Hurricane Sandy worries postpone Wednesday's NCAC semifinal games


Due to inclement weather from Hurricane Sandy, the NCAC Sports Caucus Chairs agreed to postpone all Wednesday field hockey and soccer games to Thursday.
The times of the contests will remain the same: DePauw field hockey will host its semifinal game Thursday at 3 p.m. on Blackstock West Field, and DePauw men's soccer will host Hiram College Thursday at 7 p.m. on Boswell Field. Women's soccer will travel to Wittenberg University on Thursday at 7 p.m.
"The goal is to protect student-athletes, staff and officials, as well as all those who may traveling to the events in poor conditions, as well as to try and preserve the integrity of the tournament structure," according to Monday afternoon's NCAC news release. "Pushing the contests one day will allow our fields, both natural and artificial, time to dry out some."
Championship games are still planned for Saturday.
The caucus is made up of each NCAC school's athletic director and a member of the faculty and assistant administrators.
Keri Luchowski, executive director of the NCAC, said she was the one who initiated the conversation about possibly postponing the semifinal games, and organized a conference call with the caucus Monday morning.
Her chief concern was travel for teams like Ohio Wesleyan, and the high-winds the teams, fans and officials would have to contend with.
"We knew we had potential issues," Luchowski said Monday afternoon. "Once we saw (Sandy) could reach Ohio, we knew we had to look at it.
"It's all prediction. We're just trying to make sure everyone is safe."