ST. LOUIS – For the ninth consecutive year, and the 13th time since the award’s inception in 1999, Webster University has captured the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) All-Sports Trophy. The Gorloks amassed 87.5 points in 12 sports, topping runner-up Westminster College (Mo.).
The SLIAC All-Sports Championship Trophy is determined by awarding points based on each schools finish in the Conference’s 12 sports, earning nine points for a first-place finish, eight points for a second-place finish, etc. Teams finishing tied split the points for the tied spot and the spot(s) immediately following (two teams finishing tied for third receives 6.5 – seven points for third-place and six points for fourth-place).
Six SLIAC schools won at least one conference title in 2012-13, matching the most in any non-football sponsoring year, including 2009-10 and 2010-11. Seven schools (including LaGrange - football) won at least one title in 2008-09.
Webster won the Conference title in two sports – baseball and men's soccer - and finished with a share of the Conference title in volleyball and women's soccer. The Gorloks also finished second in women's basketball, women's tennis, men's golf and men's tennis. Westminster won two Conference titles, and totaled 85 points in 12 sports. The Blue Jays won the men's tennis and women's basketball titles outright, placed second in women's cross country, softball and baseball and tied for second place in men's basketball and men's soccer.
Fontbonne University, which finished third in the SLIAC All-Sports Trophy (67.5 points), captured the softball championship and a share of the women's soccer championship. Spalding University won three titles - men's cross country, men's basketball and men's golf to finish fourth (64.5 points) in the All-Sports standings. Greenville College finished fifth in the All-Sports standings (62 points) behind a share of the Conference title in volleyball, while Principia won two titles (women's cross country and women's tennis) outright and shared the women's soccer title to place sixth with 57.5 points in the standings.
The 2012-13 season marks the third year that the SLIAC All-Sports Trophy has been determined by total points, rather than a points average. The change was made to further encourage the NCAA Division III philosophy of broad-based athletics programs. Webster's 2.5 point win is the closest in the three years since switching to total points, and the closest overall since 2004-05 when the Gorloks totaled 0.5 points more than Maryville University (Mo.).
The complete final standings for the 2012-13 SLIAC All-Sports Trophy are here.