Amherst Places Fourth in Final Directors' Cup Standings
Contact: Justin Long
AMHERST, MA – After the most successful spring season in school history, Amherst College finished in fourth place in the final Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings. This marks the fifth consecutive year in which Amherst has placed in the top four.
After landing in 16th place in the final fall standings, Amherst catapulted to fifth as one of only two schools to earn at least 400 points in the winter. Amherst's 302.50 points this spring surpassed the school's previous record of 285 (2006-07).
With 889.50 points—the third-highest total in school history—Amherst finished behind only Williams (1,147), Middlebury (1,063.17) and Washington-St. Louis (964) in the final team standings. Calvin rounds out the top five with 762.25 points.
Leading the spring charge for Amherst was the men’s tennis team, which earned 100 points by winning the program’s first-ever national title. The women’s tennis team added 90 points by finishing in second place at the NCAA Championship, while the men’s outdoor track & field team picked up 42.5 points by tying for 31st at the national meet. Factoring into the Directors’ Cup standings for the first time is Amherst’s men’s lacrosse team, which earned 70 points by advancing to the national quarterfinals.
The NESCAC finished atop the conference standings, as Williams, Middlebury and Amherst each placed in the top five for the fifth consecutive year. Bowdoin (573.50 points) came in at No. 22 in the standings and was followed by No. 25 Tufts (467.42), No. 77 Bates (229.67), No. 116 Colby (173), No. 128 Hamilton (157), No. 141 Trinity (134), No. 149 Connecticut College (120.67) and No. 232 Wesleyan (55).
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 at the NCAA Championships in up to 18 sports—nine men’s and nine women’s.
To view complete standings and learn about the scoring structure, visit the NACDA website.
Also, be sure to check out the best Amherst sports moments from 2010-11.
2010-11 Directors’ Cup Standings (Top 5)
1. Williams – 1,147
2. Middlebury – 1,063.17
3. Washington-St. Louis – 964
4. Amherst – 889.50
5. Calvin – 762.25
Amherst’s Scoring Teams
Men’s Tennis – 1st (100 Points)
Women’s Basketball – 1st (100 Points)
Women’s Tennis – 2nd (90 Points)
Men’s Swimming & Diving – 6th (73.5 Points)
Men’s Indoor Track & Field – 6th (73.5 Points)
Men’s Basketball – 5th (70 Points)
Men’s Lacrosse – 5th (70 Points)
Women’s Swimming & Diving – 9th (69 Points)
Women’s Cross Country – 8th (66 Points)
Men’s Soccer – 9th (64 Points)
Volleyball – 17th (50 Points)
Men’s Outdoor Track & Field – 31st (42.5 Points)
Women’s Indoor Track & Field – 55th (18 Points)