Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Marlin Magic


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Marlin Magic

  2021 National Champions!!!!

Danielle Stewart and Katelyn Biando each drove in two runs to support the pitching of Hanna Hull as Virginia Wesleyan won the NCAA Division III softball championship with a 9-1 five-inning triumph against Texas Lutheran.

The Marlins (46-6-1) scored twice in the first, including a leadoff homer by Jessica Goldyn. VWU tacked on three runs in the third and three more in the fourth before a walkoff single by Ariana Rolle ended the contest.

Hull scattered five hits, walking two and striking out four batters in improving to 23-3 on the season. Kelly Jurden had a pair of hits for the Bulldogs (36-6), who had forced a deciding game with a 3-2 victory earlier in the day.

>> Recap
>> Box Score 
>> Full Replay



2.  All-Americans

The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) announced its 2021 Division III All-America men's lacrosse team.

First Team
A-Mac Bredahl, Tufts
A-Cross Ferrara, Salisbury
A-Ryan Gebhardt, Stevens
A-Luke Keating, Franklin & Marshall
A-Dawson Tait, RIT
M-Ryan Barnable, RIT
M-Jarrett Bromwell, Salisbury
M-Ty Kostack, Cabrini
M-Dylan Wolf, York
D-Tommy DeLuca, Cabrini
D-Tyler Gallagher, Lynchburg
D-Ryan Kennedy, York
D-Kevin Murphy, Salisbury
GK-Walker Hare, RIT
LSM-Tyler Nation, York
SSDM-Shawn Coulter, Stevens
F/O-Brett Malamphy, Salisbury
F/O- Joe Post, St. John Fisher

Player of the Year: Cross Ferrara, Salisbury
Outstanding Goalie Award: Walker Hare, RIT

>> Award Winners
>> Complete All-America List


3.  Alfred State Reprimand


A former Alfred State track and field head coach did not promote an atmosphere of compliance when he allowed two student-athletes to compete while ineligible, according to findings by the NCAA Division III Committee on Infractions.

The NCAA enforcement staff, school and the former head coach agreed that in December 2019, the former head coach knowingly permitted an ineligible women’s indoor track and field student-athlete to receive travel expenses and compete under an eligible student-athlete’s name. The former head coach also involved the student-athlete and an assistant coach in the violation when he told the student-athlete she could compete under her teammate’s name and instructed the assistant coach to check the student-athlete in under that teammate’s name.

An additional violation occurred when the head coach permitted a men’s indoor track and field student-athlete to practice and compete for approximately three months (from October through December 2019) despite being notified that the student-athlete had not completed a mandatory medical exam. The committee accepted the enforcement staff’s and school’s agreement that the violation was inadvertent.

Penalties, including those imposed by the college, are:

  • Public reprimand and censure.
  • One year of probation.
  • A vacation of wins in which the student-athletes competed while ineligible during the 2019-20 indoor track and field season (imposed by the college).
  • A $1,250 fine.
  • A two-year show-cause order for the former head coach. During this period, the committee restricts athletically related duties of the former head coach should he be employed by an NCAA school. The public report details the restrictions further.

>> Complete Report

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4.  The Great Eight

Celebration Regional Champs

Eight regional baseball champions now shift their focus to the DIII world series championship that will run June 4-9 from Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Friday, June 4
Washington, Mo. (32-4) vs. Johns Hopkins (15-4), 10 a.m.
St. Thomas, Minn. (34-8) vs. Adrian (36-8), 1:15 p.m.
Rowan (29-4) vs. Wheaton, Mass. (20-5), 4:30 p.m.
Salisbury (29-4) vs. Cortland (31-7), 7:45 p.m.

all times CDT

>> Bracket


5.  Vaccine Recap


As colleges look toward the fall semester, they’re grappling with whether to require — or just strongly encourage — students to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

The Chronicle of Higher Education has compiled a list of 443 colleges and universities, including 173 Division III members, that are requiring a vaccination.

Bold indicates new additions since the last time the list was posted.

  • California (8)Cal Lutheran, Caltech, Chapman, Claremont-M-S, Occidental, Pomona-Pitzer, UC Santa Cruz, Whittier
  • Colorado: Colorado College
  • Connecticut (3): Connecticut College, Trinity, Wesleyan
  • DC (2)Gallaudet, Trinity Washington
  • Georgia (2): Agnes Scott, Emory
  • Illinois (3): ChicagoDominicanKnox
  • Indiana (3): DePauw, Earlham, Saint Mary's
  • Iowa: Grinnell
  • Kentucky: Berea
  • Massachusetts (34): Amherst, Anna Maria, Brandeis, Bridgewater State, Clark, Curry, DeanElms, Emerson, Emmanuel, Fitchburg State, Framingham State, Lasell, Lesley, MCLA, MIT, Massachusetts Maritime, Mount Holyoke, Regis, Salem State, Simmons, Smith, Springfield, Suffolk, Tufts, UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth, Wellesley, Western New England, Westfield State, Wheaton, Williams, WPI, Worcester State
  • Maine (5): Bates, Bowdoin, HussonSt. Joseph's, U. of New England
  • Maryland (7)Goucher, Johns Hopkins, Notre DameSt. Mary's, Salisbury, StevensonWashington College
  • Michigan (2)Albion, Kalamazoo
  • Minnesota (3): Carleton, Gustavus Adolphus, Macalester
  • Missouri: Washington U.
  • New Hampshire (2)Colby-SawyerNew England College 
  • New Jersey (13): Drew, Fairleigh Dickinson, Kean, Montclair State, New Jersey City, RamapoRowan, Rutgers-Camden, Rutgers-Newark, Saint Elizabeth, Stevens, Stockton, TCNJ
  • New York (46): Alfred, Alfred State, Bard, Baruch, Brockport, Brooklyn, Buffalo State, Canton, Cazenovia, CCNY, Clarkson, Cobleskill, Cortland, Delhi, Farmingdale State, Fredonia, Geneseo, Hamilton, Hartwick, Hunter, Ithaca, John Jay, Lehman, Manhattanville, Medgar Evers, Morrisville, New Paltz, NYU, Old Westbury, Oneonta, Oswego, Plattsburgh, Potsdam, Pratt Institute, Purchase, Rensselaer, Rochester, RIT, St. Lawrence, Sarah Lawrence, Skidmore, SUNY Maritime, SUNY Poly, Union, Vassar, Yeshiva, York
  • North Carolina: Brevard
  • Ohio (3): Kenyon, Mount St. Joseph, Ohio Wesleyan
  • Oregon (4): Lewis & Clark, LinfieldPacific, Willamette
  • Pennsylvania (11)Allegheny, Bryn Mawr, Carnegie Mellon, Dickinson, Franklin & MarshallGettysburgGwynedd Mercy, Haverford, Muhlenberg, Scranton, Swarthmore
  • Rhode Island (2): Johnson and Wales, Roger Williams
  • Tennessee: Maryville
  • Vermont: Middlebury
  • Virginia (8): Bridgewater, Hollins, Mary Baldwin, Mary Washington, Marymount, Randolph-Macon, Virginia Wesleyan, Washington and Lee
  • Washington (3): Pacific Lutheran, Puget Sound, Whitman
  • Wisconsin (2)Beloit, Lawrence

>> Complete List


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