WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – In 2017-18, Eastern Connecticut State University has finished among the leaders once again in the race for the Little East Conference Presidents’ Cup, which measures overall academic performance among eight institutions in the conference’s 19 championship-sponsored sports.
Rated as the LEC’s top academic-performing institution for the previous three years, Eastern took second in the conference in 2017-18 with an overall GPA of 3.11. Plymouth State University (3.13) won the cup for the first time in nine years of Presidents’ Cup balloting with an aggregate GPA of 3.13, with the University of Southern Maine (3.08), Keene State College (3.07) and University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (3.02) all also above 3.00.
In 2016-17, Eastern won the first of two straight Commissioner’s Cup titles as the most successful athletic program in the LEC this past year, and coupled that with the third of three straight Presidents’ Cup championships. Eastern leads all LEC institutions with four Presidents’ Cup titles, having won the inaugural award in 2009-10. The program’s cumulative GPA of 3.18 in 2015-16 is the highest ever recorded in Presidents’ Cup balloting.
During the year, Eastern athletes achieved LEC All-Academic recognition (minimum GPA of 3.30) a total of 98 times –41 in six spring programs, 35 in six fall programs, and 22 in five winter programs. Additionally 53 Eastern student-athletes earned an E-Club Scholar-Athlete Award, 39 of them receiving an Outstanding (cumulative 3.50+) Scholar-Athlete Award.
2017-18 PRESIDENTS' CUP STANDINGS
1. Plymouth State – 3.13
2. EASTERN CONNECTICUT – 3.11
3. Southern Maine – 3.08
4. Keene State – 3.07
5. UMass Dartmouth – 3.02
6. Rhode Island College – 2.98
7. Western Connecticut – 2.96
8. UMass Boston – 2.91