Building Champions
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In recent years, Dowling College has become one of the most successful NCAA Division II athletic programs in the Northeast and has risen to prominence on the national scene. Dowling sponsors 15 sports.  Dowling’s NCAA sports include baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, field hockey, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s golf, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, and volleyball.

The 2013­2014 season saw five Golden Lions teams advance to NCAA Tournament play. The women’s volleyball team competed in their 12th straight NCAA Tournament, the men’s soccer team battled to a second place finish in the Eat Coast Conference Tournament earning an at large bid to the NCAA East Region Tournament for the 13th time in program history.  The men’s lacrosse team made their fourth NCAA appearance meanwhile the baseball team captured the ECC Regular Season Title and advanced to the NCAA East Region final game.  Men’s golf made their sixth consecutive NCAA appearance with Kurt Brey becoming the first Golden Lion to advance to the NCAA Championship Tournament. 

Overall, the Golden Lions placed 38 student­athletes on All­Conference teams including baseball’s Tyler Badamo earning ECC Pitcher of the Year with Samantha Stavish of women’s lacrosse earning ECC Defender of the Year.  In addition, coaches Tim Boyle, Tom Caputo, and Steve Hayn all receiving conference coach of the year honors in their respective sports.   The Golden Lions name 13 student-athletes to All-East Region teams with nine earning All-American honors.

Off the field, over 150 student-athletes earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher of which 70 finished above a 3.5.  Softball’s Crystal Tarango and Derek Muzio of men’s lacrosse were named Academic All-Americans for their work on the field as well as in the classroom.
Dowling athletes pride themselves not only by excelling on the field and in the classroom but also in the community by raising money and awareness for various causes.  In the fall of 2013, Make-A-Wish and Dowling College Athleics joined together to host the First Annual Walk For Wishes event on the Brookhaven Campus.  The event granted a wish to a young boy with a life threatening illness a trip to Disney World while raising over $30,000 for Make-A-Wish.  For the eighth straight year, the Dowling College Golden Lions teamed with Keep Islip Clean (KIC), an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, to complete the Clean Teams program, a year long community service initiative adopted by all seventeen athletic teams at Dowling College. The initiative kicked off with over 250 student­athletes cleaning areas in the community. Over 80 bags of litter and debris were removed from this cleanup alone!

The Dowling College Athletic Program prides itself in “Building Champions,” in academics, athletics, community, and life for all student­athletes.