Monday, October 31, 2022

Championship Weekend Doesn't Disappoint


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Championship Weekend Doesn't Disappoint

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There were 43 conference championship meets this weekend. Here is who came home with the team hardware.

AMCC: PSU Behrend (M/W)
A-R-C: Wartburg (M/W)
ASC: McMurry (M/W)
Atlantic East: Marywood (M/W)
Centennial: Johns Hopkins (M/W)
CUNYAC: Hunter (M), CCNY (W)
C2C: UC Santa Cruz (M/W)
CCIW: North Central (M), Wheaton (W)
CCS: Berea (M), Piedmont (W)
CSAC: Valley Forge (M/W)
CCC: Roger Williams (M), Suffolk (W)
Empire 8: Nazareth (M), St. John Fisher (W)
GNAC: Norwich (M), Colby-Sawyer (W)
HCACL Rose-Hulman (M), Manchester (W)
Landmark: Moravian (M), Scranton (W)
Liberty: RPI (M/W)
LEC: Plymouth State (M), Keene State (W)
MASCAC: Bridgewater State (M), Westfield State (W)
MIAA: Calvin (M), Hope (W)
MAC: Messiah (M), Widener (W)
Midwest: Cornell (M), Ripon (W)
MIAC: St. Olaf (M), Carleton (W)
NECC: Mitchell (M), Lesley (W)
NESCAC: Williams (M/W)
NJAC: Rowan (M), TCNJ (W)
NAC: SUNY Delhi (M), Husson (W)
NCAC: Oberlin (M), Wittenberg (W)
NACC: MSOE (M), Aurora (W)
Northwest: George Fox (M/W)
OAC: John Carroll (M/W)
ODAC: Lynchburg (M/W)
PAC: Franciscan (M), Allegheny (W)
Skyline: Merchant Marine (M/W)
SAA: Berry (M), Centre (W)
SCIAC: Pomona-Pitzer (M), Claremont-M-S (W)
SCAC: Colorado College (M/W)
SLIAC: Greenville (M/W)
SUNYAC: Geneseo (M/W)
United East: SUNY Morrisville (M), St. Mary's, Md. (W)
UAA: Emory (M), Chicago (W)
UMAC: UW-Superior (M), Martin Luther (W)
USA South: Southern Virginia (M), Meredith (W)
WIAC: UW-La Crosse (M/W)

>> Championships Central


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2.  Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Race in Admissions

by Nell Gluckman and Eric Hoover, Chronicle of Higher Education

"The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on Monday in two cases that challenge colleges’ consideration of race in admissions decisions — one against Harvard University, the other against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The outcomes of the cases, which have been making their way through the court system since 2014, could decide the fate of race-conscious admissions in America. Legal observers believe that the now-conservative court may seize the opportunity to end the practice altogether.

The Chronicle asked six legal and higher-education experts to share one key thing that they will be watching for during the arguments on Monday and to explain why that could be pivotal."

These cases represent a conflict in America over how to address racial discrimination and promote equal access and opportunity in higher education. I’ll be watching for how the justices debate this question as they consider how to interpret the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Liliana Garces, U. of Texas

I will be listening for how the justices and attorneys talk about Asian Americans in relationship to other students and people. - OiYan Poon, U. of Maryland

I’m very interested in whether any member of the court elevates the issue of what, precisely, is on the table as the court considers the big question presented in these cases: whether higher-education institutions can continue to “use race as a factor in admissions.” - Art Coleman, EducationCouncil LLC

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3. Calvin Adding Football

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"Football is coming to Calvin University in 2023. Calvin University’s Board of Trustees voted on and approved the university’s athletics strategic plan, which includes adding women's acrobatics and tumbling, men’s volleyball, and men’s American football to its portfolio of NCAA Division III athletic offerings. It also calls for an exploration of expanded ice hockey programs, including adding a women’s team.

“We are one of the premier athletics programs in all of Division III and so why not add more offerings that meet the needs of our students,” said Dr. Wiebe Boer, president of Calvin University.“By adding these sports, we are providing students who have competed throughout high school the opportunity to get the best Christian liberal arts education around and continue in the sport they love. It’s a win-win.”

>> What's Next: "The athletics strategic plan also includes a significant renovation and expansion of Calvin’s outdoor athletic facilities, including the construction of new outdoor facilities for soccer, lacrosse, and football. Searches for head coaches in men’s volleyball and women's acrobatics and tumbling are underway, with a search for a Calvin football coach kicking off early next month."

>> What They're Saying: “Calvin University occupies a unique space in Division III athletics,” said Dr. Noah Toly, provost of Calvin University. “Our athletic teams are consistently winning league titles and competing on the national stage, and those same student-athletes are raising the collective GPA of the university. This only happens because as a community we value excellence on the field and court and in the classroom and our faculty, staff, and coaches support that environment.”

