Monday, November 22, 2021

Blugolds Win First Title


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Blugolds Win First Title


Photo by Bill Hoepner, UWEC Athletics

Wisconsin-Eau Claire's volleyball wrote its name into the history books on Saturday night, winning the 2021 DIII women's volleyball championship to earn the school's first national title.

The No. 4-seeded Blugolds swept No. 6 Calvin 25-22, 25-23, 25-21 at Francis Fieldhouse in St. Louis, Mo.

Arianna Barrett registered 13 kills and was named the tournament MVP.

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2. For the Birds

The Johns Hopkins women and Pomona-Pitzer men captured the 2021 Division III cross country championships in Louisville, Ky.

The top-ranked Blue Jay women won their seventh NCAA title by holding off No. 2 Claremont-M-S, 130-132. The Athenas led 66-84 through four runners but JHU's Dianna Vizza's 46th scoring position finish proved to be the difference.

Kassie Parker of Loras won the individual title in 20:11.1, 17.5 seconds ahead of runner-up Ari Marks of Wellesley in 20:28.6. 

The Sagehen men ran as a pack, using a meager 15.2-second spread between their No. 1 and No. 5 runners to put up 80 points and easily outdistance MIT, 80-112. Colin Kirkpatrick led P-P in 10th place.

Alex Phillip of John Carroll won the individual title in 23:27.6, 2.7 seconds faster than Elias Lindgren of Williams (23:30.3).

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3.  Perfection


The Middlebury field hockey team captured its fourth-straight NCAA Championship with a 4-1 victory over second-ranked Johns Hopkins. The top-ranked Panthers became the first team to win four consecutive titles, taking home the program's sixth overall title. Middlebury finishes the season with a perfect 22-0 mark, improving its unbeaten streak to 30 straight games and 16 straight in NCAA tournament play. The Blue Jays conclude the season with an impressive 21-1 mark, with their only loss coming in their first NCAA Championship appearance.

Erin Nicholas and Katie George each scored a pair of goals for the Panthers.

The last time a team went unbeaten in Division III was back in 2007 when Bowdoin went 20-0. The victory marked just the ninth time a team finished with a perfect record. 

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4. The Final Four

It will be TCNJ, Christopher Newport, Wesleyan and Loras to compete for the DIII women's soccer championship in Greensboro in two weeks.

TCNJ 1, William Smith 0

  • Nikki Butler scored the game-winner in the 59'

Christopher Newport 2, Chicago 1

  • Riley Cook scored both goals in the first half
Wesleyan (Conn.) 2, MIT 1
  • Grace Devanney tallied twice, including the golden goal just 35 seconds into extra time
Loras 2, UW-La Crosse 2, OT (Duhawks advance in PKs, 4-3)
  • Savannah Johnson's PK was the difference

Loras (21-0-2) vs. Christopher Newport (20-0-1)
TCNJ (20-0-2) vs. Wesleyan (18-1-2)

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5. Down to Four

It will be Amherst, Chicago, Connecticut College and Washington and Lee to compete for the DIII men's soccer championship in Greensboro in two weeks.

Amherst 1, Middlebury 0

  • German Giammattei scored the winning goal in the 44' while Kofi Hope-Gund made nine saves

Chicago 2, North Park 0

  • Robbie Pino and Kameron Bloye tallied first-half goals
Connecticut College 5, Tufts 4
  • MT Tshuma scored once in each half
Washington and Lee 3, Messiah 1
  • Adrian Zimmerman scored twice for the Generals

Connecticut College (17-4-1) vs. Washington and Lee (18-1-2)
Amherst (16-2-2) vs. Chicago (16-5-1)

>> Complete Bracket

6. 1st Round Chalk

Home teams were victorious in 12 of the 15 first-round DIII football championship contests.

Johns Hopkins pulled perhaps the biggest surprise, as one of the last teams selected to the field trounced Salisbury, 45-20.

Second Round Matchups

  • Linfield at Saint John's
  • Birmingham-Southern at Mary Hardin-Baylor
  • DePauw at Wisconsin-Whitewater
  • Wheaton (Ill.) at Central
  • Wisconsin-La Crosse at North Central (Ill.)
  • Rensselaer at Cortland
  • Johns Hopkins at Mount Union
  • Muhlenberg at Delaware Valley

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7.  Comings and Goings
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