SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (June 6, 2018) – Western New England University finished 83rd of 450 Division III athletic programs in the final Learfield Directors' Cup standings, which were released last week.
The Golden Bears compiled 241.5 points across six sports that reached NCAA postseason play – football, wrestling, baseball, softball, men's golf and men's lacrosse.
Western New England's 83rd place finish was first among the six Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) programs that cracked the final standings. Nichols placed 108th (185 points), while the University of New England (172nd/103 points), Salve Regina (192nd/90 points), Roger Williams (203rd/86 points) and Endicott (212th/75) also appeared in the rankings.
Points are awarded based on national finish among NCAA postseason participants. For the 2017-18 academic year, the Learfield Directors' Cup scoring system was updated for the first time in recent history. While there is still a maximum 18 sports counted, men's and women's basketball and men's and women's soccer are the four sports that must be counted for each institution. Additionally, up to 14 other scores may be counted, regardless of gender, in the final score.
Western New England did the majority of its damage during the spring season, when men's lacrosse (50), men's golf (45), baseball (37.5), softball (37.5) all earned points after capturing CCC titles and reaching their respective NCAA Tournaments.
The Golden Bears picked up 25 points from the football team in the fall, and 46.5 points during the winter season when sophomore John Boyle (Rowley, Mass.) helped Western New England to a 27th place finish at the NCAA Division III Championships in Cleveland.