KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The UMKC Athletics department finished fifth in the 2018-19 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Commissioner's Cup standings, announced by the league offices Wednesday. The Roos wrapped up the year with 79.25 points, powered behind two conference championships. The Roos won the women's soccer regular-season title under the direction of head coach Chris Cissell and the postseason tournament in men's golf led by head coach J.W. VanDenBorn. The two conference championships tied for fourth-most in the nine-team league.
The Roo women's soccer team established a school-record for wins last fall with a 16-5-0 record. The conference championship was the second-straight for the club. The team landed six individuals on the All-WAC team, including a conference-record five on the First Team. Roo athletes won all four major WAC postseason awards: Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year.
The men's golf program collected its second-straight WAC title and fifth overall conference championship. Sophomore Paul Foulquie, one of three returning golfers from the 2018 championship team, shot the third-lowest score in the tournament with a one-under par 212 (73-67-72). The effort was his best finish of the 2018-19 season. Also, McCain Schellhardt was the 2019 WAC Golfer of the Year and All-WAC First Team selection after leading the league in stroke average.
The Roos finished in the top four of the WAC standings in 10 of 16 sports in 2018-19. UMKC wrapped up its sixth year as members of the WAC.
Grand Canyon claimed the Cup with 109.75 total points, winning a combination of eight regular-season and tournament championships.
The WAC awards its Commissioner's Cup to the school that performs the best in each of the conference's 19 men's and women's championships. Points are awarded in order of finish, equal to the number of teams that participate in each sport and are averaged between a team’s regular season finish (if applicable) and its WAC championship finish. Teams that do not qualify for a postseason tournament due to a smaller field, receive postseason points equal to their regular season finish. Teams that are ineligible for the postseason will receive zero postseason points but can still earn regular season points. Ties are not broken but instead are averaged between the tied teams. Affiliate members are not eligible for the Commissioner’s Cup but their standings will still be used for determining points.
All-Time WAC Commissioner Cup Finishes
- 2018-19: 5th (79.25)
- 2017-18: 4th (75.75)
- 2016-17: 2nd (84.50)
- 2015-16: 4th (79.75)
- 2014-15: 3rd (84.75)
- 2013-14: 5th (75.75)