Florida Southern Men Claim SSC Mayors Cup; Women Finish Fourth in Annual Competition
Florida Southern won the men's division of the 2011-12 Sunshine State Conference Mayors Cup competition, sharing the trophy with Florida Tech, while the Moccasins were fourth in a nearly equally close race on the women's side. First presented following the 1986-87 academic year, the all-sports award has traditionally been sponsored by the mayors of the communities in which SSC member institutions are located.
In the men's division, points are awarded for a team's final standing in cross country, soccer, basketball, swimming, golf, tennis, and baseball. In the women's division, points are awarded based on the final conference standings in cross country, volleyball, soccer, basketball, swimming, golf, tennis, rowing, and softball. In each category, points awarded depend on the number of conference schools that sponsor the particular sport. Points in soccer and basketball, which conduct both a regular season schedule and conference tournament, are awarded based on regular-season finish. Tennis also features both regular season and tournament competition, with points based on a school's finish in the SSC tournament.
Florida Southern has now won or shared the men's division title 12 times, by far the most of any school in the conference. The Moccasins last won the title in 2009, which was also the last time the Mayors Cup for the men was split between two schools. That year saw Florida Southern share the trophy with Barry. The Mocs' last outright men's title was in 2008. Florida Tech's only other Mayors Cup in men's competition was in 1991-92.
Oddly enough, though Florida Southern and Florida Tech split the Mayors Cup with 34.5 points apiece, the two schools combined to win just one regular season conference championship on the men's side. That went to Florida Tech in basketball, though Florida Southern did come back to win the SSC Tournament. The Mocs made up ground by finishing as conference runner-up in cross-country, swimming and golf, while Florida Tech had a second-place finish in soccer.
Following Florida Southern and Florida Tech in the men's Mayors Cup standings were Lynn with 31.5 points, Nova Southeastern with 28.5, and Barry with 27. Saint Leo was sixth with 26.5 points, followed closely by Rollins (25.5) and Tampa (24.5). Eckerd was ninth with 17.5 points.
Claiming the women's title this year is Rollins, which beat out second-place Nova Southeastern, 47-46. Nova won SSC championships in golf, swimming and rowing, but Rollins won a share of the regular season championship in basketball, was runner-up in soccer and softball, and finished third in three other sports. Tampa was third in the women's division with 43 points, and Florida Southern was fourth with 40.5.
Completing the women's standings were Barry (37.5), Saint Leo (34), Lynn (29), Florida Tech (27) and Eckerd (18).
Florida Southern's top finishes for the women's side came in basketball, volleyball, swimming and golf. The basketball team finished in a 3-way tie for first in the regular season with Rollins and Barry, the swimming and golf teams each finished third, and the volleyball team tied for third.
While the Moccasin women finished fourth this year, they have won their half of the Mayors Cup 11 previous times, more than any other women's program in the SSC. Included in that total was the 2011 Mayors Cup.