Notre Dame Captures Men’s And Women’s BIG EAST Commissioner’s Trophies
Irish earn both trophies for fourth consecutive season.

May 16, 2000

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The University of Notre Dame has captured the 1999-00BIG EAST Conference Commissioner’s Trophy for men’s athletics as well as the trophy for women’s athletics. It is thefourth consecutive season that the Fighting Irish have earned both trophies and it is the fifth consecutive title for the ND men.

The Notre Dame men were paced by first-place finishes at the cross countrychampionship and the outdoor track & field championship. The Irish also placed second in indoor track & field,swimming & diving, tennis, and baseball. The women claimed three first-place finishes in volleyball, swimming & diving, andsoftball. ND also finished tied for first in soccer and had second-place showings in basketball and tennis.

This marks the seventh time that the same school has garnered both themen’s and women’s trophies, though Notre Dame isonly the second school to earn the distinction. Villanova won both titlesin 1982-83, ’83-84, and ’86-87, but Notre Dame is the onlyschool to win four consecutive men’s and women’s trophies.

On the men’s side, Notre Dame finished 15.5 points ahead of Connecticut.The Huskies shared the soccer title and finishedsecond in the outdoor track & field championship. The Villanova women, whohave won 13 trophies, placed second in the trophy results with titles in indoor track & field and outdoor track &field and a third-place finish at the cross countrychampionship.

The men’s trophy was first awarded in 1979-80, the league’s inaugural year,while the women’s trophy was first awarded in ’82-83. Point totals for each sport are based upon regular season finishwhen the BIG EAST conducts round-robincompetition (field hockey, soccer, volleyball, baseball, softball) or onchampionship finish when there is no in-season play.

1999-00 BIG EAST Commissioner’s Trophy Final Standings

Men Points Women Points
Notre Dame 87.5 Notre Dame 98
Connecticut 72 Villanova 78.5
Rutgers 68.5 Connecticut 73
Georgetown 60 Georgetown 71
Seton Hall 59 Miami 64
West Virginia 59 Rutgers 64
St. John’s 58.5 Boston College 60.5
Miami 46.5 Syracuse 56
Villanova 45 West Virginia 54
Pittsburgh 41.5 Seton Hall 49.5
Syracuse 40.5 Pittsburgh 45
Providence 34.5 Providence 37.5
Boston College 26.5 St. John’s 30


Men’s Champions

Cross Country Notre Dame
*Soccer Connecticut
Indoor Track & Field Georgetown
Swimming & Diving Pittsburgh
*Basketball Miami & Syracuse
Tennis Miami
Golf Seton Hall
Outdoor Track & Field Notre Dame
*Baseball Rutgers

Women’s Champions

Cross Country Georgetown
*Field Hockey Connecticut
*Soccer Connecticut & Notre Dame
*Volleyball Notre Dame
Indoor Track & Field Villanova
Swimming & Diving Notre Dame
*Basketball Connecticut
Tennis Miami
Outdoor Track & Field Villanova
*Softball Notre Dame

Note: League champions for each sport are based upon regular season finishwhen the BIG EAST conducts round-robin competition (*) or on championship finish when there is noin-season competition.


Year Men Women
1998-99 Notre Dame Notre Dame
1997-98 Notre Dame Notre Dame
1996-97 Notre Dame Notre Dame
1995-96 Notre Dame Villanova
1994-95 Georgetown Connecticut
1993-94 Georgetown Connecticut/Villanova (tie)
1992-93 Seton Hall Villanova
1991-92 Georgetown Villanova
1990-91 St. John’s Villanova
1989-90 Georgetown Villanova
1988-89 Georgetown Villanova
1987-88 Georgetown Villanova
1986-87 Villanova Villanova
1985-86 St. John’s Syracuse/Villanova (tie)
1984-85 St. John’s Villanova
1983-84 Villanova Villanova
1982-83 Villanova Villanova
1981-82 Villanova
1980-81 Villanova
1979-80 St. John’s