May 20, 2013
Bucknell and Navy went back and forth all year in the Patriot League Presidents' Cup standings, with neither team leading by more than a point at the end of any season. In the end, the Bison did enough to dethrone the Mids by 0.5 points and re-claim the Patriot League Presidents' Cup overall title in the closest-ever race for the crown.
The Bison scored 120.25 points to claim the overall crown, coming in just ahead of the Mids at 119.75. Bucknell won four Patriot League championships during the 2012-13 season, with a key sweep of the titles at the Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 3-4. Following the Bison and Mids in the standings were Lehigh (107.75), Army (99.25), Colgate (81), Holy Cross (66), Lafayette (65.5) and American (58.25)
While the Bison won the overall title, it was Lehigh and Navy that captured the crowns for the men and women, respectively. The Mountain Hawks scored 58 points on the men's side to finish one ahead of the Bison at 57, with Army (52.75), Navy (49.5), Lafayette (35), Colgate (32.75), American (27.5) and Holy Cross (26.75) completing the men's standings. On the women's side, Navy (70.25) ran away with the crown ahead of Bucknell (63.25), Lehigh (49.75), Colgate (48.25), Army (46.5), Holy Cross (39.25), American (30.75) and Lafayette (30.5).
Bucknell won the overall Patriot League Presidents' Cup for the 18th time, and seventh in the last eight seasons after Navy snapped a run of six consecutive Bison titles last year. Lehigh claims the men's trophy for the second year in a row and fifth in school history, while Navy wins the women's crown for the second time after also claiming the trophy last year. The Mids also set a women's record with their final total of 70.25 points.
It is the second time in League history, and first since 1991-92, where the overall Presidents' Cup winner did not finish in first place in either the men or women's standings. The closest previous Presidents' Cup race also came in that season as Bucknell edged Lehigh by 1.5 points to claim the overall title.
Navy led all schools with seven Patriot League titles in 2012-13, including a pair in the spring as the Mids won in both women's lacrosse and women's rowing. Navy also won titles in women's cross country, women's basketball, men's indoor track and field and men and women's swimming and diving.
Lehigh followed with five Patriot League titles, including four in the spring. The Mountain Hawks added crowns in men's lacrosse, men's tennis, men's golf and women's golf to their previous title in men's cross country. Bucknell finished with Patriot League titles in men's basketball and women's indoor track and field as well as the sweep in outdoor track and field.
Three other Patriot League schools also won multiple titles in 2012-13. Army claimed all three of its titles in the spring by winning in women's tennis as well as softball and baseball. Colgate and Lafayette each won multiple crowns in the fall, with the Raiders taking the title in football, women's soccer and volleyball and the Leopards winning it all in men's soccer and field hockey.
The Patriot League Presidents' Cup is awarded to the member institution with the highest cumulative sports point total for their Patriot League standings in sponsored men and women's sports. Points are awarded based upon a combination of an institution's regular-season and tournament finishes in each sport. If there is no Patriot League Championship tournament (football), points are awarded based upon final regular-season standings. If there is no regular season competition and the champion is determined by a Patriot League Championship (cross country, golf, rowing, swimming and diving, track and field), points are awarded based upon final tournament standings. If all teams compete in the Patriot League Championship and there is a regular-season competition (basketball, tennis), points are awarded based on an average of final regular-season standings and Championship finish. If all teams do not participate in the Patriot League Championship and there is a regular-season competition (baseball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, volleyball), points are awarded based upon an average of final regular-season standings and Championship finish. For those teams not participating in the Championship, the final regular-season standing will be used.
Bucknell has now won the overall Presidents' Cup title 18 times. Army has taken home four trophies (1994, 1995, 1997, 2005) while Navy won its lone title last year.