Cambridge, Mass. – Coming off its best fall season in its NCAA Division I school history, UMBC Athletics stands in second place, just one point behind New Hampshire, in the race for the Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. America East Commissioner’s Cup.
New Hampshire sits atop the conference with 149 points, followed by UMBC at 148. Stony Brook (108) and Albany (107) are also separated by one point in third and fourth place respectively. Hartford (5th, 87, Binghamton (T6th, 68), Vermont (T6, 68), Maine (8th, 53) and league newcomer UMass Lowell (30) round out the fall standings.
The Retrievers and Wildcats each won three of the six fall championships conducted by the conference. UMBC captured the regular season and tournament titles in men’s and women’s soccer (co-regular season champion) and edged host Binghamton for the men’s cross country title.
The UMBC volleyball team finished in second place and was the conference runner-up, dropping a hard-fought, 3-2 title match at UNH. The women’s cross country team finished a best-ever fifth amongst all nine programs competing for that title.
UNH won championships in women’s cross country, field hockey and volleyball.
All five UMBC programs matched or set new best finishes in their 11th conference campaign.
UMBC matched its best-ever finish by placing third in the race for the Commissioner’s Cup in 2012-13.
The Retrievers’ 19-sport program also finished third in 2007-08 and 2010-11 and has finished in the top four of the league in six of the last eight seasons.
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 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.