Friday, January 24, 2020

Year-Round Football

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JANUARY 24, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Year-Round Football
 

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Not THAT football. 
A report by the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jonathan Tannenwald has revealed that NCAA Division I men’s soccer is close to heading towards a full-season schedule, expanding the current fall schedule that sees the College Cup finish up around mid-December.
Tannenwald’s report, which cites Maryland head coach Sasho Cirovski who has led the charge for a full calendar season, states that the new proposal would drop the regular season schedule from 25 to 23 total games, but would expand the campaign across the entire school year. The first half would consist of 13 games and end around Thanksgiving, before picking back up in the spring with nine official games. Three exhibitions would be spread around the season, as opposed to the current setup of five meaningless exhibition games all set in the spring offseason.
The main goal of the plan, which is years in the making, is to eliminate midweek games, helping to cut down on missed class time for players. At least, that’s what Cirovski is selling to the NCAA. His true goal is to help players get used to a full professional schedule, knowing that currently, collegiate players tend to hit a wall in their first few professional seasons, holding their careers back.
>> Between The Lines: Tannenwald reports that the eventual vote, which will be held in April, will consist of 64 total submissions. Each Power 5 conference will have four votes each, while the Group of 5 conferences get two votes each and the remaining conferences get one vote each. To pass, the proposal needs a full majority, meaning 33 yes votes are required out of the 64. The report states that the Atlantic 10 confirmed to the Inquirer that they will vote yes to the proposal, while the Ivy League said it will vote no.

>> Quotable: “The college coaches on the men’s side are going to be working hand in hand for the next three months to try to get us to the finish line, to do something that is transformational, an evolutionary and positive change, and a game-changer in this country for not only college soccer, but we feel for soccer in general,” Cirovski said.

>> Be Smart: What begins at Division I ... eventually trickles down to Division III. Keep an eye on this one.

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2.  Honored



The Division III Commissioners Association recognized three of its members at its Convention meeting in Anaheim on Thursday. Middle Atlantic Conference executive director Ken Andrews and Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference commissioner Gary Karner were presented with the Dennis Collins Lifetime Achievement Award. Both are retiring at the end of the academic year. Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference commissioner Donna Ledwin received the Meritorious Service Award.


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3. Weekend Preview  

Basketball (W) D3hoops.com
  1. Tufts (at Bates)
  2. Bowdoin (at Colby)
  3. Hope (at Olivet)
  4. DePauw (at Kenyon)
  5. Amherst (at Hamilton)
  6. UW-Whitewater (at UW-Oshkosh)
  7. Wartburg (at Nebraska Wesleyan)
  8. Loras (vs. Luther)
  9. Transylvania (vs. Anderson)
  10. Bethel (at Hamline)
>> What Else We're Watching: Rensselaer at Ithaca; Maine-Farmington at Thomas; William Peace at N.C. Wesleyan.


Basketball (M) - D3hoops.com
  1. Swarthmore (vs. McDaniel)
  2. Saint John's (at Carleton)
  3. Randolph-Macon (at Roanoke)
  4. Elmhurst (at North Park)
  5. Colby (at Bowdoin)
  6. Marietta (vs. Baldwin Wallace)
  7. Wittenberg (vs. Oberlin)
  8. Emory (FRI vs. Carnegie Mellon; SUN vs. Case Western)
  9. St. Thomas
  10. Nebraska Wesleyan (vs. Wartburg)
>> What Else We're Watching: #24 Brandeis at #13 Washington U. (FRI); #15 Johns Hopkins at Haverford; Endicott at Western New England; Rensselaer at Ithaca; Albion at Trine; Maine-Farmington at Thomas; Linfield at Whitman.


