Monday, January 25, 2021

Decision Day


"Virginia's Championship City"
JANUARY 25, 2021 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Decision Day

NCAA Softball

The Division III Championships Committee met via videoconference on January 7.

The committee has asked institutions to declare their intentions on the conduct of winter competition and if their participation would make them eligible for winter championships selection. Responses to the request are due today - January 25.

Due to reduced bracket sizes in baseball and softball, the committee approved a recommendation to push back championship selections by one week. The delay fills the gap left by the elimination of the super regional round. Baseball selections will be made on May 23 with regionals scheduled for May 27-30 and the finals June 4-7. Softball will choose its field on May 16 with regionals May 20-23 and the finals set for May 27-June 1.

>> Complete Report



2. From Camel to Red Bull


Connecticut College standout goalkeeper A.J. Marcucci was drafted by the New York Red Bulls in the third round of last week's Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft. He becomes the first athlete from Conn to ever be drafted by a major American sports league.

Marcucci was a two-time first-team All-America selection for the Camels. During his time at Connecticut College, he amassed 54 starts, a 0.50 goals-against average, an .887 save percentage and a 33-10-8 record with 22 shutouts. Marcucci finished the 2019 season with a 0.58 goals against average, an .859 save percentage and eight shutouts. He was the lone Division III selected in the SuperDraft.

DIII Selections in the MLS SuperDraft
2016: Marshall Hollingsworth, M, Wheaton, Ill., Columbus Crew (R2, 41st pick)
2015: Mike Ramos, F, Whitworth, Toronto FC (R3, 50th)
2004: Khari Stephenson, M, Williams, Chicago Fire (R3, 28th)
2003: Alex Blake, F, Williams, Colorado Rapids (R3, 28th)
2003: Hayden Woodworth, M, Messiah, D.C. United (R4, 31st)
2002: Jeff Moore, M, Stockton, MetroStars (R6, 66th)

>> Quotable: "He has earned this opportunity, and we couldn’t be happier and more excited for him, said Conn head coach Reuben Burk. "AJ is a true example of how dedication, commitment, and self-belief can open up doors that others might say can’t be opened. 

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3.  Gulls, Panthers Favored

No. 1 Men's Lacrosse overpowers Rhodes, 22-5

11-15: York, Amherst, Lynchburg, Franklin & Marshall, St. John Fisher.
16-20: Middlebury, Rensselaer, Christopher Newport, Washington and Lee, Stevenson.

>> A framework emerged as we compiled our Nike/US Lacrosse Division III Men’s Preseason Top 20, with familiar faces carrying the national pecking order. 

>> Conference Call: NESCAC (5), Centennial (3), Liberty (3), C2C (2), MAC (2), ODAC (2), Atlantic East (1), Empire 8 (1), NCAC (1).

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11-15: Catholic, TCNJ, Mary Washington, Colby, St. John Fisher.
16-20: Ithaca, Denison, Brockport, Colorado College, William Smith.

>> Middlebury once again remains the team to beat in Division III women’s lacrosse, returning to the top spot in the Nike/US Lacrosse Preseason Top 20 following a 2019 national championship with a trio of wins before the 2020 season ended abruptly due to COVID-19.

>> Conference Call: NESCAC (6), C2C (2), Centennial (2), Liberty (2), Empire 8 (1), Landmark (1), MAC (1), NCAC (1), NJAC (1), ODAC (1), SCAC (1), SUNYAC (1).

>> Complete Poll


The City of Salem and Salem Parks & Recreation along with other localities in the Roanoke Valley host a variety of softball and baseball tournaments throughout the year. We work with Roanoke County, Roanoke City, Botetourt County and Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge. USA, NSA, USSSA, Got Game, Softball Nations, Freedom Sports and ISF are organizations that bring tournaments to the Roanoke Valley.
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4. Full Stop

The University of Mary Washington has decided to cancel winter and fall sport competitions for the remainder of the academic year. These teams will be permitted to organize practices within pre-determined segments as long as they adhere strictly to Mary Washington's MMDC protocols.

The Atlantic East Conference Presidents’ Council and athletic administrators have come to the decision to cancel conference competition in fall and winter sports during the spring 2021 semester with the exception of a possible swimming championship due to its low-risk exposure category and the possibility to run the championship virtually.

The Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) announced that the eight MASCAC Presidents made the difficult decision to cancel the fall in spring semester athletic conference competition, including all indoor and outdoor athletic conference competition.  The decision ends the possibility of resuming the fall conference competition during the spring of 2021 but will allow fall and winter student-athletes training opportunities.


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