UNH FIRST IN AMERICA EAST COMMISSIONER'S CUP STANDINGS
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- The University of New Hampshire is currently leading the America East 2007-08 Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner's Cup standings by a mere five points after 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 which rewards a school for success both during the regular season and at championship competition in the conference's 22 sports.

    Following the six fall championships, New Hampshire has 144 points and holds a slight edge over current Cup holder, Boston University, which has 139 points. Stony Brook University is third with 111 points followed by Binghamton University (106), University at Albany (83), University of Vermont (81), University of Maine (67), UMBC (65) and University of Hartford (61).

    New Hampshire fared well in every America East sport it sponsors this fall. The Wildcats captured the men's cross country championship and finished as the runner-up in women's soccer. The Wildcats also earned a share of the women's soccer regular-season crown and qualified for the postseason in field hockey, men's soccer and volleyball. Additionally, the women's cross country squad placed third at their championship meet.

    Boston University, which has won the last two Commissioner's Cups and five of the past six, captured the regular-season and tournament championship in field hockey and took home a share of the women's soccer regular-season crown, as well as the tournament title. The Terriers also were runners-up in women's cross country and earned the third seed for the men's soccer championship.

    Stony Brook took home the cross country title on the women's side, while the men placed second. The volleyball team captured the regular-season crown and reached the championship match in the tournament. The women's soccer team also earned points by advancing to championship semifinals.

    Binghamton earned a significant amount of points by winning the men's soccer regular-season title and finishing runners-up in the tournament. The women's soccer and volleyball squads also contributed points with postseason appearances.

    Albany won the volleyball championship for the third time in four years and also came in second in both the field hockey regular-season and postseason tournament.

    Vermont won this year's men's soccer championship and earned points in field hockey after finishing third in the regular-season standings and qualifying for the postseason.

    Maine qualified for the women's soccer championship and placed fifth in men's and women's cross country, respectively.

    UMBC earned almost half of its point total in men's soccer. The Retrievers placed fifth in the regular season and advanced to the tournament semifinals.

    Hartford's men's and women's soccer programs garnered nearly all of its points with postseason appearances. The women earned the third seed for their championship, while the men were seeded fourth.

    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.

T    he 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.
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