Monthly Archives: November 2012

DIII Mascot Challenge: Elite Eight

With interest waning in the midst of Thanksgiving Break, four more teams have punched their tickets to the Elite Eight. Whitewater and Whitman delivered resounding beatings to their respective overmatched opponents, while the Bantams eeked out a victory in a low-scoring battle against the Poets. In the surprise of the week, the Slugs took the…

Season Preview: #10 Pomona-Pitzer

Coach: Ben Belletto, 9th season Location: Claremont, CA 2009 Ranking: 28 2010 Ranking: 20 2011 Ranking: 8 2012 Ranking: 11 2013 Projected Ranking: D3West 13; D3TG 11 Overview:  Until 2011, I was always surprised that P-P wasn’t better than they were. They had great facilities, a great location, and a really unique recruiting niche. As Pomona College, they could compete with the…

DIII Mascot Challenge: Round 2, volume 2

The first set of second round matches have been completed, and another purple nuisance has emerged. I’m flattered to have a big following from Kenyon on the blog, but they have ousted the Scotty dogs, and nobody likes someone who kills a dog. Other than that, the round 2 matches went pretty much as I…

Season Preview: #29 University Wisconsin-Whitewater

Coach: Frank Barnes, 11th season Location: Whitewater, WI Conference: Independent 2009 Ranking: NR 2010 Ranking: NR 2011 Ranking: 21 2012 Ranking: 29 2013 Projection: D3Central: 18, D3TG: 23 Overview: Let’s be honest. The reason the Warhawk’s finished the 2011 season ranked as high as 21 is because of their “upset” win over Whitman. Really their only win was over Kalamazoo (30th), and…

Season Preview: #15 Bates

Coach: Paul Gastonguay, 16th season (I think) Location: Lewiston, ME 2009 Ranking: #23 2010 Ranking: #27 2011 Ranking: #26 2012 Ranking: #16 2013 Projection: #20 Overview: Until last year, Bates was one of a handful of solid NESCAC teams forced into obscurity by the conference’s dominant foursome. When one thought of the NESCAC, Amherst, Williams,…

DIII Mascot Challenge: Round 2

Well, the first round is officially in the books, and the Wash U Bears became the third #1 seed to go out in the first round. I guess their Christmas color scheme didn’t do them any favors. I wonder if they would have won if the game had been played in December… That’s dumb. The…

Season Preview: #18 Carnegie Mellon University

Coach: Andrew Girard, 10th Season Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2009 Ranking: #14 2010 Ranking: #8 2011 Ranking: #17 2012 Ranking: #19 2013 Projection: #10, D3TG Overview:  First glance at the rankings trend would lend you to the assumption that the Tartans (congrats on the mascot 1st round win, btw) are a team that’s trending downwards.  I…

Season Preview: #9 Trinity (TX)

Coach: Russel McMindes, 4th Season Location: San Antonio, TX Conference: SCAC (Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference) 2009 Ranking: #15 2010 Ranking:#10 2011 Ranking: #10 2012 Ranking: #10 2013 Projection: #12, D3TG #10 Overview: First off, sorry to those of you who were waiting with bated breath for this team preview. I was supposed to get it…

DIII Mascot Challenge: West Region Region

Well, it finally happened. A team with a clearly inferior mascot galvanized their fan base to get their mascot through to the second round. With 160 votes, the UW-W Warhawks are going to be very formidable going into the coming rounds, and it stands to reason they will be able to get more votes later…