Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Championships Committee Recap


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Championships Committee Recap

The NCAA Division III Championships Committee met via video conference on March 15. The following were named to sports and rules committees:

WBB: Denise Bierly, Eastern Connecticut
FB: John Snell, Baldwin Wallace
FHK: Chrissy Chappell, Connecticut College
MVB: Mike Zapolski, Augustana; Sandy Augstein-Collins, Sage
MGOLF: Tom Koehle, Penn State Altoona
WLAX: Michael Schulist, Carroll
WSOC: Susan Kolb, Hood; Adam Sprague, Mount Aloysius
SFB: Cassie Runksmeier, Colby; Van Zanic, Geneva
SWIM: Kate Roy, North Atlantic Conference; Andrew Brabson, Caltech
WTEN: Justin Grube, Franklin & Marshall
TRACK: Joel Williams, Tufts; Ayanna Tweedy, Rose-Hulman
BOWL: Jeff Walsh, Medaille
FEN: Bruce Gilliam, Vassar

FB Rules: Jason Lener, Westminster, Pa.
WLAX Rules: Kari-Lei Berry, Notre Dame, Md.
SOC Rules: Brandon Koons, Otterbein
SFB Rules: Tina Phillips, Pitt-Bradford


  • The committee reviewed responses (both by institution and by conference office) to the membership survey distributed in February to help the Division III Advisory Council complete its charge of reviewing the division’s rules and policies to align with the new NCAA constitution. The committee focused on membership responses to championships-specific topics, particularly the ranking of budget priorities for the future. In general, committee members found that the membership’s priorities (and in many cases the ranking of priorities) reflect those the committee has been discussing in recent meetings.
  • The committee reviewed draft questions for sport committees regarding bench size, day of rest and selection criteria, topics on which the committee felt sport committee input would be helpful to inform recommendations going forward.

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2.  #D3Week

The 11th annual celebration of Division III Week, scheduled for April 4-10, is a great opportunity to call attention to the unique student-athlete experience enjoyed at our member schools.

Division III members are asked to highlight the activities and achievements of their student-athletes through scheduling an academic, athletics, co-curricular or extracurricular/community service activity. The Division III Week Communications Kit serves as a planning guide, and further information about Division III Week is  available online

If you have questions, please contact Adam Skaggs .


3.  Middlebury Moves Into Top Spot

Grace Osborn, Capital / photo by Olivia Zeltman

The latest Division III women's lacrosse polls is out and there is a change at No. 1 for the women as Middlebury supplanted Salisbury. Four teams received first-place votes, including the Sea Gulls, Colby and Tufts.


  1. Middlebury (16), 7-0
  2. Salisbury (4), 9-1
  3. Washington and Lee, 7-2
  4. Gettysburg, 6-2
  5. Franklin & Marshall, 7-1
  6. Colby (2), 6-1
  7. Tufts (1), 5-1
  8. William Smith, 6-1
  9. Ithaca, 6-1
  10. TCNJ, 6-1
>> Goal Scoring Leaders: Grace Osborn (Capital) 61, Ally Moir (Oglethorpe) 52, Kendal Ream (Lancaster Bible) 48, Rose Bogard (Kalamazoo) 47, Hattie Fogarty (Sewanee) 47, Luci Kanowsky (Capital) 47

>> Assist Leaders: Emily Bruner (Rhodes) 48, Caroline Chase (Susquehanna) 48, Brooke Delara (Capital) 48, Kelsey Winters (Christopher Newport) 43, Lydia Dexter (St. Joseph's ME) 35

Games We're Watching 
  • No. 4 Gettysburg vs. No. 10 TCNJ (Tues.)
  • No. 2 Salisbury vs. No. 5 Franklin & Marshall (Wed.)
  • No. 8 William Smith vs. No. 25 St. John Fisher (Wed.)

>> Complete Poll


4.  RIT Retains No. 1 Position

Dylan Rice, Christopher Newport / photo by Brandon Berry

The latest Division III men's is out and RIT remains atop the poll ahead of Salisbury, Tufts and Christopher Newport - all of whom received first-place consideration.


  1. RIT (17), 8-0
  2. Salisbury (8), 10-0
  3. Tufts (2), 6-0
  4. Christopher Newport (1), 11-0
  5. St. John Fisher, 6-1
  6. York, 5-2
  7. Union, 7-0
  8. Lynchburg, 6-3
  9. Franklin & Marshall, 8-1
  10. Dickinson, 8-0
>> Goal Scoring Leaders: Jace Conley (Albion) 52, Cross Ferrara (Salisbury) 47, Quade Bedgood (Oglethorpe) 42, Ryan Gebhardt (RIT) 41, Dylan Rice (Christopher Newport) 41

>> Assist Leaders: Birk Swan (Emerson) 37, Thomas Fiebich (Clarkson) 35, Carter McAlpin (Birmingham-Southern) 33, Colby Auslander (CNU) 30, Ryan Paltauf (Saint Joseph CT) 30

Games We're Watching
  • No. 3 Tufts vs. No. 7 Union (Tues.)
  • No. 4 Christopher Newport vs. No. 16 Williams (Wed.)
  • No. 9 Franklin & Marshall vs. No. 13 Gettysburg (Wed.)
>> Complete Poll

5.  Lightning Round 

  Mary Washington sophomore P Molly Burch twirled a no-hitter against Gettysburg on Saturday. She walked two batters and struck out 11.

  Millsaps' Molli Perry set a school and conference record with six stolen bases in the Majors' game at Rhodes.

  Cortland head baseball coach Joe Brown won the 800th game of his career when the Red Dragons took two from Oneonta on Saturday 

  Cake and candles to Endicott men's volleyball coach George Chapell.



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