Monday, March 21, 2022

Hope, R-MC Raise Hoop Trophies


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Hope, R-MC Raise Hoop Trophies

Hope and Randolph-Macon raised the trophies as NCAA women's and men's basketball champions, respectively, on Saturday night.

The Flying Dutch won their third national title and first since 2006 with a 71-58 triumph against Wisconsin-Whitewater. Ella McKinney led the way with 21 points and Sydney Muller was named the tournament MVP.

  • "The most special thing is 'Yes, winning,' but it is this group of girls," fifth-year senior Olivia Voskuil said during the post-game press conference. "I'm going to never forget this. They're going to be my best friends the rest of my life. I love them."
Confetti celebration
photo by Frank Straus

Buzz Anthony scored 14 points and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player as Randolph-Macon rolled past Elmhurst, 75-45, for its first national championship.

The 30-point win was the largest margin of victory in the history of the Division III National Championship Game, dating back to 1975. It matched the largest in any division. UNLV beat Duke 103-73 in the 1990 Division I title game.

The Yellow Jackets led by just six, 29-23, with 3:39 remaining in the first half but went on a 20-9 run over the next eight minutes to pull away.


2. Emory, Kenyon Stand Atop Podium

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS! - Men's Swimming & Diving Capture Second National Title

The Emory men and the Kenyon women reign as the champions of the DIII swimming and diving world today.

The Eagles won their second national crown and first since 2017, winning three event titles on their way to a 427.5-340 victory over runner-up Johns Hopkins.

Kenyon swept the individual awards, as Bryan Fitzgerald and Israel Zavaleta were named Swimmer and Diver of the Year, respectively.

Team Standings

  1. Emory, 427.5
  2. Johns Hopkins, 340
  3. Denison, 339.5
  4. Williams, 290
  5. Kenyon, 282.5

2022 NCAA Champion Ladies

The Ladies ended Emory's 10-year run as team champion with a seven-point victory (446-439) over the Eagles.

Senior Crile Hart was named the Swimmer of the Year after winning six events. It is the 24th title in program history for the Kenyon women.

Chicago's Elizabeth Cron was honored as the Diver of the Meet.

Team Standings

  1. Kenyon, 446
  2. Emory, 439
  3. Denison, 411.5
  4. Williams, 289
  5. Pomona-Pitzer, 226

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3.  Perfection

2022 NCAA Champions

A dream finish to a dream season for the Middlebury women's ice hockey team, as the Panthers closed out an undefeated, untied campaign with a 3-2 overtime win against Gustavus Adolphus for the NCAA championship.

Ellie Barney scored 13:17 into overtime to end the longest game in DIII final history. It is the fourth NCAA championship for Middlebury and closed out a 27-0 campaign - the first time a DIII team has finished the year without a blemish on its record.

Goaltender Sophia Merageas was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

Austin Dollimer works the puck up ice during a 2021-22 Augsburg men's hockey game.
Austin Dollimer, Augsburg / photo by Kevin Healy

Men's Quarterfinals

No. 1 Adrian d. No. 7 Hobart, 7-4

No. 4 Augsburg d. No. 6 St. Norbert, 4-1

No. 8 U. of New England d. No. 2 Utica, 2-0

  • Daniel Winslow's shorthanded second-period goal combined with 38 saves from Billy Girard IV lifted the Nor'easters to the upset of the Pioneers.

No. 3 Geneseo d. No. 5 Babson, 3-2

Semifinals - Friday
Adrian vs. Augsburg, 3:00
Geneseo vs. U. of New England, 7:00


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4.  "It's Fun When You Beat Them"

by Beth Ann Nichols, Golfweek

"Yupha Muzyka likes to grow organic tomatoes in her garden for Alvernia head coach Tom O’Connell. It’s one of a million little ways Muzyka is unlike most college golfers. For starters, she lives at home with her husband and two kids and has a garden. She’s also 39.

Sometimes, Muzyka will jokingly ask O’Connell why he likes to tell her age to opponents.

“Because it’s fun when you beat them,” O’Connell responds."

>> Course Awareness: "Muzyka’s journey there actually begins in Thailand, where she was born, and moves to Singapore, where she met future husband Steve while visiting her sister. Muzyka always intended to go back to school, and she did, not long after coming to the U.S. But she became deeply frustrated at a community college when her English wasn’t proficient enough to understand the professor. She decided to take a break, but then became pregnant with Alexis, who just turned 16, and wound up taking an even longer break. Her youngest daughter, Allison, is now in the seventh grade."

>> Recruiter's Dream: When applying to Alvernia, the admission counselor was told of her four county championship titles and Women’s Central Penn Golf Association crown. By the time Muzyka got home, O’Connell was on the other end of her phone line, calling from his beach vacation. “I’m kind of too old to be a college athlete, aren’t I?” she asked."

>> What They're Saying: Alvernia sophomore McKylie Boreman only found out Muzyka’s real age a few weeks ago. Like most, Boreman was blown away. “I wouldn’t even say she acts like a mom to the team,” said Boreman. “She’s literally one of us.”

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    5.  Lightning Round  High Voltage on Apple iOS 14.6

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      Lacrosse (M)
    • Johns Hopkins RHP Kieren Collins twirled a seven-inning no-hitter in the Blue Jays' 10-0 win against Ramapo. He faced the minimum 21 batters, striking out eight and allowing just one baserunner via error.
    • Springfield's Noah Bleakley hit for the cycle in the Pride's 22-20 loss to William Paterson. He went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and seven RBI.
      Tennis (M)
    • Christopher Newport's Alex Price took medalist honors at the Jekyll Island Collegiate with an 11-under-par 205. Sewanee captured the team title by two shots over Methodist.
    • Centre's Rylee Suttor was the individual winner for the women at Jekyll Island, posting a seven-under-par 209. Emory brought home the team championship.
    • Congrats to Sewanee senior Zack Russell who recorded a hole-in-one on the 182-yard sixth hole at the Jekyll Island Collegiate on his way to a 67. Salute as well to Redlands senior Malia Kiger who posted an ace on the 112-yard 12th hole.
      Happy Birthday
    • Cake and candles to Pacific Lutheran assistant AD Jennifer Childress-White.
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