Historic Spring Caps Banner Year for Babson Athletics

Historic Spring Caps Banner Year for Babson Athletics

BABSON PARK, Mass.— For the first time in school history, three spring programs captured conference championships and two advanced to the NCAA Tournament Round of 16 to cap a banner year for Babson College Athletics.

Baseball's spring was especially historic, with the Beavers breaking a single-season program record for wins while playing in the NCAA New England Regional Tournament championship round for the first time. The Green and White went 29-15, won its third New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament title and claimed a share of the league's regular season championship. Babson won 16 of its last 18 games.

Not to be outdone, softball matched baseball's finish by advancing to the NCAA Tournament Round of 16 after winning its third NEWMAC Tournament crown and emerging victorious the following weekend as host of the NCAA Babson Park Regional. The Beavers won an incredible seven straight elimination games to keep their season alive en route to a 33-16 record.

Women's lacrosse enjoyed an outstanding spring, earning victories in 11 of 12 games down the stretch to advance to the NCAA Tournament second round. Reaching the NEWMAC Tournament championship game for the 10th time in the last 11 seasons, Babson won its sixth conference crown. The Beavers posted records of 14-6 overall and 7-1 in league play.

Men's golf was the fourth Babson team to play in an NCAA Championship this spring, as the Green and White made its third consecutive appearance. The Beavers experienced a significant jump in the standings from a year ago, placing 25th in the country after tying for 36th in 2016. Playing at Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., Babson posted a team score of 310 in the second round, their lowest in NCAA Tournament play since 2001.

Beaver representation at an NCAA Championship will continue this weekend as men's track & field junior John Decker (Parkland, Fla.) became just the second male in school history to qualify for the national meet. Competing in the 800-meter run trials on Friday in Geneva, Ohio, Decker currently ranks 10th in Division III. He's the only three-time individual conference champion in program history.

Rounding out the spring was men's tennis playing in its fifth straight NEWMAC Tournament title match, men's lacrosse advancing to the league tournament semifinal round, and women's track & field competing in its conference championship.