MIT Leads In the First 2017 Learfield Directors' Cup Standings, NEWMAC See's Two in the Top 50

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (November 22) - In the first set of the 2017 Learfield Director's Cup standings released last week the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) saw two institutions hold rank in the top 50, highlighted by the current leader across Division III, MIT with a total of 255.50 points. Babson College is ranked at 32 with a total of 89 points. The Engineers captured five conference championships during the fall season while Babson saw two teams earn At-Large bids into the NCAA National Championship while competing in the Regional Championships for cross country.

The Engineers were led by a fourth-place finish from the No. 2 ranked women's cross country team at the 2017 NCAA National Championship in Elsah, Illinois after the team won its second straight NCAA Regional and its 11th straight NEWMAC title this fall. The MIT men's cross country team claimed its 20th straight NEWMAC title and also its second consecutive regional crown as the No. 7 ranked Engineers placed 16th as a team at nationals. 

The MIT women's volleyball team, which came into the NCAA Tournament ranked No. 18 in the nation, dropped a narrow five-set matchup to No. 8 Johnson & Wales in the regional final as the Engineers ended the season at 30-3 overall. MIT won its second straight NEWMAC title on its home court in Rockwell Cage as it was also the sixth overall for the Engineers.

The MIT field hockey team earned a thrilling 1-0 road win over No. 3 Babson College to claim the NEWMAC Championship and earn a bye into the second round of the NCAA Tournament and the Sweet 16. The Engineers ended the season ranked No. 7 in the nation and finished with an overall record of 16-3. 

The latest standings do not include the final points from the NCAA Soccer Championships, where the No. 13 MIT women's team advanced to the Sweet 16 with a pair of home wins to move onto the third round. The Engineers won the NEWMAC regular-season and conference tournament titles and capped off an incredible 2017 season with a 12-0-1 record at home in Steinbrenner Stadium. 

The Babson Beavers were highlighted by an NCAA Regional Final appearance for the women's volleyball program who lost a tough match to Ithaca.

The Learfield 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 NCAA Championships. To review the updated scoring changes for the 2017-18 year, please click here.