Published 06/12/14

Dateline: Titletown – a banner year for Bryant athletics

Judging by the athletic and scholastic numbers, it’s been a banner year for Bryant sports. In only the second year of full Division I eligibility, the University's student-athletes broke conference and school records while earning high scholarly marks, prompting the adoption of the moniker “Titletown” across campus.

Spring sports were especially noteworthy. On the heels of six championship titles in the Northeast Conference (NEC), Bryant baseball, golf, men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, softball, and men’s tennis advanced to NCAA tournaments. The first school in NEC history to win six spring championships, Bryant also secured its first NEC Brenda Weare Commissioner’s Cup.

In another first, Ultimate Frisbee, a club sport, earned a trip in the Division III college championships in Westerville, OH, where they finished in ninth place. Tournament play followed a season in which the Bulldogs placed second in the New England regional competition.

Academic highlights

  • Nine teams earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards for APR (Academic Progress Rates) for programs in the top 10 percent of all Division I schools competing in that sport: men’s cross country, football, men’s track and field (indoor and outdoor), women’s soccer, softball, women’s swimming and diving, women’s tennis, volleyball
  • Nine student-athletes achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA in the fall 2013; six in spring 2014
  • 194 student-athletes made Dean's List
  • Eimear Black (cross-country/track) named NEC Scholar Athlete
  • Aubrey Mable (softball) Capital One Academic All-District
  • Eight named to NFHCA (field hockey) National Academic Team
  • Field hockey recognized with NFHCA Academic Team award
  • 212 athletes named to NEC Academic Honor Roll
  • 32 athletes named to NEC Commissioner’s Honor Roll with a 3.75 or higher GPA
  • Eight named to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) All-Academic Team 

Athletic highlights

  • More than 200 team victories
  • Seven NEC championship appearances
  • Nine NEC titles (3 regular season, 6 tournament)
  • Six NCAA Division I championship appearances
  • One NCAA quarterfinals appearance
  • Four All-Americans (including first-ever First Team All-American)
  • Two National Player of the Year semifinalists
  • Four NEC Coach of the Year awards
  • 14 NEC/MAAC major award recipients
  • 39 NEC/MAAC First Team honors
  • 24 NEC/MAAC  Second Team honors
  • 17 NEC Third Team honors
  • 25 All-Region selections
  • Four NEC Tournament MVPs
  • 19 NEC All-Tournament selections
  • Five baseball players drafted by Major League Baseball
  • Two men’s lacrosse players drafted by Major League Lacrosse

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