Monday, May 23, 2022

Give Me Liberty in the MLX Final


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Give Me Liberty in MLX Final

Dan Donahue

It will be an All-Liberty League final when RIT squares off against Union for the NCAA Division III men's lacrosse championship on Sunday in Connecticut.

The Tigers (21-1) scored 16 goals in the first half alone on their way to a 26-15 victory over Tufts (19-3) in one semifinal. Luke Pilcher scored seven goals and assisted on two others, while Clifford Gaston also tallied seven goals for the victors.

Union (18-2) jumped out to a 6-0 lead and made it stand up in an 11-8 triumph against York, Pa. (20-3) in the other semi. Dan Donahue made 16 saves in the cage for the Flying Dutchmen who will make their first-ever NCAA final appearance.

RIT defeated Union, 14-13, at home back on April 9. The Tigers have defeated the Flying Dutchmen 20 straight times dating to 2008.

>> Weekend Recaps


2.  Set for Salem

The women's lacrosse team beat W&L 8-4 in the NCAA quarterfinals.
It was a great day for the home teams as the four hosts for the regional finals came away victorious to advance to the national semifinals.

Middlebury d. Colby, 12-2

  • In an all-NESCAC quarterfinal, the Panthers (20-1) got four goals from Hope Shue while holding the Mules (16-4) to just 18 shots.
Gettysburg d. Washington and Lee, 8-4TCNJ d. Salisbury, 14-11Tufts vs. Franklin & Marshall, 14-9
It will be Middlebury vs. Gettysburg and TCNJ vs. Tufts in the national semifinals on Saturday in Salem, Va.

>> Weekend Recaps

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    3. Virginia is for Softball

    NCAA Softball Celebration

    The eight teams for the NCAA Division III softball championship finals are set after the completion on Sunday action.

    2-0 Sweeps
    No. 1 Christopher Newport d. No. 9 Virginia Wesleyan, 3-2, 5-2 (9)
    No. 2 Texas Lutheran d. No. 5 Belhaven, 2-1 (8), 6-2
    No. 3 Eastern Connecticut d. No. 16 Randolph-Macon, 1-0 (8), 4-0
    No. 4 Salisbury d. Mount St. Joseph, 1-0, 7-0
    No. 10 Berry d. No. 12 Bethel, 2-0, 3-1
    No. 20 Trine d. No. 25 Case Western Reserve, 1-0, 6-2
    Millikin d. No. 25 Wartburg, 9-5, 10-6

    WPI d. Tufts, 0-9, 5-1, 6-1

    Upper Bracket 

    No. 1 Christopher Newport vs. WPI
    No. 2 Texas Lutheran vs. No. 10 Berry

    Lower Bracket
    No. 4 Salisbury vs. Millikin
    No. 3 Eastern Connecticut vs. No. 20 Trine

    >> Complete Bracket


    4. On to the Super Regionals

    Sixteen spots have been earned into the super-regional round of the NCAA Division III baseball championship tournament.

    La Grange, a sentimental favorite after the tragic loss of two players in an accident last weekend, advanced with a three-game sweep of Centenary (La.). 

    Other regional winners include

    Rochester, NY: No. 1 Eastern Connecticut
    Marietta, OH: No. 2 Marietta
    Lynchburg, VA: No. 3 Birmingham-Southern
    La Grange, GA: No. 4  La Grange
    Whitewater, WI: No. 9 UW-Whitewater
    Annville, PA: No. 10 Rowan
    Stevens Point, WI: No. 12 UW-Stevens Point
    Richardson, TX: No. 15 Trinity, Texas
    Orange, CA: No. 17 Chapman
    Cortland, NY: No. 19 Endicott
    Brockport, NY: No. 21 Baldwin Wallace
    Winchester, VA: Catholic

    Still to be determined
    Glenside, PA: No. 16 Oswego State vs. No. 6 Arcadia, 11:00 ET resumption (4-1, T5)
    Granville, OH: No. 7 Salisbury vs. No. 13 Denison, 11:00 ET
    Immaculata, PA: Keystone vs. Ithaca, 11:00 ET
    St. Louis, MO: Bethel vs. Wooster, 10:30 CT

    5. The Net Elite

    The DIII women's tennis trophy in 2021.

    The elite eight are set to begin today in the 2022 NCAA Division III women's and men's tennis championships at the USTA National Center in Orlando, Fla.

    Quarterfinals (W)
    No. 3 Wesleyan (22-0) vs. No. 8 Emory (10-9), 3:00
    No. 4 Claremont-M-S (24-3) vs. No. 7 MIT (20-1), 3:00
    No. 1 Chicago (20-1) vs. No. 9 Amherst (13-8), 6:00
    No. 2 Pomona-Pitzer (21-2) vs. No. 5 Middlebury (17-5), 6:00

    >> Printable Bracket

    No. 2 Case Western Reserve (23-4) vs. No. 6 Williams (15-3), 9:00
    No. 4 Middlebury (20-2) vs. No. 7 Washington, Mo. (16-9), 9:00
    No. 1 Chicago (19-1) vs. No. 13 Emory (10-10), 12:00
    No. 3 Tufts (19-2) vs. No. 5 Claremont-M-S (27-6), 12:00

    >> Printable Bracket

    all times EDT


    6.  Championship Field Announced

    The NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee announced today the participants in the 2022 NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

    For each men’s individual event contested, including the decathlon, the top 20 declared student-athletes were accepted into the competition. For each women’s individual event contested, including the heptathlon, the top 22 declared student-athletes were accepted into the competition. For each relay event contested, the top 16 declared relay teams, one per institution, were accepted into the competition.

    The championships will be held May 26-28 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

    >> Men's Entries
    >> Women's Entries
    >> Website


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