Friday, December 2, 2022

Chicago, Williams Advance To Final


written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III

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1. Chicago, Williams Advance To Final

Nick Boardman celebrates
Victor Newman Photography

The national final is set for Saturday in the NCAA Division III men's soccer championship tournament as Chicago and Williams posted semifinal victories.

No. 2 Chicago d. No. 4 Stevens, 1-0

  • Ryan Yetishefsky scored in the 107' to lift the Maroons into Saturday's final. Chicago (21-0-1) outshot the Ducks (17-1-5), 21-4, but were unable to solve Stevens GK Justin Cross who made five saves. Recap |  Box Score
Williams d. No. 25 Mary Washington, 1-0
  • Nick Boardman put a header in the back of the net in the 81' to put the Ephs into Saturday's national championship match. Ben Diffley had a clean sheet with three saves.
  • Recap | Box Score

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2. Elite Eight to Final Four

It is the national quarterfinal round of the Division III football championship.

No. 1 North Central, Ill. (12-0) vs. No. 10 Ithaca (12-0)

  • The defending national champion Cardinals lead DIII in scoring (55.1) and total offense (558.1), as well as scoring defense (4.8). The Bombers are averaging nearly 40 points per game (39.8) while surrendering 11.6.
No. 2 Mount Union (12-0) at No. 14 Delaware Valley (12-0)
  • The Purple Raiders lead the nation in total defense (174.7) and are fourth in total offense (527.5). The Aggies are second in total defense (180.7) and concede just 8.1 points per game.
No. 3 Mary Hardin-Baylor (11-1) vs. No. 13 Bethel (10-2)
  • The Cru can score, averaging 43.6 points per contest on the strength of 476 yards per game. Five of the Royals' 12 games have been decided by four points or less. Can Bethel's defense slow down UMHB?
Aurora (11-1) at No. 12 Wartburg (12-0)
  • The Spartans are second in the nation in scoring (48.5) and eighth in total offense (492.0). The Knights lead DIII in rushing defense (43.4) and are eighth in total defense (212.3)

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3. Nantz, McGraw Honored By NCAA

CBS Sports' Jim Nantz and legandary basketball coach Muffet McGraw have been selected as the recipients of the 2023 Pat Summitt and Gerald R. Ford awards, respectively. The awards will be presented to McGraw and Nantz during the 2023 NCAA Convention in San Antonio.

The Gerald R. Ford Award honors an individual who has provided significant leadership as an advocate for intercollegiate athletics on a continuous basis over the course of a career. It was established in 2004 by then-NCAA President Myles Brand, with the recipient chosen by the NCAA president.

Since 2017, the NCAA's Pat Summitt Award annually has recognized an individual in the Association's membership who has demonstrated devotion to the development of college athletes and has made a positive impact on their lives. The winner receives a $10,000 honorarium to donate to an organization that combats or researches neurological diseases. 

>> What They're Saying: "It is such a privilege to recognize Muffet and Jim for their tremendous contributions to college sports over the course of their careers," NCAA President Mark Emmert said. "When you think about the impact they have made and the lives they have touched, from the student-athletes to coaches to fans, it's hard to think of two people more deserving. Their commitment to their professions is truly unmatched."

>> What's Next: McGraw and Nantz will be presented their awards during the NCAA Saluting Excellence Luncheon at 11:30 Central time Friday, Jan. 13.

>> Continue Reading


4. What We're Watching 

In addition to watching the the men's and women's soccer semifinals and final, the football quarterfinals ... and the USMNT, we'll try to find time to watch these key matchups as well.

Ice Hockey (M)

  • No. 1 Hobart vs. No. 15 Skidmore
  • No. 6 Babson vs. No. 10 Norwich

Ice Hockey (W)

  • No. 3 Middlebury vs. No. 11 Amherst
  • No. 4 Plattsburgh vs. No. 15 Oswego
Basketball (M)
  • No. 10 Rochester vs. No. 13 Middlebury
  • No. 17 Calvin vs. No. 21 Wheaton (Ill.)
Basketball (W)
  • No. 1 Hope vs. Wittenberg
  • No. 10 Baldwin Wallace vs. Wilmington
Wrestling (M)

5.  Lightning Round 


  • A pair of Division III athletic communications professionals - Nicole Remedios of Illinois Wesleyan and Kelsey Whaley of Luther - were named to the College Sports Communicators 30 Under 30 to recognize outstanding young professionals throughout the membership 

   Happy Birthday

  • Cake and candles for Matt Grawrock, AD, SUNY Morrisville; Greg Carroll, retired AD; Diane Gilbert, assistant AD, UW-Stevens Point; and Kelly Young, athletic communications director, Occidental.

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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Soccer Semifinals Kick Off Today


written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III


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1. Soccer Semifinals Kick Off Today

The four remaining teams in the NCAA Division III men's and women's soccer field have gathered in Salem, Virginia, to determine the national champions.

Men's Semifinals - Thursday

No. 2 Chicago vs. No. 4 Stevens (17-0-5), 1 p.m.

  • The Maroons (20-0-1) are led offensively by Ryan Yetishefsky with 11 goals and an assist. Will Boyes has a 0.52 goals-against mark. Chicago looks to reach the final for the firs time. The Ducks are led by first-team All-American Bruno Andino who has found the back of the net 10 times while assisting on eight goals. Keeper Justin Cross has conceded just nine goals in over 1,900 minutes. Stevens hopes to reach its second final and first since losing in PKs to Messiah in 2008. (Watch)

Williams vs. No. 25 Mary Washington, 4 p.m.

