Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Endowments Soar, Part Deux


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Endowments Soar, Part Deux

Part Two in our series on college and university endowments.

Largest Change in Market Value

  1. Washington, Mo., 60.8%
  2. Colby-Sawyer, 57.0%
  3. Bowdoin, 52.6%
  4. Centenary, N.J., 50.6%
  5. Southern Virginia, 49.7%
  6. Wesleyan, Conn., 49.4%
  7. MIT, 48.8%
  8. Carnegie Mellon, 48.5%
  9. Amherst, 47.2%
  10. Nichols, 47.1%
Largest Decline in Market Value
  1. Albright, -2.4%
  2. Messiah, 5.9%
  3. Curry, 5.9%
  4. William Peace, 13.8%
  5. Juniata, 15.2%
  6. Cornell College, 15.6%
  7. Regis, 15.6%
  8. Lasell, 15.7%
  9. DePauw, 15.7%
  10. Potsdam State, 16.3%

>> A Closer LookD3Playbook will take a deeper dive into DIII endowments throughout the week. Tomorrow, we look at the differences between conferences and their members.


2. Rule Changes
DI committee approves moving 3 national championships to one location each  |
by Greg Johnson, NCAA

"The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel on Tuesday approved allowing women's volleyball teams to begin with two video coach's challenges in all matches, starting with the 2022 season.

If a challenge results in the reversal of the original call, the team will retain the challenge. If the original call is confirmed or there isn't video evidence to overturn the original call, the coach loses the challenge.

If a match reaches the fifth set, each team will be awarded an additional challenge. Teams will be allowed to carry a maximum of two challenges into the fifth set."

Protecting Officials
"A new rule that goes into effect next season is that the head coach will be the only person allowed to address the officials when the ball is out of play."

"Players will be allowed to wear small, secured articles of jewelry, like post stud earrings, during play."

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3. Unanimous

The Middlebury women and the Adrian men are the unanimous No. 1 choices in the latest Division III ice hockey rankings.

Cote Collects NEHC Rookie of the Week
Shana Cote, Suffolk

  1. Middlebury (15), 21-0
  2. Plattsburgh, 22-2-1
  3. Elmira, 22-2-1
  4. UW-River Falls, 23-1
  5. UW-Eau Claire, 21-4
  6. Gustavus Adolphus, 19-3-2
  7. Nazareth, 24-1
  8. Endicott, 17-4-1
  9. Colby, 15-4-1
  10. Norwich, 19-7

>> Lighting The Lamp: Annie Katonka (Plattsburgh State) 29, Georgiana Santullo (Utica) 27, Erica Sloan (Utica) 24, Shana Cote (Suffolk) 23, Callie Hoff (UW-River Falls) 21.

>> Complete Poll

Colonels Contain Western New England in CCC Opener

Timmy Kent, Curry


  1. Adrian (20), 26-1
  2. Utica, 22-2-1
  3. Geneseo, 20-3-1
  4. Augsburg, 22-3
  5. Hobart, 19-4-2
  6. St. Norbert, 22-5
  7. Elmira, 18-5-2
  8. Babson, 17-5-2
  9. Wilkes, 18-4-1
  10. UW-Stevens Point, 19-5-1

>> In and Out: Colby returns to the poll at No. 15, replacing Norwich.

>> Goal Scoring Leaders: Peter Bates (St. Norbert) 27, Liam Fraser (St. Norbert) 22, Timmy Kent (Curry) 19, Thad Marcola (Trine) 17. 

>> Complete Poll

4.  Division Doesn't Matter

by Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA

"Calls and texts flooded Missy Rock’s phone late Saturday afternoon.

By then, Rock (nee Buttry) already heard the news: Ella Baran broke her longstanding NCAA Division III record in the mile by three seconds at the Dr. Sander Columbia Challenge in New York; Kassie Parker came within 0.09 seconds of doing the same to her all-time divisional best in the 3000 meters at the Notre Dame-hosted Meyo Invitational in Notre Dame, Indiana.

