Babson Athletics Posts Highest Ranking In 20-Year History Of Directors’ Cup

Babson Athletics Posts Highest Ranking In 20-Year History Of Directors’ Cup

NACDA Directors’ Cup Final Standings

The Babson College Department of Athletics and Recreation capped off one of its most successful years in school history with its highest finish in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings on Thursday, as the Beavers’ 68th-place standing ranks among the top 15 percent of all NCAA Division III institutions.

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.

Babson amassed a department-best 263 points with six different varsity programs contributing to that total.  The school cracked the top 100 for the first time in 2010-11, placing 80th with 215 points, and did so again two years later after tying for 86th with 210 points.

The Beavers had representation in each of the three seasons, beginning with men’s soccer and women’s volleyball competing in their respective NCAA Tournaments in November.  Men’s soccer hosted the opening two rounds in its 25th appearance at the NCAAs, while women’s volleyball advanced to the second round during its first NCAA Tournament experience.  Babson was tied for 68th following the fall.

The Green and White climbed up to 56th place at the culmination of the winter standings, with both basketball programs automatically qualifying for their NCAA Tournaments in March.  Men’s basketball racked up 83 points in the standings thanks to its first NCAA Final Four run in program history, as the team hosted the opening four rounds of the tournament before heading to Salem, Virginia.  The women made their sixth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last seven years.

Men’s golf and women’s tennis rounded out the year with a pair of NCAA Tournament showings in May.  Men’s golf competed in its ninth NCAA Tournament after winning the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) title in the fall, while women’s tennis advanced to the second round of the NCAAs during its first tournament appearance.

In addition to the aforementioned six teams qualifying for their respective NCAA Tournaments, the Beavers had athletes from women’s cross country and men’s and women’s track & field compete at the NCAAs.  Babson’s men’s and women’s alpine ski teams also took part in the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) Championships, giving the department a total of 11 varsity programs among its 22 competing at the national level.