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Re: 2020-2021 Women's College Lacrosse Season
Anonymous #321171 02/21/21 09:44 AM
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Syracuse Zone defense and others are in three seconds for 5 through 8 seconds at a time. This is how a good zone D becomes a great zone D when refs do not enforce three seconds in the 8M. It was ridiculous today. Also Loyola was pushed back to free position shots when they caught ball in tight. Smart strategy to jump the shooter and foul them at 3m and push them back to 8M.

If refs called three seconds the zone becomes much less comfortable to execute

Completely agree, officials refuse to enforce 3 seconds. It’s become a joke. Love the teams that have confidence in their Athletes and play man to man. Well coached teams that can execute their offensive strategy will beat a zone every time. When teams cheat and violate the 3 second rule repeatedly and intentionally the zone becomes more difficult to break. Good coaches will still beat the “cheating zone” if their offensive scheme is sound and their players are disciplined and smart.

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As I noted earlier Cuse is the team to beat. Many experience 5th years and seniors. But I was shocked at Loyola lack of 1v1 defense, and overall stick handling.

Please , other than a Loyolla team that looked like they have not played or practiced in 11 months it’s been a long time since Cuse has beaten a top 5 team . Calling them the team to beat seems like maybe wait till they beat an actual top 5 team .

Pretty sure Syracuse made it to the Final Four in 2017 which technically one of the last 3 Final Fours... I would say they are in elite company.

Seriously your basing they are the team to beat on their final four appearance in 2017 . A few things about that , that’s sad , they did not make final four as they got blown out by BC earlier than that , I would ask when was the last time they won the ACC or made the final four but you would just make up more nonsense . They are a good team with a legit chance this year but until someone beats UNC they are the team to beat as I think they have earned it by winning the ACC the last several years , making the actual final four the last 2 , bringing back virtually all their starters and adding a stud 5th year transfer or 2 and adding a top ranked freshman class .

Sorry, not the one saying Syracuse is the team to beat. Just believe they are an excellent team this year and certainly one of the Top 8 - 10 Programs. Also, my mistake, Syracuse did not reach The Final Four in 2017. However, they did advance to The Final Four in 2015 and 2016 that’s two of the past four final fours. Once again they are in elite company.

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Anonymous #321207 02/21/21 05:24 PM
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As I noted earlier Cuse is the team to beat. Many experience 5th years and seniors. But I was shocked at Loyola lack of 1v1 defense, and overall stick handling.

Please , other than a Loyolla team that looked like they have not played or practiced in 11 months it’s been a long time since Cuse has beaten a top 5 team . Calling them the team to beat seems like maybe wait till they beat an actual top 5 team .

Pretty sure Syracuse made it to the Final Four in 2017 which technically one of the last 3 Final Fours... I would say they are in elite company.

Seriously your basing they are the team to beat on their final four appearance in 2017 . A few things about that , that’s sad , they did not make final four as they got blown out by BC earlier than that , I would ask when was the last time they won the ACC or made the final four but you would just make up more nonsense . They are a good team with a legit chance this year but until someone beats UNC they are the team to beat as I think they have earned it by winning the ACC the last several years , making the actual final four the last 2 , bringing back virtually all their starters and adding a stud 5th year transfer or 2 and adding a top ranked freshman class .

Sorry, not the one saying Syracuse is the team to beat. Just believe they are an excellent team this year and certainly one of the Top 8 - 10 Programs. Also, my mistake, Syracuse did not reach The Final Four in 2017. However, they did advance to The Final Four in 2015 and 2016 that’s two of the past four final fours. Once again they are in elite company.

Wouldn’t that be 2 of the last 5 . Again basing the team to beat on a final four 5 years ago seems odd

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Anonymous #321209 02/21/21 05:57 PM
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As I noted earlier Cuse is the team to beat. Many experience 5th years and seniors. But I was shocked at Loyola lack of 1v1 defense, and overall stick handling.

Please , other than a Loyolla team that looked like they have not played or practiced in 11 months it’s been a long time since Cuse has beaten a top 5 team . Calling them the team to beat seems like maybe wait till they beat an actual top 5 team .

