WINTHROP, Mass. – A trio of championships helped the Johnson & Wales University athletics department to a pair of top-three finishes in the final GNAC Commissioner's Cup standings. The men finished second while the women came in third.
The GNAC Commissioner's Cup annually recognizes the member institution that achieves the highest level of athletic success throughout the academic year. It is based upon a point system and standings are determined by percentages in order to reflect the number of GNAC sports that each member sponsors. Schools receive five points for winning a GNAC Championship, four points for advancing to a conference title game, three points for competing in a GNAC Semifinal, two points for qualifying for a GNAC Tournament, or one point for sponsoring the sport.
On the men's side, Johnson & Wales recorded 24 of 40 points (60 percent) to finish second behind Saint Joseph's College of Maine (65 percent). The women's programs accumulated 25 of 40 points (62.5 percent). Emmanuel took the women's title (68.57 percent) while SJC recorded 64.44 percent.
The fall saw the Wildcats claim a pair of championships in men's golf and women's volleyball. For the golfers, it was their second in a row while volleyball claimed its fourth-straight championship. Women's lacrosse capped the year by taking its third-straight GNAC crown.
Three other teams made the finals of the GNAC Championships. Both men's soccer and baseball fell to Saint Joseph's in the championship game while women's tennis lost in the finals to GNAC newcomer Colby-Sawyer.
In the latest round of the Learfield Directors' Cup, the Wildcats are still in the top 100 at No. 78, which is the highest of any GNAC school.