Friday, August 20, 2021

After the Game is Over


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. After the Game is Over

2017 Centennial Conference championship
Lichtenstein (left) celebrates the 2017 Centennial Conference championship with teammates. (Photo courtesy of Swarthmore) 

In 2018, Hannah Lichtenstein struggled with the idea of graduating from Swarthmore, likening her commencement to a death.

“When you play sports since you’ve been 5 years old, it becomes the one constant in your life,” Lichtenstein said on being a student-athlete. “By the time I ended up leaving (college athletics), I had tied aspects of my self-worth and identity to being a soccer player. It was everything to me.”

Lichtenstein’s “commencement” felt nothing like a beginning for her. It was the end.

This pushed Lichtenstein into a dark place after college sports, a place she “didn't really know how to talk about” and was unsure if anybody even felt similarly.

(She) now hopes to help others in her shoes. Inspired by her own battle with depression in the twilight and aftermath of her career as a college athlete, Lichtenstein launched “Run Along,” a podcast dedicated to sharing raw stories on life after college athletics.

>> Court Awareness: After 80 episodes of “Run Along,” whose guests have included former Olympians and NCAA athletes from all three divisions, Lichtenstein has learned not everybody has a hard transition out of athletics. And that’s OK.

>> Why It Matters: “Some people burnt out, and it was a relief. Maybe a coach made them hate sports. Others quit or they had to retire because of injuries,” Lichtenstein said. “There are all these different endings. There are all these different levels in which we leave sport. The experiences that we’ve been able to share on ‘Run Along’ have been really diverse, and I think that’s important.”

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2. Schulz Named National Scholar-Athlete

Photo of Emma Schulz - National College Athlete Honor Society Scholar Athlete of the Year

The National College Athlete Honor Society has announced that SUNY Cortland senior women's gymnast Emma Schulz has been selected as Chi Alpha Sigma's 2020-21 Female Scholar Athlete of the Year. Rutgers University men's lacrosse player Kieran Mullins was chosen as the Male Scholar Athlete of the Year.
The National Scholar Athlete of the Year award recognizes one male and one female student-athlete who have each demonstrated academic and athletic achievement, as well as service and leadership both on-campus and in the community. Nominees must be junior or senior Chi Alpha Sigma inductees who have maintained a minimum of a 3.40 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) throughout their collegiate careers and demonstrated how their experiences as scholar-athletes have influenced and empowered them to be successful after graduation.
>> The Key Stat: Schulz completed her collegiate career as the Red Dragons' first-ever three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American. A biology major with a minor in chemistry, Schulz graduated this past spring with a 4.02 cumulative grade point average (converted to 3.98 on a 4.0 scale).

>> Worth Noting: Schulz was the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) floor exercise national champion and balance beam national runner-up in 2019. In 2020, she was chosen as the NCGA and the Women's Collegiate Gymnastics Association (WCGA) East Region Gymnast of the Year and was named an All-American by both organizations.

>> Chi Alpha Sigma release
>> Cortland release


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3.  Postgrad Internships

The NCAA urges you to inform talented young professionals, recent graduates and current student-athletes within your personal and professional networks who are interested in pursuing a career in college sports about the NCAA Postgraduate Internship Program.

Opportunities are available across all functional areas at the NCAA including administrative services, championships and alliances, communications, executive affairs, governance, inclusion, education and community engagement, and regulatory affairs. 

For more detailed information, including job descriptions for each position offered, visit the PGIP web page here. The application opens at 8 a.m. Eastern time Monday, Aug. 2, and will remain open until noon Eastern time Friday, Sept. 3. Contact with any questions.


4.  Preseason Polls

The United Soccer Coaches have released their 2021 preseason men's and women's rankings.


  1. Messiah
  2. William Smith
  3. Pomona-Pitzer
  4. Washington (Mo.)
  5. Carnegie Mellon
  6. Johns Hopkins
  7. MIT
  8. Wheaton (Ill.)
  9. TCNJ
  10. Amherst
>> Conference Call: NESCAC (4), Centennial (3), SCIAC (3), UAA (3), MAC (2), American Rivers (1), C2C (1), CCIW (1), Liberty (1), NEWMAC (1), NJAC (1), OAC (1), SAA (1), SCAC (1), SUNYAC (1)

>> Complete Women's Ranking

  1. Tufts
  2. Amherst
  3. Calvin
  4. Centre
  5. Luther
  6. Connecticut College
  7. Rensselaer
  8. Montclair State
  9. Messiah
  10. Kenyon
>> Conference Call: Centennial (3), NESCAC (3), C2C (2), Liberty (2), NCAC (2), NJAC (2), American Rivers (1), CCIW (1), MAC (1), MIAA (1), MIAC (1), OAC (1), ODAC (1), SAA (1), SCIAC (1), SUNYAC (1), UAA (1)

>> Complete Men's Ranking


5.  Comings and Goings

6. Pic du Jour

Photo: Vatican Media via Reuters

Pope Francis, a soccer lover, was presented with a foosball table yesterday during his weekly general audience at the Vatican.

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