Athletic Program Ranked Among Top 20 in USA
The SUNY Cortland men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic program finished 16th out of 440 NCAA Division III programs nationwide in the 2010-11 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup competition.
Cortland is one of only five schools nationwide, and the only college in New York, to place in the top 20 in each of the 16 years the standings have been compiled on the Division III level.
The other schools that hold that distinction are Williams College and Amherst College, both in Massachusetts, Middlebury College in Vermont and The College of New Jersey. Wisconsin-La Crosse was on that list through last season but finished 32nd this year.
The Red Dragons were the top finisher this season among New York Div. III schools with 604.5 points. The next closest New York school in the standings was SUNY Geneseo, which ranked 39th.
The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), Learfield Sports and USA Today present the award annually to recognize overall excellence among collegiate athletic programs.
Cortland had 11 teams participate in NCAA postseason competition in 2010-11, nine of which placed in the top 20 nationally.
The women’s lacrosse team tied for third in the nation, the softball team finished fourth and the men’s lacrosse team tied for fifth. The baseball, field hockey and football teams each tied for ninth, the wrestling team placed 14th, the women’s cross country team finished 15th and the women’s volleyball team tied for 17th. The women's gymnastics team tied for fourth nationally at the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) Division III Championships, but that result is not counted in the Directors' Cup standings.
The standings are compiled based on schools’ national finishes in different sports. Teams earn points by qualifying for the NCAA postseason and advancing in the playoffs. The national champion in each sport receives 100 points.
There are four Directors’ Cup Awards, one to honor overall champions in each of the NCAA’s Divisions (I, II and III) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The Directors’ Cup is the first-ever cross-sectional all-sports national recognition award for both men and women.
NACDA, which is now in its 46th year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,100 college athletics directors, associates, assistants and conference commissioners at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada.
The final rankings are listed below:
2010-11 LEARFIELD SPORTS DIRECTORS’ CUP
Final Division III Standings
Rank School Points
1. Williams (Mass.) 1,147
2. Middlebury (Vt.) 1,063.17
3. Washington (Mo.) 964
4. Amherst (Mass.) 889.5
5. Calvin (Mich.) 762.25
6. Wisconsin-Whitewater 722.75
7. Emory (Ga.) 692
8. Johns Hopkins (Md.) 688
9. Wisconsin-Stevens Point 686.25
10. College of New Jersey 660.75
11. Mass. Institute of Tech. 643.5
12. Wisconsin-Oshkosh 636.75
13. Stevens Inst. of Tech. (N.J.) 626
14. Wisconin-Eau Claire 615.5
15. Wartburg (Iowa) 605.5
16. CORTLAND (N.Y.) 604.5
17. North Central (Ill.) 597.75
18. Illinois Wesleyan 596.5
19. Ithaca (N.Y.) 590
20. Christopher Newport (Va.) 585.75
Other New York schools in Top 100:
39. Geneseo 370.67
43. New York Univ. 340.67
tie 46. Rochester Inst. of Tech. 324.5
tie 46. St. Lawrence 324.5
48. Buffalo St. 319.5
52. Rochester 302.5
62. Skidmore 260
65. Farmingdale 251.5
93. Merchant Marine Academy 197.75
Complete standings are online at: www.nacda.com <http://www.nacda.com>
2010-11 CORTLAND TEAMS PARTICIPATING IN NCAA DIVISION III POSTSEASON PLAY
(national finish in parentheses)
Women’s Lacrosse (tied for 3rd)
Men’s Lacrosse (tied for 5th)
Baseball (tied for 9th)
Field Hockey (tied for 9th)
Football (tied for 9th)
Women’s Cross Country (15th)
Women’s Volleyball (tied for 17th)
Men’s Outdoor Track and Field (tied for 35th)
Women’s Outdoor Track and Field (tied for 82nd)
(NOTE: Women's gymnastics tied for fourth nationally at the NCGA Div. III Championships, but that finish is not counted in the Directors' Cup standings since it is not an NCAA championship.)
CORTLAND’S DIRECTORS’ CUP FINISHES
1997-98: 2nd (tied)