Friday, October 18, 2019

The Notre Dame of eSports

OCTOBER 18, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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1. The Notre Dame of eSports

It’s not often that Ohio State enters a sporting event against a smaller school as an underdog, especially when the competition comes from a recently founded science and technology college with an undergraduate enrollment of just 750 full-time students.
But that's exactly how Ohio State's student newspaper, the Lantern, described its team.
"With no jerseys, scholarships or prior practice as a team, Ohio State League of Legends was the underdog heading into its semifinal match against Harrisburg University Team A," student reporter Aaron Lien wrote in a recent article about a college esports tournament.

Through a traditional sports lens, it's a ludicrous scenario: A school that has no other varsity sports teams is expected to beat a competitor that has an NCAA Division I athletic program with a budget of $175 million or more and a student body more than 10 times its size. But there is nothing traditional about esports, nor Harrisburg University.

>> Situational Awareness: The eSports training facility is 2,500 square feet - a gamer's haven. The annual budget is estimated at $2 million, including coaching and staff salaries, facilities, technology, travel and event production.

>> The Big Picture: Harrisburg can establish its brand through gaming while other, better-known institutions with deeper coffers aren’t involved. If the university can establish a brand of excellence in college esports similar to what traditional powerhouses such as Alabama or Duke have done in football and basketball, the thinking goes, it can elevate the profile of the school as a whole.

>> They Said It: And in some sense, [the goal is to] become the Notre Dame of esports - a smaller, private, independent [university] that can keep pace and, on any given day, beat the big guys." - Eric Darr, president, Harrisburg University

>> Go Deeper thanks to Alex Andrejev, Washington Post

2.  The Tommies vs. The Johnnies

Jerry Haugen has been part of 47 of the previous 88 football games between Saint John's and St. Thomas. If you do the math ... that 55 percent of all Johnnies-Tommies games.

On Oct. 16, 2019, as the St. John’s football team prepares for another matchup with St. Thomas, the defensive coordinator remains disbelieving the classic rivalry with the Tommies is coming to an end.
“I was hearing that stuff about St. Thomas leaving the MIAC when it first came out last spring,” Haugen said. “And I said, ‘This is going nowhere. This is not going to happen.’ ”
Haugen paused, shook his head and said: “Apparently, it’s happening.”

“It bothers me that they are leaving; the way it came about,” he continued. “I see athletics as being a challenge, not just to exist. And St. Thomas is the challenge. Beat the Tommies in anything, you’re pretty good.”

>> Why It Matters: Thirty-thousand-plus at Target Field in 2017. Crowds reaching 18,000 at Clemens Stadium in Collegeville. And this Saturday, 20,000 at Allianz Field.

>> Keep Reading from Patrick Reusse, Minneapolis Star Tribune


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3.  Your Streaming Schedule

These are games worth tuning in for. All times EDT 
  • Soccer (M): Hobart at #9 Rensselaer, 4:00 (watch)
  • Soccer (M): Johns Hopkins at #3 Franklin & Marshall, 1:00 (watch)
  • Soccer (W): Claremont-M-S at #7 Pomona-Pitzer, 2:00 (watch)
  • Football: #4 Saint John's at #11 St. Thomas, 2:10 (watch)
  • Volleyball: #4 Carthage at #2 Calvin, 2:30 (watch)
  • Field Hockey: #14 Christopher Newport at #3 Salisbury, 6:00 (watch)
  • Volleyball: #1 Emory vs. #3 Chicago, 2:00 (watch)
    4. Weekend Preview

