Babson Athletics Cracks Top 50 In Fall Directors’ Cup Standings

Babson Athletics Cracks Top 50 In Fall Directors’ Cup Standings

NACDA Directors' Cup Fall Standings

For the second consecutive fall, the Babson College Department of Athletics and Recreation finds itself among the nation's top 50 NCAA Division III institutions in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup. The Beavers currently sit 45th in the fall standings among 450-plus Division III colleges and universities.

The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup is awarded annually to the nation's best overall collegiate athletics program. Each institution is awarded points in a pre-determined number of sports for men and women. The Division III program began in 1995-96 by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA TODAY, and it has since grown into a highly recognized mark of distinction among collegiate institutions.

One of only 49 schools to surpass the 100-point mark, Babson enters the winter season with 108 points. The Beavers accumulated 100 points this time last year. Babson is a mere 18 points away from the top 30 institutions in the country and is currently second behind MIT in the 11-school New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).

Field hockey and men's soccer comprised Babson's point total, with field hockey becoming the first women's program in school history to advance to an NCAA Tournament Final Four. Competing in its third NCAA Tournament, field hockey hosted the NCAA Sweet 16 and national quarterfinal rounds. Men's soccer hosted first and second round games as the Beavers qualified for a school-best 27th NCAA Tournament.