Following a three-year run that saw Merrimack College finish in fourth place in the Northeast-10 Conference President’s Cup, the Warriors moved up one spot to third – their highest finish in 16 years – as Merrimack found itself among the NE10’s elite once again when the league unveiled the final 2016-17 President’s Cup standings at the conference’s year-end banquet Sunday.
The Warriors’ claimed their highest position since 2000-01 thanks to a multitude of accomplishments and contributions throughout the academic year. Among the highlights included a third consecutive NE10 Championship for the women’s golf program as well as a regular-season crown for the softball team. Ten programs qualified for their respective conference tournaments, while five finished in third or higher in their respective regular season standings.
Merrimack’s year-end total featured 171.0 points, missing out on second place by just three points. The Warriors moved up three spots from when the league announced an update following the fall seasons, and earned their fifth third-place finish in school history. The Navy and Gold won its lone President’s Cup during the 1999-00 year, and claimed second-place finishes in 1998-99 and 2000-01.
Adelphi University won the President’s Cup, garnering 187.5 total points on the year. Stonehill finished in second place with 174.0 points, narrowly edging out Merrimack. Assumption (166.0) and Le Moyne (162.0) rounded out the top-five finishers.
The Presidents’ Cup is presented annually to signify overall athletic excellence in the NE10. The honor is awarded to the institution that compiles the most cumulative points based on finishes in the regular season standings from all of its programs competing in league championships.
Points for men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s swimming & diving, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track & field, and men’s and women’s golf are awarded based on placement in those sports’ respective conference championships.
2016-17 NE10 Presidents’ Cup Standings
1. Adelphi – 187.5 Points
2. Stonehill – 174.0
3. Merrimack – 171.0
4. Assumption – 166.0
5. Le Moyne – 162.0
6. Bentley – 155.5
7. Southern New Hampshire – 143.5
8. Southern Connecticut – 142.5
9. American International – 135.0
10. Franklin Pierce – 129.0
11. Saint Anselm – 107.0
12. New Haven – 100.0
13. Saint Rose – 93.0
14. Pace – 88.0
15. Saint Michael’s – 62.0