Friday, February 7, 2020

Good (K)Night for Wartburg

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FEBRUARY 7, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Good (K)Night for Wartburg
 

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The No. 1-ranked Wartburg wrestling team earned a 19-14 comeback victory over No. 2 Augsburg University Thursday evening at Levick Arena in the Annual "Battle of the Burgs" dual match.

Down 14-3 after the fifth bout, the Orange & Black closed out second half with victories, capped off by a Brady Fritz 3-2 decision over the Auggies' David Flynn to seal the five-point triumph.

"I wanted the guys to understand that the score doesn't mean anything at that point," said head coach Eric Keller regarding his message to the team during the intermission following an Augsburg win at 184 lbs. "The only thing that mattered was the very next match. A lot of times these duals are back-and forth which carries its own emotions, but to be in that type of deficit and come back the way we did, that was special."

Trailing by nine points, five-straight wins by Kobe WoodsJordon BrandonBrady KynerKris Rumph, and Fritz guided the Knights to victory. A 12-4 major decision from Kyner put Wartburg in just a one-point deficit at 14-13 prior to Rumph and Fritz decisions.
No. 1 Wartburg 19, No. 2 Augsburg 14
149 --  #3 Aaron Wilson (AUG) over Nick Meling (WAR) DEC 8-3
157 -- #2 Ryan Epps (AUG) over Martine Sandoval (WAR) TF 15-0
165 -- #6 Max Forsyth (WAR) over Moses Madimba (AUG) DEC 1-0
174 -- #5 Solomon Nielsen (AUG) over Paul Calo (WAR) DEC 6-2
184 -- #1 Tanner Vassar (AUG) over #2 Kyle Briggs (WAR) DEC 3-1
197 -- #4 Kobe Woods (WAR) over Wyatt Richardson (AUG) DEC 8-2
HWT -- #9 Jordon Brandon (WAR) over Tyler Kim (AUG) DEC 3-2
125 -- #8 Brady Kyner (WAR) over Justin Stauffacher (AUG) MD 12-4 
133 -- #1 Kris Rumph (WAR) over #2 Victor Gliva (AUG) DEC 8-6
141 -- #4 Brady Fritz (WAR) over #5 David Flynn (AUG) DEC 3-2
*Match started at 149

2.  New Council Members

Division III appointed four new members to the Presidents Council last week at the NCAA Convention in Anaheim.
  • Davie Jane Gilmour, Penn College
  • Richanne Markey, Defiance
  • Frank Sanchez, Rhode Island College
  • James Schmidt, UW-Eau Claire


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3. Weekend Preview  

Basketball (W) D3hoops.com
  1. Tufts (FRI vs. Trinity; SAT vs. Connecticut College)
  2. Hope (at Adrian)
  3. Bowdoin (FRI at #9 Amherst; SAT at Hamilton)
  4. DePauw (FRI at Allegheny; SAT at Hiram)
  5. Bethel (at St. Mary's, Minn.)
  6. UW-Whitewater (vs. UW-River Falls)
  7. Transylvania (vs. Rose-Hulman)
  8. Whitman (FRI at Willamette; SAT at Lewis & Clark)
  9. Amherst (FRI vs. #3 Bowdoin; SAT vs. Colby)
  10. Wartburg
>> Others to Watch: #22 Austin at #14 Trinity, Texas; Haverford at #19 Gettysburg; Catholic at #17 Scranton; Montclair State at Rowan; Westminster, Pa. at Saint Vincent; Mount St. Mary at Manhattanville.

Basketball (M) - D3hoops.com
  1. Swarthmore (vs. Franklin & Marshall)
  2. Saint John's (at Augsburg)
  3. Randolph-Macon (vs. Lynchburg)
  4. St. Thomas (vs. Concordia-Moorhead)
  5. Wittenberg (at Kenyon)
  6. Emory (FRI vs. Chicago; SUN vs. #11 Washington U.)
  7. Nebraska Wesleyan (at Luther)
  8. Elmhurst (at #17 North Central)
  9. Colby (FRI vs. Hamilton; SAT vs. Amherst)
  10. Johns Hopkins (vs. Washington College)
>> Others to Watch: Brockport at Oneonta (FRI); Maine Farmington at SUNY Canton (FRI/SAT); East Texas Baptist at Texas-Dallas.


