CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The University of New Hampshire leads the America East 2013-14 Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner’s Cup standings by one point at the end of the fall athletic season, the league announced Tuesday.
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.
At the end of the six fall seasons, UNH currently holds first place with 149 points, leading the University of Maryland Baltimore County by a single point (148 points). Stony Brook University (107) tops the University at Albany (106) for third place, while the University Hartford owns fifth with 87 points. Binghamton University and the University of Vermont sit tied for sixth place (68), while the University of Maine (53) and UMass Lowell (30) round out the list.
The Wildcats shined in the fall season, winning three of six conference titles and earning two NCAA tournament bids. Field hockey captured its third conference title after finishing the regular season in first place by virtue of a 5-0 conference record. The women’s cross country team also brought home a championship for UNH, capturing its second conference title with a 46-point effort in the AE Championships. The volleyball team rounded out the trio of fall championships for UNH with a 3-2 conference championship victory over UMBC after posting a 12-2 conference record.
The men’s soccer team posted a successful season for UNH, finishing in second place in the America East regular season standings and hosting a conference semifinal. John Prizzi won the individual title leading the UNH men’s cross country team to a fourth place finish at the America East Championships.
“We have had a precedent setting fall season not only in America East but also with three programs qualifying for NCAA post-season play,” said UNH Athletic Director Marty Scarano.
“We suspected that some of our programs were ready to compete for championships this fall, following strong seasons last year, but frankly the results have been even better than anticipated,” continued Scarano. “It is once again a tribute to our staff, coaches and student-athletes and the commitment they share to represent this institution well”.
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.