Ice Hockey (M) - USCHO
  1. Trinity (FRI at Connecticut College; SUN at Tufts)
  2. Norwich (FRI vs. Skidmore; SAT vs. #6 Hobart)
  3. Geneseo (FRI vs. Potsdam; SAT vs. Plattsburgh)
  4. UW-Eau Claire (FRI/SAT vs. #10 UW-Superior)
  5. Utica (SAT vs. Neumann; SUN vs. Manhattanville)
  6. Hobart (FRI at Castleton; SAT at #2 Norwich)
  7. Lake Forest (FRI/SAT vs. St. Scholastica)
  8. Augsburg (FRI/SAT vs. Saint John's)
  9. U. of New England (FRI/SAT vs. #12 Salve Regina)
  10. UW-Superior (FRI/SAT at #4 UW-Eau Claire)
>> What Else We're Watching: New England College at Babson (FRI)


Ice Hockey (W) - USCHO
  1. Plattsburgh
  2. Middlebury (FRI/SAT vs. Colby)
  3. UW-Eau Claire (SAT vs. UW-Stevens Point)
  4. Elmira (SAT vs. Chatham; SUN vs. Lebanon Valley)
  5. Gustavus Adolphus (FRI/SAT vs. St. Thomas)
  6. Adrian (FRI/SAT at Finlandia)
  7. UW-River Falls (SAT at UW-Superior)
  8. Norwich (FRI at Castleton; SAT at New England College)
  9. Hamline (FRI/SAT at Concordia-Moorhead)
  10. Endicott (FRI/SAT vs. Salve Regina)
>> What Else We're Watching: Manhattanville at Nazareth (FRI).

all games/matches Saturday unless indicated

4. Weekend Preview   

Swimming (W) CSCAA
  1. Denison (FRI vs. Indianapolis)
  2. Emory
  3. Kenyon
  4. Johns Hopkins
  5. NYU (FRI at #10 Williams/#8 MIT)
  6. Tufts (vs. #8 MIT)
  7. Chicago (at Illinois-Chicago/DePauw)
  8. MIT (FRI at #10 Williams/#5 NYU; SAT at #6 Tufts)
  9. Washington U. (at Lindenwood)
  10. Williams (FRI vs. #5 NYU/#8 MIT; SAT at Hamilton)

Swimming (M) - CSCAA
  1. Kenyon
  2. Denison (FRI vs. Indianapolis)
  3. Emory
  4. MIT (FRI at #11 Williams/#6 NYU; SAT at #13 Tufts)
  5. Johns Hopkins
  6. NYU (FRI at #11 Williams/#4 MIT)
  7. Washington U. (at Lindenwood)
  8. Chicago (at Illinois-Chicago/DePauw)
  9. Claremont-M-S
  10. Carnegie Mellon (at Western PA Invitational)
>> What Else We're Watching: #14 Rowan at #16 TCNJ


Wrestling (Dual Meet) - NWCA
  1. Wartburg (at #20 Central/Buena Vista/Dubuque)
  2. Augsburg (at Saint John's Open)
  3. Loras (at Nebraska Wesleyan/#17 Luther/#5 Coe/Simpson)
  4. Wabash (FRI at Millikin)
  5. Coe (at Nebraska Wesleyan/#3 Loras/#17 Luther/Simpson)
  6. Johnson & Wales (at #24 Stevens/#9 NYU/Manchester; at Roger Williams Quad; SUN vs. Wildcat Open)
  7. TCNJ (vs. Scranton/Oneonta/#19 RIT)
  8. Baldwin Wallace (at Muskingum/Otterbein/Heidelberg)
  9. NYU (vs. #6 JWU/Manchester)
  10. Coast Guard (All-Academy championship)
>> What Else We're Watching: #22 John Carroll at #11 Mount Union.

all contests Saturday unless indicated

5.  Comings and Goings


6.   Play of the Day

Doesn't have thing one to do with Division III ... just a very cool video. Or as some would say, why we need collegiate bocce?


7.  1 Sleep Thing



As many of you prepare to head east after the conclusion of the 2020 NCAA Convention, a primer for you as you try to catch up on some shut-eye.

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Management Council Reports

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JANUARY 23, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Management Council Reports
 
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At its meeting Wednesday at the 2020 NCAA Convention in Anaheim, California, the Division III Management Council voted to support a proposed amendment allowing an institution to provide practice expenses for golf during an official vacation period regardless of location.
The latest proposal eliminated swimming and diving from the original amendment proposed in October. The Division III Presidents Council will consider the new recommendation regarding golf practice expenses at its meeting Thursday. Then, the proposal will be voted on at Saturday’s Division III Business Session.
The Management Council also voted to take no position on a resolution that asks the Division III Softball and Baseball Committees to work together on a plan to address concerns about timing of those sports’ championship tournaments. The council noted that relevant governance committees are considering related changes to championship timing, and any plan should account for additional factors such as budgetary impact. The council agreed to explain the status of the issue during the Division III Business Session on Saturday.

