Men’s Lax Field Set

The women's lacrosse field will be announced at 10:30 am ET. Tennis down to Elite 8. Basketball rule change proposals. Plays of the Weekend

MAY 8, 2023 | written by STEVE ULRICH

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1. Men’s Lax Field Set

First/Second Rounds
Emmanuel (15-5) at Maine Maritime (14-3) winner vs. #1 Tufts (18-0)
York (14-5) at Cabrini (13-4)
Aurora (15-4) at Illinois Wesleyan (14-3) winner vs. Denison (16-3)
Lynchburg (13-6) at St. John Fisher (10-9)

W. Connecticut (15-4) at New England College (6-12) vs. winner vs. RIT (18-1)
Williams (10-7) at Babson (12-4)
Merchant Marine (10-6) at St. Mary’s (14-5) winner vs. Middlebury (16-1)
W. New England (12-8) at Union (11-5)

Colorado College (9-6) at Salisbury (17-1)
Amherst (11-5) vs. Geneseo (15-4)
Pfeiffer (16-1) at Centre (12-3) winner vs. Washington and Lee (16-4)
Swarthmore (14-3) vs. Grove City (10-8)

Hope (13-5) at Christopher Newport (16-1)
Gettysburg (12-4) vs. Scranton (14-5)
Lake Forest (13-4) at John Carroll (14-2) winner vs. Dickinson (15-3)
Kenyon (15-1) vs. Stevens (17-2)


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2. Selection Show Monday

Emma Cretella, Westfield State

The NCAA Division III women’s lacrosse championship selection show begins at 10:30 a.m. ET this morning. The DIII semifinals and final are set for May 26 and May 28 at Kerr Stadium in Salem, Va.

Who’s In (Pool A): Cabrini (AEC), Franklin & Marshall (CC); Chicago (CCIW); Bryn Athyn (CSAC); Roger Williams (CCC); St. John Fisher (E8); Johnson and Wales (GNAC); Transylvania (HCWLC); Scranton (LC); William Smith (LL); Plymouth State (LEC); Westfield State (MASCAC); Hope (MIAA); York (MACC); Stevens (MACF); Lake Forest (MWLC); Middlebury (NESCAC); Babson (NEWMAC); TCNJ (NJAC); SUNY Canton (NAC); Denison (NCAC); Aurora (NACC); George Fox (NWC); Capital (OAC); Washington and Lee (ODAC); Washington & Jefferson (PAC); Merchant Marine (SKY); Rhodes (SAA); Pomona-Pitzer (SCIAC); Geneseo (SUNYAC); St. Mary’s (UEC); Meredith (USAS)

What’s Remaining (Pools B, C): There is one spot open for a Pool B team (think Salisbury) and 13 Pool C or at-large spots for the 46-team field

3. The Net Elite

The teams are set for Orlando and this weekend’s start of the NCAA Division III team quarterfinals. In a shocker, the defending men’s champion - Chicago - was ousted by Gustavus Adolphus as Nick Aney pulled out a 7-5 third-set decision at No. 1 singles.

Women - Sweet 16

#1 Chicago d. Carleton, 5-0
#14 Carnegie Mellon d. #32 Kenyon, 5-2
#4 Middlebury d. #28 Skidmore, 5-0
#15 Johns Hopkins d. #6 MIT, 5-2
#2 Claremont M-S d. #3 Pomona-Pitzer, 5-4
#8 Amherst d. #9 Babson, 5-3
#5 Wesleyan d. #33 Mary Washington, 5-0
#7 Emory d. #12 Sewanee, 5-1

Men - Sweet 16

#2 Tufts d. #37 MIT, 5-0
#7 Emory d. #16 North Carolina Wesleyan, 5-4
#3 Washington U. d. #12 Sewanee, 5-2
#6 Claremont-M-S d. #8 Trinity (Texas), 5-2
#4 Middlebury d. #10 Johns Hopkins, 5-2
#11 Bowdoin d. #5 Williams, 5-4
#1 Case Western Reserve d. #14 Denison, 5-1
#13 Gustavus Adolphus d. #9 Chicago, 5-4

4. Rules Committee Recommendations

The NCAA Basketball Rules Committees completed their annual meeting last Friday and handed down recommendations for improving the sport over the next two years. The rules changes need to be approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel before adoption.


  • Players would be allowed to wear numbers 0-99

  • Schools would no longer have to submit a waiver for players to wear religious headwear, provided it is safe for competition.

  • Red and amber lights would be allowed on the backboard.


  • Flopping. Players judged to have flopped would be issued a warning on the first offense and a technical foul for each ensuing infraction

  • Restricted-Area Arc. Reduce the arc from 4 feet in the lane to the area directly underneath the basket. The proposal would also eliminate the lower defensive box rule.


  • Block/Charge. A defender would have to be in position to draw a charge at the time an offensive player plants his foot to go airborne to attempt a field goal.


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5. Full-Time Blanket Waiver Extended

At its April 2023 meeting, the NCAA Division III Management Council extended the blanket relief of the full-time enrollment legislation from the 2022-23 academic year to all student-athletes who earned season-of-participation relief due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The blanket relief provides a student-athlete the opportunity to participate while enrolled less than full time, under specific conditions.

Please note that only student-athletes who earned season-of-participation relief during the 2020 spring term and/or 2020-21 academic year and who have not previously used any pandemic-related enrollment relief may use the extended relief during the 2023-24 or 2024-25 academic years.

The council noted that the extension creates equity among all student-athletes who were affected by the pandemic, while still maintaining a base level of enrollment, thereby ensuring that Division III athletics constitutes students competing against students.

6. Lightning Round ⚡️

🏃🏾‍♂️ Track. Pomona-Pitzer’s Colin Kirkpatrick set a DIII record in the 3000 meter steeplechase on Saturday at the Sound Running Track Fest, running 8:41.92. Hamilton’s Peter Kosgei held the previous record of 8:43.78 since 2008.

🤽‍♀️ Water Polo. Pomona-Pitzer repeated as USA Water Poll Division DIII champions with a 14-13 decision over Claremont-M-S. Alexandra Szczerba scored the championship-winning goal for the Sagehens.

🥎 Softball. Salisbury will name its softball stadium after late coach Margie Knight.

🏈 Football. Former UW-Platteville standout Dan Arnold has agreed to terms with the Philadelphia Eagles on a one-year deal.

🎁 Happy Birthday. Cake and candles for Meredith Conklin, assistant lacrosse coach, Lebanon Valley; Kerrin Ehrensbeck, director of institutional research, Washington College; Margaret McConnell Shaffer, head field hockey coach, Geneseo.

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7. Comings and Goings

8. Plays of the Weekend

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