2020 Predictions & favorites

I’ll add in my thoughts

D1: Moeller and Lakota East both lose some very good talent out of their senior class. I believe both Mason and St. X were younger which makes me believe they will be tough once again this year. One team I know very little about is

my top 4: Moeller, Mason, St. X, Milford
Darkhorse: Loveland

D2: Wyoming was the one team out of Cincinnati who made it to regionals. They lose their GK and two of their top goal scorers. Indian Hill was senior heavy and SCD lost their stud scorer. Roger Bacon was young. Seems to me the field is wide open.

Top 3: Wyoming, SCD, Indian Hill
Darkhorse: McNick

D3: Seems to always be a three horse race in Mariemont, Madeira and Seven Hills. I can’t see that changing unless SCD moves back down to D3.

Top 3: Seven Hills, Madeira, Mariemont
Darkhorse: SCD
 
Total Speculation, but here goes.
Div. 1 Top 5: St.X, West, Sycamore, Mason, Loveland
Dark-horse: Walnut Hills

Div. 2 Top 3: SCD, McNick, Indian Hill
Dark-horse: Ross

Div. 3 Top 3: Mariemont, Seven Hills, Madeira
Dark-horse: Fairfield Cin, Christian
 
D1- I think Loveland, X, and Mason were all younger and deep last year. Could see them really shining this season as they return a lot from the 2019 rosters that were very talented. Especially with several programs (Moe, East) in a rebuild year with younger rosters. Sycamore seemed to be solid toward end of last year. Same for Milford, though I think they graduated several key pieces. Moeller lost a ton and will have a bumpier ride than they're used to the last couple of years. East lost a lot too. I don't know much about Lakota West, but heard good things about their youngsters. Elder had a great 2019, but they graduate key parts to that team and might struggle to find the net as frequently. Kings gets my nod for dark horse because of young coaches who seemed to really build something as the season went on in 2019. Definitely a program on the rise again.

Top 4: Loveland, St. Xavier, Mason, Sycamore
Dark horse: Kings

D2- Seems wide open. If SCD and CCD both stay at D2 and don't move down with the rumored competitive balance reshuffle, they could both be in the conversation. SCD returns several young talents, but losing their most creative player up front and several midfield enforcers makes the typical "Summit reload" a little tougher this year. McNick and Bacon will be young and talented. Wyoming overachieved last year because they believed they could and they had mature talent (and a massive goalie). They've replaced some of their weak schedule with better teams this year and lost several quality players. Interested to see how they handle it. Indian Hill lost almost the whole roster to graduation, hard to see them competing much this year but could be a dark horse.

Top 4: SCD, McNick, Roger Bacon, Wyoming
Dark horse: Indian Hill

D3- Madeira lost everyone, so this one seems like Seven Hills and Mariemont as 1a and 1b (you choose which is which) and then everyone else. If SCD and CCD come back down to D3, though, things get a lot more interesting! SH and Mariemont could both be poised for deep runs. They both have to be holding they're breath that the Country Day schools stay in D2 for at least another year.

Top 4: Seven Hills, Mariemont, Madeira, CCS
Dark horse: Finneytown? Ross?
 
D1 - My prediction is that all big league champs repeat (Mason, Moeller, Loveland). Mason and Loveland were both young last year, I expect them to be a top 5 team all year. Moeller has won the league three straight years. There will be some fun games with St. X but Moeller has had their number the last few years. I also believe Lakota East, Lakota West, Milford, Turpin and Elder will be in the mix. Dark horse is Walnut Hills.

D2 - Seems like most teams lost a lot of talent at this level. If it comes down to coaching SCD and Wyoming will be on top again. Roger Bacon, CCD, McNick, Indian Hill will all have a spot at the table. Dark Horse is Taylor. Is Ross considered Cincinnati? If so them.

D3 - Mariemont was good last year and they should be better this year. Seven Hills will win another district title. They’ve got a nice program there. Madeira will be down but with so little talent in D3 they may still win a district title or at the minimum, play for a district title. Dark horse: Finneytown
 

iluvsnow

Member
Can't speak of other divisions, but don't count Monroe out for D-2. They return about everyone from a team that lost by a goal I believe to Wyoming in regionals.
 
D1 - My prediction is that all big league champs repeat (Mason, Moeller, Loveland). Mason and Loveland were both young last year, I expect them to be a top 5 team all year. Moeller has won the league three straight years. There will be some fun games with St. X but Moeller has had their number the last few years. I also believe Lakota East, Lakota West, Milford, Turpin and Elder will be in the mix. Dark horse is Walnut Hills.

D2 - Seems like most teams lost a lot of talent at this level. If it comes down to coaching SCD and Wyoming will be on top again. Roger Bacon, CCD, McNick, Indian Hill will all have a spot at the table. Dark Horse is Taylor. Is Ross considered Cincinnati? If so them.

D3 - Mariemont was good last year and they should be better this year. Seven Hills will win another district title. They’ve got a nice program there. Madeira will be down but with so little talent in D3 they may still win a district title or at the minimum, play for a district title. Dark horse: Finneytown
I am only quoting this person, but I did see quite a few people refer to Mason as a YOUNG team in 2019; not sure that is actual. They had 8 senior starters, 7 seniors either 1st or 2nd team all conference and will graduate the 2X POY in GMC. But like most big schools, they will reload quickly!!
 

Salad76

Active member
D2 seems to be the most poised for changes due to any enrollment adjustments.

Both finalists were very close to D1.

Howland graduates a lot.

Not sure about Tipp City.

DeSales could move back down to D2.

Lexington was in the final four but graduated about a dozen kids I believe.

I'm sure Bay will be back with a vengeance.

CVCA graduated a couple very good players but will likely reload.

Gonna be a lot of teams in the hunt in D2. That's for sure.
 

Futol_Fan

New member
In terms of the ECC, loveland must be the favorites. Milford were a powerhouse in 2019, yet lost their key players such as Joey round, so not sure how they’re going to do this year.
From west Clermont, Nolan Shirmer will look to get them in the mix but it is unlikely he can carry the team to more than a few ECC wins.
Anderson lost its key players this year, Brevin Andreadis especially was a good player for them. Younger guys are going to need to step up: any sophomores/juniors that can make an impact this year?
Kings made a run a the end of the year last year, beating anderson pretty handily at the end of the season and then topping Walnut in the playoffs. They lose their top scorer, so other guys are gonna need to step up. Not sure if they have anyone capable of filling middlekamps role.
Walnut hills lost some key players but being the big school they are, they definelty have the potential to do well this year.
Without withrow, and with the addition of 3 decent schools, the ECC becomes a lot more competitive.
 
D2 seems to be the most poised for changes due to any enrollment adjustments.

Both finalists were very close to D1.

Howland graduates a lot.

Not sure about Tipp City.

DeSales could move back down to D2.

Lexington was in the final four but graduated about a dozen kids I believe.

I'm sure Bay will be back with a vengeance.

CVCA graduated a couple very good players but will likely reload.

Gonna be a lot of teams in the hunt in D2. That's for sure.
Columbus DeSales has moved back down to D2 making them I would think the favorites next to Bay.

CCD moves to D3

Summit Country Day stays D2

Dayton Carroll stays D1
 
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