Stevens Repeats as CAANJ Cup Winner
Stevens captured the Division III Collegiate Athletic Administrators of New Jersey (CAANJ) Cup for the second consecutive season as the winner was announced at Thursday's CAANJ fall meeting. The award honors the New Jersey NCAA Division III institution that has the most success across the entire athletic department. Stevens joins The College of New Jersey as the only multiple-time winners of the 15-year-old cup.
Five of Stevens' 26 varsity programs finished their seasons ranked nationally: women's swimming (5th), men's soccer (6th) men's volleyball (6th) men's lacrosse (9th) and men's swimming (11th).
In 2011-12, the Ducks had 12 athletes named conference athlete of the year, the most ever in school history. In addition, five coaches were named coach of the year by their respective conferences.
Stevens was also impressive in the classroom, as eight student-athletes were named CoSIDA Academic All-District, and Joe Huyett (Blandon, Pa.), John Hu (Oak Harbor, Wash.) and Matt Glassman (Basking Ridge, N.J.) earned Academic All-American recognition. 24-of-26 sports owned GPA's over 3.0 and seven boasted GPA's over 3.3.
“Winning the CAANJ Cup for the second consecutive year is an important milestone for our athletic program as we continue to strive for success across the board for all 26 teams,” said Stevens Director of Athletics Russell Rogers. “I am extremely proud of the coaches and staff and all of our student-athletes and wish to thank the Stevens administration for their continued support. Honors and awards like this truly do take a team effort.”
The women's swimming team produced an NCAA National Champion for the second consecutive year and finished fifth in the country as a squad. True freshman Brittany Geyer (Brunswick, Ohio) captured the 200-yard breaststroke title at the NCAA Championships. On the men's side, Stevens swimming counted three All-America finishes and 14 honorable mention All-America honors.
The wrestling program sent two members of its team to Nationals, with junior Joey Favia (Brick, N.J.) earning All-America status. Men's lacrosse won its first Empire 8 Conference title and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 17-3 overall record.
The men's soccer program rode an 18-match unbeaten streak all the way to the Elite 8 of the NCAA tournament and won its eighth-straight conference title. Women's soccer claimed its second-straight Empire 8 crown and earned the right to host the first two rounds of NCAA competition.
The women's fencing team won its second National Intercollegiate Women's Fencing Association Division III championship in three years. Men's tennis won its third-consecutive Empire 8 title and advanced to the Round of 32 in the NCAA's, while the women's tennis team enjoyed an undefeated regular season.
A total of three CAANJ Cups are awarded annually in the following categories: Division I/II, Division III and Junior Colleges. Points are awarded for teams' finishes in conference standings as well as participation in national championships.