PSU Athletics Top Ten Moments of 2017-18

PSU Athletics Top Ten Moments of 2017-18

No. 2 – Plymouth State captures its first Presidents' Cup

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – As Panther Nation gears up for the start of the 2018-19 season, we've decided to look back at the impressive 2017-18 year in Plymouth State Athletics. Over the next few weeks we will reflect on some of the most exciting performances of last season while counting down the Top Ten Moments of 2017-18.


            No. 2: Plymouth State captures its first Presidents' Cup

            For years the NCAA has reminded the consumers of its product of one basic fact: "There are over 400,000 student-athletes, but almost all of them will go pro in something other than sports." It has long been known that an incredibly small percentage of collegiate athletes go on to join the professional ranks.

            Naturally the further you move away from major DI programs, the less likely a student-athlete will be signing a professional contract. The NCAA's Division III Philosophy Statement says DIII institutions should, "place the highest priority on the overall quality of the educational experience and on the successful completion of all students' academic programs."

            If you stop to listen to any Plymouth State coach who is chatting with a prospective student-athlete on campus, you'll hear a common message. The goal is to use sport to enhance the educational experience, to get a degree and become a successful member of the workforce.

            In the 2009-10 academic year the Little East Conference established the Presidents' Cup, a friendly competition designed to track the academic performance of the league's core membership.

            After finishing among the top four in six of the first eight years, Plymouth State laid claim to its first Presidents' Cup in 2017-18.

            "I could not be more proud of our student-athletes," said Director of Athletics Kim Bownes. "This award means more than any other, as we are about their education above all else."

            Eighteen of the 24 varsity sports offered at Plymouth State compete in the LEC; baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, field hockey, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, softball, women's swimming and diving, women's tennis, men's and women's indoor track and field, men's and women's outdoor track and field and women's volleyball.

            Of the 18 teams, 14 posted combined GPAs of 3.00 or better, and nine finished with a 3.20 or better. The overall combined GPA of the group was an impressive 3.13, the second highest of any Presidents' Cup winner.

            Leading the way was the Panthers' softball team, which posted a sparkling 3.53 GPA, while the women's tennis (3.45) and women's lacrosse (3.43) teams battled for second. Women's outdoor track and field (3.28) posted the fourth highest mark, and women's volleyball and women's cross country tied at fifth (3.24).

            The top-performing men's program was the men's soccer team, with a 3.21 GPA.

            PSU became just the fourth school to win the cup. Eastern Connecticut State leads the way with four (2009-10, 2014-17), while Keene State has won three (2010-13). UMass Dartmouth (2013-14) is the other school to claim the cup.

            Undoubtedly, the 2017-18 season was filled with incredible moments on the field of competition, but for a department that truly embraces the DIII philosophy, this accomplishment was as impressive as any conference title or NCAA appearance.


            PSU Athletics Top Ten Moments of 2017-18

            No. 1 – Coming Aug. 24

            No. 2 – Plymouth State captures its first Presidents' Cup

            No. 3 – Einarsdottir becomes an Olympian, serves as Iceland's flagbearer

            No. 4 – Women's ice hockey tops UNE in OT for first-ever playoff win

            No. 5 – Women's lacrosse runs the table in LEC, earns second straight NCAA trip

            No. 6 – Allaire caps record-breaking season with pair of NEISDA diving titles

            No. 7 – Football shocks Framingham State on the way to MASCAC crown

            No. 8 – Men's basketball rallies from 12 down to top Keene State in OT

            No. 9 – Miller's no-hitter leads softball team to LEC Tournament win

            No. 10 – Panther Park renamed Parish Field



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