Portland, Maine- The UMBC athletic program matched its best-ever finish by placing third in the race for the America East Conference’s Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner’s Cup, the league announced this evening at its annual awards dinner.
The Retrievers’ 19-sport program also finished third in 2007-08 and 2010-11 and bested last year’s fourth-place finish. UMBC has finished in the top four of the league in six of the last eight seasons.
I am extremely proud of our athletic program in my final year as athletic director,” Dr. Charles Brown said. “I believe we have established ourselves as a strong, well-rounded, 19-sport program and will continue to progress and the goal to win the Commissioner’s Cup is within our grasp.”
The University at Albany has claimed the Cup for the second 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 20 sports.
The Great Danes, which tied an America East record by winning eight league titles, also captured four regular-season crowns and as many runner-up finishes to help net 390 points. Stony Brook came in second place, earning 300 points, followed by UMBC (246 points) in third, University of New Hampshire (227) in fourth, Binghamton University (220) in fifth, University of Vermont (216) in sixth, University of Hartford (191), University of Maine (169) and Boston University (162).
UMBC won a pair of titles, capturing league crowns in men’s soccer and men’s swimming and diving. It was the second league championship in three seasons for Pete Caringi Jr.’s squad, while Chad Cradock’s team won the coveted title for the ninth time in ten AEC campaigns.
The Retrievers also pulled down a league-high five runners-up finishes in women’s swimming & diving, women’s indoor track & field, men’s lacrosse, men’s tennis and men’s outdoor track & field.