Babson to Induct National Championship Teams at 2019 Hall of Fame Ceremony

Babson to Induct National Championship Teams at 2019 Hall of Fame Ceremony

BABSON PARK, Mass.—The Babson College Athletics Hall of Fame Committee announced that it will induct the school's five national championship squads as part of the College's Centennial Celebration on September 20, 2019, inside the new Babson Recreation and Athletics Complex (BRAC). The department's 18th induction class will include teams for the first time, as men's soccer's 1975, 1979 and 1980 champions, men's ice hockey's 1984 squad, and the 2017 men's basketball team are all set to be honored.

"We are thrilled to be able to honor our five national championship teams and recognize their accomplishments," said Babson Senior Director of Athletics and Athletic Advancement Mike Lynch. "With the College celebrating its Centennial and the department opening the new BRAC facility, this is a unique opportunity to induct our first teams into the Hall of Fame and showcase the rich tradition of athletics at Babson. I expect that it will be a truly special event."

Under the direction of 1991 Hall of Fame inductee and head coach Bob Hartwell, the 1975 men's soccer team posted the only unbeaten season in program history (17-0-1) on the way to capturing the College's first national championship. One of the most decorated squads in Babson history, the Beavers featured six future members of the Hall of Fame – Jon Anderson '75, Franz Grueter '76, Shane Kennedy '76, Francis Pantuosco '79, Mark Paylor '78 and Jim Powers '76. The Green and White posted 13 shutouts while outscoring its opponents by a 61-5 margin, including defeating Brockport, 1-0, in the national championship game.

Bill Rogers '73, who also was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991, guided the men's soccer program to back-to-back national championships in 1979 and 1980. Led by future Hall of Famers Jim Fisher '83, George Salvitti '81 and James Stento '80, the 1979 Beavers went 13-2-4, recorded 12 shutouts and did not allow a goal in the NCAA Tournament until the final, where it defeated Glassboro State (now Rowan), 2-1.

In 1980, Babson finished the year with an overall record of 16-3-1 and became one of just four schools in Division III history to repeat as champions. First-year players and future Hall of Fame inductees Mark McNabb '85 and Rodolphe von Berg '83 joined the trio of Fisher, Salvitti and Stento, as the Green and White won five consecutive one-goal games in the NCAA Tournament, four of which went to overtime, before defeating Scranton, 1-0, on the future Hartwell-Rogers Field to once against hoist the Walnut and Bronze.

Led by head coach Rob Riley, men's ice hockey became the second Babson program to capture a national championship with a historic 1983-84 campaign. Paul Donato '84, who finished with a single-season record 76 points, and Keith Houghton '85 both earned All-America honors, and the duo would later be inducted into the Hall of Fame along with Fran Murray '85. The Beavers set a school record for wins, captured its first Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament championship, and finished the year at 27-5-1 overall after overwhelming Union, 8-0, in the national title game.

Two years after leading his team to the Division III Final Four for the first time, head coach Stephen Brennen helped men's basketball become just the third New England program in 42 years to win a national title in 2017. Led by two-time National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Player of the Year Joey Flannery '17 and a senior class that won 103 career games, the Beavers went 31-2 and were the nation's top-ranked team for the final nine weeks of the regular season. After overcoming a 25-point first-half deficit in the national semifinals, the Green and White defeated Augustana, 79-78, thanks to a last-second block by Flannery in the championship game.

More information on the Hall of Fame ceremony and athletics events in conjunction with the College's Centennial Celebration will be announced in the coming months.

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