Just returned from watching Dayton rough up Carnegie Mellon
Arrived at halftime, more after the jump
Very impressed with Dayton’s program all things considered I don’t think they should be a Division 2 team because I think they can compete at the A/1 level. They seem more than capable of running with the teams we (Pitt) have played against this year.
It was difficult to tell how organized their defense was because CMU rarely had sustained possessions. Their goalie did a nice job running the unsettled clear after a save and they generally moved the ball into their offensive end with ease. Poles didn’t seem extra large or fast but they got the job done when it was required of them. LSM #17 was probably their best on the ball cover.
The Flyer offense was rather formidable. I saw ten goals hit the back of the old onion bag. Six on six offense showed off several sets. One particular set I’ll call a 2-4 had two attackmen behind the net and the other 4 players up top setting picks, working off ball. This either generated an easy feed or a late slide. A favorite offense from my high school days.
Man up featured very sharp passing and off ball movement although the coaches are probably seeking a higher finishing rate on the man advantage. It seemed like they ran out 5 middie lines all capable of running the offense, all clones at 5’8 165. Two middies that stood out #12 Kevin Bell (Junior from Missouri) and #9 Zach Burke (Junior from Illinois). At one point in the fourth I felt like these two had been on the field for 5 straight minutes without a rest.
The captain of the offense in my opinion is little # 31 Alex Walter (Senior from Illinois). This attackman probably has the smoothest hands on the team and I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets the ball in crunch time.
Additionally, I wouldn’t be surprised if this team comes away with another CCLA title and a final four appearance.
One hour from UVA destroying Hopkins on ESPNu. Can’t wait.