Three Hobart and William Smith Colleges varsity teams are ranked in the top two in the nation according to the website CollegeFactual.com. The Heron soccer team is No. 1 among Division III women’s soccer programs, while the Statesmen ice hockey team and the Heron lacrosse team are both No. 2 in their respective sports.
College Factual’s sports rankings identify the colleges that excel both in sports and academics. To form its rankings, the website places a high emphasis on athletic competitiveness and overall college quality. College Factual also takes into consideration financial resources available to teams.
Winners of 11 consecutive Liberty League Championships, William Smith soccer is coming off a 19-2 season that saw the team advance to the third round of the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship. The program is led by legendary Head Coach Aliceann Wilber P’12. She has more career wins (555) than any other coach in Division III women’s soccer. The five-time national coach of the year has mentored 25 first team All-Americans, tops in Division III. Wilber guided the Herons to the national championship in 1988 and again in 2013.
On the ice, Hobart went 18-6-5 during the 2017-18 season, winning its fourth consecutive conference championship. The Statesmen, who won the final three titles of the now defunct ECAC West, captured the New England Hockey Conference title with a 3-0 shutout of defending national champion Norwich. The program is led by Head Coach Mark Taylor, who has more career wins with the Statesmen (288) than his five predecessors combined (196). He has directed the Statesmen to a pair of national semifinal appearances (2006, 2009).
William Smith lacrosse is coming off a 15-5 season that saw the Herons secure their third straight Liberty League Championship. William Smith reached the second round of the NCAA tournament with a dominating 18-8 win over Endicott. The Herons are led by Head Coach Anne Phillips whose career resume includes 183 wins across 16 seasons at Franklin & Marshall, Yale and William Smith. She guided the Diplomats to the 2007 national championship.
College Factual ranked four other HWS teams in its top 30. William Smith rowing is No. 8, William Smith ice hockey is No. 18, William Smith field hockey is No. 23 and Hobart football is No. 28.