Tuesday, June 8, 2021

One Win Away


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  One Win Away

Dwyer, No. 3 Baseball breeze past SMCM, 6-0

Salisbury knocked off St. Thomas (Minn.), 6-1, in the opening game of the best-of-three series that will decide the NCAA Division III baseball champion.

The Sea Gulls (33-4) spotted the Tommies (37-9) an early first-inning run before scoring six unanswered for the series lead. Stephen Rice went 4-for-5 with four RBI for Salisbury, while Jacob Ference clouted a two-run homer in the second that proved to be the game-winner.

Jackson Balzan improved to 9-1 on the season, throwing five innings of one-run ball. Clayton Dwyer closed it out allowing just one hit over the final four with four punchouts.

The two teams meet again today at noon. Salisbury can clinch its first national title with a win. St. Thomas needs two victories to claim the championship.

>> Box Score
>> Salisbury Recap
>> St. Thomas Recap


2. 'Everybody is Floundering'

by Eric Kelderman, Chronicle of Higher Education

"In less than a month, new laws in seven states will effectively pierce the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s ban on paying student-athletes — one of the starkest shifts in big-time college sports in a century.

Starting in July, colleges in those states will be barred from prohibiting their athletes from earning money based on their affiliation with sports. The new laws, which fly in the face of the NCAA’s longtime ban on compensation for athletes outside scholarships, is meant to allow the players to profit in a system where colleges, coaches, and corporations have been cashing in for decades. The change will permit college athletes to have professional agents and get paid for things like endorsing products on social-media posts, signing autographs, having their likeness used in video games, and starting a new company or even a nonprofit organization.

But the shift to allow students to monetize their names, images, or likenesses (or NIL) has not come easily and will likely not proceed without some uncertainty and confusion. While states began to pass laws in the fall of 2019, the NCAA has yet to release rules about how they will monitor the process and what kinds of deals will be acceptable. Some form of regulatory guidance or waiver process could be released later this month, when the NCAA could release new rules on limits for such arrangements and how they will be reported."

>> Situational Awareness: "The new state laws are “a first step into removal of economic restrictions for athletes so they can do things other students do,” said Victoria Jackson, a sports historian and clinical assistant professor at Arizona State University who also competed in distance running in college and professionally. In the past, the NCAA has disallowed students to accept money for anything that might be even remotely related to their athletic participation in the name of preserving amateurism. But that has led to absurd restrictions, Jackson said, that punish athletes for being entrepreneurial."

>> What They're Saying: “Everybody is floundering trying to figure out what is going on,” said Welch Suggs, an associate professor of journalism at the University of Georgia, who is an expert in college athletics and a former reporter for The Chronicle. “Normally, the NCAA provides guidance, but colleges aren’t getting jack,” he said."

>> Worth Noting: "The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the nation’s other major college sports association, has already developed rules and a framework for name, image, and likeness deals, Jackson said, showing that “the sky will not fall.”

>> Continue Reading



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3.  IWLCA All-America

Hobart and William Smith Colleges - Heron Tabbed by Inside Lacrosse  All-American

The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) has named the 57 student-athletes who were selected for one of the 2021 Division III All-American teams – honorees are divided into first, second, and third teams. This group of IWLCA All-Americans represent 31 different institutions.

First Team
A-Kyra Bednarski, Stevens
A-Sydney DiGirolamo, St. John Fisher
A-Rachel Delate, Messiah
A-Erin Jaffe, TCNJ
A-Catherine Lawliss, Tufts
A-Landon Shelley, Washington and Lee
A-Alexis Strobel, Salisbury
M-Jenna Cholowinski, York
M-Anna Clarke, Tufts
M-Jacqui Hallack, Ithaca
M-Marissa McGarrey, Franklin & Marshall
M-Courtney Pierre, Hamilton
D-Lindsay Erickson, Tufts
D-Charlotte Godfrey, Denison
D-Carrie Hesen, Salisbury
D-Mekayla Montgomery, William Smith
D-Indigo Pellegrini de Paur, Wesleyan, Conn.
GK-Emily Kitchin, Franklin & Marshall
GK-Molly Laliberty, Tufts

>> Complete Team



4. Woman of Year Nominations


Nominations for the 2021 NCAA Woman of the Year program are now open via Program Hub. School nominations are due no later than 5 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday, June 22.

Established in 1991 and directed by the Committee on Women’s Athletics, the program celebrates and honors the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and campus leadership of graduating female college athletes from all three divisions. Each member school can nominate up to two graduating female student-athletes if at least one of the nominees is a student-athlete of color and/or international student-athlete. All nominees will receive a certificate and letter of congratulations from the NCAA recognizing their selection as candidates for Woman of the Year.

Visit the NCAA Woman of the Year Nomination and Award Process webpage and the Eligibility and Nomination Process FAQ for more information.

5. Comings and Goings

6. Sunrise, Sunset


Map showing the date of the earliest sunrise of 2021. Alternatively, this is the date where you start losing morning daylight. Looks like June 13 is a golf day!

- thanks to Brian Brettschneider @climatologist49


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