Winning legacy

Berry Championship RingsChampionship rings were in abundant supply at a spring reunion celebrating the long and storied history of Berry  women’s soccer.

Alumnae – including many former All-Americans – traveled from as far away as Oklahoma, Texas, Long Island and Minnesota  for the gathering. They were joined by two former coaches who helped establish Berry’s championship pedigree, Ray Leone and Becky Burleigh. Ray, now the head coach at Harvard University, led the Berry program to its first national championship in 1987. Becky succeeded him in 1989 and claimed two more titles, in 1990 and 1993, before beginning her highly successful tenure as head coach at the University of Florida.

The reunion afforded alumnae the opportunity to scrimmage against current Lady Vikings. They also got to relive some of their greatest moments (watch video). The event was spearheaded by current head coach Lorenzo Canalis, keeper of Berry’s championship legacy with a program-best 250 wins in 18 seasons, and former player Alyson Simpson Slade (97C).

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