GENESEO, N.Y. – The SUNY Geneseo Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation captured its fifth-consecutive State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Dr. Patrick R. Damore Commissioner's Cup, announced Tuesday at the conference's annual awards banquet.
In a measure of the top overall program in the SUNYAC, the Knights averaged 8.74 points per its 19 conference programs to add its sixth cup championship in the 23-year history of the award. Cortland came in second with an average of 7.48 points followed by New Paltz (7.05 points) in third out of the 10-team league.
Geneseo won 10 of the 19 conference championships throughout the academic year for the fourth-highest total ever. The Knights won a record 13 titles as season ago, surpassing the 11 Cortland won in 2006-07 and again in 2012-13.
The Knights earned three SUNYAC titles in the fall. The women's cross country team won its eighth-consecutive championship while the men's cross country team ran to it's fifth-straight title. The women's soccer squad defended its championship for its third title in five seasons while the women's volleyball team finished runner-up and the field hockey and women's tennis teams tied for third.
The Knights won five out of seven winter championships. Geneseo clinched its 27th overall SUNYAC women's swimming & diving championship along with its 26th men's swimming & diving title. The men's and women's track & field teams each earned their third-consecutive SUNYAC indoor championships before the men's ice hockey team defended its title to bring home its third championship in four seasons. The women's basketball team finished runner-up in their seventh-straight appearance in the SUNYAC Tournament Championship game.
Geneseo wrapped up the cup in the spring after the men and women's track & field team completed the sweep of all six cross country/track & field conference championships for the second-straight year. The men's and women's lacrosse teams both played their way to runner-up finishes in their respective championships while the softball team also finished runner-up on the final day of its tournament.
The Commissioner's Cup point system is determined by the 20 different conference sports in the fall, winter and spring. A 10-point system is used in each sport. The first-place team gets 10 points, the second-place team gets nine points and so on. A team's regular-season finish is added to their post-season finish and divided by two for their final total for that sport. The total number of points that a school accumulates is divided by the number of conference sports it has. This school total determines the overall winner at the end of the school year.
2018-19 SUNYAC Commissioner's Cup – FINAL STANDINGS
1. GENESEO 8.74
2. Cortland 7.48
3. New Paltz 7.05
4. Brockport 6.40
5. Oneonta 6.30
6. Oswego 5.85
7. Plattsburgh 5.40
8. Fredonia 4.71
9. Buffalo State 3.89
10. Potsdam 3.77