PAWTUCKET, R.I. – UMass Boston led all Little East Conference (LEC) institutions with a 49th-place finish in the final 2017-18 Learfield Directors' Cup Standings. Each of the LEC's eight member institutions were ranked in the final standings.
The Learfield Directors' Cup is an annual competition amongst NCAA schools that weights a school's success on how their teams do during NCAA Tournament play. Teams earn points for reaching the NCAA Tournament and then pick up more points proportionally to how far they make it into the NCAA Tournament. Schools can score points in up to 18 total sports.
The Beacons totaled 356 points for the year, thanks in large part to the women's track & field team capturing the NCAA Division III National Championship during the indoor and outdoor seasons, which accounted for 195 points. UMass Boston also scored points in baseball, women's basketball, softball, men's indoor and outdoor track & field, women's volleyball.
Plymouth State University was the second-best performing LEC program, finishing 156th with 120.80 points, placing them three spots ahead of Rhode Island College (159th, 117.50 points). The LEC's remaining programs in rank order were UMass Dartmouth (174th, 101.50 points), University of Southern Maine (190th, 95 points), Keene State College (212th, 75 points), Eastern Connecticut State University (T-243rd, 50 points) and Western Connecticut State University (T-243rd, 50 points).
For the 2017-18 year, the Learfield Directors' Cup scoring was updated for the first time in recent history. While there is still a maximum 18 sports counted, men's and women's basketball and women's and women's soccer, are the four sports that must be counted for each institution. Additionally, up to 14 other scores may be counted, regardless of gender, in the final score. For a complete release of this announcement, click here.
About the Little East Conference
The Little East Conference (LEC) was formed in 1986 when six public institutions gathered to create a single sport athletic conference and has expanded into what is now New England's premier athletic conference for public institutions in NCAA Division III. The LEC features 19 Championship Sports and sponsors quality competition in every season for our student athletes while following the Division III mission of passion, responsibility, sportsmanship and citizenship.