Friday, December 6, 2019

A Reluctant Hero

DECEMBER 6, 2019 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  A Reluctant Hero

James Grant does not consider himself a hero. The referee that received his quick medical attention might disagree.

Grant, the head athletic trainer at St. John Fisher, was on the sidelines during the Cardinals' football game vs. Hartwick on Oct. 19. He saw a referee collapse on the field and go into cardiac arrest. Grant immediately ran to help, performing CPR and used an AED device to revive the man.

His actions were recognized earlier in the week by emergency personnel. The official, who was not named, underwent surgery and is now back at full capacity.

>> Humble: "I don't consider myself (a hero)," Grant said. "I mean, I was fortunate. I had the training and just reacted. The AED did the work. All I did was recognize he was in trouble and needed help."

>> Salute: To Grant and all those who rush into action to save those in need.

2.  Football Quarterfinal Preview 

The 2019 NCAA Division III football championship goes from eight to four teams on Saturday. Here is our preview (all times EST)

#7 UW-Whitewater (11-1) at #2 Mary Hardin-Baylor (12-0), 1 p.m.
  • The defending national champion Crusaders have won 27 straight games since a loss in the 2017 national final. The UMHB defense is led by LB Tevin Jones, a first-team AFCA All-America selection, and DT Joey Longoria, who was tabbed for the second team.
  • The Warhawks are led by OL Quinn Meinerz, a first-team AFCA All-American.
  • The two teams are second and third in overall winning percentage from 2010-19. The Cru is 116-8, while the 'Hawks are 110-10.
  • Live Stats | Live Audio (UWW) | Live Audio (UMHB) | Live Video
#8 Saint John's (11-1) at #3 Wheaton, Ill. (12-0), 1 p.m.
  • The Johnnies and the Thunder should light up the scoreboard on Saturday, as the teams combine for 91.2 points per game.
  • SJU QB Jackson Erdmann, a transfer from Penn State, was named first-team All-America by the AFCA. He leads D-III in passing yards (4,291) and is seventh in TDs (41).
  • His counterpart - Luke Anthony - is third in the nation in pass efficiency (191.6) with 33 TDs. He transferred from Dayton. Wheaton DL Dallas McRae was named AFCA first-team All-America.
  • Live Stats | Live Audio (SJU) | Live Video
#4 Muhlenberg (12-0) at #6 Salisbury (11-0), 12 p.m.
  • The Mules and the Sea Gulls square off in a classic "Irresistible Force meets Immovable Object" game.
  • Muhlenberg became the first team in the history of the D-III playoffs to record shutouts in each of the first two rounds. The Mules look to junior Michael Hnatkowsky, who is eighth among active college QBs with 93 career TD passes. TE Ryan Curtiss was named AFCA second-team All-America, while DE Frankie Feaster was named to the first team after recording 11.5 sacks and 20.5 TFL.
  • Salisbury is averaging 72.5 ppg. in the playoffs and 51.1 on the season. QB Jack Lanham has run for 11 TDs and thrown for 13 more, while RB Mike-Ryan Mofor has found paydirt 15 times behind second-team All-America OL Tyler Norwood
  • Live Stats | Live Audio (SU) | Live Video

#9 Delaware Valley (11-1) at #5 North Central, Ill. (11-1), 1 p.m.
  • Another showdown between offense and defense. The Rams are second in D-III in total (202.7), fourth in scoring (11.3) and fifth in rushing defense (59.8). The Cardinals are first in total (581.9), second in scoring (55.0) and fourth in passing offense (341.9).
  • Delaware Valley DE Michael Nobile leads the nation with 30.5 TFL.
  • North Central QB Broc Rutter, a second-team All-American, leads all collegians with 136 career TD passes and has thrown for 13,546 yards. WR Andrew Kamienski was named first-team All-America by the AFCA, while OL Sharmore Clarke was tabbed for the second unit.
  • Live Stats | Live Audio (NCC) | Live Video

3.  Best of the Decade 

We continue our "Best of the Decade" series with a look at the champions, runners-up and final four participants in field hockey.

Champions: Middlebury (4), Bowdoin (2), College of New Jersey (2), Messiah, Tufts

Runner-Up: Bowdoin (2), Messiah (2), Tufts (2), Franklin & Marshall, Middlebury, Montclair State, Salisbury

Final Four Appearances: Middlebury (6), Bowdoin (5), Salisbury (4), TCNJ (4), F&M (3), Messiah (3), Tufts (3), Ursinus (3), Johns Hopkins (2), Skidmore (2), Babson, Christopher Newport, DePauw, Mary Washington, Rowan

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4. Regional Players of the Year 

Six student-athletes were selected to represent their respective region as the First Point USA/NFHCA Division III Regional Player of the Year.

