Tuesday, November 8, 2022

More Problems at Hartford


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  More Problems at Hartford

Briggs McClain
by Dom Amore, Hartford Courant | photo by Steve McLaughlin

"John Gallagher has stepped down as men’s basketball coach at the University of Hartford, some 20 months after leading the Hawks to the NCAA Tournament and less than 36 hours before the start of the 2022-23 season.

Gallagher sent his letter of resignation to university President Gregory Woodward, and addressed his team before making his intentions public Monday afternoon. The resignation won’t end the animus that began when the school’s plans to drop from Division I to Division III became known in April of 2021, but will open a new chapter to be continued in court and arbitration."

>> Court Awareness: "The last straw for Gallagher was the school’s decision not to send an athletic trainer with his team for a closed scrimmage at Dartmouth last week, he said. One player sustained a knee injury and, Gallagher asserts, did not receive sufficient care. Also, Gallagher wrote, the school allegedly denied a credit card application used by the director of basketball operations to buy meals for the team at road games, without an alternative plan."

>> Between The Lines: "This season is to be a transition year, with the school’s athletic programs playing as an independent Division I program, with the D-III move to the Commonwealth Coast Conference coming next season."

>> What They're Saying: "In the current era, enrollment is plummeting, staff morale has never been lower, students are suing the University, and the University is systematically dismantling its athletic programs. Honestly, it has been painful to watch."

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2.  Preseason All-America Teams

The 2022-23 basketball season begins tonight and the folks at D3hoops.com have announced their annual preseason All-America teams.

Men - First Team
G-Jaecee Martin, St. Joseph's (Conn.)
G-Josiah Johnson, Mary Hardin-Baylor
F-Levi Borchert, UW-Oshkosh
F-Miles Mallory, Randolph-Macon
F-Jarred Houston, Emerson

>> Complete Men's Team

Women - First Team
G-Sondra Fan, Christopher Newport
G-Meghan Graff, Bates
G-Elyce Knudsen, Millikin
G-Jessie Ruden, UW-Eau Claire
F-Aleah Grundahl, UW-Whitewater

>> Complete Women's Team

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3. 64 Teams, 1 Dream

The 64 teams for the women's Division III soccer championship were announced today.

Marywood at Misericordia; York (Pa.) vs. W. New England
Bowdoin at Scranton; Emerson vs. Westfield State
Geneseo at Trinity (Conn.); Johns Hopkins vs. Lesley
Sarah Lawrence at MIT; Williams vs. Southern Maine

Bryn Athyn at Carnegie Mellon; Calvin vs. Nazareth
Grinnell at Wartburg; Washington (Mo.) vs. Saint Catherine
Wesleyan (Conn.) at Cortland; Messiah vs. Penn State Berks
Piedmont at Emory; Washington and Lee vs. Centre

Pitt-Greensburg at Case Western Reserve; Ithaca vs. Capital
UW-Superior at Loras; Ohio Northern vs. Rose-Hulman
Johnson and Wales at RIT; Amherst vs. Westminster (Pa.)
SUNY Delhi at William Smith; Tufts vs. Denison

Lynchburg at Montclair State; Christopher Newport vs. John Jay
Pomona-Pitzer at Trinity (Texas); Mary Hardin-Baylor vs. Pacific Lutheran
Greenville at UW-La Crosse; Illinois Wesleyan at Concordia (Wis.)
Puget Sound at Virginia Wesleyan; Rowan vs. Methodist

>> Complete Bracket

4. Six Matches To Glory

The 64 teams for the men's Division III soccer championship were announced today. Host sites in bold

Birmingham-Southern at Chicago; Willamette vs. UW-Platteville
Pacific Lutheran at Mary Hardin-Baylor; St. Thomas vs. Chapman
Aurora at Gustavus Adolphus; UW-Eau Claire vs. Luther
UW-Superior at North Central (Ill.); St. Olaf vs. Lake Forest

Worcester State at Stevens; Rowan vs. Middlebury
Saint Joseph (Conn.) at Franklin & Marshall; Cortland vs. Medaille
Rosemont at Christopher Newport; Lynchburg vs. Catholic
Lehman at Johns Hopkins; John Carroll vs. Scranton

Franciscan at Messiah; Williams vs. NYU
Mount Aloysius at Ohio Northern; North Park vs. Rose-Hulman
Brevard at Washington and Lee; Case Western Reserve vs. Muhlenberg
Greenville at Kenyon; Calvin vs. Carnegie Mellon

Husson at Amherst; St. Lawrence vs. Roger Williams
Marymount at Mary Washington; Ohio Wesleyan vs. Penn State Harrisburg
New England College at Oneonta; Tufts vs. UMass Boston
Merchant Marine at Bowdoin; Babson vs. Vassar

>> Complete Bracket

5. Goin' Dancin'

Sixty-four teams. Two weekends. One dream.

The field for the NCAA Division III women's volleyball championship was announced on Monday. Host sites in bold

Fontbonne at Claremont-M-S; UC Santa Cruz vs. Texas-Dallas; Chicago vs. Texas Lutheran; Trinity (Texas) vs. Puget Sound

Emory vs. Bethany; Randolph-Macon at Transylvania; Berry vs. Covenant; Carnegie Mellon vs. Southern Virginia

NYU vs. Westfield State; Salisbury vs. Endicott; Stevenson vs. Williams; Eastern Nazarene at Wesleyan (Conn.)

Aurora at Calvin; UW-Oshkosh vs. Otterbein; Wittenberg vs. Hope; Washington (Mo.) vs. Millikin

Cedar Crest at Mary Washington; Eastern vs. Marymount; Stevens vs. Manhattanville; Johns Hopkins vs. Hunter

North Park at Northwestern; UW-Stevens Point vs. Coe; Gustavus Adolphus vs. UW-Eau Claire; UW-Whitewater vs. Cornell

Keene State at Juniata; Cortland vs. Rowan; Christopher Newport vs. SUNY Morrisville; Ithaca vs. Alfred State

Johnson and Wales at Tufts; Babson vs. Swarthmore; Scranton vs. St. John Fisher; MIT vs. Maine Maritime

>> Complete Bracket

6.  Lightning Round 


  • Our condolences to the family and friends of Ferrum freshman Will Patterson who passed away on Saturday night. May his memory be a blessing.
  • Congrats to Marywood cross country/track and field coach Dylan Gearinger for winning the Pittsburgh Marathon last weekend.
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