CLEVELAND, Ohio – Seven North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) institutions appeared in the final fall update of the 2018-19 Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings. DePauw University led the group, sitting in 45th place overall.
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 NCAA Tournament finish in up to 18 sports - nine women’s and nine men’s.
The DePauw Tigers sit 45th overall after accumulating 104 points, based on NCAA postseason competition. The Tigers tallied 54 points after the Men’s Cross Country team picked up a 20th-place finish at the Division III Championships. DePauw also picked up an additional 50 points after the volleyball team advanced into the second round of the national championship.
Kenyon and Wittenberg were the league’s next highest ranked schools in the fall standings with 64 points each, tying for 79th overall. The Kenyon Men’s Soccer team defeated Maryville (Tenn.) and Carnegie Mellon before bowing out of the Div. III Men’s Soccer Tournament. Wittenberg Volleyball defeated Carthage and DePauw before dropping a five-set match to the No. 1-ranked Calvin Knights in the Regional Finals.
Allegheny was the fourth NCAC school inside the top 100, compiling 63 points for an 88th-place ranking. The Gator Women’s Cross Country team finished 13th at the Div. III Championships.
Denison was ranked 101st with 50 points after both its football and field hockey teams made appearances in their respective NCAA tournaments.
Oberlin collected 46 points after earning a 28th-place finish by its women’s cross country team at the national championship. The Yeomen and Yeowomen rank 125th overall.
Wooster rounded out the NCAC institutions in 132nd-place. The Fighting Scots registered 25 points after their women’s soccer team advanced into the NCAA Tournament with an automatic bid, defeating Wittenberg, 4-0, in the NCAC Tournament title match.
Johns Hopkins has the lead in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Div. III fall standings with 475 points, while Tufts sits in second (353.50) and Middlebury is third overall with 345.50 points.