Saint Leo University Athletic Teams Honored by Pasco County Commissioners
August 13, 2014
The Saint Leo University Athletics Department was recently recognized with separate resolutions from the Board of County Commissioners of Pasco County congratulating them on three achievements:
- The Saint Leo University Men’s Division for retaining ownership of the Sunshine State Conference Mayor’s Cup for the second consecutive year
- Saint Leo University Athletics for obtaining the highest ranking in program history for the Learfield Sports Director’s Cup
- The Saint Leo University Women’s Division for placing fourth in the Sunshine State Conference Mayor’s Cup
The Lions are represented by 355 student-athletes competing in 19 intercollegiate programs.
In the men’s division, points are awarded based on final regular season conference standings in baseball, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, and tennis. For cross-country, golf, and swimming, points are awarded based on a team’s finish in its respective conference championship. Saint Leo led the league with 46 points. The Lions won the men’s soccer regular season title, finished runner-up in basketball, cross-country and golf, and finished third in baseball and lacrosse. The cross country and soccer teams both advanced to their respective NCAA South Region Championships. The cross country team continued on to their NCAA Championship for the first time in program history where the team finished 26th. The basketball team also advanced to the NCAA South Region tournament, and was the only SSC team to advance past the opening round. The men’s swimming team also competed at the NCAA Championships, where they finished 17th overall.
The Learfield Sports Director’s Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution’s national finish in up to 14 sports – seven men’s and seven women’s. The Saint Leo Department of Athletics ranked No. 18 in the final cup standings of 2013-14. The Lions finished its spring campaign with 173.50 points, adding to the 155 it amassed in the fall and 161.50 from the winter sports.
In the women’s division, points are awarded based on regular season conference standings in basketball, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. For cross-country, golf, and swimming, points are awarded based on a team’s finish after their respective conference championship. Saint Leo women’s volleyball and tennis teams finished regular season conference play in third place and both teams advanced to regional play. The success of the women’s tennis program propelled them to an NCAA Final Four appearance, the first ever in school history. Women’s basketball, soccer, and softball all finished the year in fourth place. The women’s basketball team advanced to post-season play, competing in its first-ever NCAA Division II South Region contest. Women’s cross-country, golf, and swimming teams all sent student-athletes to the NCAA Division II National Championships. The Saint Leo University women’s division placed fourth in the Sunshine State Conference Mayor’s Cup.
“To say this has been an exciting and proud year to be a Lion would be an understatement,” said Fran Reidy, director of athletics at Saint Leo University. The hard work and commitment of our coaches and student-athletes has led to the most successful year in the history of Saint Leo Athletics,” he said.