D3 Picks Contest: Week 3 Part 1

Editor’s note: A motley crew of characters will be joining me in a picks contest for the 2012 season. We will pick games every week, track the results and crown a champion at the end of the year. Games selected to be picked are chosen on the significance of the matchup and there is no set number of games that will be picked per week.

Joining me will be Ty Xanders of Inside Lacrosse, Connor Wilson, editor of Lax All Stars and a Wesleyan alum, Steve Kazimer, a former All-American attackman at Stevenson, Tom Costanza, a former All-American attackman from Geneseo and current assistant coach at Wesley Colllege, and Longstick33, of notable Laxpower and Twitter fame.

Due to the fact we’re picking eight games this week, we’re going to split the picks up into two posts. The two Wednesday games we picked are here, while the other six picks for the weekend games will drop on Friday. I’ll also provide updated standings for Friday with the Wednesday games included.

Dickinson (1-1) v. Cabrini (1-0)

Ty: Would not have guessed that Dickinson would be coming off a loss and Cabrini would be coming off a win. Red Devils bounce back and win by a few. Dickinson

Connor: I’ll go with Dickinson over Cabrini.  We’ll call it the pendulum effect.  If Cabrini wins I’m just going to blame it on “Classic Cabrini.” (Editor’s note: Classic Cabrini definitely loses this game. They love following a solid win with a loss that makes us question how good they are.) Dickinson

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Costanza: Even with Dickinson’s loss to St Mary’s, I still believe that they will be a good team this year (not sure top 10 though). And as much as I dont want to get burned on Cabrini two weeks in a row, I’m going with Dickinson. Lots of talent, and I just dont see two losses in a row. Dickinson in a close one. Dickinson

Longstick33: Cabrini 11, Dickinson 8. I am going with Cabrini in this one. I am not fully on the Cabrini bandwagon just yet but was impressed by a nice win over Haverford in their season opener. Dickinson’s loss to St. Mary’s has me concerned about them and that on top of this being a midweek away game I’ll take the home team. Cabrini

Swank: I’m going to let Mr. Longstick33 ride the Carbini crazy train by himself and take Dickinson here. Put it this way: if Dickinson doesn’t win here, you can write them off as overachievers coming back down to Earth. Dickinson

Goucher (3-0) v. Gettysburg (1-0)

Ty: Bullets win by 5+ goals in this one. Gettysburg

Connor: I like Goucher over Gettysburg in a bit of a shocker. Goucher

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Costanza: This one is tough, while Goucher has three wins under their belt, only 1 is to a top 50 team. Gettysburg surprised me with such a close one with Messiah. I want to believe that Goucher is getting better year after year, nice facilities, great area, good academics, why wouldnt kids want to go there. I’m going with Goucher in an upset. Goucher

Longstick33: Goucher 8, Gettysburg 5. Goucher’s 3 wins are all unimpressive. Gettysburg squeaked by in their first game against an average Messiah team. I’ll take Goucher. Goucher

Swank: Allow me to let you observe my thought process for this pick: WHAT THE FUCK?!?!?! HOW IS EVERYONE PICKING GOUCHER AREN’T THEY PLAYING GETTYSBURG OR DID I MISREAD IT? NO IT IS GETTYSBURG BUT WHAT HOW DOES THIS MAKE SENSE THE BULLETS ARE ONE OF THE MOST STORIED PROGRAMS IN D3 LACROSSE HISTORY AND GOUCHER BEAT LOWLY WAC BY TWO GOALS EXCEPT WAIT HOLD UP WHAT IS GOING ON HOW DO YOU BEAT MESSIAH BY ONE GOAL IT MAKES NO SENSE MY BRAIN HURTS I NEED A NAP WAIT NO REALLY JUST A ONE GOAL WIN THIS IS MADNESS THIS IS BLASPHEMY THIS IS ME PICKING GOUCHER NO FUCK IT I DON’T BELIEVE THIS IT CAN’T BE TRUE BUT REALLY ARE WE SURE THEY DIDN’T FORGET TO PUT A ONE IN FRONT OF THE NINE BECAUSE 19-8 MAKES A LOT MORE SENSE THAN 9-8 BECAUSE REALLY WHO IS MESSIAH ANY WAYS THAT’S GOTTA BE A RELIGIOUS SCHOOL WE ALL SAW HOW THE TEBOW THING WORKED OUT MAYBE THEY ARE JUST RIDING THE LEFTOVER DIVINE BENEFITS FROM THAT BUT I DON’T KNOW FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK. Gettysburg

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D3 Picks Contest: Week 2

Editor’s note: A motley crew of characters will be joining me in a picks contest for the 2012 season. We will pick games every week, track the results and crown a champion at the end of the year. Games selected to be picked are chosen on the significance of the matchup and there is no set number of games that will be picked per week.

