Wednesday, December 1, 2021

MSOE Expands Offerings


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. MSOE Expands Offerings

MSOE Announces Expansion Of Women's Sports

"Thanks to a generous gift from Dr. Kathleen Ruehlow '72, MSOE Regent, Milwaukee School of Engineering is able to begin phase one of a multi-year plan to expand co-curricular offerings that include an expansion of arts programming and women's sports. 

In phase one, new offices for coaches and new women's locker rooms are being built in the Kern Center and Viets Field. This allows the Raiders athletics program to add five new women's teams to its roster: lacrosse, hockey, swim, golf, bowling, and to expand women's track and field offerings. 

Recruiting and retaining a diverse student population and enhancing the overall collegiate experience are key commitments in MSOE's strategic plan and one of the main reasons the university continues to invest in this area. The number of women's varsity athletes will increase by 130, more than doubling the current number of women who participate in varsity sports.

Phase one of the project is scheduled to be completed during the 2021-2022 academic year and coaching hires for both women's hockey and women's lacrosse will be announced in the coming days."

>> Why It Matters: "Collegiate athletics and extra-curricular activities provide talented students with the unique opportunity to develop lifelong relationships and experience a balanced, well-rounded education. No matter their major, they all minor in time management—a life skill all young professionals need," said Ruehlow. 

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2. Gagliardi Trophy Semifinalists

Twelve seniors and three juniors make up the semifinalists for the 2021 Gagliardi Trophy, an award presented by Jostens and the J-Club of Saint John's University (Minn.) to the most outstanding football player in NCAA Division III. The semifinalist list also contains nominees from all six NCAA regions.

  • Ian Blankenship, Sr, QB, Merchant Marine
  • Jefferson Fritz, Sr, DB, Mary Hardin-Baylor
  • Cody Gustafson, Sr, WR, Grove City
  • Blaine Hawkins, Sr, QB, Central
  • Michael Hnatkowsky, Sr, QB, Muhlenberg
  • Tucker Horn, Jr, QB, Trinity (Texas)
  • Tyler Jarnagin, Sr, QB, Benedictine
  • Kyle Jones, Sr, QB, Hardin-Simmons
  • Andrew Kamienski, Sr, WR, North Central (Ill.)
  • Max Meylor, Sr, QB, Wisconsin-Whitewater
  • Braxton Plunk, Jr, QB, Mount Union
  • Jaran Roste, Jr, QB, Bethel
  • Brees Segala, Sr, QB, Cortland
  • Wyatt Smith, Sr, QB, Linfield
  • Gavin Zimbelman, Sr, QB, Aurora

The Gagliardi Trophy, given annually since 1993, recognizes excellence in athletics, academics and community service. The award is named after John Gagliardi, Saint John's legendary Hall of Fame head football coach who passed away at the age of 91 in 2018. John retired in 2012 with 489 career victories, the most in college football history.

The Gagliardi Trophy finalists will be announced during a live show on Thursday, Dec. 9, on

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3.  Final Four Preview

The NCAA Division III women's soccer semifinals and final will take place this weekend at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. The four sides have a combined record of 79-1-7.

Semifinals - Friday, Dec. 3
Christopher Newport vs. Loras, 11 a.m. EST
TCNJ vs. Wesleyan (Conn.), 1:45 p.m. EST

Final - Saturday, Dec. 4
semifinal winners, 2:30 p.m. EST

Christopher Newport (20-0-1)
  • ranking: 3
  • Final Four Appearances: 2nd (2018-21)
  • Championships/Best Finish: 3rd (2018)
  • Results: d. Cabrini, 2-0; d. Franklin & Marshall, 1-0; d. Trinity (Texas), 1-0; d. Chicago, 2-1
  • Goals For: 59. Goals Conceded: 7
  • Leading Goal Scorer: Riley Cook, 22
  • Leading Goalkeeper: Haley Eiser, 92.1 save pct, 0.26 GAA
Loras (21-0-2)
  • ranking: 12
  • Final Four Appearances: 1st (2021)
  • Championships/Best Finish: 3rd Round (2010-12)
  • Results: d. Fontbonne, 1-0; d. Calvin, 3-0; d. Centre, 2-0; tied UW-La Crosse, 2-2 (advanced in PKs 4-3)
  • Goals For: 68. Goals Conceded: 10
  • Leading Goal Scorer: Abby Eriksen, 11
  • Leading Goalkeeper: Kyndal Kells, 90.8 save pct, 0.36 GAA
TCNJ (20-0-2)
  • ranking: 2
  • Final Four Appearances: 13th (1993-94-96-98-99-2000-03-05-06-07-09-17-21)
  • Championships: 3 (1993-94-2000)
  • Results: d. Westfield State, 4-0; d. Messiah, 2-1; d. Scranton, 3-1; d. William Smith, 1-0
  • Goals For: 62. Goals Conceded: 6
  • Leading Goal Scorer: Sophie Vieira, 9
  • Leading Goalkeeper: Alexandra Panasuk, 86.4 save pct, 0.29 GAA
Wesleyan, Conn. (18-1-2)
  • ranking: 14
  • Final Four Appearances: 1st (2021)
  • Results: d. Penn State Behrend, 1-0; d. Stevens, 1-0; d. Johns Hopkins, 2-1; d. MIT, 2-1
  • Goals For: 53. Goals Conceded: 10
  • Leading Scorer: Grace Devanny, 12
  • Leading Goalkeeper: Sarah Hammond, 87.5 save pct, 0.53 GAA

4.   Turell, Cooke Honored

Ryan Turell of Yeshiva University (New York, N.Y.) and Claudia Cooke of Kenyon College (Gambier, Ohio) were named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Division III National Players of the Week for the week ending November 28.

Turell, a 6-7 senior guard from Los Angeles, Calif., led the top-ranked ( Maccabees (8-0) to a pair of victories last week. On Tuesday, he posted a double-double of 26 points (9-of-18 FG, 7-of-10 FT, 1-of-2 3FG) and 13 rebounds while adding three assists, three steals and a block in Yeshiva's 98-69 victory over Purchase. Then, on Sunday, Turell set a program record by scoring 51 points (21-of-30 FG, 1-of-1 FT, 8-of-15 3FG), the second-highest total in NCAA Division III this season (the 17 field goals tied for season-high). 

Cooke, a 6-1 sophomore forward from Chesterfield, Mo, recorded a pair of double-doubles in leading Kenyon (2-5) to two victories last weekend. On Saturday, she totaled 18 points (8-of-13 FG, 2-of-2 FT), 12 rebounds, three assists, one steal, and three blocks in the Ladies' 83-77 win over Muskingum. The next day, Cooke improved on her double-double by scoring 19 points (9-of-12 FG, 1-of-3 FT) and collecting 14 rebounds in Kenyon's 77-35 victory over Earlham. 

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    5.  Comings and Goings
    1 THING

    6.   Tree Season

    Data: Axios survey of 1,834 readers of Axios Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, D.C., Northwest Arkansas, Philadelphia and Tampa Bay. Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios. Illustrations: Aïda Amer/Axios

    Axios Local asked readers across the country to weigh in on a polarizing question: How early is too early to put up your tree?

    The verdict: Now's the time. Go nuts.

    • 55% of 1,834 readers (this was a fun thing, not a scientific poll) said the appropriate time to put up a tree is in November, after Thanksgiving.
    • Only 20% said it was OK pre-turkey.

    The Grinch must have voted a couple of times: 2% of readers said a tree is only acceptable after Dec. 20.

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