May 18, 2009

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LEWISBURG, Pa. – A big spring season helped Bucknell pull away in the race for the Patriot League Presidents’ Cup, and the Bison have earned the all-sports championship for the 15th time in the 19-year history of the league.

It is Bucknell’s fourth straight Cup and its 11th in the last 12 years.

The Bison also captured their 12th straight and 15th overall Women’s Cup title. Bucknell entered the spring season with a narrow .25-point lead over Navy, but the spring teams closed it out with a strong showing across the board.

League championships
The Bison earned Patriot League championships in men’s golf, women’s rowing and women’s outdoor track and field. The men’s lacrosse team won the Patriot League regular-season title and made it to the championship game of the conference tournament, thus earning the most Presidents’ Cup points in that sport.

The women’s tennis team also advanced to the tournament final as the No. 2 seed, while the baseball team shared the regular-season title. Men’s outdoor track and field finished second at the Patriot League Championships, and women’s lacrosse, softball and men’s tennis were also Patriot League Tournament participants. The 56-point spring left Bucknell with 122 total points. That is the second-highest total in program history (126.25 in 2006-07), and it is the fourth-most points in league history.

Army, which is the only institution besides Bucknell to win the Presidents’ Cup, holds the record with 127 in 1993-94.

“Winning the Presidents' Cup for the 15th time in 19 years in the competitive Patriot League is a significant accomplishment that is reflective of the talent and work ethic of our student-athletes who excel in both academics and athletics," said Bucknell President Brian C. Mitchell. "Our students and coaches have continued a remarkable tradition of success, and all of us at Bucknell are proud of them.”

Navy finished second in the standings for the third year in a row. The Midshipmen accrued 109.25 points, followed by Army (103.75), Colgate (91.75), Lehigh (86.5), Holy Cross (67.5), Lafayette (62.5) and American (62).

See complete story at the Bucknell Bison and the Patriot League news release.

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