Thursday, December 1, 2022

Soccer Semifinals Kick Off Today

 

written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Soccer Semifinals Kick Off Today
 


The four remaining teams in the NCAA Division III men's and women's soccer field have gathered in Salem, Virginia, to determine the national champions.

Men's Semifinals - Thursday

No. 2 Chicago vs. No. 4 Stevens (17-0-5), 1 p.m.

  • The Maroons (20-0-1) are led offensively by Ryan Yetishefsky with 11 goals and an assist. Will Boyes has a 0.52 goals-against mark. Chicago looks to reach the final for the firs time. The Ducks are led by first-team All-American Bruno Andino who has found the back of the net 10 times while assisting on eight goals. Keeper Justin Cross has conceded just nine goals in over 1,900 minutes. Stevens hopes to reach its second final and first since losing in PKs to Messiah in 2008. (Watch)

Williams vs. No. 25 Mary Washington, 4 p.m.

  • The Ephs (9-1-11) have more draws than wins and losses combined this season. Williams has scored just 24 times in 21 matches, led by Henry Kirkman with four. Keeper Ben Diffley has recorded 12 clean sheets. Williams won the national title in 1995 after finishing second in 1993. The Eagles (13-4-4) are paced by Josh Kirkland (18) and Carter Berg (10) who have combined for 28 goals. UMW looks to advance to its first-ever final. (Watch)
Men's Final - Saturday, 12 p.m.


Women's Semifinals - Friday

No. 2 Johns Hopkins vs. No. 4 Messiah, 1 p.m.

  • The Blue Jays (21-0-2) have outscored their opposition, 93-9, and have four players with double-figure goal totals, led by Breukelen Woodard (19). Emma Huntzinger has seen just 45 shots on goal in her 22 matches. Hopkins is looking to reach its first-ever final. The Falcons (20-1-3) have a +64 goal-margin (73-9) and are paced by Rachael Tirjan with 13-8-34. Ava Wert has seen fewer shots than her counterpart, facing just 34 in 21 matches. Messiah has won six national titles with the last coming in 2019. The two sides battled to a 1-1 draw on Sept. 7. (Watch)

No. 5 Case Western Reserve vs. No. 16 Virginia Wesleyan, 4 p.m.

  • The Spartans (19-0-1) are in the final four for the first time. Camryn Hartman leads the offense with 13 goals and 10 assists, while keeper Maggie Storti has a 0.64 goals-against mark. This is CWRU's first trip to the tournament, much less the final four. The Marlins (18-2-4) ousted defending champion Christopher Newport in the quarterfinals. VWU is led by Shyenne Diaz who has 13-2-28. Rachel Quigley has 10 clean sheets and has conceded just 10 goals all season. Virginia Wesleyan looks to reach its first-ever final. (Watch)
Women's Final - Sunday, 12 p.m.
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SOCCER

2. All-America Teams


United Soccer Coaches

The United Soccer Coaches have announced their 2022 All-America teams.

First Team - Men
K-Puma Galvan, Wisconsin Lutheran
D-Richard Gillespie, Chicago
D-Jake Kent-Loop, Messiah
D-Dylan Reid, Bowdoin
M-Bruno Andino, Stevens
M-Pierce Gallaway, Willamette
M-Luke Groothoff, Messiah
M-Michael Kutsanzira, Washington and Lee
M-Marvin Sibanda, St. Lawrence
F-Jesus Aleman, Saint Thomas
F-Nathan Donovan, UW-Eau Claire
F-Lucas Fecci, Oneonta
F-Matt McDonald, Messiah
F-Ada Okorogheye, Amherst
F-Joseph Thongsythavong, Norwich

First Team - Women
K-Morgan Fedosiewich, Babson
D-Sarah Campbell, Wartburg
D-Annie Isphording, Johns Hopkins
D-Alexis McMahon, UW-La Crosse
D-Bailey Meyer, Trinity (Texas)
D-Jenna Skurcenski, Messiah
M-Kristina Akselsen, Messiah
M-Julia Berg, William Smith
M-Michaela Fasolino, Misericordia
M-Payton McDonnell, Loras
F-Camryn Hartman, Case Western Reserve
F-Jordan Restivo, Johnson and Wales
F-Molly Sheridan, Trinity (Texas)
F-Sarah Smith, Christopher Newport
F-Emma Sweitzer, Misericordia

>> Complete Teams

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3.  Bethel's Big Man On Campus



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"It was almost a worst-case scenario for Jaran Roste.

The Bethel standout sixth-year quarterback wasn’t sure whether he’d return to the field for his final year of eligibility. He’s glad he did, though. So are the Royals as he’s guided them to a 10-2 mark and a berth in the national quarterfinals.

However, Roste’s season – and career – nearly came to an end four plays into the team’s first game."

>> Field Awareness: Roste dislocated his left (non-throwing) elbow in the opening minutes of the lidlifter against Pacific Lutheran. If that wasn't enough, he sprained the AC joint in his left shoulder against Augsburg on Nov. 5.

>> Calling The Plays: "Roste’s leadership isn’t limited to the field, though. He takes as much pride in his teaching job within Bethel’s BUILD program, which provides a supportive and comprehensive educational experience for students with intellectual disabilities. “I help find internships for students and teach two classes,” he said. “I love working in special education. Being in the classroom and teaching is something I really have a passion for."

>> What They're Saying: “He walks into my office and grabs coffee like he’s the AD,” Bethel head coach Steve Johnson said with a laugh. “He gets along with 60-year-olds and 15-year-olds. He is just a happy guy. He’s into soccer, too. The other day, the soccer team had the U.S. World Cup game on in football film room. There’s Jaran right there with them and he is the most vocal of the bunch."

>> Continue Reading

SQUASH

4.  Bantam Women Top Rankings


Trinity (Conn.) is the top Division III team in both the men's and women's rankings as the College Squash Association posted its latest rankings.

The Bantam women are ranked No. 1 in the country among all colleges, while the Trinity men are sixth which tops all DIII programs.

Women
1-Trinity, 12-Tufts, 13-William Smith, 14-Amherst, 15-Williams

Men
1-Harvard, 6-Trinity, 11-Rochester, 13-Chatham, 14-Williams, 15-Franklin & Marshall

>> Complete Rankings

NEWS

5.  Lightning Round 


  News

  • Cedar Crest will be constructing a new turf softball field thanks to $1 million in state funding awarded to the College through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.
     
  • The University System of New Hampshire is freezing undergraduate tuition for in-state students for a fifth straight year. This includes Keene State College and Plymouth State University.

  Happy Birthday

  • Cake and candles for Missy Mariano, head field hockey coach, Hamilton. Missing y'all here in Lancaster.

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