMBERLANDS HIGHLIGHTS
Sun Feb 23
- Michigan St. (1-1, MCLA Div 1 #12) lost 14-16 to Liberty (3-0, MCLA Div 1 #5) in Lynchburg, VA. GAME VIDEO - LIBERTY RECAP - LIBERTY HIGHLIGHTS - MSU RECAP
- Kalamazoo (0-0) won 16-14 over Concordia-Ann Arbor (0-0). GAME VIDEO - PHOTOS - KZOO RECAP - CONCORDIA RECAP
- Madonna (0-0, NAIA #6) plays Ottawa (0-0) at 2 PM EST in St. Louis, MO. MU RECAP
Tue Feb 25
- Albion (2-0) hosts Elmhurst (0-2) at 6 PM EST. Nate Yuhas (#15, FOGO, SO, Ann Arbor Pioneer) and Sante Dybowski (#18, A/M, SO, Brother Rice) are on the Elmhurst roster. LIVESTREAM - ELMHURST RECAP - ALBION RECAP
Wed Feb 26
- Davenport (0-2) lost 11-19 to Lincoln Memorial (1-3) Wednesday morning in Harrogate, TN. Reggie Golfin (#4, M, SR, Bishop Foley) and Nathan Caldwell (#14, D, SR, Utica Eisenhower) are on the LMU roster. DAVENPORT RECAP - LMU RECAP
- Calvin (0-0) visits Heidelberg (0-0) at 7 PM EST in Tiffin, OH. Jaydon Septer (#6, FOGO, SO, Clarkston), Sean Kreda (#17, M, FR, Port Huron), and Maximillian Hatty (#25, FOGO, FR, Riverview Gabriel Richard) are on Heidelberg's roster. LIVESTREAM - HEIDELBERG RECAP - CALVIN RECAP
Thu Feb 27
Sat Feb 15
- Michigan (1-1) lost a close one 9-12 when they visited Hofstra (2-0, RV) in Hempstead, NY. Bryce Clay (#3, A, SO, FHC) again led UM with 3 G. Michael Cosgrove (#21, FR, M, Brother Rice) picked up 2 GBs, and Ben Keller (#34, M, JR, EGR) took 1 shot. Nick Schanhals (#16, G, GR, Muskego Reeths-Puffer) and Brandon Murphy (#11, FOGO, FR, Brother Rice) are also on the roster this season but didn't see action. UM PREVIEW - UM RECAP - HOFSTRA RECAP - PHOTO ALBUM - MORE PHOTOS - VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS - MORE VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS - GAME VIDEO
- Kalamazoo (0-0) won 16-12 in a scrimmage vs Michigan-Dearborn (0-2) at the Detroit Country Day fieldhouse. Dylan McGorisk (#6, A, SO, Walled Lake Western) led KZOO with 5 G. Nolan Kelley (#12, A, FR, Haslett) notched 4 assists for Dearborn. UM-D RECAP - KZOO RECAP - PHOTOS - MORE PHOTOS - EVEN MORE PHOTOS - GAME VIDEO
- Alma (0-1) lost 13-14 to Carthage (1-0) despite scoring 3 goals in the final minutes. Chase Hunyadi (#7, A, SR) and Connor Alley (#1, A, SR) led Alma with 3G + 3A and 3G + 2A, respectively. Tim Gearig (#2, A, SO, Vicksburg) also notched 3G, and Connor Gilbert (#22, FOGO/M, JR, Harper Creek) won 16 of 24 face-offs. ALMA RECAP - CARTHAGE RECAP - PHOTOS - GAME VIDEO
- Albion (2-0) won 17-11 over Augustana (0-2). Matt Jarzynski (#29, D, SR, DCC) had 2 caused turnovers for Augustana. Cade Elliott (#34, G, FR, Jenison) is also on Augustana's roster but didn't see action. Sam Puzevic (#7, A, FR, Mattawan) had 6 goals for Albion, and Jacob Swift (#38, M, JR, Howell) and Jace Conley (#30, A, SO, OLSM) each had 4 G. Fernando Robison (#8, FOGO, SO, Tecumseh) won 25 of 30 face-offs, and Jack Gogonis (#16. G. SO, Bloomfield Hills) had 12 saves. PHOTOS - ALBION RECAP - AUGUSTANA RECAP
Sun Feb 16
- GVSU (0-0) hosted Siena Heights (0-0) for a scrimmage that ended with GVSU on top 18-12.
