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College Program Announces It Is Leaving NCAA After 2018-19

first_imgA closeup of a Nike Vapor Elite football sitting on a football field.(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Thomas More has been a consistently strong NCAA Division III program, making a number of playoff appearances during its time at that level. Still, he school has announced that it will leaving the NCAA after next school year.The Saints are moving over to the NAIA. Thomas More competed there for much of its history, before joining the NCAA after the 1990 season.The small Catholic Kentucky college will compete in the Mid-South Conference. That league features a number of other Kentucky schools, as well as some in Georgia, Ohio, and Tennessee.From Thomas More’s release:Thomas More College Director of Athletics, Terry Connor, announced today (Tuesday, July 24, 2018) that Thomas More will move to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Mid-South Conference effective July 1, 2019. Thomas More was a member of the NAIA from 1947 to 1990 when it left for the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III, which it will leave at the conclusion of the 2018-19 academic year.“In our conversations with representatives of the NAIA, their dedication to placing student development first was evident,” stated Acting Thomas More President Dr. Kathleen Jagger. “Their character focus is consistent with our institutional mission. We are delighted to have this opportunity to join a competitive conference, with common academic standards and geographic proximity that will minimize the travel time for our student-athletes.”Thomas More offers 11 men’s and 11 women’s varsity sports.At the NAIA level, it will also be able to offer junior varsity teams. As the released states, this will also cut down on travel.Still, given the success that many Saints teams have had a Division III, it is a bit surprising to those of us who aren’t super tapped in to the lower level of college sports. The football program was a relatively regular participant in the Division III playoffs, and had posted a number of undefeated regular seasons during its time in Division III.[Thomas More]last_img read more

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Ohio State mens soccer falls to Wisconsin 20 in regular season finale

The Ohio State men’s soccer team (5-7-5, 1-3-2) earned the sixth seed in the Big Ten Tournament after falling, 2-0, to No. 16 Wisconsin in the team’s regular season finale Friday. The loss on the Badgers’ senior night snapped a five-game unbeaten streak for the Buckeyes, who finished the regular season winning three of their last four matches.Buckeye coach John Bluem said he hopes the team learned that it needs to match the physical intensity of its opponents if it wants to play and get a win.“They physically dominated us, they were more aggressive than we were and they played harder than we played,” he said. “In most of the games this year, especially when we started playing better, it’s when we started matching the other team’s physical aggressiveness.”Although the Buckeyes began the match aggressive, taking the first shot and forcing the first three corner kick opportunities, a first-half goal by the Badgers (13-3-2, 4-2-0) halted Buckeye redshirt-junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov’s four-game, 445-minute spell of not allowing a goal. The goal came in the 23rd minute of play when Wisconsin redshirt-senior midfielder Tomislav Zadro scored off a diving header from the far post, after connecting with Badger sophomore midfielder Drew Connor. The goal was Zadro’s fourth of the season.The Buckeyes tried to fight back, firing two shots of their own in the following six minutes, but were unable to find the back of the net. At the half, the Badgers had outshot the Buckeyes, 6-5.The Badgers added to their lead with a second-half goal midway through the 71st minute. Badger senior forward Nick Janus finished off a knockdown from an OSU defender, squeaking it past Ivanov into the right side of the net. The goal gave the Badgers a 2-0 cushion, eventually leading to the victory.Despite leaving Madison, Wis., with a loss, Ivanov said the team was able to learn some last-minute things about itself before heading into the conference tournament.“I think we learned that obviously, when we’re sharper than that, we usually play a lot better than we did,” Ivanov said. “We didn’t have that extra fiery edge that we usually do, and we all know collectively that we’re better than the performance we had.”Buckeye senior defender Sage Gardner said the way the team prepared for Wisconsin proves to him that the team can play at the same level of play as any team in the conference.“I think Wisconsin was a little fluke for us — we definitely got out-hustled and out-muscled playing up at Wisconsin for their senior night,” he said. “I think it was kind of a tough situation for us and I don’t think we responded well, but I think the way we’ve been ending the season the way we’re moving upwards is a positive.”Wisconsin finished the match outshooting OSU, 14-7, but Ivanov was able to gather six saves, propelling him into seventh place for single-season saves in OSU history with 101 on the season.Up next, the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on No. 18 Michigan State in the first round of the 2013 Big Ten Tournament at 2 p.m. Wednesday. The teams met earlier in the season, playing to a 1-1 tie in double overtime. read more