Monday, July 11, 2022

Ch-Ch-Ch Changes


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes


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"We’ve tracked conference mergers, changes and realignments with some interest at since before the Northern Illinois-Iowa Conference and Lake Michigan Conference merged to form the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference. Back in 1999, I wrote a column for noting that single-sport conferences might never get an automatic bid if Division III members didn’t reverse their policies.

Why do conferences align, and realign so frequently? There are multiple reasons, and any change could be attributed to any of these reasons."

Pat notes three reasons:

  1. The desire for schools to affiliate themselves with what they consider to be similar institutions
  2. Schools may choose to affiliate with a conference based on geographic proximity
  3. Schools may also choose their conference affiliation based on the ability to win conference championships and gain access to the NCAA Tournament. 
Any further splits and reorganizations might be more difficult to come by. And a number of conferences are quite stable and have not had membership changes in years. But there will always be schools looking for a better chance to get their student-athletes into NCAA championships, or presidents and administrators looking to associate with a different group of schools or presidents, or schools looking to change their priorities and keep their teams playing more local competition.

Here is who is on the move in 2022-23.

  • Collegiate Conference of the South: Agnes Scott, Belhaven, Berea, Covenant, Huntingdon, LaGrange, Maryville, Piedmont and Wesleyan (Ga.).
  • Empire 8: Medaille
  • Great Northeast Athletic Conference: Elms
  • Old Dominion Athletic Conference: Averett
  • Presidents Athletic Conference: Allegheny
  • USA South: Brevard, Greensboro, Mary Baldwin, Meredith, Methodist, N.C. Wesleyan, Pfeiffer, Salem, Southern Virginia and William Peace.

Here is who is on the move in 2023-24.

  • Commonwealth Coast Conference: Hartford
  • Landmark Conference: Lycoming, Wilkes
  • North Atlantic Conference: Lesley, Morrisville State

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2. Men's Soccer History

We begin our historical look at fall championships with NCAA Division III men's soccer.

Most Championships
Messiah 11, UNC-Greensboro 5, Tufts 4, Babson 3, UC San Diego 3Lock Haven 2, Ohio Wesleyan 2, Rowan 2, Wheaton (Ill.) 2, Amherst 1, Bethany 1, Brandeis 1, Brockport 1, Elizabethtown 1, Kean 1, Middlebury 1, Stockton 1, St. Lawrence 1, TCNJ 1, Trinity TX 1, Williams 1.

Most Appearances Without a National Title
Washington MO 24, Cortland 20, Montclair State 20, Rochester 20, Calvin 19, Johns Hopkins 18, Colorado College 17, Dominican 17, Emory 17, Kenyon 17, Stevens 17, Virginia Wesleyan 17.

Most Wins in NCAA Tournament
Messiah 90, Ohio Wesleyan 67, Wheaton IL 51, Trinity TX 45, Amherst 38, Calvin 36, Williams 36, Rowan 35, Babson 31, Tufts 30, Washington (Mo.) 30, St. Lawrence 29, Brandeis 28, Cortland 27, Loras 27, UC San Diego 26, UNC Greensboro 26, Elizabethtown 25.

Most Final Four Appearances
Messiah 15, Ohio Wesleyan 10, Rowan 7, Calvin 6, Wheaton IL 6, Williams 6, Amherst 5, UC San Diego 5, Loras 5, Washington MO 5

Most Final Fours Without a National Title
Calvin 6, Loras 5, Washington MO 5, Chicago 4, RIT 4, Scranton 4, UW-Oshkosh 4, Cortland 3, Oneonta 3, Salem State 3. 

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3. New Lax Stadium at Denison

Next fall, Denison University will break ground on a new state-of-the-art lacrosse facility, named for former Big Red lacrosse midfielder Rick Kienzle ‘85 and his wife, Cindy. Kienzle Stadium will open for the 2024 lacrosse season, complete with a synthetic turf field, press box, permanent bleachers, outdoor lighting, and scoreboards.

“Our men’s and women’s lacrosse teams have been nationally prominent since their earliest days,” says Director of Athletics Nan Carney-DeBord. “This facility will allow us to become even more competitive and contend for national titles year in and year out.”


4. Calendar

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

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