Pretty sure Syracuse made it to the Final Four in 2017 which technically one of the last 3 Final Fours... I would say they are in elite company.

Seriously your basing they are the team to beat on their final four appearance in 2017 . A few things about that , that’s sad , they did not make final four as they got blown out by BC earlier than that , I would ask when was the last time they won the ACC or made the final four but you would just make up more nonsense . They are a good team with a legit chance this year but until someone beats UNC they are the team to beat as I think they have earned it by winning the ACC the last several years , making the actual final four the last 2 , bringing back virtually all their starters and adding a stud 5th year transfer or 2 and adding a top ranked freshman class .

Sorry, not the one saying Syracuse is the team to beat. Just believe they are an excellent team this year and certainly one of the Top 8 - 10 Programs. Also, my mistake, Syracuse did not reach The Final Four in 2017. However, they did advance to The Final Four in 2015 and 2016 that’s two of the past four final fours. Once again they are in elite company.

Wouldn’t that be 2 of the last 5 . Again basing the team to beat on a final four 5 years ago seems odd

Again, I’m not the one saying that Syracuse is the team to beat but they are definitely one of the Top Programs. Two trips to the Final Four is pretty darn good, probably better than all but two or three programs. Only time will tell but Syracuse should be very good this year and they are one of the teams with legit shot at Final Four. Other teams with legit shot IMHO are:
- North Carolina
- Northwestern
- Stony Brook
Not sure who else... MD, PSU, Virginia, Florida??
I do not think Notre Dame will be there in the end.

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TheBackOfTheCage #321218 02/21/21 07:35 PM
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The flopping in women’s lacrosse makes the game unwatchable . I thought it was supposed to be a point of emphasis this year for the refs .

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Re: 2020-2021 Women's College Lacrosse Season
TheBackOfTheCage #321222 02/21/21 08:56 PM
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The cup is UNC’s to lose... they’re the best team this year (and were last year too) that said the “best” team doesn’t always win.. Syracuse is special this year as is NW and ND... Penn State will go as far as their frosh middies can take them but it won’t be to a final. The terps will be good but not great no final 4 for them this year.

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The cup is UNC’s to lose... they’re the best team this year (and were last year too) that said the “best” team doesn’t always win.. Syracuse is special this year as is NW and ND... Penn State will go as far as their frosh middies can take them but it won’t be to a final. The terps will be good but not great no final 4 for them this year.

Agree with the exception of ND...

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TheBackOfTheCage #321235 02/22/21 06:47 AM
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I agree with the above post. UNC has the most talent on the field. However, Syracuse and ND and it only been one game seem to move the ball to much better. Cuse plays SB this weekend so we will see if this happens again. ND not sure when protocol ends. NW, we will no nothing until they play PSU and MD.PSU playing second game helped them v MD.

Team play and great goaltending will win at the end.

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I agree with the above post. UNC has the most talent on the field. However, Syracuse and ND and it only been one game seem to move the ball to much better. Cuse plays SB this weekend so we will see if this happens again. ND not sure when protocol ends. NW, we will no nothing until they play PSU and MD.PSU playing second game helped them v MD.

Team play and great goaltending will win at the end.

Carolina, Carolina, Carolina... Lets see, they have 4 of the past 5 Inside Lacrosse #1 ranked recruits and I am guessing more Under Armour All-Americans and Inside Lacrosse Top 40 - 50 recruits than any other program (maybe not Maryland IDK), all of their starters are back from 2020 (several that are already DI All-Americans) a stud 5th transfer and the top rated freshman in the country. They have an excellent goalie, they are fast and athletic on defense and at the midfield, they have some great finishers and they are well coached. My guess is that they are deeper than any other team as well.

Does anyone have the chemistry to beat them? I don't think anyone is more athletic or as well balanced. Is there a JMU hiding out there? Holding two quality teams 5 and 7 goals is very impressive, if they keep that up nobody will touch them.

This Carolina Team reminds me of the 2019 Maryland Team. Like Maryland, UNC has an excellent goalie, is fast and athletic, plays great man to man defense and is loaded with Seniors / 5th year starters... I think 9.

