TOWSON, Md. - The University of Scranton has jumped two spots to lead the Landmark President's Cup at the end of the conference's winter sports season. The President’s Cup was created in the inaugural year of the conference to recognize the best overall athletics program.
Scranton was in third at the end of the fall, but racked up more than 30 points this winter including Landmark Championships in men's and women's basketball to improve its average by nearly a point. The Royals placed second in women's swimming and added a fifth place finish in men's swimming for a 7.03 average.
Susquehanna University held on to second place and is only one hundredth of a point behind Scranton. The Crusaders added nearly 45 points this winter and boast the highest point total amongst member institutions, but their average is just off the lead. Susquehanna earned its fourth straight women's swimming & diving title and finished runner-up in men's basketball, men's swimming & diving, men's indoor track & field, and women's indoor track & field.
Catholic University moved up a spot to third place with a 5.92 average. The Cardinals averaged 6.33 points per sport this winter including a second place finish in women's basketball and third place finishes in men's and women's swimming and women's indoor track & field. The men's basketball team tied for second in the regular season standings to split the points with Susquehanna.
Moravian won two championships this
winter and finished runner-up in a third to move into fourth place
in the standings. The Greyhounds boast a 5.85 average after
sweeping the indoor track & field titles for the sixth time in
seven years. Additionally, the women's basketball team was third in
the regular season standings and added a point for advancing to the
tournament championship game.
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 Winter Standings|