Stevens Institute of Technology earned the Collegiate Athletic Administrators of New Jersey (CAANJ) Cup for a third-straight year Thursday in Somerset, N.J. at the annual CAANJ Workshop and Luncheon.
Stevens has earned the distinction as the top performing NCAA Division III athletic program in the state in 2010-11, 2011-12 and now 2012-13.
"There are a number of outstanding NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletic programs in New Jersey and we always enjoy competing with these schools," Stevens' Director of Athletics Russell Rogers said. "To win the CAANJ Cup for the third year in a row is a true testament to the dedication and talent of our student-athletes and staff. We are very proud of this accomplishment."
Stevens earned a total of 257 points for the win. Montclair State University finished second (214) and The College of New Jersey finished third (176).
Points are awarded to 10 teams – five male and five female – based on conference finish and performance in NCAA Championships.
Last year, Stevens saw three men's programs – lacrosse, tennis and soccer – advance to the Sweet 16 of their respective national tournaments, and both men's and women's swimming placed in the top-10 at the NCAA Championships. Four of the five above teams earned Empire 8 titles.
Men's basketball won 20 games for a third-straight season and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in the history of the program. Two wrestlers reached the NCAA's, with senior Joey Favia placing fifth nationally for the second time in as many years, while junior Simas Jarasunas gave Stevens swimming its third individual NCAA National Champion in the last three years.
Women's fencing was the top D3 team at the National Intercollegiate Women's Fencing Association Championships, with women's cross country and indoor track and field competing on the national level. Women's indoor senior Alina Duran was the program's first All-American and netted the team a national placement for the first time as well. In addition, men's volleyball earned an-large berth to just the second NCAA Tournament in D3 men's volleyball history.
Ducks field hockey, and both swim teams earned Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference titles, and Stevens was the ECAC Institution of the Year award for the second time since 2008, becoming just the third school in the award's history to receive the honor multiple times (Princeton University, Williams College).
Lastly, the Ducks finished 2012-13 ranked 27th in the Learfield Sports Director's Cup standings. It marks the second-highest finish in school history and fourth-straight year the Ducks have cracked the top-40. More than 440 school are in NCAA Division III and there are now 320-plus schools in the ECAC's membership.
Past CAANJ Cup Winners
1997-98 – TCNJ
1998-99 – Rowan
2000-01 – TCNJ
2001-02 – TCNJ
2002-03 – TCNJ
2003-04 – TCNJ
2004-05 – TCNJ
2005-06 – TCNJ
2006-07 – TCNJ
2007-08 – TCNJ
2008-09 – TCNJ
2009-10 – TCNJ
2010-11 – Stevens
2011-12 – Stevens
2012-13 – Stevens