Messiah increased its winning streak to 34 in a row. Its last loss came in overtime to Shippensburg in the 2016 season opener.
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In a highly anticipated tilt between the No. 1 teams in the country in NCAA Divisions II and III, Messiah field hockey proved that divisional lines are just a technicality, thoroughly dominating the top-ranked and defending D-II national champion Shippensburg Raiders on the road by a final score of 4-0 on a rain-soaked afternoon from soggy Robb Sports Complex.
The win for the Falcons improves their record to 12-0. Messiah outshot Shippensburg 21-4 in the game, and earned 13 penalty corners while the Raiders only had two.
Messiah avenged its only loss from last season, a 1-0 defeat to Shippensburg in the first game of the 2016 season. The Falcons have won 34 consecutive outings.
After four unsuccessful shots in the opening 15 minutes, Kristin Donohue found Carissa Gehman in front of the cage for the first goal of the game at the 17:41 mark. Shippensburg got a few chances to even the score in the following minutes, but Shelby Landes turned aside one attempt and another Raider shot was blocked by the Falcon defense.
Gehman scored twice more in the second-half, continuing her scalding-hot October as the senior notched her third hat trick of the season and seventh of her historic career. In three games this month, she has tallied 10 goals and 21 points on 37 shots, with the game-winning goal in all three. She now has 95 career goals (16 behind program record 111 held by current assistant coach Danae (Chambers) Hollenbach '05) and 206 career points (20 behind Aftan Fisher '07 for second-place all-time in the Messiah record books).
Six minutes before halftime, the Falcons were knocking on the door again. This time, it was Karalyn Schmidt who found the back of the cage for her first goal of the season, pushing the Messiah advantage to 2-0.
St. Thomas defeated archrival for the fourth consecutive time and the seventh time in the past nine meetings, as the Tommies defeated St. John's 20-17 in front of more than 37,000 fans. Full coverage on D3football.com.
At least four former Division III players, including two players from Division III's Class of 2017, will have the opportunity to leave their mark at the highest level of professional hockey as invitees to 2017 NHL training camps.
Over the summer, five schools announced they would be leaving the Colonial States Athletic Conference after the 2017-18 school year, leaving the conference with no schools that had ever won its all-sports title. But the CSAC is starting to patch the holes.
A decade ago, a Mid-Atlantic Shuffle created a new conference and remade six others. Now, the process looks ready to start again, with eight schools from three leagues in the process of signing on for another new group.
Over the course of five days, the Field of 56 in baseball get whittled down to the eight teams who will advance to the Division III World Series in Appleton, Wis. Follow all of the action on D3baseball.com.
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The Illinois Tech athletic department should be full members of Division III in two years, and its baseball team will play in the WIAC next spring, but the following year, IIT will become full NACC members.
The Pride avenged last year's loss to SUNY New Paltz, defeating the Hawks in four sets to win the NCAA Division III national title in men's volleyball for the fourth time in the six seasons it has been awarded.
Seven innings multiplied by three outs equals 21, and while that's not the maximum number of strikeouts a pitcher could theoretically get in a fastpitch game, it is the record. On Friday, Lindsey Thayer tied it. On Saturday, she threw a perfect game.
After calling the Salem Civic Center home for two decades, the Division III men's basketball national semifinals will move to a different site in 2019. The NCAA announced that the final four teams will move to the midwest for four years, starting in 2018-2019.