Thursday, December 2, 2021

Five Benefits of Playing in DIII


written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III


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1. Five Benefits of Playing in DIII

Five Benefits Of Playing Sports At A Division-III College
by Scotty Jenkins, GMTM

"With limited exposure to most casual sports fans and stadiums that are smaller than some Texas high schools, Division III sports have long been thought of as a third tier of college athletics. But, that certainly isn't the case.

While they may play for smaller schools and not have the huge support of the household names in the Power 5, the NCAA's Division III is chock-full of top athletes and excellent academic opportunities.

While there have been athletes who rise from the Division 3 ranks to even play professionally, the casual fan and hopeful prospects still have mixed feelings about it. So, we are going to share five benefits why playing sports at a D3 school.

1. The athletes you compete with and against are really, really good.
A lot of people think Division 3 athletes just weren't good enough to play anywhere else. That isn't the case at all. Division III teams across the nation have rosters full of athletes who were among the best at their high school or even in their entire state. And any Division III sporting event you watch is essentially is full of All-District or All-State athletes from across the country.

2. There is a lot of financial aid available.
Do NCAA Division III programs offer athletic scholarships? No, they don't. And once parents and recruits hear that, the interest in committing to a great D3 school can disappear fast.But, these schools still offer tons of financial aid to their student-athletes.

3. Student-Athletes have an intimate and focused academic experience

4. You play regional schedules and some of the best postseason tournaments
One of the most underrated parts of Division III sports is the conferences are based on smaller regions. So, rivalries are a big deal. On top of the many historic games between in-state rivals, Division III has some of the most exciting postseason tournaments and national championships.

5. You can still sign NIL deals and build your career
Just because you play in a smaller community or at a smaller school doesn't mean you can't make a name for yourself - or some money along the way. The cities that Division III colleges are located in love their teams and they support their athletes through every season.

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2.  Final Four Preview

The NCAA Division III men's soccer semifinals and final will take place this weekend at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. 

Semifinals - Friday, Dec. 3
Connecticut College vs. Washington and Lee, 5 p.m. EST
Amherst vs. Chicago, 7:45 p.m. EST

Final - Saturday, Dec. 4
semifinal winners, 7 p.m. EST

Amherst (16-2-2)
  • ranking: 4
  • Final Four Appearances: 5th (1997-2008-15-19-21)
  • Championship: 2015
  • Results: d. Rosemont, 5-0; d. Babson, 3-0; d. Cortland, 4-1; d. Middlebury, 1-0
  • Goals For: 37. Goals Conceded: 8
  • Leading Goal Scorer: German Giammattei, 12
  • Leading Goalkeeper: Kofi Hope-Gund, 85.4 save pct, 0.47 GAA
Chicago (16-5-1)
  • ranking: 8
  • Final Four Appearances: 4th (1996-2017-18-21)
  • Best Finish: 3rd (1996-2017-18)
  • Results: d. Webster, 3-0; d. Otterbein, 2-0; d. Calvin, 1-0; d. North Park, 2-0
  • Goals For: 31. Goals Conceded: 10
  • Leading Goal Scorer: Ryan Yetishefsky, 7
  • Leading Goalkeeper: Will Boyes, 91.7 save pct, 0.17 GAA
Connecticut College (17-4-1)
  • ranking: 12
  • Final Four Appearances: 1st (2021)
  • Best Finish: Quarterfinals (2019)
  • Results: tied Salem State, 0-0 (advanced PKs 3-2); d. NYU, 3-0; d. Redlands, 1-0; d. Tufts, 5-4
  • Goals For: 39. Goals Conceded: 17
  • Leading Goal Scorer: five players tied with 5
  • Leading Goalkeeper: Sam Maidenberg, 82.4 save pct, 0.76 GAA
Washington and Lee (18-1-2)
  • ranking: 3
  • Final Four Appearances: 1st (2021)
  • Best Finish: Sweet 16 (2017-19)
  • Results: d. Baruch, 6-1; d. Covenant, 2-1; d. Christopher Newport, 3-2; d. Messiah, 3-1
  • Goals For: 69. Goals Conceded: 17
  • Leading Scorer: Adrian Zimmerman, 16
  • Leading Goalkeeper: Michael Nyc, 81.1 save pct, 0.70 GAA

