Middlebury finished fourth among 340 colleges and universities that registered points in the 2018-19 Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup standings. The Panthers earned their 16th-straight top-10 finish, winning the cup in 2011-12. Middlebury has also finished in the top five 18 times since 1995-96.
Williams won its seventh-straight and 22nd overall title with 1,117 points, followed by Johns Hopkins (1,083.75), Washington-St. Louis (1,032.75), Middlebury (941.75) and Emory (921.50) rounding out the top five. Four NESCAC schools cracked the top 10, with Tufts (884.33) placing seventh and Amherst (879.25) right behind in eighth.
The fall season opened with five teams participating in NCAA play. The field hockey team won its second-straight NCAA Championship, finishing the season with a program-record 21 wins (21-1). The Panther women's soccer team won the fourth NESCAC Championship in program history and advanced to the NCAA Championship match, ending the year with a program-record 19 victories (19-2-3). The men's soccer squad was edged in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament and posted a 10-4-3 mark. On the cross country course, the women placed eighth and the men were 15th at the NCAA Championships.
The winter season saw the Middlebury men's basketball team earn an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament, ending the season with an 18-8 mark. The women's basketball team also garnered a berth into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 1997-98 season and advanced to the NCAA Sectional Final, posting a record of 20-8. The Middlebury ski teams finished 10th at the NCAA Championships, while the indoor track & field squads combined for 114.25 points in the Directors' Cup standings, including the men's distance medley relay capturing the national title.
Middlebury capped the year with three teams making deep runs into the NCAA Tournament during the spring season, including a women's lacrosse championship. The team finished its spring tying a single-season record with 22 wins (22-1) and claimed the NESCAC Tournament title. The women's tennis team advanced to the NCAA Semifinals, setting a program mark with its 19 victories (19-3). The Panther men's tennis team also advanced to the NCAA Semifinals, finishing with a 19-7 record and a NESCAC Championship crown. The outdoor track and field teams each accumulated cup points at the NCAA Championships in Ohio.
To view complete standings and learn about the scoring structure, visit the NACDA website: https://nacda.com/sports/2018/7/17/directorscup-nacda-directorscup-current-scoring-html.aspx.