Lancaster Bible Claims Third-Straight NEAC Faculty Athletics Representatives' Cup

Pictured left to right: Dr. Doug Finkbeiner, Professor of Bible & Theology and Dr. Gregory Gordon, Professor of Bible & Theology.
Pictured left to right: Dr. Doug Finkbeiner, Professor of Bible & Theology and Dr. Gregory Gordon, Professor of Bible & Theology.

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – For the third consecutive year, Lancaster Bible has earned the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Faculty Athletics Representatives’ Cup which recognizes the outstanding academic success of each institution’s student-athletes.

The Faculty Athletics Representatives’ Cup serves as one component of the NEAC Presidents’ Cup. The conference determines four individual cup winners in academics, athletics, sportsmanship and community service to encompass the NCAA Division III philosophy. Cup winners will be announced each day this week with the culminating announcement of the NEAC Presidents’ Cup recipient scheduled for Friday.

Complete results for the 2018-19 NEAC Faculty Athletics Representatives’ Cup 

“I continue to be amazed at how our student-athletes take their academic expectations seriously,” said Pete Beers, Lancaster Bible College Director of Athletics. “I would commend the women’s soccer team for leading the charge of excellence in the classroom this year.”

The Faculty Athletic Representatives’ Cup uses a pair of rankings for academics: an institution’s two-semester GPA for all student-athletes that competed in conference-sponsored sports and the percentage of student-athletes that received NEAC Scholar-Athlete honors. Those two rankings are added together for a total score, with the lowest total score earning the top spot in the cup results. Lancaster Bible earned its third Faculty Athletics Representatives’ Cup by ranking first in both categories for a total of two points. The Chargers topped all NEAC institutions with an average student-athlete GPA of 3.221 and had 99 of its 201 student-athletes (49.25 percent) receive NEAC scholar-athlete distinction.

“I would hope that the faculty would be proud of this achievement as well, and we are thankful for their work and flexibility in helping many of our students achieve high academic standards,” Beers added. “And I would like to give a big shout-out to Dr. Doug Finkbeiner and Dr. Gordon Gregory for their work as Faculty Athletic Representatives this year!”

“We commend the Chargers on this achievement and are very proud of the academic success of the student-athletes at Lancaster Bible,” said Candice Murray, NEAC Commissioner. “These are very high standards to achieve and it is a testament to the strong focus that Lancaster Bible places on academics as an integral component of the Division III student-athlete experience.”

Keuka College finished in second in both categories to earn a total of four points and a second-place finish in the Faculty Athletics Representatives’ Cup rankings. The Wolves’ student-athlete population averaged a 3.2 GPA and had 116 NEAC Scholar-Athletes to finish with a 42.80 scholar-athlete percentage. Gallaudet University earned its highest finish in the Faculty Athletics Representatives’ Cup rankings with seven points for third place. The Bison were third in scholar-athlete percentage (38.06 percent) and fourth with a 3.082 student-athlete GPA. Penn State Berks totaled eight points for fourth place after posting the third-highest student-athlete GPA (3.121) and ranking fifth in scholar-athlete percentage (35.44 percent). Wells College and SUNY Poly tied for fifth place with 13 points apiece. Wells College ranked fourth in scholar-athlete percentage (37.50 percent) and ninth in student-athlete GPA (2.851). SUNY Poly was sixth in scholar-athlete percentage (33.18 percent) and seventh in student-athlete GPA (3.001).

The week-long NEAC Presidents’ Cup series will continue Tuesday with the announcement of the Senior Woman Administrators’ Cup.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Morrisville State, Penn College, Penn State Abington, Penn State Berks, Penn State Harrisburg, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Poly, and Wells College. Associate members are: Alfred State (M Lacrosse), Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), College of Saint Elizabeth (M Tennis & M Volleyball), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), SUNY Potsdam (M Volleyball) and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has also partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and women’s tennis. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.