3. All-America

United Soccer Coaches announced the 2021 NCAA Division III Women’s All-Americans on Wednesday.
Among the 51 women’s soccer players receiving All-American recognition, three student-athletes are earning the second All-America honors of their careers: Washington University senior defender Gabbie Cesarone, Carnegie Mellon junior forward Alex Adams, and Wartburg senior midfielder Kate Luers. Additionally, two student-athletes on the women’s side are earning the third All-America honors of their careers: Christopher Newport senior midfielder Riley Cook and Ithaca senior forward Alex Epifani

First Team
GK-Mika Fisher, Soph, Amherst
D-Gabbie Cesarone, Sr, Washington (Mo.)
D-Jess Hall, Sr, TCNJ
D-Ella Merte, Soph, Pacific Lutheran
D-Bonnie Shea, Sr, Johns Hopkins
D-Cameron Zak, Sr, Centre
M-Riley Cook, Sr, Christopher Newport
M-Gianna Coppola, Jr, TCNJ
M-Kayla Herr, Jr, Messiah
M-Anika Washburn, Sr, Case Western Reserve
F-Grace Devanny, Jr, Wesleyan (Conn.)
F-Delaney Earl, Sr, Otterbein
F-Julia Keogh, Sr, William Smith
F-Hannah Schepers, Sr, McDaniel
F-Kaylee Sturans, Sr, Misericordia
F-Katie Sullivan, Fr, Johns Hopkins
F-Kaity Ward, Sr, Trinity (Texas)

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4. Calendar

7 - DIII Webinar, AMA Review of 2022 Convention Legislation, 1:30
7 - FAR Advisory Group
10 - Management Council
13 - Convention Planning Subcommittee
16 - Membership Committee
21 - Championships Committee
22 - Presidents Council

>> NCAA Master Calendar


5.  Most-Played Series

Here is a partial list of the most-played men's basketball series in Division III through the beginning of the 2021-22 season. We tried to include all series with 200 or more games.

We found this to be challenging, as many schools do not have all-time series listings on their website and if they do, disagree on the number of games played (and won). Should you have changes (or additions), please pass them along.

  1. Williams vs. Wesleyan, 243 (began in 1901-02)
  2. Ripon vs. Lawrence, 239 (1904-05)
  3. Illinois Wesleyan vs. Millikin, 232 (1909-10)
  4. Geneva vs. Westminster, Pa., 228 (1897-98)
  5. Williams vs. Amherst, 229 (1901)
  6. Gettysburg vs. Franklin & Marshall, 230 (1902)
  7. UW-Eau Claire vs. UW-Stout, 228 (N/A)
  8. UW Stout vs. UW Superior, 225 (N/A)
  9. Monmouth vs. Knox, 223 (1907-08)
  10. Wheaton, Ill. vs. North Central, Ill., 222 (1902-03)
  11. DePauw vs. Wabash, 220 (1906-07)
  12. UW-Stevens Point vs. UW-Oshkosh, 219 (1899)
  13. UW-Platteville vs. UW-Whitewater, 219 (N/A)
  14. Albion vs. Olivet, 214 (1907)
  15. Amherst vs. Wesleyan, 212 (1901-02)
  16. Albion vs. Kalamazoo, 211 (1911-12)
  17. Hope vs. Kalamazoo, 211 (1913-14)
  18. Coe vs. Cornell, 209 (1901-02)
  19. UW-La Crosse vs. UW-River Falls, 209 (1910-11)
  20. Alma vs. Kalamazoo, 209 (1914-15)
  21. Union vs. RPI, 208 (1898)
  22. Albion vs. Alma, 207 (1912-13)
  23. Defiance vs. Bluffton, 207 (1916-17)
  24. Capital vs. Otterbein, 206 (1907-08)
  25. UW-River Falls vs. UW-Stout, 206 (1914-15)
  26. UW-River Falls vs. UW-Eau Claire, 206 (1916-17)
  27. Hope vs. Calvin, 204 (1920-21)
  28. Gettysburg vs. Dickinson, 202 (1900-01)
  29. Alma vs. Olivet, 200 (1908-09)
  30. Hope vs. Alma, 200 (1910-11)

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