CLEVELAND, Ohio - Williams has won the 2015-16 Division III Learfield Sports Directors' Cup, finishing the year with 1,098.25 points. The Ephs scored in the maximum nine women's sports and seven men's sports to earn their 19th trophy. The Ephs won NCAA Championships in women's cross country and women's soccer.
Williams had second-place finishes in men's cross country and women's tennis and third-place finishes in women's rowing and women's swimming and diving. Men's ice hockey and women's golf had fifth-place showings, while men's swimming and diving and men's indoor track & field placed sixth and seventh, respectively.
The NESCAC had four institutions in the top 10. Following first-place Williams was Tufts in fourth, Middlebury in fifth and Amherst in seventh.
Washington University-St. Louis and Emory rounded the top five. The Bears ended the year with 1,013.00 points, while the Eagles registered 969.00 points.
Tufts turned in a program-best, fourth-place finish with 882.25 total points. The Jumbos' top finishes came from men's lacrosse and women's basketball, which placed second, and men's basketball, which placed fifth. Tufts scored points in 15 sports to finish in the top ten for the fourth straight year and eighth overall.
Middlebury ended in fifth place with 860.50 total points. The Panthers scored in 15 sports, winning national championship in field hockey and women's lacrosse, and finishing second in men's tennis, third in women's tennis and fourth in women's ice hockey. This marks the 13th straight year that Middlebury has finished in the top ten.
Finishing in seventh place with 796.50 total points was Amherst. The Purple & White scored in 13 sports, with their highest finish coming from their men's soccer team, which won the NCAA Championship. They also received third-place finishes from men's and women's basketball and fifth-place finishes from men's lacrosse and women's tennis. This is the 17th time in 21 years that Amherst has finished in the top ten of the standings.
All 11 institutions from the NESCAC made an appearance in the final 2015-16 standings. Following Williams, Tufts, Middlebury and Amherst are Bowdoin (15th - 616.50), Bates (65th - 298.50), Wesleyan (115th - 171.50), Trinity (139th - 140.00), Colby (147th - 129.00), Connecticut College (T-159th - 114.00) and Hamilton (238th - 53.00).
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.