On the strength of four Landmark Conference championships, The University of Scranton finished second in the final Landmark Conference Presidents' Trophy standings for 2016-17. It is the University's highest finish since the 2010-11 academic year.
Bolstered by conference championships from men's and women's soccer, and men's and women's basketball, Scranton entered the spring season in first place. But Elizabethtown rallied to finish first by winning conference titles in men's lacrosse, women's tennis and baseball during the spring. The Blue Jays finished with an 8.61 average, edging the Royals' 8.49 average.
Scranton also received runner-up finishes in the spring from women's lacrosse and women's tennis, and the men's lacrosse team also advanced to the postseason.
In the 10-year history of the Landmark Conference, Scranton has finished second on four occasions – 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11 and 2016-17 – and has never finished lower than fifth.
The Landmark Conference Presidents' Trophy is awarded based on a formula that rewards institutions for finishes in regular season standings as well as conference postseason competition. The formula also takes into account the number of sports a school sponsors with schools earning points for their 15 highest point-producing sports.
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2016-17 Final Presidents' Trophy Standings
- Elizabethtown – 8.61
- Scranton – 8.49
- Moravian – 7.54
- Susquehanna – 7.20
- Catholic – 7.01
- Drew – 5.40
- Juniata – 4.85
- Goucher – 2.97