ANNAPOLIS, Md. – For the fifth time in seven years, the UMBC athletic program finished in the top four amongst America East Conference institutions in the battle for the 2011-12 Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner’s Cup, the conference announced this evening at its annual awards dinner in Annapolis, Md.
Moreover, UMBC Athletics recorded its best yearly grade-point average at 3.00 as the conference also released the league’s annual Academic Cup results.
In the closest race in conference history, Boston University claimed the 2011-12 Commissioner’s Cup by just two points over University at Albany. The University of Hartford edged the University ofVermont by a narrow margin to capture the Academic Cup.
“I am extremely proud of our student-athletes- it is obviously a landmark year for our program in the classroom,” Director of Athletics Dr. Charles Brown said. “Although we are disappointed to be denied a league title, our young student-athletes battled very hard and I know that our best years are in front of us.”
UMBC earned five runner-up finishes, which tied for the most in the league, en route to a fourth-place finish. The Retrievers were runners up in women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming & diving and men’s and women’s tennis. The Retrievers also had top-four finishes in men’s and women’s lacrosse, women’s indoor and outdoor track & field and volleyball.
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.
The UMBC women’s lacrosse team posted the best grade-point average of any of the seven America East squads, recording a mark of 3.21.
For more information on the Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner’s Cup or the America East Academic Awards Program, including the complete list of all academic award recipients, log on to the conference’s official website www.AmericaEast.com.