Ice Hockey (M) - USCHO
  1. Norwich (SAT at Castleton)
  2. UW-Eau Claire (FRI/SAT at Northland)
  3. Geneseo (FRI at Oswego; SAT vs. Cortland)
  4. Utica (FRI at #15 Elmira; SAT at Lebanon Valley)
  5. Hobart (FRI vs. Southern Maine; SAT vs. New England College)
  6. U. of New England (FRI/SAT vs. Nichols)
  7. Lake Forest (FRI/SAT vs. Aurora)
  8. Babson (FRI at Suffolk; SAT at Johnson & Wales)
  9. Trinity (FRI vs. Middlebury; SAT vs. #9 Williams)
  10. Williams (FRI at Wesleyan; SAT at #9 Trinity)

Ice Hockey (W) - USCHO
  1. Plattsburgh (FRI/SAT vs. Cortland)
  2. Middlebury (FRI/SAT vs. Trinity)
  3. UW-Eau Claire
  4. Elmira (FRI at Wilkes)
  5. Hamline (FRI/SAT vs. Saint Mary's)
  6. Gustavus Adolphus (FRI/SAT at Concordia-Moorhead)
  7. Norwich (FRI vs. Southern Maine; SAT vs. Suffolk)
  8. UW-River Falls (SAT at UW-Superior)
  9. Adrian (FRI/SAT at Concordia WIS)
  10. Endicott (FRI/SAT vs. Becker)

all games/matches Saturday unless indicated

4. Weekend Preview   

Swimming (W) CSCAA
  1. Denison
  2. Emory (at Auburn First-Chance Invitational)
  3. Kenyon
  4. Williams
  5. Johns Hopkins
  6. MIT (at Boston U. Winter Open)
  7. Chicago
  8. Tufts (at Boston U. Winter Open)
  9. Washington U.
  10. NYU (NYU Invitational)

Swimming (M) - CSCAA
  1. Kenyon 
  2. Denison
  3. Johns Hopkins
  4. MIT (at Boston U. Winter Open)
  5. Carnegie Mellon
  6. Washington U.
  7. Emory (at Auburn First-Chance Invitational)
  8. Williams
  9. Chicago
  10. Tufts (at Boston U. Winter Open)

Wrestling (Dual Meet) - NWCA
  1. Wartburg
  2. Augsburg (at UWEC Don Parker Open)
  3. Loras (FRI vs. #24 Dubuque; SAT at UWEC Don Parker Open)
  4. Wabash (at BW John Summa Tournament)
  5. Coe (FRI at Cornell College)
  6. TCNJ (FRI at Centenary; SAT at Messiah Open)
  7. Baldwin Wallace (at BW John Summa Tournament)
  8. Johnson & Wales, R.I. (FRI at Rhode Island College; SAT vs. New England College)
  9. NYU (at #17 Coast Guard/Bridgewater State/WPI)
  10. Mount Union
all contests Saturday unless indicated

5.  Comings and Goings



6.   ICYMI

Falcons Score OT Win vs. Plymouth State, 5-4

  Anthony Ceolin scored the game-winning goal with 0:21 remaining in overtime to lift Fitchburg State (11-6-2) past Plymouth State, 5-4. Goalkeeper Brian McGrath made 60 saves for the Falcons, who are now just a point behind the Panthers for first place in the MASCAC.

  Nate Shafer and Zac O'Dell each recorded double-doubles as No. 1 Swarthmore moved to 20-0 with a 75-62 home victory against Muhlenberg. Shafer had 18 points and 13 boards, while O'Dell tacked on 14 and 12.

  Imagine shooting 67.6 percent from the field ... and losing by 21. Greenville made 26 triples and shot 55.7 percent on its way to a 140-119 victory over visiting Spalding. Marcus Montgomery was 17-of-21 from the floor for 36 points in a losing cause.

