Saratoga Springs, N.Y. - UMBC Athletics placed fifth in the America East's Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner's Cup race for the 2018-19 campaign. #RetrieverNation captured four titles (men's and women's swimming and diving, men's lacrosse, softball), tying its high mark for AE league championships set in 2007-08. (men's basketball, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's lacrosse)
UMBC's four titles was second to only UAlbany, which captured seven crowns, including four in track and field. Retriever men's soccer and men's basketball reached America East title contests in 2018-19.
The Commissioner's Cup annually recognizes the strongest athletic program in America East as determined by a scoring system that rewards a school for success both during the regular season and championship competition in the conference's 18 sports.
Stony Brook (419) edged UAlbany (398) for the cup, followed by UMass Lowell (276), Vermont (254), UMBC (224), Binghamton (220), UNH (213), Hartford (203) and Maine (155).
UMBC freshman softball sensation Courtney Coppersmith (York, Pa.) and junior men's soccer standout Nick Gumbs (Clarksburg, Md./Damascus) earned places on the America East Helping Hands Team.
Coppersmith, who recently earned UMBC's first ever All-American citation in softball program history, has also excelled off-the-field in her first year in Baltimore. Along with her teammates, she served as a mentor with Special Olympics and helped serve food and select clothes and gifts for Paul's Place, a shelter in downtown Baltimore.
Moreover, America East Pitcher and Rookie of the Year, participated in the STAR program and mentored elementary school students in Baltimore.
Gumbs just produced his best season in the black-and-gold, scoring a game-winning goal versus Villanova and a critical game-tying score in a late season contest at Stony Brook. He is also a three-time Dean's List student-athlete and earned a place on the President's List (4.00 grade-point average) in the spring of 2018.
Along with his squad, Gumbs participated in Kicks for Chase, a fund-raising event for the ARC Northern Chesapeake Region. He also donates his time to Team Up For One, working with the organization to help enhance the quality of life of children with disabilities, chronic and life-threatening illnesses
The America East Helping Hands Team, in its sixth year, was established to recognize a male and female student-athlete from each of the nine America East institutions for their exemplary efforts in the area of community service while remaining in good academic standing.