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 34-33 following the 2016-17 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. SNHU's 20-14 victory in 2016-17 was the closest the Cup had come to switching hands before Saint Anselm scored a 21-15 victory for its first Cup in in 2017-18.
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
|Volleyball||August 26 - SNHU 3, Saint Anselm 1 (at SNHU) Recap | Box Score
September 12 - Saint Anselm 3, SNHU 1 (at Saint Anselm) Recap | Box Score
|Men's Soccer||September 11 - SNHU 3, Saint Anselm 1 (at Saint Anselm) Recap | Box Score||2||0|
|Women's Soccer||September 12 - Saint Anselm 1, SNHU 0 (at Saint Anselm) Recap | Box Score||0||2|
|Field Hockey||September 12 - Saint Anselm 4, SNHU 1 (at SNHU) Recap | Box Score
October 23 - Saint Anselm vs. SNHU (at Saint Anselm) Live stats
|Women's Tennis||September 26 - SNHU vs. Saint Anselm (at Saint Anselm)||0||0|
|Men's Golf||September 30-October 1 - Northeast-10 Championship||0||0|
|Men's Tennis||October 11 - SNHU vs. Saint Anselm (at Saint Anselm)||0||0|
|Women's Cross Country||November 4 - Northeast-10 Championship||0||0|
|Men's Cross Country||November 4 - Northeast-10 Championship||0||0|
|Men's Ice Hockey||November 9 - SNHU vs. Saint Anselm (at Saint Anselm) Live stats
February 15 - SNHU vs. Saint Anselm (at SNHU) Live stats | Video
February 16 - SNHU vs. Saint Anselm (at Saint Anselm) Live stats
|Women's Basketball||November 28 - SNHU vs. Saint Anselm (at SNHU) Live stats | Video
Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas (second from left) presents the 2016-17 Queen City Cup to
SNHU Director of Athletics and Recreation Anthony Fallacaro (third from left)