Hartford, UNH Share 2014-15 America East Academic Cup
BOSTON – For the second time in America East’s history, two schools have shared the conference’s Academic Cup as both University of Hartford and University of New Hampshire student-athletes compiled an average GPA of 3.23 during the 2014-15 academic year to earn a share of the Cup. The Academic Cup is Hartford’s fourth in a row and fifth overall while it’s UNH’s first since 2000 and third in school history.
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.
Overall, America East student-athletes continued to perform at an elite level in 2014-15. The league’s 3,400-plus student-athletes averaged a 3.14 GPA during the 2014-15 academic year, the highest single-year mark in league history. It’s the third consecutive year a new standard has been set.
Each of America East’s nine member institutions and 79 percent of its teams (110-of-139) compiled grade-point averages over 3.0 in 2014-15. In all, America East student-athletes have averaged better than a 3.0 GPA for 10 straight years.
“Congratulations to the University of Hartford and University of New Hampshire and their student-athletes on their impressive accomplishments,” said Commissioner Amy Huchthausen. “Congratulations are also due for all of our student-athletes, who continue to excel academically and set a conference record for average GPA for the third straight year. All nine of our institutions and their student-athletes have embraced academic achievement as a core pillar of this conference and their continuted success is evidence of their hard work and dedication in the classroom.”
Right behind Hartford and UNH in the Academic Cup standings was University of Maine is third place (3.21 GPA) and University of Vermont in fourth place (3.16). Binghamton University and UMass Lowell (3.10) tied for fifth place while UMBC and Stony Brook University tied for seventh (3.08) and University at Albany rounded out the group (3.06).
Hartford’s volleyball squad had the highest GPA of any team with a 3.81 cumulative mark while its men’s cross country program had the best GPA of any men’s team with a 3.39 GPA.
Seven other Hartford programs had the best GPA in their sport: baseball (3.20), men’s soccer (3.16), softball (3.30), women’s tennis (3.46), women’s indoor track & field (3.48), men’s outdoor track & field (3.20) and women’s outdoor track & field (3.48).
New Hampshire’s women’s lacrosse (3.36) and men’s indoor track & field (3.34) teams had the highest marks in their respective sports.
Two squads that won America East titles also had the highest GPA in their respective sport. Albany won the men’s lacrosse title while posting a GPA of 3.07and UMBC captured the women’s swimming & diving crown with a 3.45 GPA.
Maine’s women’s basketball squad which captured a share of the America East regular-season title led its sport with a 3.39 mark.
Other sport winners were: men's basketball, Stony Brook (3.05), women’s cross country, Binghamton (3.58); field hockey, UMass Lowell (3.28); women’s soccer, Albany (3.43); and men’s indoor track & field, New Hampshire (3.34).
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 2013-14, 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, the Scholar-Athlete program recognized the top student-athlete in each sport. Presidential Scholar-Athlete awards are bestowed to student-athletes who graduate with a 3.75 GPA while the Elite 18 program recognizes elite students in each sport. All-Academic teams comprised of student-athletes that excel both academically and athletically are chosen in each of the conference’s 18 sports. The conference also 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.
About America East: The America East provides its member schools and their athletic programs a platform upon which student-athletes can achieve both collegiate and life success through the promotion and nurturing of athletic excellence, academic achievement and leadership, on and off the field.