    Football -
    1. Mary Hardin-Baylor (at Southwestern)
    2. Mount Union (vs. Capital)
    3. UW-Whitewater (at UW-Stevens Point)
    4. Saint John's (at #11 St. Thomas)
    5. Wheaton, Ill. (vs. Washington-St. Louis)
    6. Muhlenberg (vs. Ursinus)
    7. Berry (at Birmingham-Southern)
    8. North Central (at Carroll)
    9. Ithaca (vs. Hobart)
    10. Bethel (vs. St. Olaf)
    Soccer (M) - United Soccer Coaches
    1. Amherst (at Colby)
    2. Calvin (at Adrian)
    3. Franklin & Marshall (vs. Johns Hopkins)
    4. Washington and Lee (at Virginia Wesleyan)
    5. Chicago (at Brandeis; at NYU)
    6. Oneonta (vs. Brockport; vs. Geneseo)
    7. Kenyon (vs. Wabash)
    8. Claremont-M-S (vs. La Verne)
    9. Rensselaer (vs. Hobart; vs. RIT)
    10. Catholic (at Juniata)
    Soccer (W) - United Soccer Coaches
    1. Middlebury (vs. Trinity; at Amherst)
    2. Messiah (vs. Lebanon Valley)
    3. William Smith (vs. Rensselaer; vs. Union)
    4. Washington-St. Louis (at #21 NYU; at Brandeis)
    5. College of New Jersey (vs. New Jersey City)
    6. Johns Hopkins (vs. Swarthmore)
    7. Pomona-Pitzer (vs. Claremont-M-S)
    8. Christopher Newport (at Mary Washington)
    9. Wheaton, Ill. (at North Central)
    10. MIT (at Coast Guard)
    Field Hockey - NFHCA
    1. Middlebury (vs. Trinity; vs. St. John Fisher)
    2. College of New Jersey (at #20 Montclair State)
    3. Salisbury (vs. #14 Christopher Newport)
    4. Bowdoin (idle)
    5. Franklin & Marshall (at Washington College)
    6. Tufts (vs. Connecticut College)
    7. Rowan (at Ramapo)
    8. Williams (vs. #15 Bates)
    9. Vassar (vs. William Smith; at Rochester)
    10. Johns Hopkins (vs. Swarthmore)

    Volleyball - AVCA
    1. Emory (vs. Hendrix; at Case Western Reserve; vs. #3 Chicago)
    2. Calvin (vs. Ithaca; vs. Elmhurst; vs. #4 Carthage)
    3. Chicago (vs. Rochester; vs. #1 Emory)
    4. Carthage (at #20 Hope; at #2 Calvin)
    5. Claremont-M-S (at Whittier; vs. Chapman)
    6. Colorado College (vs. Schreiner; vs. Centenary; vs. Southwestern; at U. of Dallas)
    7. UW-Whitewater (at UW-River Falls)
    8. Trinity, Texas (vs. JWU Denver; vs. Austin; vs. St. Thomas Texas; vs. Texas Lutheran)
    9. Johns Hopkins (vs. Swarthmore; vs. #25 Susquehanna)
    10. Berry (vs. Rhodes; vs. Hendrix)

    5.  Comings and Goings

    6.  1 Pumpkin Thing

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    Thursday, October 17, 2019

    DIII Continues Academic Success

    OCTOBER 17, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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    1.  DIII Continues Academic Success

    Division III schools continue to report outstanding Academic Success Rates, according to the NCAA's most recent year of voluntary data collection.
    Division III’s Academic Success Rate is similar to Division I’s Graduation Success Rate and Division II’s ASR, as it includes transfers in the calculation and accounts for students who left school while academically eligible. 
    Based on a representative sample of 264 schools, the national four-year average ASR for Division III stands at 87%.
    Even when using the less inclusive federal graduation rates, Division III student-athletes outperform their peers in the general student body. The four-class average federal rate for athletes was 67%, and the federal rate for the overall student body was 63%.

    >> Situational Awareness: All colleges and universities are required by NCAA legislation and federal law (the Student Right-to-Know act from 1990) to report student graduation rates, and those institutions offering athletics aid are required to report for their student-athletes as well. The NCAA acquires student-athlete graduation rate data from the Department of Education’s Integrated Post-Secondary Data System Graduation Rate Survey (IPEDS-GRS).

    >> Between The Lines: The student-athlete graduation rate calculated directly based on IPEDS-GRS (which is the methodology the U.S. Department of Education requires) is the proportion of first-year, full-time student-athletes who entered a school on athletics aid and graduated from that institution within six years. This federal rate does not account for students who transfer from their original institution and graduate elsewhere; they are considered non-graduates at both the college they left and the one from which they eventually graduate.

    >> Worth Noting: More than half of Division III institutions (264) participate in the voluntary program. Thirty-six schools provided data for the first time in 2018-19.

    >> The Final Word: This is the last year Division III will collect student-athlete graduation rates on a voluntary basis. At the 2019 NCAA Convention, the Division III membership passed a proposal requiring all schools to submit student-athlete graduation rates data to the NCAA on an annual basis. 

