YEAR 1 of DIVISION 1
Last summer, the Merrimack College Athletics Department ushered in its new Division I era. The year began with new opponents, new campuses to visit and new goals to attain. What unfolded was a sight to see. Unprecendented success for a first-year Division I department was attained.
Our Warriors proved they belonged to the tune of two Northeast Conference Regular Season Championships (men’s soccer and men’s basketball), 16 all-conference selections, 88 total victories and four academic All-Americans. Prominent Division I athletic programs such as UMass, Northwestern, Northeastern, Boston University, the University of Maine, Delaware State, Michigan, Michigan State, Canisius, Monmouth, Loyola (Md.), Vermont, St. Bonaventure, Quinnipiac and more ran into the Merrimack buzzsaw. It was an unforgettbale campaign.
All of the above and so much more took just one year to accomplish, leaving much anticipation for what will come next. In the piece that follows, our student-athletes reflected on their first Division I experience.