Tuesday, February 28, 2023

The Brackets Are Set


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  The Brackets Are Set

It's national tournament time in Division III basketball and the men's and women's committees have released their 2023 championship brackets.

Marymount vs. St. John Fisher; Morrisville at (4) Smith
Mary Washington vs. Roger Williams; Mitchell at (8) DeSales
Cortland vs. Saint Vincent; Notre Dame at (20) Trinity, Conn.
Ohio Wesleyan vs. (9) Gustavus Adolphus; Webster at (17) UW-Whitewater

Emory vs. (18) Millikin; Rhodes at (2) Transylvania
UW-Oshkosh vs. Washington and Lee; Berea at (16) Ohio Northern
Washington, Mo. vs. (14) Trine; Knox at (15) Loras
(6) NYU vs. Greensboro; Bridgewater State at (11) Messiah

Elizabethtown vs. Stevens; Brooklyn at (1) Christopher Newport
(22) Baldwin Wallace vs. (24) Wartburg; St. Norbert at (7) Hope
(12) Hardin-Simmons vs. Redlands; Texas-Dallas at (5) Trinity, Texas
Skidmore vs. Johns Hopkins; Merchant Marine at (21) Tufts

Gettysburg vs. New Paltz; Maine Maritime at (13) Babson
Marietta vs. E. Connecticut; La Roche at (19) Ithaca
UW-Eau Claire vs. Whitman; Northwestern at (10) Chicago
Rhode Island College vs. Rowan; St. Joseph's (Maine) at (3) Scranton

(#) D3hoops.com ranking

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Scranton vs. N.C. Wesleyan; Wilson at (1) Randolph-Macon
(10) John Carroll vs. Albertus Magnus; Marymount at (6) Oswego State
Hamilton vs. Montclair State; Mitchell at (11) Johns Hopkins
UW-Whitewater vs. Wabash; Arcadia at (8) Case Western Reserve

Utica vs. Babson; Cal Lutheran at (22) Rowan
Hope vs. Bethany Lutheran; Fontbonne at (12) UW-Oshkosh
(19) North Park vs. Sewanee; Coe at (18) Washington, Mo.
NYU vs. Lancaster Bible; Anderson at (3) Mount Union

St. John Fisher vs. Whitworth; SUNY Delhi at (7) Swarthmore
Tufts vs. Widener; Baruch at (5) Keene State
Rochester vs. Nichols; Worcester State at (16) Middlebury
Mary Washington vs. St. Lawrence; La Roche at Stockton

(2) Chris. Newport vs. Farmingdale State; Emory at (20) Hampden-Sydney
(15) St. Thomas vs. (24) E. Texas Baptist; Schreiner at (17) Mary Hardin-Baylor
(21) Carleton vs. St. Norbert; Illinois College at (9) Wheaton, Ill.
(25) Pomona-Pitzer vs. (14) Williams; Chatham at (4) Saint Joseph's, Conn.

(#) D3hoops.com ranking

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2.  Quatrocky Pushing DIII Forward

Scots AD Sara Quatrocky pushing Division III basketball forward as first  woman chair | | thedailytimes.com
by Troy Provost-Heron, The Daily Times

"Sara Quatrocky remembers what the initial conference calls were like when she joined the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship Committee for the 2018-19 season.

“One of the guys would always say, ‘Hey guys,’ or ‘Good morning, guys,’ and then he would always say, ‘And Sara,’” the Maryville College athletics director told The Daily Times.

The unfamiliarity of having a woman on the committee eventually led to a search of if there had been another in the past.

There had not."

>> Court Awareness: "Quatrocky previously served on NCAA committees for tennis, lacrosse and women’s golf before applying to become the then-South/Southeast representative — Division III has since moved to the 10-region model — of the men’s basketball committee when she was the senior woman administrator for athletics at Rhodes College."

>> What They're Saying: “It was very clear to the rest of the committee that she was the next person to grasp that role and step up into that leadership position,” NCAA Coordinator of Championships and Alliances Alex Mortillaro said. “Over the last five years, she has shown she knows what the ultimate goal is and does a great job of uniting the group to work toward that goal, but she also keeps the bigger picture in mind at the same time."

>> Quotable: “Basketball has always been a huge part of my life,” Quatrocky said. “I was a tomboy growing up with my dad, and we went to Kansas Jayhawks games all the time. College basketball was everything to me, and now to think that I’ve helped grow Division III basketball to the point where we had a media room last year full of media and national media stories. We were on ESPN and we have our national championship game televised on CBS Sports. Those things are priceless."

