Making A Statement at Pre-Nats
Plus: Golf Champions; UWL Beats The Streak; Key Games From Weekend; Top Plays
OCTOBER 9, 2023 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Making A Statement At Pre-Nats
Genna Girard, Williams (photo by David Beyerle)
The Division III cross country world convened in Newville, Pa. last weekend for the Pre-Nationals Invitational. And when the dust settled, it was the MIT men and the Claremont-M-S women that returned home with the team hardware.
The Engineers came into the meet ranked No. 8 but dominated the race with four finishers in the top-15 and 71 points. Williams and RPI finished second and third, respectively. Wilmington’s Simon Heys was the top individual, covering the distance in 24:46.1 to edge the Ephs’ John Lucey by 1.4 seconds.
» Team Scores. #8 MIT 71, #5 Williams 86, #9 RPI 103, #2 Pomona-Pitzer 138, #14 George Fox 158, #11 Claremont-M-S 188, #13 Mount Union 233.
» Individual Top 5. Simon Heys (Wilmington) 24:46.1; John Lucey (Williams) 24:47.5; Cory Kennedy (RPI) 24:52.4; Nikhil DeNatale (Williams) 24:57.0; Lowell Hensgen (MIT) 24:58.0.
The Athenas showed no ill effects from their cross-country trip to south-central PA, rolling to a 48-point victory with all five finishers in the top-20. MIT was second, while Williams, Amherst and George Fox rounded out the top five.
The Ephs’ Genna Girard crossed the finish line first in 21:29.4 - nearly 15 seconds faster than CMS’ Natalie Bitetti.
» Team Scores. #8 Claremont-M-S 51, #4 MIT 99, #11 Williams 118, #13 Amherst 181, #14 George Fox 182, #29 Hope 204, WPI 250.
» Individual Top 5. Genna Girard (Williams) 21:29.4; Natalie Bitetti (Claremont-M-S) 21:44.3; Grace Hadley (WPI) 21:46.2; Gillian Roeder (MIT) 21:57.2; Elle Marsyla (CMS) 21:57.6.
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2. Tee Champions
Five conferences crowned their men’s and/or women’s golf champions last weekend with teams earning an automatic berth to next spring’s NCAA DIII championship.
CCIW (W): Illinois Wesleyan 284-302-300—886. Emma Thorman (IWU) 218.
NAC (M): Husson 299-310—609. Chade Charron (Husson), Noah Tyler (SUNY Delhi) 149
NACC (W): Aurora 335-313-338-319—1305. Yinan Lu (Marian) 310
UMAC (M): UW-Superior 301-315-315—931. Jake Sweeney (North Central) 227
UMAC (W): Northwestern 341-345-328—1014. Morgan Eckman (Northwestern) 245
WIAC (W): Whitewater 334-310-315—959. Abbey Filipiak (Stout) 225
» Underway. A-R-C (W), MIAC (M/W), SLIAC (W)
» Beginning Today. AMCC (M), GNAC (M/W)
3. Beat The Streak
Michael Stack, UW-La Crosse
Wisconsin-La Crosse defeated UW-Whitewater for the first time since 2004 and was rewarded by the pollsters in the latest D3football.com ranking.
The Eagles moved up eight spots to No. 6, while the Warhawks slipped four positions to No. 7. Randolph-Macon was bumped from the top-10 with UWL’s ascent.
No new teams entered the poll this week.
North Central IL (25), 5-0
Mount Union, 5-0
UW-River Falls, 5-0
Trinity TX, 5-1
UW-La Crosse, 4-1
Saint John’s, 4-1
Johns Hopkins, 5-0
Scores of Interest
#14 UW-La Crosse d. #3 Whitewater, 37-34
#12 John Carroll d. Marietta, 31-28
#16 Ithaca d. RPI, 20-17
Colby d. Wesleyan, 20-13 (OT)
Hope d. Albion, 14-6
» Notable. Michael Stack booted a 51-yard field goal on the final play to lift UW-La Crosse past UW-Whitewater, 37-34. The announced crowd of 20,113 is the largest to see a DIII football game on campus. Carleton remained undefeated at 5-0 as Marcus Merkelbach kicked a 30-yard field goal with :23 remaining for a 33-31 win over crosstown rival St. Olaf. QB Kobe Berghammer completed 42 of 52 passes for 466 yards and five TDs and amassed 571 yards of total offense as Oshkosh edged Stout, 48-46. Wabash QB Liam Thompson set a NCAC career record for total offense in the Little Giants’ 45-35 win vs. Wooster. Illinois College WR Collin Brunstein caught seven passes for 301 yards and three scores in a 41-20 win at Chicago. Lake Forest QB Joshua Gasca and WR Trevor Land teamed for a 99-yard pass reception against Lawrence.
