The University at Albany has been awarded the 2004-05 Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner’s Cup it was announced today (June 2) by Julie Ruppert, Interim Commissioner of America East. It is the first such award for the Great Danes, who recently completed their fourth season in the conference. 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 at championship competition in the conference’s 22 sports.

Albany totaled 380 points to unseat Boston University, which had 368 points and had won each of the last three Commissioner's Cups. Binghamton University (357) was third, followed by University of Maine (332), Northeastern University (316), University of New Hampshire (308), Stony Brook University (266), University of Vermont (242), UMBC (236) and University of Hartford (151).

Albany’s point total was bolstered by championships in volleyball, men's lacrosse, men's outdoor track and field, and softball. In addition, the Great Danes were runners-up in men's indoor track and field, and women's golf. The men's soccer, volleyball, men's lacrosse and softball teams either won or shared the regular-season titles.

"The Commissioner's Cup represents the hard work, dedication and tireless efforts of UAlbany's student-athletes, coaches, administrative staff and campus leadership," said Dr. Lee McElroy, Director of Athletics at Albany. "This teamwork approach has allowed us to build a comprehensive athletic program for men and women that strives for excellence with the goal of performing at a consistent level."

Boston University also won four championships as the women's cross country, men's soccer, women's tennis and women's lacrosse teams each earned titles. Binghamton was victorious in women's soccer, men's tennis and men's golf. Maine saw it's men's cross country and baseball teams earn championships.

Other institutions to win sports championships included Northeastern (field hockey, women's indoor track and field, men's indoor track and field, and women's outdoor track and field), New Hampshire (women's swimming and diving), Vermont (men's basketball), UMBC (men's swimming and diving) and Hartford (women's basketball, women's 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 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 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 less points; third place gets four less points and so on down to the last place team which receives two points