GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – Lancaster Bible College has earned the 2016-17 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Presidents’ Cup with the Chargers also claiming the Athletics Direct Report’s Cup and the Faculty Athletics’ Representatives’ Cup. This is the first time Lancaster Bible College has received the overall conference cup since joining the NEAC in 2011.
Lancaster Bible claimed the top spot in the Athletics Direct Reports’ Cup, which is based on sportsmanship rankings from throughout the year. The Chargers have won the Athletics Direct Reports’ Cup each year since its inception, making Lancaster Bible a three-time honoree for success in sportsmanship. With 50 percent of its student-athletes receiving scholar-athlete accolades, Lancaster Bible also finished first in the Faculty Athletics Representatives’ Cup which recognizes academic success. The Charges also placed fifth in the Athletics Directors’ Cup and sixth in the Senior Woman Administrators’ Cup to earn 13 overall points and their first NEAC Presidents’ Cup.
“Athletics is one of the lynchpins of a robust collegiate experience and key contributor to student morale,” said Lancaster Bible College President Dr. Peter W. Teague. “To be awarded the NEAC Presidents’ Cup is a deep honor that stands on the shoulders of our remarkable Athletic Director Peter Beers and the strong team he has assembled around him as they work every day to assure that our students’ journey is consistently and persistently our focus.”
This is the third year that the NEAC has determined its Presidents’ Cup winner by utilizing the core values of NCAA Division III. In addition to calculating athletics success, which was the only factor taken into consideration when awarding the conference’s Presidents’ Cup in the past, the NEAC now also takes into account academics, sportsmanship and community service.
“Our overall student-athlete experience encompasses all areas of our campus and this award proves that,” said Peter Beers, Lancaster Bible College Director of Athletics. “The development of our student-athletes, both in and out of the classroom, will catapult them to success after they leave Lancaster Bible College. This is an encouragement and we are proud, but we still have lots of room to grow in all four areas the Presidents’ Cup represents.”
These three additional categories, along with athletics success, each have their own individual cup winners. Each of the NEAC’s 14 full-member institutions were given a ranking based on their results from each category. The total rankings from all four categories are added together with the lowest overall score determining the NEAC Presidents’ Cup honoree. This model is the first of its kind across all 42 NCAA Division III conferences.
“This is a huge honor and we are humbled and blessed,” Beers added. “We have so many good student-athletes on this campus and this is a product of their hard work. This award is something we aspire to win each season, but it is never expected.”
Last year’s Presidents’ Cup winner, Morrisville State, finished as the 2016-17 runner-up with 20 total points. Keuka College placed third with 21.5 points, followed by SUNY Polytechnic Institute in fourth with 25 points and Penn State Berks with 25.5 points. Penn College came in sixth for the NEAC Presidents’ Cup with 29.5 points while Cazenovia totaled 31 points to round out the top half of the standings in seventh place.
“I am so thrilled at the success we have seen over the last three years with this special award that truly represents the NCAA Division III philosophy,” said Candice Murray, NEAC Commissioner. “Our institutions work very hard to be successful in all areas and we have proven that Division III celebrates the success of well-rounded student-athletes that are prepared to achieve greatness in the years beyond college. I am thrilled the NEAC is leading the way to recognize all aspects of the NCAA Division III experience.”
Athletics Directors’ Cup
The Athletics Directors’ Cup for athletics success is determined by the overall winning percentage of each full-member institution from the past academic year. The rankings are calculated by the final regular season standings for each team sport and the championship finish for each individual sport within the NEAC. Penn State Abington is the recipient of the 2016-17 NEAC Athletics Directors’ Cup by earning 103.5 points out of a possible 128 points (80.9 percent) in 13 NEAC-sponsored sports. The Nittany Lions’ men’s teams led the NEAC by earning 50 out of 57 points (87.7 percent) while their women’s programs earned a conference-best 53.5 out of 71 points (75.4 percent).
