Monday, May 17, 2021

National Champions


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

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1. National Champions

WHEELING, WV - MAY 14: Action from the Division III MenÕs Golf Championship held at the Oglebay Resort on May 14, 2021, in Wheeling, West Virginia. (Photo by Jay LaPrete/NCAA Photos/via Getty Images)

Congratulations to the Illinois Wesleyan men and the Methodist women for winning the 2021 NCAA Division III golf championships last Friday.

The Titans repeated as national champions with a 13-stroke victory over Methodist. Rob Wuethrich led the way for IWU with a 288 to finish T4 while Jimmy Morton was a shot back in sixth place.

Webster's Will Hocker captured individual medalist honors by two shots over Methodist's Cooper Hrabak and Christopher Newport's Robb Kinder. Hocker finished at two-over 285.

>> Team Results | Individual Results


Methodist made up a four-shot deficit entering the final round to win its 26th DIII championship by nine strokes over Carnegie Mellon. Jillian Drinkard and Ingrid Steingrimsen led the Monarchs, tying for third place at 307. 

George Fox's Makensie Toole ran away from the field to take medalist honors. The first-year posted a three-over 291 to win by 14 shots over the Tartans' Alexis Sudjianto.

>> Team Results | Individual Results


2. Semifinals Are Set

Denison women's lacrosse celebrates
photo by Mike Tripp

And then there were four.

The semifinals are set for the NCAA Division III women's lacrosse championship next weekend in Salem, Va.

#8 Denison 10, Chicago 7

  • Senior A Liza Farnham had two goals and an assist as the Big Red advanced to its first-ever Final Four.
#4 Salisbury 16, #11 Ithaca 5
  • Lydia McNulty (5) and Julie Talbert (4) combined for nine goals as the Sea Gulls rolled past the Bombers.
#9 St. John Fisher 9, #10 Messiah 5
  • Brittany Halpin scored four goals and Alyssa Sproule added three and an assist as the Cardinals moved onto the national semis for the first time.
#3 Tufts 11, #14 TCNJ 10
  • Kirsten Grazewski scored the game-winning goal with 12:48 remaining and the Jumbos held on against the Lions.

>> Bracket


3. The Elite Eight

No. 2 Men's Lacrosse powers through No. 5 Cabrini. 16-5, in NCAA Second Round

The NCAA Division III men's lacrosse quarterfinalists are in place.

#3 RIT 25, Cortland 6

  • Zeb Hollinger scored three times while eight other players notched two goal apiece for the Tigers.

#16 Colorado College 19, Centre 6

  • Makay Hansen scored six goals while Jack Haims added four for the Tigers.

#1 Tufts 19, #8 St. John Fisher 15

  • Max Waldbaum scored five times and Matt Treiber and Mac Bredahl added four apiece for the Jumbos.

#6 York 13, #7 Franklin & Marshall 9

  • Jack Michael made 13 saves while five players each scored two goals for the Spartans.

#4 Lynchburg 14, #19 Stevens 8

  • Trammel Robinson tallied four goals while Brett Rogers had three and two assists for the Hornets.

#9 Christopher Newport 10, #12 Stevenson 5

  • Alex Brendes scored three times and assisted on three others for the Captains.
Illinois Wesleyan 18, Hope 14
  • Jaxon Hendrickson recorded a hat trick as the Titans advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time.
#2 Salisbury 16, #5 Cabrini 5
  • Jarrett Bromwell scored seven goals for the Sea Gulls who ousted the 2019 national champions.

>> Bracket


4.  The Quarterfinals

The elite eight men's and women's tennis teams are headed to Chattanooga, Tenn. for next weekend's national team finals.