  Congratulations to Letourneau's Nate West who set the American Southwest Conference record when he drained his 310th three-pointer.

  Johnson & Wales 149 Marvin Cunningham leads DIII in falls with 21 in a combined time of 55:43.



7.  1 Tiger Thing






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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Preparing to Poach

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FEBRUARY 6, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Preparing to Poach

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The National Association for College Admission Counseling, which has long been responsible for governing how colleges compete with one another for students, has reluctantly opened the doors to more aggressive student recruiting.

As the result of an antitrust lawsuit from the Department of Justice last year, the association struck from its code provisions that banned colleges poaching students from another institution. While years ago one might have been the subject of a NACAC complaint for sending materials to or increasing the financial aid offers of students committed elsewhere, those practices are now ostensibly fair game.

But whether or not colleges will take part in them, and to what degree, has yet to be seen. The organization changed the code in September, and this summer will be the first enrollment cycle when colleges may employ the new practices.

EAB, an education consulting firm, is offering some first predictions at how widespread those practices may be. Its research suggests a substantial minority of enrollment officers are considering poaching students from other institutions.

>> Of Note: Thirty-five percent of enrollment officers surveyed by EAB said they were considering offering transfer incentives to first-year students they had previously admitted but who are attending other colleges. Just under one-quarter surveyed said they were considering recruiting incoming freshmen who have committed to another college but have yet to enroll.

>> Between The Lines: Results did vary by the size of the institution. Respondents from very small institutions were the most likely, at 54 percent, to say they were considering recruiting rising freshmen who have committed elsewhere. Respondents from large institutions were the least likely to consider those practices.

>> What They're Saying: “I’m getting reports from counselors that families and students are playing the game, too,” Joyce Smith, CEO of NACAC said, “that they are applying early decision but not withdrawing applications from other schools, because they want to get better financial aid or better housing or better schedules. It stands to be chaotic.”

>> Be Smart: It will get worse before it gets better.

>> Keep Reading courtesy of Inside Higher Ed.com

2.  Battle of the Burgs

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The top-ranked Wartburg wrestling team is set to host No. 2 Augsburg for the Annual "Battle of the Burgs" dual at 7 p.m. The Knights lead the all-time series, 21-16.

Wartburg is 15-0 overall, including a 24-15 victory against Augsburg back on Jan. 11 in the NWCA National Duals title match. The Orange and Black has won nine of the last 10 meetings, falling on Jan. 5, 2018 in a neutral site bout by a 21-17 count. The Auggies are 6-1 overall with the lone loss coming at the hands of Wartburg.

>> Top-10 Bouts to Watch

133: #1 Kris Rumph (W) vs. #2 Victor Gilva (A)
141: #4 Brady Fritz (W) vs. #5 David Flynn (A)
165: #2 Lucas Jeske (A) vs. #6 Max Forsyth (W)
184: #1 Tanner Vassar (A) vs. #2 Kyle Briggs (W)
197: #4 Kobe Woods (W) vs. #5 Lance Benick (A)
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3.  Swimming Polls 


>> Complete Listing


4.  Preseason Poll Softball on Apple iOS 13.3

  1. Texas Lutheran
  2. Emory
  3. Eastern Connecticut
  4. Trine
  5. Williams
  6. Illinois Wesleyan
  7. Virginia Wesleyan
  8. Christopher Newport
  9. St. Thomas (Minn.)
  10. Randolph-Macon
11-15: Linfield, Lycoming, East Texas Baptist, Rowan, Birmingham-Southern.
16-20: Ithaca, Geneseo, Carthage, TCNJ, Tufts.
21-25: Central, Mary Hardin-Baylor, MIT, DePauw, Manhattanville.

>> Conference Call: American Southwest (2), CCIW (2), NESCAC (2), NJAC (2), ODAC (2), American Rivers (1), Capital (1), Liberty (1), Little East (1), MAC (1), MIAA (1), MIAC (1), NEWMAC (1), North Coast (1), Northwest (1), SAA (1), SCAC (1), Skyline (1), SUNYAC (1), UAA (1).


