CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The University of New Hampshire, whose student-athletes achieved a 3.16 cumulative grade-point average for the 2009-10 academic year, surpassed the league record for highest GPA and finished second in the America East Academic Cup, the league announced Thursday afternoon.

The University of Vermont captured the Academic Cup for the sixth consecutive year with a cumulative GPA of 3.19 – the previous best grade-point average of 3.14 was recorded four times.

UNH, which also finished second in the 2007-08 Academic Cup, had the highest number of representatives on the 2009 America East Fall Academic Honor Roll with 86 representatives. New Hampshire’s men’s soccer team won the ‘09 America East regular-season title and also recorded the highest GPA in that sport with a mark of 3.15. UNH’s other sport winners were women’s indoor track and field (3.36) and women’s outdoor track and field (3.41).

New Hampshire won the Academic Cup in 1998-99 and 1999-2000 to become the first school to win back-to-back Cups.

In this year’s Academic Cup standings, the Wildcats were followed by Binghamton University (3.11), Boston University (3.09), University of Maine (3.09), University of Hartford (3.06) and Stony Brook University (3.03).

The Academic Cup, established by the America East Board of Directors in 1995, is presented to the institution whose student-athletes post the highest grade-point averages during that academic year. The overall institutional grade-point averages were calculated by dividing each student-athletes quality points by the total credits completed for grade.

The league’s nearly 3,200 student-athletes compiled an impressive 3.05 cumulative average during the 2009-10 season.

America East is proud to have one of most comprehensive academic awards programs in the country. In addition to the Academic Cup, an All-Academic team comprised of student-athletes that excel both academically and athletically is chosen in each of the conference’s 20 sports by a committee consisting of faculty athletic representatives, academic advisors and sports information directors. Additionally, a scholar-athlete, someone who distinguishes himself/herself as the top student-athlete in his/her sport, is awarded. From that group, one male and one female is selected the America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Finally, the conference recognizes all student-athletes who achieve at least a 3.0 GPA on its Academic Honor Roll, with those achieving a 3.5 average or better receiving Commissioner’s Honor Roll status.

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