No. 10 - Men's Golf earns NEIGA Division II Championship
For the third time since 2010, the Saint Anselm men's golf team claimed the NCAA Division II title at the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association Championship.
Entering the day only five strokes behind Assumption, the day one leader, the Hawks shot a combined 303 to rally for the team championship among the six NCAA Division II programs competing. Saint Anselm finished with 625 strokes, placing six ahead of Assumption and 15 ahead of third place American International.
Under the direction of Head Coach Frank Driscoll, the Hawks have won the Division II title three times since the 2010-11 season. Prior to that successful campaign, the best finish for Saint Anselm at the NEIGA Championship came in 1979 with a third-place finish.
No. 9 - Saint Anselm announces Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2019
The Saint Anselm College Department of Athletics announced its six-member Hall of Fame Class of 2019. The six inductees and one Special Recognition selection will be honored at an induction ceremony and banquet scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019.
Established in 1980, the Saint Anselm College Athletics Hall of Fame recognizes student-athletes, coaches and athletics administrators that have brought recognition to themselves and the College through their efforts on and off the playing surface. The Hall of Fame was revived in 2017 when the Class of 2007 was finally inducted along with two additional candidates.
No. 8 - Women's soccer returns to NE10 postseason play
The Saint Anselm women's soccer team made their first postseason appearance since 2013 this past fall. The 2018 squad was one of the most successful teams in program history, reaching the nine conference win plateau for the first time in program history.
The team also battled top-level competition as seven of the team's first 13 opponents on the season were ranked regionally by the NCAA. Through those 13 games, teams that Saint Anselm had already played boasted a 95-59-12 (.608) record which stood at the time as the 11th-best mark in all of NCAA Division II. Saint Anselm beat No. 11 Southern N.H. and later knocked off regionally-ranked Saint Rose at home in a key regular-season tilt.
Junior Caly Farina earned NEWISA All-New England First Team honors and was an NE10 First Team All-Conference pick. She posted a team and career-high 10 goals and 23 points (10-3=23) in 16 games while adding three assists, which were tied for the team lead. Senior Corey Murray capped a stellar four-year career with 44 career points, scoring 19 goals and six assists (19-6=44) and finished seventh all-time with 19 career goals.
No. 7 - Perkins reaches 100 career singles, doubles victories
Senior Jess Perkins became the first player in program history to reach the 100-win milestone for the Saint Anselm College women's tennis team in early March.
Perkins entered a match against Ursinus with 98 combined singles and doubles victories and won both her matches to reach the century mark. Perkins reached 100 wins in just 130 career matches.
The College's nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year award, Perkins finished with a 103-31 combined in singles and doubles record. Along with a dominant 60-10 career record at No. 1 singles, the two-time team captain was ranked in the East Region's top-20 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) throughout her senior season. As a junior, she finished as the runner-up in the 2016 ITA East Region Championship.
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No. 6 - Men's Lacrosse defeats No. 1-ranked Le Moyne in NE10 Semifinals
Taking on the top-ranked NCAA Division II program in the country, the 17th-ranked Saint Anselm men's lacrosse team stunned previously-unbeaten Le Moyne College by a 9-8 score in overtime in the Northeast-10 Conference Semifinals.
The Hawks (11-4) went on to participate in their first-ever NE10 Championship game, falling to the eventual NCAA Division II national champions from Merrimack.
Le Moyne, ranked first in NCAA Division II by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association, was the final team in Division II without a loss in the 2018 season. It was the first-ever victory by the Hawks men's lacrosse program over the top-ranked team in the nation.
No. 5 - Men's basketball wins 10-straight games to begin 2018-19 season
Ranked fourth in all of NCAA Division II by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the D2SIDA Media Poll, the Saint Anselm men's basketball team finished the calendar year with a 10-0 record.
The No. 4 ranking is also a team record, besting the previous high of fifth accomplished most recently in 1996.
