MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Southern New Hampshire University athletic department was handed its third consecutive "Queen City Cup" by Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas at City Hall on Monday afternoon after the Penmen defeated Saint Anselm College in the year-long competition encompassing 16 sports contested between the two schools. SNHU posted a 20-14 victory this season after chalking up a 26-10 win last year and winning 22-12 in the Cup's inaugural year back in 2014-15.
Accepting the Queen City Cup were director of athletics Anthony Fallacaro, associate director of athletics Tom Wilkins, men's basketball head coach Stan Spirou and graduated men's basketball senior Devin Gilligan (Amherst, N.H.).
"We are proud to again have bragging rights in the city of Manchester with another Queen City Cup victory," Fallacaro said. "With the Cup on the line every time the two schools meet, the in-city rivalry continues to gain intensity, as evidenced by the 2,000 fans that packed the SNHU Fieldhouse this season for the Northeast-10 men's basketball title game."
Southern New Hampshire tabulated points in 11 sports, sweeping the season series in baseball, while splitting points in men's soccer. The Penmen also took victories in single regular-season meetings in men's and women's tennis, men's ice hockey and women's lacrosse, while finishing ahead of Saint Anselm at Northeast-10 Championships in men's golf and men's and women's cross country.
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC) of SNHU and Saint Anselm were instrumental in creating the competition prior to the start of the 2014-15 academic year.