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BU finishes fourth in America East Academic Cup
June 14, 2012
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VESTAL, N.Y. – The America East released its two end-of-year Cup standings Wednesday evening and Binghamton showed its student-athlete balance with notable finishes in each metric. The Bearcats placed fourth (out of nine) in the Academic Cup with a 3.11 overall grade-point average and took fifth in the Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner’s Cup for overall athletics excellence.
Binghamton was the only America East member school to place among the top-5 in both competitions.
“We are proud of the academic and athletic achievements of our student-athletes during the 2011-12 year,” Director of Athletics Patrick Elliott said. “We had many special accomplishments on the fields and in the classroom culminated by achieving a 3.10 GPA for a fourth-straight year. These accomplishments speak to the academic commitment and leadership of our staff and student-athletes. Additionally, with their meaningful community service and citizenship, our student-athletes truly embrace the vision of ‘excellence with honor.’”
The Academic Cup was won by Hartford, which posted a 3.16 GPA. Vermont was second with a 3.15 GPA, followed by New Hampshire (3.14), Binghamton (3.11) and Maine (3.04) in the top-5. Boston University (3.03), UMBC (3.00), Stony Brook (2.98) and Albany (2.93) rounded out the list of schools.
The Bearcats, who have won two Academic Cups, had the most teams record a 3.0 or higher GPA with 15 of 19 teams hitting that plateau. Three Binghamton teams maintained the highest GPA among their respective sports, led by the men’s tennis team (3.50), which produced the highest GPA of any male sport in the entire conference. Also posting the highest GPA among their peers were the men’s soccer team (3.16) and women’s tennis team (3.19).
It marked the fourth straight year that Binghamton student-athletes have eclipsed the 3.10 mark and the fourth time in the last six years that BU has earned a top-4 position in the conference.
In the Commissioner’s Cup competition, which awards points based on regular season standing and championship placement in the America East’s 20 sports, the Bearcats held down fifth place. Boston captured its seventh straight Cup with 397 points, edging runnerup Albany (395). Stony Brook was third with 331 points, followed by UMBC (232) and Binghamton (224) in the top-5. It marks the ninth consecutive year that Binghamton has finished among the top-5.
The women’s basketball team garnered the most Cup points for the Bearcats with 29. The women’s soccer team earned 27 points and the men’s and women’s outdoor track & field teams combined for 30 points. The men’s tennis team captured BU’s lone America East championship and the men’s outdoor track & field team brought home runnerup honors to pace BU’s 19 conference teams.
BU in America East Academic Cup
2001-02 1st of 9 (3.05)
2002-03 1st of 9 (3.07)
2003-04 4th of 10 (3.02)
2004-05 6th of 10 (2.96)
2005-06 6th of 9 (2.97)
2006-07 3rd of 9 (3.06)
2007-08 5th of 9 (3.04)
2008-09 2nd of 9 (3.12)
2009-10 3rd of 9 (3.11)
2010-11 6th of 9 (3.10)
2011-12 4th of 9 (3.11)
BU in America East Commissioner’s Cup
2002-03 9th of 9 (first full year in conference)
2003-04 4th of 10
2004-05 3rd of 10
2005-06 2nd of 9
2006-07 3rd of 9
2007-08 4th of 9
2008-09 3rd of 9
2009-10 4th of 9
2010-11 4th of 9
2011-12 5th of 9