Mavericks finish 43rd in Learfield Sports Director’s Cup

Colorado Mesa’s national runner-up finish in baseball last week put the Mavericks in the top 50 for the NCAA Division II Learfield Sports Director’s Cup.

The Mavericks finished 43rd for the 2013-14 school year with 381.75 points. It was their best finish since 2011-12, when they were 38th. Mesa has finished in the top 50 among the 247 programs five of the past six years.

Grand Valley State (Michigan) University won the cup for the ninth time in the history of the cup, dating back to 1995-96. The Lakers finished with 1,030 points and scored in the maximum 14 sports, including national titles in women’s cross-country and women’s soccer. They placed in the top 10 in nine other sports.

The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics awards the Learfield Cup to the institution maintaining a broad-based program, achieving success in many men’s and women’s sports.

Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 14 NCAA-sanctioned sports (seven men’s and seven women’s).

West Texas A&M was a distant second with 708 points. Central Missouri was third with 653.75.

Adams State led the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference schools with an eighth-place finish with 595 points.

Academic Team

Ten Colorado Mesa men’s lacrosse players were selected to the 2014 Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-Academic Team this week.

Stephen Dunn (3.37 GPA, mass communications), Eric McCosker (3.95, construction management), John Moore (3.52, biological sciences), Shane O’Neill (3.55, Landman energy management), Austin Pridham (3.3, business administration) and Kade Robinson (3.61, finance) made the team for the third year.

Dylan Duresky (3.53, Landman energy management) and Johnny Nitti (3.47, entrepreneurship) made it for the second time.

Jordan Eason (3.51, sports management) and Alex Utt (3.88, business administration) made it for the first time.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must have a 3.3 or higher cumulative grade-point average and play in at least half of his team’s WILA games during the season.

All four WILA teams were represented on the list.


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