Friday, December 13, 2019

St. Mary's Joins NEAC

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DECEMBER 13, 2019 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  St. Mary's Joins NEAC
 


The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced that St. Mary’s College of Maryland will join the conference beginning in the 2021-22 academic year. The addition of the Seahawks will bring the NEAC to nine core members in 2021-22.

The NEAC’s Presidents’ Council and Board of Athletic Directors voted unanimously to approve the application for conference membership from St. Mary’s College. The Seahawks will join core members Gallaudet University, Lancaster Bible College, Penn College, Penn State Abington, Penn State Berks, Penn State Harrisburg, SUNY Morrisville, and Wells College in 2021-22.

>> Quotable: “We are excited to welcome St. Mary’s College to the NEAC as a full member beginning Fall 2021. Throughout the application process, it was evident that St. Mary’s College of Maryland is dedicated to providing its student-athletes with a well-rounded, high-quality Division III experience. We felt strongly that the ideals of St. Mary’s College and their vision for the future aligned with that of our membership." - NEAC Interim Commissioner Stephanie Dutton.

>> Quotable II: “St. Mary’s College looks forward to renewing rivalries with schools such as Gallaudet University and Penn State Harrisburg and forging new rivalries with additional schools in the conference. This is the beginning of a new and exciting chapter for Seahawk athletics.” - Scott Devine, director of athletics and recreation at St. Mary’s College

>> Go Deeper 

 
2.  Football Semifinal Preview 
 
It's Semifinal Saturday in Division III football - LIVE on ESPN3.
Here is our preview (all times EST)
 
#5 North Central (12-1) at #4 Muhlenberg (13-0), 12 p.m.
  • The Cardinals and the Mules meet in a classic contrast of styles.
  • NCC averages 53.2 points and 565.2 yards per game - both second in Division III. 'Berg allows 9.6 points and 243.2 yards per contest - good for third and ninth, respectively.
  • Cardinal QB Broc Rutter has thrown for 4,135 yards and 49 TDs.
  • Mule QB Mike Hnatkowsky has tossed for 3,363 yards and 45 scores.
  • Muhlenberg DE Frankie Feaster is tied for third nationally with 14 sacks on the season.
  • LB Ben Wong, a first-team Academic All-America choice, leads North Central with 77 tackles.
>> The Defense Which Fuels Muhlenberg's Drive (Joe Sager, D3football.com)
>> North Central Refuses to Lose (Pat Coleman, D3football.com)

>> Live Stats  |  Live Audio (WONC 89.1 FM)  |  Watch on ESPN3

#8 Saint John's (12-1) at #7 UW-Whitewater (12-1), 3 p.m.
  • This is the fourth meeting between the schools with each contest coming in the NCAA playoffs. SJU won the first game in 2002 and UWW has won three straight, including a 37-7 win in 2008.
  • The Johnnies are second in D-III in passing (373.7) and 15th in scoring offense (42.3). QB Jackson Erdmann leads the country in passing yardage (4,698), while WR Ravi Alston has 1,311 receiving yards.
  • The Warhawks are fifth in the country against the run (58.7), 15th in scoring defense (15.3) and 20th overall (278.5). LB Mackenzie Balanganayi was named D3Football.com West Region Defensive Player of the Year. Offensively, UWW is led by OL Quinn Meinerz, a first-team AFCA All-American.
  • UWW is 109-4 over the last 15 years playing at Perkins Stadium.
>> Saint John's Has Recipe for Success (Adam Turer, D3Football.com)
>> Brand Helps Warhawk D-Line Make a Splash (Brian Lester, D3Football.com)

>> Live Stats  |  Audio (KOOL 106.5 FM) (WBHR 660 AM) |  Watch on ESPN3

  
3.  Best of the Decade 


We continue our "Best of the Decade" series with a look at the champions, runners-up and final four finishers in swimming and diving.
 

Champions: Denison (5), Kenyon (4), Emory.

Runner-Up: Denison (4), Kenyon (4), Emory (2).

Top Four Finishes: Denison (10), Kenyon (10), Emory (9), Johns Hopkins (6), MIT (3), Williams (2), Kalamazoo.


Champions: Emory (10).

