PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - Setting a new mark for athletic excellence in America East, Boston University captured its record-breaking 11th Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner’s Cup in 2011, the league announced this evening at the conference’s annual meetings in Portsmouth, N.H. Boston U., which passed Delaware for the most Cups in league history, has now won six straight Cups and nine in the last 10 years.
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 President Robert Brown, Athletic Director Mike Lynch and all of Boston University’s student-athletes, coaches and staff on this tremendous accomplishment,” said America East Interim Commissioner Shonna Brown. “Setting a new conference standard for overall athletic excellence is always impressive, but to accomplish the feat in a year that was as competitive as any in recent memory, makes it even more special.”
For the first time since 2005-06, every America East school won a conference championship or regular-season title. The Terriers compiled four America East Championships, three regular-season crowns and six runner-up finishes to help net 388 points, the second most in six years under the current scoring system. University at Albany took home eight titles, which ties for the most in league history, and finished with 353 points. UMBC equaled its best-ever finish, a third-place showing in 2007-08, by earning 289 points. Binghamton University took fourth place with 281 points and was followed in fifth place by Stony Brook University with 268 points. University of New Hampshire (226 points), University of Maine (194), University of Hartford (176) and University of Vermont (167) rounded out the field.
“All of Boston University’s America East programs contributed to our success this year and some had their best season in quite some time,” said Boston University Asst. VP & Director of Athletics Mike Lynch. “The hard work of our coaches and student-athletes makes this possible and I couldn’t be more proud of our department.”
Boston U. swept regular-season and tournament titles in women’s soccer for the fourth straight year and won its 18th consecutive women’s tennis title. The Terriers also captured the men’s cross country crown and won the men’s basketball title, their first since 2002. Boston U.’s men’s soccer and softball programs won regular-season titles while softball, women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming & diving and women’s indoor & outdoor track field were runners-up at their respective America East Championships.
Albany, which placed second in the Cup standings for the fourth time in the last five years, took all four track & field titles for the second straight year and also won championships in field hockey, women’s lacrosse, softball and volleyball. The women’s lacrosse team, which started its season 18-0 before falling in the second round of the NCAA Championship, also won the America East regular-season crown along with softball and volleyball. The Great Danes’ baseball team were runners-up for the third straight year.
UMBC matched its best finish since joining the league in 2003 by winning three championships, including its first-ever men’s soccer crown. The Retrievers also swept the swimming & diving titles for the third time in five years and earned the most points in women’s basketball after capturing their first-ever regular-season crown. Additionally, UMBC was runners-up in women’s lacrosse, men’s tennis and volleyball.
Binghamton, which has not finished lower than fourth in eight years, won its fourth straight men’s tennis championship and also earned runner-up finishes in men’s cross country, men’s indoor and outdoor track & field and women’s tennis. The Bearcats also earned the second-most points in volleyball, placing second during the regular season.
One year after a school-best second-place finish, Stony Brook came in fifth in 2010-11. Stony Brook took home its fourth straight women’s cross country championship and won regular-season titles in baseball and men’s lacrosse. The Seawolves also reached the men’s basketball championship game for the first time and were also runners-up in men’s lacrosse.
New Hampshire placed sixth after winning its first field hockey regular-season title since 2002. The Wildcats were runners-up in field hockey, women’s cross country and men’s soccer, which reached their first America East Championship game for the first time in 17 years.
Maine, which came in seventh for the second straight season, won the baseball title, its first championship in any sport since 2006. The Black Bears also became the first No. 6 seed to reach the women’s soccer title game.
Hartford moved up one spot from last years finish and won a pair of league titles. The Hawks became the first No. 4 seed to win the women’s basketball crown, their fifth since 2002, and also won their first-ever men’s lacrosse championship.
Vermont earned the bulk of its points (49) in men’s basketball and second-most of any America East school by winning the league’s regular-season title for the fifth time in the last 10 years.
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 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.
2011 Final Stuart P. Haskell, Jr.Commissioner’s Cup Standings
Rank Team Points
1. Boston University 388
2. Albany 353
3. UMBC 289
4. Binghamton 281
5. Stony Brook 268
6. New Hampshire 226
7. Maine 194
8. Hartford 176
9. Vermont 167