Ephs Sports Wins Third Straight Division III LSDC Standings; NESCAC finishes with Four Institutions in the Top 10
CLEVELAND – The Ephs of Williams wins its 18th Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. They have now won back-to-back titles and 18 out of 20 awarded since 1995-96. Williams will be honored at the 2015 NACDA Convention during the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, June 16.
Williams finished with 1053 total points and scored in the maximum 18 sports highlighted by national championships in women’s golf and women’s tennis. They placed second in women’s soccer, third in both men’s and women’s swimming & diving, fifth in women’s rowing, fifth in women’s volleyball, sixth in men’s cross country, eighth in women’s cross country, 10th in wrestling, 12th in men’s outdoor track & field, 17th in softball, 21st in women’s outdoor track & field, 55th in men’s indoor track & field. The Ephs had one score (women’s basketball) omitted due to the nine maximum allowed for women’s and men’s sports.
Finishing in second place is Johns Hopkins with 1016.75 total points, scoring in the maximum 18 sports. The Blue Jays completed the spring placing in the following sports; 3rd in men’s lacrosse (division I),fifth in men’s outdoor track & field, fifth in men’s tennis, ninth in women’s tennis, 13th in women’s outdoor track & field, 17th in baseball and 17th in women’s lacrosse (division I). One men’s score was omitted, men’s outdoor track & field, due to the maximum number allowed for men’s sports.
MIT takes home third place finishing with 944 total points in 15 sports. The Engineers finished the spring placing in the following sports; fifth in men’s tennis, fifth in women’s outdoor track and field, ninth in baseball, 17th in women’s lacrosse, 17th in softball, 17th in men’s tennis and 27th in men’s outdoor track & field.
Washington-St. Louis, with 961 points, finishes in fourth place scoring in 16 sports. The Bears had one score omitted due to the nine maximum allowed for women’s and men’s sports – softball. They completed their spring placing third in men’s tennis, third in women’s outdoor track & field, 17th in women’s tennis, 32nd in baseball and 33rd in men’s outdoor track & field.
Rounding out the top five is Amherst with 918.50 total points. The Lord Jeffs finished their spring season placing in the following sports; third in women’s tennis, fifth in men’s tennis, fifth in men’s lacrosse and 32nd in baseball.
The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) leads all conferences with four institutions in the top 10; Williams (1st), Amherst (5th), Middlebury (7th) and Tufts (9th).
All 12spring Division III championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: baseball – SUNY Cortland; rowing – Bates; softball – Tufts; women’s outdoor track & field – Wisconsin La Crosse; men’s outdoor track & field – St. Augustine’s; women’s golf – Williams; men’s golf – Methodist; men’s volleyball – Stevens; men’s lacrosse – Tufts; women’s lacrosse – SUNY Cortland; women’s tennis – Williams; men’s tennis – Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
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.
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