Tag Archives: championships

Jeff RogersA busy spring for Berry’s student-athletes ended with two individual conference championships in men’s track, regular-season titles in men’s lacrosse and women’s softball, and a sixth-place national finish in hunt seat equestrian competition. Also making headlines was men’s basketball, which welcomed a new coach in Jeff Rogers (pictured), who comes to Berry after posting a four-year record of 77-34 at Kentucky’s Thomas More College.

Standouts for Berry included junior Ryan James, who raced to victory in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters at the Southern Athletic Association track and field championships. Also excelling were student-athletes competing in men’s lacrosse and women’s softball; both teams set new benchmarks for wins, men’s lacrosse with 13 and women’s softball with 29. The 13-5 finish in men’s lacrosse represented the third-best one-year improvement among 208 teams competing in NCAA Division III in 2013. Women’s tennis and men’s golf added a pair of second-place finishes in SAA tournament play. Success by the various teams resulted in numerous individual awards. Click the link for each sport to read more.

Bookmark and Share

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).

Bookmark and Share

Berry Hunt Seat Equestrian Team

Berry Hunt Seat Equestrian Team. Image courtesy of MHarris Photography.

Congratulations to Berry’s hunt seat and western equestrian teams for tremendous seasons capped by regional championships. The hunt seat team (seen here after winning the UGA Valentine’s Day Classic) is perfect so far, besting the likes of the University of Alabama, the University of Georgia and Emory University while earning a No. 1 ranking in the region. The western team has also put up high marks as it sets its sights on the possibility of a second national championship in three years. Both teams will be competing for a trip to nationals in the coming weeks. Two riders, freshman Nicole Roos (hunt seat) and junior Andrea Smith (western), have already qualified for nationals as individuals thanks to their status as high point riders for the year.

Bookmark and Share

It didn’t take Berry student-athletes long to make themselves at home in the new Southern Athletic Association, winning championships in women’s volleyball and men’s soccer this fall.

The volleyball team posted a 27-5 overall record en route to regular-season and tournament crowns in the SAA. The Lady Vikings hosted the inaugural conference tournament in the Cage Center, sweeping three straight matches to win the postseason title. Click the video to see the tournament clincher and hear interviews with the victorious players and coach.

The men’s soccer team was similarly successful, finishing second in the regular season before winning the conference tournament in thrilling fashion, edging top-seeded Centre College 5-4 on penalty kicks after the two teams finished regulation play and overtime tied 2-2. The Vikings’ 14-3-2 final record included a 7-0 start that produced the program’s first national ranking in Division III.

Berry is currently completing its final year as a probationary member of Division III. Next fall, student-athletes in all sports will be eligible to compete for NCAA national championships.

Bookmark and Share