- Davenport (0-1) received a chilly welcome to NCAA D2 in the form of a 1-20 loss to Seton Hill (2-0) . DU RECAP - GAME VIDEO
- LTU (0-0) scrimmaged Central Michigan (0-2) at the Detroit Country Day fieldhouse and ended up on top 16-8. Thomas Kennedy (#5, A, FR, Troy Athens) had 4 goals for CMU, and Will Ruit (#24, G, SO, Troy Athens) made 25 saves. PHOTOS
Tue Feb 18
- Detroit (2-1) won 20-13 over Bellarmine (2-3) at Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac. Detroit outscored Bellarmine 11-2 in the games final 16 minutes. Detroit was led offensively by Ryan Figueiras with 5G and Brett Erskine with 2G+4A. Alex Jarzembowski (#21, FOGO, SR, DCC) had a face-off win percentage > 75% and also scored 3G. Paul Manuszak (#18, JR, LSM, De La Salle) picked up 8 GBs and added 1G+1A. Ryan Birney (#7, M, FR, DCC) contributed 2G, and Kyle Loken (#33, M, FR, Lake Orion) scored his first college goal. Logan Shamblin (#2, G, JR, Eisenhower) made 7 saves in net. Bellarmine's Morgan Macko (#11, A, SR, Brother Rice) had a stellar day with 5G+2A while Ethan Pattinson (#17, M, SO, DCC) didn't register any stats. UDM PREVIEW - BELLARMINE PREVIEW - UDM RECAP - BERLLARMINE RECAP - PHOTOS - UDM HIGHLIGHTS
- Michigan (2-1) doubled up Canisius (0-3) 16-8 in Ann Arbor. Bryce Clay (#3, A, SO, FHC) tied a team record with 6 goals (he's had at least 3 in every game this year), Kevin Mack had 5G, and Josh Zawada contributed 2G+4A. Michael Cosgrove (#21, M, FR, Brother Rice) had 1 shot, 2 GBs, and 1 caused turnover. Nick Schanhals (#16, G, GR, Muskego Reeths-Puffer) played the final 7 minutes in goal while allowing 1 score and making 2 saves. Ben Keller (#34, M, JR, EGR) and Brandon Murphy (#11, FOGO, FR, Brother Rice) did not register any stats. UM PREVIEW - CANISIUS PREVIEW - UM RECAP - CANISIUS RECAP - UM HIGHLIGHTS
Sat Feb 1
- Detroit (1-0) defeated Jacksonville (0-1) 15-14 after falling behind 0-5. Redshirt freshman Kyle Waters (#29) had five goals and 1 assist, and junior Brett Erskine (#91) scored four plus 1 assist. Michiganders Cam Kostus (#23, M, SO, Rockford) scored two goals, Logan Shamblin (#2, G, JR, Eisenhower) made seven saves in net, Paul Manuszak (#18, JR, LSM, De La Salle) had five ground balls, Alex Jarzembowski (#21, FOGO, SR, DCC) was 18-of-33 on faceoffs with three GBs, and Ryan Birney (#7, M, FR, DCC) had 1 goal and 1 assist. GAME VIDEO - RECAP - PHOTOS
Tue Feb 4
- Detroit (1-1) lost 9-23 to Ohio St. (1-0, #12) Tuesday evening in Columbus. The Titans were outscored 11-0 in the second period and were unable to recover. The Titans 9 goals were scored by 9 different players. Michiganders Cam Kostus (#23, M, SO, Rockford) led the team with 1 goal and 2 assists, Sam McClain (#93, D, SR, OLSM) had 4 GBs, 4 caused turnovers, and scored a goal, Paul Manuszak (#18, JR, LSM, De La Salle) had 6 GBs and 3 caused turnovers, Alex Jarzembowski (#21, FOGO, SR, DCC) was 14-of-30 on faceoffs with 5 GBs, and Ryan Birney (#7, M, FR, DCC) had 1 goal on 4 shots. Logan Shamblin (#2, G, JR, Eisenhower) made seven saves in net, and Tyler Hart (G, SO, Brighton) made 2. Ivan Progar (#16, M, FR, Brighton) scored his first college goal. Sam Faber (#41, FOGO, FR, Haslett) won 2 of 5 faceoffs in his college debut for Ohio St. UDM PREVIEW - LIVE STREAM - RECAP - OSU HIGHLIGHTS
Fri Feb 7
- Central Michigan (0-1) opened their season with a tough 2-20 loss at Pittsburgh (1-0). CMU was led by Danny Yates (#29, A, SO, Huron Valley) with 2 goals and Carson Pakula (#25, A, SR, Canton) with 1 assist and 4 GBs. post-game handshake line - Pitt highlight video
Sat Feb 8
- Michigan (1-0) won 16-9 over Cleveland St. (0-2) in Ann Arbor. Bryce Clay (#3, A, SO, FHC) led UM with 3 G and 1 A. Dylan Gardner (#30, D, FR) had 2 G and 7 GBs. Nick Polydoras (#48, M, SO, Canton) had 1 G and 1 A for Cleveland St. LIVE STREAM - UM PREVIEW - UM RECAP - CSU RECAP - PHOTO ALBUM
- Albion (1-0) won 18-16 at home against Wooster (0-1). Albion was led in scoring by Jace Conley (#30, A, SO, OLSM) with 6 G and 2 A and Gerry Haadsma (#11, M, SO, Battle Creek Lakeview) 4 G and 4 A. Fernando Robison (#8, FOGO, SO, Tecumseh) won 23 of 34 face-offs for Albion. Shane Wallace (#4, LSM, JR, Waterford) is on the roster for Wooster but didn't play. ALBION RECAP - WOOSTER RECAP
- Central Michigan (0-2) lost 7-14 to George Washington (1-1) in Pittsburgh. Carson Pakula (#25, A, SR, Canton) had 3 G and 2 A and Thomas Kennedy (#5, A, FR, Troy Athens) had 3 G and 1 A to lead CMU in scoring.
