UNH Leads 13-14 Fall Commissioner's Cup Standings
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Just one point separates University of New Hampshire and UMBC in the 2013-14 America East Commissioner’s Cup standings following a dominant fall during which the two schools each won three league titles and a pair of regular-season crowns. It is the first time since 2008 that the No. 1 seed won all four fall team-sport titles.
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.
UNH racked up 149 points this fall, one more than UMBC, which had 148. Stony Brook University, which had a pair of runner-up finishes and shared the women’s soccer regular-season crown with UMBC, is third with 107 points, slightly ahead of University at Albany, which is fourth with 106 points. University of Hartford comes in fifth (87 points) while Binghamton University and University of Vermont are tied for sixth (68), followed by University of Maine (53) and UMass Lowell (30).
• Leads the Commissioner’s Cup standings after the fall season for the third time in the last five years.
• Captured conference titles in women’s cross country (first since 2003), field hockey (second in three years) and volleyball (first since 2003).
• Regular-season champions in field hockey (fourth straight) and volleyball (first since 2003).
• Earned second-most points in men’s soccer, finishing second in the regular-season standings.
• Swept regular-season and tournament titles in men’s and women’s soccer, becoming first school since 2008 to accomplish that feat.
• Men’s soccer program became just the second in league history to win three America East titles in four years.
• The championships won by women’s soccer were their first in program history.
• Won the men’s cross country title for the first time since 2003.
• Had a runner-up finish in volleyball after finishing second in the regular season.
• Shared the women’s soccer regular-season title with UMBC, its first in program history.
• Reached the women’s soccer championship game for the second-straight year
• Was the runner up in women’s cross country and placed third in men’s.
• Earned second-most points in field hockey, placing second in regular-season play and reaching the championship game for the sixth time in seven years.
• Racked up the fourth-most points in men’s soccer, tying for fourth place and reaching the America East semifinals for the third time in five years.
• Runners-up in men’s soccer after reaching title game for the second time in three years.
• Totaled fourth-most points in women’s soccer after finishing fourth in regular season and reaching the championship semifinals.
• Runners-up in men’s cross country, its best finish since 2010.
• Best showing was a third-place finish in women’s cross country.
• Earned third-most points in women’s soccer after placing third in regular season and reaching the championship semifinals.
• Women’s cross country placed seventh of nine teams.
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.