Monday, June 20, 2022

Tufts Wins Directors' Cup


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Tufts Wins Directors' Cup

Jumbos Win First Directors' Cup as Most Successful Division III Program

Tufts University won its first-ever Learfield Directors Cup by just 37 points over Johns Hopkins.

The Jumbos took advantage in men's lacrosse, women's rowing and softball - outpointing the Blue Jays, 211-0, to overtake Hopkins who led following the winter season.

"This is a really exciting day for Tufts Athletics. Winning the Learfield Directors' Cup reflects a total team effort, and we are so grateful to everyone who helped us achieve this goal," said Director of Athletics John Morris.

The Learfield Directors' Cup is a joint program of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's NCAA tournament finishes in up to 18 sports.

Tufts’ win ends a streak of seven consecutive Directors' Cups won by Williams College.

Top Ten Finishers

  1. Tufts, 1,080
  2. Johns Hopkins, 1,043
  3. Middlebury, 1,000.50
  4. MIT, 936.75
  5. Washington (Mo.), 922.50
  6. Williams, 908
  7. Chicago, 900.50
  8. Claremont-M-S, 858
  9. Emory, 846.50
  10. Stevens, 780.50

>> Complete Point Totals

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2.  Directors Cup Champs


The following schools led their conference in points in the Division III Learfield Directors' Cup standings.

AMCC: Penn State Behrend, 199 (92nd)
A-R-C: Wartburg, 700.75 (17)
ASC: Mary Hardin-Baylor, 338 (54)
Atlantic East: Cabrini, 236 (75)
CCIW: North Central (Ill.), 649 (22)
Centennial: Johns Hopkins, 1043 (2)
C2C: Christopher Newport, 695.50 (18)
CCC: Endicott, 392 (47)
CSAC: Wilson, 87.50 (182)
CUNYAC: Baruch, 125 (144)
Empire 8: St. John Fisher, 427 (41)
GNAC: Johnson and Wales, 204 (90)
HCAC: Transylvania, 216 (85)
Landmark: Catholic, 254 (68)
Liberty: Ithaca, 770,75 (11)
LEC: Eastern Connecticut, 228 (81)
MAC: Stevens, 780.50 (10)
MASCAC: Framingham State, 125 (144)
MIAA: Calvin, 536 (27)
MIAC: Gustavus Adolphus, 456 (38)
MWC: Grinnell, 89 (180)
NACC: Aurora, 235.50 (76)
NCAC: Denison, 487 (35)
NECC: Mitchell, 87.50 (182)
NESCAC: Tufts, 1080 (1)
NEWMAC: MIT, 936.75 (4)
NJAC: Rowan, 523.25 (29)
NAC: Husson, 138 (137)
NWC: George Fox, 273.50 (66)
OAC: John Carroll, 635.75 (23)
ODAC: Washington and Lee, 767.50 (12)
PAC: Westminster (Pa.), 233 (78)
SAA: Centre, 379 (48)
SCAC: Trinity (Texas), 685.50 (20)
SCIAC: Claremont-M-S, 858 (8)
Skyline: St. Joseph's (L.I.), 97.50 (171)
SLIAC: Webster, 163.50 (118)
SUNYAC: Geneseo, 691.75 (19)
UAA: Washington (Mo.), 922.50 (5)
UMAC: Northwestern, 116 (156)
United East: St. Mary's (Md.), 171 (114)
USA South: Southern Virginia, 189 (100)
WIAC: Whitewater, 754.25 (13)

>> Conference Totals


    3. Nicholas Receives Honda Award

    Erin Nicholas, at her Scarsdale home June 17, 2022, was recently named the women's national NCAA Division III Athlete of the Year. She excelled in field hockey and lacrosse at Middlebury
    by Nancy Haggerty, Rockland/Westchester Journal News | photo by Peter Carr, Journal News

    "The field hockey and lacrosse sticks sit, at least temporarily, idle now, next to her bed at home in Scarsdale.

