Athletic Tradition at Stonehill
Since its founding in 1948, Stonehill has sponsored an intercollegiate athletic program commensurate with the College's commitment to academic excellence.The result of this commitment by the College and by our student-athletes is the rich athletic tradition that exists at Stonehill today.
Student-athletes celebrate following a touchdown.
In sixty years of history, numerous athletic accomplishments have brought honor to Stonehill College. Though difficult to highlight a few amongst so many; here are but a few that have made Stonehill athletics what it is today:
- Two NCAA National Championships and one IHSA National Championship.
- One Northeast-10 Presidents Cup for top overall athletic performance in a year (2006).
- 55 Conference Championships (Regular Season and Tournament).
- 50 NCAA Post-Season appearances, with 30 since 2000.
- A Women's Basketball program that has over 675 wins and has advanced to two NCAA Elite Eights, one NCAA Final Four, and has never had a losing season in its history.
- A Men's Basketball program that has over 800 wins and has advanced to one NCAA Elite Eight, and one NCAA Final Four in its history.
- A Women's Lacrosse program that has won two NCAA Championships, nine consecutive Northeast-10 Conference Championships, and has an active 68-game conference winning streak.
Beyond the trophies and awards, there have been other noteworthy achievements that demonstrate the success, values, and community that permeate the Stonehill athletic tradition. For example:
- Merkert Gymnasium filled to capacity, and then some, to witness another stirring Stonehill-Bentley basketball game.
- The first NCAA Championship in College history being won on the campus by the 2003 Women's Lacrosse program, just four years into its existence, when Stonehill scored with nine seconds left to secure the program's first national crown.
- The epic Stonehill Football come-from-behind 39-36 victory over Bentley College in 1995 that snapped the Falcons 37-game winning streak and captured the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference title for Stonehill.
- The opening of W.B. Mason Stadium, a new state-of-the-art multi-purpose athletic facility, in 2005.
These achievements not only define Stonehill's athletic tradition, they also inspire our current student-athletes. To that end, the achievements of our current student-athletes will serve as inspiration for our future student-athletes, thus perpetuating the tradition further.