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4. Top Six Remain In Place

North Central continues to top the weekly rankings with Mount Union in the two hole. Bethel moved into the top 10, while Susquehanna made the week's biggest leap.

  1. North Central, Ill. (23), 8-0
  2. Mount Union (2), 8-0
  3. Mary Hardin-Baylor, 7-1
  4. Saint John's, 7-1
  5. Linfield, 7-0
  6. Trinity, Texas, 8-0
  7. UW-La Crosse, 7-1
  8. Hardin-Simmons, 7-1
  9. Bethel, 7-1
  10. UW-Whitewater, 6-2

>> This Weekend: No. 2 Mount Union vs. No. 22 John Carroll; No. 15 Wheaton vs. No. 25 Washington, Mo.

>> Unbeaten (17): Albion (8-0), Alma (8-0), Carnegie Mellon (9-0), Cortland (8-0), Delaware Valley (8-0), Endicott (8-0), Ithaca (8-0), Linfield (7-0), Mount St. Joseph (8-0), Mount Union (8-0), North Central (8-0), Randolph-Macon (8-0), Ripon (8-0), Susquehanna (8-0), Trinity, Conn. (7-0), Trinity, Texas (8-0), Wartburg (8-0).

>> Party Like It's ... 1968?: Alma is 8-0 for the first time in 54 years after a 49-35 victory against Olivet. 

>> Scot Stunner: Trailing 33-7, Wooster came all the way back, scoring the game-winning TD with 11 seconds remaining to defeat rival Wittenberg, 44-43. It is the Scots' first triumph over their rivals since 2008.

>> Complete Poll

5.  Lightning Round 


  • Adrian men's ice hockey upped its win streak to 33 with 4-3 and 8-3 victories against Utica. 

  Field Hockey

  • There is just one unbeaten team remaining in DIII field hockey and it resides on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Salisbury (16-0) wrapped up the regular season with a perfect 16-0 mark after a 6-2 win at DeSales. North Carolina is the only other team with an unblemished record in NCAA field hockey (15-0).
  Soccer (M)
  • The much-heralded matchup between two female head coaches of men's soccer programs ended in a scoreless draw on Friday between Chicago and NYU. The Maroons were the last side in NCAA men's soccer with an unblemished record (14-0-1).

  Soccer (W)

  • There are no longer any sides in NCAA women's soccer with umblemished records, as both Case Western Reserve (13-0-1) and DII West Chester both battled opponents to draw this weekend.

  Volleyball (W)

  • There are just one team remaining in all NCAA divisions with a spotless record - Claremont-M-S (26-0).

   Happy Birthday

  • Cake and candles for Jessica Duff, associate AD, Smith; JJ Hunter, director of track and field, MIT.
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Friday, October 28, 2022

History In The Making


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. History In The Making


Kim Wyant_HEAD SHOT_NYU_temp   Julianne Sitch

by David Waldstein, New York Times

"A significant moment in college sports history will unfold on Friday when two men’s soccer teams meet at little Gaelic Park in the Bronx — not because of the teams involved, but because of who is coaching them.

Kim Wyant is the head coach of New York University, which will host powerhouse University of Chicago, coached by Julianne Sitch. It is believed to be the first N.C.A.A. men’s soccer game in which both coaches are women.

“This is definitely historic,” said Nicole LaVoi, a senior lecturer at the University of Minnesota, who compiles annual data on the number of women coaching in college sports. “It’s a landmark occurrence.”

>> Situational Awareness: "Data published by the U.S. Department of Education shows that only about five percent of all men’s college teams are coached by women, and the majority of those are in low-revenue, combined-gender sports like skiing, swimming and track and field."

>> Between The Lines: "Wyant began coaching men at the college level in 2015, when she was hired by NYU. The first goalie to play an international game for the United States women’s national team, she has led the Violets to five postseason appearances and has become the standard-bearer for women coaching a men’s team in a college team sport. She has also been a role model for many aspiring players and coaches, including Sitch, who until April was an assistant coach for the Chicago women’s team."

>> The Final Word: "Players just want to know, ‘Can I get better?’” Wyant said at a recent N.Y.U. practice at Pier 40 in Manhattan. “They are looking for a leader who is invested in the team. Do we feel respected? Whether male or female, if you can deliver all of those things, you can succeed.”

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2. Conference Championship Weekend


It's the first of three big weekends on the Division III cross country schedule - Conference Championship Weekend.

Although there are no automatic qualifying berths that accompany a title - you return to college reunions to celebrate championships, not NCAA appearances.

From Maine to Minnesota, from Alabama to California ... a chance to bring the conference championship trophy/plaque is on the line at 43 locations on Saturday and one on Sunday.

