CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The University of New Hampshire remains atop the America East 2013-14 Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner’s Cup standings by one point at the end of the winter athletic 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, which held a 149-148 lead over UMBC at the conclusion of the fall season, compiled 86 points during the winter season for a league-high 235 points overall. This is the first time the Wildcats lead the Commissioner’s Cup standings after the winter season.
The University at Albany climbed into second place (234 points) and is followed by UMBC (210) and Stony Brook University (207). The University of Hartford (161), University of Vermont (160), University of Maine (134), Binghamton University (124) and UMass Lowell (80) complete the standings.
UNH captured the America East women’s swimming and diving title for the second consecutive year to gain 10 points. The Wildcats broke the championship record – also for the second time in as many years – with 877 points and were honored as Coaching Staff of the Year for the fifth consecutive year. The team broke four conference, two pool and two school records at the conference championship meet.
The ‘Cats earned 39 points in women’s basketball by recording their best regular-season finish – third place – since the 2004-05 season and advancing to the semifinals of the league tournament for the second straight year.
New Hampshire was awarded 12 points in both men’s and women’s indoor track & field for its fourth-place finish in both competitions at the America East Championship. The Wildcats’ other 13 winter points were from men’s basketball.
UNH excelled in the fall season by winning three of six conference titles and earning two NCAA tournament bids. Both the field hockey and women’s volleyball teams swept the regular-sesaon and tournament titles, and the women’s cross country team also brought home a championship for UNH.
The men’s soccer team finished in second place in the America East regular season standings and hosted a conference semifinal. The UNH men’s cross country team placed fourth at the America East Championships.
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.