Friday, October 28, 2022

History In The Making


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

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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.

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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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