I am going with Northwestern and Syracuse as the teams with the best chance of beating them. I know Notre Dame is getting a lot of hype but until I see The Irish beat a Top Tier team I will hold off. I watched the MD vs PSU game and both teams are solid but not sure they are Top 5. Who will emerge?

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Anonymous #321248 02/22/21 10:38 AM
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During the Duke vs Virginia Tech game the announcers were discussing the opportunities for some other programs to make the NCAA Tournament with The Ivy League not participating. Most years The Ivy's send two (Princeton & Penn) sometimes three teams to the tournament. Safe to say there will be at least two openings possibly three as Dartmouth has been pretty tough the past few years. Each year there are competitive teams on the bubble who come up just short, which teams will benefit the most from the absence of the top Ivy's?

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TheBackOfTheCage #321250 02/22/21 10:47 AM
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UNC is the favorite until someone beats them . That said they seem vulnerable . Their defense and goal play has been outstanding so far this year but the same exact group looked not good in their final game last season against the fast paced NW .The offense looks very different this year and seems a bit lost , is it the loss of Dowd as they have never won the whole thing without her, is it the defenses they are playing against (they scored a bunch against HPU but it was ugly run to goal to get my points) ,is it chemistry, is it offense takes longer to come together after the long layoff or a combination of those things. Time will tell but Cuse looked very strong , weak at the draw to start but made adjustments in the second half at the draw and it showed. Will be some great ACC games this year.

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The cup is UNC’s to lose... they’re the best team this year (and were last year too) that said the “best” team doesn’t always win.. Syracuse is special this year as is NW and ND... Penn State will go as far as their frosh middies can take them but it won’t be to a final. The terps will be good but not great no final 4 for them this year.

The Terps showed last year that they took a huge step back, and should be ranked on the lower half of the top 20 at this point. Good for Penn State, they got the massive benefit in the polls by beating a way over ranked MD (never seen a jump like that before, especially on a win on a spiraling team). Probably neither should be top 10. Loyola loses to a very good Cuse, a game they are supposed to lose and free falls in the polls? And many teams who did not play at all, somehow lose and gain position. At one point I thought the "experts" did a great job with these polls, I am starting to think these polls are about as good as what you and I could come up with.

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Anonymous #321291 02/22/21 06:50 PM
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The cup is UNC’s to lose... they’re the best team this year (and were last year too) that said the “best” team doesn’t always win.. Syracuse is special this year as is NW and ND... Penn State will go as far as their frosh middies can take them but it won’t be to a final. The terps will be good but not great no final 4 for them this year.

The Terps showed last year that they took a huge step back, and should be ranked on the lower half of the top 20 at this point. Good for Penn State, they got the massive benefit in the polls by beating a way over ranked MD (never seen a jump like that before, especially on a win on a spiraling team). Probably neither should be top 10. Loyola loses to a very good Cuse, a game they are supposed to lose and free falls in the polls? And many teams who did not play at all, somehow lose and gain position. At one point I thought the "experts" did a great job with these polls, I am starting to think these polls are about as good as what you and I could come up with.

Loyola lost by 12 goals. To say that they lost to a team that they were supposed to lose to is a little misleading to say the least. I believe Loyola was ranked just one position below Syracuse in last weeks poll. Loyola was not competitive this week. That said, I think they will bounce back and be much more competitive as the season progresses. I would bet Loyola finishes the season in the 11 - 15 range. Maryland lost to a competitive Penn State Squad, I would not call them "spiraling" just yet. I believe Maryland graduated 8 or 9 starters from their 2019 team (a team that was dominant) so yes they are rebuilding but I am confident that they will be back in the Top 10 by seasons end. As for the polls / rankings I agree with you, you and I and any number of fans could do just as good a job.

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Anonymous #321342 02/23/21 11:20 AM
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Beautiful day for a game at Stony Brook.

Prediction...

Stony Brook 15 USC 10 with SBU putting a couple in late to pad it up... smile

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TheBackOfTheCage #321414 02/23/21 03:14 PM
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SB looked very sharp. Score could have been much worse.

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