BURLINGTON, Vt. - For the fourth consecutive year and seventh time in the last eight, Boston University has captured the America East Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner’s Cup, the league announced this evening during a dinner at Pulcinella’s Ristorante as part of its annual meeting. 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 21 sports.
Boston U., which won a conference-best seven championships, four regular-season titles and four runner-up finishes during the 2008-09 season, tallied 396 points, the most in four years under the current scoring system and most overall since the Terriers earned 426 points during the 2001-02 campaign. University at Albany placed second for the third straight year with 353 points, just ahead of Binghamton University, which claimed third for the second time in three years with 339 points. Stony Brook University (275 points) edged out New Hampshire (272) for fourth place, followed by University of Vermont (253), UMBC (241), University of Maine (175) and University of Hartford (156).
The Terriers, who swept regular-season and tournament titles in men’s and women’s soccer as well as women’s lacrosse, also captured championships in women’s indoor track & field, women’s swimming & diving, women’s tennis and softball. Boston U. captured the regular-season title in women’s basketball by becoming the fourth squad to complete the conference slate unbeaten. The Terriers also earned runner-up finishes in women’s hoops, women’s cross country, men’s swimming & diving and golf.
The Great Danes, the only program other than Boston University (9) and Delaware (10) to ever win the Cup after capturing it in 2005, took home six titles and three runner-up finishes. UAlbany swept the championships in field hockey and volleyball, while also winning three of the four track & field titles (men’s and women’s outdoor, men’s indoor). Albany also won its second straight golf title and earned runner-up finishes in women’s indoor track & field, baseball and softball.
The Bearcats, who have not finished lower than fourth in the past six years, captured their first-ever championships in men’s basketball and baseball while also repeating in men’s tennis. Binghamton, which added regular-season titles in men’s hoops and baseball, added four runner-up performances (men’s soccer, men’s indoor track & field, volleyball and women’s tennis).
The Seawolves, whose fourth-place finish is their best in eight years as an America East member, won the women’s cross country title for the second straight year and captured regular-season titles in men’s lacrosse and softball. Stony Brook also was runner-up in men’s cross country, women’s soccer, men’s tennis and men’s lacrosse.
The Wildcats equaled last year’s fifth-place finish by winning the men’s cross country championship for the third consecutive year and earning runner-up finishes in field hockey, men’s and women’s outdoor track & field and women’s lacrosse. UNH also tied for the third-most points in men’s basketball, finishing the regular season tied for fourth and reaching the semifinals of the championship.
The Catamounts won their first women’s basketball championship since 2000 and split the regular-season title in men’s basketball with Binghamton. Vermont also garnered third-place finishes in women’s swimming and diving and baseball and reached the men’s soccer semifinals.
The Retrievers captured their sixth straight men’s swimming & diving title and the program’s second consecutive crown in men’s lacrosse after sharing the regular-season crown with Stony Brook. UMBC also was runner-up in women’s swimming & diving and men’s basketball after becoming just the second No. 6 seed to reach the tournament final.
The Black Bears, who moved up one spot from a year ago, reached the semifinals of the field hockey, women’s soccer and volleyball championships. Additionally, Maine had fifth-place finishes in both baseball and softball.
The Hawks picked up the third-most points in women’s basketball, finishing second during the regular season and reaching the seminfinals of the conference championship. Hartford also reached the postseason in both men’s and women’s soccer.
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, golf, 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.