- Alma (0-0) got a 13-6 scrimmage win over win Michigan-Dearborn (0-1) at the Detroit Country Day fieldhouse. Alma was led by Connor Alley (#1, A, SR) with 4 goals, Trevor Bailey (#45, M, SR, Sault) with 3 goals and 3 assists, Chase Hunyadi (#7, A, SR) and Tom Needham (#12, M, SR, Saline) each with 2 goals and 2 assists, and Connor Gilbert (#22, FOGO/M, JR, Harper Creek) with 7 GBs and 15 out of 20 face-off wins. Dearborn was led by Adam Ranck (#2, A, JR, WLN) and Ben Phillips (#40, A, SR, Canton) each with 1 goal and 1 assist, Micah Rinke (#27, M, SR, Canton) with 2 goals, Nolan Kelley (#12, A, FR, Haslett) with 2 assists, and Devin Smith (#24, D/LSM, SR, L'Anse Creuse) with 5 GBs. Dearborn struggled to clear successfully and did so on only 15 out of 29 opportunities. GAME VIDEO - UM-D RECAP - PHOTO ALBUM - PHOTO ALBUM
@coachgarland1 what advice would you give to ‘20’s who haven’t received any recruitment ? Prospect Days? Showcases? Play on a Fall travel team in tourneys? Any other advice ? @LaxRecords @tyxanders @TerenceFoy @ILPreps @CoachDAnnolfo @caseypowell22
— M. Ward Laxrecords.com (@mfwchi) August 5, 2019
1) Take a hard look at your list-were all those school within your reach academically and athletically? If the list had too many reaches, make a new list. If target schools didn’t see you play, contact them immediately and see where they are at this point.
— Chris Garland (@coachgarland1) August 5, 2019
2) Look for fall showcase and PD’s. Ask your club team, if you have one, if playing with 21’s this fall would be possible. If so, have your director make sure that your list is workable and that those programs will be able to see you play and be able to make a decision.
— Chris Garland (@coachgarland1) August 5, 2019
3) Have all your ducks in a row: film, test scores, and someone in your corner to advocate for you! Could be a high school or club coach, but someone has to have your back.
4) Know when to say when...if you want to keep playing, there may be a spot for you.
— Chris Garland (@coachgarland1) August 5, 2019
5) Have a budget-too many parents are afraid to say no. There is just no need to travel all across the country to do this. I always tell kids, if you have the grades and testing to get into U of M, just go there and play with your high school team in the summer.
— Chris Garland (@coachgarland1) August 5, 2019
Or ANY excellent state school for that matter. It may make more sense in the long run. If you want to play, have a workable list, make sure those programs will see you play, and don’t forget to play well.
— Chris Garland (@coachgarland1) August 5, 2019
No family should be afraid to say that their resources would be better served on an ACTUAL family vacation, summer enrichment, test prep, or just about anything else. For some folks, club/travel sports are a great choice, but this is the time to make that call.
— Chris Garland (@coachgarland1) August 5, 2019
Avoid clubs that are trying to nickel and dime you every step of the way, that go to vacation destinations for their coaching staffs(ELITE Event in Las Vegas!), don’t have a plan for your son’s recruitment, and they aren’t committed to doing the job until it’s time to say bye
— Chris Garland (@coachgarland1) August 5, 2019
Update 2019-08-12: 29 out of 30 D1 and D2 champs from the past 15 years would fall into the D3 bucket if the teams were divided into three divisions by enrollment (draft of the three divisions is here: link).
Every year as the Michigan high school lacrosse playoffs roll around, much discussion of the format ensues. I've collected some of the Twitter discussion here: May 2019 - October 2018 - May 2018 - May 2017. Brother Rice's 41-0 win over Anchor Bay in the first round of the playoffs in 2017 catalyzed much debate. Such a lopsided score is certainly not a good look for MHSAA lacrosse, but there was evidence that both teams made an effort to make the best of a bad situation (link, link). Similarly, in 2019 there was concern about 1st-year program Cass Tech facing Brother Rice, and again both teams took the opportunity to engage in some fellowship (link). ALM's Blow Out Counter was launched in 2017 and tallies a multitude of lopsided results. The MHSAA added a playoff mercy rule (game automatically ends when an 18 goal differential occurs any time after the end of the 3rd quarter) to limit some of the extreme blowouts.
In fall/winter 2018/2019, there was discussion among the MHSAA lacrosse committee about changes to the tourney format. From the January meeting minutes:
The committee voted in October to recommend expanding the MHSAA tournament to three divisions for the 2020 season, based not on the enrollment of schools but on the Michigan Power Rating (MPR), as well as explore a two-division tournament based on the MPR. Following the October meeting, members of the Michigan High School Lacrosse Coaches Association discussed the proposal in two conference calls and several individual conversations and found little support for this change. The MHSLCA advanced other suggestions for rule changes to travel and out-of-season coaching limits. The committee unanimously voted to withdraw the recommendation to divide by three divisions based on MPR. The committee discussed, but no action was taken, again offering an MHSAA Tier II tournament where teams could opt out of the MHSAA statewide tournament. No teams were interested during the three years this was offered previously. Citing the current number of teams (130) and anticipated future growth, the committee recommended adding a third Boys Lacrosse Tournament division beginning with the 2021 season. There would be approximately 45 teams in each division and 4-8 teams in each of 8 regions per division. This format also could allow for a later start to the tournament and take up less of the regular season calendar.
