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Williams Closes the Fall Season in the Lead for the Academy Directors' Cup

Dec. 23, 2004

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Cleveland, Ohio - Williams College (Mass.), an eight-time champion, has continued its dominance, closing out the fall season in the lead for the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup Division III standings.

The Ephs complete the fall season with 412 points and a dominating 141-point lead. Williams won the national championship in women's cross country, and placed fifth in men's soccer and women's volleyball; ninth in men's cross country and women's field hockey; and 17th in women's soccer.

Moving into second place is Wisconsin La Crosse with 271 points, based on a third place finish in men's cross country, fifth place in women's volleyball, ninth place in football and 10th place in women's cross country. Rounding out the top five are Messiah (Penn.), in third with 266 points; Washington (Mo.), in fourth with 248 points; and Middlebury (Vt.), in fifth with 244 points.

These are the final fall standings and include the sports of women and men's cross country, field hockey, football, women and men's soccer and women's volleyball. In addition to Williams, winning these national championships were Calvin (Mich.) in men's cross country; Salisbury (Md.) in field hockey; Linfield (Ore.) in football; Wheaton (Ill.) in women's soccer; Messiah in men's soccer; and Juniata (Penn.) in women's volleyball.

The United States 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 in its first year sponsoring the program. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports -- nine women's and nine men's.

Final fall sports standings follow. Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial standings. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring season.