“It makes me really excited, actually,” said Rock, who set both of those standards 17 years ago and is now an assistant cross country coach at Bethel University (Rock’s husband, fellow NCAA DIII legend and Olympic gold medalist Andrew Rock, is the head track & field coach). “Those records meant a lot to me when I set them. Seeing Ella and Kassie going after those times is truly a testament to their talent and most importantly, their hard work. It takes dedication to do that.”

>> That Was Then: During the 2004-05 season, "Rock became the first athlete to win three consecutive individual titles at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, regardless of division or gender. Then, in the winter, Rock set the mile record of 4:43.92 during her two-title outing at the NCAA Indoor Championships, which came not long after she lowered her all-time best in the 3000 to 9:13.02* in a solo effort at the Iowa State Invitational. The former Wartburg Knight capped her sensational career with two more titles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, giving her 14 across all three sports combined."

>> This Is Now: "Fast forward to the present day and both Baran and Parker are blazing their own trails in Rock’s signature events, not only in NCAA DIII but across the entire collegiate landscape. Case in point, both Baran and Parker were among the top-10 performers on the All-College Descending Order List from this past weekend in their respective events: Baran sat seventh in the mile at 4:40.53; Parker found real estate as the eighth-fastest over 3000 meters at 9:13.10."

>> What They're Saying: “Just because we’re not running for scholarships in NCAA DIII, we can still run with the best," said Rock. “It’s not easy coming from DIII. You’re looked at as a second-hand athlete, but we continue to prove we have A-plus talent.”

>> Continue Reading


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5.   Knights Top Tourney Poll

One Lion crowned champion at the Pete Willson Invitational
Cornell Beachem Jr., Mount St. Joseph

The National Wrestling Coaches Association released its final tournament team rankings of the year and Wartburg holds down the top spot.

  1. Wartburg
  2. North Central, Ill.
  3. Wabash
  4. Baldwin Wallace
  5. Coast Guard
  6. Augsburg
  7. Loras
  8. Mount Union
  9. UW-La Crosse
  10. Stevens; Coe (tie)
Regional Strength
  • Central: Wabash (3), Baldwin Wallace (4), Mount Union (8), Mount St. Joseph (14), Olivet (15)
  • Lower Midwest: Wartburg (1), North Central, Ill. (2), Loras (7), Coe (10), Millikin (20)
  • Southeast: Stevens (10), Averett (22), York (24)
  • Upper Midwest: Augsburg (6), UW-La Crosse (9), UW-Oshkosh (12), UW-Eau Claire (16), UW-Stevens Point (T18), Chicago (T18), Elmhurst (21), UW-Whitewater (23)
  • Mideast: RIT (17), Johns Hopkins (25)
  • Northeast: Coast Guard (5), Johnson and Wales (12)
>> Complete Poll

Individual Rankings

125: Jacob Decatur (Baldwin Wallace)
133: Robbie Precin (North Central)
141: Jordin James (Mount Union)
149: Brett Kaliner (Stevens)
157: Kaidon Winters (RIT)
165: Kyle Hatch (Wartburg)
174: Cornell Beachem (Mount St. Joseph)
184: Kyle Briggs (Wartburg)
197: Beau Yineman (UW-Oshkosh)
285: Max Bishop (Wartburg)

>> Complete Rankings

    6.   Lightning Round

      The Bridgewater State men and the Keene State women captured the Little East swimming and diving championships.

     UW-Oshkosh junior Jaylen Grant and Ithaca junior Tia Jones were named the USTFCCCA DIII Athletes of the Week

     The Loras women and the UW-Oshkosh men are ranked No. 1 in the latest USTFCCCA ratings.

      Springfield, Vassar and Dominican are 1-2-3 in this week's AVCA men's volleyball poll. Southern Virginia senior Nahuel Recabarren was named the AVCA Player of the Week

      RIT, Salisbury and Tufts are 1-2-3 in the latest USILA men's lacrosse rankings

      7.  Watchlist  

         WLX: #8 Messiah vs. #9 Gettysburg, 4:00 ET
        WBB: #11 Whitewater vs. Oshkosh, 8:00 ET
      • The Warhawks (22-3) square off with the Titans (19-5) in a WIAC semifinal.


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