Springfield, Mass. – June 12, 2019 – Springfield College Athletics finished 38th nationally in the final overall standings of the 2018-2019 Division III Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup. Springfield's finish marked the 11th time in the last 12 years that the Pride finished ranked in the top 40 and in the top 10% of the 450 Division III athletic programs in the country.
The Learfield Directors' Cup scoring is created by counting a maximum 18 sports, while men's and women's basketball and women's and women's soccer are the four sports that must be counted for each institution. Additionally, up to 14 other scores may be counted, regardless of gender, in the final score.
It was another successful year for Springfield College Athletics, which was highlighted by some impressive performances on the national stage. The men's volleyball team advanced to the NCAA Division III Championship Semifinals, while individually, Connor Pennington (Monson, Mass.) took third on the one-meter board at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
The Pride recorded 420 points throughout the year, 220.5 of which came in the spring season. The Pride totaled 75 points in the fall and tacked on 124.5 points during the winter. Springfield received points from five teams that went to the NCAA Championships, including the men's soccer, women's volleyball, men's volleyball, men's lacrosse, and women's lacrosse teams, while individuals from the women's swimming and diving, men's swimming and diving, women's track and field, and wrestling programs scored points for the Pride at their respective NCAA Championships.
Williams once again claimed the Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup title and earned the title of top-ranked Division III athletic program for the 21st time. Johns Hopkins took second, followed by Washington-St. Louis, Middlebury and Emory, while MIT, Tufts, Amherst, Chicago and Wisconsin-Eau Claire rounded out the top 10.
Including Springfield, nine schools from New England were ranked in the top 50 in the country, including fellow New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) institution MIT (6th), as well as Wesleyan (14th), Bowdoin (18th), and Bates (42nd).
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Springfield College Learfield Directors Cup Finishes
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