Amherst 3rd in Directors' Cup Standings

Contact: Justin Long

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AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College is in third place in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup final winter standings, following one of the most successful athletics seasons in the school’s history.

Amherst earned 390.75 points based on its success at the NCAA Winter Championships, marking the highest total across all of Division III. This is the sixth consecutive year in which Amherst ranks in the top five heading into the spring season.

The top of the standings looks the same as it did after the fall season, as Washington-St. Louis (693.5), Middlebury (676) and Amherst (654.75) held on to the leading positions. MIT moved into fourth but is more than 100 points outside of the top three (542.75), with Wisconsin-Whitewater (532.5) and Williams (528) close behind.

Washington-St. Louis separated itself from Middlebury by only 4.5 points, while Amherst gained significant ground by closing the gap from 108 to 38.75. The first round of spring standings will be released on May 24, with final results coming out on June 6.

Amherst’s men’s hockey and women’s basketball teams led the charge this winter by advancing to the national semifinals, as each squad earned 83 points toward the Directors’ Cup standings. The men’s swimming and diving team added 72.75 points by placing sixth at the NCAA Championships, while the women’s swim team finished 13th for another 63 points.

Also qualifying for this year’s NCAA Championships were the men’s basketball and women’s hockey teams, which added 64 points (9th) and 25 points (5th), respectively. Amherst was the only Division III institution to receive points from both basketball and both hockey teams this winter.

The Directors’ Cup is presented by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). For complete standings and more information on the award’s scoring structure, visit the NACDA website.

Directors' Cup Team Standings
1. Washington-St. Louis (693.50)
2. Middlebury (676.00)
3. Amherst (654.75)
4. MIT (542.75)
5. Wisconsin-Whitewater (532.5)

Amherst's Scoring Teams
Men's Hockey - 83 (3rd)
Women's Basketball - 83 (4th)
Women's Soccer - 73 (5th)
Men's Swimming & Diving - 72.75 (6th)
Field Hockey - 70 (5th)
Men's Basketball - 64 (9th)
Men's Soccer - 64 (9th)
Women's Swimming & Diving - 63 (13th)
Women's Cross Country - 57 (11th)
Women's Hockey - 25 (5th)