football-d2 flag

Wayne Cavadi | NCAA.com | June 10, 2019

11 memorable NCAA DII championships from the 2018-19 season

Tampa wins the 2019 DII Baseball National Championship

When Tampa charged the field as winners of the 2019 DII baseball championship, it officially closed the books on another successful NCAA Division II season. 

This season was almost the exact opposite from the 2017-18 campaign. That was a year of firsts when teams such as Central Missouri and Charleston (WV)  — who seemed to be always knocking on the door in soccer — finally broke through and Ferris State’s run to the DII basketball championship was one to remember.

The 2018-19 season will be remembered for the familiar faces who restored the tradition for which their respective programs were known. 

Let’s take a look back at some of the more exciting title games from 2018-19.

Valdosta State wins its fourth DII football national championship

A deflection TD catch like you've never seen in DII Championship game

The Blazers faced Ferris State in a championship game between two undefeated DII football teams and did they ever deliver. They totaled 945 yards and 96 points in a game that saw records fall seemingly by the minute. Blazers' quarterback Rogan Wells led the way, scoring a record six touchdowns — one a receiving touchdown on a trick play — in the Blazers 49-47 victory that took every last minute on the clock to decide.

HISTORY: 11 of the craziest numbers from the DII football championship game

Northwest Missouri State becomes fifth undefeated DII men’s basketball champion 

Northwest Missouri State claims the 2019 DII Men's Basketball Championship

It was supposed to be a rebuilding year for Coach Ben McCollum. He lost his top three scorers that were major contributors in the Bearcats 2017 national championship and by the DII men’s Elite Eight, he was starting two freshmen. None of that mattered. The Bearcats were put to the test in Evansville, Indiana, in the DII Elite Eight, but prevailed, finishing the season 38-0 and winners of their second title in three years.

Northwest Missouri’s perfect season on of many memorable moments at the DII Men’s Elite Eight

Lubbock Christian establishes itself as a DII women’s basketball national powerhouse

Lubbock Christian claims the 2019 Women's DII Basketball Championship

In 2016, Steve Gomez led the Lady Chaps to a 35-0 season and the DII women’s basketball national championship. They became the first program to win the title in its first year of eligibility in its transfer into DII. Three years later, they already have No. 2.

And what a way to do it. Lubbock Christian upset undefeated Drury in the semifinals and then went to not one, but two overtimes in defeating the upstart Southwestern Oklahoma State Bulldogs for the title, firmly establishing themselves amongst the elite of DII women’s basketball. 

RELIVE THE 2-OT THRILLER: How Lubbock Christian won its second title in four years

Bridgeport defeats Grand Valley State for its first DII women’s soccer title

Bridgeport crowned 2018 DII women's soccer national champs

In a year of so many past champions returning to power, Bridgeport’s story is one that stands out. Grand Valley State has become the current benchmark in DII women’s soccer with five national titles in 2009. The Lakers entered the championship match undefeated, including an early season 6-0 blowout victory against the very same Bridgeport team. The Purple Knights flipped the switch when it mattered most, becoming the first team to shut down the high-octane Lakers offense and keep them off the board all season in a thrilling 1-0 victory decided in the 78th minute.

BRIDGEPORT REIGNS: Purple Knights outlast Grand Valley State for the title

Tampa wins its eighth DII baseball championship

Tampa's Danny Blair lays out to rob an extra base hit

Head coach Joe Urso’s Spartans continue to cement themselves as the premier DII baseball team of the 2000s. Urso won his fifth title as head coach and sixth overall with his 1992 ring as a player. Tampa swept its way to the championship, bookending two dominant victories with a thrilling come-from-behind eighth-inning rally in Game 1 and then another in the seventh inning of the championship game. 

SPARTANS BACK ON TOP: Tampa wins the DII baseball championship

Tampa’s third DII women’s volleyball title highlights the DII Festival

Tampa wins 2018 DII volleyball national championship

The DII Festival headed to Pittsburgh this year where Tampa closed the week with yet another title. Why is that a big deal? Each of Tampa’s three national championships have come at the DII Fall Festival. The Spartans snapped Western Washington’s DII-best 30-game winning streak in a 3-2 thriller from Pittsburgh.

RECAP: Tampa rolls to 2018 DII volleyball championship

Merrimack goes back-to-back in DII men’s lacrosse

Merrimack wins the 2019 DII Men's Lacrosse Championship

The Warriors have only two DII men’s lacrosse titles in their program’s history, so the fact that they are both in the past two seasons is impressive. Merrimack’s run began three years ago when it lost 11-9 to Limestone in the 2017 championship game. The Warriors left little doubt this year, avenging that loss and dominating to a 16-8 victory in the title game.

REPEAT: Merrimack wins the 2018 DII men’s lacrosse title

Adelphi back on top of the DII women’s lacrosse world

Adelphi wins the 2019 DII Women's Lacrosse Championship

When it comes to DII women’s lacrosse, the Panthers continue to rewrite the history books every season after winning their ninth title in 2019. After missing out on the championship game last season, the only time in the past six years, Adelphi returned with a vengeance. The Panthers scored more than 10 goals in every game of the tournament and there was never a doubt in their 11-5 victory over West Chester in which two players recorded hat tricks.

RECAP: Adelphi wins the 2019 DII women’s lacrosse championship

Ashland wins indoor and outdoor men’s track and field championship

Ashland wins the 2019 DII Men's Outdoor Track & Field Championship

This was exciting on multiple levels. The Eagles followed their first indoor national championship with their first-ever outdoor title. They did so in a thrilling one-point victory over Angelo State. But the big story was head coach Jud Logan. Logan missed the indoor title in his battle with leukemia. His Eagles made sure he didn’t miss out on another, this time with Logan by their side.

ASHLAND: Meet Jud Logan, head coach and fighter for the Ashland Eagles

Shippensburg pulls off the three-peat in DII field hockey

Shippensburg wins DII field hockey national championship

The Raiders have long been in the conversation but couldn’t break through until 2013. Now they’ve won four of the last six DII field hockey titles. Head coach Bertie Landes started the dynasty, but Tara Zollinger has continued it, a perfect 2-for-2 in the championship game since becoming head coach. This time it was a 1-0 overtime victory over an East Stroudsburg team that was the last to win a title before the Shippensburg run commenced.

THRICE AS NICE: Shippensburg wins the 2018 title

 
Augustana (S.D.) wins the 2019 DII Softball National Championship

OTHER MEMORABLE MOMENTS: Augustana (SD) wins its first DII softball title in 28 years; Barry captures its first DII men's soccer title; Queens (NC) five-peats in men’s and women’s swimming and diving; Central Oklahoma repeats in rowing.

DII NEWS: Top stories | DII Festival info 

The essential things to know about each team in the DII baseball championship

Here's a quick guide to each team that will compete in Cary, North Carolina, for the 2019 DII baseball championship from June 1-8.
READ MORE

Ashland track and field coach Jud Logan is ready for a national championship run after battle with leukemia

Ashland track and field coach Jud Logan has always been a winner. Now he's in the biggest battle of his life.
READ MORE

DII women's basketball programs with the most NCAA DII national championships

Here's a look at the programs that have won multiple DII women's basketball championships.
READ MORE