Runner-Up: Kenyon (5), Denison (3), Williams (2).

Top Four Finishes: Emory (10), Denison (10), Kenyon (10), Williams (9), Johns Hopkins.

>> Monday: Wrestling.

 
 
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4. Academically Speaking

The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) has released its 2019 Academic All-America teams for football and volleyball.

UW-Whitewater LB Matt Anderson was honored as the Academic All-American of the Year in football, while was Calvin MH Sarah DeVries was recognized as the Academic All-American of the Year in volleyball.

A biology major with an emphasis in pre-biomedical professions and a 4.0 GPA, Anderson has started all 12 games and is currently second on the team in tackles (77), including seven for a loss and 2.5 sacks. He also has two forced fumbles and an interception for the Warhawks, who advanced to the NCAA semifinals for the second consecutive season in 2019.

A native of Rockford, Illinois, Anderson is a three-time member of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Scholastic Honor Roll, a member of Wisconsin-Whitewater's Dean's List and a recipient of the Chancellor's Scholarship.

>> Watch more on Anderson
>> Academic All-America football team

DeVries, a nursing major, has been selected as the recipient of the Academic All-America® Team Member of the Year award for Division III volleyball. The Grand Rapids, Michigan native holds a 3.82 cumulative GPA at Calvin. A first team selection this year to the Division III Academic All-America Team, DeVries is now a two-time Academic All-America® honoree. She was also a member of the first team in 2018.

DeVries was named the 2019 Team Snap/AVCA Division III National Player of the Year last month, receiving the award for the second-consecutive season. She is the fifth individual to be named National Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons. A three-time AVCA All-American, she was named the 2019 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Most Valuable Player in November.

>> Watch more on DeVries
>> Academic All-America volleyball team
 
5. Weekend Preview  

Ice Hockey (M) - USCHO
  1. UW-Eau Claire (A/H vs. UW-Stevens Point)
  2. Trinity 
  3. Geneseo 
  4. Norwich 
  5. Augsburg (vs. Aurora; vs. Trine)
  6. Salve Regina 
  7. Adrian 
  8. Hobart 
  9. U. of New England 
  10. Oswego 

Ice Hockey (W) - USCHO
  1. Plattsburgh 
  2. Middlebury 
  3. Norwich 
  4. Gustavus Adolphus (vs. #7 UW-River Falls)
  5. UW-Eau Claire (H/H vs. Concordia-Moorhead)
  6. Adrian 
  7. UW-River Falls (at #4 Gustavus Adolphus)
  8. Elmira 
  9. St. Thomas 
  10. Hamline 

Basketball (W) D3hoops.com
  1. Tufts 
  2. Scranton 
  3. Bowdoin
  4. Hope (vs. Albion)
  5. Amherst 
  6. Mary Hardin-Baylor (at Rhodes)
  7. Wartburg (vs. Nebraska Wesleyan)
  8. DePauw (at Chapman)
  9. St. Thomas MN 
  10. George Fox 

Basketball (M) - D3hoops.com
  1. Swarthmore
  2. Emory 
  3. Wittenberg (at Bridgewater; at Eastern Mennonite)
  4. Middlebury 
  5. St. Thomas MN 
  6. Nebraska Wesleyan (at Wartburg)
  7. Marietta 
  8. Randolph-Macon 
  9. Washington U.
  10. UW-Platteville (at Bethel)

Wrestling NWCA
  1. Wartburg (at Cornell College)
  2. Loras (vs. #18 Millikin)
  3. Augsburg (vs. Southwest Minnesota State)
  4. Wabash
  5. Johnson & Wales
  6. Mount Union (vs. Adrian, UW-Oshkosh, Defiance, #25 Olivet)
  7. Baldwin Wallace (vs. Defiance, #25 Olivet, Adrian, UW-Oshkosh)
  8. UW-La Crosse
  9. Coe
  10. North Central (vs. Lakeland) 

