May 22, 1997

Villanova Finishes High in the Commissioner's Trophy Race

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Notre Dame did what only Villanova has done three times before. The Fighting Irish claimed both the men's and women's BIG EAST Commissioner trophies, something only the Wildcats have done. Villanova's men finished third in the points with 69, while the women put together 79.5 points for a second place showing.

This marks the fourth time that the same school has garnered both the men's and women's trophies, while Notre Dame is only the second school to earn the distinction. Villanova won both titles in 1982-83, 1983-84, and 1986-87.

On the men's side Notre Dame finished 15 points ahead of Georgetown, a six-time Commisioner's Trophy recipient. The Hoyas won the outdoor track and field championship and finished second in golf and cross-country. The Villanova women, who have won 13 trophies, placed second after winning their 10th indoor track and field championship and their seventh outdoor title.

The men's trophy was first awarded in 1979-80, the leagues inaugural year, while the women's trophy was first awarded in 1982-83. Point totals for each sport are based upon regular season finish when the BIG EAST conducts round-robin competition or on championship finish when there is no in-season play. In sports where divisional play is in place (basketball, softball, baseball), point totals are awarded on overall league winning percentage at the conclusion of the regular season.

1996-97 BIG EAST Commissioner's Trophy Final Standings
Men                                        Women
Notre Dame ..............85.5              Notre Dame ..............92
Georgetown ..............70.5              Villanova ...............79.5
Villanova ...............69                Connecticut .............69.5
St. John's ..............61.5              Boston College ..........59
Connecticut .............58                West Virgina ............59
West Virginia ...........58                Miami ...................56.5
Rutgers..................54                Georgetown...............56
Seton Hall...............46                Pittsburg................52.5
Miami....................45.5              Providence...............45.5
Boston College...........45                Rutgers..................42.5
Providence...............44                Syracuse.................43
Syracuse.................40                Seton Hall...............41
Pittsburg................33                St. John's...............40

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