Wednesday, October 20, 2021

The Skinny on SOS


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. The Skinny on SOS

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One of the most misunderstood factors in Division III regional rankings is the "strength of schedule."

The SOS is a primary criteria that factors into today's initial regional rankings in field hockey, soccer and volleyball. 

The strength of schedule is made up of two factors: the opponents’ winning percentage (OWP) and the opponents’ opponents’ winning percentage (OOWP).

Opponents’ Average Winning Percentage (OWP). Take each opponent’s won-lost record against other Division III teams (excluding the results against the team in question); add up all wins and all losses to get the cumulative won-lost record that is used to determine the opponents’ winning percentage.

Opponents’ Opponents’ Average Winning Percentage (OOWP). The strength of each opponent’s schedule is measured by taking all of their opponents’ won-lost records and finding the winning percentage based on the total opponents’ opponents’ won-loss record. This recognizes the fact that two opponents with similar won-lost records may have played far different schedules (in terms of strength of opponents).

Strength-of-Schedule Calculation. Using the strength of schedule, add two-thirds of the OWP to one-third of the OOWP. Team A’s strength-of-schedule calculation is as follows:

Easy, right?

>> Follow this link to see the soccer pre-championship manual. Go to page 51 for the SOS calculation


2. National Coordinators Named

Melissa Coyne and Steve McCown have been named national coordinators of officials for women's lacrosse and softball, respectively.

This will be Coyne's second stint in the position. She previously held the role from 2014-19. She succeeds Laura Hebert, who resigned earlier this year. As the national coordinator, Coyne will oversee communication among women's lacrosse officials, conference coordinators, coaches and the NCAA. She will help provide consistency in the interpretation of NCAA women's lacrosse rules and mechanics.

McCown has been named the NCAA softball national coordinator of umpires, bringing more than 30 years of umpiring experience to the position. As the national coordinator, he will oversee communication among umpires, conference coordinators, coaches and the NCAA, and will help provide consistency in the interpretation of NCAA softball rules and umpiring mechanics. In addition, McCown will work with the Division I, II and III Softball Committees in the identification, training, selection and evaluation of umpires for each championship. McCown succeeds Craig Hyde, who recently retired from the role.

>> Read More on Coyne
>> Read More on McCown



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3.  Lions Den


Penn State Altoona won its first Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference men's golf title since 2010 with a 22-stroke victory over Penn State Behrend. 

The Nittany Lions led by six shots after the first round but pulled away over the final 18 for the school's first AMCC championship since 2017.

Altoona's Andrew Ferguson posted identical rounds of 77 to capture medalist honors.

With its championship win, Penn State Altoona men's golf earns the AMCC's automatic bid to compete in the NCAA Division III Golf Championship. The Lions will travel to Mission Inn Resort and Club at Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. to compete in the event on May 10-13.

>> Complete Team and Individual Scoring

Emory fired an eight-under-par 276 to win the Golfweek DIII Men's Invitational by 13 shots over runner-up Methodist. Averett's Caleb Kimbrough won the individual title with a 67-72-66--205. 

>> Results

The Emory women also took top honors at the Golfweek Fall Invite, edging Centre by two shots. The Eagles' Sharon Mun held off Methodist's Jillian Drinkard by a shot for medalist honors.

>> Results

4.   Still No. 1

Sophie Vieira
Sophie Vieira, TCNJ / photo by Jimmy Alagna

TCNJ and W&L are still on top of the weekly soccer rankings this week from the United Soccer Coaches and

Women (United Soccer Coaches)

  1. TCNJ, 13-0
  2. Johns Hopkins, 11-0-1
  3. Washington, Mo., 12-0-1
  4. Christopher Newport, 11-0
  5. MIT, 15-0-1
  6. William Smith, 12-1-1
  7. Misericordia, 12-1
  8. McDaniel, 13-1
  9. Loras, 13-0-1
  10. Messiah, 10-2-1
Women (
  1. TCNJ, 13-0
  2. Johns Hopkins, 11-0-1
  3. Christopher Newport, 11-0
  4. MIT, 15-0-1
  5. Washington (Mo.), 11-0-1
  6. William Smith, 12-1-1
  7. Misericordia, 12-1
  8. McDaniel, 13-1
  9. Messiah, 10-2-1
  10. Centre, 13-1-1
>> Goals: Myah Croze (Western Connecticut) 22; Delaney Parker (Westfield State) 21; Emily McCarthy (Mount St. Vincent) 19; Tiffany Michalek (Pitt-Greensburg) 17.
>> Complete Poll

