May 4, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) released its latest Commissioner Cup standings and Loyola College is second overall. The Greyhounds lead the women's race with 58 points and are third overall on the men's side.
The women, on the heels of a Crew MAAC Championship, have three conference titles this calendar year. The Greyhounds took the cross country and soccer titles in the spring and picked up 15 points in the winter with eight points from swimming and seven from basketball.
Softball is the only conference championship remaining on the MAAC calendar and the 'Hounds hold a four-point lead on Marist and a seven-point lead on third-place Manhattan.
On the men's side, Loyola has 42 points, half a point back of second-place Fairfield and nine points back of conference-leader Manhattan. The Greyhounds earned 10 points for its golf championship this spring and claimed first-place points for winning the soccer regular season championship. Points are still available in men's lacrosse (except for Loyola, which is an independent) and baseball, which Loyola does not field.
The MAAC conference recognizes the achievements of its student-athletes through the MAAC Commissioner's Cup, which is awarded annually as a symbol of overall excellence in the 24 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.
For sports without a championship event or a regular-season required schedule, points are assigned based on the number of competing varsity teams. Each team receives points based on its finish, with the last place team receiving one point and the champion receiving a bonus point. Teams that are tied by record or point total in standings shall split the points for those positions, regardless of any further tie-breaking procedures. In sports with associate members, points will be distributed based solely on the finish of the core MAAC teams. The bonus point for the first-place finish will only be awarded if the team actually won the MAAC championship.
For sports with a required regular-season schedule and four-team tournament participation, points are awarded for regular-season performance.
2003-04 Commissioner's Cup Standings as of May 4, 2004
Overall Standings1.Manhattan102.002.Loyola100.003.Marist99.504.Fairfield89.005.Iona77.506.Rider73.50 Niagara73.508.Siena70.509.Saint Peter's55.5010.Canisius39.00
Men's Standings1.Manhattan51.002.Fairfield42.503.Loyola42.004.Marist41.505.Rider39.006.Iona36.007.Siena32.508.Niagara32.00 Saint Peter's32.0010.Canisius10.00
Women's Standings1.Loyola58.002.Marist54.003.Manhattan51.004.Fairfield46.505.Iona41.50 Niagara41.507.Siena38.008.Rider34.509.Canisius29.0010.Saint Peter's23.50