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Ashley Loggins ’16 was in 10
th
grade when she first realized she
had a chance to continue playing the sport she loved in college.
A basketball player with serious game, Loggins was recruited
by a few Division I programs, but found herself more interested in
a smaller school a bit closer to her hometown of Albany.
“For me, it wasn’t so much about what level I was going to
play at as much as it was about the experience,” she says. “I knew
that if I could continue my athletic career while getting a great
education that was what was most important.”
At Clarkson, which competes in Division III (hockey being
the notable exception), Loggins’ vision unfolded more perfectly
than even she could have imagined. Four years after she became
a Golden Knight, she graduated as the team’s all-time leading
scorer and rebounder, and earned her degree in chemistry and
bimolecular science.
Loggins’ success, while extraordinary, is emblematic of
an upsurge in women’s athletics at Clarkson, where a focus on
academics doesn’t mean winning is an afterthought. In 2015-16,
Loggins led the basketball team to its first NCAA Tournament
berth since 1989, while the volleyball team reached the NCAAs
for the seventh-straight season, advancing to the quarterfinals for
the fourth time in a row. The women’s lacrosse team’s 12-4 record
was its best ever, and in only its third season in existence, the
softball team won 20 games.
“The women are stepping up big time,” says Jim Allott, who
coaches Nordic skiing and cross country running. This year, Sarah
Duclos ’19 became the first Clarkson runner since 2006 to win the
Liberty League’s cross country-only championships, and Allott’s
women skiers claimed the top spot at the United States Collegiate
Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) nationals.
“Clarkson’s strength in engineering means we typically have a
higher ratio of males to females,” says Allott. “In the past, I’ve always
had a little trouble attracting female athletes. But in the last three
years, we’ve seen a really encouraging shift with a big jump in our
female athletics.”
More than 180,000 student-athletes at 450 institutions make
up DIII, the largest NCAA division. While its student-athletes don’t
receive the adoration (or athletic scholarships) those at many bigger
DI schools do, they are no less dedicated to their sports.
“At a time when college
athletics is in the spotlight for the
big business that it is, the DIII
athletes are playing for the love
of the game,” says Laurel Kane,
Clarkson’s associate athletic director.
Guard Devin Sorell ’18 cutting down
the net after the team’s win over RIT
as the Liberty League champions.
Serious Game
Clarkson Women Dominate DIII Play
By Mike Unger
Ashley Loggins ’16 and the Liberty League champions.
“When they are getting up to
practice at 6 a.m. or coming home
at midnight from a midweek game,
they are doing it because they have
a passion for their sport. I think that
says a lot about their character.”
In It to Win
Christine Wright ’16 came to
Clarkson to play soccer. She left as
the most decorated player in the
history of the lacrosse program.
Wait, what?
At Clarkson and other DIII
programs, student-athletes are free
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