>> Matches We're Watching Today
  • No. 1 TCNJ (13-0) at No. 2 Johns Hopkins (11-0-1)
  • No. 7 Misericordia (12-1) at Lycoming (9-4-1)
  • No. 9 Loras (13-0-1) at No. 16 Wartburg (12-1-1)
  • Westminster, Pa. (12-1-1) at Chatham (7-4-1)
  • Hanover (11-0-2) at Rose-Hulman (9-2-1)

Men (United Soccer Coaches)

  1. Washington and Lee, 11-0-1
  2. Trinity (Texas), 13-0
  3. Tufts, 10-0-2
  4. Messiah, 11-0-2
  5. Montclair State, 13-1-1
  6. Otterbein, 10-0-3
  7. MIT, 11-2-1
  8. Washington, Mo., 8-2-1
  9. Cortland, 12-2-1
  10. St. Olaf, 13-1-1
>> Who's New: Franklin & Marshall, Christopher Newport, Penn State Harrisburg

>> Complete Poll

Men (
  1. Washington and Lee, 11-0-1
  2. Messiah, 11-0-2
  3. Tufts, 10-0-2
  4. Trinity (Texas), 11-0
  5. Montclair State, 13-1-1
  6. Ohio Wesleyan, 10-1-2
  7. Amherst, 9-2-1
  8. Calvin, 12-2-2
  9. Emory, 7-1-4
  10. Claremont-M-S, 10-1-2

>> Goals Against Average: Shane Keenan (Montclair State) 0.118; Dane Gesamondo (Medaille) 0.145; Jack Pedreschi (Kenyon) 0.266; Bernie White (Amherst) 0.283

>> What We're Watching Today
  • No. 6 Otterbein (10-0-3) at Wilmington (10-0-3)
  • No. 24 Swarthmore (9-2-2) at Washington College (8-4-1)
  • Lynchburg (8-4-1) at Randolph (11-0-2)
  • Luther (9-4-2) at Dubuque (10-3-1)

    5.    High on Hamilton

    Keeley Duran '22 winds up for a shot against Conn. College in September 2021
    Keeley Duran, Hamilton / photo by Josh McKee

    Babson moved up one spot into the No. 4 position in this week's National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll. Hamilton made the biggest leap, jumping four slots to No. 16.

    1. Middlebury, 13-0
    2. Johns Hopkins, 14-0
    3. Tufts, 9-2
    4. Babson, 13-1
    5. Kean, 14-1
    6. Rowan, 10-2
    7. Amherst, 9-3
    8. Messiah, 11-2
    9. Trinity, 10-3
    10. Bowdoin, 10-3
    >> Save Percentage Leaders: Clare Maguire (Scranton) .941; Sarah Quinlan (Geneseo) .848; Ryan Dowling (New Paltz) .841; Gatlin Snyder (Randolph-Macon) .839; Kelli McCarthy (Salem State) .838

    >> Matches to Watch Today
    • No. 12 Washington and Lee (11-0) at Shenandoah (12-1)
    • St. John Fisher (8-5) at No. 19 Cortland (12-1)
    • Worcester State (11-4) at Keene State (7-9)
    • Susquehanna (11-3) at Keystone (10-4)
    >> Complete Poll

    6.  Comings and Goings
    1 THING

    7.  Chi-Town is Sky-Town

    Candace Parker
    Photo: Stacy Revere/Getty Images

    Candace Parker came home this offseason with one goal — to deliver Chicago its first WNBA title. Mission accomplished.

    What's happening: The Sky used a furious fourth-quarter rally Sunday afternoon to beat the Mercury, 80-74, and become the first team to ever win a WNBA title with a sub-.500 regular-season record.

    • Vengeance: The Sky's only other Finals appearance came in 2014, when they were swept by ... the Mercury.
    • Fun fact: Chicago joins L.A. and Washington, D.C., as the only cities with the "grand sextet" — titles in the Big Four, MLS and WNBA.

    courtesy of Axios
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