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Thursday, June 1, 2006

SIX TOURNAMENT TITLES TOPS IN LITTLE EAST CONFERENCE

In 2005/06, Warriors win six tournaments, place second in Commissioner’s Cup race

 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In 2005/06, Eastern Connecticut State University led all Little East Conference institutions by winning six playoff championships and jumped from sixth place a year ago to second in the race for the annual Commissioner’s Cup.

At right: Men's outdoor track won "one for the thumb" this past spring.

After winning only two conference playoff championships and placing sixth in the eight-team conference in 2004/05, Eastern won playoff championships in more than one-third of its programs (6 of 17) this year to finish a strong second to Commissioner’s Cup champion Keene State. Keene won three championships and averaged 6.5946 points, Eastern averaging 5.9459 points to easily outdistance No. 3 University of Southern Maine (5.1966). The Huskies won four conference titles. No other institutions won more than two.

In calculating the Commissioner’s Cup, institutions are awarded points in descending order based on the order of finish in the final conference standings and bonus points are awarded for winning playoff/tournament championships. In the sports of men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s swimming, and indoor and outdoor track & field only one or two-day championship competition is conducted (i.e. regular-season standings are not maintained).

 

Eastern won two playoff titles in the fall (women’s soccer and women’s volleyball), one in the winter (men’s track & field) and three in

At left: Baseball captured its third LEC tournament title in four years.

the spring (men’s outdoor track & field, men’s lacrosse and baseball). The Warriors defeated Keene State in the final of the women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s lacrosse and baseball championships.

In women’s soccer, the playoff title was its second in three years and was the fifth (first since 1999) for women’s volleyball, second in five years for men’s indoor track & field, fifth (third in four years) for baseball, fifth in the six-year history of the men’s lacrosse championships and fifth straight for men’s outdoor track & field. Only in women’s lacrosse did the Warriors finish second after reaching the playoff championship final.

In ten conference sports which maintained regular-season standings, Eastern finished third or higher seven times. It won regular-season titles in women’s soccer and men’s lacrosse, shared the title in women’s volleyball, was second in women’s lacrosse and softball, tied for second in women’s basketball and tied for third in baseball.

The second-place finish in the Commissioners’ Cup race equals Eastern’s best in the six years of the cup’s existence. The Warriors were second in 2001/02 and second in 2003/04.

At right: Women's soccer claimed its second LEC conference crown in three years.

The Little East Conference completed its 20th year of competition this spring. Initially formed in 1986 as a six-team men’s and women’s basketball conference, the Little East has grown to its present eight-school membership and sponsors 19 championships. Eastern competes in 17 of those championships. It does not field teams in only two conference sports (men’s and women’s tennis).

Little East Conference

Commissioner’s Cup Standings

2005/06

1. Keene State College 3   6.5946  
2. EASTERN CONN.  6 5.9459 
3. U. of Southern Maine 4 5.1966
4. Rhode Island College  2 5.0505  
5. Plymouth State U. 1 4.9655
6. Western Conn.  1 4.2609
7. UMass Dartmouth    3.3443
8. UMass Boston 1 3.1392

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