This May, Shippensburg University reclaimed the Dixon Trophy as the top overall athletics program in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). Shippensburg has now won the Dixon Trophy a conference-record eight times. No other school has won more than three times. The honor also marks the first Dixon Trophy for Shippensburg since 2010-11 and is the first for the R
On the surface, this success story is remarkably similar to the sports feature that ran in our 2014 winter issue. Just as they had done in 2013, the Shippensburg University field hockey team navigated a gamut of highs and lows during its 2016 season, ending with its highest honor—a national championship. This win however, carried with it unparalleled emotions after tragedy marked the start of the season.
On Friday, November 13, the Shippensburg Universityvolleyball team, which then sat at 25-8 on the 2015 season, was in second place in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division with two matches remaining in the regular season. A berth to the PSAC playoffs had been secured, and now the team had its eye set on a possible conference championship and a likely trip to the NCAA tournament.