The fall and winter sports seasons are in the books, the NEC Commissioner’s Cup points are tallied and there is still A LOT to be determined.
With all spring sports yet to be factored into the equation, Sacred Heart (126.95) leads Saint Francis U (126.43) by only a fraction of one point in the race for the Overall Commissioner’s Cup.
Both the Pioneers and Red Flash are poised to significantly bump their point totals this spring. Sacred Heart already secured the women’s golf team championship while Saint Francis U is in the midst of an historic campaign on the softball diamond and can lock up first place with one more victory this weekend.
Sacred Heart and Saint Francis U are also the top-two names in the standings for both the women’s and men’s individual cups. SHU leads SFU in the women’s race while SFU has a similar advantage over SHU in the battle for the men’s title.
Sacred Heart and Fairleigh Dickinson are tied for the most Commissioner’s Cups all-time with six. SHU captured the Cup for the sixth time last spring, ending Bryant’s two-year run as overall champion.
Bobby Valentine’s Pioneers also won the Joan Martin Women’s Cup last year, but finished second to Bryant in the men’s race.
Cup points are awarded in each NEC sponsored sport. For men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, football, women’s bowling, softball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and baseball, the final regular season standings are used to determine Cup points. Starting with the 2012-13 season, the Conference began awarding three bonus points to the NEC Tournament champion in those sports. In all other sports, points are awarded based on the finish at NEC Championship events.
THE CURRENT STANDINGS
TOP-3 FINISHERS IN 2015-16 RACES
Brenda Weare Commissioner’s Cup (Overall)
- Sacred Heart 210.68
- Bryant 196.48
- Saint Francis U 190.21
Joan Martin Women’s Commissioner’s Cup
- Sacred Heart 123.99
- Saint Francis U 108.62
- Bryant 101.28
NEC Men’s Commissioner’s Cup
- Bryant 95.20
- Sacred Heart 86.69
- Saint Francis U 81.59
#Throwback: Saint Francis U SWA Erika Renwick speaks after the Red Flash captured the 2014 Joan Martin Women’s Cup