NEW HAVEN, Conn. (December 5, 2017) -- The Georgian Court University Department of Athletics sits in first place in the 2017-18 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Alfred R. Restaino, Sr. Cup standings for women'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 women'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.
GCU sits in first in the standings following the fall season with an average score of 12.5833 and is followed in second place by Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) with a mark of 11.6250. Wilmington University rounded out the top three with a third-place average of 11.3125.
Georgian Court's conference championship in women's soccer helped push the Lions into the top spot. Under the guidance of head coach Jim Moore, GCU won both the regular season and tournament titles, while also advancing to the NCAA Division II East Region Tournament. It marked the second-consecutive season the Lions appeared in the CACC final.
Georgian Court women's cross country finished third at the CACC Championship, while the school's volleyball program placed third in the CACC South Division regular season standings, and then sprung a first-round upset of Post University to advance to the league semifinals.
Jefferson women's cross country had an outstanding fall season, capped by winning the program's fourth-consecutive CACC crown, to help the Rams move into second place in the Restaino Cup standings. The school's volleyball program won the CACC South Division title and advanced to the league's final to help secure the second-place spot after the fall.
Wilmington's surge into third place was aided by both the women's tennis and women's soccer teams reaching their respective CACC finals, while women's cross country produced a runner-up finish at the conference race.
The complete CACC Alfred R. Restaino, Sr. Cup standings for women's sports following the fall season are as follows:
1. Georgian Court University (12.5833)
2. Jefferson (11.6250)
3. Wilmington University (11.3125)
4. Goldey-Beacom College (9.4375)
5. Holy Family University (9.1875)
6. Caldwell University (8.6875)
7. University of the Sciences (8.6667)
8. Post University (8.0625)
9. Nyack College (7.9167)
10. Bloomfield College (7.5000)
11. Chestnut Hill College (7.3750)
12. Concordia College (5.8750)
13. Dominican College (5.4167)
14. Felician University (5.3333)
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.