Thursday, November 7, 2019

How Women Got a Foot in the Game

NOVEMBER 7, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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1. How Women Got a Foot in the Game

Before women's soccer exploded in popularity, three Vermont colleges quietly helped kick off the sport, putting female athletes on the field of competition.

by Amy Wimmer Schwarb, CHAMPION Magazine

"The memories are hazy. Even coming back here, on this old patch of pitch where they were made some 50 years ago, does little to coax them into focus.
Yet as she stands on a soccer field in Vermont, the 73-year-old woman in the pink cardigan squints in the sun of a cloudless September day and tries to remember anyway. The details are sparse … a visiting team of women from another college … a soccer field near the new dining hall … a late-game run at the goal.
The young women listening to Suzanne Roberts, all members of the Castleton women’s soccer team, catch one another’s glance and share smiles when Roberts mentions “the new dining commons.” That building hasn’t been new since 1964.
“Everybody came out of the cafeteria and watched our game,” Roberts recounts. “The man I was dating, he was on the men’s soccer team and was standing there with his friends.
“I can almost remember which side of the field I was on when I ran down and kicked that ball and it went into the goal,” she recalls, the memories flooding faster now. “His friends cheered and gave him a punch on the shoulder — kind of like, ‘Look what she did.’”

The win-loss record for the 1966 Spartans women’s soccer team has been lost to time. Memories like Roberts’ hold some of the only evidence of their accomplishments, yet she can’t even recall her teammates’ names.
Still, the way they made her feel has endured for a lifetime. “I was so shy and quiet when I was young,” she says. “But they helped bring me out, made me feel accepted. Like I was part of a team.”
She had no idea they were making history."

>> The Big Picture: “There are some people who think that women’s soccer started in 1999 when the women’s team won the World Cup and Brandi Chastain ripped off her shirt. The reality is, there’s a much richer history of women’s soccer in this country than people realize.” - Shawn Ladda, a kinesiology professor and women’s sports historian, Manhattan College.

>> Worth Noting: The biggest challenge then Castleton State College AD T.R. Terry faced in 1966 wasn’t starting the team. It was finding other teams to play. Among the competitors were nearby Johnson State, where women’s soccer might have started as early as 1958, and Lyndon State. (Those two schools would combine in 2018 to become Northern Vermont.)

>> Be Smart: In 1980, SUNY Cortland beat UCLA in the final game of a national tournament that led the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women to create a national women’s soccer championship. It sponsored just one, in 1981, before the NCAA took over women’s championships in 1982.

>> What's Next: Three emerging sports - equestrian, triathlon and rugby. Acrobatics and tumbling as well as wrestling could be on the horizon.

>> Keep Reading

2. Lakeland Offers Free Tuition Program

Lakeland University, a member of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, will begin offering a free tuition program next fall for qualifying students.
The university, located in rural Sheboygan County, said it is the first private college in Wisconsin to offer such a program, which will cover tuition and fees through the Wisconsin State Grant, Federal Pell Grant and Lakeland funding.
The program, called the Lakeland Promise, will be available to in-state dependent students whose household adjusted gross income is less than $40,000 or independent students with an income of less than $15,000. Students whose expected family contribution is less than $1,700 will also qualify, regardless of household income.
The program will allow incoming students to attend Lakeland tuition- and fee-free for four years, and transfer students for up to three years.

>> Situational Awareness: Lakeland has worked to address the student debt crisis in recent years through its cooperative education model, which allows students to gain 12 to 18 months of professional work experience with area companies and earn wages and scholarships over four years to defray tuition costs.

>> What They're Saying: “One of the great misconceptions is that a private, liberal arts education is too expensive and out of reach. Lakeland has been offering a private education at a public school cost for years. Students and parents are responding to our innovative use of co-op to earn a degree with little or no debt while earning professional work experience.” - David Black, president, Lakeland

- courtesy of Milwaukee Business Times

3.  Your Streaming Schedule

WS (OAC semifinal): #5 Otterbein at #4 Capital, 4:00
MS (OAC semifinal): #5 Mount Union at #6 Otterbein, 7:00
WS (NEWMAC semifinal): #10 Springfield at #1 MIT, 7:00
VB (NEWMAC semifinal): #10 Coast Guard at #2 Babson, 7:00
VB (OAC semifinal): #7 Otterbein at #2 Muskingum, 7:00
VB (MIAC semifinal): #4 Augsburg at #1 St. Thomas, 8:00
VB (MIAC semifinal): #3 Saint Benedict at #2 St. Olaf, 8:00
VB (WIAC semifinal): #4 UW-Stevens Point at #3 UW-Eau Claire, 8:00
VB (SCIAC semifinal): #8 Cal Lutheran at #5 Chapman, 10:00
WS (SCIAC semifinal): #6 Chapman at #2 Cal Lutheran, 10:00

