CLEVELAND, Ohio – Following a sensational 2016-17 season across all sports, Amherst College finished eighth overall in the final standings of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA)/Learfield Sports Division III Director's Cup as recently announced by the organization.
The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between NACDA and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports (nine women's and nine men's).
Amherst scored 769.50 points to finish eighth overall, and was one of four NESCAC institutions to finish in the top 10 – a feat that led all conferences across Division III. Williams won its fifth straight Director's Cup and 20th of 22 after posting 1,335.25 points. Washington-St. Louis finished second with 1,227 points, while Tufts clinched third place honors with 926 points. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (895) and Johns Hopkins (864.50) rounded out the top five, while league rival Middlebury finished just ahead of the Mammoths in seventh place with 836.50 points.
This is the 18th time in 22 years that Amherst has finished in the top 10 of the Cup standings.
Amherst began the season 15th overall with 192.50 points during the fall thanks to a 64.50-point effort from the men's cross country team, and 64 points apiece from men's and women's soccer. The Mammoths then improved two places following an outstanding winter season that saw the women's basketball program seal a 33-0 undefeated record en route to the team's second national championship and 100 points in the Director's Cup race. The women's and men's swimming & diving teams added 60 and 54 points respectively helping Amherst total 239.00 points after the winter season.
Increasing its score 99 points from the winter, the Mammoths surged into eighth place in the final Director's Cup standings after notching 338 points in the spring. A historic run for the softball team which featured NCAA Regional and Super Regional titles and a trip to the program's first-ever NCAA Division III Championship resulted in 78 points. The men's track & field team added 65 points and the women's golf team contributed 63 points following a trip to the NCAA Championship; while men's lacrosse, women's tennis and men's tennis each accounted for 64 points to highlight a tremendously successful spring season in the Pioneer Valley.