GVSU and Williams Capture Learfield Directors’ Cup Titles
CLEVELAND – Grand Valley State won its 11th Division II Learfield Directors’ Cup this year, successfully defending its 2014-15 title. The Ephs of Williams wins its 19th Division III Learfield Directors’ Cup, capturing its 19th title out of 21 that have been awarded since 1995-96. Both Grand Valley State and Williams will be honored at the 2016 NACDA Convention during the Learfield Directors’ Cup Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, June 14.
The Lakers tallied 1070 total points, scoring in the maximum 14 sports, including a national championship in women’s soccer, a runner-up finish in women’s cross country and 11 top five finishes. GVSU has five scores omitted due to the seven maximum allowed for women’s (volleyball, lacrosse, softball and tennis) and men’s sports (men’s golf). Saint Leo finishes the year in second place, its highest-ever finish in the Cup standings. Saint Leo scored in 13 total sports, including a national championship in men’s golf and runner-up finish in men’s tennis. UC San Diego ends the year in third place with 646 total points, scoring in 13 total sports with its highest finish coming in women’s swimming (3rd). This is the Tritons third top three finish in the standings. For the second time in Directors’ Cup history, California Baptist has finished in the top-five in the final standings, recording 611.25 total points and scoring in 12 total sports. Rounding out the top five for the second consecutive year is Minnesota State Mankato with 595.50 total points with its highest finish coming in wrestling (9th).
The Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) finishes with two institutions ranked in the top-10, Lewis and Indianapolis.
Williams scored in 16 (9 women’s/7 men’s) of the maximum 18 sports, having one score omitted on the women’s side due to scoring in 10 total women’s sports. The Ephs recorded a pair of national titles on the women’s side, cross country and soccer, and recorded a runner-up finish in men’s cross country, its highest finish on the men’s side. Washington-St. Louis finished second overall for the third time in Cup history, recording 1013 total points, with its highest finish coming in women’s soccer (2nd). The Bears scored in 15 of 18 sports. Emory scored 969 points to finish third overall for the first time in Cup history. The Eagles captured two national championships on the women’s side, swimming and tennis. For the first time since the inception of the Cup, Tufts has finished in the top five with 882.25 total points. Tufts scored in 15 total sports with its highest finish coming on the women’s side, second in basketball. Finishing out the top five is Middlebury with 860.50 total points, scoring in 15 total sports, including national titles in field hockey and women’s lacrosse. This is the 15th time in Cup history that Middlebury has finished in the top five.
The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) led all conferences with four institutions in the top 10.
The Learfield 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 14 sports in Division II – seven men’s and seven women’s; and 18 sports in Division III – nine women’s and nine men’s.
Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring 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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