Fighting Knights rise above the rest

Program boosts Lynn pride and team performance.

Lynn University Fighting Knights Men's Golf Team pose with Coach Andrew Danna and the 2017-2018 NCAA Division II National Championship trophy
The men's golf team celebrates its first NCAA Division II National Championship.

Spirit, service and strength guided the Fighting Knights in pursuit of victory during the 2017–18 season. Lynn University’s athletics programs and athletes achieved regional and national accolades, including a national championship title—the university’s 24th.

National recognition

  • Men’s golf won its first NCAA Division II National Championship. The well-deserved finish followed four runner-up finishes since 2011. Men’s soccer also reached national competition, earning second place at the 2017 NCAA Division II Championship.
  • Women’s golf finished third for the Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-Scholar Team GPA Award.
  • Men’s and women’s tennis received All-Academic Team honors by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
  • Women’s swimming earned Scholar All-America Team honors by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.
  • Two swimmers competed at the NCAA Division II National Championship for the sixth consecutive year.
  • Women’s cross country received the Team All-Academic Award by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Individual recognitions

In the pool

  • Catalina Berraud-Galea placed 18th at the USA Swimming 5K Open Water Championship and earned runner-up at the Open Water Nationals. She became an Elite 90 recipient at the NCAA Division II Championship. Elite 90 distinction recognizes athletes who achieve excellence in their sport and in the classroom—Berraud-Galea completed competition with a 4.0 GPA.

On land

  • Tennis’s Klaudia Boczova and baseball’s Patrick Dorrian earned 2018 Sunshine State Conference (SSC) Player of the Year honors.
  • The SSC named softball alumna Christina Rolla ’06 to its Hall of Fame.
  • Baseball alumni Patrick Dorrian ’18 and Rigoberto Beltran ’17, ’18 landed spots on Major League Baseball clubs. Dorrian signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Beltran committed to the Seattle Mariners.
  • In coaching, named Tae Norwood a top NCAA Division II men’s basketball assistant coach. Former head men’s golf coach Andrew Danna earned the Dave Williams Division II National Coach of the Year award.
Lynn University Fighting Knights challenge six Division I schools to play during the inaugural South Florida Showdown
Lynn University Fighting Knights challenge six Division I schools to play during the inaugural South Florida Showdown

2017–18 season highlights

In 2017, Lynn University became the first Division II school to challenge Division I teams on its home field. The South Florida Showdown featured nine matches against six schools across five sports. The Fighting Knights went 4-4-1.

  • One national championship
  • One Hall of Fame inductee
  • Two Player of the Year honors
  • Five national top-10 rankings
  • Seven NCAA Tournament plays
  • 11 First Team honors
  • 15 Second Team selections
  • 26 Athlete of the Week awards

“I’m proud to celebrate our Fighting Knights' 2017–18 season achievements,” said Devin Crosby, athletics director. “These wins are well deserved and demonstrate the strength of our recruiting efforts and the dedication of our student athletes and coaching staff. We look forward to another successful year.”

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