When health and safety measures allow for the privilege of donning a Rensselaer uniform for intercollegiate competition once again, the Institute’s student-athletes will be prepared to represent the cherry and white with heart, soul, and strength.
They will undoubtedly take advantage of the opportunities to grow and enhance lifelong friendships with their teammates and to build unbreakable bonds with their coaches. And they will carry on the tradition of excellence that has been established.
In the meantime, we’re highlighting some of the many impressive accomplishments by Rensselaer teams and student-athletes from recent years.
2013 Women’s Lacrosse
The Engineers charged their way through the campaign to establish the school record for wins and earn a place in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals for the first time in school history. In its 16 victories, the team led by Leslie DeLano ’06G outscored its opponents by 133 goals.
2015 Women’s Cross Country
A series of strong finishes set up the Engineers for conference and regional success, including a Liberty League Championship Meet victory and third place in the 42-school Atlantic Region Championship. The best was yet to come, however, as the team scored a school-record ninth-place finish at the NCAA Championship.
2017 Men’s Indoor Distance Medley Relay
No Rensselaer relay squad had won an NCAA Championship. That changed when the foursome of Colin Smith ’17, Jason Hall ’18, Noah Falasco ’20, and Ben Fazio ’17 posted a national championship-winning time of 9:56.42.
The Engineers qualified for the NCAA Tournament for only the third time in school history. The team earned a chance to advance to the Super Regionals. During the regular season, Rensselaer won its first seven games and swept four doubleheaders before winning four post-season contests.
2017-18 Men’s Tennis
In its fourth Liberty League Championship Tournament Final in a five-year span, the Engineers won their first title in the Liberty League’s nearly 25-year history. The triumph also secured the first NCAA Tournament appearance for Rensselaer, making it the most successful season in school history.
The regular season began with wins in each of the first eight games, establishing the Engineers as a premier program in the nation. Winning the Liberty League Championship propelled them into the NCAA Tournament, the first time in school history, with back-to-back appearances.
2019 Men’s Outdoor Track and Field
For the 11th time in the past 11 years, the Engineers stood atop the podium at the conclusion of the Liberty League Championship Meet. The 2019 championship featured five individual winners and two meet records for the Engineers.
2019 Men’s Cross Country
Led by a pair of seniors who earned All-America — the first time in school history with multiple honorees in a season — the Engineers registered a school record 10th-place finish at the NCAA Division III Championship.
2019 Men’s Soccer
It was a historic season for the team, which set school records for longest winning streak, longest unbeaten streak, most wins at home, most wins in a season, and deepest run in the NCAA Tournament.
2019-20 Men’s Basketball
2020 Mayor’s Cup
A crowd of nearly 6,200 people saw Rensselaer and Union College battle it out at the eighth annual Mayor’s Cup game. Each team scored once in regulation and neither in overtime, which set up a shootout between the Capital Region rivals. Rensselaer won the shootout, 2-0, to claim the Cup.