Amherst Places Sixth in Final Directors' Cup Standings
Contact: Ben Badua
AMHERST, Mass. – Following another successful sports season, Amherst College finished sixth in the final Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings with 802.80 points.
Never reaching 700 points in the award’s first 11 years, this marks the seventh consecutive time Amherst has surpassed the 800-point plateau. Finishing in the top-10 in 14 of the last 18 seasons, the Purple & White have recorded seven straight top-6 showings.
Winning three national championships this spring (women’s rowing, m/w tennis), Williams reclaimed the Directors’ Cup title with 1273.75 points and have now captured 16 of the last 18 crowns. Notching its highest finish since 2003-04, Emory took second with 986.50 points, followed by Middlebury (941.75).
Wisconsin-Whitewater recorded its highest finish coming in fourth (895.00), followed closely by Washington University (Mo.) (859.50). Amherst (802.80), Johns Hopkins (789.50) and Tufts (752.00) were sixth through eighth, respectively, while St. Thomas (Minn.) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology rounded out the top-10.
The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) placed four institutions in the top-8, with Bowdoin also placing 17th (598.00).
Three teams factored into Amherst’s scoring in the fall, led by men’s soccer which finished fifth overall. Women’s cross country and women’s soccer also qualified for NCAA tournament play as the Jeffs finished with 156.80 points.
The winter season once again proved to be the Purple & White’s strongest, with six teams earning Directors’ Cup points. Men’s basketball led the way by capturing its second national championship, while women’s basketball advanced to the Final Four for the fifth consecutive season. Ending Williams’ 12-year reign at the NESCAC women’s swimming championships, Amherst captured its first conference crown before placing sixth at nationals. The men’s swim team recorded a seventh place showing at the NCAAs, while men’s and women’s track also earned points at the national indoor meet to catapult the Jeffs from 31st to eighth place.
Men’s and women’s tennis once again enjoyed deep postseason runs in the spring, with both squads finishing third overall. After winning its first league title since 2005, baseball went 2-2 at the Ithaca Regional, coming away with its first NCAA wins since 1999. Led by Keri Lambert ’13, women’s track rounded out the scoring with a solid performance at nationals. In all, Amherst had 13 teams (7 women’s, 6 men’s) advance to NCAA Championship play in 2012-13, with five programs capturing NESCAC titles.
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.
NESCAC Directors’ Cup Standings
1. Williams (1273.75)
3. Middlebury (941.75)
6. Amherst (802.80)
8. Tufts (752.00)
17. Bowdoin (598.00)
38. Bates (404.50)
78. Conn. College (222.50)
105. Colby (178.00)
108. Trinity (175.00)
239. Hamilton (56.00)
276. Wesleyan (43.50)
Amherst Scoring (802.80 pts)
Fall (156.80 pts - 31st place)
Men’s Soccer (73 pts - 5th place)
Women’s Cross Country (58.8 pts - 16th place)
Women’s Soccer (25 pts - 33rd place)
Winter (384.00 pts - 8th place)
Men’s Basketball (100 pts - 1st place)
Women’s Basketball (83 pts - 3rd place)
Women’s Swimming (73.5 pts - 6th place)
Men’s Swimming (72 pts - 7th place)
Women’s Indoor Track (29 pts - 43rd place)
Men’s Indoor Track (26.5 pts - 45th place)
Spring (262.00 pts - 6th place)
Women’s Tennis (86.5 pts - 3rd place)
Men’s Tennis (86.5 pts - 3rd place)
Baseball (50 pts - 17th place)
Women’s Outdoor Track (39 pts - 33rd place)