PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Eastern Connecticut State University has won its third consecutive Little East Conference Presidents’ Cup for its overall academic performance during the 2016-17 season. The Warriors registered a cumulative grade point average of 3.12 for both the fall 2016 and spring 2017 academic calendar.
The Little East Conference Presidents’ Cup measures the highest cumulative grade point average of all institutions in the conference. Each institution calculates the cumulative grade point average for all of its student-athletes that competed in the league’s 19 championship sponsored sports.
“I was very pleased to learn that Eastern’s 17 varsity sports teams have won this year’s Little East Conference Commissioner’s Cup,” said Eastern President Elsa Núñez. “Having the best overall record on the playing field among the eight LEC member schools is a first for Eastern, and a great honor for our student-athletes, coaches, and other members of the Athletic Department. It is also gratifying to know that our student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom. The latest news that Eastern has won the LEC President’s Cup for the third year in a row for having the highest cumulative GPA among our student-athletes means they have their priorities in place. The self-discipline and teamwork that Eastern students learn as varsity athletes, coupled with their focus on academics, puts them in a great position to be successful professionals after they graduate. I could not be prouder of our student-athletes — Go Warriors!”
The Little East Conference began awarding the Presidents’ Cup following the 2009-10 academic year. Eastern Connecticut State (2017, 2016, 2015, 2010) becomes the first program to win four LEC Presidents’ Cup honors. Keene State (2011, 2012, 2013) and UMass Dartmouth (2014) join Eastern Connecticut State as the only LEC institutions to win the Presidents’ Cup.
“I congratulate the scholar-athletes of Eastern Connecticut State University for earning three consecutive Little East Conference Presidents' Cups, the LEC's highest academic award, as well as earning the institution's first ever Commissioner's Cup in the same academic year. This represents the fourth time the LEC has had a double winner in eight years of awarding the Presidents' Cup.” said Commissioner Cora H. Brumley. “This prestigious award clearly demonstrates intercollegiate athletics' ability to enhance the academic mission of our member institutions. The Warriors’ staff is to be commended for their role in facilitating their student-athletes' achievements.”
Eastern Connecticut becomes the first program since 2012-13 to win both of the Little East Conference’s top honors, the Presidents’ Cup and the Commissioner’s Cup in the same year. Keene State previously accomplished this feat in three consecutive years in 2011-2013.
“It is so gratifying to win both the Commissioner’s Cup and the President’s Cup for the performances of our student-athletes,” said Lori Runksmeier, Eastern Director of Athletics. “Division III is all about balance, and I am so proud that Eastern could achieve these results on the field and in the classroom.”
For the Warriors, the women’s cross country and women’s soccer programs performed the best among all Eastern Connecticut teams with a 3.43 cumulative grade point average in the 2016-2017 academic year.
The Little East Conference was formed in 1986 when six public institutions gathered to create a single sport athletic conference and has expanded into what is now New England’s premier athletic conference for public institutions in NCAA Division III. The LEC features 19 Championship Sports and sponsors quality competition in every season for our student athletes while following the Division III mission of passion, responsibility, sportsmanship and citizenship.
|1. Eastern Connecticut State University||3.12|
|2. Keene State College||3.11|
|3. Plymouth State University||3.10|
|T4. UMass Dartmouth||3.05|
|T4. Western Connecticut State University||3.05|
|6. Rhode Island College||2.99|
|7. University of Southern Maine||2.98|
|8. UMass Boston||2.83|