Wednesday, March 10, 2021

The 'CAC Is Back


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1. The 'CAC is Back

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"With the spring semester now underway at all NESCAC institutions, the NESCAC Presidents have reached agreement on a limited schedule of conference competition for spring sports. Due to variations in local conditions, institutional policies, and state travel restrictions, each institution will make its own determination whether to participate. Spring conference competition will take place in a sport only if there is the minimum number of NESCAC teams (6) to sponsor play, and only if a school chooses to participate. Competition will take place within abbreviated regional schedules from mid-April to mid-May.

If enough institutions field teams, NESCAC conference play will go forward in baseball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s rowing, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s outdoor track & field.  

Spectators for athletic events will be limited to individuals who are part of the host institution’s testing protocol, and individual institutions may impose additional restrictions."

>> Alas: "In order to remain consistent with the College's community travel guidelines, Bowdoin will not participate in the NESCAC's spring sport season but will look to compete on a limited basis when possible in fall, winter and spring sports against in-state competition that meets the health and safety guidelines and testing protocols that exist on campus."

>> Also: "While we will not be able to conduct athletics seasons as usual at Middlebury, we do plan to organize practices and limited competitive games with regional opponents."

>> Complete Release


2.  Flying Blind

by Jon Boeckenstadt, Chronicle of Higher Education

"At this time of year, it’s customary for people in my job to talk to chief financial officers, academic planners, presidents, provosts, deans, boards of trustees, and staff members in campus housing to get a sense of what “the number” will be. This year, the one thing most in demand is clarity: Now that things will return to normal, how close will our enrollment be to normal? Our habits, customs, and practices make this question seem, well, normal.

Unfortunately, what’s changed is almost everything we try to use to predict what fall will look like, and that’s causing a lot of restless nights and a foreboding feeling akin to watching a Hitchcock movie: Everything looks like it should, but there is a sense that something is just not right. It’s a feeling you find yourself unable to explain.

Bringing in a class is like landing a fighter on the deck of an aircraft carrier. At night. On rough seas. But in our case, all the power we push to the engines, all the minor changes to speed and direction, all the adjustments for unpredictable cross winds are made and programmed months before we go on final approach."

>> Situational Awareness: "Almost all the things we would normally use to try to predict what fall will look like are gone. For instance, we try to measure affinity for our institutions. If you’re moderately selective, you look at the group collectively to see how many students have visited campus during open-house events, how many spoke to an admissions officer at college fairs, how many showed up at a high-school visit. If you’re highly selective, you may allocate individual slots to students based on those criteria. Those data points are mostly nonexistent this year."

>> Worth Noting: "Our business deals with the whims of the market and students who move like flocks of starlings at sunset: moving in unison with no discernible cause or prompt. Like Donald Rumsfeld, what scares us the most are the things “we don’t know we don’t know,” as well as the things we see but cannot yet understand."

>> A Good Read


3.  Women's Lacrosse 2021

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We continue our look at spring sports with women's lacrosse.

This Week's Top 10

  1. Middlebury
  2. Franklin & Marshall
  3. Tufts
  4. Washington and Lee
  5. Gettysburg
  6. Salisbury
  7. Wesleyan, Conn.
  8. York, Pa.
  9. Amherst
  10. Catholic
>> Complete Poll

Preseason Conference Favorites

Players to Watch
  • Kyra Bednarski, Stevens, A
  • Jane Earley, Middlebury, A
  • Kerry McKeever, Gettysburg, A
  • Eliza Denious, Bowdoin, M
  • Marissa McGarrey, Franklin & Marshall, M
  • Maia Noyes, Amherst
  • Catherine Arrix, Washington and Lee, D
  • Molly Laliberty, Tufts, GK
Under The Radar
  • Charlotte Godfrey, Denison, D
  • Hannah Marafioti, Geneseo, A
  • Sydney DeGirolamo, St. John Fisher, M
  • Erin Doyle, Saint Mary's, Ind., M
  • Mekayla Montgomery, William Smith, D
Active Conference Winning StreakConsecutive Winning Seasons
  • TCNJ, 41
  • Middlebury 36
  • Gettysburg, 26
  • Salisbury 24
source: NCAA Statistics

Most NCAA Tournament Wins
  • 82, TCNJ
  • 65, Middlebury
  • 49, Salisbury
  • 37, Gettysburg
  • 33, Franklin & Marshall
  • 31, Trinity, Conn.
  • 27, Amherst
  • 27, Cortland
  • 22, William Smith
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4.  Calendar

14 - Daylight Saving Time
16 - Championships Committee
18 - Membership Committee
23 - Strategic Planning and Finance
26 - Convention Planning Subcommittee
27 - Passover begins

4 - Easter Sunday
10-11 - Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
12-13 - Management Council
14-15 - Committee on Women's Athletics
14-15 - Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee
15 - Membership Committee
20 - Championships Committee
28 - Presidents Council


5.  About Last Night

WBB: Loras knocked off #4 Wartburg (13-3), 71-63. Madison Haslow had nine of her team-high 16 in the final period.

MBB: #1 Randolph-Macon (9-0) held off #15 Roanoke (10-2), 77-71, as Buzz Anthony led the way with 20. 

WVB: #18 Elmhurst held off #2 Carthage in five sets as Emily Duis had 17 kills.

WLX: Rachel Madar tied her own single-game record with nine goals as Kalamazoo fell to Saint Mary's, 14-13, in overtime.

BSB: St. John Fisher used three hurlers to toss a no-hitter in a 12-0 win vs. Clarkson. RJ Kuruts went six innings, striking out 13, while Justin Graham picked up his 200th career hit.

MGOLF: Guilford's James Mishoe carded a 54-hole score of 13-under-par 203 to edge LaGrange's Cameron Starr by a shot to win the Savannah Invitational. Methodist captured the team title.


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