Williams College Wins 4th Straight Directors' Cup and 19th of 21 Awarded in NCAA DIII

Pete Farwell
W X-C - 1st
M X-C 2nd
Michelyne Pinard
W Soccer - 1st
Alison Swain
W Tennis - 2nd
Kate Maloney
W Crew - 3rd

CLEVELAND, OH – Advancing to seven men's NCAA Tournaments and nine women's NCAA Tournaments, Williams College scored in 16 sports and captured its fourth straight Directors' Cup and 19th of the 21 presented in NCAA DIII.

The NESCAC Has won 20 of the 21 Cups in NCAA DIII with Middlebury winning in 2012. The 1998 Cup was won by the UC San Diego Tritons who have since moved up to NCAA DII.

The Williams Ephs tallied 1,098.25 points. The 1,098.25 points (68.7 points per sport) is the second lowest point total in the past four years by Williams and it is but 45.25 points above last year's year's winning total of 1.053.00.

Washington University in St. Louis finished second with 1,013.00 points (67.5 points per sport). The Washington University Bears fielded 15 teams that scored in NCAA Tournaments; six men's teams and nine women's teams.

Points in the Directors' Cup presented by Learfield Sports and the National Association of Directors of Athletics (NACDA) are awarded based on a scoring structure for each NCAA Championship. NCAA DIII schools are allowed to score in a maximum of nine men's sports and nine women's sports.

Washington University led the Cup race at the end of the 2015 fall season with a 22.5-point lead over Williams and Calvin College (MI). By winter's end the Ephs had taken over the lead in the Cup race and led Washington University by 36.5 points.

In the spring campaign the Ephs scored in just one men's sport, track & field, and four women's sports: tennis, crew, golf, and softball, tallying 355.00 points.

During the 2015-16 academic year the Ephs won NCAA team titles in women's cross country and women's soccer, each of which was worth 100 points in the Cup scoring structure. Eight Williams teams finished the year fifth nationally or higher and 10 Eph teams finished in the top seven.

Pete Farwell coached the women's cross country to a championship and the men's cross country team to a second place finish, notching the best combined finish by the Eph teams. Bill Kangas guided both the men's ice hockey team and the women's golf team to fifth place finishes in the NCAA Tournaments this year.

This year NESCAC had four schools finish in the top 10 in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup final standings: Williams (1), Tufts (4), Middlebury (5) and Amherst (7). Bowdoin gave the NESCAC five teams in the top 15 with a 15th place finish.

Top 10 Teams in NCAA DIII:
1. Williams (1,098.25) 2. Washington U. (1,013.00) 3. Emory (969.00), 4. Tufts (882.25), 5. Middlebury (860.50), 6. MIT (843.00), 7. Amherst (796.50), 8. Wisc. Whitewater (786.00), 9. St. Thomas (MN), T 10. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Wisc. Lacrosse (703.50).

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Eph teams scoring in the 2015-16 Director's Cup

Team Place Place
Women's X-C 1st 100
Women's Soccer 1st 100
Men's X-C 2nd 90
Women's Tennis 2nd 90
Women's Swim/Dive 3rd 85
Women's Crew 3rd 85
Men's Ice Hockey 5th 60
Women's Golf 5th 75
Men's Swim/Dive 6th 73.5
Men's Indoor Track & Field 7th 71.25
Skiing 14th 48
Softball 17th 50
Men's Outdoor Track & Field 18th 55
Wrestling 27th 47
Women's Indoor Track & Field 28th 43.50
Volleyball 33rd 25
 

TOTAL

1,098.25

Steve Kuster
W Swim/Dive - 3rd
M Swim/Dive - 6th
Bill Kangas
M Ice Hockey - 5th
W Golf - 5th
Ethan Barron
M Indoor T&F - 7th