Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
PHILADELPHIA, PA (6/01/04) - Buoyed by a first place finish in men's basketball, second place finishes in men's cross country and women's basketball and conference tournament berths in field hockey, women's soccer and softball, Saint Joseph's placed third in the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Cup overall standings - its highest finish ever - with 113.5 points. The Hawk women's team's finished second with 61 points, while the men placed fourth with 52.5 points. Richmond won the Commissioner's Cup for the second consecutive season. The Spiders ended the season with 141.5 points, 22 points better than runner-up Rhode Island and 28 better than the Hawks. Richmond won or shared six team titles in 2003-04, earning regular season crowns in field hockey and a share of the men's soccer title, as well as postseason championships in women's cross country, field hockey, women's swimming & diving, and men's and women's tennis. In capturing the overall, men's, and women's Commissioner's Cups, Richmond becomes just the second team to accomplish that feat since the three Cups were first awarded in 1996-97. Massachusetts, which swept all three Cups in 2000-01, is the only other team to accomplish that feat. Rhode Island finished second in the overall Commissioner's Cup standings for the fourth year in a row. SJU placed third (113.5 points), while George Washington was fourth with 106.5 points. Duquesne finished in fifth place with 99.5 points, marking its best-ever showing. Following the Dukes are Temple (92.5), Dayton and Massachusetts (91 points apiece), Xavier (79.0), La Salle (78.5), Fordham (72.0), and St. Bonaventure (59.0). Points are awarded in descending order of finish, equal to the number of teams which participate in each sport. Regular season standings are used in round-robin sports: baseball, men's and women's basketball, field hockey, women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, softball, and women's volleyball.