Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Ranking The Conferences


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Ranking The Conferences

Sean Borgerding directs traffic
by Greg Thomas,

"As the Division III football season reaches the quarter pole, non-conference play has all but concluded (with a nod to Hilbert’s tour of the NCAC and a certain Week 11 engagement in the Bronx), which means it’s time for Around The Nation to stew over those non-conference results from our first months’ worth of games and reorganize our ranking of Division III’s conferences. 

Changes to this year’s rankings may be more subtle than we saw last year, but there will be some major moves down below (posting a 25-3 record as a conference will get a response, MIAA). We also saw some conferences bounce back well from disappointment 2021 seasons: I’m looking at you NJAC. 

Non-conference records are not exclusive to games against other D-III opponents, but only games recognized by the NCAA are included (i.e. no contests against club teams are counted). I've also not included non-conference results against conference opponents."

  1. Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
    The WIAC continues to be the premiere conference in Division III
  2. Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
    The MIAC has posted a stronger non-conference record this season than last, but their hold on the No. 2 spot is tenuous
  3. American Southwest Conference
    The ASC had a golden opportunity to climb back to No. 2 with a very aggressive non-conference schedule

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2.   The NCAA Is Killing D-III Competition

by Luke Terry, Trinity U. Trintonian

"College athletics seasons are long, grueling, marathon-like affairs that consist of a large number of games and competitions. NCAA championships make up just a small fraction of the total number of games, yet are arguably the most important of them all, as they are the deciding factor in who is crowned at the top of each sport. It’s hard to imagine the NCAA jeopardizing the outcome of these events, but this is exactly what is happening at the Division III level.

The NCAA is responsible for funding athletic championships for all of the sports that it governs and for each level of competition. This includes NCAA Divisions I, II and III; however, there are major disparities in the amounts that each level receives for its championships. Division I receives a whopping $85 million, while Divisions II and III receive only $23 and $21 million respectively. While the line of reasoning makes sense — major Division I schools bring in significantly more money from various operating procedures — other rules in place for the championships lead to their integrity crumbling."

>> Why It Matters: "The most noticeable of these is the 500-mile rule and the fallout that follows. The NCAA reserves the right to seed (its tournaments) based on geography rather than skill in order to save money. This is where the 500-mile rule comes into play. In order to save money and avoid flying schools out to play games, the NCAA picks matchups based on proximity, rather than seeding based on resumes."

>> The Final Word: "It’s clear that the NCAA has monetary motivations to create matchups that keep a little extra cash in their pockets. For a season that is as long and as hard as college football, it matters to give athletes the opportunity to play in a championship or compete for a national championship, even if it means sacrificing a little more money."

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3.   Chicago, CNU Remain No. 1

The University of Chicago and Christopher Newport University sit atop the latest United Soccer Coaches Association DIII rankings.


  1. Chicago, 10-0
  2. Messiah, 9-0-1
  3. Stevens, 8-0-1
  4. Kenyon, 9-0
  5. Johns Hopkins, 8-0-2
  6. North Park, 9-1
  7. Willamette, 8-0-2
  8. Hamilton, 7-0-1
  9. Washington and Lee, 8-1-1
  10. Gustavus Adolphus, 7-0-3

>> Finding The Back of the Net: Medaille's Ander Castillo and LaGrange's Enrique Hernandez lead DIII with 14 goals. Thirteen other players have reached double figures in goals.

>> What We're Watching This Weekend: No. 9 Washington and Lee vs. No. 24 Christopher Newport; No. 15 Babson vs. No. 25 Coast Guard
>> Complete Poll

  1. Christopher Newport, 9-0-1
  2. Messiah, 8-0-2
  3. Misericordia, 8-0-1
  4. Johns Hopkins, 7-0-2
  5. William Smith, 7-1-2
  6. Wartburg, 10-0-1
  7. Case Western Reserve, 9-0
  8. Trinity (Texas), 9-0-1
  9. Calvin, 10-0
  10. Montclair State, 10-0

>> Clean Sheets: Calvin sophomore Kalex Dodge leads DIII with 10 shutouts, while Wartburg's Marissa Lopez has eight clean sheets to her credit.

>> What We're Watching This Weekend: No. 10 Montclair State vs. Rowan; No. 11 Williams vs. No. 19 MIT

>> Complete Poll

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    4.   Athenas Are Unanimous

    Claremont-M-S remains the unanimous No. 1 team in the land as the latest AVCA women's volleyball rankings were released Tuesday.

    1. Claremont-M-S (90), 15-0
    2. Trinity (Texas), 13-2
    3. Juniata, 13-1
    4. Northwestern (Minn.), 15-1
    5. Berry, 11-2
    6. Washington (Mo.), 16-2
    7. Emory, 9-4
    8. Calvin, 10-3
    9. UW-Whitewater, 16-2
    10. NYU, 12-3
    >> Point Procurers: Randolph-Macon senior Grace Parker leads DIII in points per set at 5.57. North Park soph Adriana Rodriguez is a close second at 5.53

     >> What We're Watching This Weekend: No. 9 UW-Whitewater vs. No. 10 NYU; No. 8 Calvin vs. No. 19 MIT

    >> Complete Poll

      5.   Middlebury, Rowan Remain 1-2

      Middlebury and Rowan remain locked in the top two spots in DIII according to this week's NFHCA coaches' poll. 

      1. Middlebury, 9-0
      2. Rowan, 10-0
      3. Salisbury, 10-0
      4. Tufts, 7-2
      5. Trinity, 9-1
      6. Kean, 9-1
      7. Amherst, 6-2
      8. Johns Hopkins, 7-3
      9. Babson, 6-3
      10. Messiah, 8-2

      >> Biscuit in the Basket: Shenandoah soph Mairead McKibbin leads DIII with 18 goals while four other players have tallied 16 times.

      >> What We're Watching This Weekend: No. 5 Trinity vs. No. 16 Bowdoin; No. 17 Shenandoah vs. No. 19 Lynchburg

      >> Complete Poll

        6.   Lightning Round  


        • Carleton captured the MIAC women's golf championship and the accompanying AQ to this spring's NCAA championship. Kyra Venne of Saint Benedict took medalist honors
        • Saint John's won the MIAC men's championship, rallying from a 10-shot deficit on the final day. Nate Loxtercamp of the Johnnies picked up medalist honors

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