Monday, February 24, 2020

Fly Eagles Fly

FEBRUARY 24, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Fly Eagles Fly

Emory Men's Tennis Defeats Claremont-Mudd-Scripps To Win ITA National Indoor Tirle

The No. 1-ranked Emory men's tennis team (4-0) will be bringing the ITA National Championship trophy back to Atlanta after capturing the crown on Sunday with a 5-3 victory over No. 2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (9-1).

The Eagles came through the doubles portion of the competition with a 2-1 lead in the match. Emory were successful in the first two decisions with sophomore Andrew Esses and senior Hassan Kenaw winning at No. 3 over Daniel Park and Nic Meister, 8-3.  At second doubles, Alec Rabinowitz and Will Wanner accounted for the team's other point following their 8-6 outcome over Jack Katzman and Robert Liu.

In singles, the Stags won at the Nos. 1 and 3 positions to claim a 3-2 advantage. However, sophomore Antonio Mora knotted the score after registering a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 verdict over Katzman at the No. 2 spot. Freshman Mark Sverdlov gave the Eagles a 4-3 edge while inching them closer to the title when he notched a 7-5, 1-6, 6-2 triumph at No. 4 against Ian Freer. As was the case in Saturday's semifinals, both of Emory's last two singles matches went into a third set, and it was senior Rex Serituk who came through with the squad's second clinching point in as many days with his come-from-behind 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-1) win over Liu.

Emory has now won nine National Indoor Championships in the 20-year history of the event.

#1 Emory d. #2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 5-3

#1 Emory d. #8 Brandeis, 5-4
#2 Claremont-M-S d. #4 Chicago, 5-4

#1 Emory d. #20 Gustavus Adolphus, 7-2
#8 Brandeis d. #9 Washington U., 7-2
#2 Claremont-M-S d. #12 Case Western, 6-3
#4 Chicago d. #11 Kenyon, 5-4

2.  Wave Runners

Men’s Swimming Wins CC Championship

  Conference Champions (M)Nazareth (AMCC/Empire), Carthage (CCIW), Franklin & Marshall (Centennial), Rensselaer (Liberty), Rowan (Metro), Albion (Michigan), Williams (NESCAC), MIT (NEWMAC), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (SCIAC), Geneseo (SUNYAC).

>> MIT senior Bouke Edskes set a NCAA Division III record in the 100 individual medley with a time of 49.18.

Calvin Women's Swimming and Diving Captures 15th MIAA Title in Last 16 Years

Woman Swimming on Apple iOS 13.3  Conference Champions (W)Nazareth (AMCC/Empire), Carthage (CCIW), Gettysburg (Centennial), Ithaca (Liberty), Rowan (Metro), Calvin (Michigan), MIT (NEWMAC), Claremont-M-S (SCIAC), Geneseo (SUNYAC).

>> A Cut: Natalie Burkett, Mount Holyoke, 200 Free, 1:40.58
3.  Full-Court Press 

Makana Stone

Basketball (W)
  1. Tufts (d. Wesleyan, 58-48)
  2. Hope (d. #23 Trine, 59-52)
  3. DePauw (d. Wooster, 78-53)
  4. UW-Whitewater (d. UW-Stout, 65-56)
  5. Bowdoin (d. Hamilton, 77-63)
  6. Amherst (d. Bates, 69-44)
  7. Whitman (d. Linfield, 74-65)
  8. Wartburg (d. Dubuque, 88-47)
  9. Transylvania (d. Bluffton, 70-56)
  10. Loras (d. Nebraska Wesleyan, 79-58)

  No. 2 Hope (25-0) finished a perfect regular season with a 59-52 win against No. 23 Trine (20-5) before a crown of 2,079 - the largest DIII WBB crowd this season. Kenedy Schoonveld had 14 points and six boards for the Flying Dutch.

  Chicago (19-5) is going to the postseason, following a 73-45 win at Brandeis (13-11). The Maroons, who clinched the AQ from the UAA, were led by Mia Farrell's 15 points.

  Chapman (12-13) needed three overtimes to subdue Caltech (4-21), 93-89. Lucy Criswell scored 38 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Panthers.

