The Johnson & Wales University men's golf team in 2018 was firing on all cylinders. When the GNAC championship in October rolled around, the Wildcats left little doubt who was going to the NCAA tournament. The Wildcats tallied a two-day total of 601 (297-304), the lowest score in relationship to par in the history of the championship. Using the winter to continue their preparation, the JWU golfers stared down their date with the NCAAs on May 11th, 2018. JWU finished 32nd, their best finish ever, at 628 their lowest score at the national championships. Claudio Soukamneuth came in 56th with back-to-back 75s followed by Christian Maselli and Alex Parente to round out the record-setting trip.
This week in Wildcats history chronicles the NCAA tournament experience of the 2016 Johnson & Wales University softball team. On May 13, 2016, the JWU softball team took the field in Williamstown, Massachusetts for their opening round of the NCAA tournament versus eighth-ranked Williams. Fresh off winning the GNAC championship the week prior, JWU came out swinging, putting up three runs in the first and second innings. The Wildcats would put another three spot on the board in the fourth inning on route to their 9-0 victory. Emily Gorecki '17 and Emily Schaper '17 both went yard in this one with Schaper also going a perfect 3-for-3 with four RBIs. Gorecki would tack on two RBIs of her own in her 3-for-3 day, while Jennifer Corona '18 went all five innings and threw a two-hit shut out.
Running a nine-game winning streak in 2019, the Johnson & Wales University women's lacrosse team stormed through the GNAC playoffs, winning a championship before turning their sights to May 11, 2019 to Middlebury, Vt. and the NCAA tournament. The Wildcats faced off against Morrisville State and did not miss a beat from their GNAC playoff run. JWU scored 12 goals in the first half and added five more in second half to finish with the 17-8 win and the first NCAA Tournament win in school history. GNAC Attacker of the Year Allison Pazienski '19 exploded for eight goals and Dani Lydecker added five more.