(Cleveland, Ohio) – Announced on Wednesday, Dickinson ranked 50th in the final 2013 Learfield Sports Director's Cup standings. Dickinson was one of just three Centennial Conference schools to finish in the top 50, joining Johns Hopkins University and Haverford. Five Centennial teams ranked in the top 100 of the final 2012-13 rankings.
The Red Devils had a truly outstanding year in athletics, capturing a pair of Centennial Conference Championships while sending a number of athletes and teams into postseason. The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports — nine women's and nine men's, from over 400 Division III colleges and universities that compete in the NCAA.
The men's lacrosse team made its fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, claiming a third straight Centennial Conference title. They set countless school records, posting an 18-1 record while advancing to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the second time in three years. Seven players were named All-America and eight earned a spot on the All-Conference team. Senior Brandon Palladino '13 was named the USILA National Player of the Year and became the first lacrosse player in conference history to be named First-team All-CC, all four years of his career. He was also the Centennial Player of the Year, marking another first in the program. Junior All-American Brian Cannon '14 had another great season and was named the USILA National Attackman of the Year. All-American Matt Cherry '13 set school records for all-time and single season assists, becoming the first Red Devil to reach the century mark, finishing with 103 in his career. Dickinson was ranked number-two in the nation for almost the entire season.
Junior sprinter Aaron Pannell '14 added points for the Red Devils with a pair of NCAA appearances this year. He ran to All-America honors at the Indoor Track & Field Championships, placing sixth in the 60 meters (6.91). Pannell broke his own conference and school record at the Outdoor Championships, clocking a time of 10.60 in the 100 meter trials. He crossed the line fourth in the finals to earn All-America honors with a time of 10.99. Classmate Ryan Steinbock '14 qualified for outdoor nationals in the 5000 meters. He placed 13th overall with a time of 14:45.34. Steinbock also broke the school and conference record in the 3000 meters this season, posting a time of 8:33.23.
Senior Mary Nolte '13 qualified for nationals in the 1500 meters and finished in the top 25 at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She had a tough race and was tripped-up in the prelims, but battled to place 21st. She rebounded the following weekend, running exhibition and clocking a personal-best time of 4:33. Nolte performed equally as well in the classroom as on the track, earning the Lloyd B. Hughes Senior Scholar Athlete Award. The award is presented to the Dickinson senior athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point-average and a significant contributor to his or her team.
In the fall, the men's and women's cross country teams both qualified for the NCAA National Championships. The Red Devil men finished second at the Centennial Conference Championships and fourth at the Mideast Regional Championships. The Dickinson men earned their sixth straight trip to nationals, placing 19th overall, marking their fourth top 20 finish. Ryan Steinbock '14 ran to his second straight, All-Region honor while Henry Mynatt '14 and Omar Hyjek '14 also earned All-Region honors for a second time. Sophomore Alex Strenta '15 was named All-Region as well.
The Dickinson women ran to third place showings at both the Centennial Conference and Mideast Regional Championships. The Red Devils earned an at-large bid to nationals, making their 12th straight appearance and 14th overall. They have posted seven, top 20 finishes, and have been in the top 25, 13 times since 1997. Juniors Taylor Ludman '14 and Sara Patterson '14 led the way, earning All-Region honors. Ludman made her third appearance while Patterson also earned All-Region honors in 2011.
The men's soccer team had another strong season, earning a Centennial Conference playoff bid and the program's fourth invitation to the NCAA Tournament. The Red Devils finished second in the conference regular season standings and advanced to the second round of the NCAA playoffs. Following a setback in the conference semifinals, the Devils rebounded to post a 4-0 win over Westfield State University in their NCAA opener. Senior Nick Tierno '13 scored a pair of goals and handed out an assist to lead the way. The Red Devils fell in the second round to #2-ranked and unbeaten Amherst College to finish 13-5-2 overall. Junior Javier Mena '14 was named the Centennial Conference Player of the Year and named to the All-Mid-Atlantic Region team for the third straight year. Senior co-captain Rob Nowlan '13 earned Third-team All-Region honors on defense. Mena and Nowlan joined junior Jamie Martin '14 on the All-CC, First-team as seven Red Devils earned All-Conference recognition.
Men's basketball generated a lot of excitement last winter, capturing the Centennial Conference Championship and winning an NCAA, first round game at the Kline Center. The Red Devils finished second in the conference standings but claimed the title with a blowout of Franklin & Marshall in the championship game. Dickinson set school records with 21 wins overall and 13 wins in conference. Playing in front of a capacity crowd, the Devils stormed out of the gate to post a huge win over Marietta College in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Red Devils jumped out to a 19-6 lead en route to an 80-65 win. Junior guard Adam Honig '14 scored his 1,000th career point, scoring 32 on the night. Sophomore Gerry Wixted '15 added 20 points and eight rebounds while classmate Chris Cox '15 ignited the raucous crowd with a pair of rim-rattling dunks to add to the excitement. Honig and Wixted were both named, First-team All-Centennial Conference and selected to the D3hoops.com All-Region Team. Wixted was also named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-Mid-Atlantic Region squad.
The Centennial Conference ended as one of six conferences in the country with at least five teams in the top 100 of the final 2013 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings.
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