June 12, 2002
Poughkeepsie, NY - The Marist College athletic department captured its record setting fourth consecutive GHI Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Commissioner's Cup Trophy, it was announced this morning by the league office. Marist becomes the first school in the 21-year history of the conference to win four straight cups, and ties current league member Loyola College and former member, LaSalle University, for the most overall awards won by a single school. The Red Foxes won the men's trophy for the second straight time, and finished second on the women's side, behind Fairfield University.
"The Commissioner's Cup is a true testament to the effort and commitment to excellence put forth by the student-athletes, coaches and administrators here at Marist, said Director of Athletics," Tim Murray. "The entire athletic program is extremely proud to be honored with the award for their athletic successes, not only this year, but also over the past four years. I am proud of the fact that our student-athletes are not only champions on the field, but in the classroom as well where we had 89 athletes named to the MAAC All-Academic Team this past year. This award is shared by the entire Marist community and staff, for it is with their continued support that make the athletic achievements possible."
The Red Foxes scored 122 points. Marist captured six tournament titles over the course of the 2001-02 season and had two teams advance to its respective NCAA Tournament. The baseball team won its third straight MAAC Tournament Title, and has now won eight straight games in tournament play. The Red Foxes earned a three-seed in the NCAA Regional, captured an NCAA Tournament win over Southwest Missouri State, and totaled a school-record 41 wins on the year. The men's tennis team made its fourth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, earning a three-seed, after sweeping through MAAC play, going 9-0 on the year against MAAC opponents.
The swimming and diving programs both captured MAAC crowns this winter, with the men winning for the eighth straight time, seventh in MAAC competition, after going 10-1 in dual meet action. The women recaptured the MAAC crown, winning for the fifth time in seven years in the league. The Marist Rowing program excelled again this spring, with both the men and women winning its second consecutive MAAC title.
Marist also won three MAAC Regular Season Championships, all for the first time since joining the league, en route to winning the GHI MAAC Commissioner's Cup. The women's soccer team went 8-1 in MAAC play, and advanced to the MAAC Tournament Final, on its way to a program-best 10-win season. The men's basketball team won its final regular season game to earn the regular season crown, and its highest-ever seed in the MAAC Tournament. The baseball team went 22-5 against MAAC foes, to capture the top-spot in the baseball field.
The GHI 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. This season marked the use of a new scoring system to determine the champion. Each institution is scored in all championships that it fields a varsity team, however only 14 of those sports are used to determine the champion. Each school uses the scores from men's and women's basketball, plus the other top six men's and other top six women's championships. In past years all championship points' scores were used in determining the champion.
Marist has been a member of the MAAC for five years, having joined the 10-team conference for the 1997-98 season.