GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo captured a SUNYAC record 13 conference championships to win its fourth-consecutive State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Dr. Patrick R. Damore Commissioner's Cup, announced Monday at the conference's annual awards banquet.
The Knights finished with an average of 8.97 points to add its fifth cup championship in the 22-year history of the award after also winning the title following the 2002-03 campaign. Cortland, a 17-time winner and the only other recipient of the cup, came in second with an average of 7.56 points followed by Oneonta in third with 6.50 points. The Knights' 1.41-point margin of victory was the widest ever by Geneseo and the third-largest, all-time. Geneseo topped Cortland's previous record of 11 conference titles, accomplished in 2006-07 and 2012-13.
The Knights earned four SUNYAC titles in the fall, bringing home their 11th women's tennis crown, while the women's and men's cross country teams notched their 16th and 15th titles, respectively. Women's soccer grabbed its seventh SUNYAC Championship with a 4-0 victory over Plattsburgh while men's soccer and field hockey each reached the SUNYAC semifinal round.
The Knights nearly completed a perfect winter season, winning five out of six conference championships. Geneseo clinched its 26th overall SUNYAC women's swimming & diving championship and the 25th title in men's swimming & diving. The men's and women's track & field teams each earned their ninth SUNYAC Indoor Track & Field Championship in program history, with each team winning for the second-consecutive season. Women's basketball defeated Oneonta, 58-52, to earn its sixth championship in program history and its first since 2014-15. Men's Ice Hockey also earned a SUNYAC Championship with a 7-1 victory on home ice over Fredonia. The victory marked the Knights' fifth conference championship and their second in the past three seasons. Men's Basketball earned its sixth-consecutive trip to the SUNYAC Tournament, but fell in the first round to visiting Oswego.
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 only the third time in SUNYAC history. Geneseo also completed the feat in 2002-03 and 2005-06. Softball took down the SUNYAC Championship for the first time since 2002 with a 5-1 victory over visiting Cortland. Women's lacrosse notched a third-place finish while men's lacrosse placed fifth.
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 9 points and so on. A team's regular-season finish will be 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.