Dayton at CMU

Just returned from watching Dayton rough up Carnegie Mellon

 

Cathedral of Learning, walking to the game

Cathedral of Learning, walking to the game

 

Carnegie Mellon's response to the Cathedral of Learning?

Carnegie Mellon's response to the Cathedral of Learning?

Arrived at halftime, more after the jump

Great D3 venue to play an MCLA game

Great D3 venue to play an MCLA game

 

45+ on the sideline for Dayton, impressive numbers for MCLA D2

45+ on the sideline for Dayton, impressive numbers for MCLA D2

Dayton keeper, largely untested in the second half, clever outlet passes

Dayton keeper, largely untested in the second half, clever outlet passes

 

Ah a fellow #17 eh?

Ah a fellow #17 eh?

 

Somebody's baby, bound and broken on the floor

Somebody's baby, bound and broken on the floor

Two of the better middies for Dayton

Two of the better middies for Dayton

Hand shake line

Hand shake line

 

Future Tartan or Flyer?

Future Tartan or Flyer?

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.

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