MANSFIELD, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College Department of Athletics posted its highest finish in the Northeast-10 Conference Presidents' Cup in 12 years by placing ninth in the 2017-18 academic year, as the conference released the final standings on Wednesday.
After finishing 11th last year, Saint Anselm cracked the top 10 by moving up two spots to ninth, which is the College's best finish since also coming in ninth in 2004-05. The Hawks, who cracked the top 10 for the first time since 2007-08, earned 126.5 points in the standings, five ahead of Franklin Pierce and seven-and-a-half points behind Southern Connecticut State. Saint Anselm was one of three NE10 institutions to move up two places in the standings along with Merrimack and Bentley.
The conference's Presidents' Cup is presented annually to signify overall athletic excellence in the league. The honor is awarded to the institution that compiles the most cumulative points based on finishes in the regular-season standings from all of its programs competing in the league championships.
Since placing 13th in 2015-16, the eighth-straight year Saint Anselm finished between 12th and 14th, the Hawks have improved their finish by two places in each of the last two years, culminating in this season's ninth-place showing. In 2017-18, Saint Anselm earned 54.5 points in the fall, 34 in the winter and 38 in the spring.
The men's basketball and softball teams were the top point-producers for Saint Anselm, earning 16 points apiece by virtue of their Northeast Division regular-season championship seasons. Field hockey provided 13 points after winning the NE10 regular-season title for the second consecutive year, while women's basketball also contributed double-digit points (12) with a third-place showing in the Northeast Division. Other programs to compile at least eight points were volleyball (9.5), men's lacrosse (8.5) and men's golf (8).