Thursday, May 19, 2022

Presidents Council Minutes


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


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1.  Presidents Council Minutes

Division III Committees -

The minutes of the April meetings of the Presidents and Management Councils are online and more detailed than the April 28 recap.

Highlights include:

  • The Management Council approved a legislative proposal for the 2023 NCAA Convention to add stunt as an emerging sport for women and establish legislation related to playing and practice seasons and membership, as specified. 
  • The Presidents Council discussed the existing Division III philosophy statement, as the division continues to comprehensively review its strategic priorities during the current transformational period. The Council tasked the Strategic Planning and Finance Committee (SPFC) to lead this review. During its June meeting, SPFC will develop the charge and timeline, and seek approval from the Presidents Council during its early August meeting.
  • Per the new Constitution, the PC
    • Adopted noncontroversial legislation to amend the Council composition to include two student-athletes from the national Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
    • Approved a new process to select the Division III Presidents Council representative to the Board of Governors for a two-year renewable term of service.
    • Received and approved a recommendation from the Division III SAAC on the selection process for a student-athlete who has graduated within four years to serve on the Board of Governors.
  • The MC received an update on the Division III Conference Commissioners’ (DIIICA) Strategic Plan for Collegiate Officiating (2021-26), noting the plan is now in the implementation phase. The plan is positioned to address the cultural and systemic issues identified in the DIIICA 2020 Strategic Analysis of the State of Collegiate Officiating. The plan focuses on five key areas: (1) Establishing partnerships across NCAA divisions and elsewhere, (2) Recruitment of officials to Division III as they enter collegiate officiating, (3) Establishment of an advancement pathway, (4) Addressing treatment, sporting behavior and the coaching community, and (5) Centralizing leadership and management.
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2.  UHart: DIII Still The Right Move

by Robert Storace, Hartford Business Journal

"The University of Hartford Board of Regents’ decision in May 2021 to transition the school’s athletics program from NCAA Division I to Division III made statewide news and drew the ire and outrage of some students, alum and sports fans.

It even led to a student-led lawsuit claiming UHart “reneged on its commitment” to student-athletes.

Nearly a year later — and in the midst of a new five-year strategic plan — UHart President Gregory Woodward, who faced the brunt of the controversy, anger and outcry, said he stands by the decision to move to Division III because it’s in the best long-term interests of the school."

>> Court Awareness: "In March, the NCAA officially approved the transition, which will happen no later than Sept. 1, 2025. The decision to move to Division III came on the heels of a university-sponsored study on the matter."

>> Coming Up: "The school’s 17 athletic programs are currently competing in Division I but are not in a conference, while they await the move to Division III in a few years."

>> What They're Saying: “The Division III intercollegiate athletics model better aligns with the university’s mission and goals of creating exceptional academic athletes and wellness experiences for all students," said Woodward."

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3.  Regional Preview

Ally Marino
Ally Marino, Franklin & Marshall

It's regional weekend for DIII women's lacrosse as the Sweet 16 do battle at four locations for the opportunity to make the Final Four.

Gettysburg Regional

No. 4 Gettysburg (17-3) vs. Denison (12-6), 11:30 a.m.

  • Bullets' HC Carol Cantele is retiring at the end of the season and is looking for her third national title in five seasons. Casey McTague leads the Big Red with 65 goals. Gettysburg defeated Denison, 14-7, back in February.
No. 5 Washington and Lee (18-2) vs. No. 12 Wesleyan (14-4), 2:30 p.m.
  • W&L GK Caroline Kranich leads the nation in goals-against average (5.69) as the Generals lead DIII in scoring defense (5.50). The Cardinals' Abby Wolk is 10th in the category at 7.46 per game.

