Middlebury Wins Prestigious Directors' Cup
June 7, 2012
For the first time in school history, Middlebury College has won the Directors’ Cup. The competition is sponsored by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and Learfield Sports, in NCAA Divisions I, II and III and in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). 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. The Panthers earn their ninth consecutive top-five finish, including five second place efforts. Middlebury led the way with 1,040.75 points, followed by Washington University (980.25), Williams (964.50), Amherst (950.75) and Wisconsin-Whitewater (815.50). Other top NESCAC schools included Tufts (724.75-7th) and Bowdoin (594-16th). Conference rival Williams had won 13 straight cups, including 15 of the 16 that have been awarded.
“I am proud of the effort of our student-athletes and coaches that has gone into achieving this recognition,” said Middlebury College Director of Athletics Erin Quinn. “The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup represents excellence in a broad-based program, a hallmark of Middlebury College athletics which makes this recognition so meaningful.”
The Panthers opened strong in the fall, sending four squads deep into NCAA play. The Middlebury field hockey team advanced to the NCAA Championship game for the fifth time, finishing with a 17-4 mark. Both cross country teams had impressive seasons, with the women placing second at the NCAA’s for the fourth time. The men’s squad returned to the NCAA’s as well, finishing in 13th place. The volleyball team made its second straight NCAA appearance, advancing to the NCAA Regional finals with an overall mark of 23-9.
The winter season saw Middlebury with four teams in NCAA play, including the women’s swim team, which sent eight racers to nationals. The ski team placed ninth overall at the NCAA’s, led by the men’s slalom team, which captured the national title. The Panther men’s basketball team (26-4) made another nice run, hosting and winning an NCAA Regional before falling in the sectionals. The women’s hockey team captured its seventh NESCAC Championship with a record of 21-4-3, advancing to the NCAA Quarterfinals. Indoor track sent eight athletes to the NCAA’s, highlighted by an NCAA title for the women’s distance medley relay (DMR) team of seniors Margo Cramer and Rebecca Fanning, and juniors Juliet Ryan-Davis and Addie Tousley.
Five different teams advanced to NCAA play this spring, led by the women’s lacrosse team. The Panthers returned to the NCAA final four for the 15th time, falling in the NCAA semifinals and ending the season with a 15-5 mark. Both track teams turned in stellar performances at the NCAA’s, with the men eighth among 82 teams and the women 15th among 80 scoring squads. The men’s golf team won its fourth NESCAC Championship in the last six years and advanced to the NCAA’s once again. Both tennis teams enjoyed spring success, with the women finishing up at 15-4 while hosting and advancing to the NCAA Regional finals. The men’s squad had a 14-7 year, also advancing to the regional finals.
To view complete standings and learn about the scoring structure, visit the NACDA website.
(L-R): All-American Lauren Greer led the field hockey team to the NCAA title game in the fall. The men's golf team made made its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in the spring, winning its fourth NESCAC crown. Winter saw the women's DMR team win the NCAA Championship for the second year in a row.