“We are extremely excited to have the efforts of our student-athletes recognized by the North Eastern Athletic Conference,” said Penn State Abington Deb Solfaro. “It’s a tremendous tribute to the hard work, dedication, discipline and commitment of our student-athletes as they pursue both their academic and athletic endeavors. We are very proud of them and the extraordinary effort they put forth to represent Penn State Abington. They truly play for love of the game and we congratulate them on their 2016-17 success.”
Morrisville State finished second in the Athletics Directors’ Cup overall result, earning 86 of 117 possible points (73.5 percent) while SUNY Polytechnic placed third with 87 out of 122 possible points (71.3 percent).
Athletics Direct Reports’ Cup
The Athletics Direct Reports’ Cup ranks institutions based on the overall results of sportsmanship ballots conducted throughout the year. In each sport, coaches ranked all teams excluding their own based on the sportsmanship exhibited during the season. The highest number of votes determines the top program in each sport. All scores for each individual institution were combined and averaged with those averages being used to rank all full-member institutions. Lancaster Bible College claimed the Athletics Direct Reports’ Cup for the third-straight season with an average score of 80.769. The Chargers were ranked first in sportsmanship voting by the league’s coaches in eight of their 13 NEAC-sponsored sports.
The College of Saint Elizabeth placed second in the Athletics Direct Reports’ Cup with an average of 78.000, followed by Morrisville State in third place with an average of 66.417.
Faculty Athletics Representatives’ Cup
The Faculty Athletic Representatives’ Cup uses a pair of rankings for academics: an institution’s two-semester grade-point average for all student-athletes that competed in NEAC-sponsored sports and the percentage of student-athletes that received NEAC Scholar-Athlete honors. Those two rankings were added together for a total score, with the lowest total score earning the top spot in the cup results. Lancaster Bible College earned its first Faculty Athletics Representatives’ Cup by ranking first in scholar-athlete percentage (50.63 percent) and second in student-athlete grade-point average (3.20) to total three points.
Penn State Berks ranked second in academic success, finishing second in scholar-athlete percentage (43.71) and third in student-athlete grade-point average (3.12) for a total of five points. Wells College rounded out the top three by placing third in scholar-athlete percentage (41.05) and fourth in student-athlete grade-point average (3.11) for seven points.
Senior Woman Administrators’ Cup
The Senior Woman Administrators’ Cup is determined from the community service activities of each full-member institution during the 2016-17 year. A blind vote is conducted with the senior woman administrator (SWA) from each institution ranking the community service activities of each full-member institution. Each institution also receives a ranking in three separate categories: total dollars raised, total number of participants and total number of volunteer hours. The three rankings are added to the ranking from the SWA vote to produce a total score, with the lowest score earning the top spot in the cup standings. For the second-straight season, Morrisville State has earned the Senior Woman Administrators’ Cup behind a first-place ranking in the SWA vote and 10 total points. The Mustangs finished second in total dollars raised ($7,735.92), third in total hours (1,692) and fourth in total number of participants (589).
“I want to thank our entire staff and all our student-athletes for participating in the countless activities we organized this past year,” said Greg Carroll, Morrisville State Director of Athletics. “From leaf raking, to collecting school supplies, to reading at the elementary school, our student-athletes were all in. This past year we took an applied learning approach to our service activities. I think our students learned a great deal about the various groups we partnered with and developed a deeper appreciation for the importance of the services they were providing.”
Keuka College and Penn College finished in a tie for second place with each institution earning 12 total points. Keuka ranked second in the SWA vote while finishing third in total dollars raised ($3,339), third in total number of participants (648) and fourth in total hours (1,484). Penn College placed third in the SWA vote while finishing second in total number of participants (688), second in total hours (2471) and fifth in total dollars raised ($2,630).
“I am tremendously pleased by Morrisville State’s place in the SWA Cup standings, but I am equally thrilled about what this entire initiative has done for our conference and the communities in which our conference members reside,” Carroll added. “It speaks volumes about the commitment of the NEAC to the Division III philosophy.”
The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Wells College, and Wilson College. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Pennsylvania State University – Altoona (M Volleyball), and Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s and women’s tennis. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.