Great LakesCaroline Brotzge, Centre, Sr., M
New England EastKristen McCarthy, Endicott, Sr., F
New England WestErin Nicholas, Middlebury, Jr., M
North AtlanticMorgan Mullen, Ithaca, Soph., F
South AtlanticKayla Peterson, College of New Jersey, Sr., M
SouthMelissa Gula, Franklin & Marshall, Sr., M

>> Read the complete release from the NFHCA

>> Be Smart: The All-America team will be announced 12/11, while the National Player of the Year will be released on 12/16.

5.  Soccer All-America 
United Soccer Coaches announced the association’s NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s All-America Teams  on Thursday on the eve of the 2019 NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championship semifinals in Greensboro, N.C.
A total of 95 players (47 men, 48 women) in NCAA Division III soccer receive All-America recognition this year, led by three three-time All-Americans: Stevens Institute of Technology senior midfielder Julia Panko, Messiah College senior forward Brooke Firestone and Augsburg University senior forward Ashley St. Aubin. Eight women’s players and 10 men’s players are earning All-America honors for the second time in their careers.
First Team - Women
K-Ursula Alwang, Sr., Middlebury; D-Kristen Canepa, Sr., Trinity (Texas); D-Gabbie Cesarone, Soph., Washington U.; D-Nkem Iregbulem, Sr., Williams; D-Maialen Martinez, Jr., William Smith; D-Sarah Tomich, Jr., Wheaton (Ill.); M-Sara Bakke, Soph., Wheaton (Ill.); M-Sunny Geinovatch, Sr., Messiah; M-Julia Panko, Sr., Stevens; M-Brian VarnBuhler, Sr., Pomona-Pitzer; F-Taylor Cohen, Sr., Washington U.; F-Brooke Firestone, Sr., Messiah; F-Jenna Fuller, Jr., Ohio Northern; F-Alana Hughes, Sr., Centre; F-Ashley St. Aubin, Sr., Augsburg.

First Team - Men
K-AJ Marcucci, Jr., Connecticut College; D-Ben Rickson, Sr., WPI; D-Cooper Robbins, Sr., Messiah; D-Connor Whitacre, Sr., Franklin & Marshall; M-RJ Moore, Jr., Johns Hopkins; M-Hunter Olson, Sr., Calvin; M-Gabriel Soriano, Sr. Mary Washington; F-Ben Alexander, Soph., Catholic; F-Joe Fala, Sr., Ramapo; F-Alexander Garuba, Sr., Centre; F-German Giammattei, Soph., Amherst; F-Witman Hernandez, Sr., Oneonta; F-Baboucarr Njie, Jr., North Carolina Wesleyan; F-Cole Schwartz, Soph., Gustavus Adolphus.

Complete Teams

6. Weekend Preview

Ice Hockey (M) - USCHO
  1. UW-Eau Claire (vs. UW-River Falls)
  2. Norwich (vs. Castleton)
  3. Hobart (at #15 New England College; at Southern Maine)
  4. Trinity (idle)
  5. Geneseo (vs. Brockport)
  6. Adrian (vs. St. Scholastica)
  7. Salve Regina (at Curry)
  8. (tie) Utica (at Stevenson; at Chatham)
  9. (tie) Augsburg (H/A vs. St. Olaf)
  10. U. of New England (vs. Curry; at Western New England)

Ice Hockey (W) - USCHO
  1. Plattsburgh (at Cortland)
  2. Middlebury (vs. Utica)
  3. Norwich (at Suffolk; at Southern Maine)
  4. Gustavus Adolphus (H/H vs. Saint Mary's)
  5. UW-Eau Claire (idle)
  6. Adrian (H/H vs. Aurora)
  7. UW-River Falls (idle)
  8. Elmira (vs. Amherst; vs. Williams)
  9. Hamline (A/H vs. Bethel)
  10. St. Thomas (H/H vs. Concordia)

