Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Sudden Victory


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Sudden Victory


RIT senior midfielder Ryan Barnable scored the double-overtime game-winning goal to lead the Tigers to a 15-14 victory over Salisbury in the NCAA Division III National Championship game, Sunday, in East Hartford, Conn.

RIT clinched its first national championship in program history while finishing the season with an unblemished 14-0 record.  The third time was also the charm for the Tigers after falling in the 2013 and 2017 national championship games, including a 16-14 setback to the Sea Gulls four years ago.

Senior attackman Quinn Commandant was named the tournament Most Outstanding Player after totaling five goals and two assists in the victory.

The championship-winning goal:

>> Recap
>> Highlights | Full Replay


2. Roll Rivers!

Team Picture 2021 national champions women’s teack

Wartburg and Loras - both members of the American Rivers Conference - took home the team titles at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Greensboro, N.C. last weekend.

The Wartburg men captured their first-ever crown. The Knights came into the final race of the day tied for first place and needed to beat UW-Eau Claire in the 4x400-meter relay race to claim the title. Dallas WrightDalton MartinWyatt Schmidt and Derrick Smith did just that, finishing just .32 seconds ahead of the Blugolds to give Wartburg its first national championship.

The Loras women waited out a two-hour delay in the final results for the 4x400 relay to win its second NCAA title by two points over UW-La Crosse.

>> Meet Recap
>> Final Results



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3.  One More

Hanna Hull Pitching vs TLU 2021

Virginia Wesleyan knocked off Texas Lutheran, 4-2, in the opening game of the best-of-three series to determine the NCAA Division III softball championship Monday in Salem, Va.

Karlee Fretz's three-run home run capped a four-run first inning for the Marlins. Hanna Hull did the rest, allowing just two hits and striking out seven to improve to 22-3 on the season.

Haley Padilla blasted a two-run homer in the second as the reigning champion Bulldogs saw their 27-game winning streak come to an end.

The two teams meet today at 11 a.m. with VWU needing one win for the championship. TLU needs a victory in the morning matchup and a triumph in the afternoon to win the title.

>> Box Score 
>> Game One Highlights


4. Bringing Home Gold


The Division III Tennis Championships concluded Sunday with the singles and doubles final matches.


SinglesErica Ekstrand (Williams) d. Christina Watson (Emory), 6-2, 6-3

DoublesYsabel Gonzalez-Rico/Katie Chang (Emory) d. Christina Watson/Stephanie Taylor (Emory), 6-2, 5-7, 6-3

>> Singles Bracket  |  Doubles Bracket


SinglesLeo Vithoontien (Carleton) d. Boris Sorkin (Tufts), 6-5, 5-7, 6-3

DoublesLeo Vithoontien/Xander Zuczek (Carleton) d. Jeffrey Chen/Adam Tzeng (Brandeis), 6-3, 6-2

>> Singles Bracket  |  Doubles Bracket 


5. Four for Four

NCAA Title

Bates won a fourth straight NCAA women's rowing championship Saturday morning at Nathan Benderson Park. 

The Bobcats scored the maximum 42 points with both the first varsity eight and second varsity eight winning their respective grand finals. 

The second varsity eight got the day started on the right foot, winning a remarkable seventh straight gold medal at NCAAs. Bates crossed the line in 6:48.503 to edge Hamilton by six seconds. 

The Bobcat first varsity eight came from behind in an exciting grand final, winning in 6:34.872 to complete an undefeated season. For the first 1,000 meters, Ithaca held a slight edge but Bates grabbed the lead for good at the 1500-meter mark. The Bombers placed second in the grand final with a time of 6:37.730.

>> NCAA Video Recap


6. Regional Champions


Eight teams have advanced to the Division III Baseball Championship in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Auburn Regional: Cortland d. Tufts, 13-2
Collegeville Regional: St. Thomas, Minn. d. Pacific, 13-9
Decatur Regional: Washington (Mo.) d. Denison, 2-0
Hartford Regional: Wheaton d. Southern Maine, 2-1
High Point Regional: Salisbury d. Birmingham-Southern, 9-6 (12)
Marietta Regional: Rowan d. Marietta, 9-8 (10)
Saint Paul Regional: Johns Hopkins d. Northwestern, 3-2
Whitewater Regional: Adrian d. UW-Whitewater, 8-7 (10)


7. Comings and Goings


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