Winter 2016

East Stroudsburg leans on defense during championship run

Sandy Miller understood her team’s potential after East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania’s two season-opening wins in September.

Nebraska captures fourth title

The University of Nebraska, Lincoln dropped only four matches all season. One came at the hands of the University of Texas at Austin, but the Cornhuskers avenged that loss in the NCAA Championship final, defeating Texas in straight sets on Dec. 19.

Penn State captures elusive national title

Since the 1992-93 season, the Pennsylvania State University women’s soccer program has ruled the Big Ten, winning 17 conference titles, but the Nittany Lions have met frustration during NCAA tournament play.

New Mexico transfers set the pace

Despite losing four runners from last season’s team that placed third at the NCAA championships, the University of New Mexico women’s cross country team didn’t fade in 2015.

Stanford caps four-year turnaround with title

When Jeremy Gunn was hired to coach the Stanford University men’s soccer team in 2011, he inherited a squad coming off a 6-10-2 season. Fast-forward four years, and Stanford is a national champion.

Syracuse runners garner first championship

This year, three individual top-10 finishes at the NCAA championships on Nov. 21 in Louisville, Kentucky, helped push the Orange to the program’s first national championship win in its 64-year history.

Seniors lead Syracuse to title

The Syracuse University senior trio of Emma Russell, Jess Jecko and Alyssa Manley reached the national semifinals as freshmen. They made the NCAA tournament again as sophomores and lost in the national championship game as juniors. This year, though, they capped stellar careers with a 4-2 NCAA championship victory over the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, on Nov. 22 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Onward and Upward, but Still Giving Back

After years of playing soccer, including at the college level at Valparaiso University, Serratore is now a volunteer coach for the University of Oregon’s women’s soccer team, where he tutors the goalkeepers.

The Voice They Found Was Never Lost

The football program’s black athletes felt it was time to take a stand. They were upset about discriminatory treatment and threatened to boycott. Their voices were joined by others on campus, amplifying the protest. Soon, sweeping changes came to the university, improving staff diversity and promoting inclusive values.

Dressed for Success

Shyra Ely-Gash has two passions in life: basketball and fashion. On the court, Ely-Gash played in four Final Fours for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. But she also grew up circling clothing she liked in magazines, and earned a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising.

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