Basketball (W)
  1. Amherst (at E. Connecticut)
  2. Tufts (at WPI)
  3. Scranton (at Goucher)
  4. Bowdoin (vs. Colby)
  5. Hope (at Calvin)
  6. St. Thomas MN (vs. Gustavus Adolphus)
  7. Mary Hardin-Baylor (vs. #12 Whitman)
  8. Wartburg (at Buena Vista)
  9. DeSales (at Gwynedd Mercy)
  10. DePauw (at Oberlin)

Basketball (M) -
  1. Swarthmore (vs. Gettysburg)
  2. Emory (vs. Piedmont)
  3. Wittenberg (vs. Allegheny)
  4. Middlebury (vs. New England College; at Stevens)
  5. St. Thomas MN (vs. Gustavus Adolphus)
  6. Nebraska Wesleyan (at Dubuque)
  7. Nichols (at Lasell)
  8. Marietta (vs. John Carroll)
  9. Randolph-Macon (vs. #18 Christopher Newport)
  10. Washington U. (idle)

Swimming (M) - CSCAA
  1. Kenyon (diving at Denison Invitational)
  2. Denison (Denison Invitational)
  3. Johns Hopkins (Princeton "Big Al" Open)
  4. Emory (Denison Invitational; SCAD Invitational)
  5. Washington U. (Denison Invitational; Wheaton Invitational)
  6. MIT (MIT Invitational)
  7. NYU (Ithaca Bomber Invitational)
  8. Chicago (idle)
  9. Carnegie Mellon (idle)
  10. Pomona-Pitzer (vs. #19 Claremont-M-S)

Swimming (W) - CSCAA
  1. Johns Hopkins (Princeton "Big Al" Open)
  2. Denison (Denison Invitational)
  3. Emory (Denison Invitational; SCAD Invitational)
  4. Kenyon (diving at Denison Invitational)
  5. Williams (idle)
  6. Washington U. (Denison Invitational; Wheaton Invitational)
  7. NYU (Ithaca Bomber Invitational)
  8. Chicago (idle)
  9. Tufts (MIT Invitational)
  10. Carnegie Mellon (idle)

Wrestling NWCA
  1. Wabash (at Indiana Little State Tournament)
  2. Loras (vs. #6 UW-La Crosse; at #6 UW-La Crosse)
  3. Wartburg (at Buena Vista Open)
  4. Mount Union (at Messiah Petrofes Invitational)
  5. Augsburg (at North Central IL Invitational)
  6. (t) UW-Whitewater (vs. #2 Loras; vs. #10 Coe)
  7. (t) UW-La Crosse (vs. #10 Coe; vs. #2 Loras)
  8. Stevens (at York Invitational)
  9. (t) Baldwin Wallace (idle)
  10. (t) Coe (at #6 UW-La Crosse; vs. #6 UW-Whitewater)

7.  Comings and Goings
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Thursday, December 5, 2019

All Too Familiar

DECEMBER 5, 2019 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. 'You Can't Be A Change Agent and Survive'

"DePauw University - ranked as Indiana's premier liberal arts college - has endured a year that rocked the place to its foundation and toppled its president. The story encompasses culture, demographics, and leadership, but begins and ends with money.

For years, DePauw ran at a deficit, drawing from its flush $730 million endowment to meet the gap, but last year trustees got serious about balancing its books. Meager 1 percent raises were followed by a mid-year switch to a cheaper healthcare plan. Morale plummeted. Frustrated by what some perceived as President Mark McCoy’s lack of communication, transparency, and vision, the faculty passed a no-confidence vote. Then the real shocker: In a “restructuring,” DePauw laid off 56 full- and part-time administrators and staff, and offered a voluntary buyout to more than 100 tenured faculty, some as young as 50. Administrators jumped ship, including the academic vice president and the dean of faculty. Come spring, the admissions department announced more bad news. The incoming class was 200 students short of its usual 630 target, creating a $5.4 million tuition shortfall. Within weeks, McCoy resigned.

So what happened? That, like the solution, depends on whom you ask.

The first thing any administrator will tell you is DePauw is not alone. Liberal arts colleges, especially in the Northeast and Midwest, are struggling for a variety of reasons, including rising tuitions, a declining number of high school graduates, and Americans’ growing anxiety over jobs. More than a dozen small colleges have closed in the last four years, representing about a 7 percent drop in the total number of schools. Here in Indiana, Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer shut its doors in 2017. The next year, the president of Earlham CollegeAlan Price, resigned. A few months later, the school slashed its annual budget by 12 percent."

