Celebrate this holiday season by taking a look back at a great Fall 2016 in the Sunshine State Conference...

The Sunshine State Conference is the top NCAA Division II conference in Academic Success Rate (ASR). On Tuesday, November 15, the NCAA released ASR data for all 24 NCAA Division II conferences, with the SSC leading the way at 86 percent. “Being recognized as the #1 academic conference in the country is a great source of pride for the SSC, and is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our student-athletes, coaches and administrators,” stated SSC Commissioner Ed Pasque.

Seven named Women's Cross Country All-SSC; Rampf becomes eighth SSC athlete to win Player, Runner, or Swimmer of the Year three times.

Twenty-one student-athletes are recognized as All-SSC for the 2016 season. SSC Champions, Saint Leo University, boast two first team selections and Coach of the Year.

Stelogeannis becomes the 10th Spartan to be named Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year.

Twenty-five student-athletes are recognized as ALL-SSC for the 2016 season. Lynn University boasts 10 awards including Player of the Year and Coach of the Year. Jack Watson of Lynn is named Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year by conference coaches.

The Fighting Knights take home Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year for the third consecutive season

Twenty-four women's soccer student-athletes have earned All-SSC honors for the 2016 season. Conference champions, Saint Leo University, collect eight All-SSC awards including Player of the Year and Coach of the Year. Arielle Kabangu of Saint Leo University was selected Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year for the second time.

Kabangu was also selected Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year in 2013

Seven student-athletes have been selected to the 2016 All-SSC Men’s Cross Country Team. Saint Leo University boasts the Runner of the Year and Coach of the Year for the third consecutive season. Ronald Cheserek was named SSC Men’s Runner of the Year and Freshman of the Year

Ronald Cheserek of Saint Leo becomes the fourth straight Saint Leo Lion to be named SSC Men’s Runner of the Year
As part of the Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence program, now in it’s sixth year, Rollins, Eckerd, and Barry along with 23 other Division II institutions will be honored for achieving four-year ASRs of 90 percent or higher. Rollins and Eckerd have earned the accolade each of the last sixth years, while Barry repeats from 2015.

Saint Leo runners finished No. 1, No. 2, No. 5, No. 8, and No. 12 to score 28 points and win the program's second women's cross country conference championship. The Lion's first championship came in 2014 when both SLU squads won took home trophies. The University of Tampa came in second place for a second consecutive year with a score of 55.

SSC Women's Cross Country Championship Team...Colett Rampf of Saint Leo wins the SSC championship for the third consecutive year. She finished with a time of 20:26.67. Rampf's teammate, Alyssa Bayliff, finished second with a time of 21:05.64. Claudia Cancello of Tampa took third with a time of 21:13.50.

Saint Leo finished with 30 team points to capture their third consecutive SSC men's championship. Led by the individual champion, Ronald Cheserek, the top five Lions' runners finished No. 1, No. 3, No. 4, No. 7, and No. 15.

SSC Men's Cross Country Championship Team...Cheserek finished the 8,000 meter race with a time of 24:24.79, edging out Bobby Ormsby of Florida Southern (24:37.77). Rafal Matuszczak of Saint Leo rounded out the Top-3 finishers with a time of 24:55.31.

Lynn Wins 2016 SSC Men's Soccer Championship Title


Adam Hutchinson, Lynn - Most Outstanding Player

Saint Leo wins 2016 SSC Women's Soccer Tournament

2016 SSC Women's Soccer All-Tournament Team

Arielle Kabangu, Saint Leo - Most Outstanding Player
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