MIT Ranked 12th in the 2018 Learfield Directors' Cup Fall Standings

MIT Ranked 12th in the 2018 Learfield Directors' Cup Fall Standings

Cleveland, Ohio (January 3) -- In the 2018 Fall Learfield Directors' Cup standings, MIT is currently ranked 12th in the country among Division III programs with a total of 218.50 points. The Engineers are again the top-ranked program overall from the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) after claiming four league championships in the fall.

Full 2018 Fall Division III Learfield Directors' Cup Standings 

Coming off a program-best, runner-up finish in the Learfield Directors' Cup in 2017-18, the Engineers claimed league championships in men's and women's cross country, football and women's soccer this fall as all four teams advanced to the NCAA postseason.

"I am proud of the outstanding effort and achievement shown by our student-athletes, coaches and staff in the fall season and it's always special to be ranked among the top athletic programs in the country," said Julie Soriero, Director of Athletics. "It's exciting to achieve success at the conference, regional and national level and I look forward to what is still to come as we pursue championships during the winter and spring seasons."

Led by senior All-American Leandra Zimmermann (Augsburg, Germany), women's cross country finished third at nationals with 247 points to match the team's highest finish since 2015. The men's team, coming off its 21st-straight NEWMAC Championship, finished fourth at the NCAA Regionals and 16th at the NCAA's after qualifying as a team for the sixth consecutive season.

The football team, under the direction of first-year head coach Brian Bubna, finished with a 9-2 overall mark and the program's second berth in the NCAA Tournament. Led by NEWMAC Offensive Athlete of the Year Udgam Goyal (Frisco, Texas), the team posted an undefeated record at home that included a Senior Day victory over Springfield to wrap up the outright NEWMAC crown.

Women's soccer, which finished the year ranked No. 20 in the United Soccer Coaches poll, defeated Springfield in overtime to claim the program's second straight and fifth overall NEWMAC crown and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Registering a career-high 15 goals and 30 points, junior Sophia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) led the Engineers and was named to the United Soccer Coaches All-America Third Team for her play.

Overall, cross country head coach Halston Taylor, Bubna and women's soccer head coach Martin Desmarais were all named as the NEWMAC Coach of the Year at season's end. 

Thus far, MIT has six All-Americans and seven Google Cloud Academic All-America honorees as the Engineers have become just the second school to ever surpass 300 Academic All-America selections in the history of the program.

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.

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