 
6.  Comings and Goings

CAPITAL - Cody Hurley named head men's tennis coach.
CARROLL - Emily Ho named head women's golf coach.
COAST GUARD - Dan Rose named athletic director.
HAMPDEN-SYDNEY - Adding indoor and outdoor long distance track. The Tigers will compete in distance events of 800 meters and above.
HIRAM - Jack Mrozinski Jr. named head football coach
HOUGHTON - Brandon Gettig and Michael Ritter named assistant baseball coaches; Taylor Trowbridge named assistant softball coach; Bill Sortore, Paul Kosek and Dave Gross named assistant track and field coaches
IOWA WESLEYAN - MD Daniels named head football coach.
SHENANDOAH - Emma Rogers named assistant women's lacrosse coach
TEXAS LUTHERAN - Carl Gustafson announced his retirement as head football coach. Ricky Matt named head football coach.
WESTERN NEW ENGLAND - Anthony S. Caprio announced his retirement as president, effective June 2020.
WIDENER - Stephen Berger named assistant men's and women's golf coach
WILKES - Greg Cant named president.
WILLIAM PATERSON - Sandy Ferrarella her retirement as head women's volleyball coach.
WISCONSIN-LA CROSSE - Matt Janus named interim head football coach.
WITTENBERG - Kelley Hubbell will step down as head field hockey coach

 
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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Emmert: Taking the Heat

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DECEMBER 12, 2019 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Emmert: Taking the Heat 

Daniel Libut and Luke Cyphers, coeditors of The Intercollegiate, wrote a piece on NCAA president Mark Emmert leading up to his appearance next week at the Aspen Institute symposium on college athlete pay.

Although much of the story is not complementary to Emmert, it does hit upon a much-overlooked part of his job - he and the NCAA take the heat, so others don't have to.

>> Situational Awareness: "A common defense Emmert defaults to when pressed about the ethics of amateurism — but which also happens to be true — is that the NCAA represents the collective interests of its member institutions. If the leaders of those institutions wanted to dramatically improve the system of college sports, they could. They haven’t."

>> Of Note: At the start of his tenure, Emmert proposed a $2,000 annual stipend for scholarship athletes. It was shot down by the presidents and ADs. He also pushed for reform in college basketball, requiring that men's programs meet academic performance requirements to compete in the NCAA tournament. It was a no-go.

>> Yes, But: "One of the most salient criticisms of the NCAA is how it disproportionately punishes schools for things that shouldn’t actually matter to civil society, like players getting free tattoos, as compared to the things that should — like systemic cover-up of sexual assault cases." (see Larry Nassar at Michigan State).

>> Quotable: “He met with me, which was great, and I appreciated that. But the governing board has an awful lot of power. … It’s a strange setup. You do kind of get the fox guarding the hen house mentality. You do feel like the NCAA doesn’t like to do investigations, because they like their relationships (with university officials and conferences).” - Kathy Redmond, founder of the National Coalition Against Violent Athletes

>> Quotable II: “The NCAA is the judge, jury and executioner and punching bag. The universities can always complain about the NCAA being heavy-handed and have the criticism of them deflected. That is what happened with the (Jerry) Sandusky situation (at Penn State).” - Richard Southall, executive director of the College Sport Research Institute

>> What's Next: "The devil's in the details. For example, what does the NCAA mean by 'consistent with the collegiate model'?" - Nancy Skinner, California state senator, talking about the NIL bill.

>> The Final Word: “His function is really to herd the thousand cats that are the NCAA schools." - Joe Nocera, Bloomberg News

Go Deeper


2. Southern Virginia Joins USA South

The USA South Athletic Conference is pleased to announce that Southern Virginia University has been accepted for full membership within the League. The Knights are currently an NCAA Division III institution primarily competing in the Capital Athletic Conference. SVU's football program currently is an affiliate member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The Knights will begin play as USA South members in the 2021-22 academic year, growing the League's membership to 19 institutions.

>> Quotable: "I am very pleased that the USA South Presidents Council agreed to extend membership to Southern Virginia University. SVU is an institution that aligns well with the rest of the Conference members, and this decision coincides with the strategic direction of the Conference. I welcome them wholeheartedly." - Dr. Tom Bogart, President of Maryville College and Chair, USA South Presidents Council

>> Quotable II: "We are pleased to have Southern Virginia University join the USA South. SVU adds to our membership by providing another high quality institution dedicated to the ideals of Division III." - Dr. Tom Hart, USA South Commissioner.