    2.  Debating the Debates Worth

    On Tuesday, Otterbein University hosted the democratic presidential debate. For the past 40 years, college campuses have been hosting presidential debates. Next year will be no different. The University of Notre Dame, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and Belmont University will all hold presidential debates in 2020. The University of Utah will host the vice-presidential debate. It’s not a cheap gig: Host campuses must pay a minimum fee this year of $2.5 million, which goes to the Commission on Presidential Debates. But what do the colleges get in return? Here’s what the Division III colleges that have hosted debates since 1988 have said.

    Washington U. in St. Louis

    St. Louis, Mo.
    Debate years: 1992, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2016
    Debate type: Presidential (4), Vice presidential
    Candidates: George H.W. Bush vs. Bill Clinton vs. Ross Perot/George W. Bush vs. Al Gore/George W. Bush vs. John Kerry/Joe Biden vs. Sarah Palin/Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump
    Enrollment: 17,021
    The payoff: 66.5 million viewers, more than 5,000 mentions of the university’s name in mainstream-media coverage
    Did you know? In 1992, back when film wasn’t digital, the university turned showers into photo-developing and -transmitting facilities for photographers on site. One other bit: The university was scheduled to host a Bill Clinton/Bob Dole debate in 1996, but it was canceled two weeks beforehand, when the number of presidential debates was scaled back to two. So Wash U. has actually been asked six times since 1992 to host a debate but did so only five times.

    Centre College

    Danville, Ky.
    Debate years: 2000, 2012
    Debate type: Vice presidential
    Candidates: Dick Cheney vs. Joe Lieberman/Joe Biden vs. Paul Ryan
    Enrollment: 1,440
    The payoff: Publicity value: $53 million. Positive momentum that led to a $200-million campaign ($10 million over the goal), exposure to 51.4 million viewers, 10-percent increase in student body, name recognition
    Did you know? In 2000 the debate at Centre College was dubbed the “Thrill in the ’Ville.” The 2012 debate’s moniker? “Thrill in the ’Ville 2.” It’s the smallest college in the smallest town to host two general-election debates.

    U. of Massachusetts at Boston

    Boston, Mass.
    Debate year: 2000
    Debate type: Presidential
    Candidates: George W. Bush vs. Al Gore
    Enrollment: 9,440
    The payoff: 46.6 million viewers
    Did you know? The debate fell on the same day as the first-round playoff game between the New York Yankees and the Oakland Athletics. NBC left up to its local affiliates to decide which event to air.

    Case Western Reserve U.

    Cleveland, Ohio
    Debate year: 2004
    Debate type: Vice presidential
    Candidates: Dick Cheney vs. John Edwards
    Enrollment: 4,966
    The payoff: 43.5 million viewers
    Did you know? The moniker for the debate was the “Race at Case.”

    >> Keep Reading from the Chronicle of Higher Education


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    3.   NFHCA Announces Senior All-Stars 

    Annually, the Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Division III Senior Game features top senior players in the nation. The selected seniors are given the opportunity to represent their institution while competing against their peers. This year, the Division III Senior Game will take place in conjunction with the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship in Manheim, Pennsylvania.
    The Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Division III Senior Game is currently projected for 5:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex following the completion of the NCAA Division III semifinal games.

    >> Congratulations to all 60 Participants

    4. Polls

    Cross Country (M) - USTFCCCA
    1. North Central (tie)
    2. Williams (tie)
    3. Wartburg
    4. Washington-St. Louis
    5. Geneseo
    6. Claremont-M-S
    7. Carnegie Mellon
    8. Johns Hopkins
    9. Pomona-Pitzer
    10. Chicago
    11. Otterbein, 12. MIT, 13. Calvin, 14. Rensselaer, 15. John Carroll, 16. UW-La Crosse, 17. Bates, 18. Amherst, 19. St. Olaf, 20. Middlebury.

    21. Berea, 22. Dickinson, 23. UW-Stevens Point, 24. Emory, 25. Haverford, 26. Carleton, 27. Ithaca, 28. UW-Eau Claire, 29. Case Western Reserve, 30. UC Santa Cruz, 31. UW-Oshkosh, 32. NYU, 33. UW-Stout, 34. Trine, 35. St. Lawrence

    >> Hello: St. Lawrence
    >> Bye-Bye: Ramapo

    Cross Country (W) - USTFCCCA

    1. Johns Hopkins
    2. Chicago
    3. Washington-St. Louis
    4. Tufts
    5. Williams
    6. Dickinson
    7. MIT
    8. Geneseo
    9. Pomona-Pitzer
    10. Oberlin
    11. Wartburg, 12. Carleton, 13. Claremont-M-S, 14. Rensselaer, 15. UW-Eau Claire, 16. St. Thomas, 17. Hope, 18. Middlebury, 19. Baldwin Wallace, 20. Rochester.