Joining me will be Ty Xanders of Inside Lacrosse, Connor Wilson, editor of Lax All Stars and a Wesleyan alum, Steve Kazimer, a former All-American attackman at Stevenson, Tom Costanza, a former All-American attackman from Geneseo and current assistant coach at Wesley Colllege, and Longstick33, of notable Laxpower and Twitter fame.

Week 1 Recap: With only two games to pick, and with the six of us unanimously selected Salisbury and Stevenson as winners, everyone cruised to an easy 2-0 start behind dominant efforts from the two SU’s.

Cabrini (0-0) v. Haverford (0-1)

Ty: My guess is that this will be a hard-hitting, low-scoring nailbiter with the Fords bouncing back from last week’s loss and topping their local rival. Don’t know much about Cabrini this year, but they’ll need some offensive guns to step up. Might be a different game if it was played in April. Haverford

Connor: I like Haverford to rebound with a win over the Cavs. Haverford

Kazimer: Haverford over cabrini only due to the fact they looked awful against Stevenson. Haverford doesnt have much on offensive side of the ball but they have a good goalie. Haverford

Costanza: I still believe that Haverford is a good team despite the mess that was the Stevenson game. Cabrini lost a lot of power on O, and I never really believed this team was very good. Terrible conference, no quality wins last year outside of Hampden Sydney. If Haverford can find their sticks they win this easy, if not its a dog fight that I still see them winning. Haverford by 4. Haverford

Longstick33: Cabrini 8,. Haverford 7. Haverford didn’t show much against a much better Stevenson team last week and I like what Cabrini returns. A goalie that saved .62, conference rookie of the year at midfield, 59 goals on the attack, and a HM AA at close D. Cabrini

Swank: As miserable as Haverford’s offense looked against Stevenson, I can’t bring myself to pick against Joe Banno and Dillon Hammill, who were the two best players on the field Saturday. If Haverford can get a few easy ones in transition and Valiant and Cohen learn to pass when the double team is coming, they should put away Cabrini. Haverford

Franklin & Marshall (1-0) v. Lynchburg (1-1)

Ty:  The Hornets need this one bad, 0-2 start would be awful for a team with those kind of expectations. People will sleep on F&M this year, which is silly. They’re a tough team from top to bottom that could surprise people in the Centennial and are capable of sneaking up on Lynchburg as well. Hornets win by 2, isn’t pretty. Lynchburg

Connor: Lynchburg should win cleanly over F&M. Lynchburg

Kazimer:  Lynchburg has some players but way too many mistakes to run with the Gulls the previous week. Clean it up and I see them contending in the ODAC. Lynchburg

Costanza: Should be a good matchup here, but Lynchburg has too much on offense for F&M to handle. Lynchburg had two games under their belt already to get the kinks out. Lynchburg by 5. Lynchburg

Longstick33: Lynchburg 11, F&M 6. Lynchburg was embarrassed last week against Salisbury and if it were not for Cook in goal it would have been a lot worse. That being said, F&M just doesn’t have enough to get by the Hornets. Lynchburg

Swank: Lynchburg’s effort against Salisbury can only be described as sloppy and poor. That said, I’m not about to pick F&M to beat them, especially not with their mascot being The Diplomats. Lynchburg

Hampden-Sydney (1-1) v. Stevenson (1-0)

Ty: My pick would be different if HSC had actually beaten Mary Washington last week. You know the Tigers will be hungry, but I’m still liking the Mustangs (with hopefully less penalties…). Stevenson

Connor: I like Stevenson to beat H-SC by 4 or more. Stevenson

Kazimer:  Not much to say here coming off a loss to mary washington they will look to improve but not against a team thats in your face for 60 minutes. Stevenson

