Cleveland, Ohio (December 21) -- In the final 2017 Fall Learfield Directors' Cup standings, MIT is ranked No. 2 nationally with a total of 319.50 points as the Engineers captured five conference championships and had three teams advance to NCAA Sweet 16. The national leader is Johns Hopkins as the Blue Jays have a total of 383 points through the fall season.
"I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of our fall teams as our student-athletes and coaches performed at an incredibly high level," said Julie Soriero, Director of Athletics. "As a department, it is exciting to be ranked among the top programs in the country after the fall season and I am looking forward to seeing what our winter and spring teams can accomplish as well."
In addition to the five league titles in the fall, the Engineers also had 11 All-Americans, 46 All-Conference performers, five conference Athletes of the Year, four Rookies of the Year, three Coaches of the Year and seven CoSIDA Academic All-America honorees. In addition, football quarterback Udgam Goyal (Frisco, Texas) was named as the CoSIDA Division III Football Academic All-America of the Year.
The Engineers were led by a fourth-place finish from the No. 2 ranked women's cross country team at the 2017 NCAA National Championship in Elsah, Illinois after the team won its second straight NCAA Regional and its 11th straight New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title this fall. The MIT men's cross country team claimed its 20th straight NEWMAC title and also its second consecutive regional crown as the No. 7 ranked Engineers placed 16th as a team at nationals.
The field hockey team earned a thrilling 1-0 road win over No. 3 Babson College to claim the NEWMAC Championship and earn a bye into the second round of the NCAA Tournament and the Sweet 16. The Engineers ended the season ranked No. 7 in the nation and finished with an overall record of 16-3.
The women's soccer team also advanced to the Sweet 16 with a pair of home wins and ended the season ranked at No. 12 nationally, which is the highest ranking in program history. The Engineers won the NEWMAC regular-season and conference tournament titles and capped off an incredible 2017 season with a 12-0-1 record at home in Steinbrenner Stadium.
The women's volleyball team, which came into the NCAA Tournament ranked No. 18 in the nation, dropped a narrow five-set matchup to No. 8 Johnson & Wales in the regional final as the Engineers ended the season at 30-3 overall. MIT won its second straight NEWMAC title on its home court in Rockwell Cage as it was also the sixth overall for the Engineers.
The Learfield 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 NCAA Championships. To review the updated scoring changes for the 2017-18 year, please click here.