Albany Captures 5th-Straight Commissioner's Cup
SAVANNAH, Ga. - After winning a conference record nine championships during the 2016-17 academic year, University at Albany has claimed the conference's Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner's Cup for the fifth-straight year and sixth time in school history, the league announced this evening at its annual awards dinner.
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 17 sports.
2016-17 Final Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner's Cup Standings
Rank School Points
|2. Stony Brook||311|
|3. New Hampshire||300|
|6. UMass Lowell||211|
Need to Know
- Ever school won either a conference championship or had a runner-up finish.
- Eight of the nine schools had runner-up finishes.
- Seven schools won regular-season title.
- Albany's 439 points are the third-most in conference history trailing only the 443 points the Great Danes earned last year and that Delaware totaled in 1995-96.
- Albany won nine America East championships in 2016-17, the most a school has ever won in a single year. The Great Danes also won three regular-season titles and had three runner up finishes.
- Stony Brook University placed second for the fifth-consecutive year.
- New Hampshire was third, its best finish since 2003.
- Stony Brook, UNH and UMBC each won a pair of conference crowns while Vermont took home the men's basketball crown. Stanford, an associate member in field hockey, won the field hockey title to round out the 17 America East 2016-17 champions.
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, 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.
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