Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Top Seed Disqualified from Playoffs

NOVEMBER 6, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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1.  SLIAC Top Seed DQ'd From Playoffs

Iowa Wesleyan University, the regular season men's soccer champion in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, was disqualified from the league's postseason tournament due to too many yellow cards during the season.

The SLIAC enacted a set of sportsmanship guidelines during its spring Administrative Council meeting and approved by the Presidents Council, including a limit on the number of yellow or red cards, technicals, ejections, etc. that a team sports could accumulate during the season and still be eligible for the postseason. The upper limit for yellow cards was set at 35 and the Tigers exceeded that by four.

The presidents, ADs, and other administrators felt the league needed to get the SLIAC sports back within the D-III core concepts of sportsmanship, citizenship and responsibility.

Iowa Wesleyan appealed the decision but the appeal was rejected. The Tigers retain the 2019 SLIAC regular-season championship.

>> Of Note: Westminster College moved into the four-team tournament with Iowa Wesleyan's removal. Principia becomes the No. 1 seed and host for today's semifinals.

>> Be Smart: Twenty other Division III teams have exceeded the 35-card total during the 2019 regular season, including seven that have topped the 40-card mark.


2. Hall of Famer Cherishes DIII Days

Billy Wagner saved 422 games in his major league career.
But before he made it to the big leagues, he made his mark at a small college — Ferrum.
He did so well at Ferrum that last weekend, he was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.
“Going to Ferrum was the greatest thing that ever happened in my life,” Wagner, 48, said Wednesday in a phone interview. “My [Ferrum] friends are friends that I still talk to.
“When I think about this honor, I think about those guys. … I would have never been the player I ended up being if it wasn’t for that group of individuals, or that college giving me the opportunity to play.”
Wagner was 17-3 with a 1.63 ERA and 327 strikeouts in 182 1/3 innings at Ferrum from 1991-93. He struck out 109 batters in 51 1/3 innings as a sophomore in 1992, and earned NCAA Division III first-team All-America honors in 1993.
“[Those] that will attend this event will have absolutely no idea where Ferrum’s at,” Wagner said. “But I know that there’s many a school that played us when I was there that remembers us.

>> Of Note: Also inducted into the Hall of Fame was former Florida A&M and major league great Andre Dawson and former Cal State Fullerton star and ex-major league outfielder Mark Kotsay.

>> Worth Noting: “I remember the University of Pittsburgh playing us my freshman year, … down in Orlando. … Robert Fuller starts and we got the lead. … Coach put me in for my first college relief appearance and I think I threw two or three innings and I think I punched out nine guys. So after the game — we won — they wouldn’t shake our hands."

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3.  #whyD3

If you find your passion, attack it, with everything you have, and in the case of LeTourneau’s Alexis Segura, don’t be held down by just one.
“Cross country and soccer are a big love of my life, so if I was able to continue it in college that would be great so I was willing to do anything to do that,” said Segura.
That’s exactly what she’s done, Segura, who is also working on her master’s degree at LeTourneau, hops back and forth during the fall, competing in both sports, as well as running track in the spring, and excelling.

>> The Big Picture: "It's definitely been an adventure trying to keep up with everything at once," Segura said. "I would say, it's just generally how supportive my community is in regards to me being successful in everything. Plus, the professors here are super understanding, and they're always asking how things are going, so you can tell they're really bought in to the students' success here. And I'm really grateful to have coaches here who were so willing to help me to work things out in order to be successful in everything I'm in."

>> The Key Stat: Segura earned a bachelor's degree in sports management in May, all the while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average.

>> Yes, But: "My diet should probably be a little better," she admits. "It's not something I'm quite as proud of, mostly because the trips where I have to travel at 8 o'clock at night until three in the morning. The only places that are open are McDonald's and Taco Bell. So Taco Bell is usually my restaurant of choice before a meet."

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4. Polls
Soccer (M) - United Soccer Coaches
  1. Amherst (14-0-2)
  2. Calvin (18-1)
  3. Johns Hopkins (14-2-1)
  4. Franklin & Marshall (15-2)
  5. Tufts (12-2-2)
  6. Chicago (10-1-5)
  7. John Carroll (15-2-2)
  8. Messiah (14-2-2)
  9. Kenyon (15-1-2)
  10. Oneonta (15-2)
11-15: W&L, RPI, Claremont-M-S, Central, Mary Washington.
16-20: Luther, Roanoke, Connecticut College, North Park, PSU-Behrend.
21-25: Catholic, Colorado College, Christopher Newport, Texas-Dallas, Ithaca.

>> Hello: Texas-Dallas, Ithaca
>> Goodbye: Hardin-Simmons, Loras

Soccer (M) -
  1. Amherst (14-0-2)
  2. Calvin (18-1)
  3. Tufts (12-2-2)
  4. Johns Hopkins (14-2-1)
  5. Kenyon (15-1-2)
  6. Messiah (14-2-2)
  7. Oneonta (15-2)
  8. Franklin & Marshall (15-2)
  9. Chicago (10-1-5)
  10. John Carroll (15-2-2)
11-15: W&L, Christopher Newport, Mary Washington, Roanoke, RPI.
16-20: Ohio Wesleyan, Connecticut College, Oglethorpe, PSU-Behrend, Catholic.
21-25: Eastern Connecticut, Hardin-Simmons, Central, Ithaca, Claremont-M-S.