>> Conference Championship Central
>> Pre-Championship National/Regional Polls


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3. Not Rocket Science, But CMS' Maiuolo Getting His Kicks


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by Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times

"Despite its elaborate schemes and formations and Xs and O’s, football isn’t rocket science.

But Claremont-Mudd-Scripps kicker Alessandro Maiuolo is, essentially, a rocket scientist, one of his many impressive academic and athletic achievements at a school that prizes math, science and engineering studies yet leaves room for students to nourish body and soul.

As a member of Harvey Mudd College’s Amateur Rocketry Club, the senior from the Bay Area city of Mountain View heads the advanced rocketry team’s recovery subteam, whose job is to get a rocket up and down safely and in one piece. The task requires hundreds of hours of precise planning and detailed calculations. Nothing is left to chance.

“We had our first launch in a while last June. It blew up in five seconds,” said Maiuolo, who was named to the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s all-academic team in each of his first three seasons and was the second-team all-conference kicker last season.

>> Field Awareness: Through it all, with a heavy schedule that this semester includes working on a diagnostic tool for Tesla’s manufacturing line, serving as a head proctor in the machine shop and filling a research position under the Clay-Wolkin engineering fellowship, he has maintained a 4.0 grade-point average. School officials say only 14 students have graduated from Harvey Mudd with a 4.0 since 1955."

>> Quotable: “Teamwork, and being able to adapt to change, being able to overcome adversity. Things don’t work our way at first and that’s true in engineering: The first prototype pretty much never works, and you’ve got to get used to that. And in football, sometimes the first few things we try against a team won’t work and we have to adapt, whether that’s throughout the game or at halftime, making big adjustments. There’s a lot of overlaps in that sense.”

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4. What We're Watching 

It's the penultimate weekend of the regular season as most conferences either are concluding league play or entering the playoffs. 

  Field Hockey

  • No. 4 Amherst (12-3) vs. No. 7 Williams (11-4)
  • No. 8 Messiah (13-2) vs. William Smith (14-3)
  • Rochester (14-4) vs. Geneseo (14-2)
  • Denison (11-4) vs. DePauw (11-5)
  • Complete Schedule
  Soccer (M)
  • No. 8 Willamette (12-1-2) vs. No. 23 Pacific Lutheran (13-3)
  • No. 9 Franklin & Marshall (11-1-3) vs. No. 15 Johns Hopkins (11-0-5)
  • No. 20 Middlebury (9-3-3) vs. Hamilton (8-3-4)
  • Complete Schedule
  Soccer (W)
  • No. 3 Johns Hopkins (14-0-2) vs. Franklin & Marshall (10-2-4)
  • No. 9 Carnegie Mellon (10-1-2) vs. No. 15 Emory (11-2)
  • No. 13 Williams (10-3-2) vs. Tufts (9-4-2)
  • No. 16 UW-La Crosse (16-1-1) vs. UW-Whitewater (11-3-4)
  • Carleton (12-1-2) vs. Saint Benedict (12-5)
  • Complete Schedule
  • No. 7 Johns Hopkins (7-0) vs. No. 19 Susquehanna (7-0)
  • No. 8 UW-La Crosse (6-1) vs. No. 24 UW-Oshkosh (4-3)
  • No. 9 Hardin-Simmons (6-1) vs. Howard Payne (6-1)
  • No. 10 UW-Whitewater (5-2) vs. No. 21 UW River Falls (5-2)
  • Complete Schedule
  • No. 7 Washington, Mo. (26-3) vs. No. 23 Transylvania (21-5)
  • No. 8 Berry (18-3) vs. No. 11 Emory (15-6)
  • No. 10 UW-Whitewater (22-5) vs. No. 14 UW-Eau Claire (21-6)
  • Cortland (17-4) vs. Rowan (21-4)
  • Complete Schedule

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5.  Lightning Round 


   Happy Birthday

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  • Friday: Felix Mann, head tennis coach, Sewanee; Robbie Aldinger, assistant football coach, Hamline
  • Saturday: Tyler Simms, head basketball coach, Clark
  • Sunday: Michael Conroy, head athletic trainer, Nazareth; Mary Beth Davis, counselor, Neumann; Courtney Wormuth, associate AD, Cortland
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Thursday, October 27, 2022

Presidents Council Recap


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Presidents Council Recap
by Justin Whitaker, NCAA

In preparation for the 2023 NCAA Convention in San Antonio, the Division III Presidents Council supported many of the recommendations made at last week's Management Council meeting. The Presidents Council met for two days this week at the NCAA's national office in Indianapolis.

The Presidents Council proposed a special rules of order applicable only for the 2023 Division III Business Session at the NCAA Convention. The process, if approved by delegates, will result in establishing the voting order of similar proposals (i.e., playing and practice seasons and council composition) without discussion limitations imposed by the current rules of order. Specifically, the delegates would be able to discuss the merits of the similar proposals followed by a vote to establish the preferred voting order.

