HOPE COLLEGE EXCEPTIONAL TEAM PERFORMANCE
Presented to the team that played the most impressive game or had the most significant win in a given year.
Men’s Basketball vs. Washington University in St. Louis – In the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the Flying Dutchmen defeated Washington University in St. Louis, 94-80. This win propelled Hope to its first trip to NCAA sectional play in nine years. As a team, Hope shot 50% from the field and was led by Cody Stuive’s 37 points.
Men’s Tennis vs. Adrian – In the semifinal match of the 2016 MIAA Tournament, the Flying Dutchmen claimed a 5-4 victory over Adrian. Hope won two flights in doubles and the fourth, fifth, and sixth singles flights to secure the victory. This win earned the team a spot in the MIAA Tournament final after not making the tournament the previous season.
Women’s Golf at MIAA Jamboree - The Flying Dutch saved their best performance for the MIAA Tournament at the end of the 2016 fall season. On the first day of the two-day tournament, the team posted a school- and MIAA-course record of 299 strokes, making this the first ever sub-300 round in MIAA history. This gave the team a 52-stroke lead heading into the final 18 holes of play.
Women's Cross Country at NCAA Championships – The Flying Dutch matched its third-highest finish with a 10th-place effort at the 2016 NCAA Division III Championships. This marks the second top-ten finish at the national meet for the Women’s Cross Country team in the past four years.
Women's Basketball vs. Thomas More – The Flying Dutch defeated the defending national champion Thomas More, 74-67, on their home court in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Thomas More had not lost in three years, was 94-0 during that time, and was on an 84 game home winning streak. Mandy Traversa’s 22 points and 14 rebounds led the team in this victory.
Football vs. Albion – On the road at Albion, the Flying Dutchmen defeated the Britons 16-13 in the final MIAA game of the season. Hope finished with a 5-1 record in MIAA play, rebounding after going winless in MIAA play in the 2015 season. This captured the single largest turnaround for a team in 108 years of Hope College football.