Men's Basketball and Field Hockey Both Ranked Second, Men's Ice Hockey and Baseball Both in Top 10
BABSON PARK, Mass.—The Babson College Department of Athletics and Recreation was well represented for the second year in a row when College Factual, in conjunction with its partner USA Today, released its 2018 rankings on Monday. Seven programs were ranked in the top 15 of their respective sports, led by men's basketball and field hockey, which both came in second following the most successful campaigns in school history.
Babson had 11 of its 22 varsity programs ranked for the second consecutive year by College Factual, which works with NSCA Athletic Recruiting to identify colleges and universities that excel in both academics and athletics. Athletic competitiveness, overall college quality, financial and coaching resources, and the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings all factor into the rankings.
The men's ice hockey program ranked eighth out of 78 Division III programs, and baseball moved up 55 spots to 10th place out of 333 programs following its first NCAA Tournament regional final appearance in school history back in May. The Beavers' men's soccer program, which has been to eight of the last nine national tournaments, finished 27th in the rankings, while men's lacrosse was 38th.
Women's basketball (11th), women's lacrosse (13th) and softball (14th), all of which captured their respective New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament championships last season, joined field hockey in the top 15. Women's hoops advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 for the fifth time, softball made its first NCAA Super Regional appearance, and lacrosse picked up its first national tournament victory since 2010. Women's soccer is ranked 46th among 368 Division III programs, while women's volleyball finished 50th out of 359 programs.
Babson had a historic 2016-17 campaign that was highlighted by men's basketball winning its first Division III national championship and the school's first team title since ice hockey in 1984. Field hockey became the first women's program in school history to reach the NCAA Tournament Final Four, and three other programs reached the round of 16 in their respective national tournaments. Overall, Babson placed 23rd in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings.