Friday, December 2, 2022

Chicago, Williams Advance To Final


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Chicago, Williams Advance To Final

Nick Boardman celebrates
Victor Newman Photography

The national final is set for Saturday in the NCAA Division III men's soccer championship tournament as Chicago and Williams posted semifinal victories.

No. 2 Chicago d. No. 4 Stevens, 1-0

  • Ryan Yetishefsky scored in the 107' to lift the Maroons into Saturday's final. Chicago (21-0-1) outshot the Ducks (17-1-5), 21-4, but were unable to solve Stevens GK Justin Cross who made five saves. Recap |  Box Score
Williams d. No. 25 Mary Washington, 1-0
  • Nick Boardman put a header in the back of the net in the 81' to put the Ephs into Saturday's national championship match. Ben Diffley had a clean sheet with three saves.
  • Recap | Box Score

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2. Elite Eight to Final Four

It is the national quarterfinal round of the Division III football championship.

No. 1 North Central, Ill. (12-0) vs. No. 10 Ithaca (12-0)

  • The defending national champion Cardinals lead DIII in scoring (55.1) and total offense (558.1), as well as scoring defense (4.8). The Bombers are averaging nearly 40 points per game (39.8) while surrendering 11.6.
No. 2 Mount Union (12-0) at No. 14 Delaware Valley (12-0)
  • The Purple Raiders lead the nation in total defense (174.7) and are fourth in total offense (527.5). The Aggies are second in total defense (180.7) and concede just 8.1 points per game.
No. 3 Mary Hardin-Baylor (11-1) vs. No. 13 Bethel (10-2)
  • The Cru can score, averaging 43.6 points per contest on the strength of 476 yards per game. Five of the Royals' 12 games have been decided by four points or less. Can Bethel's defense slow down UMHB?
Aurora (11-1) at No. 12 Wartburg (12-0)
  • The Spartans are second in the nation in scoring (48.5) and eighth in total offense (492.0). The Knights lead DIII in rushing defense (43.4) and are eighth in total defense (212.3)

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3. Nantz, McGraw Honored By NCAA

CBS Sports' Jim Nantz and legandary basketball coach Muffet McGraw have been selected as the recipients of the 2023 Pat Summitt and Gerald R. Ford awards, respectively. The awards will be presented to McGraw and Nantz during the 2023 NCAA Convention in San Antonio.

The Gerald R. Ford Award honors an individual who has provided significant leadership as an advocate for intercollegiate athletics on a continuous basis over the course of a career. It was established in 2004 by then-NCAA President Myles Brand, with the recipient chosen by the NCAA president.

Since 2017, the NCAA's Pat Summitt Award annually has recognized an individual in the Association's membership who has demonstrated devotion to the development of college athletes and has made a positive impact on their lives. The winner receives a $10,000 honorarium to donate to an organization that combats or researches neurological diseases. 

>> What They're Saying: "It is such a privilege to recognize Muffet and Jim for their tremendous contributions to college sports over the course of their careers," NCAA President Mark Emmert said. "When you think about the impact they have made and the lives they have touched, from the student-athletes to coaches to fans, it's hard to think of two people more deserving. Their commitment to their professions is truly unmatched."

>> What's Next: McGraw and Nantz will be presented their awards during the NCAA Saluting Excellence Luncheon at 11:30 Central time Friday, Jan. 13.

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4. What We're Watching 

In addition to watching the the men's and women's soccer semifinals and final, the football quarterfinals ... and the USMNT, we'll try to find time to watch these key matchups as well.

Ice Hockey (M)

  • No. 1 Hobart vs. No. 15 Skidmore
  • No. 6 Babson vs. No. 10 Norwich

Ice Hockey (W)

  • No. 3 Middlebury vs. No. 11 Amherst
  • No. 4 Plattsburgh vs. No. 15 Oswego
Basketball (M)
  • No. 10 Rochester vs. No. 13 Middlebury
  • No. 17 Calvin vs. No. 21 Wheaton (Ill.)
Basketball (W)
  • No. 1 Hope vs. Wittenberg
  • No. 10 Baldwin Wallace vs. Wilmington
Wrestling (M)

5.  Lightning Round 


  • A pair of Division III athletic communications professionals - Nicole Remedios of Illinois Wesleyan and Kelsey Whaley of Luther - were named to the College Sports Communicators 30 Under 30 to recognize outstanding young professionals throughout the membership 

   Happy Birthday

  • Cake and candles for Matt Grawrock, AD, SUNY Morrisville; Greg Carroll, retired AD; Diane Gilbert, assistant AD, UW-Stevens Point; and Kelly Young, athletic communications director, Occidental.

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6.  Comings and Goings
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