The Stevens Department of Athletics finished 40th in the Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings. Stevens finished with a program-wide score of 384.50 points, earning 98.00 in the spring, 183.50 in the winter and 103.00 in the fall. The 40th-place finish marks the fourth-straight year Stevens has placed in the top-40 and fifth time overall the institution has cracked the top-50.
The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports – nine women’s and nine men’s.
Middlebury College captured the Directors’ Cup, ending a 13-year reign at the top by Williams College which placed third overall. Washington University was second, Amherst College was fourth and Wisconsin University – Whitewater was fifth.
Stevens earned points in two sports in the spring as the men’s lacrosse team earned 53 after winning its second Empire 8 title and reaching the round of 16 in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Championship. Men’s tennis earned 50 points after its third consecutive Empire 8 Championship and reaching the second round of the national tournament.
Three Duck teams earned points this past winter with wrestling placing 31st at the NCAA’s behind junior Joey Favia and taking 42.5 points. The women’s swimming team earned a program-high 75 points with a sixth-place finish, while the men’s swimming team earned 66 points thanks to an 11th place finish at the national meet it Knoxville, Tenn.
Men’s soccer won a fifth-straight Empire 8 title and reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament to earn 73 points this fall. Women’s soccer took its second Empire 8 Championship in as many years and earned the program 25 points.
Stevens first cracked the top-50 in 2004-05, placing 46th. The program was 38th in 2008-09 and 2009-10 before taking 13th in 2010-11. A total of 318 NCAA Division III schools appeared in this year’s rankings.
Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA’s website at www.directorscup.org.