Posted: Dec 29, 2013
CLEVELAND--Western New England University Athletics is tied for 105th place in the prestigious Learfield Sports Directors' Cup following the completion of the NCAA Division III Fall Championships season. Western New England is in the top 23 percent of all Division III schools in the Learfield standings in this, the largest classification of Cup competition.
The Golden Bears are already ahead of the pace they set during the 2012-13 academic year when they finished in 153rd with 125 points--second among Commonwealth Coast Conference members.
The latest rankings were released this month by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), marking the one-third point in the 2013-14 campaign. The rankings - which quantify the national success of all 449 NCAA Division III programs - will be updated after the Winter Championships season in April, then finalized following the final national competitions in June.
Western New England scored 50 points after the nationally ranked men's soccer team reached the second round of the NCAA Championship, receiving credit for a 17th place finish by NACDA.
Defending Division III Cup champion Williams leads conference rival Middlebury College, 376 to 310 points, in the 2013-14 competition after the completion of the seven fall championships.
The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup is a joint effort between NACDA and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's NCAA finish in up to 14 sports - seven women's and seven men's.