Monday, May 10, 2021

Hartford Transitioning to DIII


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Hartford Transitioning to DIII

Hartford athletics to drop program from Division I to Division III - Sports  Illustrated
by Jeff Borzello, ESPN

"Less than two months after the Hartford men's basketball team reached its first NCAA tournament, the university's board of regents voted Thursday to transition the athletic programs from Division I to Division III.

The university will have to file its intent to the NCAA in January 2022 and expects to be transitioned to Division III by Sept. 1, 2025.

Last month, a University of Hartford athletics feasibility study, commissioned by school president Gregory Woodward and conducted by the consulting firm CarrSports, was made public. The study indicated the school would save $9.2 million per year by going from Division I to Division III.

Coaching contracts and student-athlete scholarships will be honored, but new athletic scholarship offers will cease beginning in the 2022-23 school year."

>> What They're Saying: "A move to Division III will allow the University to further strengthen the academic, co-curricular, and wellness experience for all students," board of regents chair David Gordon said in a statement. "While we know this decision will disappoint some members of our community, we remain confident that this shift is in the best long-term interests of the institution and all its students."

>> Keep Reading
>> Official Announcement


2. How Sweet It Is

Sixteen teams have advanced to the third round of the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse championship tournament. William Smith pulled off the biggest shocker, taking out top-ranked Franklin & Marshall, 13-5, on the road.

Sweet 16 Matchups (at Colby)

  • St. John Fisher vs. William Smith
  • Messiah vs. Cortland
  • Western Connecticut vs. TCNJ
  • Roger Williams vs. Tufts

Sweet 16 Matchups (at Washington and Lee)

  • Chicago vs. John Carroll
  • Denison vs. Aurora
  • Salisbury vs. Washington & Jefferson
  • Ithaca vs. Washington and Lee

>> Bracket


3. The Field Is Set

The 2021 NCAA Division III men's lacrosse championship tournament bracket has been released.

Lacrosse (M)
Field Size (31 teams) - 28 AQ, 1 Pool B, 2 Pool C
Who's In: Cabrini (Atlantic East), Franklin & Marshall (Centennial), Illinois Wesleyan (CCIW), Kean (CSAC), Salisbury (C2C), Endicott (CCC), St. john Fisher (Empire 8), Lasell (GNAC), Transylvania (HCAC), Catholic (Landmark), RIT (Liberty), UMass Boston (Little East), York (MAC Commonwealth), Stevens (MAC Freedom), Hope (MIAA), Northwestern (MWLC), SUNY Poly (NAC), Benedictine (NACC), Denison (NCAC), Tufts (NESCAC), Babson (NEWMAC), John Carroll (Ohio), Lynchburg (ODAC), Grove City (Presidents), SUNY Maritime (Skyline), Centre (SAA), Cortland (SUNYAC), Pfeiffer (USA South)

Pool B: Colorado College
Pool C: Stevenson, Christopher Newport



4.  Who's In?

Selection Monday continues with press releases announcing the fields for the men's and women's tennis championships.

Tennis (W)
Field Size (42 teams) - 36 AQ, 2 Pool B, 4 Pool C
Who's In: Penn State Behrend (AMCC), Luther (ARC), Texas-Dallas (ASC), Mary Washington (C2C), Johns Hopkins (Centennial), Endicott (CCC), North Central (CCIW), Cairn (CSAC), Nazareth (Empire 8), Transylvania (Heartland), Moravian (Landmark), Skidmore (Liberty), Rhode Island College (Little East), York (MAC Commonwealth), Wilkes (MAC Freedom), Hope (MIAA), St. Thomas (MIAC), Grinnell (Midwest), Concordia, Wis. (NACC), Kenyon (NCAC), Penn State Harrisburg (NEAC/NAC), Wesleyan (NESCAC), Babson (NEWMAC), TCNJ (NJAC), Linfield (Northwest), Washington and Lee (ODAC), John Carroll (Ohio), Franciscan (Presidents), Millsaps (SAA), Southwestern (SCAC), Farmingdale State (Skyline), New Paltz (SUNYAC), Northwestern (UMAC), N.C. Wesleyan (USA South), UW-Whitewater (WIAC)

Top Pool B/C Candidates

  • Atlantic South: Emory, Sewanee, Carnegie Mellon
  • Central: Washington (Mo.), Case Western, Denison
  • Northeast: Tufts, Middlebury, Williams
  • West: Trinity

