Championships

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California Lutheran sweeps title match

When the California Lutheran University women’s volleyball team became the first in school history to secure an NCAA national championship trophy, the Regals wanted to share their accomplishment with predecessors.

Williams rebounds from tough national championship loss

The heartbreak of losing last year’s national title match on penalty kicks was still fresh when the Williams College women’s soccer program started focusing on this season.

Williams captures first NCAA title since 2004

The Ephs captured the third national title in program history – but the first since 2004 – Nov. 21 in Winneconne, Wisconsin. Hannah Cole, who finished fourth in the overall standings, paced the Williams runners over the open and relatively flat course.

Amherst rebounds from early-season disappointment

Bryce Ciambella scored his first goal of the season on a 25-yard strike in the 55th minute, breaking a 1-1 tie and ultimately giving the Purple and White their first national championship.

Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s title run draws fanfare

In November, numerous Wisconsin-Eau Claire fans made a three-hour drive, braved subfreezing temperatures and lined a championship course. With a national title at stake for their Blugolds, they wanted to lend a hand – or at least some full-throated cheers.

Mount Union cruises to 12th NCAA championship

Vince Kehres won two NCAA Division III football championships as a player at the University of Mount Union, eight more as an assistant coach there and now one as the team’s head coach.

Middlebury tops Bowdoin for national championship

In three matchups this season against top-ranked Bowdoin College, the Middlebury College field hockey team won only once. But the Panthers’ lone victory against the Polar Bears came when it counted most.

Bruins finish perfect season

For only the eighth time in NCAA men’s water polo history, a team completed a perfect season. When the University of California, Los Angeles, defeated the University of Southern California, 10-7, on Dec. 6 in Los Angeles, the Bruins capped a 30-0 season and extended their overall winning streak to 33 games.

Wheeling Jesuit wins first national championship

The Wheeling Jesuit University women’s volleyball program had been on the cusp of a championship for nearly half a decade. After reaching the NCAA tournament quarterfinals or semifinals for four consecutive seasons, the Cardinals finally broke through this year.

Grand Valley State wins fifth title since 2009

Even amid Grand Valley State University’s recent success – winning four NCAA Division II national titles since 2009 – coach Jeff Hosler treats every season as its own journey.

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