Friday, January 20th, 2017

Williams Leads Division III LSDC Standings; University Athletic Association Has Three Institutions in Top 10

CLEVELAND – Williams continues to lead fall Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings with 376 total points. In the most recent championships, the Ephs finished third in men’s soccer and ninth in women’s soccer.

In second place is Williams conference foe Middlebury (Vt.) with 310 points. The Panthers tallied a third place showing in women’s soccer.

Trinity (Tex.) jumped from 20th in the first set of standings to third after finishing second and fifth in women’s and men’s soccer, respectively, increasing its point total to 281.

Calvin (Mich.)
is in fourth with 269 points, finishing 17th overall in women’s soccer.

Rounding out the top five is Johns Hopkins with 264 points, earning 73 points in women’s soccer.

The University Athletic Association (UAA) is leading the way with three of its institutions currently in the top 10. Washington is in sixth, Emory in seventh and Chicago in ninth.

To date, six fall NCAA championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: women’s cross country – Johns Hopkins (Md.); men’s cross country – St. Olaf; field hockey – Bowdoin; volleyball – Calvin; women’s soccer – William Smith; men’s soccer – Messiah.

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 fall standings will be released Tuesday, December 24.

Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the fall season. Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA’s website at www.directorscup.org. In addition, please visit www.thedirectorscup.com, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/lsdirectorscup or follow us on Twitter @lsdirectorscup.

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