Nov. 28, 2012
CHICAGO - Backed by championships in both men's and women's cross country, Loyola University Chicago leads the McCafferty Trophy standings after the fall sports season it was announced today by the Horizon League office. The Ramblers, who put together arguably their most successful fall season ever, have accrued 19 points through the fall sports season and lead city rival UIC (16) by three points.
Loyola has never finished higher than fourth place in its 34-year history in the Horizon League, but collected 14 total points by virtue of winning both the men's and women's league championships in cross country this fall. The Ramblers had not claimed a Horizon League cross country title on the men's side since 1997 and since 2008 on the women's side prior to this season.
A runner-up finish in the Horizon League Men's Soccer Championship and a semifinal appearance in the Horizon League Women's Volleyball Championship also earned the Ramblers additional McCafferty points this fall.
Cleveland State and Detroit are tied for third place with 14 points apiece, while Milwaukee (10), Valparaiso (7), Wright State (4), Youngstown State (4) and Green Bay (2) round out the standings.
Named in honor of James J. McCafferty, the conference's first commissioner, the McCafferty Trophy is awarded annually by the Horizon League to the member institution that has compiled the highest number of performance points, based on its finish in the League's 19 championship sports.
For the sports of men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, men's and women's basketball, softball and baseball, points are awarded based on combined regular-season (60 percent) and championship (40 percent) finishes. For all other sports, points are based on performance in the League championships.
McCafferty Trophy Standings (through fall sports)
1. Loyola - 19
2. UIC - 16
3. Cleveland State - 14
4. Detroit - 14
5. Milwaukee - 10
6. Valparaiso - 7
7. Wright State - 4
8. Youngstown State - 4
9. Green Bay - 2