Philadelphia Leads Race in Restaino Cup Standings Through Winter Sports

NEW HAVEN, CT-Philadelphia University is leading the races for the 2009-10 Men’s and Women’s Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Alfred R. Restaino, Sr., Cups through the winter athletic season. The Rams top the men’s list with 11.1 points, while the Lady Rams have 12.55 points.

The 2009-10 men’s and women’s cups will be awarded after the spring season to the institutions that perform the best across the board in CACC regular-season and post-season play.  Philadelphia tops both lists after successful basketball seasons this winter.

The point system used for the award takes into account each team’s finish in both the CACC regular-season and conference tournament. Each school receives a combined point total, which is divided by the number of sports the institution sponsors.

Philadelphia leads the men’s standings as a result of a cross country team championship, a basketball South Division regular-season championship, and earning a spot in the CACC Soccer Tournament. Two Rams earned first team All-Conference accolades in basketball this past winter, in seniors Russell Frederick and Malcolm Ingram.

Wilmington is second on the strength of a CACC soccer regular-season championship, advancing to the semi-finals of the tournament, and finishing second at the cross country championship. The Wildcats also qualified for the men’s basketball tournament for the first time since moving to Division II. The Wildcats have already claimed numerous major awards in 2009-10, including men’s soccer Player of the Year (Sargbah Tarpeh) and Coach of the Year (Nick Papanicolas) and men’s cross country Rookie of the Year (Bill Steele).

Bloomfield is third after tying for the North Division basketball regular-season championship, and advancing to the soccer tournament final in the fall. The Deacons are just ahead of Dominican, who claimed spots in the CACC soccer and basketball tournaments. Furthermore, the Chargers finished second in the men’s soccer regular-season standings.

The top five is rounded out by Felician with 8.6 points. The Golden Falcons moved up the list behind a highly successful basketball season, during which the team won the CACC Tournament Championship and tied for the North Division regular-season title.

Philadelphia leads the women’s standings (12.7) after winning a cross country team championship, advancing to the volleyball tournament championship match and securing berths to the soccer, tennis and basketball conference tournaments. The Lady Rams were the No. 2 seed in the South Division in the CACC Basketball Tournament. Additionally, the soccer team tied Georgian Court University for the regular-season championship in the fall.

Dominican College is second in the standings due to CACC Tournament berths in volleyball, women’s soccer and basketball. The Lady Chargers also finished third at the cross country championships. DC finished second in the North Division regular-season standings for volleyball and played in the semi-finals of the soccer tournament.       

Holy Family University moved up to third after winning the basketball South Division regular-season championship and advancing to the CACC Tournament final. The Tigers also won the women’s soccer tournament championship and qualified for the volleyball and tennis conference tournaments.

Right behind Holy Family is Georgian Court, who won their fourth straight CACC volleyball tournament championship, advanced to the soccer tournament championship match and finished second in cross country.

USP rounds out the top five with 9.5 points. The Devils finished fourth at the cross country championships and qualified for the CACC volleyball tournament.