June 2, 2005
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- After a successful season in which 11 of the 13 Bronco sports teams that compete in the West Coast Conference finished in the top half of the league standings, the Santa Clara University Athletic Department swept the WCC's postseason all-sports awards.
Santa Clara won the WCC Commissioner's Cup as the league's top all-around athletic program with a total of 66 points, finishing 4.5 points ahead of second-place University of San Diego and nine in front of Pepperdine University. In addition, SCU earned the conference's men's and women's all-sports awards, earning the women's award by a slim one-half point margin over San Diego.
The awards will be presented at the league's annual June meetings in Palm Springs, Calif. Pepperdine has won the overall Commissioner's Cup in each of the first three years of the award's existence, while SCU has finished in the runner-up position each year. The winning school is presented with a Commissioner's Cup trophy that it retains until the next season's winner is determined. SCU will also receive plaques for the men's and women's awards.
"There is a significant sense of pride and accomplishment that comes with winning the WCC Commissioner's Cup," said Santa Clara's first-year athletic director Dan Coonan. "It is extremely satisfying to see that all the hard work, dedication and commitment to excellence our student-athletes, coaches and staff demonstrate throughout the year are rewarded in such a positive way. The West Coast Conference is such a balanced and competitive league that it is an honor to come away at the end of the year with this recognition."
The Commissioner's Cup is determined by a points-based system that awards a predetermined number of points to each team based in its finish in the WCC's regular-season standings. The top finisher is awarded eight points with each place receiving one fewer in descending order. In sports that do not compete in a regular-season schedule (cross country, golf, women's rowing, tennis), the team's finish in the league championship is counted. For baseball, which competes in a divisional play format, winning percentage determines places three-through-eight and the top two places are based on the finish in the championship series.
Bronco women's soccer, by virtue of its tie for a fourth-straight WCC's regular-season championship and eighth in the last 13 years, earned the most points among SCU sports teams. Eight other squads managed third-place finishes: Men's cross country, men's soccer, volleyball, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's golf and women's golf. Women's cross country and women's rowing each finished fourth, women's tennis earned fifth place and baseball rounded out the season with a seventh-place finish.