Monday, April 15, 2013

Panthers Again In Running For McCafferty Trophy

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is once again the hunt for the Horizon League's McCafferty Trophy.

Entering the spring championships, Milwaukee sits just four points behind Loyola for the award. The Panthers were bolstered by winning the league title in women's swimming and diving while finishing second in men's swimming and diving, men's track and field and women's track and field.

The Ramblers have 36 total points while the Panthers have 32. Cleveland State is currently third with 26 points while UIC sits fourth at 24.5.

Milwaukee and Loyola are tied for the women's all-sports award with 19 points apiece, while the Panthers are behind the Ramblers, Cleveland State and Detroit in the chase for the men's all-sports award.

UWM is the defending McCafferty Trophy winner and has actually won the award six times. Milwaukee has also won the award 10 times.

Named in honor of James J. McCafferty, who served as the conference’s first commissioner from 1979-80, the McCafferty Trophy is awarded annually by the Horizon League to a member institution compiling the greatest number of performance points, based on its finish in the League’s 19 championship sports.

For the sports of men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, softball and baseball, points are awarded based on combined regular-season (60 percent) and championship (40 percent) finishes. For all other sports, points are based on performance in the League championships.