F&M Finishes 62nd In Learfield Directors' Cup

F&M Finishes 62nd In Learfield Directors' Cup

Final Standings

LANCASTER, Pa. -- A strong finish to the spring season allowed Franklin & Marshall to secure a 62nd-place finish out of 328 qualifying Division III institutions in the 2021-22 final Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings. The Diplomats eclipsed 200 points for the ninth straight year after totaling 286.

The Directors' Cup program honors the top overall athletic programs (Division I, Division II, Division III, NAIA) in the country. Points in the standings are accumulated based on an institution's national postseason participation and success in NCAA Championship competition finish in up to 18 sports (nine men, nine women).

Five teams helped accumulate points for the Diplomats, who ranked second among Centennial schools for the fourth consecutive year, trailing only Johns Hopkins, who placed second in the nation with 1,043 points. The next closest CC competitor was Gettysburg, who finished just three points behind F&M with 283 points.

F&M picked up 50 points each from men's and women's soccer - each team reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament in the fall. Men's soccer made its eighth-straight trip to the NCAA Playoffs, while women's soccer won a first-round matchup in its first ever trip to the national postseason.

In the winter, men's swimming finished off a historic campaign with the program's best-ever NCAA finish, taking 17th place at March's Championships to deliver 57 points to F&M's total.

Spring saw women's lacrosse and men's golf clinch spots in the NCAA postseason. Women's lacrosse registered a pair of wins in the tourney to land in the Elite Eight and rack up 73 points towards the total. Men's golf clinched its twelfth Centennial Conference crown, en route to an 18th place finish nationally, accumulating 56 points.

Tuft clinched its first ever Learfield Directors' Cup, pacing the field with 1,080 points. Hopkins, Middlebury (1000.50), MIT (936.75), and Washington-St. Louis (921.50) rounded out the top-five. 22-time Directors' Cup winner Williams finished in sixth.

 

F&M All-Time Final Directors' Cup Rankings

95-96 – 80th (145 points)

96-97 – 117th (93.5)

97-98 – 101st (60)

98-99 – 133rd (40)

99-00 – 102nd (135)

00-01  – 191st (50)

01-02 – 152nd (95)

02-03 – 126th (116)

03-04 – 118th (125)

04-05 – 119th (112)

05-06 – 80th (190)

06-07 – 79th (231.5)

07-08 – 112th (168.5)

08-09 – 47th (305)

09-10 – 60th (257)

10-11 – 105th (184)

11-12 – 96th (212)

12-13 – 65th (266)

13-14 – 84th (226)

14-15 – 53rd (322.50)

15-16 – 52nd (343.25)

16-17 – 50th (350) | 2nd in CC

17-18 – 61st (306.50) | 2nd in CC

18-19 – 60th (302) | 2nd in CC

Not awarded in 19-20, 20-21 due to COVID-19

21-22 – 62nd (286) | 2nd in CC