This marked the second-consecutive year and third time in the past five years that Springfield College has finished as one of the top 25 Division III athletic programs in the country.
The Learfield Sports 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 up to 18 sports -- nine women's and nine men's.
It was another tremendously successful year for Springfield College Athletics, which was highlighted by a pair of national titles. The men’s volleyball team captured its second-straight NCAA Championship, while junior Devin Biscaha was victorious in the 157 lb. weight class at the NCAA Wrestling Championships.
The women's soccer, women's volleyball, men’s basketball, men's volleyball, women's lacrosse, men’s golf, softball, and men's lacrosse teams all competed in the NCAA’s, as did individuals from the men's swimming and diving, women's swimming and diving, men's track and field, women's track and field, men's cross country and wrestling teams.
The Pride recorded 523 points throughout the year, 262 of which came in the spring season. The Pride totaled 75 points in the fall and tacked on 186 points during the winter.
Williams reclaimed the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup title and has been earned the title of top-ranked Division III athletic program for the 16th time. Emory took second, followed by Middlebury, Wisconsin Whitewater, and Washington University. Amherst, Johns Hopkins, Tufts, St. Thomas, and MIT rounded out the top 10.
Including Springfield, seven schools from New England were ranked in the top 24 in the country, with Bowdoin also placing 17th.