May 18, 2005


Rhode Island College Places Second in Little East Commissioner Cup


Providence, RIóRhode Island College had its most successful sports season ever in the Little East Conference and placed second overall with 5.548 points. The Anchormen had by far its most successful athletic season since the Commissionerís Cup has been presented. The second place finish bests their previous-high, which was a tie at fifth place last year. The baseball teamís surprising championship was the only tournament title won by the Anchormen this season. RIC did however have its womenís volleyball, womenís tennis, menís basketball and softball squads win or share regular season championships.


The rest of the field included first place Keene State (6.946), third place Southern Maine (5.426), fourth place Western Connecticut (5.318), fifth place Plymouth State (4.988), sixth place Eastern Connecticut (4.800), seventh place UMass Dartmouth (3.433) and eighth place UMass Boston (1.863).


The Commissioner's Cup measures an institution's overall performance in the 19 sports sponsored by the conference. For sports in which the Little East conducts in-season play (baseball, basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball), point totals are determined by the order of finish in the final regular-season standings, with bonus points awarded to the champion of the ensuing post-season conference tournament. For sports that do not conduct in-season play (cross country, indoor track, outdoor track, and swimming) points are awarded based on the order of finish at the conference championship.


The Little East Conference completed its 19th year of athletic competition during the 2004-í05 academic year. Initially formed in 1986 as a six-team men's and women's basketball conference, the Little East has since grown to its present eight-school membership, sponsoring championship play in 19 intercollegiate athletics: baseball; menís and womenís basketball; menís and womenís cross country; field hockey; menís and women's lacrosse; menís and womenís soccer; softball; womenís swimming; menís and womenís tennis; menís and womenís indoor track; menís and womenís outdoor track and women's volleyball.