PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Western Connecticut State University finished in seventh place in the 2017-18 Little East Conference Commissioner's Cup standings. The Colonioals captured the men's soccer regular-season and tournament titles last fall, while the women's soccer program won the tournament crown after sharing the regular-season title with Eastern Connecticut State University.
For the second straight year, ECSU claimed the Commissioner's Cup, the league's top honor for overall institutional athletic performance among the LEC's eight primary member institutions in its 19 sponsored sports. The Warriors captured the 2017-18 Commissioner's Cup after accumulating a point average of 5.62 among their 17 programs that compete in the LEC.
Eastern's women's cross country team captured its first-ever LEC title in the fall, while the men's basketball team won the outright regular season title and the women's soccer team finished tied for first place in the final regular season standings. The Warriors recorded a second-place finish in five sports, all during the spring season – baseball, men's and women's lacrosse, softball, women's outdoor track & field – and finished third in field hockey, women's volleyball and women's swimming & diving.
UMass Boston finished a program-best second in the 2017-18 Commissioner's Cup standings with a point average of 5.34, while 16-time LEC Commissioner's Cup winner Keene State College finished third with a point average of 5.18. Rounding out this year's Commissioner's Cup standings were the University of Southern Maine (fourth, 4.89 points), UMass Dartmouth (fifth, 4.71 points), Plymouth State University (sixth, 4.67 points), Western Connecticut State University (seventh, 4.31 points) and Rhode Island College (eighth, 4.26 points).
UMass Boston won the baseball and men's tennis regular season titles in the spring after sharing the regular season championship in women's volleyball in the fall. The Beacons took second-place in women's basketball, and finished third in men's basketball, women's indoor track & field, men's outdoor track & field and men's soccer.
Keene State won its 12th consecutive women's swimming & diving championship, claimed the men's lacrosse regular season title for the sixth straight year, tied for first in field hockey and women's volleyball. The Owls were runner-up in men's basketball and men's cross country while finishing third in women's soccer and women's lacrosse.
For sports in which the LEC conducts in-season play (baseball, basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball), points are determined by the ranked order of finish in the final regular season standings. For sports that do not conduct in-season play (cross country, swimming & diving, track & field), points are awarded based on the order of finish at the LEC championship meet.
About the Little East Conference
The Little East Conference (LEC) was formed in 1986 when six public institutions gathered to create a single sport athletic conference and has expanded into what is now New England's premier athletic conference for public institutions in NCAA Division III. The LEC features 19 Championship Sports and sponsors quality competition in every season for our student athletes while following the Division III mission of passion, responsibility, sportsmanship and citizenship.