Gallaudet nearly doubles point total in 2009-10 CAC All-Sports Award final standings
YORK, Pa. – The Gallaudet University athletics department had the biggest point increase in the 2009-10 Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Richard C. Cook All-Sports Award final standings as announced by the conference on Thursday. The Bison increased its final point total by 15 points compared to the 2008-09 mark of 18.50 points. Gallaudet finished ninth overall out of nine teams in the conference standings with 33.50 points. The Bison were also ninth in the men’s and women’s commissioner’s awards with seven and 26.50 points, respectively. GU almost took eighth place in the women’s commissioner’s award as Marymount (Va.) University edged the Bison by five points.
This is Gallaudet's final year in the CAC after being in the conference since its inception 20 years ago. GU will join the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) this summer.
Salisbury University won its fifth-straight CAC All-Sports Award, eighth overall, as the Sea Gulls accumulated 172 points thanks to seven conference championships and four second-place finishes. The Sea Gulls edged University of Mary Washington by three and a half points as the Eagles tallied 168.50 points. York (Pa.) College was close behind in third-place with 150 points.
Salisbury won the women’s commissioner’s awards for the third straight year, the award has been around for three years, with 98.50 points. The Eagles were second with 97 points followed by York with 74 points. Only 11 points separated Gallaudet from last place and fifth place. St. Mary’s (Md.) College was fourth with 47 points and Stevenson University was fifth with 37.50 points. Wesley College (36 points), Hood College (32 points) was sixth and seventh, respectively, in front of Marymount (31.50 points) and Gallaudet. The Bison earned nine points in volleyball, seven in cross country, 4.5 in basketball, three in swimming and one point apiece for soccer, softball and track and field.
York won it’s first-ever men’s commissioner’s award as the Spartans (76 points) beat out Salisbury (73.50 points) by two and a half points. Mary Washington was third with 71.50 points. GU earned three points in swimming and one point apiece for baseball, basketball, soccer and track and field.
In its 20 seasons as a charter member, Gallaudet owns five CAC championships - all in women’s volleyball - which ranks sixth among the nine current conference members. In its final season of CAC membership, GU played in the volleyball championship game and snapped lengthy CAC losing streaks in women’s basketball and baseball.
Gallaudet doesn’t support six of the 19 sports offered in the CAC including field hockey, men’s golf, men’s and women’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s tennis.
The point system approved by the Board of Directors in 2008 awards nine “base” points for the top team in the regular season, eight points for second place, seven points for third place, etc, down to one point for the last-place team. Teams can also score additional points (maximum three points) for success in CAC Championship Tournament.
In sports that have team titles decided only by postseason championship events, points are awarded based on the standings, similar to the sports with regular seasons and playoffs (nine points for first place, eight for second, etc.). Playoff points are awarded to the top four teams (three for first place, two for second place, one for third and fourth place), similar to the sports with regular seasons and playoffs based on the top seeds advancing through the tournament.
In all 19 sports, the top team can gain 12 a maximum of points, and the last-place team earns one point.