>> What They're Saying: “We recognize that practicing golf has specific challenges related to weather. For these student-athletes, practicing indoors doesn’t necessarily translate to success in competition,” said Stevie Baker-Watson, chair of the Management Council and DePauw associate vice president for campus wellness and athletics director. “We agree with the sponsors’ rationale that this proposal will allow golf student-athletes to practice in conditions consistent with the competition and remove constraints under the current bylaws.”

>> Of Note: The Management Council adopted legislation to require schools to report annually all sport-related concussions in student-athletes, including the resolution of those concussions.

>> Read More

 

2. Admissions Upheaval in Mass.

"College admissions often thinks of itself as the cliched mix of art and science: Part marketing and data analytics, but still a lot of old-school relationship building.
In recent years though, an industry-wide spike in the number of applications from high school students has complicated the fine-tuned formula for figuring out which students – and how many – will ultimately enroll.
The application surge has sent acceptance rates and yield rates, which measures how many enroll, haywire in the last decade, according to a Worcester Business Journal review of federal admissions data for four-year colleges based in Central Massachusetts."

>> The Big Picture: High school graduates peaked in Massachusetts in 2013, according to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, which projects a 12% drop in the following two decades from that time.

>> Of Note: Nichols College in Dudley – where applications are up 23% for the decade, but first-year enrollment is down 9% – has been working to encourage more students to apply as early-admissions students. Those cases used to account for just one out of 10 applicants but today is half, said William Boffi, Nichols’ vice president for enrollment. Early-admissions students are more likely to enroll, so Nichols has been working to get more of them.

>> Worth Noting: Another factor has been credited for Anna Maria’s rise in popularity: football. Anna Maria started playing the sport in 2009, a year when applications doubled. The team has opened the way for more liveliness on campus, John Hamel, vice president of enrollment, said. “It creates socialization and fun,” Hamel said. “For alumni, they love to come back and reminisce.”

>> Keep Reading from Grant Welker, Worcester Business Journal
 


3.  Preseason Top 25 


  1. Chapman
  2. Webster
  3. Trinity (Texas)
  4. Birmingham-Southern
  5. Heidelberg
  6. Southern Maine
  7. Cortland
  8. Washington U.
  9. Babson
  10. Wooster
11-15: Kean, Denison, Salisbury, Johns Hopkins, Adrian.
16-20: UMass Boston, UW-Whitewater, Coe, Concordia-Chicago, Washington & Jefferson.
21-25: North Central (Ill.), Texas Lutheran, Concordia (Texas), Rowan, Christopher Newport.

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4.   About Last Night

WBB

  Lauren Tipton (pictured) broke Geneva program record with 40 points and 27 rebounds in an 86-53 win against Thiel.

  Alaina Vance drained a pair of free throws with 2.8 on the clock to lift MacMurray past Westminster, 66-64. It is the first win for the Highlanders over the Blue Jays since Jan. 6, 2007 - a stretch of 24 games.

  Simpson made it 10 in a row with a 66-62 victory over No. 7 Wartburg. Cassie Chubb drained five triples for a team-high 17 points for the Storm.

  Nathan Bower-Malone scored 36 points as Mount Union (13-3) routed No. 6 Marietta (14-2), 107-70, to pull into a tie for first place in the Ohio Athletic Conference.

  Crazy night in Ohio. Last-place Denison (5-11) knocked off No. 14 Wooster, 72-71Freeman Brou scored a career-high 21.

  Congrats to Curry who snapped a 77-game Commonwealth Coast Conference losing streak with a 73-71 win against Western New England. It is Curry's first CCC win since 2015.

