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SCU teams post second-best overall record in WCC
SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- May 19, 2003 -- For the second consecutive year the Santa Clara University Department of Athletics and Recreation finished second in the annual West Coast Conference Commissioner's Cup standings, the league announced today.
The Commissioner's Cup is an all-sports award presented at the end of each academic year to the league's top performing school in conference play. A Men's and Women's All-Sports Award, recognizing athletic achievement within each gender, is also presented. Pepperdine is this year's overall winner.
Santa Clara finished second in the overall standings with 69.5 points on the strength of a first-place tie in women's soccer and second-place finishes in baseball, men and women's cross country and volleyball. The Broncos also tied for second in women's basketball and claimed third-place conference finishes in men's golf, men's soccer and women's tennis.
The Bronco athletic department also finished second in the race for the league's Women's All-Sports Award and fourth in the Men's All-Sports standings. Last season, Santa Clara finished second overall, third in the men's category and tied Pepperdine for the women's award.
"With top-three finishes in nine of the 13 sports sponsored by the WCC, its is clear we've had a pretty good year," said Cheryl L. Levick, SCU's Director of Athletics. "Certainly, we are striving for championships every time our teams step on the field. However, I'm extremely proud of the accomplishments of our student-athletes and appreciate their competitiveness, determination and sportsmanship."
SCU bolted out to the Commissioner's Cup lead during the fall season after earning 33.5 points in the first five sports of the season -- women's soccer (tie 1st), volleyball (2nd), men's cross country (2nd), women's cross country (2nd), and men's soccer (3rd). However, Pepperdine used its strength in the spring sports, winning first place in five of the league's six sports to claim its second consecutive WCC Commissioner's Cup. The Waves earned both the Men and Women's All-Sports Awards as well.
The recipient of the Commissioner's Cup is based on a point system reflecting the place finish of each team in conference play. The Men and Women's All-Sports Awards are given to the schools that accumulate the most points within each particular gender. The institution with the highest point total after combining the men's and women's point totals will be honored with the Commissioner's Cup.For more information, see Santaclarabroncos.com.