>> What They're Saying: “Misery loves company. Nearly all the Great Lakes Colleges Association schools experienced declines in first-year student enrollments this year.” - Bob Leonard, DePauw's VP for Finance and Administration

>> Reality Check: “The job is impossible. “You have alumni, students, the board of trustees, faculty. We all have the right answers, and we can’t agree on anything. So what are you going to do?” - Gary Lemon, professor of economics and management

>> The Final Word: “Our community wants a president who is an academic innovator, a relationship builder, a collaborative team player with high cultural competencies, a skillful communicator, a strategic fundraiser, a crisis manager, and an operational visionary. That’s a lot.” - Justin Christian, trustee
  • A not uncommon story these days and worth Your Timewritten by Lili Wright and appearing in Indianapolis Monthly 

2. Soccer Championship Preview 

The Division III men's and women's soccer championship Final Four is slated for Friday-Saturday in Greensboro, N.C. Here is our look at the field.

Women's Semifinals

#1 Messiah (21-1-2) vs. Carnegie Mellon (14-5-2), 11 a.m.
  • The Falcons and the Tartans meet in a rematch of their September contest that was won by Messiah, 3-0. Senior Brooke Firestone leads Messiah's offense with 19 goals and five assists, while classmate Ellie Lengacher adds 10 goals and a team-high 15 helpers. It's a tradition of excellence at Messiah - five national titles with four runner-up finishes. CMU makes its first national semifinal and is led by freshman Alex Adams (13-6-32). 
#2 William Smith (20-1-1) vs. #8 Pomona-Pitzer (20-1-2), 1:45 p.m.
  • This is the first-ever meeting between the Herons and the Sagehens. It is the 11th trip to the Final Four for William Smith, while Pomona-Pitzer makes its first appearance in a national semifinal. Eighteen different Herons have found the back of the net this season, led by Sheila McQuillen with nine tallies. SCIAC Athlete of the Year Bria Van Buhler paces the P-P offense with 21 goals. The Sagehens are ranked second nationally in goals allowed and GAA, while the Herons are third.
Live Video
Saturday, 2:30 p.m. EST

Men's Semifinals

#4 Amherst (18-1-2) vs. #21 Centre (20-3-1), 5 p.m.
  • The Mammoths are in the Final Four for the third time and look to return to the final for the first time since winning it all in 2015. NESCAC Player of the Year German Giammetti has  tallied 22 goals in his sophomore season, while senior Dane Lind adds nine goals and 10 assists. Coach Justin Serpone has 199 career wins against 28 losses. The Colonels are making their first trip to the national semifinal. Senior Alexander Garuba tops the scoring chart with 22 goals, while senior keeper Tate Johnson was named 1st team All-SAA with a 0.82 goals-against average.
#1 Calvin (23-1-1) vs. #2 Tufts (18-2-2), 7:45 p.m.
  • The defending national champion Jumbos take on the top-ranked Knights in a much-anticipated semifinal. The teams have met in two of the last three national finals with Tufts winning 1-0 in 2016 and 2-1 last year. Senior Hunter Olson was the MIAA MVP after scoring 15 times with seven assists, while soph Sam Twigg tallied 14 goals with 13 helpers for Calvin. Tufts looks to senior forward Joe Braun (6-5-17) and middie Gavin Tasker (3-7-13).

>> 276: How good are the senior classes of the four semifinalists? Combined, they are 276-45-27 with Calvin leading the way (89-7-2).

Live Video
Final: Saturday, 7 p.m. EST 

3.  Best of the Decade 

We begin our "Best of the Decade" series with a look at the champions, runners-up and final four participants in women's volleyball.

Champions: Calvin (3), California Lutheran, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Emory, Hope, Johns Hopkins, St. Thomas, Wittenberg.

Runner-Up: Emory (3), Calvin (2), Wittenberg (2), Cal Lutheran, Christopher Newport, Washington U.

Final Four Appearances: Calvin (7), Emory (5), Carthage (3), Wittenberg (3), Cal Lutheran (2), Christopher Newport (2), Juniata (2), UW-Stevens Point (2), Washington U. (2), Claremont-M-S, Eastern, Elmhurst, Hendrix, Hope, Ithaca, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern-St. Paul, Southwestern, St. Thomas, Trinity TX, UW-Eau Claire.

>> Tomorrow: field hockey.


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4.   AFCA All-America Team 

St. John’s (Minn.) quarterback Jackson Erdmann and Lake Forest (Ill.) defensive lineman Jordan McInerney headline the 2019 AFCA Division III Coaches’ All-America Teams announced today by the American Football Coaches Association.

