Monday, November 15, 2021

Special Day


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Special Day

Special Convention Banner

As announced by the NCAA Board of Governors, the virtual Special Convention will focus on proposed changes to the NCAA constitution that will enable the Association to more effectively meet the needs of current and future college athletes. During the proceedings, the Constitution Committee will share concepts and the divisions and full membership will provide feedback and questions.

Concurrent Divisional Business Sessions, noon to 2:30 p.m. EST

  • Welcome and Presentation of Constitution Committee Concepts
  • Divisional Discussion and Straw Polling

Break, 2:30 to 3 p.m. EST

Association-wide Business Session, 3-5 p.m. EST

  • Summary of Feedback from Divisional Business Sessions and SAACs
  • Association-wide Discussion
  • Review of Legislative Process and Next Steps

The 2021 NCAA Special Convention will be held virtually for all attendees.


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2. The Field is Set

The 32-team NCAA Division III football championship tournament field was released on Sunday night.

No. 24 Lake Forest (10-0) at No. 5 Saint John's (10-0)
No. 25 Redlands (8-1) at No. 7 Linfield (9-0)
No. 16 Trinity TX (9-0) at No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor (10-0)
Huntingdon (8-2) at No. 19 Birmingham-Southern (9-1)

Greenville (8-2) at No. 3 UW-Whitewater (10-0)
Rose-Hulman (8-2) at DePauw (8-2)
No. 14 Bethel (8-2) at No. 8 Central (10-0)
No. 23 Aurora (8-2) at No. 6 Wheaton IL (9-1)

Carnegie Mellon (8-2) at No. 1 North Central IL (10-0)
No. 11 UW-La Crosse (8-2) at Albion (9-1)
Springfield (7-3) at No. 13 Cortland (10-0)
No. 18 RPI (9-1) at Endicott (8-2)

Washington and Lee (8-2) at No. 4 Mount Union (10-0)
No. 17 Johns Hopkins (9-1) at No. 12 Salisbury (8-1)
Anna Maria (7-2) at No. 9 Delaware Valley (10-0)
Framingham State (8-2) at No. 15 Muhlenberg (9-1)

>> Printable Bracket

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3.  Gridiron Champions

It's great to be selected as an at-large to the NCAA tournament ... but teams come back to campus for reunions to celebrate conference championships. Congratulations on your accomplishment and best of luck in the national tournament.

* NESCAC does not participate in postseason play in football


4. Take Your Mark

The participants who will compete in the 2021 NCAA Division III men’s and women’s cross country championships were announced Sunday afternoon.

Thirty-two teams were selected to participate in each championship. The top seven-person team automatically qualified from each of the 10 regions, for a total of 10 teams. Twenty-two additional teams were selected at-large.

>> AQ (M): Carnegie Mellon, Emory, Geneseo, Haverford, John Carroll, MIT, Pomona-Pitzer, Wartburg, Williams, Wisconsin-Whitewater

>> At-Large (M): Amherst, Bates, Calvin, Case Western, Chicago, Claremont-M-S, Colby, Johns Hopkins, Loras, Lynchburg, Middlebury, North Central IL, Otterbein, RPI, St. Olaf, Tufts, Vassar, Washington MO, UW-Eau Claire, UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh, WPI

>> AQ (W): Claremont-M-S, Emory, Geneseo, Haverford, Hope, Johns Hopkins, Tufts, Wartburg, Williams, Wisconsin-La Crosse

>> At-Large (W): Allegheny, Amherst, Bates, Brandeis, Calvin, Carleton, Carnegie Mellon, Case Western, Chicago, Colorado College, Dickinson, John Carroll, John Carroll, Lynchburg, MIT, Middlebury, Pomona-Pitzer, St. Olaf, Smith, Trine, Washington MO, Wellesley, UW-Eau Claire.

>> Complete List of Teams and Individuals
>> Regional Recap


5. The Elite Eight

The NCAA Division III women's volleyball championship is down to an Elite Eight teams. And in a stunner, defending champ Johns Hopkins will not be in the field after the Jays' had their 66-match winning streak ended by Tufts.

The teams have been reseeded and the Elite Eight is set for Thursday through Saturday in St. Louis.

(1) Juniata vs. (8) MIT
(4) UW-Eau Claire vs. (5) Tufts
(2) Claremont-M-S vs. (7) Berry
(3) Trinity vs. (6) Calvin

>> Complete Bracket


6. The Final Four

The semifinals of the DIII field hockey tournament are official following quarterfinal action on Sunday, Nov. 14. Middlebury, Rowan, Trinity (Conn.), and Johns Hopkins all won to advance to the final four.

>> Championship Bracket


7. So Sweet

The men's and women's soccer championship tournaments are down to the Sweet 16.

There will be a new champion this season, as TCNJ eliminated defending champ Messiah 2-1.

Washington MO vs. UW-La Crosse
Centre at Loras
Christopher Newport vs. Trinity TX
Chicago at Case Western

TCNJ at Scranton
Misericordia vs. William Smith
Wesleyan CT vs. Johns Hopkins
Carnegie Mellon at MIT

>> Complete Bracket

Twenty-six PKs later, Tufts advanced to the Sweet 16 with an 11-10 decision against Stevens. The two sides played 110 minutes of scoreless soccer before the memorable conclusion.

tufts Stevens penalty shootout second round NCAA diii men's soccer

Washington College at Tufts
Redlands vs. Connecticut College
Christopher Newport at Washington and Lee
Messiah vs. Hanover

North Park vs. St. Olaf
Calvin at Chicago
Cortland at Amherst
Middlebury vs. John Carroll

>> Complete Bracket


8. About Last Weekend



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