Fall Easterns Games to Watch

by | November 9, 2012, 7:45am 0

This handy dandy schedule guide was submitted by William and Mary captain Cody Johnston. Check it out for specifics on some of Fall Easterns’ frontrunners.

Pool A

11:00–North Carolina (1) vs. UConn (9)


  • Lost Thomas Sayre-McCord at 2012 Carolina Sectionals—did not return for the rest of the year. Sayre-McCord played a huge role in their team, I remember watching Tufts vs. UNC at Easterns, he had something like 7 assists and 3 goals.
  • Despite that, UNC’s strength is in its junior class: Jon Nethercutt, Ben Snell (practice player with Truck Stop this summer), Christian Johnson (second year playing with Ring, played on the O line this year), Nathan Ward.
  • UNC also features Justin Moore, a grad student in his mid-20s but who has only used one year of eligibility (editor’s note: both Snell and Moore are studying abroad this fall and won’t be at Fall Easterns).
  • This core of returners got a ton of experience playing together WITHOUT Sayre McCord for all of Regionals and Nationals.


  • Coming off a disappointing Regionals performance. Ranked in the top 16 for the majority of the spring season, expected to do big things at Nationals, lost to Princeton 10-8 in the Metro East semis.
  • Returning 17 from last year

Talking points:

  • Athleticism vs. athleticism.
  • Depth won’t be a factor this game, which plays heavily to UConn’s favor
  • Can UConn shut down Christian Johnson? UNC’s offense is used to getting its first option, and if UConn can force a lot of throws (effective zone or junk?) they will get turns.

Pool B

3:00—UNC-Wimington (2) vs. Maryland (7)


  • Disappointing exit in quarters (lost to Georgetown 11-12) at Atlantic Coast Regionals after being seeded 3rd and being the favorite to take down UNC in the semis.
  • 8 returning A-teamers this fall, led by Truman Nottingham
  • Strong sophomore class: Xavier Maxstadt, Luke Hancock, Charlie Lian
  • Well coached by Greg Vassar and Tully Beatty


  • Took down #1 seed South Carolina in quarters of 2012 AC Regionals
  • Sitting at 13-9 in the semis of AC regionals against NC State, Maryland was poised to break into the finals. Not sure what happened because I wasn’t there, but they ended up losing 14-15.
  • Lost one of their best players in Freddy Tsai but still have a ton of experience and are bringing 16 returners.
  • Eric Biggs, a sophomore, played at Amherst and played Junior Worlds this summer.
  • Marshall Schroeder is an experienced grad student/captain who never seems to run out of eligibility.

Talking points:

  • UNC-W scrappiness and physicality vs. UMD’s great break throws and experience
  • Depth? Both teams will have already played two games and will have had a bye. UNC-W runs pretty tight lines so I think this plays into Maryland’s favor.

Pool C

9:00—Ohio State (3) vs. James Madison (11)

Ohio State

  • Lost to Ohio in the game-to-go at Ohio Valley Regionals.
  • I don’t know anything specific about them except that they are very athletic and not afraid to huck.


  • The loss of Kyle Fredericks is big, but they are returning their two of their captains as grad students (Jordan Albro and Quin Sweeney).
  • Lots of experience and athleticism.
  • Ben Fleming: has some of the best layout Ds on undercuts I’ve ever seen. Freak athlete who’s not afraid to put his body on the line.
  • Lloyd Blake: big athlete (6’ 3’’+) with great hands and good throws

Talking points:

  • Hucks vs. hucks. Both these teams thrive on the deep ball, so it’s going to be a shootout.
  • Both teams will be fresh since it’s the first game of the day. I wish this game was at 11 so I could watch it!
  • JMU losing Kyle Fredericks will force them to play a more team-oriented game. More consistent in the long run, less big plays in the short run.

Pool D

1:00—Penn State (4) vs. Princeton (5)

  • I don’t know either of these teams, or any of the teams in pool D for that matter

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