SPRINGFIELD, Ohio—Wittenberg University sits in 24th-place to lead all North Coast Athletic Conference member institutions in the 2017-18 Division III Learfield Sports Directors' Cup final fall standings.
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.
The Tigers lead the NCAC in the standings, and sit behind Ohio Northern University (21st) amongst Ohio institutions.
The Wittenberg Tigers have totaled 165.00 points in the overall standings, based on NCAA postseason competition, led by the volleyball team racking up 90.00 points after finishing as the national runner-up to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. The women's soccer team also earned 50.00 points for the Tigers after topping Thomas More, 3-2 (OT), in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, before bowing out of the tourney with a heartbreaking 1-0 loss at Washington (MO). Wittenberg rounded out the fall season with 25.00 points from its football squad that qualified for the national tournament after winning its league-leading 15th NCAC title.
Johns Hopkins has the lead in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Div. III fall standings with 383.00 points, while MIT sits in second (319.50) and Middlebury is third overall with 301.00 points.
To date, seven fall NCAA Div. III championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: women's cross country – Johns Hopkins; men's cross country – North Central (IL); field hockey – Middlebury; women's volleyball – Claremont-Mudd-Scripps; women's soccer – Williams; men's soccer – Messiah; football – Mount Union.