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As far as my teams I’m interested in:

  • Carleton College lost 26-7 to Concordia-Moorhead
  • St. Olaf was off
  • UMD won 24-6 over Winona
  • Air Force Academy lost 33-59 to Notre Dame

In the D2football.com poll:

  • #9 Minnesota Duluth (unchanged from last week)
  • #15 St. Cloud State (#18)
  • Dropped Out: Michigan Tech (#21)

In the D3football.com poll:

  • #3 St. Thomas (no change)
  • #9 Bethel (no change)

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Last night I watched Carleton’s women’s football(soccer) team play UW-La Crosse; Ellie Wilson scored in the second overtime for a Knights 1-0 win, Beth Ashinsky got the shutout. 

I picked up Kaelyn and we went to watch it (missed the first half) and Amy showed up after she was done with work (although they both left early, Kaelyn had an accident – she’s still learning to use the toilet).  Not a lot of great chances, but the play was pretty even and both teams came close to scoring a couple of times in regulation (Carleton hit the bar once).

Going to watch either of the Carleton football teams play in the fall is really wonderful.  You sit on a grass-covered hill, with the game going on below you, with the fall-colored trees in the background, and occasional Canadian Honkers flying by.  Really, there’s not much that can compare. 

Sitting there I just couldn’t help thinking that it sure seems that Division II and Division III NCAA athletics is what sports are supposed to be.  It could be just me though, judging from “professional” sports and NCAA Division I attendance.  Division II and Division III athletics is wonderful because:

  • There’s no problem getting to the event – traffic is either non-existent or not really a problem
  • It’s cheap to watch; sometimes it’s free, but even when you do pay you’re not having to worry about cost like when you go to Division I or “professional” sports game (paying for tickets, paying for parking, ticket processing fees, etc).
  • Very little fanatical stuff going on;  people are just simply watching the game, cheering for their team, and it’s very rare you see the “woofing” that happens in the Division I or “profession” sporting events.  Going to a D-II or D-III game you’re a ton less likely to encounter violence than at a D-II or “professional” sporting event.
  • Little to no advertising: Watching the game you are subjected to almost no ads, certainly none of the “that blocked punt was brought to you by Ed’s furniture and firearms.  Just remember if you want a new sofa and are worried about protecting it, come to Ed’s”. 
  • Rivalries/conferences:  Especially with the recent conference changes in Division I (gridiron-)football and hockey, it just seems that the conferences don’t make a lot of sense (Seriously, Colorado is in the Pac-10? What’s “Pac” about Colorado?).  Case in point, the MIAC has 13 schools and every single one is in Minnesota.  Thus traveling to see a road game is much more convenient and the rivalries make more sense.  Heck, in case you are a St. Olaf or Carleton College fan, if you want to see them play an away game you have a 5 minute drive since both teams are in Northfield.

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As far as my teams I’m interested in:

  • Carleton College lost 35-14 to Augsburg
  • St. Olaf won 30-28 over Bethel
  • UMD won 49-21 over MSU Moorhead
  • Air Force Academy won 35-34 in overtime over Navy

In the D2football.com poll:

  • #9 Minnesota Duluth (#10 last week)
  • #18 St. Cloud State (no change)
  • #21 Michigan Tech (#22)
  • Dropped Out:  Bemidji State (was #23)

In the D3football.com poll

  • #3 St. Thomas (no change)
  • #9 Bethel (#5)

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Time to look at some of the other Division II and III sports going on. For the D-III polls I’ll mainly list hockey schools, for the D-III polls I’ll mainly list Minnesota schools (since I don’t know the schools playing D-III hockey well), but there’ll be exceptions in either case (D-I hockey schools who are D-III, AKA Colorado College. D-II Minnesota non-hockey schools).

Men’s D-II football
Current Champion: Northern Kentucky
Current poll: #4 Mercyhurst

Men’s D-III football
Current Champion: Messiah
Current poll: #17 Gustavus Adolphus

Women’s D-II football
Current Champion: Grand Valley State
Current poll: None

Women’s D-III football
Current Champion: Hardin-Simmons
Current poll: None

Women’s D-II volleyball
Current Champion: Grand Valley State
Current poll: #1 Concordia-St. Paul, #4 Minnesota-Duluth, #13 Minnesota State-Mankato, #17 Ferris State

Women’s D-III volleyball
Current Champion: Concordia St. Paul (4th Title in a row)
Current poll: #11 St. Thomas, #12 Concordia, #14 Colorado College

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As far as my teams I’m interested in:

  • Carleton College won 34-0 over Hamine, they’re now 1-2
  • St. Olaf won 44-26 over Gustavus Adolphus, they’re 3-1
  • UMD won 26-23 over Bemidji State, they’re 3-1
  • Air Force Academy won 63-24 over Tennessee State , they’re 2-1

