Hoboken, NJ - The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) released the final Learfield Sports Division III Directors’ Cup standings on Friday, and Stevens Institute of Technology finished the year at No. 13 – 25 spots higher than the department’s previous highest finish of 38th in both 2008-09 and 2009-10. For the year, Duck teams compiled 626.0 points as a total of 12 programs reached National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) postseason competition.
“Finishing 13th in the Learfield Sports Director’s Cup is certainly a special accomplishment for the Stevens athletic program,” Director of Athletics Russell Rogers (Branchburg, N.J.) said. “I could not be prouder of our student-athletes, coaches and department staff as each and every one of them played a key role in making this happen. I would also like to thank the Stevens administration and faculty for their continued support as well as the many alumni and friends of our program who have been so loyal and committed to our teams.”
Williams College topped the rankings (1,147 points) and New England Small College Athletic Conference rival Middlebury College was second (1,063.17). Washington University and Amherst College were third and fourth, while Calvin College rounded out the top five. Stevens was the top-ranked school in the Empire 8 and second in the state of New Jersey. The College of New Jersey finished 10th overall with 660.75 points and conference foe Ithaca was 19th with program total of 590.
Stevens started 2010-11 off wonderfully, sending four teams to NCAA Tournament play in the fall – one of only two institutions in NCAA Division III to achieve that feat. Field hockey earned 53 points after taking its third Empire 8 title in as many years, advancing to the Regional semifinals of the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship. Men's soccer earned 50 points after reaching the second round of the tournament following an automatic berth to the NCAA’s courtesy of a fourth conference title in four years. Women's soccer also earned 50 points as the Ducks made the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship by upsetting E8 rivals Ithaca College and Nazareth College in the conference tournament. The Ducks reached the second round of the national championship. Women’s volleyball earned an at-large berth into the NCAA’s and made the most of it in making an appearance in the Regional final to finish with an overall record of 34-6. That finish netted 74 points in the standings.
Women’s basketball earned 25 points with their second Empire 8 title in three years and appearance in the first round of NCAA’s, while wrestling earned 42 points for finishing 32nd in the nation. Men’s swimming and its 14th-place finish at nationals earned 61.5 points, and women’s swimming highlighted the winter season with a total of 73.5 points for taking sixth at the NCAA’s. The sixth-place finish was the best in program history and the third in the top-15 in as many seasons.
Four teams earned 207 points during the spring. Women’s outdoor track and field recorded its first national finish in the program’s history by placing 19th overall to net 51 points, while men’s tennis compiled 50 points after reaching the second round of the NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championship following the program’s third conference title in the last four years. Men’s lacrosse and women’s lacrosse each made the Regional semifinals of their respective national tournament with the women earning 53 points and the men doing the same. Women’s lacrosse won the Empire 8 in thrilling fashion over Ithaca, while men’s lacrosse earned an at-large tournament bid thanks to a fantastic 15-2 regular season.
Stevens is one of just four schools nationally to earn 200 points or more in each season of competition (fall, winter, spring).
“The 2010-2011 season was one of great accomplishments and recognition for our athletic programs. I am particularly proud of our standing in the Learfield Sports Director’s Cup because it is a result of the combined excellence across all of our teams at Stevens Institute of Technology,” said Dr. Maureen Weatherall ’78, Chief Administrative Officer. “Under the leadership of our outstanding Athletic Director, Russell Rogers, and his team of administrators and coaches and with the dedication of all of our talented scholar-athletes, this was the most successful year in our history of our program. The entire Stevens Community is very proud of this placement and looks forward to the continued success of our Scholar-Athletes!”
The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between NACDA and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 14 sports - seven women’s and seven men’s - in NCAA Tournament play. A total 324 DIII colleges and universities across the nation were in this year’s rankings and more than 450 institutions exist in NCAA Division III.
The 2010-11 athletics season marks its third year as title partner of the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. A preeminent leader in the collegiate sports marketplace for nearly 40 years, Learfield Sports manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for more than 50 collegiate institutions, conferences and associations. The company also operates regional and statewide radio networks, having broadcast over 50,000 games and coaches’ shows since it began working with flagship property Mizzou in 1975. These ever-expanding, collegiate relationships feature strategic sponsorship platforms that include stadium/arena signage, official university publications, Internet sites, digital media, hospitality, radio and television programming as well as game-day events. To learn more about Learfield Sports, which is an operating unit of Learfield Communications, Inc., visit www.learfieldsports.com.
About Stevens Institute of Technology
Founded in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University™, lives at the intersection of industry, academics and research. The University's students, faculty and partners leverage their collective real-world experience and culture of innovation, research and entrepreneurship to confront global challenges in engineering, science, systems and technology management.
Based in Hoboken, N.J. and with a location in Washington, D.C., Stevens offers baccalaureate, master’s, certificates and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences and management, in addition to baccalaureate degrees in business and liberal arts. Stevens has been recognized by both the US Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Excellence in the areas of systems engineering and port security research. The University has a total enrollment of more than 2,350 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students with almost 450 faculty. Stevens’ graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as strategic partnerships with industry leaders, governments and other universities around the world. Additional information may be obtained at www.stevens.edu and www.stevens.edu/news.