Friday, November 15, 2019

How The Cortaca Jug Came to Met Life

NOVEMBER 15, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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1.  How the Cortaca Jug Came to Met Life

To see a big plan through to conclusion, collaboration is needed and not always at the highest levels.
The thought of Division III football teams playing in a stadium that hosted a Super Bowl in 2014 and is home to two NFL teams on its face seems absurd.
But come 1 p.m. Nov. 16, Ithaca College and SUNY Cortland will play the 61st edition of the Cortaca Jug at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
So many things had to fall into place, but it’s possible the relationship between the schools’ athletic directors was the biggest factor in making it a reality.

>> Situational AwarenessMarc Hudak (Ithaca '90), the president of the New York City chapter of the National Football Foundation, made the original proposal to Ithaca AD Susan Bassett in June of 2018. "We saw the potential. There’s a strong downstate contingency for both Cortland and Ithaca, especially with the alumni base, with a lot of our alumni being from down there, still living in the area," said Bassett.

>> Reality Check: “For Ithaca College, this is the largest gathering of alumni ever in the history of the college,” Bassett said. “It’s a tremendous visibility opportunity, a tremendous alumni and student-engagement opportunity for both Cortland and Ithaca. - Bassett

>> The Bottom Line: “With this going to MetLife and hitting almost a national high-pitched level, the exposure for our programs has been extraordinary. I can’t believe the amount of interest and notes and letters and emails I’m getting from all over the place. … So many people are talking about it from an excitement standpoint and you see it from the numbers. Our campus is getting unbelievable exposure.” - Mike Urtz, Cortland AD

>> Of NoteGreg Sankey, commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, has tweeted about the annual game to anyone interested in a college football story outside the SEC. Sankey is a proud graduate of Cortland. And Doug Morrone, head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars and former TE coach for the Red Dragons, also had some comments about his biggest game.

>> Keep Reading courtesy of Rob Centorani, Ithaca Journal
>> Go Deeper courtesy of Adam Turer,

2.  Land of Hope and Dreams
What a weekend we have in store for you! Cross Country holds eight regional championships with teams and individuals looking to qualify for the national meet next weekend. Field Hockey plays its Round of 16 and quarterfinal matches on the road to next weekend's Final Four. By the end of the day Sunday, men's and women's soccer will be down to the Sweet 16, while women's volleyball will have determined its Elite Eight.

If that's not enough ... football determines its 32-team field and bracket on Sunday, while the regular season continues in basketball, ice hockey, swimming and wrestling.

Whew! But this is why we got into the business. Enjoy a great weekend of action.


3.  Runnin' Down a Dream

The 2019 NCAA Division III cross country regional championships take place Saturday at eight locations around the country. Links will take you to host site information/results.

4. Hoping to Get to the Nook 

Round of 16
#6 Franklin & Marshall at #1 TCNJ; MIT vs. #17 Geneseo
#14 Babson at #2 Middlebury; #20 Endicott vs. #9 Kean
FDU-Florham at #3 Salisbury; #16 Lynchburg vs. #8 Rowan
#11 Messiah at #5 Johns Hopkins; Denison vs. #4 Tufts

Final Four
Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 23-24 at Spooky Nook Sports Complex, Manheim, PA

>> What to Watch For: Middlebury has the longest home winning streak in D-III (34), while Babson has the third-longest road win streak (8). TCNJ's Cayla Andrews leads the country with 31 goals and has 74 for her career.
5. Volleyball 

#15 Saint Benedict d. UW-Eau Claire, 3-1; Northwestern-St. Paul d. #23 St. Olaf, 3-1
#3 Calvin d. DePauw, 3-0; #10 Ohio Northern d. Aurora, 3-0
#10 Hope d. UT Dallas 3-2; #14 Muskingum d. Wittenberg, 3-1
UW-Stevens Point d. #16 Augsburg, 3-2; #12 St. Thomas d. Dubuque, 3-1

bold indicates host

at Emory (begins today)
at Clarkson (begins today)
at Johns Hopkins (begins today)
at Tufts (begins today)
at Christopher Newport (begins today)
at Chicago (begins today)

>> What to Watch For: Johns Hopkins is the only unbeaten team (29-0) in the field. The Blue Jays are attempting to become just the fourth D-III team to post an undefeated season, joining Central (41-0, 1999), Washington-St. Louis (40-0, 1992) and Bates (36-0, 1989). Saint Benedict's Madison Weiss tops D-III in blocks per set (1.69) and is second in hitting percentage (.425). Clarkson's Kate Isaksen is eighth on the all-time D-III dig chart (3,112).

