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Athletics Program Claims Conference’s Top Honor

 Athletics Program Claims Conference’s Top Honor

05/27/2011 

Following an impressive spring season, the SUNY Cortland intercollegiate athletics program finished first in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Commissioner's Cup standings for the 2010-11 school year.

The College has claimed the Commissioner's Cup, which is awarded for overall sports excellence, in 14 of the 15 years that it has been awarded, including the last eight seasons. Cortland finished with an average score of 8.18 points, just ahead of Geneseo at 8.13 points.

Commissioner's Cup points are awarded based on each team's finish in the SUNYAC standings, both during the regular season and in league postseason tournaments, when applicable. The first-place school in each sport receives 10 points, second place receives nine points and so on. A school's regular-season finish is added to its postseason finish and is divided by two to determine the points for each sport. The total points earned are then divided by the number of conference sports the school sponsors.

Cortland trailed Geneseo 8.25-7.46 entering the spring, but surpassed the Knights by earning five conference crowns and one runner-up finish during the six-sport season.

Cortland won seven league crowns – women's cross country and women's volleyball in the fall, and baseball, softball, men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse and women's outdoor track and field in the spring. The Red Dragons were also league runner-up in three sports – field hockey, men's swimming and diving and men's outdoor track and field.

After Cortland and Geneseo, the following SUNYAC members made up the rest of the Commissioner’s Cup standings: Plattsburgh, Buffalo State, New Paltz, Fredonia, Oneonta, Brockport, Oswego and Postdam.