F&M Places 61st in Final Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings

F&M Places 61st in Final Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings

Complete Directors' Cup Standings 

LANCASTER, Pa. – An even performance across all three 2017-18 seasons led Franklin & Marshall to a 61st place finish out of 450 NCAA Division III institutions in the year's final Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings. The Diplomats eclipsed 300 points for the fourth straight year after totaling 306.50.

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).

Six teams earned points for the Diplomats, who ranked second among Centennial schools for the second consecutive year, trailing only Johns Hopkins in seventh with 883.25 points. The next-closest CC competitor to F&M was Gettysburg in 65th with 298.50 points, followed by Swarthmore in 72nd with 279 points and Haverford in 86th with 233 points. 

The Diplomats got off to a strong start in the fall, keyed by field hockey's first NCAA Final Four appearance since 1983 that delivered 83 points to F&M. Men's soccer chipped in 25 points thanks to the program's fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance to place F&M in 45th place following the opening 2017 fall season. 

In the winter, men's basketball's 17th time appearing in the NCAA Sweet 16 added 64 points to the Diplomats' total, while Antonio Pelusi's two wins at the NCAA Division I Championships provided 15.5 points. 

F&M closed out the spring with successes from both the women's lacrosse and the men's golf programs. A fifth Regional Final appearance in the previous seven years by women's lacrosse earned 73 points, while men's golf's 28th-place showing at the NCAA Tournament provided 46 points. 

Williams won its 21st Learfield Directors' Cup in the 23 years since a Title has been awarded by the organization, after pacing the field with 1,126.50 points. MIT was next with 1,001.50 points, followed by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in third (939.50), Emory in fourth (936.05), and Middlebury in fifth (905).

F&M All-Time Final Directors' Cup Rankings

95-96 – 80th (145 points) 07-08 – 112th (168.5) 
96-97 – 117th (93.5) 08-09 – 47th (305) 
97-98 – 101st (60)  09-10 – 60th (257) 
98-99 – 133rd (40)  10-11 – 105th (184) 
99-00 – 102nd (135) 11-12 – 96th (212) 
00-01  – 191st (50)  12-13 – 65th (266) 
01-02 – 152nd (95) 13-14 – 84th (226) 
02-03 – 126th (116) 14-15 – 53rd (322.50) 
03-04 – 118th (125) 15-16 – 52nd (343.25)
04-05 – 119th (112) 16-17 – 50th (350)
05-06 – 80th (190)  17-18 - 61st (306.50)
06-07 – 79th (231.5)