Westwood, MA --- For the second consecutive year, WPI was second in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Men's Presidents Cup and third in the 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 Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics Dana L. Harmon.
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. In all, the men, who claimed the 2014-15 cup, have been first or second six times in the seven years of the cup's existence. The women, meanwhile, have been second or third each of the past four seasons.
Baseball won the NEWMAC West Division for the fourth time in five years and knocked off Babson, who ended up fifth in the NCAA tournament, in its NEWMAC tournament opener. Cross Country and Track & Field each finished second for the fifth and eighth straight year, respectively. Basketball tied for third and advanced to its second consecutive NEWMAC final to go with third-place finishes by Soccer, and Swimming & Diving under the guidance of NEWMAC Co-Coach of the Year Paul Bennett. Football finished fifth for the Crimson and Gray.
Rowing, guided by NEWMAC Coach of the Year Jason Steele, earned its first NEWMAC championship en route to a second place at the NCAA championship while Softball secured the regular season and tournament titles for NEWMAC Coach of the Year Whitney Goldstein. Cross Country, led by NEWMAC Coach of the Year Brian Chabot, repeated with a second-place showing as field hockey tied for third in the regular season standings. Track & Field came home fourth as Soccer and Volleyball were fifth. Swimming & Diving was sixth and Basketball tied for seventh.
Overall, the Engineers eclipsed .600 for the fifth consecutive year, this time with a .6456 winning percentage. Each of the 20 programs also boasted a 3.20 GPA or better, including Women's Cross Country which was recognized by the USTFCCCA as the program with the fifth-highest GPA in Division III and the eighth-highest GPA across all NCAA divisions with a 3.78 following the fall semester.