I'm surprised that there was "little support" for a two-division tournament based on MPR rather than enrollment. It would certainly cut down on the early-round blowouts and give us a chance to see teams like Forest Hills Central compete with Brother Rice and Catholic Central for the state title. Maybe using MPR was the poison pill. You can certainly find some glaring examples of head scratchers in the MPR for certain teams, but actually, as I'll show later, MPR isn't all that bad overall in reality.
Fast forward to June 2019, and the MHSAA and MHSLCA are considering adding a third division (divided based on enrollment).
I'm curious to know how other states handle it, but I haven't done any research in that direction yet. I do know that in Indiana lacrosse is not sanctioned by the IHSAA, so there seems to be a bit more freedom...only the top 16 teams qualify for their tourney.
Back in May, a Tampa, FL, high school program (Alonso High School) responded on Twitter to the possibility of breaking up Florida's high school lacrosse teams into two divisions based on enrollment. They looked at the data and concluded:
...enrollment doesn't dictate performance in lacrosse and therefore shouldn't really dictate classifications.
Given that the MHSAA is considering adding a third division while still dividing based on enrollment, I decided to do a similar analysis for Michigan. I assumed the conclusion would be the same as Florida, and [spoiler alert] it is. I used LaxNumbers ranking or rating or Michigan Power Rating (MPR) or MPR-based ranking as the metrics of lacrosse success for the 2019 season and plotted them versus school enrollment. Have a look at the graphs below. Clearly, lacrosse success is not strongly correlated with high school enrollment in Michigan.
So, what's the point of using school enrollment as the metric for separating teams into divisions if enrollment is demonstrably NOT a good predictor of lacrosse success (even when considering the MHSAA's own metric of success - MPR)? Seems dumb, doesn't it? I wonder what the rational might be for ignoring the data...other than the obvious one of it being simpler to treat it like other sports even if the data says otherwise.
I, for one, don't see the point. I'd like to see MHSAA reconsider the possbility of dividing based on MPR (or other metric of success). If not, then I'd prefer to get rid of the divisions and lump everyone together. At least then we'd actually have all of the best teams competing against each other for a true state title. If we're going to stick with enrollment-based divisions, then it'd be cool to see all of the tier-one teams in division 2 (and division 3 if it is added) hold hands and opt-up to division 1 together so that we get all of the best teams competing against each other.
As I alluded to earlier, I also took a look at comparing rankings based on MPR vs LaxNumbers and comparing MPR to LaxNumbers rating. As the next two graphs show, there's a surprisingly good correlation. There are some big outliers and presumably LaxNumbers is better because it is more sophisticated, but overall MPR isn't too bad. There's a correlation coefficient of ~ 0.95 between the two.
Finally, I also took a look at the co-op programs. As you may have heard, the MHSAA is looking to decrease the number of co-op teams. When deciding whether or not to approve a co-op for additional seasons, they consider criteria like the number of players in the program, how many players are cut from the teams (if there are cuts), the growth in the number of players from the previous year, and the win-loss record, for example. South Lyon and Midland will be forced to split soon...in the next year or two. Haslett and Lansing Catholic each only have a few players from their co-op partners, so they wouldn't be feasible to split because their partners wouldn't have sufficient numbers to field teams. I haven't heard anything about Birmingham, Zeeland, or Huron Valley being pressured to split...but on the surface they seem like good candidates based on their success.
Facebook: Nation United Lacrosse
Back in February at the Detroit Mercy vs Jacksonville game, I happened to be standing next to a young family...father, mother, and young daughter who were there to watch their family member Christian's first college lacrosse game. The dad (Tommy) happened to mention that he had started a travel lacrosse club called "Nation United," a "diversity showcase team." I hadn't heard of Nation United previously, so I did some Googling when I returned home after the game to learn more about the program.
His job in the Navy recently brought Tommy and his family back to his native Michigan from San Diego. His son Christian (D/LSM; here is Christian's high school summer highlight video on YouTube) played his senior year of high school ball at Brother Rice and was a freshman on the lacrosse team at Detroit Mercy for the 2019 season (#15. played in 3 games). Tommy's family has deep roots in public service (a grandmother, his dad, an uncle, and a sister have all held elected office including on Detroit's Board of Education and in the Michigan state legislature), so I guess it is no big surprise that Tommy found a way to turn his family's interest in lacrosse into an opportunity to make a positive impact in a big way.
Nation United's mission is to utilize "...elite-level lacrosse to inspire diversity," and they "...aspire to foster long-lasting relationships that cross ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic boundaries, serving as the catalyst for increased participation in the lacrosse community."
What I'd learned about Nation United and the Stallworth family was certainly very intriguing and interesting, so I couldn't resist contacting Tommy to learn a little bit more...so few days later, I got in touch with Tommy and he agreed to chat with me about Nation United. I'm just now (4 months later) getting around to summarizing that interview (hey, what can I say? spring lax season is a hectic time)...so here it goes (better late than never):
ME: I saw Christians's college commitment tweet where he said that he "...only started playing lacrosse so [he] didn't have to run track..." so I assume that you don't have a strong lacrosse background. I'm interested in how you got into lacrosse and then how you went from there to starting something like Nation United...
