Amherst 16th in Directors' Cup Final Fall Standings

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AMHERST, MA – Amherst College found itself in 16th place when the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics released its final fall standings of the Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup this morning.

Amherst’s 180 points were earned based on results in NCAA Championship competition. Washington University (Mo.) leads all schools with 336 points, followed closely by Calvin (Mich.) and Middlebury (Vt.), which earned 327 and 325 points, respectively.

Leading the charge for Amherst in the fall was its women’s cross country team, which earned 66 points toward the Directors’ Cup standings by placing eighth at the NCAA Championships. Ali Simeone ’13 finished the 6-kilometer course in a time of 21:28.7 to earn her first All-America honor, as the Jeffs had their best finish since winning the national title in 2007.

Earning 64 points for Amherst was the men’s soccer team, which advanced to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament. Using the NESCAC’s most potent offense (2.37 gpg), the Jeffs posted a 13-2-4 record and qualified for the national tournament for a fifth consecutive year. Amherst shut out Plattsburgh in the opening round and used a hat trick from James Mooney ’12 to get past a tough Saint Lawrence squad, but Bowdoin would end the Jeffs’ season by advancing on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw.

Accounting for Amherst’s final 50 points was the volleyball team, which advanced to the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament. The Jeffs put together a 16-match winning streak during the regular season and finished with a 25-4 record (.862), marking the highest single-season winning percentage of head coach Sue Everden’s 25-year career. Middle hitter Laura Hyman ’11 highlighted the team as an All-NESCAC First Team and All-America Honorable Mention selection.

The 2010 fall season was a dominant stretch for the NESCAC, which features four schools in the top 16 of the Directors’ Cup standings. Middlebury leads the conference in third place thanks to a women’s cross country national title. Williams is in fifth (236 points) after strong showings from its soccer and cross country teams, while Bowdoin catapulted to 15th (183 points) after winning the field hockey championship and advancing to the semifinals in men’s soccer.

Amherst was in sixth place (225 points) in the Directors’ Cup after last year’s final fall standings and would wind up in second place—the best finish in school history—at the end of the spring. Amherst has finished in the top four of the final standings in four straight years and has placed in the top 15 every year since the honor was first awarded in 1996.

The first winter standings will be released Mar. 17 and will include results from the track and field and wrestling championships. Final winter standings will be announced Mar. 31 and will include basketball, ice hockey and swimming & diving championship results. Visit the NACDA website for more information on the Directors’ Cup.

Directors’ Cup Final Fall Standings
1. Washington (Mo.) - 336
2. Calvin (Mich.) - 327
3. Middlebury (Vt.) - 325
4. Messiah (Pa.) - 280
5. Williams (Mass.) - 236
15. Bowdoin (Maine) - 183
16. Amherst (Mass.) - 180
64. Tufts (Mass.) - 78

(No other NESCAC school earned points)