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Notre Dame College student-athletes and their sports programs cumulatively have placed second in the Mountain East Conference’s (MEC) Commissioner’s Cup for the second straight season.

The 2019-2020 campaign for the College’s 16 NCAA Division II sports teams represents the department’s best campaign yet, and the second straight year the Falcons athletics department has recorded a second-place finish. The College also was the runner-up for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Notre Dame supports a total of 18 varsity sports, including USA Rugby Division IA men’s and women’s sports. NCAA teams include men’s and women’s basketball, bowling, golf, soccer and swimming and division. Additional athletics include baseball, football, lacrosse, softball, volleyball and wrestling. Nearly 60 percent of students at the College participate in athletics, and 100 percent of student-athletes take part in community service activities.

“I am so proud of our Falcon student-athletes, coaches and athletic staff for our back-to-back second-place finish,” said Notre Dame Director of Athletics Scott Swain. “This accomplishment is achieved by all of Falcon athletics rising to high expectations and exceeding them.”

The Falcons recorded an all-sports rating of 0.72170 this academic year compared to the 2018-2019 academic year’s 0.66917, a performance increase of 7.87 percent year-over-year in conference play. Notre Dame also recorded 76.5 out of 106 possible points across the department’s 11 MEC sports.

The standings are compiled utilizing this statistic as compiled by the MEC. This rating is determined by a formula that awards points to a college for its regular-season finish, equal to the number of teams per sport sponsored by the MEC, and then divided by the number of sports offered by the institution. The final rating is a percentage of points acquired, against the number of points available.

“I demand a great deal of our staff and student-athletes, and they always step up. This is a testament to the hard work and vision we have for Falcon Athletics,” Swain said.

The Falcon football and men’s swimming programs both took home MEC titles in 2019-2020, while women’s basketball, women’s golf and men’s soccer took second place at their MEC tournaments. The wrestling program posted a third-place finish at the conference tournament, but also won at regionals and qualified six wrestlers for the NCAA Division II National Tournament.

The MEC announced that the 2019-2020 season will be denoted historically with an asterisk acknowledging the cancellation of spring competition due to COVID-19. Before the cancellation of spring sports, the MEC crowned champions in 15 of the 23 sports offered by the conference.

The University of Charleston earned the Commissioner’s Cup victory for the third-straight season, while Fairmont State University took third place for the second consecutive year.

February 2021
The Notre Dame College Athletics Department contributed to this story.

About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master’s degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information, contact pr@ndc.edu.