May 31, 2006

Edison, N.J. - Marist College, which captured eight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference titles during the 2005-06 academic year, has taken home the conference's highest honors, earning all three JetBlue Airways MAAC Commissioner's Cups.

 

"Hats off to Director of Athletics Tim Murray, Marist's coaches, staff and, above all, its student-athletes," said Marist President Dr. Dennis J. Murray. "They've proven once again that academic and athletic prowess can go hand-in-hand." 

 

This is the third time that Marist swept all three categories (overall, men's and women's), as the Red Foxes performed the feat last season as well as in the 2000-01 season.  Fairfield University captured all three awards in the 1994-95 season, while La Salle University did so in back-to-back years, during the 1990-91 and 1991-92 academic seasons. 

 

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 130 points, 30 points ahead of runner-up Manhattan College.  On the men's side, the Red Foxes captured the league crown with 60.00 points, just 1.50 points more than second-place Manhattan.  Marist finished in the top spot in the women's cup race by compiling 70.00 points, 11.50 points ahead of Fairfield University.

 

"It is an unprecedented accomplishment to win all the JetBlue Airways MAAC Commissioner's Cups three times in less than a decade, and one that the Marist College athletic department should be very proud of achieving," Richard J. Ensor, Commissioner of the MAAC, said.  "I congratulate, on behalf of all the conference, member school Marist College on their shared success, and hope the administrators, coaches and student-athletes can continue to develop such a fine tradition of success."

 

The Red Foxes captured five women's and three men's championships this past season.  This past fall, Marist earned the title crown in men's soccer.  In the winter, Marist claimed the top prize 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, women's water polo and softball championships.

 

The rest of the overall field finished as follows: Manhattan (100.00), Fairfield (97.00), Iona College (96.50), Loyola College (91.50), Niagara University (83.50), Siena College (81.00), Rider University (76.50), Canisius College (66.00) and Saint Peter's College (37.50).

 

In the men's standings, Manhattan finished second with 58.50 points, followed by Iona (46.00), Loyola (41.00), Niagara (39.50), Fairfield and Rider (38.50), Siena (33.00), Canisius (22.50) and Saint Peter's (20.50).

 

On the women's side, Fairfield was second with 58.50 points, followed by Iona and Loyola (50.50), Siena (48.00), Niagara (44.00), Canisius (43.50), Manhattan (41.50), Rider (38.00) and Saint Peter's (17.00).

 

 

 

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Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Commissioner's Cup Year-By-Year Champions

Year

Overall Champion

Men's Champion

Women's Champion

2005-06

Marist

Marist

Marist

2004-05

Marist

Marist

Marist

2003-04

Manhattan

Manhattan

Loyola

2002-03

Manhattan

Marist

Manhattan

2001-02

Marist

Marist

Fairfield

2000-01

Marist

Marist

Marist

1999-00

Marist

Iona

Fairfield

1998-99

Marist

Marist

Fairfield

1997-98

Fairfield

Rider

Fairfield

1996-97

Loyola

Fairfield

Loyola

1995-96

Loyola

Iona

Loyola

1994-95

Fairfield

Fairfield

Fairfield

1993-94

Loyola

Saint Peter's

Fairfield

1992-93

Loyola

Iona

Loyola

1991-92

La Salle

La Salle

La Salle

1990-91

La Salle

La Salle

La Salle

1989-90

Fordham

La Salle

Fordham

1988-89

La Salle

La Salle

Holy Cross

1987-88

Army

La Salle

Army

1986-87

La Salle

Army

Holy Cross