Amherst Places Fifth in Final Division III Directors' Cup Standings
Contact: Mike O'Brien
AMHERST, Mass. – Following another successful athletics season, Amherst College returned to the top-five in the final Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings and finished fifth overall with 914.50 points.
Never reaching 700 points in the award’s first 11 years, this marks the eighth consecutive time Amherst has surpassed the 800-point plateau. The Purple & White have now finished within the top-five in seven of the last eight seasons and placed in the top-10 in 15 of the last 19 years.
Williams reclaimed the Directors’ Cup title with 1225.25 points and have now captured 17 of the last 19 crowns. Notching its highest finish ever, Wisconsin-Whitewater took second with 1134.75 points, followed by Johns Hopkins (977.50) in third.
Washington-St. Louis finished in fourth (924.25), followed closely by Amherst (914.50). Emory (898.00), Tufts (799.38) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (778.75) were sixth through eighth, respectively, while St. Thomas (Minn.) and Middlebury rounded out the top-10.
The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) placed four institutions in the top-10, with Bowdoin also placing 20th (514.50).
During the fall, men’s (73) and women’s (50) soccer accounted for all of Amherst’s 123 points, advancing to the national quarterfinals and NCAA second round, respectively.
Amherst had another impressive winter season with five teams factoring into the scoring. Punching its ticket to a second-consecutive Final Four (sixth overall), men’s basketball earned 83 points and finished third overall, while women’s basketball dropped an overtime thriller to Ithaca in the sectional semifinals, ultimately laying claim to 64 points.
Behind sophomore Emily Hyde’s national championship in the 200-IM, women’s swimming & diving recorded its 10th top-six finish in 12 years, earning Amherst 73.5 points. Despite just missing out on a seventh-consecutive top-10 finish, men’s swimming & diving still earned the Purple & White 66 points in the Directors’ Cup standings thanks to an 11th-place showing at nationals. With Naomi Bates ’14 winning a national championship in the long jump, the women’s track & field team came in ninth at the NCAA indoor meet to round out the Jeffs’ winter scoring with 69 points.
The spring season proved to be the strongest for the Jeffs, with three teams finishing in the top-three including a national championship performance by the men’s tennis program. It was the team’s second overall as they upset the top-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. The women’s squad reached the finals for the sixth time ever before falling short to No. 1 Emory, while women’s lacrosse reached the national semifinals for the first time since the 2004 season.
The Amherst baseball team finished with a program record 30 wins and went 2-2 at the Ithaca Regional for the second consecutive year. Men’s lacrosse tied a program record in wins as well, with 15, as they advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship. Bates led women’s outdoor track & field as she defended her crown in the long jump at nationals and earned All-America honors in two other events. In all, Amherst had 15 teams (eight men’s, seven women’s) advance to NCAA Championship play in 2013-14, with four 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 (1225.25)
5. Amherst (914.50)
7. Tufts (799.38)
10. Middlebury (752.00)
20. Bowdoin (514.50)
45. Bates (368.88)
62. Trinity (294.00)
94. Conn. College (210.00)
100. Colby (196.00)
148. Wesleyan (137.00)
175. Hamilton (100.00)
Amherst Scoring (914.50 pts)
Fall (123.00 pts – 38th place)
Men’s Soccer (73 pts - 5th place)
Women’s Soccer (50 pts - 17th place)
Winter (355..50 pts - 8th place)
Men’s Basketball (83 pts - 3rd place)
Women’s Swimming (73.5 pts - 6th place)
Women’s Basketball (64 pts - 9th place)
Women’s Indoor Track (69 pts - 9th place)
Men’s Swimming (66 pts - 11th place)
Spring (436.00 pts - 5th place)
Men’s Tennis (100 pts - 1st place)
Women’s Tennis (90 pts - 2nd place)
Women’s Lacrosse (83 points - 3rd place)
Men’s Lacrosse (53 points - 9th place)
Women’s Outdoor Track (60 pts - 15th place)
Baseball (50 pts - 17th place)