  Brennen Miller scored with 1:11 left in regulation as UW-Stevens Point (9-6-2) salvaged a 3-3 tie with No. 4 UW-Eau Claire (12-3-2). It was UWSP's fourth game in the last five against a top-5 team with the Pointers going 4-0-1 in that stretch.
 

5. Comings and Goings
 

 
6.  What Analytics Has Wrought



 

7.  1 Old-School Thing
 

Do you remember the old "Backyard" computer game series (baseball, basketball, football, etc.)? Who were you?

 
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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Tommie Time?

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JANUARY 22, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Tommie Time?

"Time and again, Gene Taylor found himself reaching for the same familiar cliché. As North Dakota State athletic director, he often reminded colleagues that the program’s transition from NCAA Division II to Division I was going to be a marathon, not a sprint.
It didn’t take long, though, to realize that adage was woefully inadequate. “I said it a million times,” recalled Taylor, now the AD at Kansas State. “Every time I walked out of a room after I said it, I was like … ‘How long is this marathon going to last?’ It felt like a double marathon at times.”
As someone who has been through the process, Taylor has provided some counsel for Phil Esten, the St. Thomas athletic director who soon could be guiding the Tommies from Division III to Division I. Among Taylor’s insights: It’s going to cost far more money than Esten might think. He’s going to need steadfast support from university administration. He must be prepared to stand strong in the face of skepticism from some fans, faculty and the community."

>> The Bottom Line: Taylor told Esten to be prepared for a significant budget increase from the start. He said North Dakota State’s athletic budget was about $5 million when he arrived in 2001. It rose to about $9 million in 2004-05, the school’s first year in Division I, and reached $15 million within four years. Today, Taylor said, that number stands at about $25 million. While St. Thomas does not disclose its athletic budget, it reported total athletic expenses of $4.86 million in its 2017-18 Equity in Athletics Data Analysis report.

>> Reality Check: “One mistake we made at Concordia was that we didn’t allocate as much money as we should have for recruiting," said Dan O'Brien, former AD at Concordia (St. Paul) when the school left the NAIA for the NCAA. “Travel costs will go up, because there will be more airplane trips, hotel stays and food. Coaching salaries have to be competitive with the schools you’re competing against. Where you might have one compliance officer now, you’re probably going to need three or four, plus more people in academic support. And those are only some of the things you have to think about.”

>> Be Smart: “You might think it’s just the athletic department that’s going to Division II,’’ Dr. Howard Patterson, AD at Texas-Tyler said. “But it’s the whole university. Enrollment, financial aid, admissions, the registrar, all those offices are affected, too."

>> Keep Reading courtesy of Rachel Blount, Minneapolis Star-Tribune

>> Go Deeper


2.  Revenge Served Cold




Top-ranked Plattsburgh State avenged its lone loss of the 2019-20 women's ice hockey season with a 4-1 win against No. 2 Middlebury on Tuesday. The Cardinals jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two periods and never looked back in improving to 18-1 while handing the Panthers (10-1-2) their first defeat. Nicole Unsworth led Plattsburgh with a pair of goals.

3.  Net Generation

The ITA has released its 2020 preseason rankings. No surprise ... the Emory men and the Wesleyan women hold down the top spots.



>> Top Singles Players: (1) Boris Sorkin, Tufts; (2) Stanley Morris, Middlebury; (3) Nikolai Parodi, CMS; (4) Jack Katzman, CMS; (5) James Hopper, Case Western.

>> Top Doubles Players: (1) Hopper/Matt Chen, Case Western; (2) Bradley Cummins/Brysl Libao, Redlands; (3) Alex Taylor/Peter Frelinghuysen, Williams; (4) Antonio Mora/Will Wanner, Emory; (5) Joe Cartledge/Austin Gu, Johns Hopkins.

>> Regional Rankings





>> Top Singles Players: (1) Justine Leong, CMS; (2) Catherine Allen, CMS; (3) Serim Jin, Wesleyan; (4) Lauren Park, Chicago; (5) Katie Fleischman, Wesleyan.

>> Top Doubles Players: (1) Allen/Leong, CMS; (2) Kristina Yu/Sophie Henderson, Wesleyan; (3) Venia Yeung/Caitlyn Ferrante, Wesleyan; (4) Crystal Juan/Anna Kern, CMS; (5) Danna Taylor/Courtney Ollis, Carnegie Mellon.

