MEQUON, Wis. - The 2016-17 athletic year was another successful one for the Concordia University Wisconsin Falcons. The Falcons won and contended for conference championships in many sports and put together an impressive list of great achievements. As in years past, the Department of Athletic Communications tries to sort through all the great moments and give you, the fans, the top stories from the past year.
The list of stories was compiled by the Department of Athletic Communications and, like all lists is subject to debate. The top stories will be revealed over the next six weeks, with a story being released on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The top story will be released on June 22.
No. 1: Women's Teams combine for impressive year
The Concordia University Wisconsin Athletics Department as a whole had another strong season during the 2016-17 year. Several championships were won or contended for, and several individual accolades were earned. What stood out, however, was the women's teams in 2016-17. The overall success of those programs makes for the No. 1 story of the year.
The NACC Women's programs captured the All-Sports Award for the first time since the 2010-11 season. The Falcons won NACC Championships in three women's sports (basketball, tennis, volleyball), with tennis and volleyball also securing a NACC Tournament title.
Women's Lacrosse won a third straight regular season championship this season, making it four regular season crowns for the Falcons women's programs.
In addition to the four league titles, the Falcons received runner-up finishes from Softball, along with both indoor and outdoor track & field. Cross Country added a third-place finish, while women's golf finished in fourth.
The 2016-17 season also welcomed two new women's programs. Field Hockey and Triathlon posted strong seasons in their first year of competition, which was highlighted by the lone Field Hockey home game of the season. The Falcons drew over 800 fans in the Field Hockey debut, the second-best attended Division III Field Hockey game ever.
In what was another impressive year for the Falcons, it was the women's teams who really stood out in 2016-17. In fact, they stood out enough to be the No. 1 story for the athletics year.
2016-17 Stories of the Year
HM: Pack of Falcons earn all-region honors
No. 5: Lacrosse programs rise to the top
No. 4: Volleyball serves up magical season
No. 3: Tennis programs take over the NACC
No. 2: A day of All-Americans
No. 1: Women's sports post tremendous year