Thursday, April 21, 2022

McCleary Named DIII VP


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  McCleary Named DIII VP

Louise McCleary

"Louise McCleary has been named the NCAA vice president of Division III, effective April 24. McCleary brings decades of administration experience, including the past 10 years at the NCAA national office working with Division III. She served as the interim vice president of Division III since February 2021.

As vice president, McCleary will serve as the Association's lead for Division III and report to NCAA Senior Vice President of Governance, Policy and Human Resources Cari Van Senus. McCleary joined the Association in 2012 as the director of Division III before being promoted to managing director of Division III in September 2017. The search for her replacement as managing director will take place in May.

Before joining the national office, McCleary had been the athletics director at Elms since 2002 after spending time at Vassar, first as an associate athletics director and then as interim athletics director in 2001-02.

McCleary has a bachelor's degree in political science and American studies from Wellesley and a master's in sport management from Massachusetts-Amherst.

>> Quotable: "I am thrilled to continue the important work of managing the issues of Division III, collaborating with member schools and supporting the student-athletes competing on DIII campuses every day," McCleary said. "I've devoted much of my life to these schools and student-athletes. I am excited about what the future has in store for our membership during such an important time in the history of college sports."

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2. Soccer Changes OT Rules

Soccer Ball
by Greg Johnson, NCAA

"The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel during a virtual meeting Wednesday approved changes to overtime rules in men's and women's soccer for both the regular season and the postseason, effective for the 2022 season.

For the regular season, overtime has been eliminated, meaning if a game is tied after the regulation 90 minutes, it will end in a tie. Previously, teams played two 10-minute overtime periods in a sudden-victory (golden goal) format, and if neither team scored, the game ended in a tie. 

In conference tournaments and NCAA postseason games, the sudden-victory component has been eliminated, and teams will play two 10-minute overtime periods instead. Also, when a substitution is made by the winning team in the last five minutes of the second overtime, the game clock will stop.

If the game remains tied, a penalty-kick shootout will be held to determine the winner."

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3.  CNU Sweeps Salisbury

CNU Softball Walk Off HR

"The top two softball squads in the nation squared off Wednesday, and Christopher Newport took both games of a doubleheader over Salisbury at Captains Park.

The Captains, ranked #1 in the country for the last five weeks, walked off with a 4-2 triumph in the opener thanks to a seventh-inning, three-run home run from sophomore third baseman Brooke Greaver, then slammed three more long balls in a 10-6 victory over the second-ranked Sea Gulls in the nightcap.

The Captains are now 33-1, and concluded the home regular-season schedule with an 19-0 mark at Captains Park. Salisbury fell to 30-4 with the two defeats, and the Sea Gulls had a 17-game winning streak snapped in the opening-game loss."

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4.  All-America Teams

The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced its 19th annual NVA/AVCA Men's Division III All-America Teams.

Heading the list are Springfield’s Brennen Brandow and Carthage’s Matt Slivinski, who become only the fourth and fifth players in history to be four-time Division III first-teamers.

Those two schools lead the pack in terms of total first- and second-team selections, as Carthage had six and Springfield had five. Dominican, Rutgers-Newark, St. John Fisher, Vassar, and Wentworth also had two or more players named to the teams.

Additionally, Carthage’s David Markes was chosen as the 2022 Newcomer of the Year.

First Team
S-Connor Adams, Wentworth
RS-Jarrett Anderson, Springfield
OH-Josh Bigford, St. John Fisher
OH-Brennan Brandow, Springfield
MB-Zach Bulthuis, Carthage
MB-Jeremy Cardenas, North Central, Ill.
L-Kyle Cohan, Carthage
OH-Jacob Labouliere, Wentworth
MD-David Markes, Carthage
S-Gene McNulty, Carthage
OH-Mason Nissley, Messiah
OH-Matt Slivinski, Carthage
MB-Pat Wing, New Paltz
RS-Andrew Zaleck, Rutgers-Newark

>> Complete All-America Teams


5.  Lightning Round 

 Hope captured the MIAA men's golf AQ tournament by 10 shots over Trine.

  Methodist won both the men's and women's team titles at the USA South championships.

  The first NCAA regional rankings are out for men's and women's lacrosse. Teams are ranked alphabetically.

  Wellesley, Bates, and WPI are 1-2-3 in this week's CRCA rowing poll.

  Abby Kidd tossed her second no-hitter of the season to lift Rhode Island College past Western Connecticut, 4-0. She struck out 10 Wolves in her gem.

  Although we usually don't write about run-shortened no-hitters, we will tip our cap to Wisconsin-Superior hurlers Taylor Kraemer and Allison Luoma who twirled back-to-back no-nos in the Yellowjackets' twinbill sweep of North Central (Minn.).

  Crown College DH Seth Betts and Worcester State LHP Ben Smith were named the NCBWA National Players of the Week.

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