June 6, 2005
EDISON, N.J.- Marist, which captured seven Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference titles during the 2004-05 academic year, has taken home the conference's highest honors, earning all three JetBlue Airways MAAC Commissioner's Cups. This season marks the fifth time in seven years that the Red Foxes have claimed the overall competition and now makes Marist the only school to win the overall title five times. La Salle and Loyola have each won four overall titles.
The Red Foxes captured two women's and five men's championships this past season. This past fall, Marist earned the title crown in women's cross country and men's soccer. In the winter, Marist claimed the top prize in men's and women's swimming and diving. In the spring, Marist captured the men's rowing, men's lacrosse and baseball championships. Marist advanced to three NCAA Tournaments this season (men's soccer, men's lacrosse, baseball), with the men's lacrosse squad falling to eventual national champion Johns Hopkins in the first round.
This is the second year that Marist has swept all three categories (overall, men's and women's), as the Red Foxes performed the feat in the 2000-01 season.
Marist finished with a total of 124 points, 24 points ahead of runner-up Loyola College. On the men's side, the Red Foxes captured the league crown with 63.50 points, 12.5 points more than second-place Rider University. Marist finished in the top spot in the women's cup race by compiling 60.50 points, just 3.50 points more than Iona College.
"Congratulations to Marist College on this tremendous achievement," Richard J. Ensor, Commissioner of the MAAC, said. "It is difficult to maintain the level of excellence that the student-athletes, coaches and athletic administrators have demonstrated by sweeping the cups. I commend all that were involved in making that happen this year."
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.
The rest of the overall field finished as follows: Loyola (100), Rider (99.50), Manhattan College (97.50), Iona (95.5), Fairfield University (88.50), Niagara University (82.50), Siena College (77), Canisius College (67) and Saint Peter's College (45).
In the men's standings, Rider finished second with 51 points, followed by Manhattan (50.50), Loyola (44.50), Niagara (43.50), Iona (38.50), Fairfield (36), Siena (31.50), Saint Peter's (25) and Canisius (21).
On the women's side, Iona was second with 57 points, followed by Loyola (55.50), Fairfield (52.50), Rider (48.50), Manhattan (47), Canisius (46), Siena (45.50), Niagara (39) and Saint Peter's (20).