Thursday, March 17, 2022

Ladies Lead The Way

 

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

 

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1.  Ladies Lead the Way



Crile Hart, Kenyon

The Kenyon women stole the show on the opening night of the NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championship in Indianapolis.

Senior Crile Hart set a national record in winning the 200 individual medley, holding off hard-charging Jordyn Wentzel of St. Catherine in 1:57.76. Wentzel (1:57.82) also broke the previous standard of 1:58.04 set by Hart in 2020.

Hart also swam a leg of the record-setting 200 medley relay. She teamed with Olivia SmithJennah Fadely and Emmie Mirus to touch the wall in 1:39.59 to edge Emory by 0.3 seconds. Both squads bettered the old mark of 1:40.11 set by Denison in 2019.

Kenyon has a six-point advantage over Denison after day one, while Emory trails by just nine points.

The Eagle men have forged a six-point lead over the Big Red, 101-95, with Williams trailing in third with 74.

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BASKETBALL

2. Men's Final Four Preview
 

Jack Davidson
Jack Davidson, Wabash

The 2022 NCAA Division III men's basketball semifinals take place on Friday in Fort Wayne, Ind. Here is a look at each semifinalist.

Randolph-Macon vs. Marietta, 5:00

Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets (31-1)
Best NCAA DIII Finish: 3rd (2010)
Trips to the DIII Final Four (2): 2010-22
Scoring Offense / Defense: 77.9 / 58.8
FG% Offense / FG% Defense: 49.7 / 40.5
Leading Scorer: Buzz Anthony, 17.8
Leading Rebounder: Miles Mallory, 8.4
Statistics

Marietta Pioneers (29-2)
Best NCAA Finish: Elite Eight (2015-19)
Trips to the Final Four (1): 2022
Scoring Offense / Defense: 84.7 / 70.4
FG% Offense / FG% Defense: 46.2 / 43.0
Leading Scorer: Jason Ellis, 17.4
Leading Rebounder: Sahmi Willoughby, 7.9
Statistics

Elmhurst vs. Wabash, 7:30

Elmhurst Bluejays (26-6)
Best NCAA Finish: Sweet 16 (2020)
Trips to the Final Four (1): 2022
Scoring Offense / Defense: 81.8 / 69.5
FG% Offense / FG% Defense: 45.8 / 42.8
Leading Scorer: Jake Rhode, 17.6
Leading Rebounder: Jonathan Zapinski, 5.4
Statistics

Wabash Little Giants (28-3)
NCAA Titles (1): 1982
Trips to the Final Four (2): 1982-2022
Scoring Offense / Defense: 89.8 / 77.0
FG% Offense / FG% Defense: 51.6 / 45.0
Leading Scorer: Jack Davidson, 25.7
Leading Rebounder: Ahmoni Jones, 6.2
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ICE HOCKEY

3.  Women's Final Four Preview



Brooke Power, Gustavus Adolphus

The 2022 NCAA Division III women's ice hockey semifinals take place on Friday in Middlebury, Vt. Here is a look at each semifinalist.

Gustavus Adolphus vs. Plattsburgh State, 3:00

Gustavus Adolphus Gusties (24-3-2)
Best NCAA Finish: 3rd (2002-05-17)
Trips to Final Four (9): 2002-05-06-10-11-12-13-17-22
Goals / Shots per Game: 4.0 / 39.0
Goals / Shots Allowed per Game: 1.1 / 13.2 
Leading Goal Scorer: Brooke Power, 22
Top Goalkeeper: Katie McCoy, 1.10 GAA, .920 sv%
Statistics

Plattsburgh State Cardinals (25-2-1)
NCAA Titles (7): 2007-08-14-15-16-17-19
Trips to Final Four (14): 2004-05-06-07-08-12-13-14-15-16-17-18-19-22
Goals / Shots per Game: 5.7 / 48.0
Goals / Shots Allowed per Game: 1.4 / 21.1
Leading Goal Scorer: Annie Katonka, 34
Top Goalkeeper: Chloe Beaubien, 1.48 GAA, .933 sv%
Statistics

Middlebury vs. Elmira, 7:00

Middlebury Panthers (25-0-0)
NCAA Titles (3): 2004-05-06
Trips to Final Four (9): 2004-05-06-07-09-11-13-16-22
Goals / Shots per Game: 3.2 / 39.8
Goals / Shots Allowed per Game: 0.6 / 18.2
Leading Goal Scorer: Madie Leidt, 17
Top Goalkeeper: Sophia Merageas, 0.78 GAA, .961 sv%
Statistics

Elmira Soaring Eagles (25-2-1)
NCAA Titles (3): 2002-03-13
Trips to Final Four (11): 2002-03-05-08-09-10-13-15-16-18-22
Goals / Shots per Game: 4.2 / 40.9
Goals / Shots Allowed per Game: 0.9 / 21.2
Leading Goal Scorer: Eliza Beaudin, 17
Top Goalkeeper: Leonie-Louise Kuehberger, 0.94 GAA, .958 sv%
Statistics

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POLLS

4.  Top Three Remain Unchanged in Softball


Baily Paul, Linfield

Texas Lutheran, Salisbury and Virginia Wesleyan remain 1-2-3 in the latest NFCA Division III softball poll.
  1. Texas Lutheran (10), 16-3
  2. Salisbury. 14-2
  3. Virginia Wesleyan, 13-3
  4. Christopher Newport, 15-0
  5. Belhaven, 14-1
  6. Linfield, 15-2
  7. East Texas Baptist, 15-5
  8. Birmingham-Southern, 13-4
  9. Eastern Connecticut, 6-2
  10. Tufts, 0-0
>> Movers and Shakers: Roanoke, Moravian (+6), Christopher Newport, Linfield, Randolph-Macon (+5)

>> Welcome: Chapman, Mount St. Joseph, Concordia (Wis.), Muskingum

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NEWS

5.  Lightning Round 

  Nine players have been named finalists for the Laura Hurd Award, presented to the top DIII women's ice hockey player in the nation.

  The NABC announced its DIII All-America team.

  The USTFCCCA named Williams' Aidan Ryan and Loras' Kassie Parker as the DIII National Track Athletes of the Year. St. John Fisher's Kyle Rollins and UW-La Crosse's Hannah Zenkovich were honored as the Field Athletes of the Year.

  Texas Lutheran SS Joe Jimenez and Stockton RHP Mike Schiattrella were honored as the NCBWA National Players of the Week.

  The Commonwealth Coast Conference has added men's track and field as a championship sport for 2022.

  Wellesley is ranked first in the initial Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association rankings for 2022.

  Cake and candles to Gettysburg athletic director Mike Mattia, Whitman assistant AD Scott Shields and Curry SID Curtis Fraser.
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6.  Watchlist  


DIII National Semifinals - Basketball (W)

  • No. 8 Amherst vs. No. 12 Wisconsin-Whitewater, 5:00
  • No. 2 Hope vs. No. 5 Trine, 7:30

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