2017-18 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Division III Fall Standings
Wittenberg University sits in 24th-place to lead all North Coast Athletic Conference member institutions in the 2017-18 Division III Learfield Sports Directors' Cup final fall standings.
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.
As a league, the NCAC was among a group of just five Div. III conference to have seven or more of its members in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup fall standings. The New England Small College Atheltic Conference (NESCAC) currently leads all Div. III conference's with 10 members in the fall standings.
The Wittenberg Tigers have totaled 165.00 points in the overall standings, based on NCAA postseason competition, led by the volleyball team racking up 90.00 points after finishing as the national runner-up to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. The women's soccer team also earned 50.00 points for the Tigers after topping Thomas More, 3-2 (OT), in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, before bowing out of the tourney with a heartbreaking 1-0 loss at Washington (MO). Wittenberg rounded out the fall season with 25.00 points from its football squad that qualified for the national tournament after winning its league-leading 15th NCAC title.
DePauw was the league's next highest school in the fall standings with 81.00 points, led by its men's cross country team earning 56.00 total points with an 18th-place finish at the national championship race. The Indiana Tigers also collected 25.00 points from its volleyball squad that dropped a narrow 3-2 decision against Ohio Northern in the opening round of the national tournament.
Allegheny was next in the fall standings in 82nd-place with all 56.00 points coming from the women's cross country team that finished 18th overall in the team standings at the national championship race, while Kenyon also cracked the top-100 as part of a 27-way tie for 91st with 50.00 points from its men's soccer squad. The Lords opened the national tournament with a 1-0 victory over Transylvania, but were ultimately eliminated in the second round with a 3-2 loss at Otterbein.
Oberlin finished as part of a three-way tie for 122nd with 33.00 points after its women's cross country team finished in the top-five at the Great Lakes Regional in fifth-place with 178 team points.
Finally, Denison and Ohio Wesleyan rounded out the NCAC teams in the fall standings with 25.00 points each. The Big Red dropped a 1-0 double overtime decision at Washington & Lee in the opening round of the field hockey tournament, while the Bishops suffered a 3-1 loss at John Carroll in first round of the men's soccer tournament.
Johns Hopkins has the lead in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Div. III fall standings with 383.00 points, while MIT sits in second (319.50) and Middlebury is third overall with 301.00 points.
To date, seven fall NCAA Div. III championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: women’s cross country – Johns Hopkins; men’s cross country – North Central (IL); field hockey – Middlebury; women's volleyball – Claremont-Mudd-Scripps; women’s soccer – Williams; men’s soccer – Messiah; football – Mount Union.