UMass Boston honors nearly 100 student athletes at annual ring ceremony
UMass Boston Athletics honored nearly 100 student athletes at its annual ring ceremony on Thursday, a record for the university in a given academic year.
Teams and individuals from track and field, men’s soccer, men’s tennis, volleyball, softball, and baseball received conference rings earned during the 2016-2017 academic year.
“It is the quality of the sports and athletics here at UMass Boston. We are proud of you all,” said Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation, Special Projects and Programs Charlie Titus.
Among the honorees were UMass Boston national track and field champions Hulerie McGuffie ’16 and Wadeline Jonathas ’20. Both received their national championship rings on Thursday – Jonathas for the 2016-2017 season; McGuffie for 2015-2016.
In March, Jonathas won the 400-meter dash at the NCAA Division III Indoor National Championship Meet. In May, she won both the 400- and 200-meter dash at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championship Meet.
“We just wanted to congratulate you on a successful freshman year and we’re looking forward to the next three years,” said Head Coach Consandria Walker-Hall.
Here is how the following teams ended up with Little East Conference championship rings:
- Volleyball: Volleyball punched their ticket to a seventh NCAA Division III regional tournament in eight years with a 3-0 win over Plymouth State University in November 2016.
- Men's Soccer: Men's soccer earned their third consecutive Little East Conference Tournament title with a 2-1 win over Rhode Island College in the LEC Tournament championship game in November 2016.
- Track and Field: Track and field won a program best 10 gold medals at the Little East Conference championship in April 2017.
- Softball: Softball secured their first-ever trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament in May 2017 with a doubleheader sweep of Plymouth State University in the Little East Conference Tournament final.
- Men's Tennis: Men’s tennis advanced to the NCAA Tournament in May 2017 by winning their second Little East Conference Tournament in five years. The No. 1-ranked Beacons beat No. 2 UMass Dartmouth 5-2.
- Baseball: UMass Boston’s baseball team (pictured below) returned to the NCAA Tournament for the second time after winning their second Little East Conference Tournament in May 2017. The No. 2 Beacons beat the No. 3 UMass Dartmouth Corsairs 8-6 in the tournament final. After winning the NCAA Division III Baseball New England Regional Championship, they advanced to the College World Series.
At the end of the event, Titus issued a challenge to each of the teams: be back next year, bring more athletes with you, and set another ring record.