Chasing The Panthers
Can anyone stop the defending national champions from Middlebury? The 46-team tournament begins Saturday.
MAY 9, 2023 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Chasing The Panthers
Hope Shue, Middlebury (photo by Will C Images, LLC)
The 46-team field for the 2023 NCAA Division III women’s lacrosse championship tournament is set and all eyes are on the defending national champion Middlebury Panthers and their quest at an undefeated season.
Geneseo (14-4) vs. SUNY Canton (9-7) winner at #1 Middlebury (18-0)
#13 Trinity CT (11-5) vs. Plymouth State (12-6) winner at #23 MIT (16-3)
Babson (12-7) vs. Westfield State (14-5) winner at #12 Colby (12-5)
#11 Messiah (15-3) vs. St. Mary’s (12-7) winner at #6 TCNJ (15-3)
DePauw (11-5) vs. Lake Forest (9-9) winner at #21 Kenyon (17-1)
1st round bye | George Fox (17-1) at #18 Pomona-Pitzer (19-1)
#16 Roanoke (15-3) vs. Bryn Athyn (11-2) winner at #8 Frank. & Marsh. (15-4)
Denison (9-10) vs. Hope (12-5) winner at #17 Chicago (16-2)
Rhodes (14-5) vs. Merchant Marine (14-2) winner at #3 William Smith (18-0)
Aurora (17-2) at Mount Union (13-4) winner vs. #19 St. John Fisher (16-2)
1st round bye | #23 Cortland (14-4) at #5 Tufts (14-4)
Roger Williams (14-6) vs. Cabrini (14-5) winner at #7 Wesleyan CT (14-3)
Capital (10-4) vs. Transylvania (12-4) winner at #2 Washington and Lee (18-1)
#24 CNU (11-8) vs. Johnson & Wales (16-2) winner at #9 Gettysburg (15-4)
Washington & Jefferson (15-3) vs. Meredith (16-4) winner at #4 Salisbury (14-3)
#20 Stevens (17-2) vs. Scranton (10-9) winner at #10 York (16-3)
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2. On The Tee
Sydney Kuo, Washington U.
The NCAA Division III women’s golf championship begins today at the Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
Here’s who to watch as the 72-hole event tees off.
Teams: The top three teams in the latest Golfstat rankings - Redlands, Emory and Washington U. - are paired together on Tuesday. The Eagles are the defending national champion, besting the Bulldogs by 26 shots in Houston.
Individuals: WashU soph Sydney Kuo has the top adjusted scoring average in DIII at 71.19 - a stroke better than George Fox junior Alison Takamiya. Oglethorpe senior Sarah Hsu (73.17), Emory soph Sharon Mun (72.58), and Redlands senior Hannah Jugar (74.21) are also players to watch.
First-Round Team Pairings
7:20: Texas-Dallas, Centre, Amherst
8:10: Redlands, Emory, Washington U.
9:00: Sarah Hsu (Oglethorpe), Kyra Venne (CSB), Catalin Yturralde (Williams)
12:10: Westminster PA, Cortland, Catholic
1:00: Trinity TX, UW-Whitewater, Otterbein
1:50: Sarah Kmiecik (UMHB), Peyton Sichol (Hamilton), Greta McArhtur (Bethel)
7:00: Illinois Wesleyan, Denison, New York U.
7:50: George Fox, Carnegie Mellon, Pomona-Pitzer
8:40: Claremont-M-S, Washington and Lee, Methodist
11:50: Minnesota-Morris, Gettysburg
12:40: Central, Aurora, York PA
3. Getting The Call
The 43-team field for the 2023 NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championship has been established. The tournament begins on May 16 in Nicholasville, Kentucky.
Pool A (34): Penn State Altoona (AMCC), Luther (A-R-C), Texas-Dallas (ASC), Cabrini (AEC), Franklin & Marshall (CC), Illinois Wesleyan (CCIW), Endicott (CCC), St. John Fisher (E8), Saint Joseph’s ME (GNAC), Transylvania (HCAC), Scranton (LC), RPI (LL), Eastern Connecticut (LEC), Salem State (MASCAC), Hope (MIAA), Hood (MACC), Stevens (MACF), Saint John’s (MIAC), Middlebury (NESCAC), Husson (NAC), Wittenberg (NCAC), Aurora (NACC), Willamette (NWC), Otterbein (OAC), Guilford (ODAC), Washington & Jefferson (PAC), Farmingdale State (SKY), Webster (SLIAC), Oglethorpe (SAA), Claremont-M-S (SCIAC), St. Thomas (SCAC), Penn College (UEC), UW-Superior (UMAC), Methodist (USAS), UW-Whitewater (WIAC)
Pool B (1): Emory
Pool C (8): Averett, Carnegie Mellon, Christopher Newport, Huntingdon, LeTourneau, Piedmont, Trinity TX, Washington and Lee.
