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Williams Opens the Spring Season In the Lead for the Sports Academy Directors' Cup Standings

May 26, 2005

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Cleveland, Ohio - Defending champion and perennial leader Williams College (Mass.) opens the spring season with a commanding lead for the Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings for Division III.

Williams posted 769.75 points, 172.25 points ahead of second place Wisconsin La Crosse. The Ephs opened the spring scoring with a placing of 22nd in men's golf.

Rounding out the top five are Wisconsin Stevens Point, in third with 582.75 points; Middlebury (Vt.), in fourth with 582 points; and New Jersey, in fifth with 543.5 points.

This is the first set of spring standings and includes the sports of women and men's golf, women's lacrosse and women's water polo. Winning these national championships were Methodist (N.C.) in women's golf, Guilford (N.C.) in men's golf and New Jersey in women's lacrosse. The highest Division III finish in women's water polo, a national collegiate sport, was Redlands (Cal.) in seventh.

The Sports Academy Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. The United States Sports Academy, based in Daphne, Alabama, is the program sponsor. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports -- nine women's and nine men's.

Spring sport standings to date follow. Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial standings. Final, official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring season on Friday, June 17.