>> Regional Rankings


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4.  About Last Night 

   Sam Jefferson and Alex Dorian combined for 41 points as Colby (15-0) remained unbeaten with a 97-70 win at Husson.

  Jordan Powell made 14 of his 15 shots from the floor for 32 points as Saint Joseph's (Conn.) improved to 14-2 with a 99-83 win over Suffolk.

  Robert Colton scored a career-high 25 points and added 12 rebounds as Whitman (12-4) took over the top spot in the Northwest Conference with an 89-80 triumph at No. 20 Whitworth (12-4).
  No. 8 Baldwin Wallace topped #22 John Carroll, 21-13, in an OAC dual-match. 141 Charlie Nash won its 100th career bout for the Yellow Jackets.

5.  Comings and Goings



6.  Game On

The popularity of gaming, and by proxy esports and primarily game streaming platforms like Twitch, exploded in the 2010s as the relevance of video games in popular culture reached a new level.

It was in 2013 that Grand Theft Auto V was released and became the fast-selling entertainment product in history, generating more than $800 million in sales in its first day alone and more than $1 billion within three days. Games industry analyst group NPD took a look back at the last decade, tracking what the best selling game titles were.

Which Games Sold The Most Copies Between 2010 and 2019?
  1. Grand Theft Auto V
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops
  3. Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  5. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  6. Call of Duty: Ghosts
  7. Red Dead Redemption II
  8. Call of Duty: WWII
  9. Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII
  10. Minecraft
No sports game cracked the top 20 in most sales of the last decade. Of the top 20 top-selling games in the last decade, 14 were shooting games.

Throwing Things Back

The prior decade - 2000 to 2010 - presented a much different gaming landscape, according to NPD.

Three of the top five games were music-related - Guitar Hero III Legends of Rock was the top-selling game from 2000 to 2010, while Rock Band and Guitar Hero World Tour were ranked third and fifth, respectively. The other two games in the top five were related to sales of the Wii console. Only four of the top 20 were shooting games, while multiple versions of Madden NFL Football made the top 20 list that decade - the top-charting one being Madden NFL 07, which was the thirteenth best selling game from 2000 to 2010.

- courtesy of Front Office Sports

7.  1 Shootout Thing 

Might be the funniest end to a shootout in ice hockey history!



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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

More NIL

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JANUARY 21, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  More NIL

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In college sports, every new year brings the promise of a new season, a new chance at a title run and new college degrees to celebrate. But this year also promises a larger conversation that will shape the college sports world as it continues to turn.
The topic of student-athlete name, image and likeness has commanded attention and fueled debate in recent months, everywhere from conference rooms to coffee shops to Capitol Hill.
And over the course of 2020, it will be the focus of college sports leaders — university presidents, conference commissioners, athletics directors and others — who will determine what changes the NCAA can and should make to better support today’s student-athletes.

>> Why It Matters: "The term has taken on new meaning amid the national conversation. Most simply, “name, image and likeness” are three elements that make up a legal concept known as “right of publicity.”"

>> The Big Picture: "In general, student-athletes in Divisions II and III may participate in promotional activities not related to athletics, including promoting or endorsing commercial products or services. Student-athletes may be paid for participating in these activities under certain conditions — for example, when payment is not based on the individual’s involvement in athletics."

>> What's Next: "The national Student-Athlete Advisory Committee in each division has a seat at the decision-making table, representing all student-athletes. Leverage the SAAC structure — which connects the national SAAC to conference and campus SAACs — to ensure the student-athlete voice is heard."

>> Go Deeper from Rachel Stark-Mason, NCAA CHAMPION Magazine

 
2.  Medical Expenses

$22,000. That’s the total amount of the medical bills that Oregon 6’ 7” women’s basketball player Sedona Prince is left with after a serious injury and post-surgery complications from her time with USA Basketball. It’s her responsibility and no GoFundMe page is permitted to help her. If she were a non-athlete....well that’s another story.
Prince shared her story on a podcast, (and on Twitter this week), letting the larger world into a little known issue and byproduct of competing for both a national team and an NCAA team inside the eligibility window a player has for her collegiate career.

