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Cortland athletics 15th in national Directors' Cup standings after fall season


The SUNY Cortland men's and women's intercollegiate athletic program ranks 15th out of more than 440 NCAA Division III schools after the fall season in the 2021-22 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings. The competition, which continues through the winter and spring seasons, is organized by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) to annually recognize the top collegiate athletic programs for overall excellence.

Cortland scored 224.5 points in the fall season and is the top-ranked New York school. Johns Hopkins University leads the standings with 471 points, and the Red Dragons are less than 40 points from the top 10. The standings are compiled based on schools' national finishes in different sports. Teams earn points by qualifying for the NCAA postseason and additional points for advancing in the playoffs. The national champion in each sport receives 100 points.

Cortland scored points in five fall sports. The football and men's soccer teams each tied for ninth place nationally, while the women's volleyball and field hockey teams each tied for 17th place. The men's cross country team also earned points by virtue of its fifth-place finish at the NCAA Division III Niagara Region championship. The Directors' Cup scoring rule award points to the top five finishers at each cross country regional, even if they are not subsequently chosen for the national championship.

Official Directors' Cup Scoring Page

2021-22 NACDA/Learfield Sports Directors' Cup
Division III Standings - End of Fall Season (Top 20)

1) Johns Hopkins (Md.) - 471
2) Middlebury (Vt.) - 397.5
3) Tufts (Mass.) - 330.5
4) Chicago (Ill.) - 320.5
5) Calvin (Mich.) - 308

6) Mass. Inst. of Technology - 300.5
7) Christopher Newport (Va.) - 278.5
8) Emory (Ga.) - 270
9) Washington & Lee (Va.) - 267.5
10) Washington-St. Louis (Mo.) - 261

11) Wisconsin-La Crosse - 259.5
12) Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.) - 246.5
13) Wartburg (Iowa) - 238
14) Amherst (Mass.) - 229
15) CORTLAND - 224.5

16) Pomona-Pitzer (Calif.) - 217.5
17) Loras (Iowa) - 210
18) Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) - 209.5
19) Messiah (Pa.) - 208.5
20) Wisconsin-Whitewater - 208