Fall championships get spotlight
CBS Sports special to air 1 p.m. ET Sunday, feature 12 titlists
INDIANAPOLIS -- For the 10th consecutive year, all of the NCAA championships will receive television exposure, including 12 fall championships being featured in a one-hour special.
CBS Sports Presents Championships of the NCAA will air at 1 p.m. ET Sunday on CBS. Highlights and stories from cross country, field hockey, soccer, water polo and volleyball will be featured in the program.
As individuals and teams pursue their ultimate goal to become an NCAA champion, some of the feature stories include:
Recaps, video and photos of the national championship teams across all sports and divisions during the fall.
• Complete list
• The College of Saint Rose faces off against Grand Valley State in the Division II Women’s Soccer Championship from Pensacola, Fla. If victorious, this will be the first national championship in Division II women’s soccer for Saint Rose.
• The Division II Men’s Soccer Championship was also held in Pensacola, Fla., with Fort Lewis facing off against Lynn. Fort Lewis would have to play into overtime in pursuit of its second men’s soccer national championship in the last three years and third soccer title overall.
• In Division III men’s soccer, Ohio Wesleyan coach Jay Martin enters the national semifinals chasing not just a second national championship, but a major milestone: two more victories would break the all-time wins record in men’s college soccer. Standing in the way is Montclair State in the semis, and eventually Calvin in the championship in San Antonio, Texas.
• Messiah seeks its third national championship in the past four years, and fourth overall, as it takes on Wheaton (Ill.) in the Division III Women’s Soccer Championship in San Antonio, Texas. Messiah coach Scott Frey attempts to make it a family affair as well as it would be the first title with his daughter, Alicia, on the team.
• Defending team champion Villanova, led by last year’s individual champion Sheila Reid, looked for a repeat in Terre Haute, Ind., at the Division I Women’s Cross Country Championships. Reid would make a strong push for herself and the school to duplicate the individual and team championships, but Georgetown and Washington had visions of winning the championship.
• Arizona freshman Lawi Lalang has won every race this season leading up to the Division I Men’s Cross Country Championships. Lawi looks to complete a perfect season competing with the best of the best at this year’s championships in Terre Haute, Ind.
• Spokane, Wash., was the site for the Division II Cross Country Championships. On the men’s side, Adams State has won the last three championships with Western State finishing second each time. Is this the year the Mountaineers take the title? On the women’s side, the defending individual champion is senior Neely Spence of Shippensburg. Spence, who is coached by her father, looks to close out her collegiate cross country career with another title.
• For the third consecutive season, North Carolina faced off against the Maryland for the Division I Field Hockey Championship. The championship would prove to be a nail-biter with a dramatic comeback to tie the game at the end of regulation and force overtime in Louisville, Ky.
• Southern California was out to make history as the first program to win a men’s water polo championship in four consecutive years. USC, also going for its seventh men’s water polo title overall, would have to beat cross-town rival UCLA to achieve this historic feat in Berkeley, Calif.
• The Division III Women’s Volleyball Championship featured a matchup between Wittenburg and Christopher Newport, neither of which had made it to a women’s volleyball championship match before. Wittenberg senior Hillary Monnin has been the inspirational leader of the team as she has spent the season battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma from the sidelines.
CBS Sports’ Tracy Wolfson will serve as host of the CBS Sports Presents Championships of the NCAA.
CBS Sports has aired 27 seasonal shows from the three NCAA sports seasons (fall, winter, spring) during the past nine years. The Dec. 25 show is the 28th edition of CBS Sports Presents Championships of the NCAA. Each seasonal show features highlights and unique NCAA student-athlete stories from a variety of Division I, II and III championships.