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As mentioned above, Saint Peter's College is the only NCAA Division I institution whose mascot is the peacock. This choice was made for several reasons. Primarily, the land on which Saint Peter's now stands was once owned by a man named Michael Pauw, whose last name means peacock in Dutch. Second, a section of Jersey City is named Pavonia, in reference to the Latinized form of Pauw's name.
At one point in the 1960s, live peacocks roamed the campus. Many institutions within the college derive their name from the peacock:The school newspaper is titled the Pauw Wow. The literary magazine is titled the Pavan. The school's yearbook is titled the Peacock Pie. The dramatic society calls itself Argus Eyes, in reference to Argus Panoptes, who, according to Greek mythology, had his 100 eyes preserved by Hera in the tail of the peacock. One of the major dining facilities is named the Pavonia Room. The college fields 17 athletic teams. The men's teams are known as the Peacocks, and the women's teams are the Peahens; Saint Peter's is the only NCAA Division I institution with this mascot. The baseball, softball and soccer teams play at Joseph J. Jaroschak Field, in Lincoln Park.
Basketball has long been the most popular sport at the college. The men's team gained national attention by defeating heavily-favored and nationally-ranked Duke University in the 1968 NIT Tournament quarterfinals, en route a fourth place finish.St. Peter's has won the MAAC conference men's basketball championship and the accompanying automatic bid to the NCAA tournament twice, and has appeared in the NIT 12 times. The women's basketball team has won seven MAAC championships and automatic bids to the NCAA tournament; it also won the MAAC championship in 1983 and 1984.In recent years the basketball program has seen resurgence, owing much to the success of Keydren Kee-Kee Clark '05. In 2004 and 2005, Clark led the nation in points scored per game, becoming just the eighth player to repeat as NCAA Division I scoring champion. Clark became only the seventh NCAA player to score more than 3,000 points in his career on March 4, 2006; on the next day, he passed Hersey Hawkins to become the sixth-leading scorer of all time. On March 6, 2006, at the time of his final game, Clark held the NCAA all-time record for 3-point shots, with 435.
On June 14, 2007, it was announced that the football team would be disbanded. It's no secret John Dunne didn't have a whole lot of fun in his first year at Saint Peter's.There was losing. There were some discipline problems. There were injuries.Things should be better this time around. The MAAC is deep and talented and Saint Peter's may not be ready to contend just yet, but the former Seton Hall assistant seems to be taking things in the right direction.We're excited about the new faces we have, Dunne said as practice got rolling. We hope they blend in with our returning players.
The Peacocks lost 17 straight games at one point last season, so you know the returning players know how to lose. But there were all kinds of circumstances last year, and these guys really aren't all that bad.It starts with Todd Sowell in the middle as he steams toward becoming the third Saint Peter's player ever to score 1,000 points and grab 750 rebounds in a career. Guard Raul Orta is closing in on the 1,000-point mark, so there's experience here; experience that can score and rebound.
And there are seven new faces, which has to help after what happened last year. Two of the new faces ? Darryl Lampley and Nick Leon ? could wind up battling for the point guard spot, and you know how important that will be to this team.The Peacocks are much more athletic and will get up and down the floor. You get the feeling they're not going to be fun to bump into in the conference portion of the schedule.