Friday, May 22, 2020

Stepping Up

MAY 22, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Stepping Up

by Matt Hamilton, US Lacrosse Magazine

"One year ago, Mitch Wykoff played lacrosse in an entirely different world.

The junior star at Gettysburg had recently wrapped up his season with a double-overtime loss to St. John Fisher in the first round of the Division III NCAA tournament. It was the Bullets’ third straight one-goal exit from the Division III playoffs, but he had visions of a senior season that would buck the trend.

Then, the 2020 season was cut short in March and the Division I lacrosse landscape was altered significantly. Days after the cancellation of the season, the NCAA announced it would grant players an extra year of eligibility, including seniors whose last seasons were supposed to be this spring.

This summer was supposed to be the start of a new chapter. Wykoff was looking at pursuing a Master’s degree in the near future, but not necessarily in 2020.

The extra year of eligibility made it so he could end his lacrosse career on his terms, and the opportunity was too good to pass up. He decided on Syracuse for 2021."

>> The Big Picture: “Yeah, I recognize that these are some of the best players in the country and this is the best team in the country, and I think that’s awesome.”

>> What They're Saying: “He’s got Division I size. He was 200-something pounds. He fits that bill. When you see him running around with that stick, I think anybody would be impressed. I think he’ll be in the mix for Syracuse.” - Hank Janczyk, head coach, Gettysburg

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2. Planning for Championships


NCAA Senior Vice President of Championship Joni Comstock joins Dr. Brian Hainline and Andy Katz tonight at 7 p.m. EDT.

3.  A Note About Next Semester

by Tiffany C. Li, McSweeney's
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff —
After careful deliberation, we are pleased to report we can finally announce that we plan to re-open campus this fall. But with limitations. Unless we do not. Depending on guidance, which we have not yet received.
Please know that we eventually will all come together as a school community again. Possibly virtually. Probably on land. Maybe some students will be here? Perhaps the RAs can be let in to feed the lab rats?
We plan to follow the strictest recommended guidance from public health officials, except in any case where it might possibly limit our major athletic programs, which will proceed as usual.
We understand you may have concerns about the University’s future, but we will take this time to emphasize that academic terms are merely units of time, and here at the University, we strongly believe in the concept of time.
In this time, more than ever, it is time for strong, decisive action.
We have decided to delay our decision.
It is our decision to delay our decision so we can decide on our decision at a later decided time.
We will make our final decision on campus reopening on a date no later than the day our closest competing universities announce their decisions and no earlier than the day after we cash your fall tuition deposit checks.
The University is here for you in this trying time. If you have any questions not answered by this email, please do not hesitate to re-read this email.
The University


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4.  Fall Plans

From the Chronicle of Higher Education, here’s a complete alphabetical list of Division III colleges that have either disclosed their plans, mentioned them in news reports, or set a deadline for deciding.

as of May 21, 5:40 p.m. EDT

5.  The List

Life Wisdom From On and Off the Field | Philosophy

Most overtime games played in the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse tournament.

10 - Gettysburg (6-4)
6 - Denison (2-4)
4 - Nazareth (4-0)
4 - Middlebury (1-3)
3 - Ithaca (3-0)
3 - Roanoke (1-2)

6. Comings and Goings

7.  1 Truck Thing

Have a great Memorial Day weekend.

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