Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Eastern Nazarene Joins NAC


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1.  Eastern Nazarene Joins NAC

The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) will welcome Eastern Nazarene College as a full conference member starting July 1, 2023, as the NAC expands to 14 institutions for the 2023-24 academic year.

Eastern Nazarene will join the conference for 2023-24 along with previously added new members Lesley University and SUNY Morrisville, combining with current members SUNY Canton, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Delhi, UMaine-Farmington, Husson University, Northern Vermont University-Johnson, Northern Vermont University-Lyndon, Maine Maritime Academy, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, UMaine-Presque Isle, and Thomas College (Maine).

The NAC currently sponsors 18 men's and women's championships as members of NCAA Division III, including baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming & diving, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's outdoor track & field, and women's volleyball.

>> What They're Saying: “The addition of Eastern Nazarene aligns with the NAC’s strategic goals by stabilizing our sport sponsorship as we move forward with 14 member institutions, while adding another member school within our current geographical footprint and in proximity to other NAC institutions," said Marcella Zalot, NAC Commissioner.

>> Quotable: “The invitation to join the NAC is one that ENC Athletics eagerly accepted and we look forward to working alongside member schools immediately in 2023-24,” said Dr. Brad Zarges, Eastern Nazarene’s director of athletics.

>> Be Smart: The New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) began the academic year with four schools - Eastern Nazarene, Lesley, Mitchell and New England College. It now has none as ENC joins Lesley in the NAC, while the other two are joining the GNAC.

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2.  Maine Maritime Reinstates Program; Joins CCC As Associate

Football Reinstatement

Maine Maritime Academy reinstated its NCAA Division III Football Program with varsity competition set to begin in 2025. The decision was announced by Maine Maritime President Jerry Paul '89 on Monday. The Academy also announced that it will compete in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) beginning in 2025.  

The Mariners will begin competition as a sub-varsity program in 2023 and continue to replenish the roster through a sub-varsity 2024 season. The Academy also announced that it has opened a search for its next head coach, which will be followed by a search for two coordinator-level positions.

Maine Maritime is preparing for a full, 10-game slate in 2025, coinciding with the first year of competition in the CCC."

>> Going Through The Progression: "Maine Maritime's return to football follows an indefinite suspension that was announced on August 14, 2020, because of financial challenges faced by the Academy resulting from the pandemic, including the need for two additional sea terms to alleviate the backlog of sea days created by the cancellation of the 2020 summer sea term."

>> What They're Saying: "I am incredibly excited about the energy that has been building around the football program over the past several months," said director of athletics Steve Peed. "The restoration of football really ends the pandemic-footing we have been standing on in this department for too long and makes us whole again."

>> Quotable: "This is a wonderful day for the Commonwealth Coast Conference and Division III football in New England," said CCC commissioner Gregg Kaye. "In addition to restoring old rivalries with programs at Curry, Endicott, Nichols and Western New England, the CCC is honored to play a part in helping Maine Maritime create new rivalries with in-state programs at Husson and the University of New England."

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3.  Gustavus, Hobart Hold On At No. 1

No. 1 Gusties Suffer First Loss of the Year to No. 2 River Falls

Gustavus Adolphus continues to sit atop the USCHO.com DIII women's ice hockey rankings with 15 of the 20 first-place votes.
  1. Gustavus Adolphus (15), 11-1
  2. UW-River Falls (4), 11-2
  3. Plattsburgh State, 11-2
  4. Amherst (1), 11-1
  5. Adrian, 12-1
  6. Hamilton, 9-2
  7. Middlebury. 6-3-1
  8. Norwich, 9-4
  9. Colby, 8-2
  10. UW-Eau Claire, 11-3
>> Complete Poll

Despite suffering its first defeat of the season at the hands of Norwich, Hobart remains in the top spot in the USCHO.com DIII men's ice hockey poll.

  1. Hobart (14), 14-1
  2. Utica (3), 10-2-1
  3. Adrian (3), 12-2-1
  4. Endicott, 12-1
  5. Norwich, 11-3-1
  6. Oswego, 11-5-1
  7. Aurora, 12-3-2
  8. Geneseo, 10-4-2
  9. St. Norbert, 9-5-1
  10. UW-Stevens Point, 9-2-3
>> Complete Poll

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4.  NYU, USJ On Top 

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The top eight teams remain in place in the latest D3hoops.com women's basketball rankings with DeSales and Rochester squeezing into the top 10.

  1. New York U. (19), 11-0
  2. Trinity, Texas (5), 15-0
  3. Transylvania (1), 14-0
  4. Christopher Newport, 14-0
  5. Hope, 13-1
  6. Scranton, 13-0
  7. Baldwin Wallace, 13-0
  8. Smith, 12-1
  9. DeSales, 13-0
  10. Rochester, 11-1
>> Complete Poll

Some shuffling in this week's D3hoops.com men's basketball rankings, but the top two - St. Joseph's (Conn.) and Randolph-Macon - remain in place.

  1. St. Joseph's, Conn. (22), 13-0
  2. Randolph-Macon (3), 13-1
  3. Mount Union, 12-1
  4. Keene State, 13-0
  5. Christopher Newport, 15-2
  6. Williams, 13-1
  7. Case Western Reserve, 11-0
  8. Wheaton, Ill., 12-2
  9. Rochester, 10-2
  10. John Carroll, 11-2
>> Complete Poll

5.  Tuesday Watchlist

What we are watching online tonight. Game times are Eastern Time.

 WIH: #13 Nazareth (11-2) at #6 Hamilton (9-2), 3p
 MBB: Brockport (10-3) at Cortland (12-2), 4p
 WBB: Brevard (9-3) at Greensboro (11-2), 6p
 MIH: #14 U. of New England (8-3-1) at Colby (7-4), 7p
 WIH: #3 Plattsburgh State (11-2) at #7 Middlebury (6-3-1), 7p
 MBB: Utica (9-2) at #19 Nazareth (11-1), 730p
 MBB: #11 Johns Hopkins (10-2) at #12 Swarthmore (11-1), 8p
 MBB: #17 St. Thomas (12-2) at Centenary, La. (11-3), 830p


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