Corsairs capture 2013-14 Little East Conference Presidents Cup
PAWTUCKET, R.I. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth was honored by the Little East Conference as the league’s top academic institution, as the 2013-14 Presidents Cup standings were announced on Thursday. The Corsairs registered a cumulative grade point average of 3.07 last year to claim their first Presidents Cup since the award’s inception in 2010.
“I congratulate the scholar-athletes of UMass Dartmouth on capturing their institution's first Little East Conference Presidents Cup,” said Commissioner Cora H. Brumley. “This prestigious award, on the heels of their highest-ever second place finish in the 2013-14 Commissioners Cup, clearly demonstrates intercollegiate athletics' ability to enhance the academic mission of our member institutions. Director of Athletics Amanda Van Voorhis and the Corsairs staff are to be commended for their role in facilitating their student-athletes' achievements.”
The Little East Conference Presidents Cup measures the highest cumulative grade point average of all institutions in the conference. Each institution calculates the cumulative GPA for all of its student-athletes that competed in the league’s 19 championship-sponsored sports.
In Director of Athletics Amanda Van Voorhis’ first year at the helm, UMass Dartmouth continued its commitment to excellence in the field of play and in the classroom in the 2013-14 academic year. The Corsairs finished second in the Commissioner’s Cup standings, which gauges the overall on-field performance in all 19 of the league’s sponsored sports, with a point average of 5.4737. Academically, UMass Dartmouth placed 98 student-athletes on the conference’s All-Academic teams last year, with the women’s indoor track and field team leading the way with 14 such honorees. In addition, the women’s indoor track and field team, along with the women’s soccer squad, sported the Corsairs’ highest overall team GPA with both units registering a 3.26 average.
"We are very proud of this achievement earned in the classroom,” stated Van Voorhis. “Our student-athletes commit themselves to academic excellence which is at the heart of the NCAA Division III philosophy. I'm always impressed with the way our student-athletes handle the challenge of balancing academic demands as they strive for success in their respective sports".
Keene State College, which housed the Presidents Cup for three straight years from 2010-11 to 2012-13, continued its strong academic performance last year under Athletic Director John Ratliff, placing second in the Presidents Cup standings with a 3.02 cumulative GPA. The third-place slot belonged to Eastern Connecticut State University, which posted a 3.01 cumulative GPA under Interim Athletic Director Cynthia Washburne.
Formed in 1986, the Little East serves as New England's premier athletic conference for public institutions in NCAA Division III. Featuring 19 championship sports, the Little East sponsors quality competition in every season for our student athletes. Our eight state colleges and universities dedicate themselves to an ongoing fulfillment of the Division III mission of passion, responsibility, sportsmanship, and citizenship.
2013-14 Little East Conference Presidents Cup Standings
Institution Cumulative GPA
1. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 3.07
2. Keene State College 3.02
3. Eastern Connecticut State University 3.01
4. Plymouth State University 3.00
5. Rhode Island College 2.97
6. Western Connecticut State University 2.94
7. University of Southern Maine 2.93
8. University of Massachusetts Boston 2.85