Students, faculty, staff, and UMass Boston mascot Bobby the Beacon gathered Wednesday, November 19 in the Campus Center to show their appreciation for the fall Beacons athletics teams. For the first time in school history, all three fall sports squads competed in the Little East Conference tournament.
The men’s soccer team recorded its best season, winning a record 14 games on their way to a Little East Conference tournament title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The volleyball team won their sixth consecutive LEC regular season title. And the women’s soccer team won the LEC regular season championship.
"It was a great year," Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation Charlie Titus told the crowd of more than 200 there to cheer on their teams.
Titus congratulated volleyball co-head coaches Terry Condon and Michael Houlihan, and assistant coaches Alyssa Broccoli, Megan Pollock, and Kate Carlson; women's soccer coach Amy Zombeck and assistant coaches Dan Campagna and Greg Visinho; and men's soccer head coach Jake Beverlin and assistant coaches Andrew Branton, Alex Fisher, and Vasily Yakimkin.
Chancellor J. Keith Motley said he was proud of each student-athlete who plays on the intramural and intercollegiate Beacons teams, and thankful to the university community for turning out to cheer the Beacons on.
"We wanted the opportunity to say thank you to all of you for representing this school in such a magnificent way, for setting history, and for doing something together that very few people have the opportunity to do," Motley said. "We're so proud of you. Keep working hard. Keep building on this tradition."
He went on to joke: "Keep winning rings for your chancellor. I love them, and I'm so grateful to you."
The Beacons hope to continue their winning streak this season with men's and women's hockey and basketball. Men's basketball won their season opener on Tuesday at Colby-Sawyer College.
"I expect you all to come to our winter sports ... We have some great teams this year, some great wins," Condon said.