TOMMY: I had zero lacrosse background. I grew up here. I played football for Saint Martin de Porres High School and then ended up playing in college down at Florida A&M, so I had zero lacrosse background. Christian got introduced to it through a close friend of mine Brian Dawson whose son is Isaiah Dawson who is at Harvard now and was arguably the number 1 or 2 midfielder out of the 2018 class last year. Brian asked us to come out to a lacrosse clinic. Christian didn't really want to go, but I kind of made him go. He tried it. He said, "Hey, if I do this, do I have run track still?" because he hated track practice. I was like, "No, because the seasons conflict, so you couldn't do track and lacrosse." And he was like, "I'll just do lacrosse." That's where it started and then rapidly went from that to him getting better and falling in love with it. He made better club teams and then as we got more involved in the club circuit I just kind of noticed...and obviously being from a football, basketball, and track background...it was new for me to be on the sideline and be the only guy of color in a two-mile radius. I thought "this is just odd." There were some other guys who played or whose sons played, and they all said similar things. So Brian and I sat down one day...we had done some research on the Morgan State team...and we were in California at the time...and he doesn't have a lacrosse background either...and we wondered what it would look like if we put together a team of primarily high-level minority players. How would that happen? It was really two dads thinking it would be a good idea, and we put it together over the course of a year and a half working with Chazz Woodson who we had met at another event. The first team I believe we took out the summer of 2016, and that team was just insanely good...and it just kind of grew from there. We really had no intention for it to become as big as it seems to be becoming. We were just trying to do something cool for our kids and something we thought would be cool, and this is kind of the end result of that.
— Christian stallworth (@christianSFC101) November 21, 2017
ME: I saw on the web that you run a camp, but how many events per year do you typically play?
TOMMY: We typically do one event per season, so one summer and one winter. We do it that way because; 1) we both have full-time jobs and 2) we really try not to conflict with the other major club schedules. All of our guys play for other...you name it...major club teams. It's one thing to pull them away for one event. It's another thing to pull them away for multiple events. We can't offer the same interaction on a regular basis that a normal club team can offer. We typically go to the Inside Lacrosse Invitational in the summer, and then the winter event had been Dick's Tournament of Champions...and it'd be us, FCA, Grand River, Resolute, and a few other kind of high caliber teams...and we'd just repeat each year.
ME: Typically do guys just hear about you somehow and contact you via the web site or do you looks for guys or how does that usually work?
TOMMY: The first team was a lot of cold-calling and just kind of bumping into dads or seeing players' highlight films and calling their dads and saying "hey, we have something you might want to do." That's kind of how we built the first team. After the first team, word of mouth is probably our strongest promoter. We do a lot on Instagram. Our web page is pretty nice. We spend a lot of time on social media promoting. We have an application pool of approximately 600 players who want to play for us. Of that number, maybe 10-15 % will get rostered. Obviously, when kids leave from playing with us, they go and then tell all of their friends. Then their friends apply, and their friends apply...and it grows from there.
ME: I noticed on the web site that you refer to the players as "ambassadors." Can you describe what that means to you for them to be ambassadors?
TOMMY: We approach lacrosse from a wholistic type of whole-kid point of view. Obviously, wins and losses are important. Truth be told, a diversity showcase team is awesome, but if we aren't winning games then nobody is really talking about us. That's an unfortunate fact, but it is a fact. Our competitive level is paramount. As important as that is building whole young men, so we take GPA and community service into account. At every event they do a community service project. Typically at our summer events we host a camp for an under-privileged program or just youth in the area in general who want to see what we're all about...and our players and typically our graduates come down and help coach those kids and take them through a clinic. The ambassador piece is...we didn't really know this going in...but from doing it these last couple years we have relationships now with some of the top African American and minority players in the game, and none of them knew each other in college. That's kind of sad from the standpoint of...imagine if you're a kid that shows up in the locker room and you're the only black kid there. You really don't have anyone to advocate for you. I'm not saying you necessarily have to have that, but depending on the locker room you may. These kids are so focused on just trying to be a part of the group that they kind of lose sense of themselves and things that could potentially be detrimental to their development. Our ambassadors are a group of young men that really try to go out and support not only themselves but potentially everybody that could be in need of....whether it is someone to talk to, someone to coach, someone to say to "this happened, what do you think about it?" The other key to that is that we are not an all-black team. Our number is roughly 70% minority among the applicants that we accept. We intentionally do that because we want the team to be diverse. A huge key to that is that for every young white kid who comes to play for us...depending on his exposure his perspective of the world gets changed overnight. He now sees maybe what his buddy was talking about that he never saw before or never experienced before. He also develops new friends and new relationships, and that guy becomes an advocate just as a good human being. If you're in the locker room and something is going on that shouldn't be going on...maybe someone is making a racial joke or some off-color comment, that kid is now comfortable to stand up and say "hey, that's not cool...we don't do that...I don't appreciate that, etc." We've seen that happen in locker rooms from our players.
ME: Describe a little bit about why you think that diversity is such an important ideal to be promoting by an approach like this.
