CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The University of New Hampshire is currently leading the America East 2012-13 Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner’s Cup standings by two points after the completion of the fall athletic season. 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.
With the conclusion of the six fall championships, the Wildcats currently hold the top spot with 120 points, holding a slight lead over Albany who has 118 points. Stony Brook came in third after posting 105 points, while Vermont (84) edged UMBC (83) in the totals. Boston University holds the fifth spot with 76 points while Maine (64), Binghamton (63) and Hartford (60) round out the standings.
New Hampshire excelled in its fall sports after all six teams qualified for the America East tournaments in their respective sports. Field hockey claimed the regular-season title after playing to a 5-0 record in conference play and finished as runners-up in the tournament. The men’s soccer squad and men’s and women’s cross country teams also finished in second place through post-season competition.
Albany claimed the America East Championship in field hockey and finished as runners-up in volleyball after taking the regular-season title.
Stony Brook took conference post-season titles in women’s soccer as well as men’s and women’s cross country to earn its 105. Vermont claimed the regular-season title in men’s soccer while UMBC took the conference championship in the same sport.
Boston U. took the regular-season crown in women’s soccer after playing an undefeated conference season. Maine took 35 points in women’s soccer after entering the tournament as the second seed. Binghamton notched the majority of its points with the conference title in volleyball while Hartford finished as runners-up in 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 that 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 that receives two points.