Tennis (W)

  • Wesleyan d. Linfield, 5-0
  • Washington and Lee d. Denison, 5-2
  • Kenyon d. St. Thomas, Minn., 5-1
  • Mary Washington d. Carnegie Mellon, 5-3
  • Sewanee d. Skidmore, 5-2
  • Tufts d. Johns Hopkins, 5-2
  • Emory d. Williams, 5-0
  • Southwestern d. Washington, Mo., 5-1

>> Bracket

Tennis (M)
  • Washington, Mo. d. Kalamazoo, 5-0
  • George Fox d. Carnegie Mellon, 5-4
  • Trinity, Texas d. Southwestern, 5-1
  • Case Western d. Gustavus Adolphus, 5-0
  • Emory d. Babson, 5-0
  • Brandeis d. Southern Virginia, 5-3
  • Johns Hopkins d. North Carolina Wesleyan, 5-3
  • Williams d. Washington and Lee, 5-0

>> Bracket

5.  Selection Monday

Field Size (48 teams) - 42 AQ, 1 Pool B, 5 Pool C
Who's In: Penn State Behrend (AMCC), Coe (A-R-C), #7 East Texas Baptist (ASC), Gettysburg (Centennial), #9 Salisbury (C2C), Endicott (CCC), Millikin (CCIW), Cedar Crest (CSAC), Alfred (Empire 8), Emmanuel (GNAC), Mount St. Joseph (HCAC), #4 Moravian (Landmark), Rochester (Liberty), E. Cpnnecticut (Little East), York (MAC Commonwealth), Stevens (MAC Freedom), Bridgewater State (MASCAC), Calvin (MIAA), St. Thomas (MIAC), Illinois College (Midwest), Husson (NAC), MSOE (NACC), #2 DePauw (NCAC), Penn College (NEAC), Eastern Nazarene (NECC), Tufts (NESCAC), Babson (NEWMAC), TCNJ (NJAC), #8 Linfield (NWC), Ohio Northern (OAC), #2 Virginia Wesleyan (ODAC), Geneva (Presidents), #5 Birmingham-Southern (SAA), #1 Texas Lutheran (SCAC), Redlands (SCIAC), Farmingdale State (Skyline), Webster (SLIAC), Geneseo (SUNYAC), UW-Superior (UMAC), Piedmont (USA South), UW-Oshkosh (WIAC)
Pool B Candidates
Brandeis, Emory, Carnegie Mellon, Wesley

Pool C Candidates
Atlantic: #15 Emory & Henry, #11 Christopher Newport, #17 Randolph-Macon
Central: #22 Trine, #23 Transylvania
East: #18 Rowan, Misericordia
Great Lakes: UW-Whitewater, #25 Concordia (Wis.)
Midwest: #21 St. Olaf, Saint Benedict, #24 Wartburg
New England: Southern Maine, Williams
Northeast: #12 St. John Fisher, Ithaca
West: #13 Belhaven, George Fox, Mary Hardin-Baylor

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6. Weekend Review

  1. Washington, Mo. (d. Wartburg, 7-1, 9-3)
  2. Washington & Jefferson (d. Grove City, 1-0; d. St. Vincent, 3-0)
  3. UW-Whitewater (d. Eau Claire, 12-2, 14-4; d. Oshkosh, 7-6)
  4. Webster (d. Westminster, 9-2, 4-1)
  5. Salisbury (d. Southern Virginia, 13-2, 16-0)
  6. Trinity, Texas
  7. Marietta (d. Mount Union, 10-0, 6-3, 6-5, 11-1)
  8. North Central, Ill. (vs. North Park, 10-4, 4-11, 4-2)
  9. Rowan (d. Kean, 10-4, 7-1)
  10. Babson (vs. #15 Wheaton, 4-1, 4-9, 4-10)
  1. Texas Lutheran
  2. (tie) DePauw (d. Hiram, 4-0, 8-4)
  3. (tie) Virginia Wesleyan
  4. Moravian (vs. Scranton, 6-10, 6-4, 9-8)
  5. Birmingham-Southern
  6. Eastern Connecticut (d. Keene State, 4-2; d. Southern Maine, 8-4, 7-0)
  7. East Texas Baptist
  8. Linfield
  9. Salisbury
  10. Berry


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