MEDFORD - After four teams scored in NCAA events during the past month, the Tufts University varsity athletics program is at #8 in today's release of the DIII standings of the Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup through the winter season.
The Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports -- nine women's and nine men's. Announced today, the final winter standings include results for men's and women's basketball, fencing, men's and women's ice hockey, skiing, men's and women's swimming & diving, men's and women's indoor track & field and men's wrestling. Tufts does not field varsity teams in women's ice hockey, skiing or men's wrestling.
Women's basketball, men's and women's swimming & diving and women's indoor track & field scored points for their performances in NCAA events this winter. Tufts scored 204.83 points for the winter, added to their 353.50 from the fall for a 558.33 total score. That's 37 points higher than their winter score from 2017-18 (521.50).
This winter, head coach Carla Berube's women's basketball team earned 73 fifth-place points for advancing to the Elite Eight. The men's swimming & diving team, coached by Adam Hoyt, also finished among the top 10 in 10th place at their NCAA meet for 67.5 points. Women's swimming & diving, also led by Coach Hoyt, had its best finish at NCAA's since 1990 in 16th place to score 58.5 points. Head coach Kristen Morwick's women's indoor track & field team contributed 5.83 points with their 64th-place at NCAA's.
The Jumbos qualified five teams for NCAA competition during the fall 2018 season. Head coach Josh Shapiro's NCAA championship winning men's soccer team scored the most Tufts points (100) for the fall. Field hockey, coached by Tina Mattera, advanced to the NCAA Final and scored 90 Directors' Cup points. Women's cross country coached by Morwick had another good showing (12th) at the NCAA race and added 64.5 points. Head coach Martha Whiting and the women's soccer team returned to the NCAA Tournament and won a first-round game which secured 50 points for the Jumbos. Men's cross country rallied to earn an NCAA spot and picked up 49 points after head coach Joel Williams' team's 25th-place showing at Nationals.
Tufts will be looking to remain in the top 10 - and perhaps climb a few sports - with NCAA success in the spring season. The program has had seven straight top 10 finishes (2012-18), eight overall since 2010 and 10 total since the Directors' Cup started in 1995-96.
The final spring standings as well as the final overall Directors' Cup standings are scheduled to be released on June 6. Points are awarded in men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track & field, softball, baseball and women's rowing, as well as men's volleyball and women's golf (which Tufts does not sponsor).