CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The University of New Hampshire has moved into third place in the America East Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner’s Cup standings after the completion of the winter season, the conference announced Thursday. The Commissioner’s Cup annually recognizes the strongest athletic program in America East as determined by a scoring system that rewards a school for success both during the regular season and at championship competition in the conference’s 20 sports.
UNH holds down the third spot after the men’s basketball team reached the semifinals of the conference championship for the second straight year. The Wildcats, who captured the men’s soccer regular-season crown in the fall to vault into first place, also earned significant points at the Indoor Track & Field Championship, as both the men’s and women’s teams submitted top-four finishes. In addition, the ‘Cats grabbed points after producing a third-place finish at the Women’s Swimming and Diving 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 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, 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.
2009-10 Commissioner's Cup
1. Boston U. 241
2. Stony Brook 217
3. New Hampshire 192
4. Binghamton 190
5. Albany 168
6. Vermont 162
7. Maine 139
9. Hartford 128