>> In: Central, Claremont-M-S
>> Out: Luther, Middlebury

Soccer (W) - United Soccer Coaches
  1. Messiah (16-1-1)
  2. William Smith (14-1-1)
  3. Washington-St. Louis (15-1-1)
  4. College of New Jersey (14-1-1)
  5. MIT (17-1-2)
  6. Wheaton, Ill. (16-1-1)
  7. Christopher Newport (15-1-3)
  8. Pomona-Pitzer (15-1-1)
  9. Middlebury (12-1-3)
  10. Centre (19-0)
11-15: Dickinson, Johns Hopkins, Tufts, Geneseo, Arcadia.
16-20: Chicago, Ohio Northern, Stevens, St. Thomas, Amherst.
21-25: Case Western, RIT, Cal Lutheran, Williams, Carnegie Mellon.

>> Hello: Case Western, Cal Lutheran, Williams
>> Bye-Bye: Hardin-Simmons, Otterbein, Trinity TX

Soccer (W) -
  1. Messiah (16-1-1)
  2. Washington-St. Louis (15-1-1)
  3. William Smith (14-1-1)
  4. College of New Jersey (14-1-1)
  5. Wheaton, Ill. (16-1-1)
  6. Centre (19-0)
  7. MIT (17-1-2)
  8. Christopher Newport (15-1-3)
  9. Pomona-Pitzer (15-1-1)
  10. Johns Hopkins (11-1-4)
11-15: Middlebury, Dickinson, Tufts, Randolph-Macon, Chicago.
16-20: Amherst, Emory, Stevens, Arcadia, Trinity TX.
21-25: Hardin-Simmons, W&L, Pacific Lutheran, St. Thomas, Willamette.

>> In: St. Thomas
>> Out: Otterbein

Field Hockey - NFHCA
  1. College of New Jersey (16-0)
  2. Middlebury (15-1)
  3. Salisbury (16-1)
  4. Tufts (13-2)
  5. Bowdoin (14-2)
  6. Johns Hopkins (15-2)
  7. Franklin & Marshall (15-2)
  8. Williams (13-3)
  9. Kean (18-2)
  10. Rowan (14-3)
11-15: Messiah, Ursinus, CNU, Centre, Babson.
16-20: Vassar, Bates, Lynchburg, Colby, Geneseo.

>> Hello: Geneseo.
>> Goodbye: Amherst.

Volleyball - AVCA
  1. Emory (26-2)
  2. Chicago (24-2)
  3. Calvin (22-2)
  4. Carthage (25-3)
  5. Claremont-M-S (24-3)
  6. Johns Hopkins (27-0)
  7. Trinity, Texas (31-4)
  8. Colorado College (29-3)
  9. Berry (23-5)
  10. Hope (21-6)
11-15: Muskingum, Ohio Northern, St. Benedict, Tufts, St. Thomas.
16-20: Susquehanna, Augsburg, Babson, Carnegie Mellon, Transylvania.
21-25: Johnson & Wales RI, Juniata, UW-Whitewater, Wesleyan CT, UW-Eau Claire.

>> Hello: UW-Eau Claire.
>> Outta Here: Washington-St. Louis.

5.  Streaming Schedule

Games to watch on this Wednesday of "Championship Week."

MS (NJAC semifinal): #8 Rowan at #7 Ramapo, 1:30
FH (NJAC semifinal): #5 Stockton at #1 TCNJ, 2:00
MS (Centennial opening round): #5 Gettysburg at #7 Haverford, 2:00
WS (North Coast semifinal): #5 Denison at #6 Wooster, 2:00
FH (North Coast semifinal): #2 Kenyon at #3 Ohio Wesleyan, 3:00
WS (MIAC semifinal): #6 Saint Benedict at #3 Augsburg, 7:00
MS (MIAA semifinal): #4 Kalamazoo at #7 Hope, 7:00
WS (Centennial opening round): #8 McDaniel at #7 Gettysburg, 7:00
VB (ODAC quarterfinal): #5 Washington and Lee at Bridgewater, 7:00
FH (NJAC semifinal): #3 Rowan at #2 Kean, 7:30
WS (CCIW semifinal): #6 North Central at #4 Illinois Wesleyan, 8:00

# regional ranking as of 10/30

6.  Comings and Goings

7.  Preseason All-Americans has announced its 2020 men's basketball preseason All-America team.

First Team
G-Booker Coplin, Augsburg; G-Jake Ross, Springfield; F-Connor Raridon, North Central; F-Zac O'Dell, Swarthmore; C-Jack Flynn, UW-Oshkosh.

Second Team
G-Kena Gilmour, Hamilton; G-Ben College, Whitworth; F-Sam Toney, New Jersey City; F-Connor Seipel, Wittenberg; F-Will Carius, Monmouth.

>> Complete List

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