CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Amherst College is one of nine New Engalnd Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) schools ranked in the final fall standings of the 2018-19 Division III Learfield Sports Directors' Cup.
Amherst is ranked 17th overall, rounding out the four NESCAC schools in the Top 20 of the standings, which rank schools who have reached the national level of competition in each NCAA sport, assigning more points for deeper postseason runs.
The Mammoths currently have 201.50 points, aided greatly by the men's cross country team's sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championship and the Sweet Sixteen appearances for both the men's and women's soccer programs.
Tufts leads the NESCAC and sits in second place overall with 353 points. The Jumbos were national champions in men's soccer and national runners-up in field hockey.
They were defeated by Middlebury for the field hockey title, and the Panthers sit in third place with 345 points. Middlebury's women's soccer team was the national runners-up, and the men's and women's cross country teams each placed in the top-15 at the NCAA championships.
Williams was the team that defeated Middlebury for the women's soccer National Championship. THe Ephs' cross country teams added top-10 finishes at the NCAA championships to help Williams to a current seventh place standing with 267.50 points.
Other NESCAC institutions that appear in the fall standings include: Bates in 44th place (105 points), Wesleyan is 69th (73 points), Bowdoin is 79th (64 points), Connecticut College is 101st (50 points) and Colby is 132nd (25 points).
Johns Hopkins leads the way with 475 points after the fall seasons concluded. THe Blue Jays advanced to the national semifinals in field hockey and football, while also finishing as the runner-up in women's cross country. Washington-St. Louis (323 points) and Chicago (288.5 points) ranks four th and fifth, consecutively.
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 in up to 18 sports -- nine women's and nine men's. The first Division III winter standings will be released mid-March.
Amherst has placed in the top-ten in the final Learfield Directors' Cup standings for the last 12 years, including eight straight top-five finishes between 2007 and 2015.