Friday, November 8, 2019

Championship Weekend

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NOVEMBER 8, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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1. Championship Weekend
 
It started back in the heat of mid-August ... it comes to an end in the gray of November. It's Conference Championship Weekend in field hockey, soccer and volleyball with automatic berths to the NCAA tournament on the line.

Today's d3Playbook takes a look at the next three days and what to watch for.

 


2.  How to Make the Field


The regional rankings go a long way to determining if your favorite team can make it into the field without a conference title.

>> Primary Criteria: W-L percentage vs. DIII opponents; strength of schedule; head-to-head competition; results vs. common opponents; results vs. ranked DIII teams; W-L percentage during last 25% of season.

>> Secondary Criteria: results vs. non-DIII opponents; non-DIII W-L percentage; results vs. common non-DIII opponents; non-conference strength of schedule.

>> Be Smart: After conferences determine their champion (automatic qualifiers or AQ) and the independents are selected, remaining teams are considered according to their regional ranking. Example: In Region X, team A is considered before teams B and C. Until A is selected as an at-large, B is not under discussion. B has to be selected before C is under consideration.

 
3. Field Hockey

Seventeen conference champions ... two independents ... and five at-larges will make up the 24-team NCAA championship field. (#) regional ranking

Conference tournaments to watch

Saturday finals
SUNYAC: (3) Cortland at (1) Geneseo, 11:30
NEWMAC: (3) MIT at (2) Babson, 1:00
NJAC: (3) Rowan at (1) TCNJ, 1:00
CAC Final: (4) Christopher Newport at (1) Salisbury, 2:00

Saturday semifinals
NESCAC: (1) Middlebury vs. Hamilton, (2) Tufts vs. (4) Williams
Centennial: (2) Johns Hopkins vs. Gettysburg, (3) F&M vs. Ursinus

 
4. Volleyball

Forty-three conference champions ... one independent ... and 20 at-larges will make up the 64-team NCAA championship field. (#) regional ranking

Conference tournaments to watch

Saturday finals
Landmark: (5) Juniata at (2) Susquehanna, 4:00
MIAA: (5) Hope at (1) Calvin, 7:00
MIAC: (2) St. Olaf at (1) St. Thomas, 7:00
WIAC: (4) Stevens Point at (5) Whitewater, 7:00
SCIAC: (5) Chapman at (2) Claremont-M-S, 7:00

Friday/Saturday/Sunday - Looking Ahead to potential finals
Liberty: (1) Clarkson vs. (2) Ithaca
NESCAC: (1) Tufts vs. (3) Wesleyan
SAA: (2) Berry vs. (3) Birmingham-Southern
SCAC: (1) Trinity TX vs. (3) Colorado College
UAA: #1 Emory vs. #2 Chicago


 
 
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5. Soccer (W)

Forty-three conference champions ... one independent ... and 20 at-larges will make up the 64-team NCAA championship field. (#) regional ranking

Conference tournaments to watch

Saturday Final
MAC Commonwealth: (4) Arcadia at (1) Messiah, 12:00
MIAC: (1) St. Thomas at (3) Augsburg, 2:00
SCIAC: (2) Cal Lutheran at (1) Pomona-Pitzer, 3:00
OAC: (5) Otterbein at (2) Ohio Northern, 5:00

Saturday Semifinals
NESCAC: (3) Tufts vs. (5) Amherst, (2) Middlebury vs. (4) Williams
Centennial: (2) Dickinson vs. (6) Gettysburg, (3) Johns Hopkins vs. (7) Haverford
 
    6. Soccer (M)

    Forty-two conference champions ... one independent ... and 21 at-larges will make up the 64-team NCAA championship field. (#) regional ranking

    Conference tournaments to watch

    Saturday Final
    MIAC: (3) St. Thomas at (5) Gustavus Adolphus, 1:00
    NCAC: (3) Ohio Wesleyan at (2) Kenyon, 1:00
    Capital: (3) Mary Washington at (2) Christopher Newport, 6:00
    American Rivers: (1) Luther at (4) Loras, 8:00