    21. John Carroll, 22. St.Olaf, 23. Case Western, 24. RIT, 25. Centre, 26. Allegheny, 27. Elmhurst, 28. UC Santa Cruz, 29. Wesleyan, Conn., 30. Emory, 31. Coast Guard, 32. UW-Oshkosh, 33. Washington and Lee, 34. Vassar, 35. Swarthmore.

    >> Hello: UW-Oshkosh
    >> Bye-Bye: UW-Stevens Point, Otterbein

    Golf (M) - Golfstat
    1. Illinois Wesleyan
    2. Huntingdon
    3. Emory
    4. Claremont-M-S
    5. St. Thomas
    6. Hampden-Sydney
    7. Wittenberg
    8. Methodist
    9. Gustavus Adolphus
    10. UW-Eau Claire
    11. Southwestern, 12. Washington and Lee, 13. Carnegie Mellon, 14. New York U., 15. Redlands, 16. Guilford, 17. Babson, 18. Aurora, 19. Oglethorpe, 20. Williams, 21. Webster, 22. Saint John's, 23. Concordia, Texas, 24. Greensboro, 25. Piedmont.

    >> Conference Call: USA South (4), MIAC (3), ODAC (3), UAA (3), SCIAC (2), ASC (1), CCIW (1), NACC (1), NCAC (1), NESCAC (1), NEWMAC (1), SAA (1), SCAC (1), SLIAC (1), WIAC (1)

    Golf (W) - Golfstat
    1. Redlands
    2. Carnegie Mellon
    3. George Fox
    4. Claremont-M-S
    5. Pomona-Pitzer
    6. Williams
    7. New York U.
    8. Washington-St. Louis
    9. Methodist
    10. Rhodes
    11. Bethel, 12. Saint Catherine, 13. Cal Lutheran, 14. Carleton, 15. Denison, 16. UW-Whitewater, 17. Washington and Lee, 18. Illinois Wesleyan, 19. Amherst, 20. Middlebury, 21. Centre, 22. DePauw, 23. Oglethorpe, 24. Saint Mary's, Ind., 25. Berry.

    >> Conference Call: SAA (4), SCIAC (4), MIAC (3), NESCAC (3), UAA (3), NCAC (2), CCIW (1), MIAA (1), NWC (1), ODAC (1), USA South (1), WIAC (1)

    Swimming (M) - CSCAA
    1. Denison
    2. Kenyon
    3. Emory
    4. Johns Hopkins
    5. Washington-St. Louis
    6. Chicago
    7. MIT
    8. Carnegie Mellon
    9. Pomona-Pitzer
    10. Williams
    11. Tufts, 12. Coast Guard, 13. Amherst, 14. Swarthmore, 15. Calvin, 16. New York U., 17. John Carroll, 18. Rowan, 19. Claremont-M-S, 20. Albion, 21. Merchant Marine, 22. TCNJ, 23. Carthage, 24. Birmingham-Southern, 25. Geneseo.

    >> Conference Call: UAA (5), NESCAC (3), MIAA (2), NCAC (2), NEWMAC (2), NJAC (2), SCIAC (2), CCIW (1), Centennial (1), OAC (1), SAA (1), Skyline (1), SUNYAC (1), Independent (1).

    Swimming (W) CSCAA
    1. Emory
    2. Denison
    3. Kenyon
    4. Williams
    5. New York U.
    6. Johns Hopkins
    7. Chicago
    8. Tufts
    9. MIT
    10. Washington-St. Louis
    11. Saint Catherine's, 12. Amherst, 13. Pomona-Pitzer, 14. Geneseo, 15. Claremont-M-S, 16. Bates, T17. Carnegie Mellon, T17. Calvin, 19. Washington and Lee, 20. Ursinus, 21. Franklin, 22. Bowdoin, T23. Trinity, Texas, T23. Rowan, 25. Allegheny.

