NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Keene State College again clinched the Little East Conference Commissioner’s Cup, as the final standings for the 2013-14 academic year were released by the league office on Friday. Under the leadership of athletic director John Ratliff, the Owls have housed the Cup since the award’s inception in 2001. This year, Keene State completed the year with a 6.2059-point average after earning LEC regular-season titles in seven of the institution’s 17 sports.
The Commissioner's Cup measures an institution's overall performance in the 19 sports sponsored by the Little East Conference. For sports in which the conference conducts in-season play (baseball, basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball), point totals are determined by the order of finish in the final regular season standings. For sports that do not conduct in-season play (cross country, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, and swimming and diving), points are awarded based on the order of finish in the conference championship meet.
The Owls captured four of those titles in the fall season alone, winning both the men’s and women’s cross country titles for the 10th time in program history. Field hockey and women’s soccer each clinched regular-season titles, the first for both since 2011, and sealed the deal with conference tournament wins to advance to their respective NCAA Championships with the LEC automatic bids.
Also in the fall, the men’s soccer program finished tied for second place in the LEC, while the Owls’ volleyball team took second on the season. Swimming and diving added a title of their own in the winter, their eighth-straight, and Keene State’s lacrosse programs swept their respective titles in the spring. The men’s team advanced to the NCAA Tournament upon also taking the LEC tournament championship.
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth saw its highest finish since 2011, placing second with an average of 5.4737 points to close the year. The Corsairs, led by athletic director Ian Day and interim athletic director Amanda Van Voorhis, finished in the top half of the conference in 14 of its 19 sports. In the winter and spring seasons, the men’s track and field program swept the league titles for the indoor and outdoor seasons.
Third place was awarded to Eastern Connecticut State University, earning the spot in the first year under interim athletic director Cynthia Washburne. The men’s soccer, men’s basketball, baseball and softball teams each clinched the top mark in the league this year to help the Warriors post a 5.4706 average.
Wrapping up the league’s point averages for the year were the University of Southern Maine (5.1398), Western Connecticut State University (4.6538), Rhode Island College (4.4118), Plymouth State University (4.1429) and the University of Massachusetts Boston (3.8438).
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
Commissioner’s Cup Final Standings
|1. Keene State College||6.2059|
|2. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth||5.4737|
|3. Eastern Connecticut State University||5.4706|
|4. University of Southern Maine||5.1389|
|5. Western Connecticut State University||4.6538|
|6. Rhode Island College||4.4118|
|7. Plymouth State University||4.1429|
|8. University of Massachusetts Boston||3.8438|