Stony Brook records best Commissioner's Cup finish in program history


June 4, 2014

Bretton Woods, N.H. - The Stony Brook University Department of Athletics placed second in the America East Stuart P. Haskell Jr., Commissioner's Cup, finishing with a school all-time high of 349 points, the conference announced at its annual award dinner on Mount Washington Tuesday evening.

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 19 sports.

The 349 points bests Stony Brook's previous high of 328 points, set in 2009-10. This is the department's third second-place finish, also earning the runner-up spot in 2009-10 and 2012-13. Of the nine member schools, Stony Brook had the most regular season championships (four) and appeared in the most tournament championship games (eight).

The women's soccer team claimed its first-ever America East regular season championship, sharing the title with UMBC after a 6-2-0 season in conference play. The #Seawolves were led by the conference's leading goal scorer Larissa Nysch and America East Goalkeeper of the Year Ashley Castanio, who helped the team reach a second consecutive tournament final.

The women's cross country team placed second at the America East Championship, marking the program's 12th consecutive finish in the top three, which includes six championship titles. The team was led by senior Olivia Burne, who won the individual championship.

The men's basketball team was runner-up in America East both in the regular season and the conference tournament, producing another dominating season in the conference. The team's 13-3 record marked the fourth time in five years that the program won 13 or more games in conference. The #Seawolves, led by America East Player of the Year Jameel Warney, also produced their fourth 20-win season in the last five years and earned a national postseason bid for the third consecutive season.

The women's basketball team continued its rise with a Div. I program record 24 wins alongside a 13-3 conference record that was good for second place in America East. Led by America East Defensive Player of the Year Chikilra Goodman, the #Seawolves reached the championship final for the first time since 2002 and then earned their first national postseason bid since 2006 with a berth into the WNIT. The team has gone from four wins two years ago to 24 wins this season, marking the best two-year turnaround in the country.

The women's tennis team continued its dominance over America East, capturing its third consecutive tournament championship after topping NJIT in the final. Led by America East Player of the Year and Tournament Most Outstanding Player Polina Movchan, the #Seawolves went to their third consecutive NCAA Tournament.

The men's tennis team posted a strong showing by earning a runner-up finish in the America East Championship. Led by America East Rookie of the Year Raphael Termat, the #Seawolves earned their eighth all-time appearance in the title round.

The women's lacrosse team produced back-to-back regular season and tournament titles in America East, sharing the regular season crown with Albany and then beating the Great Danes in the tournament final to secure the program's second-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Led by America East Defensive Player of the Year and All-American Frankie Caridi, the #Seawolves also won a first-round NCAA Tournament game for the second straight year with a win over Towson.

The softball team dominated the regular season with a 15-2 record en route to the program's second-ever regular season championship. Led by America East Pitcher of the Year Allison Cukrov, the #Seawolves reeled off 15 straight wins during the regular season and finished the year with a 34-18 mark and a runner-up finish in the tournament.

The baseball team also dominated the regular season, taking the regular season championship with an 18-5 record while leading the conference in most offensive categories. Led by America East Player of the Year Kevin Krause, the #Seawolves produced a sparkling 19-3 record at home and garnered its third-ever runner-up finish in the tournament.

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, tennis, track & field, swimming & 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.

Final 2013-14 America East Commissioner's Cup Standings

Rank School Points
1. Albany 369
2. Stony Brook 349
3. UMBC 298
4. New Hampshire 268
5. Binghamton 242
6. Vermont 209
7. Hartford 202
8. Maine 170
9. UMass Lowell 129