WINTER PARK, Fla. - Saint Leo University will maintain ownership of the Sunshine State Conference Mayors’ Cup all-sports trophy after winning the men’s division for the second-straight year in 2013-14. The Lions claim the trophy outright for the first time after sharing with Florida Southern a year ago.
“Congratulations to President Arthur Kirk, athletic director Fran Reidy and the entire Saint Leo Athletic Department and student-athlete community on and outstanding academic year,” said SSC Commissioner Ed Pasque.
In the men’s division, points are awarded based on final regular-season conference standings in baseball, basketball, lacrosse, soccer and tennis. For cross country, golf and swimming points are award based on a team’s finish at their respective conference championship event.
Saint Leo led the league with a total of 46 points. The Lions won the men’s soccer regular-season title, and finished runner-up in basketball, cross country and golf. Saint Leo finished third in baseball and lacrosse.
Florida Southern finished second with a total of 43.5 points. The Moccasins captures conference titles in basketball, cross country and swimming. They finished runner-up in lacrosse and third in baseball.
Tampa claimed third with 35.5 points, followed by Barry (30), Lynn (30), Rollins (27.5), Nova Southeastern (23.5), Florida Tech (21.5) and Eckerd (13.5).
Saint Leo’s men’s cross country and soccer teams both advanced to their respective NCAA South Region Championships. The cross country team continued on to their NCAA Championship for the first time in program history where they finished 26th. Soccer fell in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.
During the winter, the Lions’ men’s basketball team advanced to the NCAA South Regional, and advanced to the second round. They were the only SSC team to advance past the opening round. Saint Leo’s men’s swimming team competed at the NCAA Championships where they finished 17th.
Also during the winter season, Saint Leo was one of five Division II schools to grant a wish through the Make-A-Wish® foundation at one of its home basketball games on February 12. The Lions were one of two SSC schools to grant a wish during the basketball season. Barry University also granted a wish on February 22. Saint Leo granted a 10-year old boy from Oldsmar, Fla., his wish to go to Turks and Caicos Islands.
“We are honored to be part of the NCAA Division II team supporting the Make-A-Wish® initiative,” said Fran Reidy, Director of Athletics at Saint Leo. “We are proud of the efforts our student-athletes who actively participate in such a worthwhile program, helping Make-A-Wish® grant more wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.”
This spring Saint Leo finished runner-up in men’s golf and third in both baseball and men’s lacrosse.
First presented following the 1986-87 academic year, the award was traditionally sponsored by the mayors of the nine communities in which SSC member institutions are located. The breakdown of the Mayors’ Cup points can be view here.
2013-14 SSC Mayors’ Cup Men’s
1. Saint Leo, 46 points
2. Florida Southern, 43.5 points
3. Tampa, 35.5 points
T4. Barry, 30 points
T4. Lynn, 30 points
6. Rollins, 27.5 points
7. Nova Southeastern, 23.5 points
8. Florida Tech, 21.5 points
9. Eckerd, 13.5 points