Monday, September 2, 2019

Happy Labor Day

SEPTEMBER 2, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III

1. Happy Labor Day

On September 2, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor celebrates and honors the greatest worker in the world – the American worker. Labor Day 2019 is the 125th anniversary of Labor Day being celebrated as a national holiday.

On June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed a law making the first Monday in September of each year a national holiday.

>> May Day? Most other countries celebrate International Workers' Day, or “May Day,” instead of Labor Day. The concept is the same, but it is celebrated on May 1 around the globe.

>> Wearing White. The "No White After Labor Day" theory speaks to a more practical approach by pointing out that Memorial Day and Labor Day bracketed the summer season, and therefore lighter, summery, white clothes were no longer needed.

>> Hot Dog! Labor Day also marks the end of Hot Dog season. Don't believe us? It's recorded as such on the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council website.

2. Preseason Polls: Football

  1. Mary Hardin-Baylor
  2. Mount Union
  3. Saint John's
  4. UW-Whitewater
  5. North Central
  6. Johns Hopkins
  7. St. Thomas
  8. Muhlenberg
  9. Hardin-Simmons
  10. Bethel
11. Whitworth, 12. Linfield, 13. Brockport, 14. Delaware Valley, 15. Illinois Wesleyan, 16. Berry, 17. John Carroll, 18. Wittenberg, 19. Rensselaer, 20. Centre, 21. Washington & Jefferson, 22. Wheaton, Ill., 23. Wabash, 24. Randolph-Macon, 25. St. Norbert.
Also receiving votes: Trine, UW-La Crosse, Wartburg, Wesleym, Washington-St. Louis, Montclair State, Alfred, Ithaca, UW-Oshkosh, Central, Case Western Reserve, Baldwin Wallace, Salisbury., Trinity (Texas), Hope, Redlands, Marietta, Trinity (Conn.), MIT.

>> Conference Call: The CCIW and MIAC led all conferences with three teams in the preseason poll. The MIAC placed all three in the top 10. Six other conferences had two representatives in the top 25 - American Southwest, Centennial, North Coast, Northwest, Ohio, and SAA.

>> Looking Back: Mary Hardin-Baylor won its second Stagg Bowl title with a 24-16 victory against Mount Union before a crowd of 6,816 in Shenandoah, Texas. Jase Hammock threw a pair of touchdown passes.

>> Who to Watch: There are 11 returnees from the 2018 All-America first team as selected by
  • Jackson Erdmann, Sr., QB, Saint John's
  • Justin Hill, Sr., WR, Mount Union
  • Ryan Curtiss, Sr., TE, Muhlenberg
  • Dan Greehack, Sr., OG, Saint John's
  • Frankie Feaster, Sr., DE, Muhlenberg
  • Jefferson Fritz, Jr., S, Mary Hardin-Baylor
  • Cal Lewellyn, Sr., CB, Centre
  • Derik Judka, Soph., K, North Central
  • Michael Raczak, Sr., P, Widener
  • Aaron Sims, Soph., RET, Mary Hardin-Baylor
  • Kyle Hogan, Sr., ST, Ohio Wesleyan

>> Poll courtesy of

3. Weekend Recap

Field Hockey

Friday, August 30
(3) Rowan d. (19) Ursinus, 5-4 (2OT)
(4) Messiah d. (16) Christopher Newport, 5-1
Sunday, September 1
(16) Christopher Newport d. (9) Rochester, 1-0


Soccer (M)

Friday, August 30
(11) Cortland d. (4) Rochester, 3-2 (OT)
Sunday, September 1
(3) Chicago tied (12) St. Thomas, 0-0 (OT)


Soccer (W)

Friday, August 30
(5) William Smith d. (10) Hardin-Simmons, 1-0 (2OT)
(8) TCNJ d. (14) Swarthmore, 1-0
Saturday, August 31
(3) Washington-St. Louis tied (15) Hope, 0-0 (OT)
(7) Messiah d. (24) Stevens, 2-0
(16) Johns Hopkins d. (11) Lynchburg, 2-0



Friday, August 30
(1) Emory d. (8) Johnson & Wales, 3-1
(2) Calvin d. (23) Ohio Northern, 3-1
(22) Christopher Newport d. (3) Juniata, 3-2
(4) UW-Eau Claire d. (22) Christopher Newport, 3-1
(19) Berry d. (11) Ithaca, 3-2
(23) Ohio Northern d. (13) Illinois Wesleyan, 3-0
(17) Trinity, Texas d. (15) Mary Hardin-Baylor, 3-1
Saturday, August 31
(2) Calvin d. (13) Illinois Wesleyan, 3-0
(3) Juniata d. (4) UW-Eau Claire, 3-0
(6) Wittenberg d. (13) Illinois Wesleyan, 3-0
(6) Wittenberg d. (23) Ohio Northern, 3-2
(18) Gustavus Adolphus d. (10) Aurora, 3-0
(25) Saint Benedict d. (15) Mary Hardin-Baylor, 3-1
(17) Trinity, Texas d. (25) Saint Benedict, 3-1

4. B1G Jump from the NESCAC

Austin Hutcherson, a 6-6 guard at Wesleyan (Conn.) University, will become the second men's basketball player to go from the NESCAC to the Big Ten as he transferred to Illinois last month. How did he get from Middletown, Conn. to Champaign, Ill.? Easy. A YouTube video and a some USB drives.

>> Where Did You Go, Mr. Robinson? Duncan Robinson played one season at Williams before transferring to Michigan.

5. Today's Tweet

6.  1 fad thing: Wine in a can

Trending, per the Wall Street Journal: Wine in a can, which "comes with a liner whose exact composition is a closely guarded secret." (Subscription)
  • Sales of canned wine rose by nearly 80% this year over last, per Nielsen.
  • The idea is to extend vino to beaching and other outdoor activities.
  • "Still, wine in bottles saw over $15 billion in sales this year and wine in boxes $1.4 billion, while sales of wine in cans amounted to about $90 million."
- courtesy of Axios

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