Longtime intracity rivals, Southern New Hampshire University and Saint Anselm College began competing for the Queen City Cup beginning in the 2014-15 academic year. The two schools, who have an over 40-year tradition of competition against one another, sit less than seven miles apart in Manchester, New Hampshire, the state's largest city.
The two schools meet in 16 different sports annually. For team sports, points will be awarded based on head-to-head meetings, both during the regular season as well as in the postseason. For individual sports, such as golf and cross country, the results from the Northeast-10 Championship will be utilized.
SNHU (then-New Hampshire College) and Saint Anselm have been playing each other since May 5, 1969 when Saint Anselm posted a 9-0 home victory in men’s tennis against then-New Hampshire College. The first pitch in baseball was thrown April 21, 1971 the Penmen locked up a 6-1 victory at home. Nov. 10, 1976 saw the start of women’s volleyball with a 2-0 Saint Anselm road win. Women’s basketball opened their rivalry Feb. 2, 1977 when Saint Anselm posted a 53-40 road victory. Later that year on Sept. 15, the Hawks kicked off the men’s soccer series with a 3-0 win at home before pulling out a 56-50 home victory in men’s basketball two months later on Nov. 27.
To this day, the men’s basketball rivalry is the fiercest between the two schools and it shows as SNHU leads the all-time series 31-30 following the 2014-15 campaign.
In fitting fashion, softball opened their series with a split at Saint Anselm on April 14, 1981 as SNHU posted a 12-3 win in the first game before the Hawks flipped the scrip for a 13-3 victory in game two. Men’s ice hockey dropped the puck for the first time five months later as Saint Anselm cruised to an 11-3 home win Nov. 13. Women’s tennis squared off for the first time Sept. 26, 1983 with Saint Anselm tallying up a 9-0 road win. Women’s soccer took to the pitch a year and a day later on Sept. 27, 1984 as the Penmen threw up an 8-0 blanking.
SNHU easily went on to a 17-5 victory in the inaugural men’s lacrosse meeting April 18, 1994. The rivalry as a whole received a bump in 2000 when SNHU joined the Northeast-10 Conference, ensuring the teams would meet up at least once a year across all sports. Women’s lacrosse got underway April 19, 2004 with a 16-7 Saint Anselm road win while the two teams met in field hockey for the first time in the fall of 2014.
Southern New Hampshire prevailed 22-12 in the inaugural Queen City Cup in 2014-15 and followed that up by winning a convincing 26-10 decision in 2015-16.
HOW IT WORKS
-Sports in which the teams meet once per season: two points for a win, one for a tie
-Sports in which the teams meet more than once per season: two points for winning the series, one for tying
-Golf and cross country: team that finishes higher in the Northeast-10 Championship will earn two points, one if they tie
-Postseason meetings, including Northeast-10 Championship or NCAA Tournament clashes, will count separate from the regular season and will award two points to the winner
-Maximum of four points can be earned per team during an athletic season
|Field Hockey||September 21 - Saint Anselm 2, SNHU 1 (at Saint Anselm) Box Score | Recap||0||2|
|Men's Golf||October 2-3 - Northeast-10 Championship - SNHU 2nd, Saint Anselm 8th Results | Recap||2||0|
|Men's Soccer||October 11 - SNHU 0, Saint Anselm 0 - 2OT (at Saint Anselm) Box Score | Recap||1
|Men's Tennis||October 12 - SNHU 9, Saint Anselm 0 (at Saint Anselm) Box Score | Recap||2
|Women's Tennis||October 14 - SNHU 5, Saint Anselm 3 (at Saint Anselm) Box Score | Recap||2||0
|Women's Cross Country||October 22 - Northeast-10 Championship - SNHU 11th, Saint Anselm 15th Results | Recap||2||0|
|Men's Cross Country||October 22 - Northeast-10 Championship - SNHU 5th, Saint Anselm 15th Results | Recap||2
|Women's Soccer||October 26 - SNHU 5, Saint Anselm 3 (at SNHU) - Box Score | Recap||2
||November 16 - SNHU 74, Saint Anselm 68 (at SNHU) - Box Score | Recap
Box Score | Recap
Recap Box Score
|Men's Ice Hockey
|Women's Lacrosse||March 21 - SNHU 18, Saint Anselm 9 (at Saint Anselm) - Recap Box Score||2||0|
||April 13 - Saint Anselm 3, SNHU 2 (at Saint Anselm) Recap | Box Score
April 13 - Saint Anselm 1, SNHU 0 (at Saint Anselm) Recap | Box Score
April 14 - SNHU 4, Saint Anselm 2 (at SNHU) Recap | Box Score
||April 19 - Saint Anselm 19, SNHU 9 (at Saint Anselm) Recap | Box Score||0||2
Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas (third from left) presents the 2015-16 Queen City Cup to
SNHU Director of Athletics and Recreation Anthony Fallacaro