June 4, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola College men's athletics programs collectively claimed the 2008 men's MAAC Commissioner's Cup with 55.5 points earned in league competition this season. The Greyhounds, who have won the women's Commissioner's Cup a total of four times since joining the league in 1990, are men's champions for the first time in school history.
The Commissioner's Cup is awarded annually as a symbol of overall excellence in athletics in the 24 championship athletic events conducted within the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. 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.
Making the accomplishment all the more impressive for the Loyola men is the fact that the Greyhounds offer seven total sports for its male student-athletes. The Greyhounds needed a complete team effort to win every program counting towards the final point standings.
"This is an outstanding accomplishment for our athletic program and rewards the hard work of our student-athletes and coaches," said Loyola Athletic Director Joe Boylan. "Not only did we win the men's title, but the fact that our women's program finished fourth and we were third overall was a tremendous showing by our teams. It was indeed a banner year in MAAC play for Loyola athletics."
The Loyola men got exactly what they needed - a strong season across the board to claim the conference's top prize. The men's soccer and men's golf teams won their respective MAAC Championships - claiming the top points for their sports. The men's basketball, men's swimming and men's crew teams all took third place points, while the men's cross country team picked up seven points for their fourth-place finish.
In the women's Commissioner Cup standings, Loyola finished fourth with 51.5 points. The Greyhound women earned their top points in women's soccer, where they took 13 points, while women's swimming, women's cross country and volleyball each earned third-place points. Marist won the women's title with 84 points.
"Congratulations go out to the athletic department, coaching staffs and most importantly the student-athletes at Marist College and Loyola College for their outstanding efforts that culminated in the capturing of the MAAC Commissioner's Cups for the schools," said Richard J. Ensor, Esq., Commissioner of the MAAC.
The Greyhounds finished third overall in the combined men's and women's standings with 107 total points. Loyola, which finished one point behind second place Fairfield, finished second to Marist in last year's combined standings with exactly 100 points.
Final Men's Standings1Loyola2Marist3Rider4Siena5Niagara6CanisiusFairfield8Manhattan9Iona10Saint Peter's
Final Women's Standings1Marist2Fairfield3Iona4Loyola5Canisius6Siena7Manhattan8Niagara9Rider10Saint Peter's
Combined Men's and Women's Standings1Marist2Fairfield3Loyola4Iona5Siena6Canisius7ManhattanNiagara9Rider10Saint Peter's