DII and DIII Learfield Directors' Cup Standings Released|
May 26, 2016
CLEVELAND – In the first set of spring Learfield Directors' Cup standings, Grand Valley State has scored a total of 1,062.50 points to lead Division II, while Williams has accumulated 818.25 points to lead the DIII standings.
With points received in each of the six Division II sports scored thus far including three top-10 finishes in women’s golf, women’s lacrosse and softball, Grand Valley State has tallied 297.50 points in the first set of spring standings. The Lakers have increased their lead to 364 points. Williams lengthens its lead to over 100 points in DIII after finishing fifth in women’s golf.
In Division II, Saint Leo jumped up 10 spots and is now in second place with 698.50 points, capturing the national title in men’s golf, taking runner-up in men’s tennis, placing 3rd in women’s tennis, coming in 4th in women’s golf and scoring in softball. In third is UC San Diego with 597 points, scoring in both men’s and women’s tennis, softball and the national collegiate women’s water polo championship. Indianapolis climbs 20 spots and into the top-5 at number 4. The Greyhounds took home the silver in women’s golf, came in 9th in both men’s and women’s tennis and also scored in softball and men’s golf. Making its debut in the top five is Florida Southern, capturing the national championship in women’s lacrosse, placing 3rd in men’s golf and also scoring in men’s tennis.
The SSC and the GLVC lead all Division II conferences in the top-10 with two institutions each – Saint Leo (2nd) and Florida Southern (5th) from the SSC and Indianapolis (4th) and Lewis (10th) from the GLVC.
In Division III, Washington-St. Louis remains in second with a total of 707 points. St. Thomas (MN) moves into third with 665 total points, 138.75 coming in the spring. The Tommie’s had top-10 finishes in both women’s and men’s golf. Amherst drops one spot to fourth with 589.50 points. Emory sneaks into the top-5 with 564 total points, finishing 16th in men’s golf.
The NESCAC leads all Division III conferences in the top-10 with four institutions – Williams (1st), Amherst (4th), Tufts (6th) and Middlebury (9th).
The Learfield 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 14 sports in Division II – seven men’s and seven women’s; and 18 sports in Division III – nine women’s and nine men’s.
The final Division II & III spring standings will be released Thursday, June 9.
Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring season. Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA’s website at www.directorscup.org. In addition, please visit www.thedirectorscup.com, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/lsdirectorscup or follow us on Twitter @lsdirectorscup.
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