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5.   About Last Night

No. 23 Men's Basketball Outlasts Coast Guard, 105-99, As Ross Totals 55 Points and 21 Rebounds

  Bria Lemirande posted her second triple-double in three games with 13 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists as Edgewood defeated Dominican, 73-45.

  Brandi Hall beat the buzzer and Albright as Stevenson downed the No. 24 Lions, 55-53.

  In a battle of teams vying for the lone Pool B slotKatie McShea scored 27 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and handed out seven assists as Marymount trounced Cabrini, 68-45.

   Springfield's Jake Ross (pictured) poured in 55 points and corralled 21 rebounds as the Pride defeated Coast Guard, 105-99, in overtime. Justin Kane had 35 in a losing cause for the Bears.

  Keith Brown registered 42 points but it was not enough as Endicott fell at U. of New England, 98-93.

  Kienan Baltimore led the way with 27 points as Carthage went on the road and knocked off No. 8 Elmhurst, 81-77.

  Pomona-Pitzer took over sole possession of first place in the SCIAC with an 81-76 win against Claremont-M-S, sweeping the Sixth Street Rivalry. James Kelbert led the way with 20 points.

Tennis on emojidex 1.0.34  The top-ranked Trinity (Conn.) men's squash team had its 51-match home win streak snapped by No. 2 Harvard, 8-1.


6. Comings and Goings

7.  1 Fun Thing

Architectural rendering of Atari hotel

As many as eight Atari-branded hotels will pop up around the country, with the first one breaking ground in Phoenix this year.
  • Austin, Las Vegas, Chicago, Denver, Seattle, San Jose and San Francisco are also in line, reports the Phoenix Business Journal.
“I like rebooting stuff from the '80s from when I was a kid, and I thought it would be so cool to do real estate. Experiential is really popular right now." — Phoenix entrepreneur Napoleon Smith III, who's pulled off other old-school brand reboots like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, told the Business Journal.
Among the hotel's amenities: An esports studio, gaming playground and a movie theater. Guest rooms will come with enough bandwidth for multiple people to stream and play online games during their stay.
  • Paris-based Atari will receive 5% of the hotels' revenue, per the announcement.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

A Congressional Issue?

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FEBRUARY 5, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. A Congressional Issue?

"At first blush it seems like a bad idea whose time has come.

Salaries at the highest level of college football and basketball have grown to levels none of us could have ever anticipated. Not only are top head football coaches making in the range of $7-9 million a year, but the highly-coveted coordinators are now making $2 million plus.

There are two things that are contributing to this explosion of salaries:

1--There is simply more money being poured into college football than ever before.
2—It means that if you’re a director of athletics, you can’t let a highly-valued coach walk away simply because of money.

So it’s an issue. Not going to deny it. It’s not a healthy look when a head football coach is making $9 million and the players are still fighting for the scraps they can get from the free market if the Name, Image, and Likeness legislation finally comes to pass.

But dear friends, the answer to this dilemma is not going to be found in the Congress of the United States.

Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com reported last week that there is a bill to create the Congressional Advisory Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics (CACIA) “to investigate the relationship between institutions of higher education and intercollegiate athletics programs.”"

>> Situational Awareness: The schools can’t help themselves. Their deep-pocketed alumni want to win and if you don’t win they quit writing the checks. And they also start firing athletics directors.

>> Reality Check: Congress, no matter how well-intentioned, has no more business telling public institutions how much they should pay football coaches than they have telling schools how much they should pay the head of the Chemistry department. Each university, its president and presiding body, determine what its commitment is going to be for each department. And that includes athletics.

>> The Final Word: But now that some schools have made a mess of things, don’t ask Congress to bail you out. Fix your own mess.

