2017 Division III standings (through NCAA Winter Championships)
CLEVELAND – In the second and final set of winter Division III Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, the Adrian College Bulldogs made their debut in 63rd place out of 285 scoring schools after sending three sports--Men's Ice Hockey, Women's Ice Hockey, Men's Wrestling--to their respective NCAA Championships.
With 173 total points, Adrian lists third among Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association institutions behind Calvin in seventh (493.50) and Hope in 33rd (272). Last year at this time, the Bulldogs were 87th after the winter standings.
There are 450 total members in Division III, which is the largest classification in NCAA. Adrian ranks in the top-15 percent.
Women's Hockey earned a National Runner-Up finish in its first-ever trip to the "final four" which the College hosted for the first time, receiving 90 points for second place in the Learfield Cup. The program qualified for the NCAAs for the third time in school history since making its tournament debut in 2011. The Bulldogs swept for the second consecutive year the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Kronschnabel Trophy and Slaats Cup for topping the conference during the regular-season and tournament championship. In fact, the club achieved the first perfect 18-0 regular-season in NCHA history.
Men's Hockey also achieved a "final four" berth, credited with third-place and 83 points in the Directors' Cup standings. The Bulldogs won their third-consecutive NCHA Peters Cup regular-season championship and advanced to the conference tournament final for the ninth time in 10 seasons of their existence. Adrian also made its fifth NCAA tournament appearance in a row and seventh overall, defeating defending national champion Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 6-3, on the road in the National Quarterfinals. The team lost a 5-4 heartbreaker in overtime to 2017 NCAA champion Norwich in the semifinal round.
In its second year in the modern era of Bulldogs Wrestling, Adrian sent another national qualifier in junior co-captain and two-time National Wrestling Coaches Association Scholar All-American Zach Rieger. Despite not receiving any points, Adrian was credited with a 58th-place tie in the program's sixth all-time NCAA appearance (1975-76-77-79-2016-17).
The Learfield Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today, signifying excellence in maintaining a broad-based athletics department. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in NCAA DIII Championship competition in up to 18 sports -- nine for men and nine for women. Each national champion receives 100 points with a national runner-up finish worth 90 points, with a sliding point scale continuing on down by order of finish.
The MIAA is one of only a handful of conferences with eight or more of its members listed in the NACDA/Learfield standings, as Trine (116th, 102.50), Olivet (153rd, 72.00), Albion (166th, 63.00), Kalamazoo (226th, 31.50) and Alma (228th, 29.50) make an appearance.
Nationally, Washington-St. Louis holds more than a 100-point lead over 19-time winner Williams, 837.00 to 705.25.
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