>> Top Seed: Marymount (AEC), LaRoche (AMCC), Wartburg (American Rivers), Haverford (Centennial), Wheaton (CCIW), Keystone (CSAC), Emmanuel (GNAC), Transylvania (HCAC), Scranton (Landmark), Eastern Connecticut (LEC), Ithaca (Liberty), Messiah (MAC Commonwealth), DeSales (MAC Freedom), Hope (MIAA), Bethel (MIAC), Ripon (Midwest), Husson (NAC), Eastern Nazarene (NECC), Babson (NEWMAC), Rowan (NJAC), Baldwin Wallace (OAC), Emory & Henry (ODAC), St. Vincent (PAC), Trinity, Texas (SCAC), Mount St. Mary (Skyline), Webster (SLIAC), New Paltz (SUNYAC), Chicago (UAA), Bethany Lutheran (UMAC).

> Other conference top seeds clinched previous weekend. 

Joah Logan '21 (Andy Gore photo)

Basketball (M) -
  1. Swarthmore (d. McDaniel, 79-42)
  2. Randolph-Macon (lost at Guilford, 63-54)
  3. St. Thomas (d. St. Mary's, 74-72)
  4. Saint John's (d. Bethel, 73-66)
  5. Wittenberg (d. Hiram, 93-65)
  6. Nebraska Wesleyan (d. Loras, 88-73)
  7. UW-Platteville (at UW-Stevens Point)
  8. Emory (d. Carnegie Mellon, 98-86; lost at Case Western, 83-78)
  9. Mount Union (d. Capital, 82-67)
  10. Johns Hopkins (d. Haverford, 75-56)

  Jorden Davis scored a game-high 22 points as Guilford (18-7) used a +18 rebounding advantage to down No. 2 Randolph-Macon (23-2), 63-54.

  Will King tallied 32 points, including 14 in extra time, as #12 Colby (23-2) held off Bates (12-13), 102-94, in a three-overtime NESCAC quarterfinal. His three-pointer with :06 remaining in the second OT kept the game alive.

  Tip 'o the hat to Linfield (20-5) who ended a 25-game losing streak to Whitworth (20-5) that dated to Jan. 10, 2009 with a 91-80 victory.

  Nate West scored a program and conference record 67 points, including 12 triples, as LeTourneau defeated Belhaven, 114-98.

  Top Seed: Wesley (AEC), La Roche (AMCC), CNU/York (CAC), Endicott (CCC), North Central (CCIW), Nazareth (E8), Transylvania (HCAC), Susquehanna (Landmark), Western Connecticut (LEC), Widener (MAC Commonwealth), Stevens (MAC Freedom), Westfield State (MASCAC), Saint John's (MIAC), Benedictine (NACC), New England College (NECC), Tufts (NESCAC), Springfield (NEWMAC), TCNJ (NJAC), Whitworth (Northwest), Pomona-Pitzer (SCIAC), Webster (SLIAC), Brockport (SUNYAC), Northwestern (UMAC), Platteville (WIAC).

> Other conference top seeds clinched previous weekend. 

4.  On The Fly 

Men's Hockey Advances to Harris Cup Semi's with Minigame Win

Ice Hockey (M) - USCHO
  1. Norwich (d. Castleton, 9-0)
  2. Geneseo (d. Brockport, 6-4)
  3. Utica (d. King's, 9-0; d. #13 Wilkes, 5-1)
  4. UW-Eau Claire
  5. Hobart (d. Skidmore, 4-2)
  6. Adrian (d. Aurora, 7-5 and 5-3)
  7. Trinity (lost vs. Wesleyan, 4-1; d. Wesleyan, 3-1)
  8. Babson (lost vs. Southern Maine, 3-2)
  9. U. of New England (d. Wentworth, 2-1; d. Becker, 5-0)
  10. Lake Forest (lost vs. Trine, 5-4 OT; d. Trine, 3-1)

  Paul Leger stopped 37 shots as Southern Maine (8-15-3) upset No. 8 Babson (18-6-2), 3-2, in the quarterfinals of the NEHC tournament. He made 19 saves in the second period and 13 more in the final stanza.

  Trine knocked No. 10 Lake Forest out of the NCHA tournament with a 1-0 mini-game victory in the quarterfinals. Garrett Hallford (pictured) scored an unassisted goal at 10:26 and Brett Young made 14 saves for the Thunder.

