BOSTON ó Seven league titles, three runner-up finishes and one third-place showing by its women’s programs has led Boston University to the 2005-06 Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner’s Cup. For the fourth time in five years, the Terriers earn the conference award that annually recognizes the highest scoring athletic program in America East as determined by a points system, which rewards a school for success both during the regular season and at championship competition in the league's 22 sports.
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Boston University tallied 365 points to outdistance second-place Binghamton University, which had 328 points. University at Albany was third with 325 points, followed by UMBC (311), Stony Brook University (296), University of Maine (269), University of New Hampshire (247), University of Vermont (214) and University of Hartford (159).
The Terriers won a conference-record seven women's league championships to bolster their point total. Boston U. took home the conference crown in women’s cross country, women’s soccer, field hockey, women’s indoor track & field, women’s tennis, women’s golf and women’s lacrosse. The Terriers were also runners up in women’s basketball, women’s outdoor track & field and softball, while winning regular-season titles in women’s soccer, field hockey and women’s lacrosse.
With its second-place finish, Binghamton garnered its top position in its five-year history in America East. The Bearcats won just one league title (volleyball), but boasted a conference-best five runner-up finishes in the sports of men’s soccer, men’s swimming & diving, men’s tennis, women’s tennis and men’s golf.
Albany earned the second-most conference championships as the Great Danes took home the hardware in men’s indoor track & field, men’s basketball, men’s and women’s outdoor track & field and softball. UA was also runners-up in women’s indoor track & field and men’s lacrosse and won regular titles in volleyball and men’s basketball.
UMBC improved its finish five positions from a season ago as the Retrievers won league championships in men’s cross country, men’s swimming & diving and men’s lacrosse. Runner-up finishes in women’s swimming & diving and men’s indoor track & field and regular-season titles in men’s and women’s lacrosse helped the Retrievers become the conference’s most improved program.
Stony Brook garnered two conference titles (men’s soccer and men’s tennis) in 2005-06, three runner-up finishes (women’s cross country, volleyball and baseball) and one regular-season crown (men’s soccer). Maine won back-to-back baseball championships, regular-season titles in field hockey and softball and the Black Bears were runners up in women’s soccer and field hockey.
UNH won the women’s swimming & diving championship and finished as runners up in men’s cross country, women’s lacrosse and men’s outdoor track & field. Vermont (men’s basketball runners up and baseball regular-season champs) and Hartford (women’s basketball conference and regular-season champs, men’s golf champs and women’s golf runners up) rounded out the nine-school field.
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.