    >> Conference Call: UAA (5), NCAC (4), NESCAC (4), SCIAC (2), MIAC (1), Centennial (1), HCAC (1), MIAA (1), NEWMAC (1), NJAC (1), ODAC (1), SCAC (1), SUNYAC (1), Independent (1)

    5.  Comings and Goings 

    6.  Play of the Day

    7.  Tweet of the Day

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    8. 1 Tailgat(or)ing Thing

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    Wednesday, October 16, 2019

    D3Playbook: The Officiating Crisis

    OCTOBER 16, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
    your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III
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    >> Good Morning ... today we focus on the officiating crisis. It's not coming, it's here.

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    1. DIII Commissioners to Study Officiating

    As sports organizations nationwide address the issues of recruitment, treatment, and quality of officiating, the Division III Commissioners Association today announced it is partnering with The PICTOR Group​ to conduct a comprehensive study of this vital element of the student-athlete experience. The announcement was made by Joe Onderko, Commissioner of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference and President of the DIIICA, and Patrick B. Summers, Executive Director of the New England Men’s and Women’s Athletic Conference and Chair of the DIIICA’s Officiating Subcommittee.

    The subcommittee identified the desired outcome of this effort as “a strategic plan focusing the division on how to move forward in addressing what the commissioners believe is a crisis in officiating.” A large majority of Division III conferences are contributing funds from the NCAA Division III Strategic Initiatives Grant to launch the five-year strategic plan. “We are very grateful to the NCAA for grant funding for this project and for all the other programming the grant provides to Division III conferences,” added Onderko.

    Among the research points of emphasis identified by the DIIICA Officiating Subcommittee are:
    • Provide a strategy to coordinate national efforts with Division I, II, III, NCAA Office and other constituency groups.
    • Examine potential barriers to becoming an official and direct impact of the reduction of interest in the profession.
    • Conceptualize a national plan for recruiting of officials.
    • Standardize minimum expectations for educational and training programs.
    >> Why It Matters: “We have reached a critical time in collegiate athletics where there are not enough officials to work our games and there are not enough new officials being trained to address the shortage. The Division III Commissioners Association is bringing this challenge to our membership and the NCAA because it is something we need to address collaboratively and across all three divisions. I invite leaders of sport at all levels to engage with our effort and charge to recruit new officials, to create greater awareness about officiating to the general public, and to address other barriers within the profession." - Summers

    >> Between The Lines: Phase One of the strategic plan is data collection that will produce a National Officiating Review document by mid-2020. The Pictor Group will work with a primary contact in each Division III conference office to gather data. Phase Two will produce a DIII Officiating Strategic Plan draft by September 2020 with an implementation goal of early 2021 through 2026.

    >> Read More from the DIIICA

    2. The NFL's Officiating Crisis
    Photo: Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

    Mason Crosby drilled a 23-yard FG as time expired to lead the Packers past the Lions, 23-22, on "Monday Night Football."
    The controversy: Green Bay benefited from some questionable officiating, most notably 2 fourth-quarter penalties for illegal hands to the face against Detroit's Trey Flowers.
    • Poor officiating is a part of every sport, but since this was on national TV and featured some particularly egregious calls, the outrage is louder than usual.
    What they're saying: ESPN's Booger McFarland was ripping the refs from the booth, and that same frustration was prevalent around the league:
    • Rams LB Clay Matthews: "The storyline for the 2019 season continues to be the refs inability to make the accurate and correct calls week in and week out. [NFL SVP of officating] Al Riveron continues to blindly side with his refs and the current status quo. Something must change! Zero accountability."
    • Bears CB Eddie Jackson: "These calls cost them the game I really can't believe what I just watched...smh."
    A potential solution: This offseason, some coaches wanted to add a "Sky Judge" to the officiating crew — someone who could call down and fix calls that were obviously wrong.
    • But the NFL "didn't think it was feasible to give someone that kind of authority," ESPN's Kevin Seifert tweeted. "Might be worth a re-visit."
    - courtesy of Axios Sports
    3. Treating Officials Right

