Friday, May 14, 2021

Glory's Last Shot


written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III

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1. Glory's Last Shot

The PGA golf tournament had always been known as "Glory's Last Shot" as it was always the final major championship on the men's calendar. Today could be called the same as Division III will crown its men's and women's champions on the final day of the national tournament.

Women's Golf Leads Field After Opening Round of 2021 NCAA Championships

Carnegie Mellon has a four-shot lead over Methodist entering the final 18 holes of the women's championship event in Michigan. The Tartans added three shots to their margin by carding a 305 while the Monarchs carded a 308. George Fox is still in the hunt at 10 shots back.

The Bruins' Makensie Toole recorded three birdies on her final eight holes for a 74 and an eight-shot lead over the Tartans' Alexis Sudjianto.

>> Complete Results

Illinois Wesleyan fashioned a four-man score of three-over 287 to extend its lead to 15 shots over Methodist on the men's side in West Virginia. Denison, Guilford and Emory round out the top five.

Four players share the individual lead at two-over-par - Denison's Marc Mitchell, IWU's Jimmy Morton, Webster's Will Hocker and Methodist's Andre Chi, while the Titans' Rob Wuethrich is just a shot back.

>> Complete Results


2. Tackling Racial Inequalities

by Greta Anderson, Inside Higher Ed

"The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics issued a set of recommendations Wednesday in a new report, which urges college athletics directors to address the lack of diversity in the upper ranks of their departments, as well as barriers to academic success among athletes of color and racially hostile team environments.

These issues have long plagued college sports but gained renewed attention from athletes, scholars and advocates for athletics reform, such as the Knight Commission, as the country and higher education institutions confront systemic racial barriers brought to light after the murder of George Floyd. The report is authored by members of the commission’s racial equity task force, which was created in the wake of Floyd’s death. It echoes demands made recently to leaders of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, including calls to examine and decrease the wide gaps in graduation rates between white and Black athletes at Division I institutions.

The report suggests that NCAA leaders and administrators allocate more resources for college preparation programs for Black athletes and work to close academic gaps among students who attended underfunded high schools."

>> Between The Lines: "Jacques McClendon, a Knight Commission member and co-author of the report, said the intention is not to “water down” academic requirements to make it easier for athletes, but to urge athletics leaders and coaches to dedicate more resources and energy toward helping Black athletes improve their academic abilities and outcomes rather than focusing on rigid requirements that can box students in."

>> Worth Noting: "The equity task force also addressed another pervasive and long-standing racial issue in college sports: the dearth of Black and nonwhite head coaches, athletic directors and other administrators who work in athletics departments. McClendon said this lack of racial diversity can directly influence how athletes of color are treated on college teams. Administrators and coaches of color are seen by athletes of color as being much more “bondable and approachable” and better able to make team environments more inclusive or to identify and rectify racial problems that crop up, he said."

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3.  Selection Monday
The championship field for softball will be announced on Monday. Here is what to you need to know.

Field Size (48 teams) - 42 AQ, 1 Pool B, 5 Pool C
Who's In: #7 East Texas Baptist (ASC), Gettysburg (Centennial), #9 Salisbury (C2C), Endicott (CCC), Cedar Crest (CSAC), Emmanuel (GNAC), Eastern Nazarene (NECC), Tufts (NESCAC), #8 Linfield (NWC), #2 Virginia Wesleyan (ODAC), Geneva (Presidents), #5 Birmingham-Southern (SAA), #1 Texas Lutheran (SCAC), Webster (SLIAC), Piedmont (USA South)