In the D2football.com poll:

  • #10 Minnesota Duluth (unchanged from prior week)
  • #17 St. Cloud State (#17 previously)
  • #21 Michigan Tech (#22)
  • Dropped Out:  Bemidji State

In the D3football.com poll

  • #3 St. Thomas (unchanged)
  • #5 Bethel (unchanged)

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As far as my teams I’m interested in:

  • Carleton College lost 27-9 to Carthage, they’re now 0-2
  • St. Olaf lost 49-14 to St. Thomas, they’re 2-1
  • UMD lost 0-7 to Wayne State, they’re 2-1
  • Air Force Academy lost 35-19 to TCU, they’re 1-1

In the D2football.com poll:

  • #10 Minnesota Duluth
  • #18 St. Cloud State
  • #22 Michigan Tech
  • #23 Bemidji State

In the D3football.com poll

  • #3 St. Thomas
  • #5 Bethel

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As has been the case in my previous times at the NAHL Showcase I enjoyed myself.  It’s wonderful to watch a period of hockey and then when it becomes intermission, to be able to leave and then choose from 3 other games to go watch (more if you count the U-14, U-16, and U-18 games going on).  As always I got to see the ever encroaching ads into sports (see below for the “offenders” who had ads on their jerseys), I especially was annoyed by the (not-so) SuperRink having ads on the floor of their concourse.  In the end there were three teams that finished 4-0 (Fresno, Fairbanks, and Janesville);  the Janeville jets won the tourney by being +11 goal differential since Fresno was +7 and Fairbanks were +6 for the tourney.

Anyhow, here are notes on games I watched (I watched more than these games, these are just ones I took notes on):

Topeka vs. Port Huron (NAHL)
– I watched them warm up, both teams were wearing white.  I swear when I walked by they both were playing the first period and both wearing white.  When I came back and actually watched, Port Huron had switched to their dark jerseys.
– One of the Port Huron players was injured, Topeka’s Luke Veitch (Lewis Center, OH) received a kneeing major and game misconduct for that.
– On the ensuing power-play it was amazing Port Huron didn’t get a goal; they had two chances that somehow didn’t end up in the net. The first one they had the entire right side of the net open, but missed the net. The second Max Milosek (Lapeer, MI) made an incredible save. Port Huron won in the shootout.

Misc:
– Those were some funky numbers that the New Jersey Jr Titans (U-16) were wearing, but they looked good to me.  Here is a look at them.
– I didn’t think about this until I saw a sign, but the MIAC (13 Minnesota schools) has a hockey showcase tourney.  Looks like it’s over the weekend (10-28 through 10/30) at Fogerty Arena in Blaine.  Too bad, I was hoping it was like the NAHL Showcase where the games were during the day on weekdays, but for a money perspective I can understand why it’s on a weekend.

Detroit Falcons vs. Western Michigan Hounds (U-16)
– Very nice logo for the Detroit Falcons (here it is), solid jersey all around.
– The Hounds were wearing that “logo inside a circle” which it seems everyone wants to do now (thanks a heep Minnesota Wild), but they made it into a half-circle which makes it look very nice, which is better in my opinion than the full circle look.  Their jersey has kind of a Team USA look to it.
– Kind of ironic, the teams made the trip from Michigan and end up playing another team from Michigan
– This was a very enjoyable game. These were two U-16 teams and there were less than a dozen people watching it, yet I probably enjoyed it more than if I was going to a Minnesota Wild game. I really must try to keep up with the NAPHL more, although none of them are Minnesota teams.
– The game was 2-2 when I joined it. It looked like W-Mich had scored on a 5-on-3, but the goal was waived off, since the Hounds committed a penalty.
– Detroit’s #19 Luke Moma (Grosse Isle, MI) made a nice interception and scored on a breakaway to take the lead.
– Western Michigan’s #44 Dakota Wilson (Battle Creek, MI) had a nice backhander to tie it up.
– Western Michigan won in a shootout

Wichita Falls versus Kenai River (NAHL)
– I’ve never understood it, but people say that jerseys shouldn’t be brown (purple is mentioned as what jerseys shouldn’t be as well). Kenai wore brown jerseys and they really looked nice (I couldn’t find a picture though)

Ad-creep:
Corpus Christi:  7 ads (4 front of jersey, 1 on back of jersey, 2 on helmets)
Janesville:  1 ad (back of jersey)
Kalamazoo:  2 ads (both on helmet)
Michigan: 1 ad (on helmet)
Wanatchee: 3 (all on back)

Scouts in attendance:
Merrimack
St. Scholastica
Ferris St
UCONN
Finlandia
St. Thomas
UWS
North Dakota
Augsburg
Niagara
RIT
Clarkson
Alaska-Anchorage
Bentley
St. Mary’s
Sacred Heart

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