LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- For the fifth consecutive year and eighth time in the last nine years, Boston University has captured the America East Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner’s Cup, the league announced this evening (June 7) during a dinner at the Lake Placid Club Golf House as part of its annual meetings. 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.
Boston U., which won a league-best six championships, three regular-season titles and had three runner-up finishes during the 2009-10 season, tallied 345 points to earn its 10th Cup in school history, tying University of Delaware for the most all-time. Stony Brook University, which also captured a conference-best six titles, coming in second with 328 points. After placing second for the three straight years, University at Albany came in third with 299 points, just ahead of Binghamton University, which claimed fourth with 286 points. University of New Hampshire (243 points) took fifth place, followed by UMBC (231), University of Maine (215), University of Vermont (199) and University of Hartford (154).
“Boston University has established an unprecedented streak by winning it’s fifth straight Commissioners Cup and eight of the last nine,” said America East Commissioner Patrick Nero. “This accomplishment is a tribute to the tremendous commitment by everyone, the student-athletes, coaches and staff as well as terrific leadership by President Bob Brown and Athletic Director Mike Lynch. The best finish ever by Stony Brook also should be noted. They had an incredible year across the board and have great momentum for the future.”
The Terriers, who swept regular-season and tournament titles in women’s soccer, field hockey and softball, also captured championships in women’s lacrosse, women’s swimming & diving and women’s tennis. Boston U. earned runner-up finishes in men’s swimming & diving, women’s indoor track & field and men’s basketball, in which the Terriers reached the league title game for the first time since 2003.
“Our student athletes and coaches deserve a great deal of credit for our programs consistency year in and year out,” said Boston University Asst. VP & Director of Athletics Mike Lynch. “Boston University is very proud of this accomplishment, particularly given the league’s advances and the impressive accomplishments of our membership.”
The Seawolves, whose 17-point margin from first place was the closest since Albany came within five points of the Cup in 2006-07, won four titles, three-regular-season crowns and had a runner-up finish. Stony Brook swept the men’s lacrosse regular-season and tournament championships before coming within one goal of reaching the Final Four. The Seawolves, who also won championships in men’s soccer, baseball and women’s cross country, were runners-up in softball. SBU also won its first-ever regular-season crown in men’s basketball and made an NIT appearance.
The Great Danes, the only program other than Boston University and Delaware to ever win the Cup after capturing it in 2005, took home four league titles, three regular-season crowns and had four runner-up finishes. Albany became the first school in conference history to sweep all four track & field titles (men’s and women’s indoor, men’s and women’s outdoor). Albany also won regular-season crowns in women’s lacrosse, field hockey and volleyball and had runner-up finishes in men’s lacrosse, baseball, field hockey and volleyball.
The Bearcats, who have not finished lower than fourth in any of the past seven years, captured championships in men’s cross country and volleyball, while also winning their third straight men’s tennis crown. Binghamton, which took the baseball regular-season title for the fourth consecutive year, also garnered runner-up finishes in women’s soccer, men’s indoor and outdoor track & field and women’s tennis.
The Wildcats came in fifth for the third straight year after winning their first men’s soccer regular-season title since 1994 and placing second in men’s cross country. UNH also had top-four finishes by all four of its track & field squads and earned the third-most points in women’s lacrosse.
The Retrievers captured their seventh straight men’s swimming & diving title and earned four runner-up finishes (men’s soccer, women’s lacrosse, men’s tennis, women’s swimming & diving). UMBC’s title game appearances in men’s soccer and women’s lacrosse were its first ever since joining the league in 2003.
The Black Bears, who moved up one spot from a year ago, earned runner-up finishes in women’s cross country and women’s outdoor track & field. Additionally, Maine appeared in both baseball and softball tournaments for the first time since 2006 and was the No. 2 seed for each.
The Catamounts earned the No. 2 seed for both the men’s and women’s basketball championships this year and became the first school to sweep both tournament titles since Boston U. accomplished the feat in 1988. Vermont also made its first men’s lacrosse championship appearance since 2003.
The Hawks garnered the most points of any school in women’s basketball after winning the regular-season title and reaching the finals of the conference championship. Hartford also accumulated the third-most points in men’s soccer after earning the No. 3 seed for the championship.
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.