On the strength of a trio Landmark Conference championships, The University of Scranton finished second in the final Landmark Conference Presidents' Trophy standings for 2017-18. It is the University's second consecutive second-place finish, matching its highest ever.
Bolstered by conference championships from women's soccer and women's basketball, Scranton entered the spring season in second place, trailing only Moravian. A conference championship from women's tennis and postseason appearances by baseball, softball, men's tennis and men's and women's lacrosse, as well as top-four finishes from men's and women's golf, were all part of a strong spring season, but Scranton was unable to move past Moravian, which finished first with an average point total of 8.47. Scranton was second at 7.88 and Catholic third at 7.26.
In the 11-year history of the Landmark Conference, Scranton has finished second on five occasions – 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2016-17 and 2017-18 – and has never finished lower than fifth.
The Landmark Conference Presidents' Trophy is awarded based on a formula that rewards institutions for finishes in regular season standings as well as conference postseason competition. The formula also takes into account the number of sports a school sponsors with schools earning points for their 15 highest point-producing sports.
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2017-18 Final Presidents' Trophy Standings
Moravian – 8.47
Scranton – 7.88
Catholic – 7.26
Elizabethtown – 6.98
Susquehanna – 6.60
Juniata – 4.97
Drew – 4.48
Goucher – 3.55
On a national level, The University of Scranton finished 111th in the Learfield Director's Cup Standings, a ranking of all NCAA Division III institutions based on athletic performance. Scranton was the highest-ranked Landmark Conference institution, finishing with 179.5 points.
Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. Finished first in the Learfield Director's Cup Standings with 1,126.5 points. For more information, visit https://thedirectorscup.com/2018/05/williams-captures-division-iii-learfield-directors-cup-title/.