CLEVELAND--Buoyed by the first-ever NCAA tournament appearance for Bulldogs women's soccer, Adrian College is listed in the fall standings of the Division III Learfield Directors' Cup standings for the first time in four years and for only the third time in school history.
Adrian received 25 points for a tie in 122nd place out of 175 scoring schools so far after Women's Soccer qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in its history. The Bulldogs captured their first-ever Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournament title over Calvin (3-0) and nationally No. 17-ranked and top-seeded Hope (1-0) en route to a 14-6-1 overall record. The three-goal shutout of the Knights in the MIAA Semifinals is the largest margin of victory for the Bulldogs against Calvin. The 14 wins are the second-most in team history.
The fall standings include the NCAA championships sports of men's and women's cross country, field hockey, women's volleyball and men's and women's soccer. The final fall standings will include football and be released on Dec. 20.
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. There are more than 400 Division III institutions that are eligible for the Cup.
The Bulldogs also appeared in the NACDA Learfield Directors' Cup fall standings in 2014 (T-135th, 25 points) and 2012 (T-129th, 25) after national tournament trips for Football in those years.
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