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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Great athletic program. Fantastic men's and women's soccer teams.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Only downside are the athletic facilities.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Athletic events are usually well-attended by students. But the emphasis is definitely on soccer and for good reason. Messiah's soccer teams are incredible.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Messiah College is known for its excellence in athletics, among other things.

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: NCAA Division III soccer champs forever! It's a big deal.


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  • 132nd
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 276th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ashley Offenback
Yardley, Pa.
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Ask any Messiah student about the College’s athletics and one word will instantly come out of their mouths: soccer. Both the men’s and women’s soccer teams are incredibly successful and receive an immense amount of support from fans. The men’s team has won seven NCAA Division III national championship titles in the past 10 years, and the women’s team has won three of the last five. The teams are wildly supported by crazy fans at the highly attended games. In fact, Messiah College was recently named one of the top schools in the nation for soccer fans by U.S. News & World Report. There is no doubt that Messiah College is a soccer school.

Other sports that have recently gained attention include softball and men’s golf. The softball team won the NCAA Division III national championship title in 2009, and in 2010, the men’s golf team advanced to the championships. In addition, Messiah College offers a great recreational sports program that is available to students, faculty, and staff. Participation in rec sports is high among students, and the most popular teams include indoor soccer, indoor volleyball, and ultimate Frisbee.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation
School Colors
Navy and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
209 - 20%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
192 - 11%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Ice hockey
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Anderson Field
  • Brubaker Auditorium
  • Criste Courts
  • Fredricksen Natatorium
  • Hitchcock Arena
  • Messiah College Baseball Complex
  • Shoemaker Field
  • Sollenberger Sports Center
  • Starry Field
Most Popular Sports
Soccer! There is no doubt that soccer is the No. 1 sport here. Messiah loves soccer and soccer loves Messiah-you can't have one without the other.
Most Overlooked Teams
None of Messiah's other athletic teams can compete with the magnitude of glory surrounding soccer, and therefore are all overlooked. However, the teams that most deserve more attention are track and field, lacrosse, and volleyball.
School Spirit
School spirit among Messiah students is high, especially before big games. Games against Messiah's rival school, Elizabethtown, are always well-attended. A group of Messiah soccer fanatics, called the Hooligans, go above and beyond the requirements for crazy fans. The Hooligans attend every soccer game, paint their bodies, make signs, and cheer outrageously. Messiah gear is worn year-round by proud students. Since strict rules and high prices don't easily attract young people, students who choose to come to Messiah really want to be here.
Getting Tickets
No tickets are required!
Best Place to Take a Walk
There is a fitness trail that winds around campus along the Yellow Breeches and through wooded areas. It is a great path for students seeking a jog during the day or an adventure in nature at night.
Did You Know?
Messiah is the only institution of any level to win simultaneous men's and women's soccer national championships in the same season. And Messiah hasn't only achieved it once; the school has done it three times (2005, 2008, and 2009).

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 50 responses

  • 16% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 26% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 58% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 0% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 50 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 20% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 50% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 30% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 49 responses

  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 29% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 65% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 6% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
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