AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College athletic department has completed another outstanding season, finishing 9th in the nation in the final Division III Learfield Directors' Cup standings, which ranks schools who have reached the national level of competition in each NCAA sport.
This marks the 12th consecutive season that Amherst has placed in the top-ten in the Learfield Directors' Cup, including eight straight top-five finishes between 2007 and 2015.
Amherst compiled 773.5 points, scoring points in nine different spring sports that reached the NCAA Tournament, including baseball, women's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, softball, men's and women's tennis and men's and women's track and field.
Women's lacrosse and women's tennis each finished fifth in the country in their 2018 tournaments, contributing to a 420.50 point spring season for the Mammoths.
That helped Amherst jump back into the top ten when added to the 209 points gained in the winter, where women's basketball's national championship scored 100 points. Women's swimming and diving and men's and women's indoor track and field also scored in the winter season, while the 144 points scored in the fall of 2017 were amassed by men's soccer's Sweet 16 run and men's cross country's program-best fourth place finish.
For the 2017-18 year, the Learfield Directors' Cup scoring was updated for the first time in recent history. There is a maximum of18 sports in which points may be earned, though men's and women's basketball and men's and women's soccer are the four sports that must be counted for each institution. Additionally, up to 14 other scores may be counted, regardless of gender, in the final score.
With 1,126.5 points, Williams College was the Division III champions for the sixth straight season and the 21st time in 23 years it has been presented. With Middlebury's victory in 2011-12, only one time has the award not been won by a school from the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).
The Ephs overtook MIT (1001.5), who were leading heading into the final rankings of the season.
The NESCAC led all conferences with four institutions in the top 10: Williams (1st), Middlebury (5th), Tufts (8th) and Amherst (9th).
The Learfield Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today to honor institutions maintaining a broad-based program, achieving success in many sports, both women's and men's. The award was developed in 1993 for Division 1 and was expanded to Divisions II, III and NAIA schools in 1995, with each division receiving its own award.
About Learfield: An industry leader for more than four decades, Learfield has a deep presence in the college athletics landscape nationwide. It manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for nearly 130 collegiate institutions, conferences and arenas, and supports athletic department's at all competitive levels as title sponsor of the prestigious Learfield Directors' Cup for 10 years. Learfield also provides its collegiate partners access to professional concessions and ticket sales; branding, licensing and trademark consulting; digital and social platform expertise; campus-wide business and sponsorship development; and venue and technology systems through its affiliated companies.