» Next Week. #4 UW-River Falls (5-0) vs. #7 UW-Whitewater (4-1); #8 Saint John’s (4-1) vs. Carleton (5-0); #10 Johns Hopkins (5-0) vs. Franklin & Marshall (4-1); #11 Randolph-Macon (5-0) vs. Bridgewater (4-1); #15 Ithaca (4-1) vs. Union (6-0); #19 Alma (5-0) vs. Hope (5-1); Washington U. (5-0) vs. Augustana (4-1); Trinity CT (4-0) vs. Middlebury (3-1); King’s (4-1) vs. Lebanon Valley (4-1).
4. Looking Back at Last Weekend
Alejandro Gomez, Emory
The first weekend of October saw most of the top teams in field hockey, soccer and volleyball hold serve, but this week’s coaches’ polls will look different than last week’s after the weekend results are factored in.
#1 Messiah d. #12 Widener, 2-0
#2 Mary Washington tied #24 Lynchburg, 2-2
#5 Emory d. #20 Case Western Reserve, 1-0
NYU d. #10 Chicago, 1-0
Geneseo d. #15 Cortland, 2-1
#18 Frank. & Marshall d. #16 Muhlenberg, 4-2
#1 Carnegie Mellon tied #12 Rochester, 1-1
#6 Case Western Reserve d. #25 Emory, 3-1
Connecticut College d. #7 Williams, 2-0
#9 Montclair State tied Rowan, 0-0
Bates d. #17 Hamilton, 2-0
#1 Middlebury d. Endicott, 4-1
#6 Salisbury d. #9 Williams, 1-0
#10 Bates d. #20 Hamilton, 5-0
#12 Bowdoin d. #13 Amherst, 3-2
Washington College d. #16 Ursinus, 2-0
#19 TCNJ d. #11 Kean, 2-1
#1 Juniata d. Wilkes, 3-0
#2 UW-Oshkosh d. UW-Stout, 3-0
#5 Emory d. #10 NYU, 3-1
#9 Johns Hopkins d. Stevenson, 3-2
#12 Washington U. d. #20 North Park, 3-0
Pomona-Pitzer d. #19 La Verne, 3-1
5. The Bracket
Here. We. Go.
The 2023 D3Playbook “Best Fight Song” in Division III contest is underway.
For each of the 16 first-round contests, you can vote via “X” (or as I prefer, Twitter), to select your preference. Polls open at 7 AM ET and close at midnight ET.
Here is the bracket and this week’s online matchups.
6. Lightning Round
🗞 News. Due to a scheduling conflict, the semifinals and finals of the 2026 Division I Men's and Women's Lacrosse Championships, along with the finals of the Division II and III Men's Championships, will be moved from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The facility was named as one of the sites for the 2026 FIFA Men's World Cup, prompting the venue change.
7. Comings and Goings
ALLEGHENY MOUNTAIN COLLEGIATE CONFERENCE - Announced addition of Penn College as a affiliate member in wrestling
AUGSBURG - Elizsbeth Bauer named assistant women’s ice hockey coach
COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF THE SOUTH - Announced addition of Asbury as member institution
FRAMINGHAM STATE - Sean Trindall named head baseball coach
KEYSTONE - David Strum named interim head track and field coach
KNOX - Lisa Olson named interim head volleyball coach
OLD DOMINION ATHLETIC CONFERENCE - Announced addition of men’s volleyball as a sponsored sport in 2024-25
ROWAN - Ringo Adamson announced his retirement as head women’s cross country/track and field coach. Liz Madden named interim track and field coach. Eric DuBois named cross country coach
SOUTHERN VIRGINIA - Announced addition of beach volleyball as a varsity sport beginning in spring of 2025. Jon Baker named head coach
WILLAMETTE - Mike Coduto named head baseball coach
WISCONSIN-La CROSSE - Chris Helixon stepped down as head softball coach
.@ncurams senior Jake Sweeney sank this clutch putt to win a playoff for medalist honors at the UMAC Men’s Golf Championship this weekend!
— UMAC Athletics (@umacathletics)
Oct 8, 2023
FINAL: Hobart 45, Buffalo State 21
@ahmad09265066 with the 👀 popping 1️⃣ handed catch & run for the TD!
— HWS Athletics (@HWSAthletics)
Oct 7, 2023
35 yards out!!!!🤯
Riley Mulherin secured Marywood the win against Lancaster Bible College with this free kick in the 82nd minute. 35 yards out drilled at the top of the goal past the fully extended keeper.
— Marywood Athletics (@marywoodpacers)
Oct 5, 2023
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