Men’s spring preview: MAAC

Team titles were hard to come by for Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference teams in the fall.

The one exception was St. Peter’s, who notched three fall victories by winning the ECAC Championship, Monmouth quad-match and the St. Barnabas Health Invitational. The Peacocks nearly won a fourth team title at the Rutgers Invitational, finishing just five shots behind champion South Carolina-Upstate.

“We had a great fall season recording three first-place finishes and two top-3 finishes (St. Peter’s was also second at the Binghamton Invitational),” St. Peter’s head coach Pete Falloon said. “We are looking forward to building on the success we’ve experienced going into the spring.”

St. Peter’s finished last at the MAAC Championship eight times from 2000-09, but finished second, 22 shots back of Loyola (Md.), in 2012. If the Peacocks can mirror that success this spring, they could capture the school’s first MAAC Championship. Should they win a conference title, it would also end a five-year run by Loyola.

They have the talent to do it, too.

Andrew Gain leads the team with a 73.4 scoring average and recorded four top 10s, including a runner-up finish at the ECAC Championship. Eric Edmunds led the team with two individual wins during the fall, capturing titles at the ECAC Championship and Monmouth quad-match, and his 74.0 scoring average was second-best on the team.

Add to the mix Nick Dilio and Brian Grubbs, who have three top-10s between them, and St. Peter’s is one of the deeper teams in the MAAC.

That could bode well come May.

Information from St. Peter’s Athletics used in this report.

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Where it stands now

Top of the class: St. Peter’s

Best player this fall: Dylan Newman, Iona

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Past champions

2012: Loyola (Md.)

2011: Loyola (Md.)

2010: Loyola (Md.)

2009: Loyola (Md.)

2008: Loyola (Md.)

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