After finishing first in the MAC Freedom Conference in winning percentage in three of the previous four years but second last year, our varsity teams regained the top spot winning a conference best 66.7 percent of their conference games and 60.1 percent of their overall games. Ten of the 12 eligible sports qualified for the MAC Freedom postseason tournament and six of the 10 advanced to the championship game. The men’s soccer team won the MAC Freedom Championship and the volleyball and baseball teams took home the MAC Freedom regular season championship. The men’s soccer team also competed in the NCAA Division III National Tournament.
Individually, we had five MAC Champions in the sports of cross country and track & field and five student-athletes were selected as the Players of the Year in their respective sport. Three student-athletes were named the MAC Freedom Rookie of the Year and two of our coaches were selected as the MAC Freedom Coach of the Year. In total, 77 student-athletes earned All-Conference honors, 27 were named All-Region, and five student-athletes earned All-American honors including Veronica Wheeler (Cross Country and Track & Field), Gabby Savitè (Volleyball), Julia Bradford (Volleyball), Angelica Bertola (Women’s Soccer), and Morgan Birmelin (Women’s Basketball).
Senior Men's Soccer player Guiseppe Natale
Winning in the classroom is also an expectation for our athletes. To be eligible for the MAC Academic Honor Roll, an athlete must have a GPA of 3.2 or higher in the semester they are competing. Last year 157 student-athletes (37.4 percent) achieved this honor, setting a new high as an athletic department. In addition, 13 student-athletes were named to the Academic All-MAC Team which recognizes success both in the classroom and on the playing field/court, and Veronica Wheeler (Cross Country, Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field) and Angelica Bertola (Women’s Soccer) were each given one of the conference’s highest honors being named the MAC Scholar-Athlete, awarded to a senior with the most combined career success in the classroom and on the field of play.
With almost all our teams having full rosters, our varsity athlete participation was among the highest it has ever been thanks in part to the addition of Men and Women’s Tennis and Women’s Lacrosse a few years ago. In 2017-18, our department had 341 varsity team members. When counting athletes who compete on more than one varsity team, that number rises to 419.