CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Following a fall season during which seven of America East’s member institutions won a conference championship or regular-season title, University of New Hampshire holds a slight lead over University at Albany in the 2012-13 Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner’s Cup standings after capturing a regular-season crown and finishing as runners up in four of the league’s six fall sports.
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 at championship competition in the conference’s 20 sports.
Following the six fall championships, New Hampshire has 120 points, just two points ahead of Albany’s 118. Stony Brook University follows in third place with 105 points, while University of Vermont is fourth with 84, just one point ahead of fifth-place UMBC, which has 83. Boston University (76 points), Maine (64), Binghamton (63) and Hartford (60).
New Hampshire, which already has equaled its most second-place place finishes since the 2008-09 season, finished as runners up in men’s soccer for the second time in three years, men’s and women’s cross country and field hockey. The Wildcats also accumulated the most points of any field hockey program by winning their third straight regular-season crown. UNH also qualified for both the women’s soccer and volleyball championships.
Albany, which has placed second in the cup standings five of the last six years, won its third field hockey championship in the last five years and also earned the most points of any volleyball program by capturing its eighth regular-season title in the last nine years and also finishing as runners up in the championship. The Great Danes also qualified for both soccer championships and placed fourth at the men’s cross country championship.
Stony Brook won a league-best three championships during the fall, including its first-ever women’s soccer championship, and also became the first school to sweep the league’s cross country titles since New Hampshire in 2003. The Seawolves also earned the third-most points in men’s soccer by finishing third in the regular season and reaching the semifinals for the fourth straight year.
Vermont racked up the second-most points in men’s soccer by winning its first regular-season title since 1989. The Catamounts also reached the semifinals of the women’s soccer for the first time since 1998 and placed third at the women’s cross country championship, their best finish since 2009.
UMBC earned the most points of any men’s soccer program by winning its second men’s soccer crown since 2010. The Retrievers, who also advanced to the second round of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship, also earned significant points in volleyball, finishing second in the regular season.
Boston University, which won the 2011-12 Cup by just two points over Albany, earned 36 of its points in women’s soccer by winning its sixth-straight regular-season crown. The Terriers also placed second in field hockey and fourth in men’s soccer.
Maine picked up significant points in women’s soccer, finishing third in the regular season, its best finish since 2009, and reaching the tournament semifinals. The Black Bears also placed third in field hockey.
Binghamton won its third-ever volleyball title by upsetting top-seeded Albany, 3-0, in the championship match after tying for second during the regular season to earn nearly half (30) of its point total.
Hartford accumulated the majority of its points in women’s soccer, earning the most of any school by finishing second in the regular season and reaching the title game for the first time since 2006.
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 and field, swimming and 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.
2012-13 Stuart P. Haskell, Jr.
Commissioner’s Cup Fall Standings
Rank Team Points
1. New Hampshire 120
2. Albany 118
3. Stony Brook 105
4. Vermont 84
5. UMBC 83
6. Boston University 76
7. Maine 64
8. Binghamton 63
9. Hartford 60