INDIANAPOLIS-- Twenty-four teams from America East member institutions received Academic Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA, as announced by the organization this afternoon. The number of squads being honored marks the highest number for America East since 2006.

Of those twenty-four teams, four won America East regular season or tournament championships over the past year. University of Hartford women's basketball completed an undefeated regular season in 2009-10, won the regular season title and earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Championship. University of New Hampshire men's soccer was the 2009 America East regular season champion, while Boston University softball and women's swimming and diving are both reigning conference champions. The Terrier softball team is looking to defend its 2009 title as the top seed in the 2010 conference tournament this weekend.

The Hawks led all schools with six squads recognized. Boston University and New Hampshire each received five awards.

Each year the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear APR. This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams who demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. Specifically, these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.

The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.

Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced at a later date. That announcement also will include immediate and historical penalties for low-performing teams.

Boston University
Men's Cross Country
Men's Ice Hockey
Women's Golf
Softball
Women's Swimming

Binghamton
Men's Soccer
Women's Cross Country

Hartford
Men's Tennis
Men's Indoor Track & Field
Men's Outdoor Track & Field
Women's Basketball
Women's Soccer
Volleyball

Maine
Football
Women's Cross Country
Women's Soccer
Volleyball

New Hampshire
Men's Soccer
Men's Outdoor Track & Field
Women's Gymnastics
Women's Indoor Track & Field
Women's Outdoor Track & Field

Stony Brook
Women's Outdoor Track & Field

Vermont
Field Hockey

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