CLEVELAND – At the conclusion of the 2016-17 NCAA Division III season, seven Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) schools were ranked in the final Learfield Directors’ Cup standings. Endicott became the first CCC school in three years to crack the top-100 as the Gulls ranked 69th.
Endicott picked up 289.00 points in the final standings giving them their second-best ranking of all time (28th in 2013-14).
Nichols was next on the list of CCC schools with its best ranking in the history of the award at 135th. The Bison scored 150.00 points. Wentworth also had its best-ever showing with a 147th finish and 133.00 points.
The University of New England and Western New England both earned 78.00 points for 206th with Salve Regina (209, 75.00 points) and Roger Williams (275, 38.00 points) closing out the list of CCC ranked schools.
ABOUT THE LEARFIELD DIRECTORS’S CUP
A program that honors institutions maintaining a broad-based program, achieving success in many sports, both men's and women's. Began in 1993-94 for Division I by NACDA and USA Today, it was expanded in 1995-96 to include Division II, III and the NAIA and, in 2011-12, expanded to the Junior/Community Colleges.
Points are distributed in 18 (nine men’s, nine women’s) NCAA Division III sports based on each schools finish in the NCAA Championship.
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of ten full member and three associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference currently administers championships in 18 intercollegiate.