WINTHROP, Mass. – Seven titles led the Johnson & Wales University athletics department to a sweep of the women's and men's GNAC Commissioner's Cup. It's the third time the Wildcats have claimed both titles.
The women claimed their second crown in a row and fourth overall. For the second year in a row, the Wildcats accumulated 29 out of 40 points (72.5 percent) to edge Simmons with 64.4%.
JWU started the fall by winning back-to-back titles in women's tennis as well as the third-straight for women's volleyball. Softball claimed its fourth-straight championship while women's lacrosse won its second in a row. Women's soccer helped the cause by advancing to the GNAC championship game.
On the men's side, the competition was slightly closer as the Wildcats also produced 29 out of 40 points with Saint Joseph's coming in at 67.5 percent. It's the 10th time in the 11-year history of the award that JWU has either won outright or claimed a share of the men's title.
The year began with the first men's golf conference championship since 2009. Men's basketball won its second title in three years while men's lacrosse won its first crown. Bolstering the Wildcats' resume was semifinal appearances by men's soccer, volleyball and baseball.
In the latest round of the Learfield Directors' Cup, the Wildcats are still in the top 100 at No. 71. This round did not include the points JWU will get from NCAA tournament appearances by men's golf, women's tennis, men's & women's lacrosse as well as softball.