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Liberty Leads Sasser Cup Race after Fall Season

December 11, 2013
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Women's soccer celebrates its 2013 Big South championship following a 5-0 victory over No. 1 seed Radford.

2013-13 Big South Sasser Cup standings

Behind conference championships from football, men's cross country and women's soccer, Liberty is currently in first place in the race for the 2013-14 Big South Sasser Cup.

Following the completion of the fall championship season, Liberty stands in first place in the 12-team annual race to determine the most successful athletics program in the conference.

Liberty scored 86.25 points toward the Sasser Cup standings during the fall, averaging 14.38 points for its six Big South Conference programs.

Coastal Carolina is in second place with a 14.04 average (84.25 points/six teams), followed by High Point's 13.60 average (68 points/five teams) and Radford's 13.20 average (66 points/five teams). Longwood is in a distant fifth place with a 9.75 average (39 points/four teams).

Liberty also leads in the Women's All-Sport standings with a 16.17 average (48.5 points/three teams), ranking ahead of Radford's 15.33 average (46 points/three teams).

The Flames rank third in the Men's All-Sport standings with a 12.58 average (37.25 points/three teams). High Point leads the men's chase with a 14.50 average (29 points/two teams), followed by Coastal Carolina's 13.08 average (39.25 points/three teams).

Liberty has won a record six consecutive Big South Sasser Cup trophies and holds the conference record with 11 Sasser Cup titles overall.

Liberty's football team won its last five games of the year and shared the Big South title with NCAA FCS Playoff quarterfinalist Coastal Carolina. The Flames finished off their second year under head coach Turner Gill with an 8-4 record and a 4-1 Big South mark following a 56-14 season-ending victory over No. 16/18 Charleston Southern on the road.

The men's cross country program continued it stranglehold on the conference title, taking first place at the Big South Championship meet for the ninth consecutive season.

Women's soccer set a program record with 16 victories in 2013, including a resounding 5-0 shutout victory over No. 1 seed Radford in the Big South Women's Soccer Championship title match. The Lady Flames also set a program record with 14 shutout wins and ranked No. 14 in the country in shutout percentage (0.609).

The women's cross country program finished second at the conference championship event, marking the 10th straight year Liberty has finished in first or second place in the Big South.

Liberty's men's soccer program saved its best play of the year for the conference championship. The seventh-seeded Flames posted back-to-back upsets to advance to the title game against top seed and No. 12 nationally ranked Coastal Carolina.

Volleyball won 10 of its last 14 matches and advanced to the Big South Volleyball Championship semifinal round before falling to eventual conference champion Radford in a five-set thriller.

The Sasser Cup trophy, named for former Big South Commissioner Buddy Sasser, is awarded to the Big South member institution with the most successful year athletically based on an average points system.

Points are awarded based on both regular-season and tournament finishes in each of the league's 19 championships, based on the number of teams participating in the regular season and tournament, respectively.

A school must be eligible to participate in a specific sport championship to receive Sasser Cup points in the sport. There is a weighted factor of 1.5 for those sports which only participate in regular-season play (football) or a tournament (cross country, track and golf), but not both.  Teams tied in regular-season or tournament play split the points earned.

Big South Sasser Cup Standings through the fall:
1. Liberty – 14.38

2. Coastal Carolina – 14.04
3. High Point – 13.60
4. Radford – 13.20
5. Longwood – 9.75
6. Winthrop – 9.00
7. Campbell – 8.30
8. UNC Asheville – 7.70
9. VMI – 5.35
10. Gardner-Webb – 5.25
11. Charleston Southern – 4.70
12. Presbyterian College – 3.71

Big South Women's All-Sports Award through the fall:
1. Liberty – 16.17

2. Radford – 15.33
3. Coastal Carolina – 15.00
4. High Point – 13.00
5. Winthrop – 10.67
6. UNC Asheville – 8.50
7. Longwood – 7.75
8. Campbell – 6.00
9. Presbyterian College – 5.83
10. Charleston Southern – 4.83
11. VMI – 4.25
12. Gardner-Webb – 4.00

Big South Men's All-Sports Award through the fall:
1. High Point – 14.50
2. Coastal Carolina – 13.08
3. Liberty – 12.58
4. Campbell – 11.75
4. Longwood – 11.75
6. Radford – 10.00
7. Gardner-Webb – 6.50
7. Winthrop – 6.50
7. UNC Asheville – 6.50
10. VMI – 6.08
11. Charleston Southern – 4.50
12. Presbyterian College – 1.58

Annual Sasser Cup Champions
1985-86 – Winthrop
1986-87 – Winthrop
1987-88 – Coastal Carolina
1988-89 – Coastal Carolina
1989-90 – Coastal Carolina
1990-91 – Coastal Carolina
1991-92 – Campbell
1992-93 – Campbell
1993-94 – Campbell
1994-95 – UNC Greensboro
1995-96 – UNC Greensboro
1996-97 – UNC Greensboro
1997-98 – Liberty
1998-99 – Liberty
1999-00 – Liberty

2000-01 – Coastal Carolina
2001-02 – Liberty
2002-03 – Liberty

2003-04 – Coastal Carolina
2004-05 – Coastal Carolina
2005-06 – Coastal Carolina
2006-07 – Coastal Carolina
2007-08 – Liberty
2008-09 – Liberty
2009-10 – Liberty
2010-11 – Liberty
2011-12 – Liberty
2012-13 – Liberty

Women's All-Sports Award
2003-04 – Coastal Carolina
2004-05 – Coastal Carolina
2005-06 – Coastal Carolina
2006-07 – Coastal Carolina
2007-08 – Liberty
2008-09 – Coastal Carolina
2009-10 – Liberty
2010-11 – Liberty
2011-12 – Liberty
2012-13 – Liberty

Men's All-Sports Award
2003-04 – Liberty
2004-05 – Liberty

2005-06 – Coastal Carolina
2006-07 – Winthrop
2007-08 – Liberty
2008-09 – Liberty

2009-10 – Coastal Carolina
2010-11 – Coastal Carolina
2011-12 – Liberty
2012-13 – Coastal Carolina