TOMMY: Overall I think that diversity is important...diversity of thought, diversity of dollars, diversity of experience. If you lined up two organizations together and one was diverse and one was not, I would argue that the diverse organization will be more successful...because you have different perspectives, and with different perspectives comes different ways of doing things. That benefits everybody. From a sports perspective, I think in order for lacrosse to grow, it has to be diverse. It has to be inclusive. Players have to feel comfortable playing the sport. If you're a 6'2'' black kid in inner city Detroit who can play lacrosse or football and you've never seen a lacrosse player that looks like you or moves like you or plays like you, there's no real motivation for you to try that sport. Even if you do try the sport, what's the likelihood that you stick with it if you're around a bunch of guys who can't relate to you and don't really know what you've been through and what you're going through? Obviously, I'm not saying that white kids can't support black kids, but it helps to have everyone having different exposure and different experiences to have a wide lens when they see the world versus a kind of singular point of view.
ME: Based on your experience, do you have any advice for other coaches or players or organizers in Michigan who are interested in making a difference in a way like this...do you have any advice about practical things that they could do?
TOMMY: Honestly, I think touch points are the most important. Get involved. Go volunteer with Detroit Youth Lacrosse. Come support Nation United. Host a camp. Host a clinic. I think the interesting thing is that there is a lot of grassroots approaches which I think are really good. The other reason we designed Nation United the way we did as more of a top-down approach, is that we felt it was really important for players to have somebody to aspire to be or something to aspire to as opposed to this kind of nebulous idea of what it could be. We literally have little kids wearing the jersey numbers of our high school players. That's kind of how impactful it is for these young athletes. So, aside from the grassroots stuff, you've got to hit it from both angles. You've got to show both sides and give them something to look forward to and something to grow towards. From a coaching perspective, don't be intimidated by the thought of "I've never coached black kids before, I don't know about this"...honestly the effort is worth more than anything. You never know what is going to happen if you never try. You've just got to be willing to step out there and see what happens. People would be surprised at what the results are and what they get from that. I would say that in Michigan it is probably pretty challenging. Growing up in Michigan and then moving to California and the west coast...Detroit is changing, but growing up here it's a pretty polarized state racially and economically, right? If you grew up in Detroit, you didn't have to see a white guy if you didn't want to. You literally could just stay in your neighborhood. If you grew up in Hamtramck or Downriver or Midland, right? You probably never had to see a black guy if you didn't want to...so I think there's a challenge in Midwestern states in terms of exposure, but I really do think that organizations are doing the right thing and trying to get out there and see what happens.
ME: Yep, my wife was from Sterling Heights, and I remember when I came to visit and we went downtown and she said "We never go downtown unless someone comes to visit." So that was interesting.
ME: Anything else that you want to mention that I should have asked?
TOMMY: I think you got it all, man. Like I said, I appreciate the call. I appreciate the exposure. Anyone who is interested in working with us, please let me know...whether that's something here in Michigan...we'd love to get more players from the Midwest involved...promoting it to other players in the area. That's a big point. Obviously, as I said, of all those kids that apply there's only a certain number that are really good enough to make that top-level team, but we are looking at some other ways to kind of expose guys...which is kind of why we're doing this camp..for skills and development but also to be able to touch more players in an impactful way than just our top guys.
ME: What brought your family back to Michigan? What kind of work do you do?
TOMMY: My current job...I'm a naval officer and pilot by trade and now I'm the commanding officer of the naval operation support center in Detroit which is at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. That's how I ended up moving back to Michigan, and it happened to be a coincidence that my son committed to play lacrosse here at the same time.
ME: How did you resist running for office? It seems like you have pretty strong heritage in that area.
TOMMY: Well, you know, that's not necessarily out of the question...but I have a number of years left in the navy before I can collect my pension.
ME: So politics might be a second career.
TOMMY: Possibly. Possibly.
ME: OK, thanks very much. I was glad to talk to you. It was pretty cool to meet you and hear about what you're doing. Just let me know if there's any way I can help promote or support anything.
TOMMY: I'll put you in touch with our director of outreach, Jeremy Ardrey. He kind of works more in the "grow the game" space. I'm more in the team building and event space...but we all work together hand in hand.
ME: Thanks for your time!
TOMMY: Thanks a lot, man. Enjoy your day!
Fri Mar 8
- GVSU lost to St. Thomas 8-12 in Nashville.
