Jumbos 3rd in Directors' Cup Standings Following Fall Sports Season

MEDFORD - Following an excellent fall season, the Tufts University varsity athletics program is ranked third out of more than 400 schools in the NCAA Division III Fall Standings for the 2021-22 LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup.

The LEARFIELD 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 NCAA Tournament finishes in up to 18 sports - nine women's and nine men's. Announced today, the fall standings include results for men's and women's cross country, field hockey, football, men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball and men's water polo. NESCAC schools are not eligible for NCAA play in football and Tufts does not have a varsity men's water polo team.

The Jumbos qualified five teams for NCAA competition during the fall 2021 season. That group combined to score 330.50 points, 10 in front of fourth-place finisher University of Chicago (320.50). NESCAC foe Middlebury College is second in the standings with a 397.50 score and Johns Hopkins University is the fall leader at 471.00.

Head coach Cora Thompson's women's volleyball team and head coach Kyle Dezotell's men's soccer squad both reached the NCAA "Elite 8" and scored the most Tufts points (73) for the fall. Women's Cross Country, coached by Kristen Morwick, had another strong showing (ninth) at the NCAA race and added 70.5 points. Field hockey, coached by Tina Mattera, advanced to the NCAA Elite 8 and scored 70 Directors' Cup points. Men's Cross Country, guided by associate head coach Michael Schmidt, was awarded 44 points for their 30th-place NCAA finish.

The Jumbos will be looking to again earn a spot in the Directors' Cup top 10 with continued NCAA success in the winter and spring seasons. The competition was canceled in both 2019-20 and 2020-21 due to COVID-19. The seventh-place final finish for 2018-19 put Tufts in the top 10 for the eighth straight year and 11th time overall since 1995-96. The Jumbos’ 2016-17 third-place finish overall improved upon 2015-16’s fourth-place showing as Tufts' best in program history. The Jumbos had sixth-place showings in 2005-06 and 2009-10.

> 2021-22 LEARFIELD Directors Cup Division III Fall Standings