>> Situational Awareness: "As a member of USA Basketball’s team in August 2018,  she suffered a serious leg injury (broken tibia and fibula) while playing in a tournament in Mexico, required transfer from Mexico City to Austin, Texas, where she was a member of the University of Texas women’s basketball team. She described her deep concern about the quality of the medical care she received in Mexico City, at one point stating her leg was wrapped in “cardboard and duct tape” during her hospital stay. She says she was “stuck in Mexico” without teammates, coaches, and family, feeling isolated and alone, awaiting clearance to deal with cabin pressure for the flight back home. Upon arrival in Austin, she was quickly moved to surgery to repair the broken bones."
>> Reality Check: "The University of Texas, despite Prince’s playing for the United States as a member of the national team, and as a full scholarship member of the UTexas women’s basketball team, refused to cover all of her medical expenses from the injury, as well as the subsequent surgeries and rehabilitation."

>> The Final Word: "Many people have lumped this issue in with “pay for play” for college athletes. I view it differently. It should be viewed as delivering on a promise—a promise to take care of those we bring to campus and call a member of our “family”."

>> Keep Reading from Karen Weaver, Forbes.com


3.  #whyD3

Does this happen at Duke? The Knox Prairie Fire men's basketball team had an unscheduled pre-game warmup prior to its Midwest Conference matchup at St. Norbert.



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    4. Unbeaten   

    Who are the seven remaining basketball and hockey teams with undefeated records?

    WBB (4)
    Bethel (15-0), Bowdoin (17-0), Hope (16-0), Tufts (16-0).

    MBB (2)
    Colby (15-0), Swarthmore (15-0).

    WIH (1)
    Middlebury (10-0-2).

    5.   Men's Poll





    >> On The Move: Colby (+7), Elmhurst (+6), St. Norbert (+6), Wooster (+6).
    >> Hello: Tufts, Brandeis, Centre.
    >> We Score: Greenville (129.3), Grinnell (114.4), Whitman (101.8).
    >> We Defend: Randolph-Macon (54.0), RPI (58.6), Rutgers-Newark (58.8).
    >> What We're Watching: Whitman at #20 Whitworth (TUE); #3 Randolph-Macon at #18 Virginia Wesleyan (WED); #6 Marietta at Mount Union (WED); Ohio Wesleyan at #7 Wittenberg (WED); Illinois Wesleyan at #10 Elmhurst (WED); #24 Brandeis at Washington U. (FRI); #14 UW-La Crosse at UW-Eau Claire (SAT); #24 Pomona-Pitzer at Occidental (SAT).


    6.   Women's Poll



    >> On The Move: Trinity (+6), St. Thomas (+4), Oglethorpe (+4)
    >> Hello: Emory
    >> We Score: Gwynedd Mercy (85.3), Loras (85.0), Simpson (84.3)
    >> We Defend: Hope (42.6), Amherst (45.2), Wellesley (47.2)
    >> What We're Watching: Williams at #5 Amherst (WED); #7 Wartburg at Simpson (WED); #11 Baldwin Wallace at John Carroll (WED); NYU at #16 Chicago (FRI).

    7.   Hockey Poll



    >> What We're Watching (M): #9 UNE vs. #12 Salve Regina (FRI/SAT); #10 UW-Superior at #4 UW-Eau Claire (FRI/SAT); #6 Hobart at #2 Norwich (SAT).
    >> Tickling the Twine: Nikita Pintukov of New England College leads D-IIII men with 20 goals. Gensaeo's Andrew Romano leads the nation with 23 assists.

    >> What We're Watching (W): #8 Norwich at Castleton (FRI); #5 Gustavus vs. St. Thomas (FRI/SAT); Colby at #2 Middlebury (FRI/SAT).
    >> Stopper: Amherst's Caitlin Walker leads D-III in save percentage (95.6), while Williams' Chloe Heitling (95.3) is second.

    8.  You've Got a Friend in Me

    If this doesn't warm you heart on a Tuesday morning, I'm not really sure what will. Cats and dogs, bro!


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