BU Wins Sixth Straight America East Commissioner’s Cup
Terriers also take sportsmanship, service awards| From Commonwealth | By LESLIE FRIDAY
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Boston University swept the America East conference awards this past spring, capturing top honors for its athletic program, sportsmanship, and community service.
This marks the 6th straight year and the 11th time in its history that BU has received the Stuart P. Haskell, Jr., Commissioner’s Cup, which recognizes the strongest athletic programs in America East as determined by a scoring system that allocates points according to a school’s success in the regular season and championship competitions across the conference’s 20 sports. Earning this year’s cup makes BU the winner of the most Commissioner’s Cups in America East history.
In addition to the Commissioner’s Cup, women’s coxswain Alex Thornton (CAS’11) was honored with the America East/College for Every Student (CFES) Service Award, and BU’s swimming and diving teams shared the Sportsmanship Award with all the conference swimming and diving teams for their support of BU diver Bailey O’Brien (SAR’12), who is battling lymphoma. During the February championship, held at UMBC in Baltimore, Md., athletes raised more than $1,500 for the Bailey O’Brien Fund, set up to help Bailey’s family pay for her medical care.
O’Brien is now in remission and returned to BU in the fall.
The Terriers won conference championships this past season in men’s basketball, women’s soccer, women’s tennis, and men’s cross country and took second place in six sports: softball, women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and women’s indoor and outdoor track.