NEW HAVEN, Conn. (December 5, 2017) -- The Wilmington University Department of Athletics sits in first place in the 2017-18 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Alfred R. Restaino, Sr. Cup Standings for men's sports following the fall season, as announced on Tuesday by Commissioner Dan Mara. The cup is awarded annually to the institution that performs at the highest level in all CACC-sponsored men's sports.
The point system used for the award takes into account each athletic program’s finish in both the 2017-18 CACC regular season contests and conference tournaments. Each institution receives a combined point total and the sum is then divided by the number of sports the institution sponsors. The CACC will announce the updated Restaino Cup standings following the conclusion of the winter sports season in late March, and then will announce the final standings in late May following the completion of the spring sports season.
WilmU sits in first in the standings following the fall season with an average score of 11.7500 and is followed in second place by Bloomfield College with a mark of 11.6250. Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) rounded out the top three with a third-place average of 11.3333.
Wilmington's conference championship in golf helped push the Wildcats into the top spot. Under the guidance of head coach Harry Jennings, WilmU golf claimed the program's eighth-consecutive conference title in early October, as the Wildcats carded a two-round score of 586 (+18) to finish 20 strokes better than the runner-up. It marked the first time in conference history the men's golf championship was contested in the fall.
Wilmington men's soccer finished third in the regular season standings and advanced to the CACC quarterfinals to help the department grab the first-place spot following the fall. Also, the school's men's cross country team placed fourth at the league championship to help boost the numbers.
Bloomfield men's soccer and men's cross country had strong fall seasons to help the Bears move into second place in the Restaino Cup standings. Men's cross country finished third at the CACC Championship, while soccer placed fourth in regular season standings and advanced to the league semifinals.
Jefferson's surge into third place was aided by Dave Thomas' men's cross country team claiming the CACC Championship, marking the program's first conference crown since 2014. Men's soccer won the CACC regular season championship under the guidance of Ptah Myers and advanced to the league finals.
The complete CACC Alfred R. Restaino, Sr. Cup standings for men's sports following the fall season are as follows:
1. Wilmington University (11.7500)
2. Bloomfield College (11.6250)
3. Jefferson (11.3333)
4. Chestnut Hill College (9.1667)
T5. Georgian Court University (9.1250)
T5. Nyack College (9.1250)
7. Goldey-Beacom College (8.8333)
8. Post University (8.7500)
9. Dominican College (7.6667)
10. Felician University (7.0833)
11. Concordia College (5.8333)
T12. Caldwell University (4.7500)
T12. University of the Sciences (4.7500)
14. Holy Family University (4.5000)
The award is named after the late Bloomfield College Director of Athletics and Head Coach Alfred R. Restaino, Sr., who served a vital role in not just the school's athletic department but also in the formation of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.
ABOUT THE CACC
The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference is an NCAA Division II Conference composed of 14 institutions in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The member institutions are Bloomfield College, Caldwell University, Chestnut Hill College, Concordia (N.Y.) College, Dominican (N.Y.) College, Felician University, Georgian Court University, Goldey-Beacom College, Holy Family University, Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), Nyack College, Post University of Waterbury, University of the Sciences, and Wilmington University.