TOWSON, Md. – Susquehanna
University was ranked second in the Landmark President’s Cup
after both the fall and winter seasons, but came from behind to
finish first at the end of the year. The Crusaders tacked on three
conference titles this spring to bring their 2013-14 total to six
and SU ran away with its third Cup in seven years.
The President’s Cup was created in the inaugural year of the conference to recognize the best overall athletics program.
In addition to six Landmark Championships, Susquehanna earned eight runner-up finishes. As a point of comparison, when SU won the President’s Cup in 2012, the Crusaders boasted one title and nine runner-up finishes. After finishing fifth in the first President’s Cup standings, Susquehanna has been in the top three every year since with top honors in 2010, 2012, and 2014.
Overall, the Crusaders won championships in baseball, men’s cross country, men’s lacrosse, men’s soccer, women’s swimming & diving, and men’s outdoor track & field. Susquehanna qualified for the Landmark playoffs in seven of 12 sports and finished in the top half of the standings in 15 of 20 sports.
Susquehanna finished with an 8.82 average while the 2012-13 President’s Cup winner, Catholic University, earned runner-up honors with a 7.27 average. Moravian wrapped up the year in third at 6.95 and Scranton was fourth with a 6.88 average.
Catholic and Moravian took home four Landmark Championships apiece this year. The Cardinals won titles in field hockey, women’s lacrosse, softball, and men’s tennis. This marked the first championship for both softball and men’s tennis. Moravian was ranked fifth in the President’s Cup standings after the fall having won the women’s cross country title. The Greyhounds added championships in men’s and women’s indoor track & field and women’s outdoor track & field to climb two spots and finish third.
Scranton rounds out the top half of the standings with three Landmark titles this year. The Royals won both the men’s and women’s basketball championships, before claiming their third consecutive women’s tennis title.
The Cup is awarded based on a formula that rewards institutions for regular season conference standings as well as results in Landmark postseason competition. Each team receives points based on their finish with top seeded teams receiving eight points, second place teams receive seven points, etc. Additional points are awarded for conference postseason victories. The runner-up in the Landmark Tournament receives one point, while the Landmark Champions receive three points.
Individual sports use the championship team standings to award points and then add points for individual finishes. Each individual event champion in swimming and track and field receives 0.25 points while the top seven finishers in cross country each receive 0.50 points.
The Landmark Conference sponsors 20 sport championships, but at the end of the year only the top 15 sport totals from each institution will be included to account for differences in sport sponsorship across the eight institutions. The modification could produce a large variance in institution averages from winter to spring President’s Cup standings.
|2013-14 Landmark Conference President's Cup Spring Standings|
|Top 15 Pts||109||56||54.5||90.75||104.25||103.25||132.25||64|