  Clinched Top Seed: Endicott/ UNE (CCC), Plymouth State (MASCAC), Saint John's (MIAC), Norwich (NEHC), Williams (NESCAC), Geneseo (SUNYAC), Utica (UCHC), Stevens Point (WIAC).

Gustavus goaltender Katie McCoy recorded a pair of shutouts in a weekend series with St. Thomas.

Ice Hockey (W) - USCHO
  1. Plattsburgh (d. Morrisville, 6-2 and 8-2)
  2. Middlebury (d. Bowdoin, 3-0 and 3-1)
  3. UW-Eau Claire (d. #7 UW-River Falls, 1-0; lost at #7 River Falls, 3-1)
  4. Gustavus Adolphus (d. Bethel, 4-0 and 3-0)
  5. Elmira (d. Nazareth, 3-1)
  6. Norwich (d. Salem State, 9-0)
  7. UW-River Falls (lost vs. #3 UW-Eau Claire, 1-0; d. #3 Eau Claire, 3-1)
  8. Hamline (d. St. Catherine, 8-1 and 8-0)
  9. Endicott (d. U. of New England, 3-0 and 2-1)
  10. Adrian

  Abbey Luth had a goal and two assists as Nazareth (18-4-3) snapped William Smith's 10-game win streak with a 4-1 win in Geneva. The Flyers clinched the No. 2 seed for the first round of the UCHC playoffs and prevented the Herons (17-8) from tying for the top spot.

  No. 4 Gustavus Adolphus posted a pair of shutouts against Bethel, 4-0 and 3-0, to secure the regular-season title and the top seed for the upcoming MIAC playoffs.

  Clinched Top Seed: Endicott (CHC), Gustavus Adolphus (MIAC), Adrian (NCHA), Norwich (NEHC), Middlebury (NESCAC), Plattsburgh (NEWHL), Eau Claire (WIAC).

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5.  Elsewhere ... 

Isabel Maletich

Woman Running on Apple iOS 13.3  Chicago sophomore Isabel Maletich recorded the fifth-best triple jump mark in DIII history when she leaped 1258m (41-3 3/4) at the Margaret Bradley Invitational.

Woman Running on Apple iOS 13.3  Setting up to be a fantastic 200 meters at the American Rivers Conference championship next weekend. Dubuque senior Alison Beeman posted the eighth-fastest time in DIII history (24.49), edging Loras junior Gabrielle Noland by .01 seconds at the Dubuque Spartan Invitational. Noland has the fourth-best time in history at 24.34 set a year ago.

Tennis on Apple iOS 13.3  The No. 13 Trinity (Texas) men held off No. 16 Pomona-Pitzer, 6-3. Jordan Pitts won at No. 1 dubs and No. 2 singles for the Tigers (7-6).

Tennis on Apple iOS 13.3  The No. 22 Southwestern women turned back No. 21 Caltech, 7-2Mary Cardone pulled out a tough three-setter at 1 singles for the Pirates.

Lacrosse on Apple iOS 13.3  Ryan Coleman broke a 10-all tie with 3:31 remaining and Cam Leydig added an insurance goal as Stevenson (1-1) upset No. 6 York (2-2), 12-11.

Lacrosse on Apple iOS 13.3  Marissa McGarry scored with 3:40 remaining to lift No. 7 Franklin & Marshall (1-0) past No. 8 Washington and Lee (1-1), 9-8.

Baseball on Apple iOS 13.3  La Verne (5-6) handed No. 1 Chapman (9-1) its first loss of the season in the nightcap of a twinbill. The Leopards downed the Panthers, 9-5, as Patrick Keller went 5-for-5 with two runs scored.

Baseball on Apple iOS 13.3  Rhodes had a great weekend with three wins, including two against ranked opponents. The Lynx (6-2) blanked No. 18 Coe, 1-0, on a Will Huertin walk-off homer in the ninth. Rhodes also blasted No. 2 Webster, 15-5, as Huertin had three hits and two RBI.

Softball on Apple iOS 13.3  Grace Preston twirled a five-inning no-hitter as North Carolina Wesleyan (4-0) blanked Elizabeth City State (0-4), 13-0. She struck out five and allowed just one runner to reach base on a HBP.

6.  1 Half-Court Thing

I've never seen anything like this before. Salute to the South Dakota State women's basketball team. Watch, count along, and be amazed.

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