CLEVELAND, Ohio – Tufts leads a contingent of nine NESCAC schools in the final fall standings of the 2019-20 Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup with 354.5 points. The Jumbos stand in second place overall after winning a national championship in men’s soccer for the second consecutive season. Tufts qualified five teams for NCAA competition during the fall 2019 season.
Johns Hopkins finished first in the fall standings with 481 points. The Blue Jays won national championships in women's cross country and volleyball while finishing in the top five in men's cross country, field hockey, and women's soccer. Chicago (322.5 points), MIT (311 points), and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (305.5 points) round out the top five institutions.
Middlebury sits in sixth place with 305 points courtesy of the field hockey team winning the NCAA title for the third straight year. Williams ranks 10th with 243 points. The Ephs were led by the men's and women's cross country teams each finishing third at the NCAA Championships and the women's soccer team placing fifth overall. Amherst rounds out the list of NESCAC teams in the top 20, finishing in 20th place with 191 points. The highlight of the Mammoths' fall season was the runner-up finish by the men’s soccer team.
Other NESCAC institutions that appear in the fall standings include: Bates in 47th place (103.5 points), Wesleyan is 51st (101 points), Bowdoin (73 points) and Connecticut College (73 points) are tied for 74th, and Colby is 80th (58.5 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.