Williams Wins Directors' Cup; Four Schools Finish in Top Ten

Williams Wins Directors' Cup; Four Schools Finish in Top Ten

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Williams has won the 2016-17 Division III Learfield Sports Directors' Cup, finishing the year with a record 1,335.25 points. The Ephs scored in 18 sports to earn their fifth-straight and 20th trophy in 22 years.


Washington-St. Louis (1,227) and Tufts (926) rounded out the top three. The NESCAC had four institutions in the top 10 as Middlebury placed seventh and Amherst finished eighth.

Williams won a national title in women's tennis, while earning national runner-up honors in women's swimming and diving and rowing. Men's basketball, softball and women's outdoor track and field placed third, while women's indoor track and field, women's cross country and women's golf added fourth place finishes. The Ephs' men's tennis team finished fifth and men's swimming and diving placed seventh and men's cross country was ninth.

Tufts turned in a program-best, third-place finish with 926.75 total points. The Jumbos' top finishes came from its national title in men's soccer and the field hockey and women's basketball teams placing second. Volleyball and men's basketball finished eighth and ninth, respectively. Tufts scored points in 16 sports to finish in the top ten for the fifth straight year and ninth overall.

Middlebury ended in seventh place with 836.50 total points. The Panthers scored in 17 sports, finishing third in men's and women's tennis and adding fifth-place finishes in field hockey, men's basketball and women's ice hockey. This marks the 14th straight year that Middlebury has finished in the top ten.   

Finishing in eighth place with 769.50 total points was Amherst. The Purple & White scored in 13 sports, with the women's basketball team's national championship highlighting the season. The softball team added a fifth place finish to close out the season for the Mammoths. This is the 18th time in 22 years that Amherst has finished in the top ten of the standings.

All 11 institutions from the NESCAC made an appearance in the final 2016-17 standings. Following Williams, Tufts, Middlebury and Amherst are Bates (20th - 540.50), Wesleyan (47th - 357.50), Bowdoin (63rd - 307), Trinity (72nd - 276), Connecticut College (125 - 158.50), Colby (T-169 - 110) and Hamilton (T-169 - 110).

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.