First Team - Offense
QB-Jackson Erdmann, Sr., Saint John's; RB-Wesley Schools, Sr., Grove City; RB-Robert Shufford, Jr., Birmingham-Southern; WR-Justin Hill, Sr., Mount Union; WR-Andrew Kamienski, Jr., North Central (Ill.); TE-Jacob Maher, Sr., Framingham State; OL-Joe Krall, Sr., Monmouth; OL-Quinn Meinerz, Jr., UW-Whitewater; OL-Jordan Patti, Sr., Ferrum; OL-Zach Smith, Sr., Hope; OL-Nic Vetter, Sr., Wartburg.

First Team - Defense
DL-Frankie Feaster, Sr., Muhlenberg; DL-Dallas McRae, Sr., Wheaton; DL-Tim Ousley, Sr., Muskingum; DL-Jordan McInerney, Sr., Lake Forest; LB-Re'Shaun Meyers, Sr., Bridgewater (Va.); LB-Tevin Jones, Sr., Mary Hardin-Baylor; LB-Emmett Forde, Jr., Hobart; DB-Danial Shelton, Sr., Susquehanna; DB-Peyton Haines, Sr., LaGrange; DB-Tramon Wiley, Jr., Heidelberg; DB-Jeff Hector, Sr., Redlands.

First Team - Specialists
PK-Jon Alberts, Sr., Central; P-Alex Berg, Sr., Concordia-Moorhead; AP-Joe Vitelli, Sr., Merchant Marine.

>> Complete Team

5. Last Night on the Hardwood

  • Three players posted double-doubles, led by Rah-Rah Thompson's 28 points and 31 (yes, not a typo) rebounds, as Albertus Magnus downed Westfield State, 99-90. The Falcons outrebounded the Owls, 83-43.
  • Luther picked up its first win of the season by toppling No. 17 Loras, 70-66. The Norse trailed by as many as 11 in the third period but closed the quarter on a 22-9 run. Coranda Vickerman drained the game-winning three with nine seconds remaining.

6. Comings and Goings

7.  Play of the Day

8.  1 Classic Blue Thing

In these uneasy times, as we move along to a new decade, the Pantone Color Institute reached back in time to calming, confident Classic Blue as its color of the year for 2020, AP's Leanne Italie writes.
  • The color is an anchor offering stability, constancy and connection.
  • Akin to maritime blue — not indigo, and brighter than navy — Classic Blue (Pantone 19-4052) evokes a feeling of vast expanse.
Creators around the globe are using modern blue takes for runways, mobile phones, kitchen appliances and pricey, forward-looking cars and motorcycles.
  • Pantone's Laurie Pressman insisted the pick wasn't a nod to Dems: "We do not look at color through a political lens. We look at our life through a colorful lens."
- courtesy of Axios

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

A Welcome Funding Source

DECEMBER 4, 2019 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. A Welcome Funding Source

The Carol Roberts Field House at Yale has amenities that its namesake could not have dreamed of when she was an athlete at Yale in the 1970s. Credit...Jessica Hill for The New York Times

"When Yale recruited Carol Roberts in 1977 to play field hockey and softball, the locker room for those sports was still about a half-mile from the women’s playing fields. As Ms. Roberts recalled, both teams shared one portable toilet.
“Like from a construction site,” she said with a laugh. When a trailer was brought in that contained a sink and multiple stalls, she said, “we thought we had arrived.”
Decades later, as chief financial officer of International Paper, Ms. Roberts, 59, a mechanical engineer by training, donated $4 million of a $6 million project to build a field house for Yale’s female athletes between the field hockey and softball fields. It opened in 2018 and includes home and visitor locker rooms, a training room, coaches’ offices and an observation deck for spectators.
As the 50th anniversary of Title IX approaches, the pioneering athletes who first benefited from the 1972 federal gender-equity law are now in their 50s or 60s, and some of them have gained sizable wealth as more women have entered the executive suite. They have created a subset of university giving, donating millions back to their alma maters as primary donors to build facilities and endow scholarships and coaching positions."

>> The Big Picture: “I’m sure some of it is me being a female athletic director, but more and more female athletes are reaching out to me and asking how they can help. I used to never get those calls.” - Vicky Chun, athletic director, Yale.

