BOSTON ó  Six league titles, one runner-up finish and three regular-season titles by its women’s programs has led Boston University to the 2006-07 Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner’s Cup. For the second-straight year and fifth time in the last six years, the Terriers earn the conference award that annually recognizes the highest scoring athletic program in America East as determined by a points system, which rewards a school for success both during the regular season and at championship competition in the league’s 22 sports.  Full standings.

In the closest margin in conference history, Boston U. tallied 358 points to outdistance second-place University at Albany (353) by just five points. Binghamton University was third with 302 points, followed by UMBC (271), University of Vermont (265), Stony Brook University (259), University of New Hampshire (241), University of Maine (228) and University of Hartford (199).

The Terriers won six women’s league championships to bolster their point total. Boston U. took home the conference crown in women’s cross country,  field hockey, women’s indoor track & field, women’s tennis, women’s golf and women’s lacrosse. The Terriers were also runners up in women’s soocer, while winning regular-season titles in field hockey, women’s lacrosse and softball.

By virtue of a record-tying eight conference titles, including five this spring, Albany finishes just shy of capturing its second commissioner’s cup in its six-year history in America East. The Great Danes took home the conference crown in volleyball, men’s indoor track & field, men’s basketball, men’s lacrosse, men’s & women’s outdoor track & field, softball and baseball. In addition, they finished runners up in women’s indoor track & field and women’s lacrosse.

The Bearcats won just one league title (men’s soccer), but boasted three runner-up finishes in the sports of men’s swimming & diving, men’s golf and baseball. In addition, Binghamton captured the regular-season titles in men’s soccer and baseball.

UMBC finished in fourth place for the second year in a row. The Retrievers won league championships in men’s swimming & diving, women’s swimming & diving, women’s basketball and men’s tennis. UMBC  had runner-up finishes in volleyball, men’s lacrosse, women’s tennis and softball and was co-champion in men’s lacrosse.

Vermont improved three spots from last year thanks in part to a pair of runner-up performances (men’s soccer and men’s basketball) and the regular-season title in men’s basketball. Stony Brook garnered two runner-up showings (men’s soccer and men’s tennis) in 2006-07 and was regular-season co-champion in women’s lacrosse.

UNH won the men’s cross country championship and finished as runners up in women’s cross country, men’s indoor track & field, women’s indoor track & field, and men’s outdoor track & field. Maine (women’s soccer and field hockey runners up) and Hartford (women’s soccer conference and regular-season champs, men’s golf champs and women’s golf, women’s basketball runners up) rounded out the nine-school field.

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.