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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - Powered by a second-place finish in the regular season league standings from the men's soccer team, as well as a third consecutive conference championship from the women's golf team, the Merrimack College Athletic Department saw another strong start to the academic year recognized in the form of a sixth-place position after the fall season in the 2016-17 Northeast-10 Conference Presidents' Cup Standings, as announced by the league on Tuesday.
Merrimack, which has placed fourth in the final Presidents' Cup standings in each of the last three academic years, totaled 71.5 points, which was just 6-1/2 points out of a top-three position in the standings. Adelphi and Stonehill shared the top spot with 83.0 points, while American International College ranked third with 78.0 points.
A second-place finish in the league standings by the men's soccer team and yet another NE10 crown for the women's golf team helped garner the majority of those points, while the Warriors also saw the field hockey team and women's tennis team place fifth in their respective regular season standings to earn NE10 Championship berths. Finally, both cross country teams finished in the top-half of the field at the NE10 Championship meet to contribute to the department's Presidents' Cup position, as well.
The Presidents' Cup is presented annually to signify overall athletic excellence in the NE10. The honor is awarded to the institution that compiles the most cumulative points, based on finishes in the regular season standings, from all of its programs competing in league championships. The conference will present the eventual winning institution with the Presidents' Cup at the annual year-end banquet, which is held in June each year in conjunction with the league meetings.
The fall season includes the sports of men's and women's golf, women's tennis, men's and women's cross country, field hockey, men's and women's soccer, football and women's volleyball.
Adelphi and Stonehill both sat in a tie for first place in the 15-team standings with 83.0 points apiece. The Panthers were NE10 champions in two sports and captured a pair of NE10 regular season titles, as well, to pace their hot start, while Stonehill was fueled by two league titles and another regular season crown to earn their first-place standing.
American International College came in at No. 3 with a total of 78.0 points, followed by fourth-place Le Moyne College (73.5) and fifth-place Assumption College (72.0) -- just a half point ahead of Merrimack.
The Warriors were slotted just in front of seventh-place Bentley University (70.0), while Southern New Hampshire (66.0), Franklin Pierce (59.0) and Southern Connecticut (50.5) rounded out the top-10.
The College of Saint Rose (11th - 46.0), Saint Anselm (44.0), New Haven (34.0), Pace (29.0) and Saint Michael's (24.5) rounded out the field.
The NE10 also had five institutions in the top 40 and nine overall in the top 100 of the Learfield Directors' Cup standings, which saw Merrimack rank tied for 72nd in. To see that complete list, click here.