Pay AttentionSports philanthropy reflects that women who have made their own money, inherited fortunes or outlived their spouses are controlling more wealth than ever in the United States and are directing it to their favorite causes, including higher education, said David Callahan, the founder and editor of Inside Philanthropy, a digital media site.

>> The Key Stat: “Women are so behind in investments and salaries,” said Suzie Glazer Burt, whose family wealth was generated in finance. “I wanted to make a statement — it’s time for women to empower women to be successful.”

>> Read More, courtesy of Jere Longman, New York Times


2.  Soccer Smarts

The 2019 CoSIDA Academic All-America® men’s soccer teams selected by the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) were announced Tuesday. Maryville's Shannon Reagan and Baldwin Wallace's Danny Ruple were selected as the Academic All-Americans of the Year.

The Division III Academic All-America® program is financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2019-20 Division III Academic All-America® teams.

First Team - Women
GK-Mandy St. Germain, Sr., WPI; D-Devin Haupt, Sr., Piedmont; D-Faith Holloway, Sr., Chapman; D-Maya Nielan, Jr., MIT; D-Camille Williams, Jr., Carnegie Mellon; M-Emily Berzolla, Sr., MIT; M-Haley Moses, Sr., Ohio Northern; M-Julia Panko, Sr., Stevens; M-Carson Pokorny, Sr., Christopher Newport; F-Brooke Firestone, Sr., Messiah; F-Caroline Fleming, Sr., Adrian; F-Shannon Reagan, Sr., Maryville.
  • Six players on the first team and 14 of the 33 honorees have 4.0 GPAs. The average GPA for the first team in 3.97 with the full team at 3.96.
First Team - Men
GK-Josh Koleske, Sr., St. Norbert; D-Luke Deel, Sr., Elmhurst; D-Eric Kirby, Jr., Rose-Hulman; D-Nick Schwarzel, Sr., Penn State Behrend; D-Jackson White, Sr., Macalester; M-John Furcick, Sr., Clarkson; M-DR Medtart, Sr., Stevenson; M-Matt Napolitano, Sr., Aurora; F-Ian Adams, Sr., Calvin; F-Logan Bylsma, Sr., Hope; F-Danny Ruple, Sr., Baldwin Wallace.
  • Six players on the first team and 11 of the 33 honorees have 4.0 GPAs. The average GPA for the first team in 3.97 with the full team at 3.93.
  • Tip o' the hat to B-W long-time SID Kevin Ruple. We think you'll figure out why. 
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4. Saints Stun No. 1

Emmanuel scored 11 unanswered points in a 3:51 span of the final period to fuel a 60-55 victory at top-ranked Amherst on Tuesday night. Senior Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda led the Saints (4-3) with 25 points and 10 rebounds.
  • It is the first time that Emmanuel has toppled a top-ranked team since 2005 when the Saints handed No. 1 Bowdoin its first defeat of the season.
  • The loss snapped the Mammoths' 12-game home win streak.

5.  Landmark Hosts Women's Symposium

"The Landmark Conference hosted its second Women in Sports Symposium for conference members’ student-athletes and staff members that are interested in pursuing or elevating their career in college athletics. The symposium had attendees from all eight Landmark institutions that ranged from student-athletes, graduate assistants, coaches and administrators. The senior woman administrators from each member institution organized and planned the event with financial support from the conference and the NCAA Division III Strategic Initiatives Grant Program.
This year’s Symposium, entitled Women in Sports: Avenues to Athletics, worked with Strive Leadership to coordinate two days of programming for attendees. Strive mediated four sessions that included focused conversations and activities on cultivating resilience and success, communication, goal setting and more.
"The Women in Sport Symposium was a great opportunity to meet and connect with the amazing women who are the face of the Landmark Conference,” stated The University of Scranton softball student-athlete Meaghan Dowdell. “I really enjoyed every moment of the Strive Program and learned so much by hearing the different opportunities that are offered working in athletics. I especially learned how much Division 3 athletics is beyond being a player."

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6.  Comings and Goings

7.  1 Song Thing

The Who
 announced last night it will play its first Cincinnati area concert since 11 fans died 40 years ago in a pre-show stampede.
  • The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band will play April 23 at Northern Kentucky University’s BB&T Arena, across the Ohio River and seven miles south of the Dec. 3, 1979, concert, per AP.
"We need to go back to Cincinnati," Pete Townshend said on a documentary aired in Cincinnati last night. "It would be such a joyous occasion for us, and such a healing thing."

- courtesy of Axios
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