Winter 2016

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.

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