Courtesy: America East Communications

Hartford Captures Third-Straight Academic Cup

Release: 06/18/2014

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. --  The University of Hartford earned its third-straight America East Academic Cup in 2013-14 as its student-athletes compiled a 3.28 grade-point average this year, the highest of any school in the 19-year history of the award.  

The Academic Cup, established by the America East Board of Directors in 1995, is presented to the institution whose student-athletes post the highest grade-point average during that academic year. 

All of the America East’s nine institutions and 109 of the 141 teams compiled grade-point averages over 3.0 in 2013-14. In addition, the league’s 3,400-plus student-athletes earned a 3.12 average during the 2013-14 season, the highest single-year mark in league history, breaking the record of 3.09 set a year ago. In all, America East student-athletes have averaged better than a 3.0 GPA for nine-straight years.

“Congratulations to the University of Hartford, most notably its student-athletes, on once again breaking the Academic Cup record,” said Commissioner Amy Huchthausen. “It is indicative of the hard work put in and the value placed on academics not only by Hartford, but by all nine of our institutions and student-athletes, who consistently excel academically year in and year out, which is a core pillar of this conference and what sets us apart from so many others.”

Right behind Hartford in the Academic Cup standings was University of New Hampshire in second place with a 3.20 GPA. University of Maine finished third (3.16 GPA), followed by University of Vermont (3.15), Binghamton University (3.14), Stony Brook University (3.08), UMBC (3.07), University at Albany (3.03) and UMass Lowell (3.01).

Fifteen of Hartford’s 16 athletic programs earned a 3.00 GPA or higher over the last year and a league-high ten teams recorded the highest GPA of their America East peers. The Hawks’ baseball (3.15), men’s cross country (3.59), men’s lacrosse (3.12), men’s soccer (3.37), softball (3.47), men’s tennis (3.49), women’s tennis (3.30), men’s indoor track & field (3.36), men’s outdoor track & field (3.36) and volleyball (3.59) programs all led the conference in each respective sport for team GPA. 

The Maine women’s cross country team had the highest team GPA of any team in the conference at 3.64, while Hartford men’s cross country had the highest GPA of any male team.

Two squads that won America East titles also had the highest GPA in their respective sport. Albany won the men’s basketball title while posting a GPA of 3.18 and UMBC captured the women’s soccer crown with a 3.47 GPA.

Other sport winners were: women’s basketball, Maine (3.34); women’s cross country, Maine (3.64); field hockey, Vermont (3.34); women’s swimming & diving, UMBC (3.34); women’s indoor track & field, Maine (3.45); women’s outdoor track & field, Maine (3.48) and women's lacrosse, New Hampshire (3.23).

The overall institutional grade-point averages were calculated by dividing each student-athlete’s quality points by the total credits completed for grade. 

Hartford also won the 2012-13, 2011-12 and 1996-97 Academic Cups, while Vermont, which has won a conference-best eight cups, won the award seven years in a row from 2004-05 through 2010-11 and also took home the award in its inaugural year (1995-96). New Hampshire won the Academic Cup in 1998-99 and 1999-2000 and Binghamton garnered the cup in its first two years in the conference (2001-02, 2002-03). Maine, which shared the cup with Vermont in 2006-07, also won the honor in 2003-04. 

America East is proud to have one of most comprehensive academic awards programs in the country. In addition to the Academic Cup, an All-Academic team comprised of student-athletes that excel both academically and athletically is chosen in each of the conference’s 20 sports by a committee consisting of faculty athletic representatives, academic advisors and sports information directors. Additionally, a scholar-athlete, someone who distinguishes himself/herself as the top student-athlete in his/her sport, is awarded. From that group, one male and one female is selected the America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Finally, the conference recognizes all student-athletes who achieve at least a 3.0 GPA on its Academic Honor Roll, with those achieving a 3.50 average or better receiving Commissioner’s Honor Roll status.