February 4, 2014 by Jesse Moskowitz in Preview with 33 comments
The Southeast D-III region has been plagued by a lack of teams as well as a lack of commitment. Last season, Georgia College Disconnected was granted a bid to DIII Nationals without participating in a regional tournament.
Georgia College Disconnected has had the most recent success. Having qualified for DIII Nationals for three consecutive years, marked by a 7th place finish in 2011 and, most recently, a 9th place finish in 2013, Disconnected is looking to qualify for DIII Nationals for a fourth consecutive year.
Disconnected placed no worse than second at every fall tournament they attended, including going undefeated at Battle in the Boro and Build a Bar Huckstop. A near perfect fall season (18-1, the only blemish being a 12-15 loss to Kennesaw State) saw Georgia College rarely challenged in their victories, albeit against less-than-stellar competition. They will need to face more hearty competition in the spring if they want to be a viable force on the national DIII scene.
Georgia College’s first test of the College season will be at Emory Invite where they are seeded at the top of their pool (against the likes of South Carolina, UNC-Asheville, and Florida Atlantic). If they are able to hold seed into Sunday play, Disconnected has an opportunity to claim another tournament title.
Only time will tell if the rest of the region pitches in and allows the Southeast to field a regional tournament.