WESTLAKE, Ohio --- Aurora University scored points in five spring sports to lead all Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) schools with a 75th-place finish in the final 2017-18 NCAA Division III Learfield Directors' Cup standings.
The Spartans were selected to NCAA Division III championship fields in baseball, men's golf and men's lacrosse while also recording team finishes at nationals in both men's and women's outdoor track and field to post 160 of their 256 points.
Benedictine coupled a fourth-place national finish in men's track and field with an appearance in the NCAA III Softball Championships this spring en route to 105 points
Dominican and Concordia Chicago's efforts were bolstered by third-place national finishes in men's volleyball and baseball, respectively. The Stars finished 144th overall with 133 points, while the Cougars - who also picked up points due to their 34th-place national finish in women's track and field - finished 157th overall with 120.5 points.
Concordia Wisconsin made nationals appearances in both men's and women's tennis and posted a 25th-place finish at the NCAA III Women's Golf Championships this spring to account for 74 of their 99 points while finishing 185th overall.
MSOE tied for 269th place with 39 points, while Lakeland, Marian and Wisconsin Lutheran all tied for 281st place with 25 points.
Williams College (Mass.) of the New England Small College Athletic Conference won its 21st Directors' Cup title out of the 23 awarded since 1995-96 with 1,126.5 will be honored at the 2018 NACDA Convention during the Learfield Directors' Cup Awards Luncheon on Saturday, June 30.
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 finish in up to 18 sports in Division III -- men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, and up to 14 other scores regardless of gender.