Championships

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Tufts bounces back for title

Tufts University went into the Division III tournament following a disappointing loss in their first game of the New England Small College Athletic Conference tourney. Tufts responded by winning its first national title with a 4-2 victory over Wheaton College (Illinois).

Wisconsin-Whitewater tops old rival

Wisconsin-Whitewater coach Lance Leipold, who took the head coaching job of Division I Football Bowl Subdivision member Buffalo before the Division III playoffs concluded, received a going-away gift from his team as the Warhawks downed Mount Union, 43-34, for the Division III title.

Lynn’s dream realized again

When the soccer season began this fall, about half of those listed on the men’s roster at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, had already experienced the elation of winning a national championship.

Colorado State-Pueblo: mission accomplished

Colorado State-Pueblo’s  completion of a restoration project that began in 2008 culminated with winning the NCAA Division II Football Championship with a 13-0 victory over Minnesota State University, Mankato, in Kansas City, Missouri.

Tough love powers Penn State

Penn State ceded only two sets through six matches, including a 3-0 championship-clinching win over Brigham Young University in Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena, and the Nittany Lions won their second consecutive title and sixth in eight years.

New role, familiar result for Virginia

The University of Virginia, which atypically entered this year’s tournament as an underdog,  defeated the No. 2 seed, UCLA, 4-2 in penalty kicks in the tournament final Dec. 14 in Cary, North Carolina.

2014 Division II Women’s Volleyball

To earn its first title since 2006, the Spartans had to square off in the tournament final against the only team that had beaten them all season. Their past errors were quickly erased.

2014 Division I Women’s Soccer

Three years in a row, the Seminoles were among the last four teams standing, but never triumphed. On their fourth try, they finally broke through, toppling Virginia and capturing the program’s first national championship.

2014 Division II Women’s Cross Country

The Lakers, who claimed their third consecutive national title with a score of 50 points, entered the meet as the heavy favorite. Six of the team’s seven runners earned All-America honors by placing in the top 40.

2014 Division II Men’s Cross Country

With an impressive record of finishing first or second in every NCAA Division II Men’s Cross Country Championship since 2003, Adams State has become the team to beat. But on a cold, gray day in Louisville on a wet, muddy course, nobody was able to do it.

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