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Brubaker’s Best: 5 Memorable Moments

Brandon Byers
Student Writer

Photo retrieved from gomessiah.com

With the construction of the new athletic complex in the Sollenberger Sports Center set to be complete in August, Brubaker Auditorium will no longer be hosting sporting events. So let’s take a moment to look back on some of the memories of the old Brubaker Auditorium.

  1. Defeating Tufts University to advance to the NCAA Final Four in 2008

The women’s basketball team defeated Tufts University in the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship Elite 8, by a score of 55-49. The game took place in front of a nearly sold-out crowd in Brubaker Auditorium. The win gave them a record of 29-2 and propelled them to the NCAA’s Final Four for the second time in team history.

  1. Defeating Lycoming to win the MAC Commonwealth Conference Championship in 2012

After an outstanding performance by the men’s basketball team, the Falcons defeated the Lycoming Warriors 68-59. The Falcons defense held Lycoming to just 38% shooting on the day. The win gave them a record of 20-6 and a trip to the first round of the NCAA tournament.

  1. The wrestling team captures a second straight NCAA Regional Championship in 2015

The wrestling team scored 111 points beating out the University of Mount Union by just 2 points. The Falcons crowned four of its wrestlers as regional champions, and the win gave Messiah its second straight NCAA Regional Wrestling Championship. The team finished with an overall record of 20-1.

  1. Advancing to the MAC Commonwealth Conference Championship for the 6th straight season in 2016

The women’s volleyball team defeated the Lebanon Valley College Dutchmen 3-0. The team finished with a total of 48 kills, 71 digs and seven blocks. The win gave them their sixth consecutive appearance in the MAC Commonwealth Conference Championship game.

  1. Defeating Stevenson University to advance to the MAC Commonwealth Conference Championship in 2017

The women’s basketball team defeated Stevenson University 78-55 to secure a spot in the MAC Commonwealth Conference Championship. The Falcons scored 30 points off of 21 Stevenson turnovers. The win moved their record to 24-2 and positioned them in the MAC Commonwealth Conference Championship in what would be the final basketball game played in Brubaker.

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