Middlebury Regional

No. 2 Middlebury (18-1) vs. No. 20 Chicago (18-1), 11:30 a.m.
  • The Maroons are second in DIII in scoring defense (5.74), while the Panthers are fifth (6.26). Chicago is taking a step up in competition.
No. 8 Colby (15-3) vs. No. 9 William Smith (18-1), 2:30 p.m.
  • The Mules' GK Emily Podgorni is 10th nationally in save percentage (53.9). The Herons' Allie McGinity is 14th in DIII in assists (58).

TCNJ Regional

No. 7 TCNJ (16-2) vs. No. 16 Cortland (17-4), 11:30 a.m.
  • The Lions' Ally Tobler is ranked 18th in the nation with 79 goals. TCNJ has won 12 national championships.
No. 1 Salisbury (16-2) vs. Kenyon (16-1), 2:30 p.m.
  • Erin Scannell leads the Gulls with 54 goals, while Caroline O'Neil had fund the back of the net 56 times for the Ladies.

Tufts Regional

No. 3 Tufts (16-3) vs. No. 24 Pomona-Pitzer (17-0), 4 p.m.
  • Tufts' GK Molly Laliberty is fifth in the country in save percentage (55.1). The Sagehens are third in DIII in scoring offense (19.35). 
No. 6 Franklin & Marshall (17-3) vs. No. 10 Ithaca (17-3), 7 p.m.
  • Ally Marino leads the Diplomats in scoring with 55-27-82. The Bombers' Caroline Wise leads the nation in draw controls (10.67).
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4.  Regional Preview

Ryan Kennedy, York | photo by Derek Behrenshausen

The quarter and semifinals of the DIII men's lacrosse championship are on tap this weekend at two locations. By the end of the day Sunday, we will know who will play for the national title.

RIT Regional

No. 2 RIT (19-1) vs. No. 9 Bowdoin (18-2), 12 p.m.

  • Luke Pilcher leads the Tigers with 55 goals. Donal Mullane topped the century mark in scoring for the Polar Bears (59-46-105).

No. 1 Salisbury (20-1) vs. No. 5, Tufts (18-2), 3 p.m.

  • The Gulls' Cross Ferrara is third in DIII with 87 goals, while the Jumbos' Mac Bredahl leads the country in scoring (67-69-136).

Christopher Newport Regional

No. 3 Christopher Newport (18-1) vs. No. 6 York, Pa. (19-2), 12:00

  • We're excited to see the Captains' Dylan Rice (70-33-103) go up against All-America defenseman and PLL draftee Ryan Kennedy for the Spartans.

No. 8 Union (16-2) vs. No. 16 Gettysburg (14-7), 3 p.m.

  • The Flying Dutchmen's Matthew Paolatto is one of the top face-off men in the nation (71.1). The Bullets' Scott MacMillan has a 55.2 save percentage and an 8.72 goals-against mark.

5.  Ratings Leaders

Here is the latest men's and women's outdoor track and field rating indices, courtesy of the USTFCCCA.

  1. Rowan, 160.52
  2. UW-Eau Claire, 156.82
  3. Wartburg, 141.65
  4. John Carroll, 125.88
  5. UW-Oshkosh, 108.95
  6. UW-La Crosse, 106.71
  7. Pomona-Pitzer, 100.42
  8. Hardin-Simmons, 95.69
  9. UW-Stout, 86.15
  10. Bethel, 83.14
>> Men's Ratings

  1. Loras, 211.10
  2. UW-La Crosse, 183.74
  3. Washington, Mo., 181.52
  4. Johns Hopkins, 162.91
  5. Geneseo, 99.94
  6. Wartburg, 87.79
  7. Dubuque, 82.19
  8. UW-Eau Claire, 81.08
  9. WPI, 80.30
  10. Trine, 75.48
>> Women's Ratings

6.  Comings and Goings

7. Rising Above It All


Photo: Tom Kaminski/WCBS 880 via AP

In this photo from WCBS Chopper 880, the Manhattan skyline is at upper left, as cars traverse the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge between Brooklyn and Staten Island.

  • Fog covers the Atlantic Ocean and New York Bay.
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