May 15, 2007
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University Athletic Department captured the West Coast Conference Commissioner's Cup for the second time in three years after nine top-four finishes in 13 WCC-sponsored sports during the 2006-07 seasons. The Broncos clinched the title over the weekend with a 6-5 win by the baseball team against No. 6 San Diego on Sunday, May 13.
"We are all very proud of the accomplishments of our student-athletes," said Director of Athletics and Recreation Dan Coonan. "The student-athletes and coaches really deserve credit for their hard work and dedication this year. We had a number of teams with standout seasons in 2006-07 and we are thrilled to see all of them rewarded for their efforts. Winning the Commissioner's Cup is particularly impressive since we accomplished it in a year that we also reached our goal of attaining an average cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all student-athletes."
The WCC 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.
Santa Clara's clinching of the Cup this past weekend also marks the second time in school history that SCU has won the award, with the first coming following the 2004-05 athletic year. The Broncos clinched the 2006-07 title Sunday afternoon, as the SCU baseball team defeated San Diego, 6-5, to clinch no worse than a three-way tie for fifth place in the baseball standings. With a 61.0-57.5 lead over second-place Pepperdine and only baseball remaining, the Broncos, with Sunday's win, guaranteed themselves at least three points from baseball, while the Waves, who will finish third in the baseball standings, will only gain six points, not enough to overcome the Bronco advantage.
In 2006-07, the Broncos got off to a hot start in the fall season, placing all four fall teams in the conference's top half. Men's and women's soccer swept the WCC titles for the first time since 2003, volleyball and men's cross-country each took home third place, while women's cross-country finished fourth. That excellence in the fall got SCU out to a big lead in the cup standings.
In the winter, Santa Clara's men's basketball team gave the Mission Campus a lift with a second-place finish in the WCC regular-season to further pad SCU's lead. The women's basketball team finished sixth in the conference.
The extra points came in handy, as Santa Clara weathered a furious Pepperdine rally in the spring. The Waves won four titles, sweeping the golf and tennis championships, to cut the Santa Clara lead down significantly. The Broncos got a huge boost when women's crew finished in a tie for second place at the WCC Championships to gain six big points in the cup standings. Women's golf and men's tennis both finished fourth, while men's golf and women's tennis tied for fifth.
Along with winning the Commissioner's Cup twice, Santa Clara has finished runner-up four times in the cup's six years of existence.