CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The University of New Hampshire placed second in the 2012-13 America East Academic Cup standings with a 3.18 grade-point-average, the conference announced Wednesday afternoon. It is UNH’s highest GPA in the 18-year history of the award.
This marks the third time the past four years that the Wildcats have been runner-up in the Academic Cup. The ‘Cats were also second in 2010-11 (3.13 GPA) and 2009-10 (3.16), as well as third last year (3.14).
UNH led all institutions with 108 student-athletes on the 2012 America East Fall Academic Honor Roll (minimum 3.0 GPA) with women’s cross country (29 representatives), men’s cross country (15), field hockey (15) and volleyball (13) all recording the highest total by sport. Also of note, sophomore Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) was distinguished in April as the America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women’s swimming and diving.
The Academic Cup, established by the America East Board of Directors in 1995, is presented to the institution whose student-athletes record the highest grade-point-average during that academic year.
The University of Hartford captured its second consecutive Academic Cup with a 3.24 GPA. UNH was followed by Binghamton University and University of Vermont (3.12 each), University of Maine (3.11), Stony Brook University (3.08), Boston University (3.07), University at Albany (3.01) and UMBC (2.83).
The league’s 3,400-plus student-athletes combined to record a 3.08 GPA – the highest single-year mark in America East history – and 101 of 149 teams compiled a GPA higher than 3.0 during the 2012-13 season.
UNH became the first institution to win back-to-back America East Academic Cups in the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 academic years.
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 on its Academic Honor Roll with those achieving a 3.50 average or better receiving Commissioner’s Honor Roll status.