Plymouth State finishes second in LEC Presidents’ Cup

Plymouth State finishes second in LEC Presidents’ Cup

Panthers' student-athletes post an impressive 3.20 GPA

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University finished second in the Little East Conference (LEC) Presidents' Cup standings after recording a combined 3.20 cumulative grade point average for the 2018-19 academic year across the 18 athletics programs that compete in the LEC.

            The LEC Presidents' Cup measures the highest cumulative GPA of the conference's nine member institutions, with each school calculating the cumulative GPA for all of its student-athletes that compete in the league's 19 championship-sponsored sports.

            Castleton University, in its first year in the conference, captured the cup with a 3.26 GPA. Plymouth State, which won its first Presidents' Cup last year, saw its GPA increase from 3.13 a year ago to 3.20 to place second, while Eastern Connecticut State University finished third with a combined 3.16.

            "We didn't win, but we are on the podium," said PSU Director of Athletics Kim Bownes. "I am so proud of our student-athletes and coaches. Our student-athletes' grades are the most important piece of their experience with us and our coaches continue to make that a priority, which I am very thankful for."

            Plymouth State had the highest number of athletes represented on each of the LEC's three All-Academic teams during the 2018-19 academic year, including 49 from both the fall and spring sports' seasons. In total, 127 Panthers earned All-Academic honors from the Little East, the most among conference members.

            Eighteen of Plymouth State's 24 varsity sports compete in the Little East, of which 14 posted team GPAs of 3.00 or better. Nine teams finished with a 3.20 or higher, while four programs were above a 3.40. The Panthers' softball team led the way with a 3.63, followed by women's lacrosse (3.56) and women's volleyball (3.55). Women's tennis (3.47), women's outdoor track & field (3.30), women's soccer (3.30), women's swimming & diving (3.25), women's cross country (3.21), women's indoor track & field (3.20) and men's soccer (3.18) rounded out the top ten.

            Castleton becomes the fifth institution to win the LEC Presidents' Cup, which was first awarded following the 2009-10 academic year. Eastern Connecticut has claimed the top spot four times (2009-10, 2014-17), with Keene State College winning three straight from 2010-13. Plymouth State (2017-18), the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (2013-14) and now Castleton have each won once.


2018-19 LEC Presidents' Cup Standings

Castleton University - 3.26

Plymouth State University - 3.20

Eastern Connecticut State University - 3.16

University of Southern Maine - 3.11

Keene State College - 3.03

Rhode Island College - 3.01

University of Massachusetts Boston - 3.00

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth - 2.99

Western Connecticut State University - 2.94





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