Winter 2015

"I’m not a dream stealer. I’m a realist."

For more than two decades, Greg Goings has juggled his day job as a sports information director with his role as a men’s basketball on-court official at the NCAA.

"Fly-fishing is just as nerve-racking as playing goalie."

Huh? That is no Mad Lib; it’s Cody Burgdorff’s life. The Augustana College (Illinois) senior tends goal for the school’s lacrosse team and doubles as a world-class fly fisherman.

Bison show championship mettle

When some of the current seniors on the North Dakota State football team were being recruited, the Bison were finishing up a 3-8 season in 2009.

A Perfect Match

Ron Vilardi’s final season of college football will be memorable – a fact that has nothing to do with the sport he plays.

UCLA returns to winning ways

The University of California, Los Angeles, is a regular contender for the NCAA National Collegiate Men’s Water Polo Championship. Going into this year’s championship, UCLA had won nine times overall, including in 1969, the inaugural year. But, the Bruins hadn’t won a title since 2004.

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.

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