Throughout collegiate sports, March is the month when winter sports hold their championship events. While men’s basketball might be most widely known for its “March Madness” tournament, the winter championships extend to all levels and sports during the month.
This year, five Hill alumni participated in winter championship events:
- Zach Spiker ’96, head men’s basketball coach at Drexel University, led the Dragons to a Colonial Athletic Association championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament, the program’s first trip to the tournament in 25 years. Drexel was a 16-seed and fell top top-seed Illinois in the opening round.
- Ryan Moffatt ’19 and the Colgate Red Raiders Men’s Basketball team also earned an automatic bid after winning the Patriot League Championship. Colgate, a 14-seed, lost to Arkansas in the first round. For the season, Moffatt started all 16 games for Colgate, averaging 22 minutes and 5.3 points per-game.
- Caroline Goffredo ’20 became the first alumna to take part in the NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey Tournament when she and her Boston College team took on Ohio State. BC has been ranked in the top-10 of the Division I poll for most of the season, but lost to third-ranked OSU in the opening game. In her debut season, Goffredo recorded three points.
Classmate Jessica Ciarrocchi, a freshman on the Penn State University women’s hockey team, narrowly missed qualifying for the tournament.
- Coming off an outstanding performance in helping lead the University of Florida to the Southeast Conference (SEC) men’s swimming title, Alfonso Mestre ’19 earned Honorable Mention All-American Honors by placing in the top-15 in the 500 Free, and he also garnered All-American status as a member of the university’s bronze medal-winning 800 Free Relay team. Overall, the Florida men finished third in the NCAA championship meet.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is an alternative to the NCAA largely comprised of small schools in the Midwest. Seth Maxwell ’18 currently is a center on the Indiana Wesleyan University men’s basketball team that advanced to the Round of 16 in the NAIA Men’s Basketball Tournament.