CLEVELAND, Ohio – A highly successful fall season that saw four of MIT’s teams represented at NCAA Championship events has placed the Engineers 15th in the nation in the final Fall Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings of the 2011-12 season released by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). MIT, which is just 25 points shy of the top-10, totaled 170 points and is the top team from the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference in the rankings.
The first set of rankings are based on the seven sports in which NCAA Championship play has concluded; men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball. MIT had a three of teams compete in NCAA Championship play, with the women’s cross country team finishing fifth, the field hockey team reaching the quarterfinal round of the tournament and the women’s soccer squad playing in the first round.
A measure of overall success of collegiate athletics programs, 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 18 sports -- nine women’s and nine men’s. A complete list of the rankings can be viewed by clicking here.