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.