College Update: Florida Winter Classic Kicks Off Spring Season

The season is underway, and we've already had some surprises!

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During the spring season, we will publish a bite-sized weekly recap of the action across the College Division. This will serve as a supplement to our standard tournament reporting and will offer a high-level look at the latest happenings and the biggest stories of the week.

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West Chester Surprises at Florida Winter Classic

The big story out of the Apopka, Florida, season-opener was the performance of #13 West Chester, who won the tournament, notching numerous wins over 2017 Nationals attendees. They were the most impressive outfit at the tournament, topping #15 Ohio State 13-9 in the final. OSU dealt West Chester, an in-region opponent, their only loss on the weekend in crossover play and did so handily.

For full coverage of Florida Winter Classic, check out our tournament recap!

D-III Update: North Georgia With 2-6 Weekend

One of the younger D-III programs in the division, North Georgia Aurea was the lone D-III squad in action in the season’s first weekend. They scored two pool play wins – one over Florida-B and the other over South Florida – and lost a tight game to Tennessee. This program has been trending upward through last season and into this preseason, so while the weekend isn’t a roaring success, it’s a reasonable starting point for UNG to build on.


There were no men’s division events this week, so stay tuned for next week!

Looking Ahead

  • Carolina Kickoff (M) essentially, as the name says, kicks off the elite men’s season. Four ranked D-I men’s teams, including #2 North Carolina, fill out the 8-team roster, and D-III #8 Carleton GoP will be one of the most intriguing stories to follow.
  • Flat Tail Open (M) starts things off on the west coast, especially with some intriguing D-III teams in attendance, including #1 Air Force, #18 Portland, and #23 Lewis & Clark, as well as Oregon State.
  • Bellingham Invite (M/W) is an unsanctioned event, but with a 5-team women’s field featuring the top five ranked teams in the Northwest region, it’s a great event to check the temperature of a talented region. The men’s side has shrunk to four, but Oregon and UBC will take on some local club competition in addition to early versions of top regional competition.
  • Other Events: T-Town Throwdown (M)
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