TOWSON, Md. – At the end of the fall season, Susquehanna is ranked fourth in the Landmark Conference President's Cup standings. The President's Cup was created in the inaugural year of the conference to recognize the best overall athletics program.
The Crusaders won the men's soccer championship and finished second in men's cross country, while field hockey and volleyball both reached the conference playoffs.
Catholic is leading the rankings after winning the championship in field hockey and women's cross country and finishing as the runner-up in volleyball and third in men's soccer. Scranton is second after earning three top-3 finishes, including a third straight women's soccer title.
Moravian rounds out the top three spots after winning the men's cross country title. The women's cross country and women's soccer teams were runners-up and volleyball finished in third place.
The Cup is awarded based on a formula that rewards institutions for regular season conference standings as well as results in Landmark postseason competition. Each team receives points based on their finish with top seeded teams receiving eight points, second place teams receive seven points, etc. Additional points are awarded for conference postseason victories. The runner-up in the Landmark Tournament receives one point, while the Landmark Champions receive three points.
Individual sports use the championship team standings to award points and then add points for individual finishes. Each individual event champion in swimming and track and field receives 0.25 points while the top seven finishers in cross country each receive 0.50 points.
The Landmark Conference sponsors 20 sport championships, but at the end of the year only the top 15 sport totals from each institution will be included to account for differences in sport sponsorship across the eight institutions. The modification could produce a large variance in institution averages from winter to spring President's Cup standings.
2012-13 Landmark Conference President's Cup Fall Standings