Seven Babson Programs Ranked in Top 15 For Second Consecutive Year
BABSON PARK, Mass.—For the third year in a row, the Babson College Department of Athletics and Recreation was well represented when College Factual released its 2019 rankings last week. Seven programs were listed among the top 15 of their respective sports, highlighted by field hockey and men's basketball being ranked first overall.
Eleven of Babson's 22 varsity programs were 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.
Men's basketball, which captured the program's first Division III national championship in 2017, was first among 389 schools after finishing second in last year's rankings. Men's ice hockey (7th) earned its third straight top-10 ranking, while the baseball program finished 11th after reaching the regional finals of the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row last May.
Men's soccer, which has competed in the NCAA Tournament in eight of the last 10 years, was ranked 30th out of 382 programs, while men's lacrosse, the defending New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season champions, came in 37th in the rankings.
After becoming Babson's first women's program to reach a final four in 2016, field hockey moved up one spot to first out of 152 schools in this year's rankings. Women's lacrosse came in 12th after capturing its second consecutive NEWMAC Tournament crown last spring, softball finished 14th for the second year in a row, and women's basketball, winners of three straight conference regular season titles, was 15th out of 394 programs.
Women's soccer came in 48th and women's volleyball, which reached its first NCAA Tournament regional final last November, was ranked 55th.
Over the last five years, Babson has seen 19 of its 22 programs compete in their respective national tournaments. Highlighting this success was a historic 2016-17 campaign that saw the Beavers finish a school-best 23rd overall in the Learfield Directors' Cup standings.