MEDFORD - The Tufts University varsity athletics program is ranked 14th out of more than 400 schools in the NCAA Division III Fall Standings for the 2017-18 Learfield Sports Directors Cup.
The Learfield Sports 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 up to 18 sports -- nine women's and nine men's. Announced today, the fall standings include results for men's and women's cross country, field hockey, football, men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball. New England Small College Athletic Conference schools are not eligible for NCAA play in football.
The Jumbos qualified four teams for NCAA competition during the fall 2017 season. The foursome combined to score 220 points, three in front of 15th-place Carnegie Mellon University (217) and 13.5 behind 13th-place Williams College (233.5). Johns Hopkins University is in first place with a 383 score.
Head coach Josh Shapiro's men's soccer team scored the most points (73) for the fall after advancing to the NCAA Tournament "Elite Eight." The women's cross country team, coached by Kristen Morwick, finished seventh at the NCAA Championship Race to score 72 Director's Cup points.
Tufts' women's soccer and women's volleyball teams also participated in NCAA Tournaments. Head coach Cora Thompson's volleyball squad played into the second round and earned 50 points in the Cup standings. Head coach Martha Whiting's team lost in the first round of NCAA's, earning them 25 Cup points.
The Jumbos will be looking to again earn a spot in the Director's Cup top 10 with their NCAA success in the winter and spring seasons. Last year’s third-place finish overall improved upon 2016’s fourth-place showing as Tufts' best in program history. The Jumbos finished in sixth-place in 2005-06 and 2009-10, which prior to the last two years was the best since the Directors’ Cup began in 1995-96. Tufts has scored among the top 10 for five straight years and nine times overall.