>> Go Deeper 


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 ice hockey.

Champions: Plattsburgh State (5), Norwich (2), Amherst, Elmira, RIT.

Runner-Up: Norwich (3), Elmira (2), Adrian, Hamline, Middlebury, RIT, UW-River Falls.

Top Four Finishes: Plattsburgh State (8), Norwich (7), Elmira (5), Gustavus Adolphus (5), Middlebury (3), UW-River Falls (3), Adrian (2), Hamline (2), RIT (2), St. Thomas (2), Amherst.



Champions: St. Norbert (4), Norwich (2), UW-Stevens Point (2), Trinity, UW-Eau Claire.

Runner-Up: Oswego State (2), St. Norbert (2), UW-Stevens Point (2), Adrian, Norwich, Salve Regina, Trinity.

Top Four Finishes: St. Norbert (7), Norwich (6), Oswego State (5), UW-Stevens Point (5), Adrian (3), Geneseo (3), Amherst (2), Trinity (2), Colby, Hobart, Plattsburgh State, Salve Regina, Utica, UMass-Boston, UW-Eau Claire.


>> Tomorrow: swimming and diving.


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4.   NFHCA All-America Team 

National champion Middlebury placed three players on the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-America team. Forty-eight players were honored, including eight that were recognized for the third time - Bowdoin's Kara Finnerty, Salisbury's Jillian Hughes and Franklin & Marshall's Erin Coverdale.

First Team
Forwards: Cayla Andrews, TCNJ; Kara Finnerty, Bowdoin; Kristen McCarthy, Endicott; Morgan Mullen, Ithaca; Lily Mynott, Franklin & Marshall; Erin Nicholas, Middlebury; Kayla Peterson, TCNJ; Marguerite Salamone, Tufts.
Midfielders: Marissa Baker, Middlebury; Caroline Brotzge, Centre; Devon Goetz, MIT; Melissa Gula, Franklin & Marshall; Arielle Johnston, Salisbury; Maggie Sohns, FDU-Florham.
Defender: Jillian Hughes, Salisbury.
Goalkeeper: Nicole Andrini, Montclair State.


>> Complete All-America Teams 

5. About Last Night


 No. 8 Hobart upset No. 2 Trinity, 4-2, in a men's ice hockey showdown in Geneva. Joe Halstrom made 25 saves, including seven in the final period.

No. 7 UW-River Falls scored twice in the second period to break a 1-1 tie and go on to down No. 4 Gustavus Adolphus, 3-1, in women's ice hockey action.

 In a top-25 women's basketball battle, No. 21 Augsburg took out No. 9 St. Thomas, 69-65, in overtime. Jazymn Solseth led the Auggies with 19 points. The Tommies have lost back-to-back MIAC games for the first time since 2013.

Congrats to Penn State Behrend head men's basketball coach Dave Niland who picked up his 500th career win last night - a 76-60 triumph over Fredonia.

Zac Haese scored the go-ahead layup with :03 left as No. 15 UW-La Crosse remained unbeaten with a 54-53 win vs. Ripon.

 Total points won was the criteria needed to separate No. 5 Johnson & Wales and No. 14 Coast Guard on the mat. The Wildcats won the last three matches to force a 16-16 deadlock that went JWU's way on total points (63-58).

6. Comings and Goings


7.  1 Undefeated Thing

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

BREAKING NEWS: Southern Virginia to Join USA South

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DECEMBER 12, 2019 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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BREAKING NEWS:
Southern Virginia Leaves CAC to Join USA South

 

The USA South Athletic Conference is pleased to announce that Southern Virginia University has been accepted for full membership within the League. The Knights are currently an NCAA Division III institution primarily competing in the Capital Athletic Conference. SVU's football program currently is an affiliate member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The Knights will begin play as USA South members in the 2021-22 academic year, growing the League's membership to 19 institutions.

