CLEVELAND, Ohio – Tufts leads a contingent of nine NESCAC schools in the final fall standings of the 2018-19 Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup with 353 points. The Jumbos stand in second place overall after winning a national championship in men’s soccer for the third time in the last five years and earning national runner-up honors in field hockey. The Jumbos also finished 12th in women's cross country and 25th in men's cross country. Additionally, the women’s soccer team earned an NCAA berth for the second year in a row.
Johns Hopkins finished first in the fall standings with 475 points. The Blue Jays advanced to the national semifinals in field hockey and football, while also finishing as the runner-up in women’s cross country. Washington-St. Louis (323 points) and Chicago (288.5 points) ranks fourth and fifth, respectively to round out the top five institutions.
Middlebury sits in third place with 345 points courtesy of the field hockey team winning the NCAA title for the second straight year and the women’s soccer team finishing as the national runner-up. The women’s cross country team contributed an eighth-place finish, while the men’s cross country team placed 15th at the national championships. The men’s soccer team also earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament to help the Panthers.
Williams ranks seventh with 267.50 points courtesy of the women's soccer team winning a national title for the second consecutive season. The Ephs’ cross country teams added top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships with the women finishing seven and the men placing eighth. The men’s soccer team was also one of six NESCAC teams to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament field.
Amherst rounds out the list of NESCAC teams in the top 20, finishing in 17th place with 201.50 points. The Mammoths were led by the men’s cross country team's sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championship, while the men’s and women’s soccer teams each advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
Other NESCAC institutions that appear in the fall standings include: Bates in 44th place (105 points), Wesleyan is 69th (73 points), Bowdoin is 79th (64 points), Connecticut College is 101st (50 points) and Colby is 132nd (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.