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BULLETIN: Oct. 3, 2018 — Major merger of athletic programs afoot in New York

New York, as a world financial center and prime real estate market, is used to the concepts of mergers and acquisitions.

Today, there was an announcement that has the potential, if the merger is done right, of making an enormous impact in college sport. It was announced that the athletic programs of Long Island University-Brooklyn and the LIU-C. W. Post campus in Brookville would be merging into a single Division I entity moving forward.

The combined athletics department, with its dual physical plant and combined resources, could represent a significant challenge in some sports for their league and regional rivals.

The LIU-Post women’s lacrosse team has been a force in NCAA Division II in recent years, winning the inaugural championship in 2001 and winning three more titles, and always remaining in the headwaters of championship contention under head coach Meghan McNamara, the former Maryland product.

LIU’s field hockey program, led by Raenee Savin, has been perhaps the hard-luck story of NCAA field hockey across all divisions during the 2010s. Post has made the NCAA Division II final four out of the last five seasons, but has never won.

Now, the Division I programs for field hockey and women’s lacrosse out of LIU-Brooklyn have never finished with greater than a .500 record. But I project that will change with the merger and the move to the Northeast Conference in Division I.

I think, with the resources of two campuses and the draw to the vibrancy of Brooklyn and Manhattan, that could very well lead to a “Why not us?” attitude amongst the people running the athletics program at the school, an attitude that tends to be contagious.

We’ll know starting in September 2019.

Oct. 3, 2018 — The longest current win streak is no longer current

You may have noticed subtle changes in Daily Statwatch over the last few weeks (some in real-time, others after a lapse of a couple of days) as players, coaches, and teams are setting record after record.

Last night, one of our numbers went from orange (current) to black (final), and that’s the 92-game winning streak for San Diego Serra (Calif.), thanks to a 1-0 win on the part of Escondido San Pasqual (Calif.) yesterday.

The win comes less than two weeks after Serra beat the Eagles twice in the span of three days; once in a regular-season game, and the other in the semifinal round of the Serra Invitational.

Yesterday’s win means that it’s all to play for when it comes to the CIF San Diego Section’s Open Division championship. Who’s going to win it? We have another couple of months of play to see the result.