Stevens Wins DIII CAANJ Cup for First Time

10/14/2011

Hoboken, NJ- For the first time in school history, Stevens Institute of Technology has won the Division III Collegiate Athletic Administrators of New Jersey (CAANJ) Cup for the 2010-11 academic school year. Stevens beat out The College of New Jersey, who had won the cup 11 straight times and 12 of the first 13. The Ducks accumulated 196 points, while TCNJ totaled 184. Rounding out the top-five were Montclair State University and Kean University tied with 119 and Richard Stockton College with 112.

Stevens had its most successful year ever in 2010-11 as 12 different teams participated at NCAA Championships and out of the 26 total sports at Castle Point, 13 sports competed on the national stage. The University also finished 13th in the Learfield Sports Director’s Cup out of more than 450 DIII institutions. The Cup recognizes a school that displays excellence on the playing field in NCAA competition.

Last fall, four teams reached the national tournament with women’s volleyball earning a spot in the Regional finals. In the winter season, both basketball programs went to the NCAA’s, both swimming programs finished the season in the top-15, while wrestling 32nd in the country. In the final athletic season of the academic year, men’s tennis and both lacrosse programs made it to the second round of their respective tournaments. The men’s lacrosse team finished the season ranked eighth in the country, while the women were 11th.

“We are very proud to have won our first CAANJ Cup at Stevens as there are so many outstanding NCAA Division III institutions in the state of New Jersey.” stated Stevens Director of Athletics Russell Rogers. “The honor reflects the vision and support of the Stevens administration; the commitment and spirit of the athletic department coaches and staff; and most certainly the hard work and talents of our student-athletes. The challenge of sustaining the success we had in 2010-2011 is exciting and truly a motivator for the entire athletic program.”

The athletic teams as a whole put together one of the most successful records and winning percentages since 1950, when overall records were first calculated. In 2010-11, Stevens athletics produced 289 victories to 138 losses and four ties for a winning percentage of .675. The 289 wins is a program record and the eighth straight year that the Ducks have accumulated 200-plus victories and the .675 winning percentage is the third-best ever.

“Winning the Collegiate Athletic Administrators of New Jersey Cup is an extraordinary accomplishment for Stevens Institute of Technology.” said Vice President of University Enrollment and Administration Maureen Weatherall ’78. “New Jersey is home to many of the most outstanding Division III athletic programs in the country; to be counted among the best in New Jersey is a great honor.  I am very proud of our scholar-athletes, coaches and accomplished athletic administration, led by Russell Rogers.” 

Individual student-athlete awards were equally as impressive. Twenty-four Ducks received one or more All-America nods, while three made the first-team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American list, including one Academic All-American of the Year. As for All-District honors, nine different Stevens student-athletes earned that accolade and 94 were named to the most recent President’s List for maintaining a grade-point average above 3.75. Alum, Zach Carr was named CAANJ Male Athlete of the Year while alum, Laura Barito was named NCAA Woman of the Year and CAANJ Female Student Athlete of the Year.

In the Empire 8 alone, more than 70 student-athletes were named all-conference members. Four others received player of the year recognition and another earned a rookie of the year nod. To round out the conference awards, three different coaches were named coach of the year.

In total, Stevens won five Empire 8 titles and seven NCAA tournament victories in the 2010-11 seasons.

About Stevens

Founded in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University™, lives at the intersection of industry, academics and research.  The University's students, faculty and partners leverage their collective real-world experience and culture of innovation, research and entrepreneurship to confront global challenges in engineering, science, systems and technology management. 

Based in Hoboken, N.J. and with a location in Washington, D.C., Stevens offers accredited baccalaureate, masters, certificates and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences and management, in addition to baccalaureate degrees in business and liberal arts.  Stevens has been recognized by both the US Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Excellence in the areas of systems engineering and port security research. The University has a total enrollment of more than 2,350 undergraduate, 3,600 graduate students and almost 450 faculty members. Stevens’ graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as strategic partnerships with industry leaders, governments and other universities around the world.  Additional information may be obtained at www.stevens.edu and www.stevens.edu/news.