>> Continue Reading


3.  Down The Stretch They Come

Spartans clinch semifinal berth in the Harris Cup Playoffs with mini game victory Image

It's Conference Championship Weekend in Division III ice hockey with top teams in the latest USCHO.com rankings still in the hunt for hardware.


  1. Utica (14), 24-2-1
  2. Hobart (5), 25-2
  3. Adrian (1), 22-4-2
  4. Endicott, 22-2-2
  5. Curry, 21-4-1
  6. Plattsburgh, 19-5-2
  7. UW-Stevens Point, 18-5-4
  8. Aurora, 19-7-2
  9. Norwich, 19-6-2
  10. Plymouth State, 21-3-1

>> Conference Finals We're Watching: #1 Utica vs. Nazareth (UCHC); #2 Hobart vs. #13 Babson (NEHC); #3 Adrian vs. #8 Aurora (NCHA); #4 Endicott vs. #5 Curry (CCC); #6 Plattsburgh vs. #11 Oswego (SUNYAC); #7 Stevens Point vs. #14 Eau Claire (WIAC).

>> Complete Poll

  1. Gustavus Adolphus (12), 23-3
  2. Plattsburgh (6), 24-2
  3. UW-River Falls (2), 23-3-1
  4. Amherst, 22-3
  5. Adrian, 24-3
  6. Hamilton, 19-4-2
  7. UW-Eau Claire, 22-3-2
  8. Middlebury, 16-6-3
  9. Elmira, 21-5
  10. Colby, 17-6

>> Conference Finals We're Watching: #1 Gustavus Adolphus vs. Augsburg (MIAC); #2 Plattsburgh vs. Cortland (SUNYAC); #3 River Falls vs. #7 Eau Claire (WIAC); #6 Hamilton vs. #10 Colby (NESCAC semifinal); #9 Elmira vs. #11 Norwich (NEHC); #12 Utica vs. #13 Nazareth (UCHC); #14 St. Norbert vs. #15 Aurora (NCHA semifinal)

>> Complete Poll

4.  Spotless

WLAX - Mcknight '24

The 2023 college lacrosse season kicked into high gear last weekend and now awaits the start of NESCAC play to get everyone into the fray.


  1. Middlebury
  2. Tufts
  3. TCNJ
  4. Washington and Lee (3-0)
  5. Salisbury (2-1)
  6. Colby
  7. Gettysburg (2-1)
  8. Franklin & Marshall (0-1)
  9. William Smith (1-0)
  10. Ithaca (1-0)

>> Games We're Watching This Week: #8 F&M vs. #13 Messiah (Wed.); #10 Ithaca vs. #14 Cortland (Wed.); #1 Middlebury vs. #16 Bowdoin (Sat.); #2 Tufts vs. #6 Colby (Sat.); #4 W&L vs. #7 Gettysburg (Sat.).

>> Complete Poll

  1. RIT (16), 2-0
  2. Christopher Newport (2), 2-0
  3. Gettysburg, 2-0
  4. Tufts
  5. Union, 1-0
  6. Salisbury, 3-1
  7. Bowdoin
  8. Lynchburg, 3-0
  9. Dickinson, 3-0
  10. Washington and Lee, 3-0

>> Games We're Watching This Week: #6 Salisbury vs. #8 Lynchburg (Sat.); #9 Dickinson vs. #15 Cabrini (Sat.); #12 St. John Fisher vs. #14 St. Lawrence (Sat.); #10 Washington and Lee vs. #16 Denison (Sun.)

>> Complete Poll

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5.  Lightning Round 


  • The board of trustees at Utica University voted Thursday to end 13 of the institution’s bachelor’s degree programs, according to the Rome Sentinel. New students will no longer be admitted to the shuttering programs, but current students will be able to complete their studies.
  • U.S. District Judge Carlos Mendoza concluded that esports does not count as a sport for purposes of Title IX, the federal law that commands gender equity in collegiate athletics and education more generally. Although esports has been litigated in other contexts, this is the first time a federal judge has issued a written ruling on esports as it pertains to whether a college has complied with Title IX.
  • The University of La Verne will pay $8.9 million to resolve claims that its students didn’t get their tuition’s worth in spring 2020 due to campus closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

  Happy Birthday
  • Cake and candles for Bailey Adams, Muskingum soccer alum; Ryan Widenhain, associate AD, Marymount; Noah Aftanas, athletic communications, Saint Vincent; and a special wish for Bridget Belgiovine, former Wellesley AD and NCAA DIII director.

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