CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—After winning three America East championships during the winter season, UMBC has leapt into third place in the America East Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner’s Cup standings. The Commissioner’s Cup annually recognizes the strongest athletic program in America East as determined by a scoring system which rewards schools for success both during the regular season and at championship competition in the conference’s 20 sports.
UMBC, which was tied for sixth place following the fall season, now ranks third with 187 points. Boston University, which has won five straight Commissioner’s Cups, is in the lead with 284 points and holds a 63-point advantage over Albany, which has 221 points following the six winter championships. New Hampshire (183) is in fourth place, just four points behind UMBC, followed by Stony Brook (178), Binghamton (170), Maine (134), Vermont (131) and Hartford (130).
The Retrievers earned the second-most points (101) of any school during the winter behind the Terriers’ 148. UMBC swept the men’s and women’s swimming and diving title for the third time in the last five years and also earned the most points of any school in women’s basketball (49), winning its first-ever America East regular-season crown and reaching the semifinals of the league championship for the first time since 2007.
In the fall, UMBC collected the most points in men’s soccer (40) by finishing second in the regular season and winning its first-ever league championship. The Retrievers also played for the volleyball title for the second time in five years.
UMBC finished sixth in the 2010 Commissioner’s Cup standings and was in eighth place through the winter championships at this time last year. The Retrievers’ highest-ever finish was third in 2008.
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 time 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.
In sports where regular-season round robin competition is not conducted (cross country, tennis, track and field, swimming and 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 receives four less points, and so on.
The Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner’s Cup is named in honor of the first commissioner of America East. Haskell served as commissioner of the conference from 1987 until his retirement in 1997.