Albany Captures 3rd Straight Commissioner's Cup
BRETTON WOODS, N.H. — After winning eight of America East 18 championships during the 2014-15 season, University at Albany has claimed the conference’s Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner’s Cup for the third-straight year and fourth time in school history, the league announced this evening at its annual awards dinner on Mount Washington in Bretton Woods, N.H.
The Commissioner’s Cup annually recognizes the strongest athletic program in America East as determined by a scoring system which rewards a school for success both during the regular season and championship competition in the conference’s 19 sports.
The Great Danes, which tied an America East record by winning eight league titles, also captured four regular-season crowns and three runner-up finishes to help net a league-best 404 points, the most by any school since 2002. Stony Brook came in second place for the third-straight year, earning 321 points, followed by UMBC (293 points) in third, University of New Hampshire (276) in fourth, Binghamton University (240) in fifth and University of Hartford (213) in sixth. University of Vermont (197), UMass Lowell (166) and University of Maine (164) rounded out the standings.
2014-15 Final Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner’s Cup Standings
Rank Team Points
1. Albany 404
2. Stony Brook 321
3. UMBC 293
4. New Hampshire 276
5. Binghamton 240
6. Hartford 213
7. Vermont 197
8. UMass Lowell 166
9. Maine 164
- Won its fourth America East Commissioner’s Cup in program history (2004-05, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15) with 404 points, the most since Boston University accumulated 426 during the 2001-02 season.
- Finished first or second in 11 of the 17 America East sports it sponsors.
- Captured conference championships in field hockey, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track & field and men’s lacrosse.
- Regular-season champions in field hockey, men’s basketball, women’s basketball (co-champions) and men’s lacrosse.
- Runners up in volleyball, women’s tennis and women’s lacrosse.
- Finished second for the third-straight year and fourth time in the last six years.
- Won the women’s tennis title for the fourth-straight year, took home its third-straight women’s lacrosse crown and won the baseball championship.
- Captured three spring sport regular-season titles (women’s lacrosse, softball, baseball).
- Runners up in women’s cross country, men’s basketball, men’s lacrosse and softball.
- Matched best-ever Commissioner’s Cup finish by placing third for the fifth time in seven years.
- Swept the men’s soccer regular-season and tournament titles and won the women’s swimming and diving crown.
- Had four runner-up finishes, including its best-ever result in baseball.
- Fourth for the second-straight year after winning three championships (women’s cross country, women’s soccer, volleyball)
- Swept the regular season and tournament titles in volleyball for the second-straight year and won its first-ever women’s soccer championship.
- Runners up in field hockey and women’s swimming & diving.
- 14th straight year finishing in fifth place or higher.
- Won its first men’s cross country championship since 2009 and its first-ever softball title.
- Runner-up finish in men’s indoor track & field.
- Sixth-place finish matches best finish since the 2001-02 season.
- Highest point total since the 2001-02 season.
- Won the women’s soccer regular-season title and was runners up in men’s and women’s soccer and women’s basketball.
- Finished second in the men’s basketball regular-season standings, the 12th time in 14 years it's finished second or better.
- Had third-place finishes in both men’s and women’s lacrosse.
- Moved up to eighth place in its second year in the league, finishing as runners up in men’s cross country.
- Was ineligible for team conference championships due to NCAA reclassifying rules.
- Co-Regular Season champions in women’s basketball, its first regular-season crown since 2005.
The scoring system for the Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner’s Cup is as follows: In sports where regular-season round robin competition is conducted, the first-place institution in the final standings receives four points times the total number of teams involved in conference play. The second-place institution receives four less points; third place receives eight less points, and so on. Additionally, the America East (tournament) champion receives two points times the total number of teams participating in the championship. The second-place institution receives two less points; third place receives four less points and so on down to the last-place institution which receives two points.
In sports where regular-season round robin competition is not conducted (cross country, tennis, track & field, swimming & diving), the first-place institution at the America East championship receives two points times the total number of teams participating in the championship. The second-place institution receives two less points; third place gets four less points and so on down to the last place team which receives two points.
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