For the second-straight year, Merrimack College has claimed the Northeast-10 Conference Presidents’ Cup – the third overall win for the Warriors in school history – as announced by the league office on Monday night at the season-ending banquet in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Arguably the conference’s most prestigious comprehensive honor, Merrimack finished as the NE10’s top institution in terms of on-the-field success in every league-sponsored sport. The second straight Presidents’ Cup also puts a bow on the greatest academic year in the history of the athletic department, one that featured five conference titles – including a school-record four league tournament titles – and six team NCAA Tournament appearances (plus three individual qualifiers), triumphantly concluding with the second straight national championship by the men’s lacrosse program nine days ago.
Merrimack staved off second-place Adelphi – who had won four of the past five Presidents’ Cups up until last spring – for the second year in a row to claim the Presidents’ Cup with an identical margin of victory (nine point) as last year, with both seasons representing the most hotly contested Presidents’ Cup races since 2014.
Prior to the past two academic years, Merrimack also won the Presidents’ Cup one other time: in 1999-2000. The Warriors also boast a pair of second-place finishes (1998-99, 2000-01) and five third-place performances (1989-90, 90-01, 96-97, 97-98, 2016-17) in their all-time Presidents’ Cup ledger.
Merrimack recorded a school-record 186.0 points throughout the year – five more points than it garnered during 2017-18 – behind NE10 regular season titles in men’s lacrosse and women’s golf. The Warriors tallied 67 points in the spring season, second-most of any NE10 institution in that time, to earn the title. Merrimack also won league tournament titles in women’s golf, field hockey, men’s basketball and women’s lacrosse, with field hockey and women’s lacrosse earning their first-ever tournament titles.
The 2018-19 academic year was rich with on-the-field and in-the-classroom success, as well as historic moments in the history of the College. In addition to the aforementioned five conference titles and six NCAA Tournament appearances by teams – highlighted by the men’s lacrosse team’s national championship run – as well as three individual NCAA Championship qualifiers, Merrimack announced its reclassification to Division I status at the start of the academic year and will begin its inaugural season as members of the Northeast Conference in 2019-20.