Webster Tops SLIAC in 2013-2014 Director’s Cup Ranking

| June 24, 2014

Webster University Athletics finished 136th, out of 323 NCAA III schools scoring points, in the final standings for the 2014 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. Webster had the top finish in Cup standings for the ten members of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for the 2013-14 year, with 149 total points. The Cup is awarded by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).

A school’s Director’s Cup ranking is based on the cumulative number of points earned by its teams that have qualified for NCAA III Championships, and how well they perform. The Gorloks sent five teams to the NCAA III national championships in 2013-14. Volleyball, women’s soccer, men’s basketball, baseball, and golf all earned NCAA III tournament berths this past year.

The Webster golf team earned an additional 24 points with its 25th place finish in the NCAA III Championships. Teams are awarded a base of 25 points for qualifying for a championship tournament. The higher a team finishes determines how many additional points it is awarded.

Volleyball, women’s soccer, men’s basketball, and baseball wound up with 25 points by finishing 33rd, respectively, in each of their tournaments. There are 448 schools in the NCAA III eligible for the Cup, and 323 schools had at least one team qualify for an NCAA III Championship in 2013-14.

Webster’s highest finish in the 18-year history of the Directors’ Cup was 111th in 2011-12, when Webster sent four teams to NCAA III Championships, bolstered by baseball’s fifth place and golf’s 25th place finishes that year.

Six SLIAC members scored points for Cup standings in 2013-14. Greenville College was the next highest finisher in the conference at 152. Principia College wound up at 204 and Westminster College finished at 226. Spalding University (241) and Fontbonne University (tied at 282) rounded out SLIAC schools in the rankings. Williams College (MA) won the cup for the 17th year in the last 19 the Cup has been awarded at the NCAA III level.

A Directors Cup is awarded by NACDA to all three NCAA divisions and to the NAIA.

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