Catholic University defeats Marymount in inaugural Pope Cup
The Catholic University of America Cardinals in Washington beat the Arlington Marymount Saints in the inaugural Pope’s Cup, receiving a trophy from Bishop Michael F. Burbidge in a ceremony hosted by the diocese this month. last.
“We are grateful to Bishop Burbidge for his support and for hosting the inaugural ceremony of
the Pope’s Cup,” said John Garvey, president of Catholic U. “We have raised the stakes for future athletic competition with Marymount. We look forward to many good matches in the years to come, but above all, a strengthening of the ties between the two institutions. »
Similar to the Army vs. Navy “Star Series” and other athletic department rivalries across the
countries, sports teams from both universities bring points to their institution through various sporting events.
“The Pope’s Cup competition between Marymount and Catholic University provides an excellent
opportunity for both of us to build a new sporting tradition that encourages the old
participation for both of us,” said Irma Becerra, President of Marymount.
Students, alumni, family and friends are encouraged to attend the Pope’s Cup rivalry matches and
put down roots in their favorite teams as they look to help their university win the trophy.
“I am delighted to see our two great Catholic universities in the region, Marymount University and The
Catholic University of America, engaged in this activity,” Bishop Burbidge said. “The Pope’s Cup
celebrates the fine sporting traditions of these wonderful educational institutions and will be a
welcome to the annual contest.
Both sports programs had a successful 2021-22 year. In addition to having four teams winning conference championships (men’s soccer, men’s swimming, men’s lacrosse, and women’s lacrosse), Catholic U. had nine programs represented at the NCAA championships. The Cardinals also had six Landmark Conference senior scholar-athlete selections.
On the other side of the rivalry, Marymount Men’s Volleyball qualified for the NCAA Tournament
for the first time in school history as women’s golf earned its second consecutive win
Centennial Conference title and competed in NCAA championships. In his first full season as
one program, men’s tennis won the Atlantic East title. The Saints also won six Atlantic East Elite 20 awards for people with the highest conference championship GPA.