CLEVELAND, Ohio – Middlebury leads a contingent of 10 NESCAC schools in the final fall standings of the 2017-18 Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup with 301 points. The Panthers stand in third place overall after winning a national championship in field hockey, placing 11th in women's cross country and 15th in men's cross country. Additionally, the men's and women's soccer teams earned NCAA berths.
Tufts rounds out the list of NESCAC teams in the top-15, finishing in 14th place with 220 points. The Jumbos were led by the women’s cross country team's seventh-place finish at the NCAA meet, while the men’s soccer team advanced to the national quarterfinals. The women's soccer and volleyball teams also earned NCAA berths.
Other NESCAC institutions that appear in the fall standings include: Amherst in 31st place (144.0 points), Trinity is 74th (70 points), Bates is 77th (66 points), Connecticut College and Wesleyan are tied for 91st (50 points), and Bowdoin and Hamilton are tied for 126th (25 points).
The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports -- nine women's and nine men's. The first Division III winter standings will be released mid-March.