2019 CMS Annual Report

8 A TOP D-III PROGRAM ONCE AGAIN 14 of CMS’ 21 teams were represented in the NCAA Division III Championships in 2018-19: football, men’s and women’s cross country, volleyball, men’s and women’s swimming & diving, women’s tennis, men’s tennis, men’s golf, women’s golf, lacrosse, softball, and women’s and men’s track & field. As a result, CMS placed 12th nationally in the 2018- 19 Learfield Directors’ Cup standings. CONFERENCE CONSISTENCY 12 teams won SCIAC championships this season and as a result, for the 11th-straight year, CMS won the SCIAC All-Sports Trophy. SCIAC champions: football, women’s cross country, women’s basketball, volleyball, women’s golf, lacrosse, softball, women’s tennis, women’s track & field, men’s soccer, men’s tennis, men’s track & field. TEAM RECAPS FALL SPORTS CROSS COUNTRY Streak continues for Stags and Athenas This marked the 10th season in a row that both CMS cross country teams qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships. The Athenas placed 18th nationally and the Stags placed 27th. Prior to Nationals, the Athenas and Stags won the NCAA West Regionals (the Stags tied for first). The Athenas also won the SCIAC Championships for the ninth season in a row. FOOTBALL Stags make first-ever playoff appearance For the first time in program history, the Stags qualified for the NCAA Division III football playoffs with a 7-4 record, 6-1 in SCIAC play. During the regular season, the Stags were co-champions of the SCIAC for the fifth time and the first time since the Stags won back-to-back conference titles in 1986 and 1987. MEN’S SOCCER Defense propels Stags to SCIAC title One season after finishing eighth in the SCIAC standings, the Stags won the 2018 regular season conference championship with a 15-2-1 record (including 15 shutouts) and advanced to the SCIAC Tournament semifinals. CMS led the nation in team defense and as a result, won more games (15) in 2018 than it had in a season since 2001. WOMEN’S SOCCER Athenas step forward The Athenas had a strong season, going 8-5-4 overall, 6-4-4 in SCIAC play. CMS improved two games in the win column and just missed out on a SCIAC Tournament berth. Mackenzie Cooney The 2018 SCIAC Men’s Soccer champions