Westfield, Mass. – The Framingham State University Rams finished third in the 2017-2018 Howard C. Smith Cup Standings. Westfield State University won the Smith Cup that is awarded annually to the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) member institution that compiles the most points based on the placement of each of its programs competing in the 15 league championship sports.
The Smith Cup is named in honor of former Massachusetts State College Trustee Howard C. Smith, who in 1970, urged the athletic directors of the eight State institutions to hold a series of meetings to discuss the possibility of forming an intercollegiate conference. In June of 1971, Smith's dream became a reality as an affirmative agreement was reached and the MASCAC was created.
Framingham State is earned 85.67 points (57.88 percent) out of 148 possible points. The Rams sat atop the standings in football while finishing second in women's basketball, women's lacrosse and softball and tied for second in volleyball.
Westfield State ended the year first with 114 points (71.25 percent) out of a possible 160 points. The Owls took home the top spot in women's basketball, women's lacrosse and women's outdoor track and field and a tie for first in baseball and women's soccer. They finished second in women's cross country and men's outdoor track and field and tied for second in volleyball.
Sitting in the second spot is Worcester State with 110.67 points (69.17 percent) out of a possible 160 points. The Lancers claimed five first place finishes during the year in women's cross country, softball and volleyball while tying for first in field hockey and women's soccer.
Landing in fourth is Bridgewater State with 81 points (54.73) out of 148 available points. Salem State is in the fifth slot with 58.50 points (48.75 percent) out of 120 available points.
Rounding out this year's standings are Massachusetts Maritime and MCLA in seventh and eighth, respectively. The Buccaneers finished the year with 38.67 points (34.52 percent) out of 112 possible points. The Trailblazers had 31.50 points (28.13 percent) out of 112 available points.