Loyola Captures Women's Commissioner Cup Title

June 3, 2004

Baltimore, Md. - Loyola has officially captured the women's title in this year's Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Commissioner Cup race. The Greyhounds, conference champions in women's cross country, soccer and crew, racked up 58 total points en route to their first Cup since the 1996-97 season.

"Placing first on the women's side is an extraordinary achievement," says Loyola Athletic Director Joe Boylan. "It reflects the quality of Loyola's student-athletes and its coaches."

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.

Manhattan College led in overall points for the second straight year as the Jaspers claimed both the men's crown and the overall title. Loyola's men tied for fifth in the standings while the 'Hounds finished third in the overall standings.

The Greyhounds completed a very successful 2003-04 with their first cross country championship and a surprise conference crown in women's crew. The soccer programs continued to thrive as both the men and women won MAAC regular season titles. The women advanced to the NCAA Tournament by winning the conference tournament at Rider.

Extending their run of excellence, the women's soccer team played in its fourth straight NCAA Tournament while the men' soccer team won its fifth consecutive regular season MAAC title. In the spring, Loyola's golf team advanced to its second straight NCAA Tournament with back-to-back MAAC Championships.

Women's Commissioner Cup Standings
Loyola 58
Marist 54
Fairfield 53.5
Manhattan 53
Iona 44.50
Rider 44
Niagara 43.50
Canisius 39
Siena 38.50
Saint Peter's 26

Men's Commissioner Cup Standings
Manhattan 63.5
Marist 47.50
Fairfield 42.50
Niagara 42.50
Loyola 42
Rider 42
Siena 37.50
Iona 36
Saint Peter's 32.50
Canisius 16

Overall Commissioner Cup Standings
Manhattan 116
Marist 101.50
Loyola 100
Fairfield 96
Niagara 86
Rider 86
Iona 80.50
Siena 76
Saint Peter's 58.50
Canisius 55