Babson Athletics’ Historic Year Leads to Top 25 Finish in Directors’ Cup Standings

Babson Athletics’ Historic Year Leads to Top 25 Finish in Directors’ Cup Standings

23rd-Place Finish Puts Babson Among Nation's Top Five Percent Institutions

NACDA Directors' Cup Final Standings

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Thanks to a historic spring coupled with a record-breaking fall and winter, Babson College Athletics is among the country's top five percent of 450 NCAA Division III institutions with a 23rd-place finish in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings.

The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup is awarded annually to the nation's best overall collegiate athletics program. Each institution is awarded points in a pre-determined number of sports for men and women. The Division III program began in 1995-96 by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA TODAY, and it has since grown into a highly recognized mark of distinction among collegiate institutions.

Babson accumulated 519.5 points, including an astounding 247.5 points in the spring alone. A school-best nine different varsity programs contributed to that total. The previous highs were 68th place with six varsity programs tallying 263 points in 2014-15. The department cracked the top 100 in 2010-11, placing 80th, and tied for 86th two years after that.

The Beavers had strong representation in each of the three seasons, with five spring programs competing in their respective NCAA Tournaments in May. Baseball and softball contributed 64 points apiece, with baseball advancing to its first NCAA regional final and softball reaching its inaugural NCAA super regional. Softball also hosted a four-team regional before heading to Williamstown.

Women's lacrosse returned to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in the last 11 seasons and advanced to the second round, while men's golf's 25th-place finish at the NCAA Championship was its highest since 2002. Men's golf competed in its third straight NCAA Championship. Men's track & field rounded out an incredible spring by recording its first team score at an NCAA Championship.

The Green and White began making history at the culmination of the winter season, rising to a school-best tie for 33rd in the standings. Men's basketball was Babson's first program since 1984 to be crowned national champions, having competed in its fourth straight NCAA Tournament and second NCAA Final Four in three seasons. Women's basketball qualified for its seventh NCAA Tournament in the last nine years and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the fifth time in program history.

Babson began the year strong with an impressive fall that saw the department rank 45th in the standings. Field hockey became the first women's program in school history to reach an NCAA Tournament Final Four after hosting the NCAA Sweet 16 and national quarterfinal rounds. Men's soccer hosted first and second round games as the Beavers competed in a school-best 27th NCAA Tournament.

In addition to the nine programs who qualified for their respective NCAA Tournaments, Babson's men's and women's alpine ski teams each posted top-six finishes at the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) Championships. The department had a school-high-tying 11 varsity programs among its 22 competing at the national level.