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Women's Track & Field Wins Inaugural CACC Team Academic Award

Women's Track & Field Wins Inaugural CACC Team Academic Award

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - - The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) unveiled its inaugural CACC Team Academic Award winners on Thursday, as six schools combined to take home the 16 honors for the 2018-19 academic year. The announcement was made by CACC Commissioner Dan Mara, as the school with the highest team grade point average in each of the league's 16 championship sports, was crowned the Team Academic Award winner for that specific sport.

All 16 award winners posted team-wide GPAs of at least 3.11 or higher. The GPA totals represent team-wide marks from the recently completed 2018-19 academic year.

2018-19 CACC TEAM ACADEMIC AWARD WINNERS
Men's Golf - Post University (3.42)
Women's Tennis - Goldey-Beacom College (3.61)
Men's Cross Country - Jefferson (3.38)
Women's Cross Country - University of the Sciences (3.59)
Men's Soccer - Goldey-Beacom College (3.26)
Women's Soccer - Goldey-Beacom College (3.58)
Women's Volleyball - Goldey-Beacom College (3.47)
Men's Basketball - University of the Sciences (3.59)
Women's Basketball - University of the Sciences (3.63)
Men's Tennis - Chestnut Hill College (3.71)
Softball - University of the Sciences (3.63)
Men's Lacrosse - Chestnut Hill College (3.11)
Women's Lacrosse - Jefferson (3.38)
Men's Track & Field - Jefferson (3.21)
Women's Track & Field - Wilmington University (3.25)
Baseball - Jefferson (3.19)

Goldey-Beacom, Jefferson and USciences led the way with four honored teams apiece, while Chestnut Hill was the other CACC school with multiple honorees as two Griffin teams locked up the team honors. Chestnut Hill's men's tennis squad boasted the highest team GPA in the conference this year with an eye-popping mark of 3.71.

To be eligible for the CACC Team Academic Award, a school must have reached sport sponsorship minimums -- as constituted by the NCAA -- in the specific sports. All individuals who appear on a school's squad list for the various sports are factored into the team GPA, including current student-athletes, redshirts, hardships and partial qualifiers.

In addition to the 16 award winners, several other impressive facts and figures were on display throughout the conference, as the CACC boasts some of the most impressive academic numbers throughout all of NCAA Division II. Overall, 67 percent of CACC teams that met NCAA sport sponsorship this season posted GPAs of 3.0 or higher (117-of-174). Thirteen (13) of the 14 member institutions had at least 50 percent of their teams that compete in a CACC Championship sport achieve GPAs of 3.0 or better. And finally, 12 of the 16 CACC Champions in the 2018-19 season reached the 3.0 plateau or better. Various talking points and other facts on CACC academic achievement are located below.

TALKING POINTS

CACC TEAMS W/ 3.0 GPA
Sixty-seven (67) percent (117-of-174) of CACC teams earned GPAs of 3.0 or higher during the 2018-19 season.

MALE & FEMALE COMPARISONS
Eighty-seven (87) percent (82-of-94) female CACC teams posted GPAs of 3.0 or higher, while 44 percent (35-of-80) male CACC teams logged marks of at least 3.0.

AT LEAST HALF OF THEIR TEAMS
13 of the 14 CACC-member schools had at least 50 percent of their teams -- who compete in conference-sponsored sports -- post GPAs of 3.0 or higher.

School Total # of Tms 3.0 GPA Tms % of Tms
USciences 10 10 100%
Concordia 12 10 83%
Goldey-Beacom 12 10 83%
Chestnut Hill 14 11 79%
Jefferson 14 11 79%
Holy Family 11 8 73%
Caldwell 13 9 69%
Georgian Court 12 8 67%
Wilmington 15 10 67%
Post 15 9 60%
Bloomfield 11 6 55%
Dominican 12 6 50%
Nyack 10 5 50%

 

HIGH-ACHIEVING SPORTS
12 of the 16 CACC Championship sports had at least 50 percent of the teams achieve a 3.0 or higher GPA during 2018-19.

Sport # of Tms 3.0 GPA Tms % of Tms
Women's Tennis 6 6 100% 
Women's Soccer 13 13 100%
Women's Cross Country 14 13 93%
Women's Volleyball 14 13 93%
Softball 14 12 86%
Women's Lacrosse 10 8 80%
Women's Basketball 14 11 79%
Men's Golf 9 7 78%
Men's Cross Country 14 9 64%
Men's Soccer 13 8 62%
Men's Tennis 5 3 60%
Women's Track & Field 6 3 50%

 

 

RAISING THE TROPHY & ACHIEVING IN CLASS
12 of the 16 CACC Championship Teams in 2018-19 posted a team-wide GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Sport Champion School Tm GPA
Men's Golf Dominican 3.26
Women's Tennis Wilmington 3.61
Women's Cross Country Jefferson 3.13
Men's Soccer Post 3.23
Women's Soccer Caldwell 3.34
Women's Volleyball Holy Family 3.42
Women's Basketball Jefferson 3.37
Men's Tennis Concordia 3.27
Softball Wilmington 3.29 
Women's Lacrosse Georgian Court 3.32
Women's Track & Field Georgian Court 3.08
Baseball Wilmington 3.03

MAKING THE GRADE WHILE MAKING A RUN TO THE POSTSEASON
51 of the 67 teams (76%) in 11 CACC Championship sports where teams must qualify for the conference postseason posted team GPAs of at least 3.0. The sports factored into this total include men's tennis, men's soccer, women's soccer, volleyball, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's tennis, softball, men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, and baseball. Eight of the 11 postseason-qualifying sports saw at least 67 percent of playoff teams post GPAs of 3.0 or better.

Championship Qualifying Tms Tms w/3.0 GPA %
Women's Tennis 6 6 100%
Women's Soccer 8 8 100%
Women's Lacrosse 6 6 100%
Men's Soccer 8 7 88%
Women's Volleyball 8 7 88%
Women's Basketball 8 7 88%
Softball 8 7 88%
Men's Tennis 3 2 67%