Friday, March 6, 2020

Spectators Out at JHU

MARCH 6, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Spectators Out at JHU

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The NCAA Division III men's basketball tournament has come down with a case of COVID-19.

The first and second-round games of the four-team pod in Baltimore at Johns Hopkins will be played without spectators amid growing concerns about the coronavirus.

Johns Hopkins released the following statement late last night: 
  • "Johns Hopkins University is pleased to be hosting the first two rounds of the NCAA Division III men's basketball tournament this weekend.  However, in light of Maryland's recently confirmed cases of COVID-19, and based on CDC guidance for large gatherings, we have determined that it is prudent to hold this tournament without spectators.  We are not making any determination about other JHU events at this time; while we await further guidance from public health authorities, we will be assessing large events on a case-by-case basis.  We regret any inconvenience to the families and fans of the players."

Yeshiva will take on WPI at 1 p.m., while Penn State Harrisburg will play the host Blue Jays at 6 p.m. The winners will face off in the second round at Hopkins' Goldfarb Gym on Saturday night. The games will be live streamed over HopTV.

Individuals who purchased tickets in advance should contact the Johns Hopkins Department of Athletics at 410/516-7490 or during regular business hours (9 am – 5 pm) to obtain a refund.

The news comes after Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced Thursday that three Montgomery County residents have tested positive for the coronavirus.

>> Live Coronavirus Updates from the Washington Post

2. Maccabees Turned Away

courtesy of Associated Press 

A hotel in a Baltimore suburb on Thursday canceled the reservation of the Yeshiva University men’s basketball team over fears of the novel coronavirus, the coach of the Maccabees told The Associated Press.

Coach Elliot Steinmetz said the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Pikesville canceled the reservation, forcing the team to book rooms at a different hotel. A student at the Orthodox Jewish university has tested positive for the virus.

“I made it very clear to the hotel that it's discrimination,” Steinmetz said. “I basically said to them: `Do you have a checkbox on your website that says that you've been in an area with suspected coronavirus?' And they said no. So I said: `Is it just for the guests of Yeshiva University?' And they said yes. I told them that that's called discrimination.”

The team is scheduled to play Worcester Polytechnic Institute Friday in the first round of the NCAA Division III basketball tournament at Johns Hopkins.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the wife, two children and a neighbor of a New York lawyer who is hospitalized in critical condition with COVID-19 have also tested positive for the disease. One of the lawyer's children is a student at Yeshiva University.

Josh Joseph, the university's senior vice president, said the infected student is not a member of the basketball team, has not participated in any team events and has not been on campus since Feb. 27. He added that the New York City Department of Health has “cleared” the team to participate in the tournament.

>> Go Deeper
>> Listen to Dave McHugh's interview with Steinmetz on Hoopsville (forward to the 2:08.00 mark).

3.  #CawlidgeHawkey

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It's championship weekend in Division III with nine men's and eight women's conferences crowning champions.

  • UCHC (FRI/SAT, 7:00): #15 Wilkes at #3 Utica (best of 3)
  • NESCAC Semifinals (SAT): Hamilton vs. #8 Trinity, 1:00; Wesleyan at #9 Williams, 4:00
  • CCC: Wentworth at #12 Endicott, 3:00
  • NEHC: #5 Hobart at #1 Norwich, 7:00
  • SUNYAC: Oswego at #2 Geneseo, 7:00
  • NCHA: #11 St. Norbert at #6 Adrian, 7:00
  • MASCAC: UMass Dartmouth at Plymouth State, 7:00
  • WIAC: #4 Eau Claire at #7 Stevens Point, 8:00 (non-AQ)
  • MIAC: St. Thomas at Concordia-Moorhead, 8:00
  • NESCAC Final (SUN)
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  • NCHA Semifinal (FRI): St. Scholastica vs. Lake Forest, 5:00
  • NESCAC Semifinals (SAT): Hamilton at #2 Middlebury, 1:00; Amherst vs. Colby, 4:00
  • UCHC Semifinals (SAT): Stevenson at #5 Elmira, 3:00; William Smith vs. Manhattanville, 7:00
  • NEWHL: Oswego at #1 Plattsburgh, 3:00
  • WIAC: #6 River Falls at #3 Eau Claire, 3:00 (non-AQ)
  • MIAC: #10 Augsburg at #4 Gustavus Adolphus, 3:00
  • NEHC: Suffolk at #7 Norwich, 3:00
  • NCHA Final (SAT): semifinal winner at #9 Adrian, 3:00
  • CHC: U. of New England at #8 Endicott, 7:00
  • NESCAC Final (SUN)
  • UCHC Final (SUN)
4.   Hoop Mania

It's the opening day of the 2020 NCAA Division III men's and women's basketball championship with 32 games being played in each draw.

