WINTER PARK, Fla. – The Saint Leo University Department of Athletics claimed its first-ever Sunshine State Conference Mayors’ Cup when the final results were released by the SSC in an announcement on Thursday morning. Winners of the men’s division of the gender-based award, the Lions share the top spot with Florida Southern, while Tampa claimed the title on the women’s side.
Considered a Conference Championship for an entire Athletics Department, the SSC Mayors’ Cup is awarded to the top-performing men’s and women’s programs in all SSC-sponsored sports in an academic year.
In the women's division, points are awarded based on final conference standing in cross country, volleyball, soccer, basketball, swimming, golf, tennis, rowing, and softball. In the men's division, points are awarded for final standing in cross country, soccer, basketball, swimming, golf, tennis, and baseball. In each category, points awarded depend on the number of conference schools that sponsor the particular sport. In both divisions, points in soccer, basketball, and tennis are awarded based on regular-season finish.
In the men's standings, Saint Leo tied Florida Southern atop the ranks with 32.5 points each. Nova Southeastern placed third with 30 points. Lynn and Tampa tied for fourth with 28.5 points. Barry was sixth with 27.5 points, while Florida Tech was seventh with 26. Rollins (25.5) and Eckerd (19) rounded out the men's standings.
For Saint Leo, the 2012-13 men's division crown marks the program's first Mayors' Cup of any kind.
The award marks FSC's second straight men's division Mayors' Cup, as it shared the award with Florida Tech a year ago.
The two schools shared the SSC regular-season title in men's basketball. Florida Southern was also the SSC champion in men's swimming and took second place at the SSC Cross Country Championship. Saint Leo's tally was also bolstered by a runner-up finish in baseball.
Southern also registered a fourth-place showing in men's golf, fifth place in tennis, seventh in baseball, and ninth in soccer.
Saint Leo picked up points for a third-place finish in men's tennis, fourth in swimming, fifth in soccer and cross country, and ninth in golf.
First presented following the 1986-87 academic year, the award was traditionally been sponsored by the mayors of the nine communities in which SSC member institutions are located.
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