WATERVILLE — Most of the Colby women’s basketball team was gathered in the trophy room, just a short walk from the court at Wadsworth Gymnasium.
But what happens when you’re waiting to find out where to go, and it turns out to be nowhere?
That’s what the Mules faced Monday afternoon as they watched the NCAA Division III selection show. The teams were revealed in groups of eight and, when all 64 teams had been listed, Colby — despite a 19-7 overall record and the sixth-toughest schedule in the country — was not one of them.
Colby senior Jil Vaughan nervously buried her head in her hands before the final eight teams were shown, but when it became obvious Colby’s season was over, everyone in the room was speechless.
“They were in shock,” Colby coach Julie Veilleux said a few hours later. “They might still be in shock right now, to be honest. I know they’re hurting inside. I know they’re upset.” Continue reading →
As expected, defending NCAA champion Salisbury, which avenged its 2010 loss by blitzing Tufts in the national finals, was a near-unanimous choice for No. 1 in the nation, receiving 14 of 15 first-place votes and 297 overall points, 46 ahead of No. 2 Roanoke. That one lingering first-place vote, however, is causing a bit of a stir. Continue reading →
Five former NESCAC stars, in addition to a host of other Div. III men’s lacrosse standouts, were drafted yesterday in the 18-round 2012 MLL Supplemental Draft.
Each of the league’s eight teams made selections in 18 rounds, beginning with the expansion Ohio Machine and Charlotte Hounds.
In the third round (17th overall), the Machine drafted former Tufts All-American Matt Witko, a 2011 graduate who helped lead the Jumbos to consecutive national championship appearances. Witko, a midfielder, finished his career with 98 goals and was named a USILA First-Team All-American in 2011 after earning honorable mention honors during his junior season.
Witko was also selected by the Wilkes-Barre Shamrocks in the inaugural North American Lacrosse League National Draft, picked 51st overall in the 11th round. He was the only NESCAC player picked in the five-team, 16-round draft.