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LEWISBURG, Pa. – On the strength of six Patriot League championships in 2006-07, Bucknell has claimed its 13th Patriot League Presidents’ Cup in the 17-year history of the conference.

“Winning the Presidents’ Cup for the 13th time in 17 years is a tremendous accomplishment, and we commend Bucknell’s student-athletes and coaches for continuing to set the pace for excellence,” said Bucknell President Brian C. Mitchell. “The honor shows the commitment our hard-working student-athletes have made to excel athletically as well as academically. We have a remarkable group of student-athletes, and it has been a pleasure to watch them continue the long history of success to which Bison Athletics has become accustomed.” 

The Bison racked up 126.25 points in the Cup standings, the most ever for Bucknell and the second most in league history, just .75 points shy of Army’s 13-year-old standard. 

Navy was a distant runner-up with 103.25 points. The 23-point margin that separated the Bison and Mids was the second largest in the history of the league. Army (99 points), Lehigh (87.25), Colgate (85.25), Lafayette (73), American (64) and Holy Cross (60.25) rounded out the standings. 

In addition, the Patriot League awards all-sports trophies for both men and women, and Bucknell swept those, winning the women’s trophy for the 13th time and the men’s for the sixth time. The Bison women broke their own record margin of victory from last year as they defeated second-place Colgate by 18 points. Their point total of 66 was the second most in Patriot League history, just four shy of last year’s record-setting figure. The men posted the fourth-highest point total (60.25) in league annals to claim their first crown since 2003-04, when they shared it with Navy. 

"Claiming the Presidents' Cup once again is a credit to the outstanding performance of Bucknell's student-athletes, coaches and staff this year,” said John Hardt, director of athletics and recreation. “Our record-setting point total shows how committed Bucknell Athletics is to continued excellence in all sports. It is satisfying to know we can have this remarkable athletic success in such a competitive league while also holding true to our student-athlete model."

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Posted May 17, 2007


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