    Three of Erin Nicholas's six national championships between them.

    Four straight in field hockey. Two, the most recent last month, in lacrosse.

    Their owner was a three-time field hockey All-American at Middlebury College and the national Division III Field Hockey Player of the Year for a remarkable three straight years.

    Last month, she was named All-American in women's collegiate lacrosse for a second time out of the three seasons she played.

    But Thursday, after being nominated for her field hockey accomplishments, Nicholas topped all of that, becoming Honda's Collegiate Women's Sports Awards Division III Athlete of the Year for all sports."

    >> Field Awareness: "Nicholas will receive her award at the University of Southern California during a live telecast airing at 9 p.m. East Coast time on CBS Sports Network on June 27."

    >> #WhyD3: "While she considered Division I schools when she dubbed herself a "raw athlete ... rather than a field hockey or lacrosse player" as a high school freshman and sophomore, she later concentrated on looking at Division III schools with the goal of playing both. She has zero regrets about her chosen path."

    >> What They're Saying: "I am the person I am because of the lessons athletics taught me, especially with the challenges faced the last four years," said Nicholas. "They helped me grow and learn,"

    >> Continue Reading


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    4. Ice Hockey Rules Committee Recap


    "The NCAA Men's and Women's Ice Hockey Rules Committee proposed a significant overhaul to the video replay process at its meeting this week in Indianapolis. In the new process, coaches may challenge a reviewable play, and if the play is not reversed, a timeout will be charged for the unsuccessful challenge. Any subsequent unsuccessful challenges would result in a minor penalty for delay of game.

    If approved, the rule would go into effect for the 2022-23 academic year. All rule proposals must be approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which will discuss ice hockey recommendations July 20.

    Committee members believe the current process has created significant issues with game flow and puts unnecessary pressure on officials to review plays without a formal challenge being made."

    Elsewhere ...

    • The committee reviewed data and comments regarding the overtime format, which was altered two seasons ago to include a mandatory five-minute period with three skaters on each side. The group decided to continue with this policy for all regular-season contests. The committee voted to allow a shootout in situations where the game remains tied after the overtime period. The host school's conference policy on shootouts will be followed.
    • A significant amount of discussion centered around the penalty structure for hitting from behind and contact to the head. To address this, the committee approved a proposal that will provide officials an option of a major (five-minute) penalty without an ejection.
    • The length of intermissions shall be 12 or 15 minutes. The 18-minute option for intermissions was removed.

    >> Read More

    5. Calendar

    20-21 - Championships Committee, Indianapolis
    21-22 - Membership Committee, Indianapolis
    23 - Interpretations and Legislation Committee
    26-29 - NACDA, Las Vegas, Nev.

    11-12 - Postgraduate Scholarship Committee, Indianapolis
    12 - Interpretations and Legislation Committee
    16-17 - Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Indianapolis
    18-19 - Management Council, Indianapolis

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    6.  Lightning Round 

      Swimming (W)

      Ice Hockey (M)

    • Wisconsin-Eau Claire athletic director Dan Schumacher said the university has entertained the idea of a feasibility study for reclassification to NCAA Division I hockey, but a move up is not likely to happen anytime soon.


    • "Under fire for withholding information that led to a failed presidential search, embattled University of Maine system chancellor Dannel Malloy has received a contract extension through mid-July. With his contract set to expire at the end of this month, the Board of Trustees authorized a short-term extension on Thursday, according to The Kennebec Journal. The newspaper reported that the board offered the extension so that it could further discuss Malloy’s contract at its July 11 meeting."
      Happy Birthday
    • Cake and candles to Suzie Friedrich, Washington College assistant women's lacrosse coach, and Drew Delaney, men's lacrosse coach at Mary Washington. Early wishes to Morgan Stenson, assistant AD at Aurora (Tues.); Todd Carroll, assistant baseball coach at MIT, Jason Lener, athletic director at Westminster (Pa.), and Alex Gutierrez, assistant SID at WPI (Wed.).
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