May 31, 2007

Edison, N.J. - Marist, which captured six Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference titles during the 2006-07 academic year and a women's basketball berth in the Sweet 16, has claimed the league's highest honors, earning all three JetBlue Airways MAAC Commissioner's Cups.

This is the fourth time that Marist swept all three categories (overall, men's and women's), the first member institution to do so in the history of the league.

"This is a remarkable accomplishment for Marist's outstanding student-athletes, coaches and administrators," said Marist President Dr. Dennis J. Murray. "Our student-athletes have performed well, not only in their athletic endeavors, but in the classroom as well."

"I would especially like to note the tremendous work of Director of Athletics Tim Murray and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. John Ritschdorff, whose leadership has made this possible. They have proven once again that academic and athletic prowess can go hand-in-hand."

The JetBlue Airways MAAC Commissioner's Cup is awarded annually as a symbol of overall excellence in athletics in the 25 championship athletic events conducted within the MAAC. Each institution is scored in all championships that it fields a varsity team. However, only the scores from the men's and women's basketball participation, plus the other top six men's and other top six women's championships shall be used to determine an institution's total points.

Marist finished with a total of 128.50 points, 28.50 points ahead of runner-up Loyola College. On the men's side, the Red Foxes captured the league crown with 58.00 points, just 9.50 points more than second-place Manhattan. Marist finished in the top spot in the women's cup race by compiling 70.50 points, 16.50 points ahead of Loyola.

"The Marist College athletic program continues to set standards for excellence that will be difficult to match for future generations of MAAC student-athletes and coaches," MAAC Commissioner Richard J. Ensor, Esq., said. "I congratulate athletic director Tim Murray and his team of administrators for their tremendous effort to build and sustain the Marist program."

The Red Foxes captured four women's and two men's championships this past season. This past winter, Marist earned the title crown in women's basketball as well as men's and women's swimming and diving. In the spring, Marist captured the men's and women's rowing, and women's tennis championships.

The rest of the overall field finished as follows: Loyola (100.00), Fairfield University (93.00), Manhattan (92.50), Niagara University and Siena College (88.50), Iona College (81.00), Rider University (72.50), Canisius College (71.00) and Saint Peter's College (52.50).

In the men's standings, Manhattan finished second with 48.50 points, followed by Niagara (46.50), Loyola (46.00), Fairfield (40.50), Siena (39.50), Iona (35.00), Rider (34.00), Canisius (30.00) and Saint Peter's (29.50).

On the women's side, Loyola was second with 54.00 points, followed by Fairfield (52.50), Siena (49.00), Iona (46.00), Manhattan (44.00), Niagara (42.00), Canisius (41.00), Rider (38.50) and Saint Peter's (23.00).