Friday, March 17, 2023

Captains, Purple Raiders To Final


written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III

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1. Captains, Purple Raiders To Final

It will be Christopher Newport and Mount Union for the 2023 NCAA Division III men's basketball championship on Saturday afternoon. 

(2) Christopher Newport d. (7) Swarthmore, 69-66
  • Jahn Hines scored 22 points, including 18 in the second half, as the Captains held off the Garnet. Trey Barber added 21 markers for CNU. Vinny DeAngelo led Swarthmore with 23 points.
(3) Mount Union d. Wisconsin-Whitewater, 83-79
  • The Purple Raiders advanced to their first-ever national final by coming from 20 down in the first half to defeat the Warhawks. Christian Parker led the way with 29 points and 11 rebounds. Carter Capstran, Miles Barnstable and Trevon Chislom led UWW with 17 each. 

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2. National Semifinal Preview

Three of the top four teams in the country that have a combined one defeat, as well as a true Cinderella, are left standing as the NCAA Division III women's basketball championship enters its semifinal round on Saturday.

(1) Christopher Newport (30-0) vs. Rhode Island College (28-3), 5:00

  • All-Time Series: First Meeting
  • NCAA Titles: (C) none (R) none
  • Leading Scorers: (C) Sondra Fan 14.3 (R) Izabelle Booth 12.2
  • Leading Rebounders: (C) Anaya Simmons 7.8 (R) Booth 7.5
  • Scoring Offense: (C) 85.1 (R) 65.7
  • Team FG%: (C) 46.4 (R) 40.3
  • FG% Defense: (C) 34.8 (R) 32.3
  • Team FT%: (C) 68.7 (R) 64.6

(2) Transylvania (31-0) vs. (4) Smith (30-1), 7:30

  • All-Time Series: First Meeting
  • NCAA Titles: (T) none (S) none
  • Leading Scorers: (T) Madison Kellione 15.0 (S) Morgan Morrison 17.0
  • Leading Rebounders: (T) Dasia Thornton 9.8 (S) Morrison 8.9
  • Scoring Offense: (T) 74.0 (S) 72.8
  • Team FG%: (T) 42.3 (S) 44.6
  • FG% Defense: (T) 31.4 (S) 35.7
  • Team FT%: (T) 66.3 (S) 72.6

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3. Championship Weekend

It's time to crown a champion in Division III women's ice hockey and four teams hope to carry off the Walnut and Bronze trophy on Sunday.

(1) Gustavus Adolphus (25-3) vs. (2) Plattsburgh State (26-2), 3:00

  • All-Time Series: Plattsburgh 4-2-1
  • NCAA Titles: (G) none (P) 2007-08-14-15-16-17-19
  • Goals: (G) Hailey Holland 19 (P) Sara Krauseneck 20
  • Assists: (G) Emily Olson 22 (P) Sierra Benjamin 25
  • Save%: (G) Katie McCoy 94.4 (P) Lilla Nease 93.7
  • Team Offense: (G) 4.2 (P) 4.1
  • Team Defense: (G) 0.8 (P) 1.1
  • Power Play %: (G) 31.6 (P) 31.0

(3) Amherst (25-3) vs. (6) Hamilton (22-5-2), 7:00

  • All-Time Series: Amherst 28-16-3
  • NCAA Titles: (A) 2009-10 (H) none
  • Goals: (A) Glennon, Reynolds, Pohl 13 (H) Nancy Loh 21
  • Assists: (A) Glennon, Avery 17 (H) Hyla Mosher 15
  • Save%: (A) Natalie Stott 95.2 (H) Evie Sheridan 94.0
  • Team Offense: (A) 3.46 (H) 2.66
  • Team Defense: (A) 0.93 (H) 1.31
  • Power Play %: (A) 22.8 (H) 22.2

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4. Day Two Recap

James McChesney, TCNJ; Israel Zavaleta, Kenyon | photos by Jimmy Alagna, Graham Stokes

Day two of the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships were highlighted by a pair of national records. 

TCNJ's James McChesney won the 200 free in a record time of 1:34.74, bettering the old mark by 0.78 seconds. Kenyon's Israel Zavaleta won the gold medal in 1-meter diving with a record score of 602.0 points, erasing the 2014 mark of 578.70.

Women's Team Scoring
Denison 281.5, Emory 196, Kenyon 191, Tufts 163.5, Williams 154

200 Free Relay: Emory (Maki, Kass, Celtnieks, Leone), 1:31.62
400 IM: Augusta Lewis (Claremont-M-S) 4:15.73
100 Fly: Lily Klinginsmith (Tufts), 53.65
200 Free: Kaley McIntyre (NYU), 1:47.44
400 Medley Relay: Kenyon (Smith, Fadely, Axas, White) 3:39.28

Men's Team Scoring
Kenyon 282.5, Emory 257.5, Chicago 198, MIT 137, Williams 117

200 Free Relay: Kenyon (Dragojlovic, Niehoff, De Silva, Brooks) 1:18.40
400 IM: Bryan Fitzgerald (Kenyon) 3:49.58
100 Fly: Marko Krtinic (Kenyon) 46.51
200 Free: James McChesney (TCNJ) 1:34.74 (NCAA record)
1-Meter Diving: Israel Zavaleta (Kenyon) 602.0 (NCAA record)
400 Medley Relay: Kenyon (Kosian, Weekes, Krtinic, Dragojlovic) 3:11.39

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5. The Elite Eight

2021 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey championship selections announced |

The NCAA Division III men's ice hockey tournament enters the quarterfinal round on Saturday with four games.

(9) Norwich vs. (4) Endicott, 7:00
(6) UW-Stevens Point vs. (3) Adrian, 7:00
(7) Curry vs. (2) Hobart, 7:00
(10) U. of New England vs. (1) Utica, 7:00


6. Weekend Watchlist


  Lacrosse (M)  Lacrosse (W)  Softball  Tennis (M)  Volleyball

7.  Lightning Round 



  Golf (M)
  • The Jekyll Island Collegiate begins today with 14 nationally-ranked teams in the field, including No. 1 Christopher Newport, No. 2 Methodist, No. 3 Emory, No. 4 Piedmont and No. 5 Carnegie Mellon.
  Ice Hockey (W)
  • Aurora sophomore Darci Matson was named the recipient of the 2023 Laura Hurd Award. The award is presented to the best player at the NCAA Women's Division III level.  She had 31-34-65 on the season.
  Lacrosse (W)

   Happy Birthday

  • Cake and candles for Mike Mattia, athletic director, Gettysburg; Aaron Schoof, director of student administrative services, North Park; Curtis Fraser, SID, Curry; Chandalar West, athletic trainer, Ohio Northern; Ernie Larossa, assistant athletic director, Johns Hopkins; Tobie Teke, Muskingum (Sat.); and Samuel Leal, head basketball coach, Maine-Farmington (Sun.)

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8.  Comings and Goings
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