Tennis (M)
Field Size (37 teams) - 33 AQ, 3 Pool B, 1 Pool C
Who's In: Mt. Aloysius (AMCC), Luther (ARC), Concordia, Texas (ASC), Southern Virginia (C2C), Augustana (CCIW), Johns Hopkins (Centennial), Roger Williams (CCC), Houghton (Empire 8), Rose-Hulman (Heartland), Drew (Landmark), Skidmore (Liberty), Stevenson (MAC Commonwealth), Stevens (MAC Freedom), Kalamazoo (MIAA), Gustavus Adolphus (MIAC), Grinnell (Midwest), Illinois Tech (NACC), Denison (NCAC), Lancaster Bible (NEAC/NAC), Williams (NESCAC), Babson (NEWMAC), TCNJ (NJAC), George Fox (Northwest), Washington and Lee (ODAC), John Carroll (Ohio), Grove City (Presidents), Oglethorpe (SAA), Trinity (SCAC), Principia (SLIAC), Farmingdale State (Skyline), St. Scholastica (UMAC), N.C. Wesleyan (USA South)

Top Pool B/C Candidates
  • Atlantic South: Emory, Carnegie Mellon
  • Central: Washington (Mo.), Case Western, Chicago
  • Northeast: Brandeis, Tufts
  • West: Southwestern, Pacific


5.  The Longest Day

Will Parker singled home Nate McCallum in the top of the 23rd inning to lift Southern Virginia to a 7-6 victory over #3 Salisbury in the longest baseball game in Division III history.

The Knights scored twice in the top of the eighth for a 5-4 advantage, before the Sea Gulls struck for a single run in the bottom half to tie the score. Both teams chalked up single runs in the 18th inning before Parker's heroics in the 23rd.

Five SVU and three Salisbury players recorded 10 at-bats as the Knights and Gulls combined for 169 at-bats and 42 hits.

Zach Zalar threw seven innings of 1-run ball in relief for the victory - the first of the season for Southern Virginia (1-22).
  • The game ultimately endured three separate rain delays, including the suspension in the fifth inning on Friday and two 20-minute stoppages on Saturday afternoon, for a total run time of 6 hours 30 minutes over a 26-hour timespan.
  • At 23 innings, the game goes down as the longest by innings in NCAA Division III history. The previous long was a 21-inning contest in which Rhodes beat Oglethorpe, 8-7, on April 22, 2011.
>> Box Score
>> Recap

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6. Weekend Review

  1. Washington, Mo. (vs. DePauw, 22-1, 4-3)
  2. Trinity, Texas (vs. #24 Centenary, 9-7; vs. Texas Lutheran, 10-12, 9-8, 15-16; vs. Southwestern, 13-9)
  3. Salisbury (vs. Southern Virginia, 6-7 (23), 10-0)
  4. Washington & Jefferson
  5. Webster (vs. Iowa Wesleyan, 4-2, 15-0)
  6. Marietta (vs. Heidelberg, 0-3, 10-7 (11))
  7. Aurora (vs. Benedictine, 9-0, 0-5, 7-6, 2-5)
  8. UW-Whitewater (vs. Finlandia, 19-0, 14-0, 12-4, 10-0, 18-2)
  9. Rowan (vs. Stockton, 6-8, 7-2, 6-1)
  10. North Central, Ill. (vs. Illinois Wesleyan, 8-7, 5-3, 11-0)
Lacrosse (M)
  1. RIT (d. St. Lawrence, 19-6)
  2. Tufts (d. #13 Williams, 18-11)
  3. Salisbury (d. #9 Christoper Newport, 12-9)
  4. Lynchburg (d. Washington and Lee, 16-6)
  5. Cabrini (d. Neumann, 19-5)
  6. York (d. #7 Stevenson, 11-0)
  7. Stevenson (lost to #6 York, 11-0)
  8. Franklin & Marshall
  9. Christopher Newport (lost to #3 Salisbury, 12-9)
  10. Gettysburg (lost to Muhlenberg, 15-10)
  1. Texas Lutheran
  2. Virginia Wesleyan (d. Lynchburg, 4-0, 9-1)
  3. DePauw
  4. Moravian (d. Susquehanna, 9-1, 10-2)
  5. Birmingham-Southern
  6. Eastern Connecticut (d. UMass Boston, 9-1, 11-0)
  7. Belhaven (lost to Hardin-Simmons, 4-1; lost to UMHB, 7-5)
  8. East Texas Baptist (d. Sul Ross State, 4-3; d. UMHB, 2-0; d. Hardin-Simmons, 8-4; d. UMHB, 13-4)
  9. Emory & Henry
  10. Berry


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