What We're Watching in the First Round (W)
#20 DeSales (23-4) vs. Smith (24-4), 5:30
#14 Mary Hardin-Baylor (24-4) vs. #22 Austin (23-4), 6:00
#10 Whitman (24-3) vs. Wheaton, Ill. (20-7), 6:30
#21 Texas-Dallas (22-5) at #16 Trinity, Texas (23-4), 8:30

What We're Watching in the First Round (M)
#21 Middlebury (20-5) vs. Westfield State (20-7), 4:00
#14 St. Joseph's, Conn. (26-2) vs. Hobart (21-5), 5:00
#4 St. Thomas (24-3) vs. #22 St. Norbert (23-4), 6:00
#16 Washington U. (20-5) vs. Bethany Lutheran (21-6), 6:00


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5.  About Last Night


Softball on Apple iOS 13.3  Have a day, Spartans!  York (Pa.) defeated #8 Trine, 3-2, as Shyla Pastore drove in one run, scored another and picked up the complete-game mound win. How do you celebrate a win over a ranked team? Taylor Lindsay (pictured) tossed a six-inning no-hitter, walking two and fanning seven in a 10-0 victory over Illinois College in game two of the day.

Softball on Apple iOS 13.3  Kenyon softball is 8-0 for the first time in program history following a 17-8 victory over North Central (Ill.). Emily Buckwalter drove in five for the Ladies.

  Freshman Brian Norsen had a day, slamming a pair of home runs and driving in seven as #14 St. John Fisher defeated Saint Vincent, 19-12.

  MIT scored seven unanswered runs over the last three innings to close out a 9-5 victory over #11 UMass Boston. Matt Johnston had a pair of hits and two RBI.

6. Weekend Preview Lacrosse on Apple iOS 13.3  Softball on Apple iOS 13.3

Baseball -
  1. Washington U. (SAT/SUN vs. Coe)
  2. Cal Lutheran (SAT vs. U. of Dallas)
  3. Chapman (SUN vs. Ithaca)
  4. Trinity, Texas
  5. Babson
  6. Southern Maine
  7. Randolph-Macon (SAT/SUN vs. Guilford)
  8. Birmingham-Southern (SAT/SUN vs. Millsaps)
  9. Salisbury (SUN vs. #22 Johns Hopkins)
  10. Kean
>> Others to Watch: #15 Webster vs. #21 Aurora (SUN).

Softball - NFCA
  1. Texas Lutheran (FRI vs. #5 IWU/Babson; SAT vs. #2 CNU/Pacific Lutheran; SUN vs. St. John Fisher/#3 Linfield)
  2. Christopher Newport (FRI vs. CMS/#19 UMHB; SAT vs. #1 Texas Lutheran/#5 IWU; SUN vs. St. Benedict/Berry)
  3. Linfield (FRI vs. Emerson/Berry; SAT vs. Piedmont/St. Benedict; SUN vs. Emory/#1 Texas Lutheran)
  4. East Texas Baptist (FRI vs. DePauw/St. John Fisher; SAT vs. Emory/Berry; SUN vs. Piedmont/Transylvania)
  5. Illinois Wesleyan (FRI vs. #1 Texas Lutheran/Pacific Lutheran; SAT vs. Emory & Henry/#2 CNU; SUN vs. Berry/St. Benedict)
  6. Virginia Wesleyan (FRI vs. Greensboro/Bethany; SAT vs. Bethany/Allegheny)
  7. Eastern Connecticut
  8. DePauw (FRI vs. #4 ETBU/#12 Central; SAT vs. Alma/Washington U.; SUN vs. Emerson/Pacific Lutheran)
  9. Williams
  10. TCNJ (SAT vs. Lynchburg; SUN at #16 Salisbury)

Lacrosse (M) - USILA
  1. Salisbury (SUN vs. Ohio Wesleyan)
  2. Amherst (at #6 Tufts)
  3. Cabrini (at Ithaca)
  4. Williams (vs. Colby)
  5. RIT (vs. Clarkson)
  6. Tufts (vs. #2 Amherst)
  7. Denison (vs. DePauw)
  8. Ursinus (vs. Illinois Wesleyan)
  9. York (SUN vs. Lycoming)
  10. Wesleyan (vs. Western New England)
>> Others to Watch: #16 Stevenson at #18 Christopher Newport; Geneseo at #15 St. Lawrence.

Lacrosse (W) - IWLCA
  1. Middlebury (at Connecticut College)
  2. Tufts (at #9 Amherst)
  3. Gettysburg (at #6 W&L)
  4. Franklin & Marshall
  5. Wesleyan
  6. Washington and Lee (vs. #3 Gettysburg)
  7. Salisbury (at Washington College)
  8. York (vs. #19 William Smith)
  9. Amherst (vs. #2 Tufts)
  10. Catholic
>> Others to Watch: #18 Ithaca at #20 Brockport.

all games/matches Saturday unless indicated

7.   Weekend's Best

Volleyball on Apple iOS 13.3  (M) #3 New Paltz at #15 MIT (FRI); #7 St. John Fisher at #9 Endicott; #6 Vassar at #10 Wells.

Tennis on Apple iOS 13.3  (M): #2 Claremont-M-S vs. #9 Washington U.; #26 Denison vs. #29 Kalamazoo.

Tennis on Apple iOS 13.3  (W): #12 Williams vs. #16 Skidmore; #15 Mary Washington vs. #30 Caltech (SUN); #25 Denison vs. #28 Hope (SUN).

8.  Comings and Goings

9.  1 Friend Thing 

Wanted to end on a good note. Enjoy your weekend.

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