The intent of the alternative voting method is to minimize procedural issues during the business session, allow open discussion of generally similar proposals and ensure the opportunity for delegates to vote on their preferred proposal voting order."

Elsewhere ... 

The Presidents Council took official positions on two membership-sponsored legislative proposals.

Because the governance structure has a committee and council composition proposal that was developed based on feedback from the 2022 Division III Membership Survey, the Division III Commissioners Association and the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators, the positions include:

  • Opposing a proposal that each Division III multisport conference will have one representative on either the Presidents or Management Councils and that the conference's slot on either will alternate accordingly. 
  • Opposing amending the composition of the Nominating Committee to include at least one member from each of 10 regions (modeled after the championships regions) to cultivate more committee nominations and appointments representative of the membership.
>> Welcome: The council approved two new appointments in Hiram Chodosh, president at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, and Laura Trombley, president at Southwestern (Texas). Both begin four-year terms effective immediately. 

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2. Montclair State, Bloomfield Announce Merger

by Susan H. Greenberg, Inside Higher Ed

"Bloomfield College will become part of Montclair State University under a merger agreement the two institutions announced today. Their Boards of Trustees authorized the move to create Bloomfield College of Montclair State University on or before June 30, 2023. 

Until then, Bloomfield College will operate independently, though in close collaboration with Montclair State. Students enrolled at Bloomfield at the time of the merger will be allowed to continue their education at no additional cost, and Montclair State “will make every effort” to provide jobs for current Bloomfield employees, according to a press release announcing the news."

>> Situational Awareness: Montclair State and Bloomfield College are both located in Essex County, about 7 miles apart. The two schools previously said they were working on a plan for a permanent partnership, but had not said if they would formally merge. More than 81 percent of Bloomfield College students are people of color, nearly 70% are Pell Grant eligible and the median family income of students is below $33,000, according to Wednesday’s joint statement.

>> Next Step: The merger will require the approval of the state Legislature. Earlier this year, the state allocated $12.5 million to Bloomfield College to help the campus remain open for the 2022-2023 academic year.

>> What They're Saying: “This partnership could serve as a new national model for how institutions with similar missions can innovate through integration and become partners in ensuring student success instead of competitors,” said Montclair State president Jonathan G. S. Koppell.

>> Read More


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3.  Regional Rankings Released

The second regional rankings for Division III field hockey, soccer and volleyball were released on Wednesday. Here are the top teams by region.

Field Hockey
Babson, Middlebury, Ithaca, Rowan, Johns Hopkins, Salisbury

Soccer (M)
Amherst, Babson, Cortland, Stevens, Messiah, Washington and Lee, Kenyon, Chicago, Gustavus Adolphus, Willamette

Soccer (W)
Williams, MIT, William Smith, Misericordia, Johns Hopkins, Christopher Newport, Case Western Reserve, Calvin, Wartburg, Trinity (Texas)

Volleyball (W)
Wesleyan (Conn.), MIT, Ithaca, NYU, Juniata, Berry, Wittenberg, Washington (Mo.), Northwestern-St. Paul, Claremont-M-S


4.  Jackets Top Preseason Poll

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Defending national champion Randolph-Macon is the preseason No. 1 men's basketball team in the land, according to the poll. Mary Hardin-Baylor, UW-Oshkosh and Christopher Newport also picked up first-place ballots.

  1. Randolph-Macon (17), 33-1
  2. Mary Hardin-Baylor (4), 28-3
  3. UW-Oshkosh (2), 23-4
  4. Christopher Newport (2), 27-3
  5. Oswego State, 27-3
  6. Williams, 19-5
  7. Mount Union, 23-5
  8. WPI, 27-3
  9. Stockton, 26-5
  10. Johns Hopkins, 23-4

>> Conference Call: CCIW (3), NESCAC (3), UAA (3), OAC (2), WIAC (2), ASC (1), C2C (1), Centennial (1), GNAC (1), Liberty (1), MIAC (1), NEWMAC (1), NJAC (1), ODAC (1), SCAC (1), SCIAC (1), SUNYAC (1).

>> Looks Familiar: This is the third consecutive season that the Yellow Jackets have entered the new season ranked No. 1. Randolph-Macon was the first team since Washington (Mo.) in 2008-09 to win the national crown after receiving the preseason top spot.

>> Complete Poll

5.  Lightning Round 


  • Three Division III students are among the 15 finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy from the National Football Foundation. Chicago's Nicholas Ambrose, Johns Hopkins' JR Woods, and Saint John's Michael Wozniak will each receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 2022 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class Presented by Fidelity Investments®


  Field Hockey

  Happy Birthday

  • Cake and candles for Cait Connolly, assistant AD, Lasell; Keith Kinsella, director of operations, Stevens; and Sam Trofholtz, assistant swimming and diving coach, Chicago.
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