Updated: June 13, 2012 6:06 pm (ET)
by America East Communications
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - In the closest race in conference history, Boston University claimed the 2011-12 America East Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner’s Cup by just two points over University at Albany, the conference announced this evening at its annual awards dinner in Annapolis, Md. The Terriers have now won seven straight Cups and 10 of the last 11.
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 20 sports.
“Congratulations to the entire Boston University athletic department on this impressive feat and its ongoing success within our league,” said America East Commissioner Amy Huchthausen. “Accolades are also due to the University at Albany and its staff on making this the closest Commissioner’s Cup race in conference history. This year’s achievements, which all nine of our member institutions have contributed to -- nine NCAA wins, a trip to the College World series, a national champion, 30 All-Americans -- are some of the best highlights in America East history and lay the foundation for even more success in years to come.”
For the seventh time in the last 10 years, every America East school won a conference championship or was runner up. The Terriers captured five America East Championships, six regular-season crowns and five runner-up finishes to help net 397 points, the second most in seven years under the current scoring system. Albany garnered the third-most points in the current system, finishing just two points behind Boston U. with 395 points. Stony Brook earned its most points in school history (331) and came in third place. Only 11 points separated the next three schools with UMBC finishing fourth (232 points), Binghamton coming in fifth (224) and New Hampshire placing sixth (221). Vermont (199), Hartford (190) and Maine (153) rounded out the field.
“I’m very proud of our coaches and student-athletes for their continued success, especially in the face of rising levels of competitive spirit in the America East Conference,” said Boston University Vice President and Director of Athletics Mike Lynch. “Seven straight Commissioner’s Cup titles is obviously quite an accomplishment.”
Boston U., which has won a conference-best 12 Commissioner’s Cups, swept regular season and tournament titles in women’s soccer and softball, both of which went on to win NCAA contests. The Terriers also captured championships in men’s and women’s swimming & diving, their first sweep since 1994, and in women’s indoor track & field while finishing as runners-up in men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s indoor track & field and women’s outdoor track & field. The field hockey, women’s lacrosse and men’s soccer programs also won regular-season crowns.
Albany placed second for the fifth time in the last six years after winning a league-best seven championships. The Great Danes became the first America East program to sweep the men’s cross country and men’s indoor and outdoor track & field titles since 1998 and also swept the regular-season and tournament crowns in volleyball, won their first championship in women’s basketball, their second straight women’s lacrosse crown and their fourth consecutive women’s outdoor track & field championship. Albany was also runners up in men’s lacrosse, women’s soccer, softball and women’s indoor track & field.
Stony Brook finished in third place, the second time in the last three years it has finished in the top third of the league. The Seawolves, who won five conference titles, swept the regular-season and tournament crowns in men’s lacrosse and baseball, which went on to become the first America East program to advance to the College World Series since the league started sponsoring baseball in 1990. SBU also won titles in women’s cross country, men’s lacrosse and women’s tennis, the regular-season title in men’s basketball and was runner up in men’s basketball, women’s lacrosse and volleyball.
UMBC earned five runner-up finishes, which tied for the most in the league, en route to a fourth-place finish, its third fourth place or better showing in the last five years. The Retrievers were runners up in women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming & diving and men’s and women’s tennis. The Retrievers also had top-four finishes in men’s and women’s lacrosse, women’s indoor and outdoor track & field and volleyball.
Binghamton came in fifth place, its ninth consecutive year with a fifth place or better finish. The Bearcats claimed their fifth consecutive men’s tennis title and placed second at the men’s outdoor track & field championship. Binghamton also earned the third-most points of any school in baseball, men’s indoor track & field and women’s outdoor track & field.
New Hampshire placed sixth, just three points behind Binghamton for fifth place. The Wildcats swept the regular-season and tournament crowns in field hockey for the first time in program history and also earned a runner-up finish in women’s cross country. UNH also earned the second-most points in volleyball by finishing second in the regular season.
Vermont improved two spots from last year’s finish by earning more than a quarter of its points in men’s basketball. The Catamounts were second in the regular season and went on to win its fifth conference title since 2003. The Catamounts also earned the third-most points in men’s soccer.
Hartford trailed Vermont by just seven points for seventh place. The Hawks were runners up in men’s soccer, earned the second-most points of any women’s soccer program by finishing second in the regular season and had top four placements in women’s basketball and men’s lacrosse.
Maine finished as the runner up in baseball one year after claiming the title. The Black Bears also were third in men’s cross country and earned the fourth-most points in field hockey and softball.
The Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner’s Cup is named in honor of the first commissioner of America East. Haskell served as commissioner of the conference from 1987 until his retirement in 1997.
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.
2011-12 Final Stuart P. Haskell, Jr.
Commissioner’s Cup Standings
Rank Team Points
1. Boston University 397
2. Albany 395
3. Stony Brook 331
4. UMBC 232
5. Binghamton 224
6. New Hampshire 221
7. Vermont 199
8. Hartford 190
9. Maine 153
Year-By-Year Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner’s Cup Winners
2011-12 - Boston U.
2010-11 - Boston U.
2009-10 - Boston U.
2008-09 - Boston U.
2007-08 - Boston U.
2006-07 - Boston U.
2005-06 - Boston U.
2004-05 - Albany
2003-04 - Boston U.
2002-03 - Boston U.
2001-02 - Boston U.
2000-01 - Delaware
1999-2000 - Delaware
1998-99 - Delaware
1997-98 - Delaware
1996-97 - Delaware
1995-96 - Delaware
1994-95 - Delaware
1993-94 - Delaware
1992-93 - Delaware
1991-92 - Delaware
1991-90 - Boston U.
1989-90 - Boston U.