>> Quotable: "I am very pleased that the USA South Presidents Council agreed to extend membership to Southern Virginia University. SVU is an institution that aligns well with the rest of the Conference members, and this decision coincides with the strategic direction of the Conference. I welcome them wholeheartedly." - Dr. Tom Bogart, President of Maryville College and Chair, USA South Presidents Council
>> Quotable II: "We are pleased to have Southern Virginia University join the USA South. SVU adds to our membership by providing another high quality institution dedicated to the ideals of Division III." - Dr. Tom Hart, USA South Commissioner.
 
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How to Deal With NIL

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DECEMBER 11, 2019 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. How to Deal With NIL
 

Names. Images. Likenesses. NIL for short.

Thanks to the state of California, the NCAA has set out a schedule for hearing feedback from each of the divisions, and for further discussion, with a deadline of September 1, 2020 for the DIII Presidents Council to sponsor legislation implementing their new NIL policies. Votes on the solutions are scheduled for Jan. 13-16, 2021.

Len Simon, an adviser to state Sen. Nancy Skinner, the lead sponsor of California's NIL law, is one of the state's top sports attorneys. The Athletic interviewed him about some of the key issues that must be resolved. We highlight the Division III-centric information ... Simon says: 
  • The NCAA should regulate as little as possible, and focus on the only serious problem - recruiting through NIL. It's legitimate to prohibit phony NIL deals which are really playoffs to recruits to attend a specific school.
  • Divisions II and III have the easiest jobs because they have the fewest athletes who could get NIL payments. If there were time, I would urge these two Divisions put out their rules first, and these could serve as DI lab experiments.
  • One simple rule should be added: No NIL deals can be signed, negotiated or discussed until the student commits to a school, or registers for classes.Thus, for example, an NIL deal cut by a quarterback at Amherst in September of his freshman year should be totally legit.
  • What can the NCAA do to avoid NIL-related controversies? Stop regulating NIL activities unrelated to recruiting or pay for play entirely. Dylan Dethier, a golf star at Williams College, should not lose his eligibility for writing a book about traveling and playing golf during his gap year. (See Oct. 15 Playbook) There should not be any issue about Nathan Bain (Stephen F. Austin basketball hero for hitting the game-winning shot against Duke) having a GoFundMe account (via the school’s compliance department) to rebuild his home and a church destroyed in a hurricane.
Worth Your Time and Investment ($). Read more on Title IX, problems with California law, and revenue contracts.


2.  Top CFB Coaches of All Time

 

ESPN has posted its list of the top 150 college football coaches of all time.

>> The Key Stat: Take this list, pour a beverage, and read it and weep. Or weed it and reap the benefit of knowing better than the panel. It is, as always, for entertainment purposes only. -- Ivan Maisel

Editor's Note: We have included those who coached at D-III institutions when they competed in D-III (1973 and beyond)


16. John Gagliardi, Saint John's (1953-2012, 465-132-10)
Gagliardi's teams became better known for what they didn't do than what they did. They didn't tackle in practice. They didn't lift weights. They didn't practice longer than 90 minutes. And they didn't lose -- not very often, anyway. Gagliardi won four national championships at St. John's and, between the two campuses, 30 conference titles. That's one way to look at his career. The other is that he began as a head coach during the Truman Administration and retired after Barack Obama's re-election.

28. Larry Kehres, Mount Union (1986-2012, 332-24-3)
In 27 seasons at Mount Union, Kehres' teams stockpiled 11 Division III national titles, 21 unbeaten regular seasons and 23 conference championships. His teams had winning streaks of 54 and 55 games. His .929 winning percentage is the best among any coach at any NCAA level.

39. Frosty Westering, Pacific Lutheran (1972-2003, 261-70-5)
The former United States Marine Corps drill instructor lived by one mantra in life: "Make the Big Time Where You Are." And that's exactly what Westering did at Pacific Lutheran, a school of about 3,100 students in Tacoma, Washington. He guided the Lutes to 261 victories, NAIA Division II national titles in 1980, '87 and 1993 and an NCAA Division III national championship in 1999. He is one of only 13 college football coaches to have won at least 300 career games.

76. Jim Butterfield, Ithaca (1967-93, 206-71-1)
He learned on the job in an era when that was allowed. The Bombers went 29-29 in his first seven seasons. In the next 20 years under Butterfield, Ithaca reached the playoffs 11 times, winning three Division III championships and losing four other national championship games.

