Centennial Moments: Success in the 2000s and Beyond

Centennial Moments: Success in the 2000s and Beyond

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Beginning with men's swimmer Ramon Lopez '02 and the men's golf team qualifying for the 2000 NCAA Championships, Babson College has enjoyed two decades of athletics success unmatched in department history.

The Beavers have claimed 50 regular season conference titles, 51 conference championships, and have made a combined 75 team and individual national championship appearances since 2000. Twenty of Babson's 22 varsity programs have qualified for nationals at least once over the last 20 years, which includes multiple appearances by 19 different programs.

Babson, which has been affiliated with the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) since 1985 in women's sports and 1998 on the men's side, has seen 11 programs win multiple conference championships since 2000. Men's soccer captured its eighth back in November, while both women's basketball and women's lacrosse have each captured seven conference titles over the last 13 years.

Baseball, men's basketball and women's volleyball have been crowned as NEWMAC champions four times, softball owns three conference titles, and both women's tennis and field hockey have hoisted the league trophy on two occasions. Additionally, men's golf owns six titles competing in both the NEWMAC and New England Collegiate Conference (NECC), while men's ice hockey claimed four Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championships between 2007-14.

On the national stage, men's basketball won the program's first national championship in 2017 two years after reaching the national semifinals for the first time, while field hockey became the first Babson women's program to make a Division III Final Four appearance in 2016. Women's volleyball advanced to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals for the first time in 2018 and baseball followed up two straight regional final appearances with its first trip to the Division III College World Series last June.

Additionally, women's basketball advanced to the national quarterfinals twice as part of five straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 2009-13, and men's ice hockey reached the national quarterfinals in both 2013 and 2014.

Overall, men's alpine skiing owns the most national championship appearances having competed at the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championships 14 times since 2000, which includes 12 straight trips dating back 2008. Men's soccer, which reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in both 2010 and 2011, has made 11 trips to the national tournament since 2000, while both women's basketball and women's lacrosse, which earned five straight tournament berths between 2007-11, have been a part of seven NCAA championships over the last two decades.

Individually, Aaron Paradis '10 qualified for a pair of NCAA Men's Diving Championships in 2008 and 2010, while Marina Capalbo '15 competed at three straight track & field national championships from 2013-15 and both the 2013 and 2014 cross country national championships. 

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