No. 4 - Saint Anselm nets its first-ever Queen City Cup
For the first time since the trophy's inception in 2014, Saint Anselm came out on top of the head-to-head battle with its cross-town rival Southern New Hampshire University, winning the 2017-18 edition of the Queen City Cup.
The two institutions, located less than seven miles apart and members of the NCAA Division II Northeast-10 Conference, met in 16 sports this past year and racked up points with each victory over the other. The Hawks edged the Penmen by a 21-15 margin in 2017-18.
Over the summer, members of the Hawks athletics department met with Joyce Craig, the mayor of Manchester, to accept the cup. Director of Athletics Daron Montgomery, College President Dr. Steven DiSalvo and the Hawks' two NE10 Coaches of the Year, softball's Jill Gagnon and field hockey's Carolyn King-Robitaille, were also on hand.
No. 3 - Men's Ice Hockey comes from behind to capture Northeast-10 Championship
Trailing by a 5-2 margin entering the third period of the Northeast-10 Conference Men's Ice Hockey Championship game, Saint Anselm rattled off four-straight goals to stun the Purple Knights from Saint Michael's College by a 6-5 score in overtime.
With the victory, Saint Anselm (17-9-1) claimed its 10th NE10 Tournament championship since the conference's inception in 1999. The Hawks finished their season having won eight-straight games, the second-longest streak in program history. It was the first-ever overtime win in the NE10 Championship game for Saint Anselm.
Junior forward Jeremy Carignan scored the game-winning goal for the Hawks at the 12:13 mark of overtime, capping a four-goal comeback for Saint Anselm and delivering a league title to the Hilltop.
No. 2 - Field Hockey, Volleyball make NCAA Division II Championship appearances
Both the field hockey and volleyball programs at Saint Anselm made NCAA Division II Championship appearances in 2018.
The volleyball team earned an at-large bid to the tournament, finishing the year with single-season records in kills per set (12.96) while ranking second in kills (1,478) and attacking percentage (.237). The Hawks posted a hard-fought five set loss to New Haven in the NCAA East Region Quarterfinals.
The field hockey program sprinted out to a 15-7 overall record, earning their third-straight berth in the NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championship. Earlier in the season, Saint Anselm earned a spot in its second-ever Northeast-10 Conference Championship game, falling to Merrimack after back-to-back NE10 playoff wins over Assumption and Southern New Hampshire.
No. 1 - Softball earns East Region Championship, plays for NCAA Division II National Championship
The Saint Anselm softball program picked up its first-ever East Region Championship in 2018 and competed all the way to the national championship series of the 2018 NCAA Division II Softball Championship, the furthest into the tournament that any team, in any sport, on the Hilltop, has ever made it.
The Hawks concluded the year as the second-ranked team in NCAA Division II, not only the highest in the history of the softball program but is also believed to be the highest ever for any team at Saint Anselm.
The Hawks finished 2018 with a 44-13-1 record, setting a school record for wins in the process. Saint Anselm also established new school records in games (58), at bats (1,587), runs (279), hits (478), doubles (82), runs batted in (243), total bases (629), walks (177), times hit by pitch (31), stolen bases (89), saves (6), shutouts (13), innings pitched (389), chances (1,764), putouts (1,167) and assists (529).
Led by Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Year Jill Gagnon and the NFCA East Region's Coaching Staff of the Year, Saint Anselm had a record-setting eight student-athletes earn All-NE10 honors in 2018, while three student-athletes earned all-region honors from both the NFCA and the Division II Conference Commissioner's Association. The Hawks won the Northeast Division regular season title with a 19-2 mark in divisional games before going on to claim their first East Region crown to advance to Salem, Va. as one of the eight regional champions.
With 2018 officially in the books — as winter sports wrap up and the spring sports soon getting underway — what will the coming year bring for the Saint Anselm Athletics program…and how High will the Hawks Soar in 2019?