>> Keep Reading from Tony Barnhart


2.  NCAA Board Seeks Independent Member


The NCAA is seeking nominations for an independent member of the NCAA Board of Governors. Current member Mary Sue Coleman, president of the Association of American Universities, completes her one-year transitional term this fall.
Nominations may be submitted by NCAA members or the public until Feb. 21 via NCAA Program Hub. The Board of Governors Executive Committee, which includes presidents and chancellors from all three divisions and the lead independent member, is the nominating committee for independent board members and will make recommendations to the full board for approval.
NCAA membership voted in January 2019 to include leaders from outside higher education to join college and university presidents on the board, which sets the direction for the future of college sports. The five independent leaders modernize and provide increased objectivity to the Association’s highest-ranking governance body.


3.  Shave and Taper

2020 NCAA Conference Championships Primer – Division III

"It’s February! Time for the myriad college conference championships. We have put together a listing of the championship meets in the NCAA’s Division III that take place over the next three weeks. While we’ve done our best to track them all down, there are many meets going on around the nation this month so if your favorite meet isn’t on this list, let us know and we’ll add it below." - Anne Lepesant, SwimSwam

The fun begins on Thursday with the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship meet in Greensboro, N.C.

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4.  About Last Night 



  Jordan Booker (pictured) ripped the cords for 48 points as Dean rolled past Pine Manor, 117-87. He made six triples and also handed out 11 assists.

  No. 7 Norwich scored two third-period goals to skate to a 2-2 stalemate with No. 2 Middlebury. Madie Leidt's power-play goal with :10 left in the second gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead. Mikah Baptiste notched the equalizer with 4:42 remaining for the Cadets.

  Amari Price posted a triple-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals as Piedmont improved to 10-3 in the USA South with an 81-56 win over Maryville.


5.   Rankings


>> Welcome: There were two new additions to the top-25 this week: No. 21 Wittenberg and No. 24 Bates. It was an incredible 72-spot jump for the Tigers as they own their best ranking in program history thanks to the efforts of Alexis Gray and Alexis Johnson, who took over the national lead in the 800 and the long jump, respectively.




>> Hello: There were two new additions to the top-25 this week: No. 18 RPI and No. 22 Texas Lutheran. The Engineers had the biggest jump out of any team in the top-25 this week with a 17-spot increase, while the Bulldogs own their second best ranking in the past five years.

6.  Comings and Goings




7.  1 Strange Thing 



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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Will Your College Survive?

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FEBRUARY 4, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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 It's Tuesday. Goodbye Iowa. Hello New Hampshire. 

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1.  Will Your College Survive?

 Martin Leon Barreto for The Chronicle

For years, pundits and policy makers have speculated about the fate of higher education. That is complex work, because whether and how each student earns a diploma is unique and difficult to predict.
In February, the Johns Hopkins University Press will publish The College Stress Test, by Robert ZemskySusan Shaman, and Susan Campbell Baldridge. The book includes a section on how to calculate the market pressures on a college to determine how endangered it is. The formula is an analysis of an institution’s position in the market, not its finances.
Why this matters: The three scholars are among a wave of experts who want to figure out the best ways to predict a college’s future. Even pre-release, the book has generated controversy.

>> Takeaway: Authors of The College Stress Test assess 10 percent of colleges as deeply troubled, 30 percent as struggling, and 60 percent as not significantly stressed.

>> The Math: For nonprofit private colleges, for example, the authors based their market-stress analysis on the percentage change in the number of first-year students from 2008 to 2016 (the most recent year that government data is available), the first-to-second-year retention, the market price, and the endowment-to-expense ratio. The analysis of public four-year colleges swaps out that last number for state-appropriation levels.

>> What They're Saying: "Higher ed is desperately in need of a good set of core metrics around financial health and sustainability," says Rick Staisloff, a finance expert in higher education — for the public, yes, but also to clue in administrators at struggling institutions. "It really is shocking how little colleges understand about their own business model and how it works, even at a senior level," says Staisloff.

>> The Bottom Line: Metrics can point to the stress a college might be feeling, but predictions of closure for specific institutions — particularly years away — might be overreaching.

