BRETTON WOODS, N.H. – For the fourth time in the last six years, the UMBC Retrievers placed third in the America East Conference Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner’s Cup race.
UMBC’s three championships, recorded in men’s soccer, women’s soccer and men’s cross country, fell one shy of its best showing in championships won in a single year. The Retrievers won four titles (men’s basketball, men’s lacrosse, men’s swimming and diving, women’s swimming and diving) during the 2007-08 academic year.
In 2013-14, UMBC also posted four runner-up finishes, placing second in the sports of volleyball, women’s swimming and diving, men’s lacrosse and men’s outdoor track and field.
The University at Albany has claimed the Cup for the second consecutive year and the third time in school history. 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 Great Danes amassed 369 points, followed by Stony Brook, which recorded 338 points. The Retrievers collected 298 points, which is a 52-point improvement from their third-place finish from a year ago. New Hampshire placed fourth with 283 points, followed by Binghamton (242), Hartford (202), Vermont (190), Maine (170) and first-year member UMass-Lowell (129).
“All of the credit goes to our dedicated student-athletes and coaches at UMBC,” said Director of Athletics Tim Hall. “Congratulations to Albany for their well-earned commissioner’s cup. It was an exciting first year of competition for me to observe in the America East and I know all of our student-athletes and coaches are looking forward to an even better year in 2014-15.”
Notes: UMBC captured 47 America East victories in 2013-14, nine more than last season and second all-time to its top figure of 60 triumphs in 2007-08. The Retrievers have placed third in the Commissioner’s Cup in 2007-08, 2010-11, 2012-13 and 2013-14.