Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Middlebury Takes Lead in Spring Division III

CLEVELAND – Middlebury (Vt.) took the top place in the first set of spring Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings with 811.00 total points. The Panthers increased their position with a third place finish in women’s lacrosse and a 21st place finish in men’s golf.

Amherst (Mass.) is now in second place with 757.75 total points. The Lord Jeffs placed ninth in women’s lacrosse and 25th place in softball.

Sitting in third place is Washington (Mo.) with 744.50 total points. The Bears finished 13th in women’s golf.

The Ephs from Williams (Mass.) are in fourth place with 603.00 total points. Williams finished fifth in women’s golf.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology rounds out the top five with 542.75 total points. The Engineers have not scored any points in the spring championships to date.

The New England Small College Athletic Conference has four institutions in the top 10. Following first place Middlebury (Vt.) is Amherst (Mass.) in second, Williams (Mass.) in fourth and Tufts (Mass.) in ninth.

To date, five spring NCAA championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: women’s golf – Methodist (N.C.); men’s golf – Ogelthorpe (Ga.); women’s lacrosse – Trinity (Conn.); softball – Pacific Lutheran (Wash.); men’s volleyball – Springfield (Mass.).

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 final Division III standings will be published June 7.

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