MIT Women Claim 2017-18 NEWMAC Presidents Cup for Fourth Consecutive Year

MIT Women Claim 2017-18 NEWMAC Presidents Cup for Fourth Consecutive Year

WESTWOOD, Mass. – For the fourth consecutive year, MIT has been honored with the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Presidents Cup, as announced at the conference's annual meetings by WPI President Laurie Leshin along with NEWMAC President and WPI Director of Athletics Dana Harmon. The Engineers captured an impressive nine women's postseason championships during the 2017-18 academic year. 

"This has been a fantastic year for the MIT Athletics program and the accomplishments are extremely impressive," said MIT Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart. "I would like to congratulate our student-athletes, coaches and staff on the tremendous achievement of earning this year's NEWMAC men's and women's Presidents Cups. The NEWMAC features some of the highest-level performers in the country and to succeed there is a testament to the hard work and dedication put forward by all those associated with our athletic programs. It is truly an honor for MIT to receive the 2018 NEWMAC Presidents Cups." 

MIT kicked off the fall by sweeping all four women's championships. Cross country started it off claiming the programs 11th consecutive crown while women's soccer, field hockey and volleyball claimed victories on the same weekend. The cross country program went on to take fourth at Nationals while women's soccer made a Sweet 16 appearance, women's volleyball earning a spot in the NCAA Regional Final and the field hockey team advanced to the second round. 

MIT continued its success into the winter season with women's swimming & diving earning its eighth  consecutive championship in their home pool while the women's basketball team garnered the programs first league title. Women's swimming and diving went on to claim sixth as a team at the NCAA Championship while the women's basketball team made their first appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship first round. 

Once spring arrived, the women's track and field team claimed the programs 10th straight NEWMAC crown a week before the women's tennis team earned their third straight league title while the softball program earned their first NEWMAC crown in its history. Women's tennis went on to advance to the Elite Eight with the sotball team finishing seventh at the National Championship site. The women's track and field program wrapped up the spring placing 17th at the National Championship. 

"The NEWMAC is one of the most competitive conferences in the country and that is evident by how many of the league's student-athletes and teams compete on the national level each year," said Julie Soriero, MIT Director of Athletics. "This has been a historic year for MIT Athletics with three Elite Eight berths, three Sweet 16 appearances and 14 NEWMAC Championships. We are proud of the accomplishments of our student-athletes, staff and coaches and receiving the Presidents Cups this year in such a competitive conference is something we take great pride in. Representing the NEWMAC at the highest level is something that our conference schools do across the board and we are proud to receive this honor." 

MIT has now earned the Presidents Cup for the women five times since its inception in 2012-13 (2012-13, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18). This is also the fourth time since the inaugural year that MIT swept both the men's and women's Presidents Cup honors. 

The Presidents Cup is an all-sports award presented to the top overall men's and women's programs in the conference and is determined using a weighted points system based on the order of finish during both regular season and championship competition. 

2017-18 NEWMAC Women's Presidents Cup Top Three
1. MIT
2. Babson College
3. WPI