Morrisville State College Receives Top Ranking in NEAC Athletics Direct Reports' Cup

Morrisville State College Receives Top Ranking in NEAC Athletics Direct Reports' Cup

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced Morrisville State College as the winner of the NEAC Athletics Direct Reports’ Cup, which annually ranks good sportsmanship among conference institutions. This year marks the first time the Mustangs have won the Athletics’ Direct Reports’ Cup after winning the Senior Woman Administrators’ Cup twice and the overall Presidents’ Cup in 2015-16.

The Athletics Direct Reports’ Cup serves as one component of the NEAC Presidents’ Cup. The conference determines four individual cup winners in academics, athletics, sportsmanship and community service to encompass the NCAA Division III philosophy. Cup winners will be announced each day this week with the culminating announcement of the NEAC Presidents’ Cup recipient scheduled for Friday.

“Sportsmanship is at the core of the NEAC experience, NCAA Division III values and it is one of the four pillars that we use to determine ultimate success in our conference through the NEAC Presidents’ Cup,” said Elliott Strickland, NEAC Athletics’ Direct Report and Penn College Vice President for Student Affairs. “Morrisville State College had an incredible year where they not only succeeded in the field of play, but their peers recognized that they exhibited fair and generous behavior towards others during these competitions. The Mustangs’ fans should be incredibly proud in how they conducted themselves along the way!”

Complete results for the 2017-18 NEAC Athletics Direct Reports’ Cup 

The Athletics Direct Reports’ Cup ranks institutions based on the overall results of sportsmanship ballots conducted throughout the year. In each sport, coaches ranked all teams that competed in their sport or division excluding their own based on the sportsmanship exhibited during the season. The highest number of votes determines the top program in each sport. All scores for each individual institution were combined and averaged based on the amount of sports sponsored with those averages being used to rank all full-member institutions. The highest average score represents the top team in the sportsmanship rankings.

Morrisville State College earned its first Athletics Direct Reports’ Cup by receiving a top ranking in four of the 12 sports sponsored at the institution. The Mustangs earned a total of 479 points in sportsmanship voting and after the application of the cup ranking formula led all NEAC institutions with a 0.3952 average.

“While each of the awards that comprise the Presidents’ Cup are important in their own way, I think the award for sportsmanship is unique in that it really takes a sustained commitment from the entire department,” shared Greg Carroll, Morrisville State College Director of Athletics. “Winning this award validates that your student-athletes are competing fairly and ethically, those visiting your campus feel welcome and appreciated, and visiting student-athletes are receiving quality care from the training staff. I want to thank the entire Morrisville State athletic department for their commitment to sportsmanship. As the NCAA is moving forward with the Gameday the DIII Way initiative, I couldn’t think of a more fitting year to win this award.” 

“We are thrilled to honor Morrisville State College for its dedication to consistently displaying good sportsmanship as an important value of NCAA Division III athletic competition,” said Candice Murray, NEAC Commissioner. “We are truly honored by the commitment the Mustangs’ athletic department has made to this important ideal.”

Lancaster Bible finished second in the Athletics’ Direct Report cup with a total of 520 points earned and a final average of 0.3704. Penn State Berks placed third with 421 points and a final average of 0.3580. Gallaudet University and Penn College rounded out the top five schools with final averages of 0.3552 and 0.3359, respectively.

NEAC institutions have shown a tremendous commitment to the promotion of good sportsmanship with all schools participating in Gameday the DIII Way training throughout 2018. NEAC SAAC members also created a Gameday the DIII Way video, which debuted in January 2018, to highlight what good sportsmanship means to the conference’s student-athletes, coaches and administrators. The sportsmanship rankings that are conducted at the conclusion of each sport season provide coaches an opportunity to rank their peers based on the values of honesty, integrity, and sportsmanship.

“The NEAC expects that the success of our programs will include those who exhibit the best in sports in regards to good sportsmanship,” added Murray. “We celebrate those who go above and beyond on a regular basic to prove that sportsmanship is an important element of Division III competition.”

The week-long NEAC Presidents’ Cup series will continue Thursday with the announcement of the Athletics Directors’ Cup.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of Saint Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Wells College. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and with the Colonial State Athletic Conference in the sport of Field Hockey. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.