For the second time in the last four years, Fairfield was awarded the 2012 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Commissioner’s Cup, presented annually as a symbol of overall excellence in the 24 championships conducted within the MAAC conference.
Fairfield Athletics received the overall Commissioner’s Cup as well as the men’s Commissioner’s Cup, falling short of making it a clean sweep with the women finishing second to Marist College. It was the fourth overall Cup for the University, which last won the prize after the 2008-09 season.
“The Commissioner’s Cup is a benchmark for excellence,” said Fairfield University Director of Athletics Gene Doris. “It is only through the support of our administration, as well as the efforts and dedication of our student-athletes and coaching staffs, that we are in a position to receive this tremendous honor.”
The Stags captured three MAAC championships and subsequent NCAA tournament berths in men’s soccer, men’s tennis, and women’s tennis. The soccer team battled Brown University in the first round of the NCAA tournament, while both tennis teams headed to the University of Southern California for their first-round matches.
While Fairfield’s other athletic teams may not have won a conference title, every sport that participated in MAAC play earned a berth to the postseason tournament, including men’s and women’s basketball. As a program, Fairfield had a .609 winning percentage, with 13 teams posting winning overall records.