    "Robert Breedlove, a 53-year high school football official, tells a sobering story.
    “A couple years ago, a friend of mine was working a sub-varsity game,” Breedlove begins. “One of his first-year guys was with him, since you try to work veterans with less-experienced officials to help teach them. Well, this guy comes to my friend at halftime. I guess they’d had a rough first half.”
    A pitiful fact about football and most youth sports: the younger the kids playing, the worse-behaved the adults watching. The adults direct their tantrums at the kids and at each other, but unleash their most juvenile outbursts at officials.
    “The guy takes off his officiating hat. He takes off his whistle. He takes his flag out of his pocket,” Breedlove continues, “and he says, ‘Here. You can have these. I didn’t sign up for this.’ And the guy leaves the game.
    “This gives you a thumbnail sketch of what’s going on in the world of officiating high school football. Whether it’s Tulsa, Oklahoma, or Tallahassee, Florida, or Bozeman, Montana, it doesn’t make any difference. It’s the same. That’s what’s going on. Referees are fleeing the profession."
    >> Situational Awareness: There is a crisis in Texas. According to the Dallas Morning News, 80% of officials who quit the profession as recently as 2017 told the Texas Association of Sports Officials it was due to abusive behavior at games.

    >> The Big Picture: Officiating recruits are fast-tracked to the varsity level, when ordinarily the rookies would get five years of sub-varsity duty first. Officials are asked to work varsity games Thursday and Friday, grade and middle school games Saturday, then junior varsity games Monday. This keeps games officiated, but at the cost of less-experienced, more-taxed crews that must keep up with faster-paced games.

    >> Reality Check: The number one reason they did not return to officiating for their second year - pee-wee football. "Grade-school parents are right there on top of you. There’s no fear for them coming down to the field and yelling at you.They used to call them helicopter parents. Bulldozer parents might be more appropriate,” Breedlove says. “They bulldoze every obstacle, they think, to their child’s well-being. They’re out there to run the show, so to speak.”

    >> The Final Word: Maybe they would act differently if there was no show to begin with.

    >> Go Deeper with Guerin Emig, Tulsa World


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    4. Polls
    Soccer (M) - United Soccer Coaches
    1. Amherst (10-0-2)
    2. Calvin (13-1)
    3. Franklin & Marshall (12-1)
    4. Washington and Lee (9-1-2)
    5. Chicago (6-1-4)
    6. Oneonta (12-1)
    7. Kenyon (10-1)
    8. Claremont-M-S (9-2-1)
    9. Rensselaer (11-1-1)
    10. Catholic (12-1-1)
    11. Connecticut College, 12. Tufts, 13. Roanoke, 14. Luther, 15. Johns Hopkins, 16. Ithaca, 17. Christopher Newport, 18. Messiah, 19. Ohio Northern, 20. Hardin-Simmons, 21. Central, 22. John Carroll, 23. North Park, 24. Penn State Behrend, 25. Rowan

    >> Moving Up: Claremont-M-S (+14), Catholic (+9)
    >> Moving Down: PSU-Behrend (-14), Tufts (-11), Central (-9)
    >> Hello: Connecticut College, Ohio Northern, Rowan
    >> Goodbye: Middlebury, Loras, Mary Washington

    Soccer (M) -
    1. Amherst (9-0-2)
    2. Calvin (13-1)
    3. Kenyon (11-1)
    4. Oneonta (12-1)
    5. Franklin & Marshall (12-1)
    6. Washington and Lee (9-1-2)
    7. Tufts (8-2-2)
    8. Roanoke (11-0-2)
    9. Chicago (6-1-4)
    10. Johns Hopkins (9-2)
    11. Connecticut College, 12. Messiah, 13. John Carroll, 14. Rensselaer, 15. Ithaca, 16. Christopher Newport, 17. Catholic, 18. Rowan, 19. Ohio Wesleyan, 20. Hardin-Simmons, 21. Mary Washington, 22. Mount Union, 23. Claremont-M-S, 24. Middlebury, 25. Bates.

    >> Higher: Christopher Newport (+8), Ohio Wesleyan (+5)
    >> Lower: Ithaca (-7), Tufts (-6)
    >> In: Claremont-M-S, Bates
    >> Out: PSU-Behrend, Cortland

    Soccer (W) - United Soccer Coaches
    1. Middlebury (10-0-1)
    2. Messiah (11-1-1)
    3. William Smith (9-1-1)
    4. Washington-St. Louis (11-1-1)
    5. College of New Jersey (11-1)
    6. Johns Hopkins (8-1-4)
    7. Pomona-Pitzer (11-0-1)
    8. Christopher Newport (11-1-2)
    9. Wheaton, Ill. (12-1-1)
    10. MIT (11-1-2)
    11. Centre, 12. Tufts, 13. Chicago, 14. Arcadia, 15. Geneseo, 16. Dickinson, 17. Rochester, 18. Otterbein, 19. St. Thomas, 20. Stevens, 21. New York U., 22. Trinity, Texas, 23. Ohio Northern, 24. Carnegie Mellon, 25. Williams. 

