Middlebury Finishes Second In Director's Cup

June 17, 2011

Middlebury College has finished second in the 2011 Learfield Sports Director’s Cup race. The Panthers earned their eighth consecutive top-five finish, including five second place honors. Williams won the cup (1,147), followed by Middlebury (1,063.17), Washington University (964) and Amherst (889.5). Bowdoin (22nd) and Tufts (25th) were other NESCAC schools in the top 25.

Middlebury earned a season-high 399.17 points this spring, sending eight different groups to NCAA play. The tennis teams led the way with the men taking in 73 and the women garnering 64 points. Women’s track and field boasted five All-Americans to earn 64.5 points, while the men’s golf squad came in with 56 and men’s track earned 10.67. Both lacrosse teams went deep into NCAA play, coming away with 53 points apiece, while softball earned 25 points in their inaugural NCAA appearance.

The Panthers earned 339 points during the winter season, paced by 83 from the men’s basketball team which advanced to the Final Four for the first time in school history. Women’s hockey also advanced to the NCAA semifinals, coming away with 72.5 points, while the ski team finished ninth with 63 points. The men’s swimmers earned 67.5 points behind senior John Dillon, who won his third NCAA title. The women’s indoor track squad, behind an NCAA DMR title from senior Sophia Spring, sophomore Juliet Ryan-Davis, senior Kaitlyn Saldanha and junior Margo Cramer boasted 53 points.

The fall sports season earned Middlebury 325 points in the standings, led by the sixth NCAA Championship by the women’s cross country team, earning the school 100 points. The men’s soccer squad brought home 73 points, followed by field hockey with 70 and men’s cross country, who earned 32 in their first NCAA appearance as a team.

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 at the NCAA Championships in up to 18 sports—nine men’s and nine women’s.

To view complete standings and learn about the scoring structure, visit the NACDA website.