CLEVELAND, Ohio - Williams has won the 2018-19 Division III Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup, finishing the year with 1,117.00 points. The Ephs scored in 17 sports to earn their seventh-straight and 22nd trophy in 24 years.
Johns Hopkins (1083.75) and Washington-St. Louis (1032.75) rounded out the top three. The NESCAC had four institutions in the top-10 and six schools finished among the top-20. Middlebury placed fourth and was followed by Tufts and Amherst in seventh and eighth place, respectively. Wesleyan placed 14th, its highest finish in school history, and Bowdoin was 18th.
Williams earned 373.00 points in the spring season. The Ephs had 12 teams finish in the top-10 nationally. The year was highlighted by women's soccer and women's indoor track & field winning national championships. Williams also posted top-10 finishes in women's golf (2nd), men's lacrosse (3rd), women's swimming & diving (4th), softball (5th), men's basketball (5th), women's ice hockey (6th), and women's outdoor track & field (10th).
Middlebury finished in fourth place with 941.75 points, marking its 16th-straight top-10 finish. The Panthers won national championships in field hockey and women's lacrosse and finished as the national runner-up in women's soccer. The men's and women's tennis teams each finished third in the country, while the women's cross country (8th) and ski teams (10th) also contributed top-10 finishes this season.
Tufts turned in a seventh-place finish with 884.33 points. The Jumbos' season was highlighted by the men's soccer team winning a national title, a runner-up performance by the field hockey team, and a third-place finish in women's lacrosse. Tufts teams also earned top-10 finishes in women's basketball (5th), men's lacrosse (5th), and women's tennis (9th). Tufts finished in the top-10 for the seventh straight year and 11th year overall.
Amherst's eighth-place finish with 879.25 points marked the 13th consecutive year and 20th time in 23 years the Mammoths have finished in the top-10 in the standings. Amherst posted top-10 finished in 11 different sports, highlighted by the men's lacrosse team's national runner-up performance.
All 11 NESCAC institutions made an appearance in the final 2018-19 standings. Following Williams, Middlebury, Tufts, and Amherst were: Wesleyan (14th - 602.00), Bowdoin (18th - 565.50), Bates (42nd - 395.50), Colby (102nd - 188.50), Trinity (105th - 185.00), Hamilton (155th - 128.00), and Connecticut College (177th - 110.00)
Points in the Directors' Cup competition are awarded based on a school's finish in NCAA Championship events or selected other national championship competitions. Under the current scoring structure in NCAA Division III, a school must count the number of points earned in men's and women's soccer and men's and women's basketball. If one or more of those teams does not make the NCAA Tournament then that school is credited with zero points. Those four sports are highlighted in the NCAA Division III scoring structure because they are the four most sponsored sports in NCAA Division III. After accounting for the points of the four sports the schools are allowed to add in points for their 14 highest point winners, regardless of gender. To view complete standings and learn about the scoring structure, visit the NACDA website.