June 7, 2011
Commissioner's Cup Standings/Points Breakdown
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - Setting a new mark for athletic excellence in the America East, Boston University captured its record-breaking 11th Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner's Cup in 2011, the league announced Tuesday evening at the conference's annual meetings. The Terriers, which passed Delaware for the most Cups in league history, have now won six straight Cups and nine in the last 10 years.
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 championship competition in the conference's 20 sports.
"All of Boston University's America East programs contributed to our success this year and some had their best season in quite some time," said Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics Mike Lynch. "The hard work of our coaches and student-athletes makes this possible and I couldn't be more proud of our department."
For the first time since 2005-06, every America East school won a conference championship or regular-season title. The Terriers compiled four America East Championships, three regular-season crowns and six runner-up finishes to help net 388 points, the second most in six years under the current scoring system.
"Congratulations to President Robert Brown, Athletic Director Mike Lynch and all of Boston University's student-athletes, coaches and staff on this tremendous accomplishment," said America East Interim Commissioner Shonna Brown. "Setting a new conference standard for overall athletic excellence is always impressive, but to accomplish the feat in a year that was as competitive as any in recent memory, makes it even more special."
University at Albany came in second with 353 points with UMBC earning 289 points for third place. Binghamton University took fourth place with 281 points and was followed in fifth place by Stony Brook University with 268 points. University of New Hampshire (226 points), University of Maine (194), University of Hartford (176) and University of Vermont (167) rounded out the field.
The Terriers swept regular-season and tournament titles in women's soccer for the fourth straight year and won its 18th consecutive women's tennis title. They also captured the men's cross country crown and won the men's basketball title, their first since 2002.
BU's men's soccer and softball programs won regular-season titles while softball, women's basketball, men's and women's swimming & diving and women's indoor & outdoor track field were runners-up at their respective 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 cup is now in its 22nd year, and BU has won it a total of 11 times while finishing runner-up seven other times. The Terriers have never finished lower than third in the point standings.
The scoring system for the 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, 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.
2011 Final Stuart P. Haskell, Jr.
Commissioner's Cup Standings
Rank Team Points
1. Boston University - 388
2. Albany - 353
3. UMBC - 289
4. Binghamton - 281
5. Stony Brook - 268
6. New Hampshire - 226
7. Maine - 194
8. Hartford - 176
9. Vermont - 167