F&M Finishes 50th in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings

F&M Finishes 50th in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings

Complete Directors' Cup Standings

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's strong finish in the spring season propelled the Diplomats to 50th place out of 442 NCAA Division III institutions in the final 2016-17 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings. F&M earned a record total of 350 points, the most in school history for the third-straight year while finishing with the highest ranking since 2008-09. 

The Directors' Cup program honors the top overall athletic programs (Division I, Division II, Division III, NAIA) in the country. Points in the standings are accumulated based on an institution's national postseason participation and success in NCAA Championship competition finish in up to 18 sports (nine men, nine women). 

The Diplomats, who had six teams record points, ranked second among all Centennial Conference (CC) schools, trailing only Johns Hopkins, who secured fifth place with 864.50 points. The next closest CC institution to F&M was Gettysburg in 96th with 210.50 points, followed by Ursinus in 120th with 164 points and Haverford in 122nd with 162 points. 

A successful fall season provided the Diplomats a torrid start in the rankings as F&M ended the opening stanza in 30th place with 143 points. Field hockey's first NCAA Elite Eight run since 1992 netted 70 points while men's soccer's second Elite Eight appearance since 2013 added 73 points to the Diplomats' total.

F&M's winter sports were unable to compile points toward the standings as the Diplomats dipped to 86th heading into the final season. Four teams made NCAA appearances in the spring to boost F&M up 36 places in the rankings.

Men's lacrosse helped lead the effort with their first NCAA showing since 2003, reaching the Third Round to total 64 points. Women's lacrosse advanced to the Sweet 16 for the fifth straight year to also contribute 64 points to the total. Men's golf continued its successful NCAA Championship play with a 20th place showing to add 54 points, while softball's memorable 2017 season included the program's first-ever NCAA appearance to round out the scoring with 25 points.

Williams won its 20th Learfield Directors' Cup in the 22 years since a Title has been awarded by the organization, after pacing the field with 1,335.25 points. Washington-St. Louis was next with 1,227.00 points, followed by Tufts in third (926.75) and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in fourth (895 points). 

F&M All-Time Final Directors' Cup Rankings 

95-96 – 80th (145 points)

96-97 – 117th (93.5)

97-98 – 101st (60) 

98-99 – 133rd (40) 

99-00 – 102nd (135)

00-01  – 191st (50) 

01-02 – 152nd (95)

02-03 – 126th (116)

03-04 – 118th (125)

04-05 – 119th (112)

05-06 – 80th (190) 

06-07 – 79th (231.5) 

07-08 – 112th (168.5) 

08-09 – 47th (305) 

09-10 – 60th (257) 

10-11 – 105th (184) 

11-12 – 96th (212) 

12-13 – 65th (266) 

13-14 – 84th (226) 

14-15 – 53rd (322.50) 

15-16 – 52nd (343.25)

16-17 – 50th (350)