  • The Ephs (9-1-11) have more draws than wins and losses combined this season. Williams has scored just 24 times in 21 matches, led by Henry Kirkman with four. Keeper Ben Diffley has recorded 12 clean sheets. Williams won the national title in 1995 after finishing second in 1993. The Eagles (13-4-4) are paced by Josh Kirkland (18) and Carter Berg (10) who have combined for 28 goals. UMW looks to advance to its first-ever final. (Watch)
Men's Final - Saturday, 12 p.m.

Women's Semifinals - Friday

No. 2 Johns Hopkins vs. No. 4 Messiah, 1 p.m.

  • The Blue Jays (21-0-2) have outscored their opposition, 93-9, and have four players with double-figure goal totals, led by Breukelen Woodard (19). Emma Huntzinger has seen just 45 shots on goal in her 22 matches. Hopkins is looking to reach its first-ever final. The Falcons (20-1-3) have a +64 goal-margin (73-9) and are paced by Rachael Tirjan with 13-8-34. Ava Wert has seen fewer shots than her counterpart, facing just 34 in 21 matches. Messiah has won six national titles with the last coming in 2019. The two sides battled to a 1-1 draw on Sept. 7. (Watch)

No. 5 Case Western Reserve vs. No. 16 Virginia Wesleyan, 4 p.m.

  • The Spartans (19-0-1) are in the final four for the first time. Camryn Hartman leads the offense with 13 goals and 10 assists, while keeper Maggie Storti has a 0.64 goals-against mark. This is CWRU's first trip to the tournament, much less the final four. The Marlins (18-2-4) ousted defending champion Christopher Newport in the quarterfinals. VWU is led by Shyenne Diaz who has 13-2-28. Rachel Quigley has 10 clean sheets and has conceded just 10 goals all season. Virginia Wesleyan looks to reach its first-ever final. (Watch)
Women's Final - Sunday, 12 p.m.

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2. All-America Teams

United Soccer Coaches

The United Soccer Coaches have announced their 2022 All-America teams.

First Team - Men
K-Puma Galvan, Wisconsin Lutheran
D-Richard Gillespie, Chicago
D-Jake Kent-Loop, Messiah
D-Dylan Reid, Bowdoin
M-Bruno Andino, Stevens
M-Pierce Gallaway, Willamette
M-Luke Groothoff, Messiah
M-Michael Kutsanzira, Washington and Lee
M-Marvin Sibanda, St. Lawrence
F-Jesus Aleman, Saint Thomas
F-Nathan Donovan, UW-Eau Claire
F-Lucas Fecci, Oneonta
F-Matt McDonald, Messiah
F-Ada Okorogheye, Amherst
F-Joseph Thongsythavong, Norwich

First Team - Women
K-Morgan Fedosiewich, Babson
D-Sarah Campbell, Wartburg
D-Annie Isphording, Johns Hopkins
D-Alexis McMahon, UW-La Crosse
D-Bailey Meyer, Trinity (Texas)
D-Jenna Skurcenski, Messiah
M-Kristina Akselsen, Messiah
M-Julia Berg, William Smith
M-Michaela Fasolino, Misericordia
M-Payton McDonnell, Loras
F-Camryn Hartman, Case Western Reserve
F-Jordan Restivo, Johnson and Wales
F-Molly Sheridan, Trinity (Texas)
F-Sarah Smith, Christopher Newport
F-Emma Sweitzer, Misericordia

>> Complete Teams


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3.  Bethel's Big Man On Campus

photo by Caleb Williams

"It was almost a worst-case scenario for Jaran Roste.

The Bethel standout sixth-year quarterback wasn’t sure whether he’d return to the field for his final year of eligibility. He’s glad he did, though. So are the Royals as he’s guided them to a 10-2 mark and a berth in the national quarterfinals.

However, Roste’s season – and career – nearly came to an end four plays into the team’s first game."

>> Field Awareness: Roste dislocated his left (non-throwing) elbow in the opening minutes of the lidlifter against Pacific Lutheran. If that wasn't enough, he sprained the AC joint in his left shoulder against Augsburg on Nov. 5.

>> Calling The Plays: "Roste’s leadership isn’t limited to the field, though. He takes as much pride in his teaching job within Bethel’s BUILD program, which provides a supportive and comprehensive educational experience for students with intellectual disabilities. “I help find internships for students and teach two classes,” he said. “I love working in special education. Being in the classroom and teaching is something I really have a passion for."

>> What They're Saying: “He walks into my office and grabs coffee like he’s the AD,” Bethel head coach Steve Johnson said with a laugh. “He gets along with 60-year-olds and 15-year-olds. He is just a happy guy. He’s into soccer, too. The other day, the soccer team had the U.S. World Cup game on in football film room. There’s Jaran right there with them and he is the most vocal of the bunch."

>> Continue Reading


4.  Bantam Women Top Rankings

Trinity (Conn.) is the top Division III team in both the men's and women's rankings as the College Squash Association posted its latest rankings.

The Bantam women are ranked No. 1 in the country among all colleges, while the Trinity men are sixth which tops all DIII programs.

1-Trinity, 12-Tufts, 13-William Smith, 14-Amherst, 15-Williams

1-Harvard, 6-Trinity, 11-Rochester, 13-Chatham, 14-Williams, 15-Franklin & Marshall

>> Complete Rankings


5.  Lightning Round 


  • Cedar Crest will be constructing a new turf softball field thanks to $1 million in state funding awarded to the College through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.
  • The University System of New Hampshire is freezing undergraduate tuition for in-state students for a fifth straight year. This includes Keene State College and Plymouth State University.

  Happy Birthday

  • Cake and candles for Missy Mariano, head field hockey coach, Hamilton. Missing y'all here in Lancaster.

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