June 9, 2009
AE Commissioner Cup Points Breakdown
BURLINGTON, Vt. - For the fourth consecutive year and the seventh time in the last eight, Boston University has captured the America East Stuart P. Haskell, J. Commissioner's Cup as the top athletic program in the conference, the league announced Tuesday evening during its annual meeting.
The Terriers, who won a conference-best seven championships, four regular-season titles and four runner-up finishes during the 2008-09 season, tallied 396 points, the most in four years under the current scoring system and most overall since BU earned 426 points during the 2001-02 campaign.
University at Albany placed second for the third straight year with 353 points, just ahead of Binghamton University, which claimed third for the second time in three years with 339 points. Stony Brook University (275 points) edged out New Hampshire (272) for fourth place, followed by University of Vermont (253), UMBC (241), University of Maine (175) and University of Hartford (156).
"Congratulations to our student-athletes, coaches and staff on yet another banner year in Terrier Athletics," Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics Mike Lynch said. "This is the punctuation on not only a terrific year of competition, but also the culmination for a senior class who end their collegiate careers having won four consecutive Commissioner's Cups."
BU swept the regular-season and tournament titles in three different sports, including men's and women's soccer as well as women's lacrosse. The Terriers also won championships in women's indoor track & field, women's swimming & diving, women's tennis and softball.
The women's basketball team made history of its own as the regular-season champion by becoming the fourth squad in the America East to complete the conference slate unbeaten. The Terriers also earned runner-up finishes in women's hoops, women's cross country, men's swimming & diving and golf.
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 20th year, and BU has won it a total of nine 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 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 fewer points; third place receives eight fewer 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 fewer points; third place receives four fewer 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 fewer points; third place gets four fewer points and so on down to the last place team which receives two points.