>> Go Deeper courtesy of the Chronicle of Higher Education

 
2.  Trailblazer

Katie Sowers stands amongst her team

"On February 2, football fans witnessed sports history: Katie Sowers, an assistant coach for the San Francisco 49ers, became the first woman to coach in the Super Bowl. Melissa Ludtke (Wellesley ’73), who made sports history herself in 1978 when she took Major League Baseball to federal court and won equal access for women reporters, talks about the impact of Sowers’ career path and the increasing visibility of women in the world of professional sports."

Q: You’ve said that your MLB victory paved the way for more women to have successful careers in sports media. How do you see Katie Sowers’ position with the 49ers adding to this narrative?
Ludtke: Title IX has enabled women and girls to have experiences that in my childhood most girls weren’t able to have in terms of competing in sports. So as women, they have the knowledge and experiences that prepare them to have positions like Katie’s. And in fact, they already are doing similar jobs in other professional sports.
Q: What do women’s voices and participation add in the athletic sphere, as journalists, coaches, or in other leadership roles?
Ludtke: I am reminded of what tennis writer Grace Lichtenstein wrote: “The secret is women make better sportswriters than men. They don’t come to sports writing with false illusion about knowing baseball better than the players. They ask better questions and probe more sensitive areas than run, catch, and throw.”

>> Read the entire Q and A

3.  Calendar

Feb. 4-5: Championships Committee meeting, Indianapolis
Feb. 10-11: Financial Aid Committee meeting, Indianapolis
Feb. 12: First regional basketball rankings
Feb. 17: Presidents Day
Feb. 18: Nominating Committee meeting, Indianapolis
Feb. 18: First regional ice hockey rankings
Feb. 18-19: Membership Committee meeting, Indianapolis
Feb. 20-21: Interpretations and Legislative Committee meeting, Indianapolis


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    4.   Men's Poll




    >> On The Move: Mount Union (+6), Johns Hopkins (+4)
    >> Hello: Springfield, Albion.

    >> Beyond the Arc: Yeshiva senior Simcha Halpert is fourth among all collegiate players with 336 career threes. His 3.57 per career game (94) is tops in the country amongst fourth-year players.

    >> What We're Watching: #7 Nebraska Wesleyan at Coe (WED); #18 UW-La Crosse at #12 UW-Platteville (WED); #2 Saint John's at Augsburg (SAT); #8 Elmhurst at #17 North Central (SAT); Emerson at #23 Springfield (SAT); #11 Washington U. at #6 Emory (SUN).


    5.   Women's Poll


    >> On The Move: Augsburg (+4), Gettysburg (+3)
    >> Welcome: Albright, Texas-Dallas

    >> From Way Downtown: New England College's Rene Hudson has 292 triples in her career and needs eight to become the 20th DIII player to reach 300.

    >> What We're Watching: Pacific at #21 George Fox (TUE); #10 Wartburg at Luther (WED); #12 Baldwin Wallace at Ohio Northern (WED); Trinity, Conn. at #1 Tufts (FRI); #3 Bowdoin at #9 Amherst (FRI); #13 Chicago at Emory (FRI); #22 Austin at #14 Trinity, Texas (SAT); Catholic at #17 Scranton (SAT); Haverford at #18 Gettysburg (SAT).

    6.   Hockey Poll



    >> Hello: UW-Stevens Point, Wilkes.

    >> What We're Watching (M): Aurora vs. #7 Lake Forest (FRI/SAT); #3 Geneseo at Oswego (FRI); #4 Utica at #15 Elmira (FRI); New England College at #5 Hobart (SAT); #9 Williams at #9 Trinity (SAT).

    >> Strength of Schedule: #13 UW-Stevens Point has played the second-most difficult schedule to date, as its opponents' winning percentage is .610. Plattsburgh is tops at .615.

    >> On the Move (W): Hamline (+4)

    >> What We're Watching (W): #2 Middlebury at #7 Norwich (TUE); #8 UW-River Falls at St. Thomas (WED); Cortland at #1 Plattsburgh (FRI/SAT).

    >> Biscuit in the Basket: UW-River Falls' soph Abigail Stow leads DIII with 23 goals. Alvernia's Olivia Gilida tops all first-years with 13.

    7.  Comings and Goings


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