    >> Moving Up: Otterbein (+3), Stevens (+3)
    >> Moving Down: Christopher Newport (-5), NYU (-3), Trinity, Texas (-3)
    >> Hello: Carnegie Mellon, Ohio Northern
    >> Bye-Bye: Chicago, Wesleyan, Conn.

    Soccer (W) -
    1. Middlebury (10-0-1)
    2. Messiah (11-1-1)
    3. College of New Jersey (11-1)
    4. Washington-St. Louis (11-1-1)
    5. William Smith (9-1-1)
    6. Wheaton, Ill. (12-1-1)
    7. Centre (15-0)
    8. Johns Hopkins (8-1-4)
    9. Pomona-Pitzer (11-0-1)
    10. Christopher Newport (11-1-2)
    11. MIT, 12. Tufts, 13. Chicago, 14. Arcadia, 15. Washington and Lee, 16. Dickinson, 17. Randolph-Macon, 18. Trinity, Texas, 19. Williams, 20. Stevens, 21. Amherst, 22. Swarthmore, 23. Emory, 24. Otterbein, 25. Rochester.

    >> Higher: Stevens (+4), Randolph-Macon (+3)
    >> Lower: Christopher Newport (-7), Williams (-5)
    >> In: Otterbein, Rochester
    >> Out: Case Western, Gettysburg

    Field Hockey - NFHCA
    1. Middlebury (11-0)
    2. College of New Jersey (11-0)
    3. Salisbury (11-1)
    4. Bowdoin (10-1)
    5. Franklin & Marshall (11-1)
    6. Tufts (9-2)
    7. Rowan (9-2)
    8. Williams (10-1)
    9. Vassar (10-2)
    10. Johns Hopkins (10-2)
    11. Kean, 12. Ursinus, 13. Messiah, 14. Christopher Newport, 15. Bates, 16. Centre, 17. Colby, 18. Babson, 19. Lynchburg, 20. Montclair State. 

    >> Moving Up: Kean (+5), F&M (+3)
    >> Moving Down: Vassar (-4), Rowan (-3)

    Volleyball - AVCA
    1. Emory (16-1)
    2. Calvin (15-1)
    3. Chicago (18-1)
    4. Carthage (20-1)
    5. Claremont-M-S (16-3)
    6. Colorado College (21-2)
    7. UW-Whitewater (18-3)
    8. Trinity, Texas (20-4)
    9. Johns Hopkins (20-0)
    10. Berry (17-4)
    11. Ohio Northern, 12. Saint Benedict, 13. Tufts, 14. Juniata, 15. Carnegie Mellon, 16. Augsburg, 17. St. Thomas, 18. Johnston & Wales, R.I., 19. Muskingum, 20. Hope, 21. Transylvania, 22. Babson, 23. St. Olaf, 24. Wesleyan, Conn., 25. Susquehanna.

    >> Moving Up: Johns Hopkins (+3), Trinity, Texas (+2)
    >> Moving Down: Saint Benedict (-7), Berry (-4)

    >> Hello: St. Olaf, Susquehanna
    >> Goodbye: UW-Eau Claire, Wittenberg


    5.  1 Nationals League

    Nationals Park celebrates. Photo: Alex Brandon/AP
    The Washington Nationals "beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-4, to complete a four-game sweep in a National League Championship Series that was one-sided from the start" to claim the franchise's first World Series berth. (WashPost)
    • It's the city's first pennant since 1933 — way back when the Washington Senators won the American League.
    D.C.'s not-so-split screen ... Bullfeathers, a historic watering hole on the House side of Capitol Hill, had originally intended to show both the game and the debate, but ended up just showing the game, AP's Ashraf Khalil reports.
    The big picture: The last time a Washington team went to a World Series was in 1933, when the Washington Senators fell to the New York Giants. How different was the sports world then? Well…
    • There was no NBA.
    • There was no Heisman Trophy.
    • There was no NCAA basketball tournament.
    • There were no major league sports franchises west of St. Louis.
    The front page of the Washington Post sports section on Sept. 22, 1933, the last time a D.C. team clinched the pennant...

    - courtesy of Axios 
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