    Saturday Semifinals
    NESCAC: (1) Amherst vs. (6) Middlebury, (2) Tufts vs. (4) Williams
    Centennial: (1) Johns Hopkins vs. (8) Dickinson, (2) F&M vs. (6) Gettysburg
    Liberty: (1) RPI vs. (8) Clarkson, (4) Hobart vs. RIT

     
    7. Weekend Preview

    Football - D3Football.com
    1. Mount Union (vs. Muskingum)
    2. Mary Hardin-Baylor (vs. #25 Texas Lutheran)
    3. UW-Whitewater (vs UW-Stout)
    4. Wheaton, Ill. (vs. Carthage)
    5. Muhlenberg (at Gettysburg)
    6. North Central (vs. Illinois Wesleyan)
    7. Salisbury (at TCNJ)
    8. Saint John's (at Hamline)
    9. Bethel (vs. Augsburg)
    10. John Carroll (at Heidelberg)

    Ice Hockey (M) - USCHO
    1. UW-Stevens Point (vs. Gustavus Adolphus; vs. St. Thomas)
    2. Norwich (vs. New England College; vs. Southern Maine)
    3. St. Norbert (H/H vs. Lake Forest)
    4. Geneseo (vs. Canton)
    5. Oswego (vs. Plattsburgh; vs. Potsdam)
    6. Hobart (vs. Johnson & Wales; vs. Suffolk)
    7. Augsburg (H/A vs. Hamline)
    8. Adrian (A/A vs. Marian)
    9. Trinity (idle)
    10. Manhattanville (vs. #14 Utica; vs. Nazareth)

    Ice Hockey (W) - USCHO
    1. Plattsburgh (H/H vs. Oswego)
    2. Adrian (idle)
    3. Elmira (vs. Wilkes; vs. King's)
    4. Hamline (vs. UW-Superior; vs. Concordia WI)
    5. UW-River Falls (vs. Saint Mary's)
    6. Williams (idle)
    7. UW-Eau Claire (at Bethel; at Gustavus Adolphus)
    8. Norwich (at UMass Boston)
    9. St. Thomas (H/H vs. UW-Stevens Point)
    10. Middlebury (idle)
    H/H - home/home; H/A - home/away; A/H - away/home; A/A - away/away


    Basketball (M) D3hoops.com
    1. Swarthmore (at Eastern)
    2. UW-Oshkosh (at Augustana)
    3. North Central
    4. Amherst
    5. Wittenberg
    6. Emory (vs. #19 Guilford)
    7. Washington-St. Louis (at Illinois College)
    8. Nebraska Wesleyan (vs. #12 Saint John's)
    9. Christopher Newport (at Johns Hopkins)
    10. Nichols

    Basketball (W) D3hoops.com
    1. Amherst
    2. Tufts
    3. Scranton
    4. Wartburg
    5. Bowdoin
    6. Hope (at Luther)
    7. Mary Hardin-Baylor
    8. George Fox (at Trinity TX; vs. East Texas Baptist)
    9. St. Thomas (at East Texas Baptist; at Trinity TX)
    10. DePauw

     
    8.  Comings and Goings
     
     
    9.  Today's Number: 32

    The New York Times reports on Amherst College’s multi-year initiative to overhaul how it recruits student-athletes so that its teams will better reflect the diversity of its overall student body and include more underrepresented ethnic and socioeconomic groups. Three years ago, only 23 percent of recruited players were people of color, so the recruiting strategy branched beyond the usual youth sports tournaments to include athletic clubs in mixed neighborhoods, small urban gyms and athletes in other countries. The college says athletes of color account for 32 percent of its most recent recruiting class, a significant change from 2002, when that number was only 11 percent.

     
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