F&M Finishes 60th in Final Learfield Sports Director’s Cup Standings

F&M Finishes 60th in Final Learfield Sports Director’s Cup Standings

Complete Directors' Cup Standings

LANCASTER, Pa. - A strong finish to the spring season allowed Franklin & Marshall to secure a 60th-place finish out of 442 Division III institutions in the 2018-19 final Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings. The Diplomats eclipsed 300 points for the fifth straight year after totaling 302.

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 helped accumulate points for the Diplomats, who ranked second among Centennial schools for the third consecutive year, trailing only Johns Hopkins, who placed second in the nation with 1,083.75 points. The next closest CC competitor was Haverford in 82nd with 238 points, followed by Gettysburg in 86th with 229.50 points.

F&M stormed out of the gates in the fall with three teams qualifying for their respective NCAA Tournament. Field hockey led the way with a Sweet 16 appearance that added 53 points to the total. Men's soccer made its sixth-straight trip to the NCAA Playoffs and claimed a First Round win to garner 50 points, while volleyball earned its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2014 to collect 25 points.

In the winter, men's swimming culminated a historic campaign with the program's best-ever NCAA finish, taking 23rd place at March's Championships to deliver 51 points to F&M's total. 

Spring saw both the men's and women's lacrosse teams advance to the NCAA Tournament. The women's side registered a pair of wins to land in the Elite Eight and rack up 73 points, while men's lacrosse earned the program's first Tournament appearance since 2017 to collect 50 points. 

Williams won its 22nd Learfield Directors' Cup in the 24 years since a Title has been awarded by the organization, after pacing the field with 1,117 points. Hopkins, Washington-St. Louis (1,032.75), Middlebury (941.75) and Emory (921.50) rounded out the top-five.

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) | 2nd in CC
05-06 – 80th (190)  17-18 – 61st (306.50) | 2nd in CC
06-07 – 79th (231.5)  18-19 – 60th (302) | 2nd in CC