WESTFIELD, Mass. -- After the completion of the winter regular season, Worcester State has climbed to the top spot in the second round of the Howard C. Smith Cup standings. The Smith Cup is awarded annually to the member institution which compiles the most points based on the placement of each of its programs competing in the 15 league championship sports.
The Smith Cup is named in honor of former Massachusetts State College Trustee Howard C. Smith, who in 1970, urged the athletic directors of the eight State institutions to hold a series of meetings to discuss the possibility of forming an intercollegiate conference. In June of 1971, Smith’s dream became a reality as an affirmative agreement was reached and the MASCAC was created.
The Lancers made the leap from the second spot to first with 82 points (73.21 percent) out of 112 possible points. Worcester finished first in ice hockey, while also tying for first in women’s basketball. It was sixth in men’s basketball.
In second with 72.50 points (72.50 percent) out of 100 possible points is Bridgewater State, which led the Smith Cup standings following the fall. The Bears finished third in women’s basketball and fourth in men’s basketball.
Westfield State remains in third with 77 points (68.75 percent) out of 112 possible points. The Owls had top-two finishes in all three winter sports, tying for first in women’s basketball, finishing second in men’s basketball, and tying for second in ice hockey.
Salem State jumps up a spot to fourth 45 points (53.57 percent) out of 84 possible points, sparked in part by men’s basketball’s first place finish. The Vikings placed fourth and fifth in ice hockey and women’s basketball, respectively.
Grabbing the fifth slot is Framingham State with 59 points (59.50 percent) out of 112 available points. The Rams finished fourth in women’s basketball and fifth in both men’s basketball and ice hockey. Fitchburg State earned 50 points (44.64 percent) out of 112 possible points for sixth place. The Falcons tied for second in ice hockey, places third in men’s basketball, and landed in sixth in women’s basketball.
Rounding out the winter standings are Massachusetts Maritime and MCLA, which remain in seventh and eighth, respectively. The Buccaneers, which do not compete in winter sports, remained at 16 points (25 percent) out of 64 possible points. The Trailblazers are at 14 points (18.42 percent) out of 76 possible points after seventh place finishes in men’s and women’s basketball.
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