Costanza: Watched the Stevenson game on feed, surprised how good Bolland looked in goal and how well the offense moved off ball. H-S will be looking for a win after a disappointing loss to Mary Wash but they still lose this one. Stevenson +8. (Side Note: who else saw the rediclousness firework/smoke show that was Stevensons entrance to the Haverford game…wow). Stevenson

Longstick33: Stevenson 15, Hampden-Sydney 6. Hampden-Sydney lost their season opener to a decent Mary Washington team but lets face it Stevenson is a whole other animal. Unless they get it together and figure some things out this week against Catholic they will be in for a long day. Bolland played great last week with 9 saves and the offense had 9 different scorers. This will not be close. Stevenson

Swank: Hampden-Sydney followed up an embarrassing loss to Mary Washington with an embarrassing win over Catholic, 15-12. I am so far from believing in this H-S team that I fully expect Stevenson to run them off the field on Saturday. Stevenson

Denison (1-0) v. Washington & Lee (2-0)

Ty: The Generals continue their irrelevance on a national stage and drop this one at home. Although if Joe LaSala can shut down Cory Couture, who dropped 10 points in last week’s game, W&L may be able to prevail. Might be a close one. Denison

Connor: Denison will take W&L in the 14-9 range. Denison

Kazimer: I like Denison over W&L – denison has a nice attack unit that can put up some numbers. Solid junior goalie. Denison

Costanza: I dont like giving the Ohio teams credit but Denison is very good. It easily could have been them playing Tufts in the semi’s last year instead of RIT. Their game against MSJ tells us nothing but I still think they win this one. Cam Dabir is going to be a good player by the time his 4 years are up, I remember seeing this kids film from Culver and thinking he was legit, but thats just one person. Denison +6. Denison

Longstick33: Denison 10, W&L 8. Denison hung 21 goals on some team I never heard of. W&L hung 11 and 7 on two teams I might have heard of. I’ll take Denison. Denison

Swank: R.I.P. W&L. Whether they win this one or not, the program has fallen on some seriously tough times. Irrelevant on a national stage, also-rans in the ODAC and now unanimously picked to lose to Denison. Yikes. Denison

Springfield (1-0) v. Nazareth (0-0)

Ty: Have to be honest, don’t know too much about the 2012 edition of either of these teams. I’ll take Springfield. Springfield

Connor: I like SC over Naz in a tight 9-8 game. Springfield

Kazimer: I’m going nazareth over springfield. I’m going with the young guns here. Lots of young players but some experience on the D end. Nazareth

Costanza: Springfield stops CJ Estes, then they stop Naz. This game is close year after year, when I was at Geneseo we always went and watched this game to prepare for Naz. Always exciting and awesome to be at, but I think it is Springfields time this year. No JJF or Castle, and the Flyers have struggled in the goal the past few years. Springfield +2. Springfield

Longstick33: Nazareth 11, Springfield 8. I don’t have high expectations for the Golden Flyers this year but they play well on their field early in the season. I live in Rochester now and without a clear choice in this one I am going to go with the homer pick and take Naz. Nazareth

Swank: This one is an easy one. We don’t know much about either team, it’s an early season game and neither one has any games worth considering when picking this game. Give me the Purple and Gold at home. Nazareth

Roanoke (1-0) v. Salisbury (2-0)

Ty: I’d say the Sea Gulls are on upset alert. It will be fun to watch these two teams play – very fast-paced with high intensity from the whistle to the final buzzer. Sea Gulls by a few, I’m predicting a big game by Cannone. Salisbury

Connor: Salisbury will beat Roanoke in a mid range scoring game by 3 or 4. Salisbury

Kazimer: Salisbury will be tested until halftime. I will see this game live before I completely buy into the hoopla!! Salisbury

Costanza: Staying with the number one team in the country, another week of practice gives them too much for Noke to handle. Until Noke decides to take the defensive game seriously, Sailsbury will continue to win this game. Salisbury +5. Salisbury

Longstick33: Salisbury 16, Roanoke 7. I think this game will go a lot like last years semi game. Noke is good and is going to win a lot of games this year. Just not this weekend. Salisbury

Swank: #ROACHOKE #ROACHOKE #ROACHOKE #ROACHOKE Salisbury

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D3 Picks Contest: Week 1

Editor’s note: A motley crew of characters will be joining me in a picks contest for the 2012 season. We will pick games every week, track the results and crown a champion at the end of the year. Games selected to be picked are chosen on the significance of the matchup and there is no set number of games that will be picked per week.

