EDISON, New Jersey - After two of its women’s varsity athletic programs won Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships during the 2015-16 academic year, Marist College earned its 11th Women’s Commissioner’s Cup. Monmouth University took the Men's and Overall Commissioner's Cups as the winning schools were announced June 2.   

“Congratulations to Marist College, athletic director Tim Murray, and its women’s programs on winning their 11th MAAC Women’s Commissioner’s Cup,” MAAC Commissioner Rich Ensor said. “Marist continues to be one of the most competitive programs in the conference and challenges in the Cup race every year. Winning a league best 11 Women’s Cups shows the competitiveness of their program and reflects the school’s commitment to excellence on the field and in the classroom.”

The league’s highest honor, the 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 are used to determine an institution’s total points.

“I continue to be impressed by the outstanding efforts by all of our athletes as they compete on the athletic fields and in the classroom,” Marist College Director of Athletics Tim Murray said. “The competitiveness of the MAAC continues to improve each year, elevating the prominence of this award. Congratulations to our terrific coaching staff and administrative team as well, for their great work providing an environment for our athletes to excel!"

Leaders of three women’s teams at Marist were named MAAC Coach of the Year: Larry VanWagner for Swimming, Melanie Bolstad for Diving and Joe Ausanio for softball. There were two Rookies of the Year in the conference in Caroline Lozo (women’s tennis) and Claire Oberdorf (softball).

A pair of Marist women helped the Red Foxes sweep the major awards at the Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, as junior Meredith Wurtz was named MAAC Swimmer of the Meet while sophomore Megan Berardelli earned Most Outstanding Diver. Tori Jarosz returned for her final year of eligibility and was the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year in women’s basketball while senior Allison Gionta earned the same award in women’s lacrosse. Toward the end of the spring season, softball players Jayne Oberdorf and Kyrsten Van Natta were the Pitcher and Defensive Players of the Year respectively.

Marist also won the MAAC Goodworks Challenge for the fourth consecutive year in 2015-16. . The program is an effort by the conference to publicize volunteer work done in the community. The Red Foxes’ athletic administrators and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) as well as student-athletes and coaches from all 23 Marist varsity sports programs took part in community service events this past academic year. Their volunteerism produced 7,614 points from 60 events.

In the women’s final standings, Marist took the top spot with 87.75 points, followed by Monmouth (82.25), Quinnipiac (82.00), Manhattan (63.75), Fairfield (58.25), Iona (55.00), Canisius (54.00), Rider (52.50), Siena (51.25), Niagara (43.75) and Saint Peter’s (17.00).

Marist finished in second place in the overall standings with 142.50 points, but has still won the most Overall (12), Men’s (8) and Women’s (11) MAAC Commissioner’s Cups. Quinnipiac University finished in third (122.25), Fairfield in fourth (117.75) and Iona College (116.50) in fifth, to round out the top five overall. Manhattan College (111.75), Siena College (107.50), Rider University (106.25), Canisius College (101.25), Niagara University (63.75) and Saint Peter’s University (46.75) rounded out the standings.

In the men’s cup, Monmouth claimed the top spot with 85.00 points, followed by runner-up Iona College (61.50). In third was Fairfield (59.50) followed by Siena (56.25), Marist (54.75), Rider (53.75), Manhattan (48.00), Canisius (47.25), Quinnipiac (40.25), Saint Peter’s (29.75) and Niagara (20.00).

MAAC Commissioner's Cup Year-By-Year Champions

Year

Overall Champion

Men’s Champion

Women’s Champion

2015-16

Monmouth

Monmouth

Marist

2014-15

Monmouth

Monmouth

Fairfield

2013-14

Marist

Monmouth

Marist

2012-13

Marist

Marist

Marist

2011-12

Fairfield

Fairfield

Marist

2010-11

Iona and Marist

Iona

Marist

2009-10

Marist

Loyola

Marist

2008-09

Fairfield

Loyola

Fairfield

2007-08

Marist

Loyola

Marist

2006-07

Marist

Marist

Marist

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

La Salle

La Salle

Army

1986-87

La Salle

Army

Holy Cross

1985-86

La Salle

La Salle

Holy Cross

1984-85

La Salle

La Salle

Holy Cross

1983-84

La Salle

N/A

N/A

1982-83

Fordham

N/A

N/A

1981-82

Army

N/A

N/A