# regional ranking as of 11/6


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4.   Topping the Charts

The next-to-last regional rankings of the 2019 fall season (first for football) were released on Wednesday. Here is who tops each region in each sport.

Field Hockey
Great Lakes: Centre (16-0)
New England East: Endicott (16-4)
New England West: Middlebury (15-1)
North Atlantic: Geneseo (17-2)
South Atlantic: TCNJ (16-0)
South: Salisbury (16-1)

East: Salisbury (7-0)
North: Mount Union (8-0)
South: Mary Hardin-Baylor (8-0)
West: UW-Whitewater (8-0)

Soccer (W)
Central: Washington-St. Louis (15-1-1)
East: William Smith (14-1-1)
Great Lakes: Case Western Reserve (13-4)
Mid-Atlantic: Messiah (16-1-1)
New England: MIT (17-1-2)
North: St. Thomas (14-2-2)
South Atlantic: TCNJ (14-1-1)
West: Pomona-Pitzer (15-1-1)

Soccer (M)
Central: Calvin (18-1)
East: Rensselaer (14-2-2)
Great Lakes: John Carroll (15-2-2)
Mid-Atlantic: Johns Hopkins (14-2-1)
New England: Amherst (14-0-2)
North: Luther (14-4-1)
South Atlantic: Washington and Lee (13-2-3)
West: Claremont-M-S (12-3-2)

Volleyball (W)
Central: St. Thomas (27-4)
Great Lakes: Calvin (22-2)
Mid Atlantic: Johns Hopkins (27-0)
Midwest: Chicago (24-2)
New England: Tufts (24-1)
New York: Clarkson (23-5)
South: Emory (26-2)
West: Trinity TX (31-4)

5. Polls

Cross Country (M) - USTFCCCA
  1. North Central
  2. Williams
  3. Claremont-M-S
  4. Carnegie Mellon
  5. Pomona-Pitzer
  6. Johns Hopkins
  7. Wartburg
  8. Washington-St. Louis
  9. Geneseo
  10. Chicago
11-15: Calvin, MIT, UW-La Crosse, Berea, Otterbein (tie), RPI (tie).
17-20: Amherst, John Carroll, Carleton, Case Western.
21-25: Middlebury, Haverford, St. Lawrence, Colby, St. Thomas.
26-30: St. Olaf, Oneonta, Bates (tie), Ithaca (tie), Emory.
31-35: UW-Stout, Dickinson, UW-Eau Claire, UC Santa Cruz, Ramapo.

>> Hello: Oneonta, Ramapo.
>> Bye-Bye: UW-Oshkosh, Trine

Cross Country (W) - USTFCCCA
  1. Johns Hopkins
  2. Washington-St. Louis
  3. MIT
  4. Williams
  5. Dickinson
  6. Carleton
  7. Chicago
  8. Geneseo
  9. Tufts
  10. Claremont-M-S
11-15: UW-Eau Claire, Oberlin, Wartburg, RPI, UW-La Crosse.
16-20: St. Thomas, Pomona-Pitzer, Bates, W&L, Rochester.
21-25: John Carroll, Middlebury, Baldwin Wallace, St. Olaf, Carnegie Mellon.
26-30: Ithaca, Hope, Emory, Wheaton IL, Kenyon.
31-35: UC Santa Cruz, Bowdoin, Vassar, Allegheny, Centre.

>> Hello: St. Olaf, Ithaca, Wheaton IL, Kenyon, Bowdoin
>> Bye-Bye: Wesleyan, Gustavus Adolphus, Calvin, NYU.

6. Comings and Goings

 7.  Play of the Day

8.  1 Happy Thing

For the 40th anniversary of the Happy Meal, McDonald's is bringing back some of its classic toys (available today through Monday), including:
  • Cowboy McNugget, Fireman McNugget, Mail Carrier McNugget (1988)
  • Hamburglar (1995)
  • Furby (1999)

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