Middlebury has finished seventh among 325 colleges and universities that registered points in the 2016-17 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings. The Panthers earned their 14th-straight top-10 finish, highlighted by winning the cup in 2011-12.
Williams won its fifth-straight and 20th overall title with 1,325 points, followed by Washington-St. Louis (1,227) and Tufts (926). Middlebury finished with 836 points as four NESCAC schools cracked the top 10.
The fall season opened with five teams participating in NCAA play. The field hockey team advanced to the NCAA Regional Final, finishing the season with a 15-5 mark. The Panther women's soccer team ended with an identical record, moving into the NCAA Sectional Round. Middlebury's volleyball squad won the NESCAC Championship before advancing to the NCAA Tournament, finishing with an 18-9 record. On the cross country course, the women placed 14th and the men were 26th at the NCAA Championships.
The winter season saw the Middlebury men's basketball team host a pair of NCAA Tournament weekends in a sold-old Pepin Gymnasium. The Panthers took part in the sectional final, before ending their year with a 27-4 mark, including a NESCAC title. The women's hockey team also took home a NESCAC crown, earning a 19-7-2 mark with a trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals. The Middlebury ski teams finished 14th at the NCAA's, while the swim teams and indoor track squads combined for 169 points in the Directors' Cup standings.
Middlebury capped the year with three teams making deep runs into the NCAA Tournament during the spring season. Both the men's (21-4) and women's (17-4) tennis teams advanced to the NCAA Semifinals, with the women's squad earning its highest national ranking (second) in school history. The Panther women's lacrosse team won three NCAA Tournament games before bowing out in the regional final with a 16-5 mark. The men's and women's track and field teams sent athletes to the NCAA Championships to earn team points for the Panthers.
To view complete standings and learn about the scoring structure, visit the NACDA website.