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Spring Semester 2013 Media Highlights

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Cleveland State Vikings finish No. 1 in Horizon League sports, capture 2012-13 McCafferty Trophy

by Elton Alexander, The Cleveland Plain Dealer
May 28, 2013

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland State has emerged No. 1 in the Horizon League, winning the McCafferty Trophy as the top overall sports program in the nine-team league for the 2012-2013 campaign.

Loyola, now departed for the Missouri Valley Conference, finished second to the Vikings, 45 points to 41.

The Vikings won the men’s side of the standings with 26 points to 22 for second-place Milwaukee. The CSU women finished fourth with 19 points. Loyola was first on the women’s side with 24 points, and fifth on the men’s side with 17.

This marks the second time CSU has won this award in school history, with the first coming in 2008. Cleveland State moved into the McCafferty Trophy lead in late April, notching a championship in men’s tennis and a runner-up finish at the men’s golf championship.

On the year, the Vikings notched four Horizon League championships: men’s soccer, men’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis and women’s volleyball.

The trophy is named in honor of James J. McCafferty, who served as the conference’s first commissioner from 1979-80.

“Capturing the Horizon League all-sports trophy is a source of great pride for the CSU Department of Athletics,” CSU Director of Athletics John Parry said. “Our theme this year was ‘Finish Viking Strong,’ and the collective success of our teams is a tribute to the support staff, coaches and student-athletes.”

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