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86. Hobart and William Smith varsity teams have won a combined 28 national championships and, since cofounding the Liberty League in 1995, 113 conference championships.

87. Hobart Lacrosse holds the record for the most NCAA Division III national championships, with 13 wins between 1980 and 1993, 12 of which were consecutive. The Statesmen won a previous three national championships in the 1970s (the 1972 USILA College Division National Championship and the 1976 and 1977 NCAA Division II National Championships).


88. The Hobart and Cornell lacrosse teams first met in 1898, marking the beginning of the longest running rivalry in the college game. Hobart won that first game by a score of 2-1. Over the past 120 years, the Statesmen have come out ahead 47 times, Big Red 87. (There have been only four ties.)


89. In 39 seasons as head coach of the William Smith soccer team, Aliceann Wilber P'13 has amassed more than 570 wins -- more than any other coach in Division III women's soccer. She was only the third coach in NCAA women's soccer history to surpass the 500-win mark.

90. On March 14, 1910, William Smith played Alfred in basketball in the College's first intercollegiate competition. The president, dean, faculty and physical director allowed the game as an experiment. With a defeat and final score of 22-4, the experiment was considered a failure and William Smith would not play intercollegiate basketball again for 20 years. During the 2018-19 season, the Herons basketball team scored more than 1,700 points with a 17-9 record.

91. HWS alums have gone on to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Games in 1992 (Kate Hendrickson Borg '89, kayaking), 2004 (Kent Smack '97, crew) and 2012 (Trevor Moore '07 and Rob Crane '09, sailing). Dr. Allyson Shirtz Howe '94, an All-American and a Scholar All-American in soccer, is now Team Physician for the U.S. Women's Hockey team, which won Olympic gold in 2018.

Foley92. Athletic Director Emeritus at the University of Florida, Jeremy Foley '74, who retired in 2016, enjoyed a long and distinguished career as the director of athletics, where he oversaw the Gators Division I program that accumulated 27 national championships, 130 SEC titles and 105 Academic All-America awards.

93. The Colleges have produced 50 Academic All-American honorees and more than 650 All-American athletes, including Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard and captain Ali Marpet '15.

94. Over the years, various teams have come and gone, including wrestling, track and field, baseball, fencing, skiing, the rifle team and Hobart swimming and diving.

95. The William Smith Cross Country team has been an All-Academic team in each and every one of its 26 years of existence.