Joining me will be Ty Xanders of Inside Lacrosse, Connor Wilson, editor of Lax All Stars and a Wesleyan alum, Steve Kazimer, a former All-American attackman at Stevenson, Tom Costanza, a former All-American attackman from Geneseo and current assistant coach at Wesley Colllege, and Longstick33, of notable Laxpower and Twitter fame.

Lynchburg (1-0) v. Salisbury (1-0)

Ty: I feel as though this will be Lynchburg’s year to win the ODAC and make it to at least the quarterfinals. They have a phenomenal senior class and a preseason All-American at every spot on the field. One problem – they’ll collide with Jim Berkman’s Salisbury Sea Gulls, who return the lion’s share of a dominant national championship squad from last May. There’s no doubt that the Hornets’ coaching staff top priority is to find a way to do a nearly impossible task: stop Sam Bradman, who torched the ‘Burg for eight goals in their meeting last February. LC has the ballgame tied at the half but Salisbury goes on a third quarter run to win by three goals. Salisbury

Connor: Salisbury will beat Lynchburg.  I’d say by at least 6 goals.  The Hornets have some potential and hype, but if they want me to buy in, they need to win this game, and not just keep it close. Salisbury

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Costanza: Salisbury by 8+..not betting against the Gulls, especially this early. Probably could have beaten Greensboro by 30 if they wanted. As good as Lynchburg will be this year, don’t seem them pulling a early season upset. The thing working for Lynchburg is returning scorers will be shooting on a new, untested goalie, but still don’t think it will be enough. Salisbury

Longstick33: Salisbury, 18 Lynchburg, 8. I really like Lynchburg this year but I just don’t see them having enough to knock off the defending champs. The Cannone v. Lisicky matchup should be great. Cannone went 0-1 last year against the Hornets. Salisbury

Swank: If Ty didn’t pick Lynchburg, there was no way in hell anyone else was going to. I’m certainly not bucking the trend, though it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Gulls give up more goals than some here expect. Gulls in a closer-than-expected affair. Salisbury

Haverford (0-0) v. Stevenson (0-0)

Ty: Definitely a tossup for me. I’m as curious as anybody to see what kind of talent will step up for Stevenson to fill the void of several program changing recruits, notably Jimmy Dailey, Ray Witte and Evan Douglass. At the same time, Haverford loses their top two offensive options. There’s no doubt it would be an entirely different game played a few weeks later as both teams work out their growing pains. In this matchup, it all boils down to who has the bigger game in between the pipes – Stevenson’s Ian Bolland or Haverford’s Joe Banno. I’ll take the ‘Stangs by a pair of goals in their inaugural game in Mustang Stadium. Stevenson

Connor: I’ll take Stevenson over Haverford.  I hope the Haverford Stevenson game is going to be a good one, and if Haverford can pull out a W, it will be big.  The Mustangs graduated a lot of talent, but I still think this is a reload year for them, not rebuild. Stevenson

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Costanza: Stevenson in what I think will be a close one, 2 or 3 goals. Haverford has the advantage in the goalie, although i think Bolland is a strong keeper. If Haverfords young scorers can click quickly it can give Stevenson trouble, but i think Cantabene will coach out this win. Stevenson

Longstick33: Stevenson, 9 Haverford, 6. Stevenson lost a ton but I just don’t see them losing this weekend. I kind of thought Haverford was overrated all last year and certainly they have done nothing to change my mind since then. Maybe it is my respect for Coach Cantabene or maybe my lack of respect for Haverford but I like the Mustangs. Stevenson

Swank: The stoppable force of Haverford anemic offense meets the movable object that is the Stevenson defense. This almost smells like an upset special, but I can’t bring myself to pick against a team that I think is going to be very good by the end of the year. Could the Mustangs stumble here? Yes. Do I expect them to? No. Is this anything better than a guess? Not really. If this one goes the other way, I’ll just blame this pick on the influencial powers of Laxdady69. Stevenson

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