77. Ron Schipper, Central (1961-96, 287-67-3)
Schipper won 18 conference titles in 36 seasons. He won one Division III championship in 1974, was the runner-up in 1988 and made 12 playoff appearances. But here's how good he was: He never had a losing season.

78. Lance Leipold, UW-Whitewater (2007-14, 109-6)
Perhaps more impressive than winning six Division III national championships in eight seasons at Whitewater, Leipold took down the dynasty that was Mount Union. The Warhawks had winning streaks of 46 and 32 games under Leipold. It took him four seasons to take Buffalo to a MAC East title.

81. Bob Reade, Augustana (1979-94, 146-23-1)
85. Mike Kelly, Dayton (1981-2007, 246-51-1)
92. Roger Harring, UW-La Crosse (1969-99, 261-75-7)
118. Dave Maurer, Wittenberg (1969-83, 129-23-3)
126. Jeff Devanney, Trinity, Conn. (2006-present, 96-19)
138. Dick Farley, Williams (1987-2003, 114-19-3)
148. Bill Manlove, Widener (1969-91), Delaware Valley (1992-95)
149. K.C. Keeler, Rowan (1993-01)

>> The Entire List of CFB's Top 150 Coaches
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3.  Best of the Decade 

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

Champions: St. Thomas (2), UW-Stevens Point (2), UW-Whitewater (2), Amherst, Babson, Nebraska Wesleyan, UW-Oshkosh.

Runner-Up: Augustana (2), Williams (2), Benedictine, Cabrini, Mary Hardin-Baylor, Swarthmore, UW-Oshkosh, Wooster.

Top Four Finishes: Williams (4), Amherst (3), St. Thomas (3), Augustana (2), Babson (2), Christopher Newport (2), Illinois Wesleyan (2), UW-Oshkosh (2), UW-Stevens Point (2), UW-Whitewater (2), Benedictine, Cabrini, Guilford, Mary Hardin-Baylor, Middlebury, MIT, Nebraska Wesleyan, North Central, Ramapo, Randolph-Macon, Springfield, Swarthmore, Virginia Wesleyan, Wheaton IL, Whitman, Wooster.

Champions: Amherst (3), Thomas More (3), DePauw, FDU-Florham, Illinois Wesleyan, Washington U.

Runner-Up: Bowdoin (2), George Fox (2), Tufts (2), Hope, Washington U. Whitman, UW-Whitewater

Top Four Finishes: Amherst (7), Thomas More (4), Tufts (4), St. Thomas (3), Bowdoin (2), Christopher Newport (2), George Fox (2), Illinois Wesleyan (2), Wartburg (2), Washington U. (2), UW-Whitewater (2), DePauw, FDU-Florham, Hope, Montclair State, Rochester, Scranton, Whitman, Williams.


Thursday: Ice Hockey.



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4.  About Last Night 

 UMass-Boston sent shock waves around New England as the Beacons knocked off Division I Holy Cross, 69-66, in overtimeCharles Mitchell led UMB with 21 points and eight rebounds.

  No. 25 Amherst handed No. 21 Springfield its first loss of the season with a 76-70 victory. The Mammoths put five players in double figures to offset a 31-point outburst by Jake Ross.

 No. 10 Hamline downed No. 5 UW-Eau Claire, 3-2, in a top-10 women's ice hockey showdown in St. Paul. Madison Davis tied the game at 2-2 with 4:06 remaining and Molly Garin notched the game-winner with 1:25 left.

 
5.  Comings and Goings
 
 

6.  SportsPerson of the Year


Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
Soccer star Megan Rapinoe has been named Sports Illustrated's 2019 Sportsperson of the Year for her part in the USWNT's World Cup win and for "being a vocal activist for equality." Rapinoe, 34, is just the fourth woman in the award's 66-year history to win unaccompanied.
"Rapinoe challenged perceptions of her, of female athletes, of all women. She led her teammates, three months before their tentpole tournament, to sue the U.S. Soccer Federation for equal pay; to declare in advance that they would not visit the White House when they won the Cup; to score 13 goals in a group-stage match against Thailand, without apology." — Jenny Vrentas, Sports Illustrated

 
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