Butler Captures Horizon League All-Sports Award

Butler Captures Horizon League All-Sports Award

June 6, 2002

With a display of strength and balance, Butler University has captured the Horizon League's 2001-02 James J. McCafferty Trophy, presented annually to the league's all-sports champion. It marks the fourth time in the past six years that the Bulldogs have won the league's top team award.

Butler showed strength by winning conference regular season and/or tournament championships in men's soccer, men's cross country, men's basketball, men's tennis and men's indoor track. And the Bulldogs displayed balance by placing among the top three teams in 12 of the Horizon League's 18 sponsored sports. Butler had conference runner-up finishes in women's cross country, women's soccer, women's tennis, men's outdoor track and softball.

The Bulldogs compiled 53 points to win this year's all-sports trophy, while last year's overall champ UW-Milwaukee finished runner-up with 46 points. UIC placed third in the all-sports competition with 34 points, followed by Detroit (33), Loyola (33), UW-Green Bay (29), Wright State (27.5), Youngstown State (12.5) and Cleveland State (9.5).

Butler further placed first in the overall standings for men's sports, while finishing third in the overall standings for women's sports. The Bulldogs compiled 32 points in the men's competition and 21 points in the women's standings. UW-Milwaukee finished first in women's sports with 24 points.

Performance points for the McCafferty trophy are awarded to the top five finishers in each of the Horizon League's 18 sports. Seven points are given for a first place finish, five for second, three for third, two for fourth and one for fifth. In sports where a regular season title and a tournament champ are awarded, the two point totals are added to determine the McCafferty Trophy standings.

The McCafferty Trophy is named in honor of James J. McCafferty, the former Xavier University men's basketball coach and director of athletics and the first commissioner of the conference. The award which recognizes all-sports excellence has been presented each year since the league's inception in 1979-80.

Only two schools have won the McCafferty Trophy more often than Butler. Oral Roberts won the trophy for the first seven years of the league's existence and Notre Dame captured the award seven times from 1989 to 1995. Butler has taken the title four times, Evansville captured the trophy twice and UW-Milwaukee, UIC and Northern Illinois each won the award once.