CLEVELAND, Ohio – Picking up where it left off last year, the MIT Varsity Athletics program capped off one of its most successful fall seasons in its history by placing ninth in the final fall Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings of the 2012-13 season released by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). The lofty national standing reflects a fall season that saw MIT capture six of the seven New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference fall championships.
MIT won NEWMAC championships in men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s soccer, women’s tennis and women’s volleyball, a record for the Engineers. The Learfield Cup rankings are based on an institution’s finish in NCAA Championship play, and MIT saw five of its team five teams; women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball, compete in their respective NCAA Championships. Led by a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championship by the women’s cross country team and Sweet-16 appearances by both field hockey and women’s soccer, the Engineers scored a total of 240.5 points in the Cup. MIT, the top NEWMAC school in the standings, is just two points behind Bowdoin College for eighth, five behind Trinity College (TX) for seventh and five and a half points behind Williams College for sixth.
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.