- Madonna (5-0, NAIA #1) defeated Benedictine 16-14 in Atchison, KS. Recap
- Davenport (0-4) fell to Indiana 7-13 at DCD. Box Score
Sat Mar 9
- Detroit Mercy (4-2) visited St. Bonaventure in Olean, NY and won 16-8. Recap - Video Highlights
- Albion (1-3) visited Wooster (0-4) and earned their first win of the season 13-9. Jace Conley (#30, A, FR, OLSM) had 4 G and 1 A, Alec Palmer (#16, A, JR, Spring Lake) had 5 G, and Collin Bowers (#22, A, SO, Lowell) had 1 G and 3 A in the win for Albion. Shane Wallace (#4, LSM, SO, Waterford) and Nick Gargaro (#33, FOGO, JR, Ann Arbor Greenhills) each had 1 GB for Wooster. Live Stream - Albion Recap - Wooster Recap
- Alma (3-4) hosted North Central and lost 8-13. Alma Recap - Photos - Video
- Adrian (1-4) visited Franciscan and got their first win of the season 16-6. Adrian Recap - Video
- GVSU defeated Central Connecticut State 19-4 in Nashville. Photos
- Madonna (5-0, NAIA #1) defeated St. Mary (1-4, NAIA RV) 14-9 in Leaveworth, KS. Recap
- Concordia (2-0, NAIA RV) defeated Eastern Michigan's club team 18-8 in a scrimmage. Recap - Photos - Video Highlights
- Hope (2-1) visited Oberlin and emerged victorious 11-7. Hope Recap
- Kalamazoo (3-0) visited Concordia-Chicago and won 16-9. Recap
- Calvin (4-2) hosted Anderson (IN) and won 23-1. Recap - Photos - Video
Sun Mar 10
- Michigan (3-2, RV) played defending NCAA champion Yale (3-1, #4) in Atlanta and came up short 11-17. Michigander Bryce Clay (#3, A, FR, FHC) has had a strong start to his freshman season, and that continued with his 3 G performance vs Yale. Mack had 3 G and 2 A, and Curran and Buckanavage each had 2 G and 1 A. Ben Keller (#34, M, SO, EGR, tranfser from UMBC) is on 2019 roster but didn't register any stats vs Yale. UM Preview - Yale Preview - Live Stream - UM Recap
- Kalamazoo (3-0) visited Carroll (WI) and won 21-4. Recap
- Siena Heights (1-1, NAIA #6) visited Cumberlands and lost 8-9 in Williamsburg, KY. Recap - Video Highlights
- Aquinas (3-1, NAIA RV) visited Ottawa (KS) and won 17-10. Recap
Mon Mar 11
- Davenport (0-4) lost to Liberty (6-0, MCLA D1, #6) 10-19 at DCD. Box Score
Tue Mar 12
- Adrian (1-4) hosted Dubuque and lost 9-14. Adrian Recap - Video
- Alma (3-4) hosted Beloit and won 25-8. Alma Recap - Photos - Video
- Concordia (2-0, NAIA RV) got a 6-5 win over Missouri Baptist (2-3, NAIA RV). Concordia Recap - Photos
- Calvin (4-2) hosted Carroll (WI) and won 19-2. Recap - Photos - Video
- Lawrence Tech (2-2, NAIA RV) got a 14-9 win vs Montreat in West Palm Beach, FL. Recap
- Aquinas (3-1, NAIA RV) visited Benedictine (NAIA #8) and lost 11-12 (3OT) in Atchison, KS.
Wed Mar 13
- Michigan St. (2-3, MCLA D1 #12) will try to bounce back from their 3-loss (by a total of only 5 goals!) spring break road trip to Cali when they host Liberty (6-0, MCLA D1 #6) at the Genesee Fieldhouse in Grand Blanc at 12:30 PM EDT.
- Aquinas (3-1, NAIA RV) visits St. Mary (1-4, NAIA RV) in Leaveworth, KS at 6 PM EDT. Live Stream
- Alma (3-4) visits Heidelberg (2-2) at 7 PM EDT. Jaydon Septer (#6, FOGO/M, FR, Clarkston) and Tyler Hammack (#22, M, SR, Monroe) are on Heidelberg's 2019 roster. Live Stream
- Albion (1-3) visits John Carroll (2-2) at 7 PM EDT in University Heights, OH. Michiganders Alan Adams (#4, M, SO, Grand Rapids Catholic Central), Jacob Hoexum (#7, D, FR, FHE), Charlie Shaver (#10, D, FR, Plymouth), Cullen Zarek (#23, M, FR, Brother Rice), Sully Dansbury (#34, M, FR, Brother Rice), and Aidan Hubbell (#44, D, SR, GP South) are all on JC's 2019 roster. Live Stream
Thu Mar 14
Fri Mar 1
- Michigan-Dearborn (0-3) lost to Benedictine (KS) (2-2, NAIA RV) 9-14 in Columbia, Missouri. Micah Rinke (#27, M, JR, Canton) led Dearborn in scoring with 3 G and 1 A. UMD Recap - Benedictine Recap
- Davenport (0-1, MCLA D1 #24) traveled to Minneapolis and lost to Minnesota (4-2, MCLA D1 #24) 10-15.
Sat Mar 2
- Western Michigan (1-0) traveled to Washington, D.C. to play George Washington (0-1) and won in OT 10-9. Adam Penland (#23, A, SR, Grand Haven) led the Broncos in scoring with 2 G and 2A. Game Video - Post-Game Video
- Michigan (3-1, RV) visited Queens, NY for a game against St. John's (2-2, RV) and won 16-11. Michigander Bryce Clay (#3, A, FR, FHC) has had a strong start to his freshman season, and that continued today with 3 G and 2 A. Curran had 4 G and 1 A. Ben Keller (#34, M, SO, EGR, tranfser from UMBC) is on 2019 roster. UM Preview - Live Stream - UM Recap - St. John's Recap
- Detroit (3-1) visited Bellarmine (0-5) in Louisville, KY, and Vangalen (3G, 2A) scored the game-winner with 9 seconds left to win 15-14. Vangalen was named the MAAC offensive player of the week. Alex Jarzembowski (#21, FOGO, JR, DCC) broke his on record for Detroit by winning 27 faceoffs in the game. Brett Erskine had 5 G and 1 A. Morgan Macko (#11, A, JR, Brother Rice), Bellarmine's #2 leading scorer this season, had 2 G and 1 A. Ethan Pattinson (#17, M, FR, DCC) didn't register any stats for Bellarmine. UDM Preview - Live Stream - Video Highlights - UDM Recap - Bellarmine Recap
- Alma (1-2) hosted Capital (2-1) and came up short 10-21. Tim Gearig (#3, A, FR, Vicksburg) was Alma's points leader with 2 G and 3 A. Live Stream - Alma Recap - Capital Recap
Olivet (0-0) vs Oberlin at 1 PM EST.canceled.
