Middlebury has finished fifth among 329 colleges and universities that registered points in the 2017-18 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings. The Panthers earned their 15th-straight top-10 finish, winning the cup in 2011-12. Middlebury has also finished in the top five 17 times since 1995-96.
Williams won its sixth-straight and 21st overall title with 1,126.5 points, followed by MIT (1,001.5), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (939.5), Emory (936.5) and Middlebury (905). Four NESCAC schools cracked the top 10, with Tufts placing eighth and Amherst in ninth.
The fall season opened with five teams participating in NCAA play. The field hockey team won its second NCAA Championship in the last three years and third overall, finishing the season with a 20-2 mark. The Panther women's soccer team advanced into the NCAA Tournament Second Round with a 12-4-2 record, while the men's squad was edged in the opening round of the NCAAs and posted a 12-7 mark. On the cross country course, the women placed 11th and the men were 15th at the NCAA Championships.
The winter season saw the Middlebury men's basketball team make it to the NCAA Sectional Semifinal, ending the season with a 21-7 mark. The women's hockey team also took home its third-straight NESCAC crown and 10th overall, earning a 20-5-3 mark with a trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals. The Middlebury ski teams finished eighth at the NCAA Championships, while the swim teams and indoor track & field squads combined for 118 points in the Directors' Cup standings.
Middlebury capped the year with three teams making deep runs into the NCAA Tournament during the spring season, including a men's tennis championship. The team finished its spring with a single-season record 25 wins (25-4). The women's team also advanced to the NCAA Semifinals, tying a program record with its 17 victories (17-4). The Panther women's lacrosse team won four NCAA Tournament games before being edged in the title game, finishing with a 20-3 record and a NESCAC crown. The men's track and field team boasted an All-American at the NCAA Championships to earn team points for the Panthers.
To view complete standings and learn about the scoring structure, visit the NACDA website.