Championship Series
  • AMCC: PSU Behrend vs. Mt. Aloyisus
  • A-R-C: TBA
  • Empire 8: #12 St. John Fisher vs. Alfred
  • Landmark: #4 Moravian vs. Scranton
  • Liberty: #20 Rochester vs. Ithaca
  • Little East: #6 Eastern Connecticut vs. Southern Maine
  • MASCAC: Bridgewater State vs. Framingham State
  • Michigan: Alma vs. Calvin
  • MAC Commonwealth: York vs. Messiah
  • MAC Freedom: Misericordia vs. Stevens
  • Midwest: Lake Forest vs. Illinois College
  • Minnesota: TBA
  • NEWMAC: Babson vs. Springfield
  • NJAC: #14 TCNJ vs. Kean
  • NAC: Cazenovia vs. Husson
  • NCAC: #2 DePauw vs. Hiram
  • NEAC: PSU Harrisburg vs. Penn College
  • NACC: MSOE vs. Benedictine
  • Ohio: Muskingum vs. Ohio Northern
  • Skyline: TBA
  • SUNYAC: Cortland vs. Geneseo
  • WIAC: Whitewater vs. Oshkosh

4.  COVID Claims Tourney Game

The NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Committee has declared the Christopher Newport-Endicott first-round NCAA tournament game scheduled for Saturday afternoon at Stevenson a no-contest because of COVID-19 protocols. Endicott withdrew due to positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing.

As a result, Christopher Newport will advance to the second round of the Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship on Sunday, where it will play the winner of the Stevenson-Kean first-round matchup.

The committee regrets that Endicott’s student-athletes and coaching staff will not be able to compete in a national tournament in which they earned the right to participate. Because of privacy issues, no further details will be provided.


5.  Vaccine Update

As colleges look toward the fall-2021 semester, they’re grappling with whether to require — or just strongly encourage — students to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Here’s a list of institutions - including 130 Division III institutions - that have decided to issue blanket vaccination requirements of all students, students living on campus, and/or employees.

  • California (6): Caltech, Chapman, Claremont-M-S, Occidental, Pomona-Pitzer, UC Santa Cruz
  • Colorado: Colorado College
  • Connecticut: Wesleyan
  • DC: Trinity Washington
  • Georgia: Emory
  • Indiana (2): DePauw, Saint Mary's
  • Iowa: Grinnell
  • Kentucky: Berea
  • Massachusetts (29): Amherst, Anna Maria, Brandeis, Bridgewater State, Curry, Emerson, Emmanuel, Fitchburg State, Framingham State, Lasell, Lesley, MCLA, MIT, Massachusetts Maritime, Mount Holyoke, Salem State, Simmons, Smith, Springfield, Suffolk, Tufts, UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth, Wellesley, Westfield State, Wheaton, Williams, WPI, Worcester State
  • Maine (2): Bowdoin, U. of New England
  • Maryland (2): Johns Hopkins, Salisbury
  • Michigan: Kalamazoo
  • Minnesota (2): Carleton, Macalester
  • Missouri: Washington U.
  • New Jersey (11): Drew, Fairleigh Dickinson, Kean, Montclair State, New Jersey City, Rutgers-Camden, Rutgers-Newark, Saint Elizabeth, Stevens, Stockton, TCNJ
  • New York (43): Alfred, Alfred State, Baruch, Brockport, Brooklyn, Buffalo State, Canton, Cazenovia, CCNY, Clarkson, Cobleskill, Cortland, Delhi, Farmingdale State, Fredonia, Geneseo, Hamilton, Hunter, Ithaca, John Jay, Lehman, Manhattanville, Medgar Evers, Morrisville, New Paltz, NYU, Old Westbury, Oneonta, Oswego, Plattsburgh, Potsdam, Pratt Institute, Purchase, Rensselaer, Rochester, RIT, Sarah Lawrence, Skidmore, SUNY Maritime, SUNY Poly, Union, Vassar, Yeshiva, York
  • North Carolina: Brevard
  • Ohio (2): Kenyon, Mount St. Joseph
  • Oregon (2): Lewis & Clark, Willamette
  • Pennsylvania (6): Bryn Mawr, Carnegie Mellon, Dickinson, Haverford, Muhlenberg, Swarthmore
  • Rhode Island (2): Johnson and Wales, Roger Williams
  • Tennessee: Maryville
  • Vermont: Middlebury
  • Virginia (6): Bridgewater, Hollins, Mary Baldwin, Marymount, Randolph-Macon, Virginia Wesleyan
  • Washington (3): Pacific Lutheran, Puget Sound, Whitman
  • Wisconsin: Lawrence
>> Complete List

6. Comings and Goings

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