- Concordia-Ann Arbor (1-0) visited Tennessee Wesleyan (0-2, NAIA RV) in Athens, TN and came away with an 11-5 win. From the recap: "Blake Blaisdell (#12, A, SO, Romeo) recorded a hat trick in the game, finishing with 3 goals and 2 assists. Devin Wolever (#17, A, SO, Harper Creek) and Mikey VanVleet (#9, M, SO, Harper Creek) notched 2 goals apiece." Live Stream - Highlight Video - Concordia Recap
- Calvin (2-2) visited Muskingum (2-1) in New Concord, OH and won 16-5. Jacob Gandara scored 5 G, and Chase Sparling (#17, M, FR, Novi) had 3 G, 2 A, and 13 GBs for Calvin. Gandara was named MIAA Offensive Player of the Week. Calvin Recap
Lawrence Tech (0-1, NAIA #8) travels to Barbourville, KY to face Union College at 2 PM EST(apparently Union isn't fielding a team this year).
- Adrian (0-3) visited Hiram (3-0) and lost 8-14. Jonah Austin (#14, M, SR, Tecumseh), Hiram's 4th leading scorer for the season so far, had 2 A. Live Stream - Adrian Recap - Hiram Recap
- Michigan-Dearborn (0-4) visited Columbia College (1-0) in Columbia, Missouri and fell 8-9 despite a furious comeback at the end of the game sending it to OT. Micah Rinke (#27, M, JR, Canton) led Dearborn in scoring with 4 G. Live Stream - UMD Recap - CC Recap - Game Video
- Kalamazoo (1-0) travels to Lisle, IL to play Benedictine (1-1) at 5 PM EST. Quinn Schumaker (#19, LSM, SO, Caledonia) is on the Benedictine squad. Benedictine Recap
- Davenport (0-2, MCLA D1 #24) continues their visit to Minneapolis with a loss to North Dakota St. (3-3, MCLA D2 #3) 16-17.
Sun Mar 3
- Western Michigan (2-0) visited West Virginia (0-1, MCLA D2 RV) to play at 11 AM EST
- Lawrence Tech (0-2, NAIA #8) lost to Reinhardt (3-1, NAIA #3) in the rain 3-25 in Williamsburg, KY. Live Stream - Reinhardt Recap
- Michigan St. (2-1, MCLA D1 #1) visited Chapman (1-2, MCLA D1 #9) for a rematch of last year's national championship and came up short 9-11. Live Stream
Tue Mar 5
- Michigan St. (2-0?, MCLA D1 #1) visits Irvine, VA to face Concordia-Irvine (4-0?, MCLA D1 #5) at 3 PM EST.
Hope (1-1) hosts Augustana (1-1?) at 5 PM EST. Matt Jarzynski (#29, D, JR, DCC) is on the Augustana squad.POSTPONED
Wed Mar 6
- Michigan St. (2-0?, MCLA D1 #1) plays Arizona (2-2?, MCLA D1 RV) at a 12 PM game.
- Detroit Mercy (2-1?) travels to Colorado Springs to play Air Force (2-2?) at 1 PM EST. Davis Schiller (#24, M, FR, Cranbrook) is on Air Force's 2019 roster. UDM Preview - Live Stream
- Siena Heights (1-0, NAIA #6) hosted Tennessee Wesleyan (0-4, NAIA RV) at the Legacy Center in Brighton and came out on top 19-11. SHU was led by Garnet Potter (#11, A, SO, Hartland) with 2 G and 7 A and Jake Gallaher (#13, M ,FR, Hartland) with 1 G and 7 A. SHU Recap - TWU Recap
- Albion (0-3) visited Transylvania (2-1) in Lexington, KY and lost in 2OT 8-9. Jace Conley (#30, A, FR, OLSM) had 3 G and 1 A, and Alec Palmer (#16, A, JR, Spring Lake) had 2 G and 2 A in the loss. Live Stream - Albion Recap - Transy Recap
Thu Mar 7
- Grand Valley St. (0-0, MCLA D2 #5) plays Florida Gulf Coast (0-1, MCLA D2 #8) in Nashville, TN at 4 PM EST.
- Alma (1-1?) visits Ohio Wesleyan (1-2, NCAA D3 #15) in Delaware, OH for a 6 PM EST game. After 3 games, Cole Jamieson (#60, M, SR, Okemos) leads Ohio Wesleyan in points for the season with 6 G and 2 A. John Keller (#54, D, JR, Clarkston) has played in all 3 OW games this season and started against Otterbein. James Gorman (#28, D, FR, Okemos) is also on the 2019 OW roster. Live Stream