Individuals (6): Tanner Bronnum (Birmingham-Southern), Michael Ordona (La Verne), John Kim (Pomona-Pitzer), Zhao Yung Gu (Schreiner), Pearse Lucas (Sewanee), Christian Rodriguez (Southwestern).
TRACK AND FIELD
4. Run (Jump, Throw) To Glory
Here are the teams that captured conference championships last weekend in Division III Track and Field.
ASC: (M/W) McMurry
AEC: (M) Marywood, (W) Marymount
CC: (M) Ursinus, (W) Johns Hopkins
CUNYAC: (M) Lehman, (W) Hunter
C2C: (M) Salisbury, (W) Christopher Newport
CCIW: (M/W) North Central
CCS (A27-28): (M/W) Piedmont
CSAC: (M/W) Penn State Behrend
CCC (A29): (M) Roger Williams, (W) Endicott
E8: (M/W): Nazareth
GNAC (A29-30): (M) Saint Joseph’s ME, (W) Emmanuel
HCAC (A28-29): (M) Rose-Hulman, (W) Hanover
LC: (M/W): Susquehanna
LL: (M) RPI, (W) Rochester
LEC (A29): (M) UMass Dartmouth, (W) Southern Maine
MASCAC (A29): (M/W) Bridgewater State
MIAA: (M) Trine, (W) Hope
MAC: (M) Messiah, (W) Widener
NESCAC (A29): (M) Tufts, (W) Middlebury
NEWMAC (A29-30): (M/W) MIT
NJAC: (M) Rowan, (W) TCNJ
NAC (A29-30): (M) Thomas, (W) Husson
NCAC: (M) Denison, (W) Wittenberg
NACC: (M) MSOE, (W) St. Norbert
NWC (A21-22): (M/W) George Fox
OAC: (M/W) Mount Union
ODAC (A30-M1): (M/W) Lynchburg
PAC (A27-28): (M) Grove City, (W) Allegheny
SKY (A23): (M) Merchant Marine, (W) Farmingdale State
SAA (A28-29): (M) Berry, (W) Centre
SCIAC (A29-30): (M/W) Claremont-M-S
SCAC (A22-23): (M/W) Trinity
SLIAC (A28-29): (M/W) Greenville
SUNYAC: (M/W) Geneseo
UAA (A22-23): (M) Carnegie Mellon, (W) Washington U.
UMAC: (M) UW-Superior, (W) Martin Luther
USAS: (M/W) Southern Virginia
WIAC: (M/W) UW-La Crosse
American Rivers (host: Luther)
Midwest (host: Grinnell)
Minnesota (host: Bethel)
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5. Lightning Round ⚡️
🗞 News. Amid rumors that Western Connecticut State University could close this summer, state Rep. Bob Godfrey said emphatically, “Western is not closing. Period.”
🏌️♀️ Golf. Texas-Dallas senior Karen Alvarez was the recipient of the NCAA’s Elite 90 award for Division III women’s golf. A three-time winner of the award, she has a 4.00 GPA in marketing.
🎂 Happy Birthday. Cake and candles for Anthony Macapugay, associate athletic director, Pratt Institute, and Amanda Christovich, reporter, Front Office Sports.
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6. Comings and Goings
BLACKBURN - Allen Dehority named head women’s basketball coach
GORDON - Jonathan Tymann announced his retirement as director of athletics effective the end of July
HARDIN-SIMMONS - Talin Rizo named assistant women’s soccer coach. Kyrah Bailey named assistant volleyball coach. Jordan Burchette named assistant golf coach. Cade Bell named assistant football coach
HOWARD PAYNE - Thomas Orr named associate head men’s basketball coach
LANCASTER BIBLE - Ryan Carpenter named head women’s basketball coach
MOUNT UNION - Asheli Freed named head women’s soccer coach
OGLETHORPE - Nick Ladany resigned as president. Kathryn McClymond named interim president.
SHENANDOAH - Katy Griffin named head athletic trainer
SUFFOLK - Taylor Wasylk stepped down as head women’s ice hockey coach
WAYNESBURG - Adam Jack named vice president for enrollment management, athletics, facilities and strategic initiatives
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