MILWAUKEE, Wis. (naccsports.org) --- Nine of 13 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) institutions are featured in the final NCAA Division III Learfield/IMG College Directors' Cup standings for the 2018-19 academic year, released Wednesday by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). Aurora University led all NACC schools, sitting in 61st place with 299 points.
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 NCAA Tournament finish in up to 18 sports - nine women's and nine men's.
The Spartans stand 61st overall after accumulating 152 markers this spring after carrying over 73 points in the fall and 74 points in the winter. Aurora picked its biggest haul for the year in women's volleyball, which picked up 73 points after advancing to the national quarterfinals. In the winter, the Spartans added 25 points thanks to its NACC Tournament champion men's basketball squad and a total of 49 points from its indoor track & field teams. The Spartan men finished 42nd (29.5 points) at the Division III Championships, while the women finished 52nd (19.5).
This spring, Aurora participated in NCAA Championship events in five sports. The Spartan men's golf team placed 18th (56 points), women's golf finished 22nd (30), and baseball advanced to the final of its regional (t-33rd, 37.5). The final 28.5 points came from Aurora's outdoor track and field teams. The Spartan women finished 47th for 23.5 points and the men were 69th with five points.
Concordia University Chicago placed 163rd, tallying 111.5 of its 124.5 points during the spring season. The Cougars' baseball team advanced to the super regional round, earning the program 64 points, while the CUC women's outdoor track and field team earned 47.5 points with a 23rd-place finish at the NCAA Championships. The Cougar women also earned 13 points with a 59th-place finish at the indoor national meet.
Dominican University finished in 216th place after carrying over 75 points from the fall season in the sports of men's soccer (50) and women's soccer (25).
Milwaukee School of Engineering jumped into the final set of rankings in 230th place with 62.5 points this spring after softball (37.5) and men's volleyball (25) qualified for the NCAA Championships field.
Concordia University Wisconsin and Wisconsin Lutheran College tied for 245th place with 50 points apiece. Concordia Wisconsin earned its points by qualifying for the NCAA Championship field in men's lacrosse, while Wisconsin Lutheran went 1-1 in the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship.
Benedictine University finished 271st with 46.5 points courtesy of its men's track and field teams. The Eagles earned 41.5 points behind a 30th-place finish at the indoor meet, then added five points with a 69th-place finish outdoors.
NCAA Championship appearances for Edgewood College in women's tennis and Illinois Institute of Technology in men's tennis left both programs with 25 points and tied for 291st place.
Additionally, NACC football affiliate Eureka earned 25 of its 75 overall points by winning the 2018 NACC football crown.
Williams College captured its 22nd Division III Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup title with 1117 points, while Johns Hopkins University took second (1083.75) and Washington University in St. Louis was third (1032.75).
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