Lancaster Bible Earns Second-Straight NEAC Faculty Athletics Representatives' Cup

Lancaster Bible Earns Second-Straight NEAC Faculty Athletics Representatives' Cup

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – Lancaster Bible has been named the recipient of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Faculty Athletics Representatives’ Cup for the second-straight year, which highlights outstanding academic success for its student-athletes.

The Faculty Athletics Representatives’ 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.

“Since its inception, the NEAC has fully embraced the Division III focus on academic success as core to the overall student-athlete experience with our scholar-athlete program, the Faculty Athletics Representatives’ Cup and the cumulative Presidents’ Cup,” added Tom Zimmerman, NEAC and Penn College Faculty Athletics Representative. “Congratulations to the student-athletes of Lancaster Bible for earning their second consecutive Faculty Athletics Representatives’ Cup. Their dogged determination not to settle for mediocre passing grades is matched only by their intensity on the court and in the field.”

Complete results for the 2017-18 NEAC Faculty Athletics Representatives’ Cup 

The Faculty Athletic Representatives’ Cup uses a pair of rankings for academics: an institution’s two-semester GPA for all student-athletes that competed in conference-sponsored sports and the percentage of student-athletes that received NEAC Scholar-Athlete honors. Those two rankings are added together for a total score, with the lowest total score earning the top spot in the cup results. Lancaster Bible earned its first Faculty Athletics Representatives’ Cup by ranking first in both categories for a total of two points. The Chargers had 92 of 185 student-athletes (49.73 percent) and boasted a student-athlete GPA of 3.208.

“I am thrilled that Lancaster Bible has won the Faculty Athletics Representatives’ Cup for the second-straight season and also just as thrilled that the number of Lancaster Bible student-athletes who were named NEAC Scholar-Athletes also went up to 92,” said Pete Beers, Lancaster Bible Director of Athletics. “We have strong student-athletes who are not only performing on the field and court, but in the classroom as well.”

“The NEAC is excited to recognize the success of Lancaster Bible and its top ranking in both criteria for the Faculty Athletics Representatives’ Cup,” said Candice Murray, NEAC Commissioner. “Lancaster Bible has continued to show dedication on and off the field in all four areas honored in the NEAC Presidents’ Cup. Hats off to the Chargers for a job well done!”

Keuka College, The College of Saint Elizabeth and Wells College tied for second place with each school receiving seven points. Keuka College finished third in student-athlete GPA (3.127) and fourth in scholar-athlete percentage (39.57 percent). The College of Saint Elizabeth placed second in student-athlete GPA (3.131) and fifth in scholar-athlete percentage (39.09). Wells College ranked second in scholar-athlete percentage (43.65 percent) and fifth in student-athlete GPA (3.096). Penn State Berks rounded out the top five by finishing fourth in student-athlete GPA (3.115) and sixth in scholar-athlete percentage (38.04 percent).

“We are so proud to honor the academic excellence of student-athletes across our member schools,” Murray added. “It is unbelievably satisfying to honor 890 scholar-athletes this year and as this number grows annually, it shows that student-athletes in the NEAC are equally focused on academics."

The week-long NEAC Presidents’ Cup series will continue Tuesday with the announcement of the Senior Woman Administrators’ 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.