Medaille Announces Closure
Two For The Tennis Title; Previewing The Men's Golf Championship. Baseball, Softball Brackets Revealed
MAY 16, 2023 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Medaille Announces Closure
by Janet Gramza, Buffalo News
Medaille University will close on Aug. 31, after a hoped-for acquisition by Trocaire College fell through last week.
“As previously announced, the integration between Medaille University and Trocaire College will not be moving forward," Medaille Interim President Lori Quigley announced Monday in a statement. "Unfortunately, this disruption has required our Board of Trustees to now make a difficult decision about our future."
"Because the integration will not occur, and due to the financial instability of the institution, the Medaille University Board of Trustees has voted to close Medaille," the statement said.
» Historical Reference: “Medaille was among colleges hard-hit by steep declines in enrollment worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic. It fell from 2,600 students in fall 2012 to about 1,600 during the recently completed school year. Last week, Medaille filed a notice with the state Department of Labor that as many as 419 employees on its two campuses could face layoffs due to the planned acquisition.
» What They’re Saying: "Medaille has always been a place where talented people work hard every day to help students succeed," John P. Crawford, former VP of college relations said. "The faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, and supporters all care deeply about their students and our entire region. They should all be able to look back knowing that our community is a better place because of their time at Medaille. In the end, demographics and other trends affecting higher education led to the school’s closing. Nothing more and nothing less."
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2. Two For The Title
Vishwa Aduru, Case Western Reserve
A pair of thrilling 5-4 decisions set the final at the NCAA Division III Tennis Championships in Orlando, Fla. on Monday.
#2 Tufts d. #6 Claremont-M-S, 5-4
Freshman Alex Ganchev rallied from a 5-3 second-set deficit, winning the final four games to secure the straight-set win and the decisive point in a 5-4 win for the Jumbos (23-1).
#1 Case Western Reserve d. #4 Middlebury, 5-4
Junior Vishwa Aduru battled back from a 4-6, 1-4 deficit to win his match at No. 2 singles and lift the Spartans (32-4) into the national final. CWRU is the defending national runner-up.
It will be #1 Case Western Reserve against #2 Tufts for the Division III title tonight at 6 p.m..
Semifinals - Tuesday
#1 Chicago vs. #4 Middlebury, 1:00
#2 Claremont-M-S vs. #7 Emory, 1:00
3. Previewing The National Championship
Alex Price, Christopher Newport
The 2023 NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championship tees off this morning at Keene Trace GC in Nicholasville, Ky. Forty-three teams will compete for the team championship, while 221 individuals will vie for medalist honors.
Defending champion Methodist is in the hunt for its 14th DIII title and comes into the event ranked third in the country. Emory and Christopher Newport hold down the top two spots, while Guilford and Carnegie Mellon trail the Monarchs to round out the top five.
The Eagles have an adjusted team scoring average of 72.12, according to Golfstat, while Methodist and CNU are next at 72.52 and 72.62 respectively.
Individually, keep an eye on CNU senior Alex Price who reached the quarterfinals of the 2022 U.S. Amateur and leads DIII with a 69.59 adjusted average. Emory’s Michael Burry (71.59) and Guilford’s Michael Vick (71.65) also have adjusted averages below 72.
4. The Road To Cedar Rapids
The 60-team field for the 2023 NCAA Division III Baseball Championship was announced Monday and action takes place at 16 venues beginning Thursday. The regional brackets follow with the top seed listed first and the home site in bold.