>> Bracket with links


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6. Soccer (W) 

16 sites hosting for first two rounds
  • Messiah, Hardin-Simmons, MIT, TCNJ
  • Wheaton IL, St. Thomas,, Ohio Northern, Carnegie Mellon
  • Washington-St. Louis, Cal Lutheran, Wartburg, Chicago
  • William Smith, Middlebury, Johns Hopkins, Amherst
>> What to Watch For: Hardin-Simmons' Taylor Bernal has played in more matches (115) than any other active collegian. St. Scholastica's Morgan Friday leads the country with 29 goals. MIT's Ava Gillikin tops the D-III charts in goals-against average (0.128) and save percentage (.958).

>> Bracket with links
    7. Soccer (M) 

    16 sites hosting for first two rounds
    • Keene State, Mary Washington, RPI, Oneonta
    • John Carroll, Trinity TX, F&M, Kenyon
    • Catholic, Christopher Newport, Tufts, W&L
    • Hope, Luther, Calvin, North Park
    >> What to Watch For: Oneonta's Witman Hernandez leads D-III with 10 game-winning goals. WPI's Rufus Adams tops the country in goals-against average (0.429) and save percentage (.889).

    >> Bracket with links

    8. Weekend Preview

    Football -
    1. Mount Union (at Marietta)
    2. Mary Hardin-Baylor (at Sul Ross State)
    3. UW-Whitewater (vs UW-Oshkosh)
    4. Wheaton, Ill. (at Elmhurst)
    5. Muhlenberg (vs. Moravian)
    6. North Central (at Millikin)
    7. Salisbury (at William Paterson)
    8. Saint John's (vs. Rose-Hulman)
    9. Bethel (at #17 St. Thomas)
    10. John Carroll (at Baldwin Wallace)
    Two Games to Watch
    WIAC Championship: Whitewater vs. Oshkosh
    MWC Championship: Monmouth vs. St. Norbert

    Ice Hockey (M) - USCHO
    1. Norwich (at #5 Hobart; at Skidmore)
    2. Geneseo (at Cortland; vs. #3 Oswego)
    3. Oswego (vs. Brockport; at #2 Geneseo)
    4. Augsburg (vs. #8 UW-Eau Claire)
    5. Hobart (vs. #1 Norwich; vs. Castleton)
    6. UW-Stevens Point (at Saint John's; at Bethel)
    7. Trinity (vs. Connecticut College; vs. Tufts)
    8. UW-Eau Claire (at Gustavus; at #4 Augsburg)
    9. Adrian (H/H vs. Finlandia)
    10. St. Norbert (A/A vs. Trine)

    Ice Hockey (W) - USCHO
    1. Plattsburgh (exhbition vs. Bishop's)
    2. Adrian (A/A vs. Marian)
    3. Elmira (vs. William Smith)
    4. UW-River Falls (vs. UW-Stevens Point; at Northland)
    5. Hamline (A/H vs. Augsburg)
    6. Williams (A/A vs. Colby)
    7. Norwich (vs. UNE; at Trinity)
    8. UW-Eau Claire (at Northland; at UW-Superior)
    9. Gustavus Adolphus (H/H vs. St. Catherine's)
    10. Middlebury (A/A vs. Connecticut College)
    H/H - home/home; H/A - home/away; A/H - away/home; A/A - away/away

    Basketball (M)
    1. Swarthmore (at Neumann)
    2. UW-Oshkosh 
    3. North Central (vs. Greenville)
    4. Amherst
    5. Wittenberg (at Brooklyn)
    6. Emory 
    7. Washington-St. Louis (at UW-Whitewater; at UW-Platteville)
    8. Nebraska Wesleyan (vs. McMurry; vs. Hardin-Simmons)
    9. Christopher Newport (vs. Marywood; vs. TBA)
    10. Nichols (vs. E. Connecticut; vs. TBA)

    Basketball (W)
    1. Amherst (vs. New Jersey City)
    2. Tufts (vs. Roger Williams; vs. New Paltz)
    3. Scranton (at Ursinus; vs. TBA)
    4. Wartburg (at #19 UW-La Crosse; at UW-Eau Claire)
    5. Bowdoin (at Endicott)
    6. Hope (vs. Finlandia; vs. Hanover)
    7. Mary Hardin-Baylor (vs. Wayland Baptist)
    8. George Fox  (vs. Pomona-Pitzer; vs. UC Santa Cruz)
    9. St. Thomas 
    10. DePauw (at UW-Whitewater)

    Wrestling NWCA
    1. Wabash (vs. Manchester)
    2. Loras (at Luther Open)
    3. Wartburg (at Luther Open)
    4. Mount Union
    5. Augsburg
    6. UW-Whitewater (tie) (at Luther Open)
    7. UW-La Crosse (tie) (at Luther Open)
    8. Stevens (vs. #15 Ithaca)
    9. Baldwin Wallace (tie)
    10. Coe (tie) (at Luther Open)

    9.  Comings and Goings
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