Merrimack College Places Fourth in NE-10 Presidents’ Cup Standings
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – After a remarkable season that included three conference titles, four team NCAA Tournament appearances and the national runner-up in an individual NCAA Championship event, the Merrimack College Athletic Department placed fourth in the 2013-14 Northeast-10 Conference Presidents’ Cup Standings, as announced by the league Monday night.
Merrimack finished with a total of 159.0 points to place fourth, marking the College’s best finish in nine years; the last time Merrimack finished fourth was the 2004-05 academic year. The Department also boasts one first-place finish (1999-2000) and two second-place finishes (1998-99, 2000-01).
The Presidents' Cup is presented annually to signify overall athletic excellence in the Northeast-10. The honor is awarded to the institution that compiles the most cumulative points, based on finishes in the regular-season standings, from all of its programs competing in league championships.
Points for men's and women's cross country, men's and women's swimming & diving, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track & field, and men's golf are awarded based on placement in those sports’ respective conference championships.
Pacing the Warriors were the men’s and women’s tennis teams, which placed first in the NE-10 regular season standings en route to a pair of appearances in the NCAA Tournament. The men would finish as runners-up in the NE-10 Championship, while the women lay claim to their third conference crown as part of a dominant year for both programs.
Four teams finished fourth or higher in their respective regular season standings, including second-place finishes by the men’s soccer team and the field hockey team. The men’s and women’s cross country programs enjoyed their best finishes in recent memory (men/6th, women/4th) before the track & field teams posted historic seasons during the indoor and outdoor seasons, as both enjoyed their best-ever finishes in the team standings at the league championships.
Merrimack trailed only Adelphi, which won its second straight Presidents’ Cup thanks to 180.5 team points; second-place Stonehill College (176.0), which won three straight Presidents’ Cups from 2009-10 to 2011-12; and Bentley University (168).
The Warriors were followed by Southern Connecticut State University in fifth place with 145.5 points. Rounding out the top-10 was the University of New Haven (139 points), American International College (128.5), Franklin Pierce University (125.5), Southern New Hampshire University (125) and Le Moyne College (112).
Northeast-10 Presidents’ Cup Standings
1. Adelphi – 180.5
2. Stonehill – 176.0
3.Bentley – 168.0
4. Merrimack – 159.0
5. Southern Connecticut – 145.5
6. New Haven – 139.0
7. American International – 128.5
8. Franklin Pierce – 125.5
9. Southern New Hampshire – 125.0
10. Le Moyne – 112.0
11. Assumption – 109.5
12. Saint Rose – 105.0
13. Saint Anselm – 98.5
14. Saint Michael’s – 86.0
15. Pace – 40.5