Bruins Move To The Front

GFU takes over first in women's golf. Six teams move on in men's lax. Hockey coach stays over player protests. Regional Rankings and a bat flip you have to see.

MAY 11, 2023 | written by STEVE ULRICH

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1. Bruins Move To The Front

Liana Brown, George Fox

They say West Coast is the best coast and with the three teams leading the 2023 Division III Women’s Golf Championship from out west, it’s hard to argue today.

George Fox posted a 19-over-par 311 to surge to the lead in front of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Pomona-Pitzer at the 36-hole mark of the event. First-round leader Emory registered a 324 to fall into the No. 4 spot along with Washington U. and Carnegie Mellon.

Round two was suspended due to darkness with 23 players still on the course. Williams’ Catalin Yturralde fired a two-over-par 75 and holds the individual lead by two shots over Methodist’s Jillian Drinkard, Washington’s Sydney Kuo and first-round leader Nina McMurtrey of Centre. She has two holes remaining in her second round.


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2. Moving On

Christian Underhill, Centre (photo by Bryant Butler)

Six first-round matches are complete in the 2023 NCAA Division III men’s lacrosse championship.

  • Emmanuel d. Maine Maritime, 12-7 (next: Tufts)

  • Illinois Wesleyan d. Aurora, 19-10 (next: Denison)

  • Western Connecticut d. New England College, 17-9 (next: RIT)

  • St. Mary’s d. Merchant Marine, 10-5 (next: Middlebury)

  • John Carroll d. Lake Forest, 23-2 (next: Dickinson)

  • Centre d. Pfeiffer, 11-9 (next: Washington and Lee)


3. Coach Staying Despite Player Complaints

by Jenny Berg, Star Tribune

“The coach credited with leading the College of St. Benedict women's hockey team to its most successful season in program history will return next year despite complaints from several players about reported offensive and demeaning comments toward athletes.

Lindsay Macy, a Minnesota native who played hockey at Owatonna High School, came to St. Ben's last year after two seasons as the head coach at Finlandia University in Michigan, where she was named coach of the year by the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association.

Despite St. Ben's recent success, some student-athletes are not returning next year because of their concerns about the coach, according to a story published this month in the Record, the student newspaper at College of St. Benedict/St. John's University.”

» Situational Awareness: Macy was at the center of a human resources investigation related to complaints about her verbal behavior towards players, according to Emily Heying, nutrition professor and faculty athletics representative.

» Quotable: “I decided to play lacrosse and sports became fun again…I thought I was going to play hockey forever when I was younger, and now, I’m not even upset about the fact that I won’t be a part of that team anymore,” said Addy Hackley, a junior defender and assistant captain.


4. Diamond Regional Rankings

The next-to-last regional rankings for baseball and softball were released today by NCAA Division III committees. Here are the top four teams in each region.


Region I: Tufts (35-3), Amherst (24-12), Williams (19-15), Colby (23-13)
Region II: MIT (32-6), E. Connecticut (26-8), Endicott (30-7), Springfield (35-9)
Region III: Rochester (32-6), RPI (30-7), St. John Fisher (25-11), Cortland (23-11)
Region IV: Rowan (35-4), TCNJ (26-9), Ramapo (30-10-1), Misericordia (26-11)
Region V: Salisbury (36-2), Lebanon Valley (32-9), Moravian (29-8), Susquehanna (23-14)
Region VI: CNU (24-8), Berry (36-4), Randolph-Macon (36-8), Va. Wesleyan (35-10)
Region VII: Case Western Reserve (35-3), Trine (32-4), Marietta (24-13), Mount Union (32-8)
Region VIII: Concordia, Wis. (34-3), UW-Whitewater (25-9), Oshkosh (33-5), La Crosse (24-13)
Region IX: Coe (31-7), Luther (31-7), Central (30-8), Wartburg (20-16)
Region X: Linfield (41-4), Texas Lutheran (38-6), UMHB (29-10), E. Texas Baptist (35-5)


Region I: Wheaton (35-6), Tufts (28-9), Middlebury (25-9), Colby (24-10)
Region II: Endicott (35-5), Salve Regina (33-6-1), Mitchell (31-8), Rhode Island College (28-11)
Region III: Cortland (29-9), Ithaca (25-14), Rochester (27-12), St. John Fisher (27-12)
Region IV: Arcadia (30-11), Rowan (30-13), PSU Harrisburg (30-9), Misericordia (32-10)
Region V: Johns Hopkins (39-4), Salisbury (29-5), Elizabethtown (30-9), Catholic (26-9)
Region VI: Shenandoah (36-5), Birmingham-Southern (37-9), CNU (31-8), Lynchburg (34-6)
Region VII: Marietta (31-9), Baldwin Wallace (31-8), Denison (31-8), Case Western Reserve (27-13)
Region VIII: Aurora (35-3), Webster (28-12), Benedictine (28-12), North Central, Ill. (25-12)
Region IX: Buena Vista (29-7), UW-Stevens Point (29-9), La Crosse (28-9), Whitewater (28-11)
Region X: E. Texas Baptist (35-11), Claremont-M-S (28-9), Pacific (25-13), La Verne (27-13)


5. Player Ejected For Bat Flip

Congratulations Drake Siens. You’ve gone viral.

The Gustavus Adolphus junior right fielder hit a home run in the 3rd inning of Monday’s tilt with St. Olaf to cut the Oles’ lead to 5-4. His celebratory bat toss drew the ire of the home-plate umpire who ejected him from the contest.

Deserved? Judge for yourself.


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6. Lightning Round ⚡️

⚾️ Baseball. Here is a creative solution for spectator abuse of officials, courtesy of the Deptford (N.J.) Little League. If a fan misbehaves, the offender is barred from further attendance until s/he agrees to, and completes, three umpiring assignments.

🎂 Happy Birthday. Cake and candles for KatieJo Svenson, SID, Wartburg; Jim Kaufman, assistant athletic director, Kent State; and Brant McAdams, head football coach, Pacific Lutheran.

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