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2023 - Present / NCAA Division I
2023 - Present / Northeast Conference
Skyhawks - The Stonehill Skyhawks were a Division II college sports team in Easton, Massachusetts. The school's teams compete in the Northeast-10 Conference and have won numerous conference championships since their inception. But what is the origin of their unique nickname?
It all began when Stonehill College was founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1948 as an independent Catholic liberal arts college. At this time, they were known simply as "Stonehill," but it didn't take long for them to decide on a more exciting name for their athletic teams: The Skyhawks!
The inspiration behind this choice came from two sources: firstly, there is an eagle that can be found atop many buildings at Stonehill College - representing strength and power - which led to the idea of using some bird mascot for athletics; secondly, according to legend (which may or may not be true), during World War II a group of pilots flew over campus and yelled out "Sky Hawks!" And so it stuck!
From then on, whenever someone said “Go Skyhawks,” you knew who they were talking about – even if you weren’t familiar with Stonehill College. Today, those exact words fill stadiums across New England each fall when football season kicks off – forever connecting fans around one common bond: loyalty to our beloved sky-blue birds from Easton, MA!
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History of the Skyhawks
The Stonehill Skyhawks have a long and storied history of athletic excellence. Founded in 1932, the school has competed in Division II athletics since its inception. Over the years, they've won numerous championships across different sports, including men's basketball (five NCAA tournament appearances), baseball (two Northeast-10 Conference titles), and women's soccer (three NE-10 regular season titles).
The Skyhawks are well known for their success on and off the court. They boast an impressive alumni list that includes NBA players like Ryan Gomes '04 and Mike Muscala '13; MLB pitcher Tom Glavine '84; NFL quarterbacks Matt Hasselbeck ’98 and Brian Hoyer ’09; NHL goaltender Tim Thomas ‘97; former Major League Soccer coach Bruce Arena ‘74; professional golfer Kelly Shon ’15; Olympic swimmer Elizabeth Beisel ’14, and many more athletes who have gone on to achieve great things after graduating from Stonehill College.
The Skyhawk teams also participate in community service activities throughout New England, such as hosting clinics for local youth organizations or volunteering at food banks during Thanksgiving. This is just one way they demonstrate their commitment to giving back to those less fortunate than themselves while remaining competitive athletically.
For any fan looking for a team with plenty of winning tradition and a strong sense of community involvement, look no further than the Stonehill Skyhawks!