Johns Hopkins vs. Penn State Altoona; Randolph-Macon vs. St. John Fisher
Wheaton, Mass. vs. Husson; Tufts vs. Mitchell
Cortland vs. St. Joseph’s (L.I.); Ithaca vs. E. Connecticut
Endicott vs. Bridgewater State; Middlebury vs. Johnson and Wales
Marietta vs. Adrian; Mary Washington vs. Case Western Reserve
Salve Regina vs. Keystone; Misericordia vs. Washington & Jefferson
Denison vs. Beloit; Baldwin Wallace vs. Spalding
John Carroll at Aurora (five-game series)
UW-La Crosse vs. Bethany Lutheran; Buena Vista vs. Bethel
UW-Stevens Point vs. Augustana; Webster vs. Loras
Shenandoah vs. TCNJ; Christopher Newport vs. Immaculata
Lynchburg vs. Lebanon Valley; N.C. Wesleyan vs. Elizabethtown
Birmingham-Southern vs. Lewis & Clark; La Verne vs. Franklin
E. Texas Baptist vs. Cal Lutheran; Pacific vs. Trinity (Texas)
Arcadia vs. Susquehanna; Rowan vs. Brockport
Salisbury at Penn State Harrisburg (five-game series)
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5. The Road To Texas Begins
The field for the 2023 NCAA Division III Softball Championship was announced Monday and action takes place at 16 venues beginning Thursday. The regional brackets follow with the top seed listed first and the home site in bold.
Salisbury vs. Framingham State; Williams vs. UMass Dartmouth
Rochester vs. E. Nazarene; E. Connecticut vs. Lebanon Valley
Virginia Wesleyan vs. John Jay; TCNJ vs. Manhattanville
Christopher Newport vs. York (Pa.); Roanoke vs. Misericordia
Case Western Reserve vs. Penn State Altoona; Mount Union vs. Hiram
UW-Whitewater vs. Spalding; Coe vs. Transylvania
Randolph-Macon vs. Swarthmore; Ramapo vs. St. John Fisher
Rowan vs. Penn State Berks; Pfeiffer vs. Marietta
Tufts vs. Husson; Moravian vs. Cabrini
MIT vs. Simmons; RPI vs. Endicott
Trine vs. Waynesburg; Wartburg vs. Millikin
Concordia (Wis.) vs. UW-Superior; UW-Oshkosh vs. Luther
Linfield vs. Redlands
Central vs. Grinnell; UW-La Crosse vs. Bethel
Berry vs. Rosemont; Mary Hardin-Baylor vs. St. Thomas
E. Texas Baptist vs. Geneseo; Texas Lutheran vs. Belhaven
6. SCAC Adds Concordia, Ozarks
The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference announced today that both Concordia University Texas and University of the Ozarks have accepted an invitation to join the conference.
“We are thrilled to welcome Concordia University Texas and University of the Ozarks to the league,” said Colorado College president Song Richardson, who currently serves as the chair of the SCAC Board of Directors. “We are focused on the strength and growth of the conference, and this is an exciting moment as we continue to provide outstanding athletic experiences to our students on campus.”
» Situational Awareness: “Currently members of the American Southwest Conference, both Concordia University Texas and University of the Ozarks will join the SCAC at the beginning of the 2024-25 academic year, becoming the ninth and tenth members of the league once membership stabilizes leading into the 2025-26 academic year. McMurry University was previously announced as a future core conference member, also beginning with the 2024-25 academic year.”
» Quotable: “We are overjoyed that Concordia University Texas and University of the Ozarks have agreed to become part of the SCAC family,” said commissioner Dwayne Hanberry. “Our membership is very familiar with both institutions and believe the two will seamlessly fit into the culture of our conference – a culture whose primary commitment is to broad-based athletic programs, gender equity, and the campus integration of student-athletes.”
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8. Comings and Goings
ALMA - Casey Hogan is leaving as head men’s lacrosse coach
CEDAR CREST - Nicole Sott resigned as head field hockey coach
CENTRE - Jane Hopkinson-Wood stepped down as head women’s golf coach
ELMS - Denisha Parks named head women’s basketball coach
GENEVA - Announced addition of women’s lacrosse as a varsity sport beginning in 2024-25
HANOVER - Daniel Stokes named head strength and conditioning coach
METHODIST - Courtney O’Dea named head cheerleading coach
MINNESOTA-MORRIS - Janet Schrunk Ericksen named chancellor
NORTHWESTERN - Jesse Eikum named head baseball coach
OBERLIN - Ashley Cornwell named assistant football coach
SAINT ELIZABETH - Mark Tonsul named head cheer and STUNT coach
SIMPSON - Jay Byers named president
SPALDING - Shannon Witzel named head women’s lacrosse coach
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