LEXINGTON, Va. – The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) recently released the 2017-18 Learfield Director’s Cup standings and Washington and Lee claimed its highest-ever finish.
W&L placed 13th among the 451 current NCAA Division III schools with 669.5 overall points. The Generals tallied 208.0 points during the fall, 115.5 points during the winter and 346.0 points across the spring season. W&L’s previous top ranking in the Director’s Cup was a 19th-place finish during the 2003-04 school year. The Generals finished 25th in the Director’s Cup standings in 2016-17.
Directors' Cup points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports in NCAA postseason competition, measured by nine women's sports and nine men's sports. All told, 323 Division III athletic programs accumulated at least 5.0 points to rank on the list.
Williams College posted 1126.5 points to edge MIT (1001.5) for its 21st Learfield Director’s Cup in the last 23 years. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (939.5), Emory (936.05) and Middlebury (905.0) rounded out the Top 5.
The Learfield Director’s Cup has been presented every year since 1995-96 and the Generals have finished Top 50 in the standings 13 times, including each of the last four years. W&L was 47th in 2014-15, 28th in 2015-16 and 25th in 2016-17.
Washington and Lee tied a program-best with 11 ODAC Championships during the 2017-18 campaign, competing in NCAA Championship competition in 14 different sports during the course of the year. The Generals’ tally was bolstered by a national runner-up showing in men’s golf. Overall, the Blue & White notched a 204-105-3 (.659) record while also claiming the ODAC Commissioner’s Cup for the 16th year in a row.