CLEVELAND – Six Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) schools were ranked in the final 2017-18 Learfield Directors’ Cup standings when they were released last week. Western New England was the top finisher in the conference placing 83rd. Western New England collected 241.50 points for its best finish program history.
Three other CCC schools also had their best showing in the Learfield Directors’ Cup standings as Nichols finished 108th with 185 points, the University of New England finished 172nd with 103 points, and Salve Regina finished 192nd with 90 points.
Roger Williams and Endicott were also included in the standings, finishing 203rd and 212th, respectively. The Hawks had 86 points and the Gulls had 75.
The conference saw a decent amount of success on the national stage this year as it had seven teams win at least one game in the NCAA Tournament in six separate sports. In the fall, the University of New England field hockey team earned a First Round victory at home to advance to the Second Round for the fourth year in a row. In the spring, Western New England’s baseball and softball teams each picked up a win in their respective regionals. Meanwhile, Nichols saw its men’s and women’s tennis teams each earn NCAA First Round wins.
The highlight of the year for the conference in NCAA Tournament play came in men’s ice hockey as it saw three teams gain entry to the 12-team field. Nichols and Salve Regina both earned victories leading to a head-to-head matchup in the NCAA Quarterfinals. The Seahawks emerged out of that pairing and made a run to the national championship game, becoming the first CCC team to accomplish that feat in any sport.
Points for the Learfield Directors’ Cup were awarded based on national finish among NCAA postseason participants. For the 2017-18 academic year, the scoring system was updated for the first time in recent history. While there is still a maximum 18 sports counted, men's and women's basketball and men's and women's soccer are the four sports that must be counted for each institution. Additionally, up to 14 other scores may be counted, regardless of gender, in the final score.
Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA’s website at www.directorscup.org.
ABOUT THE LEARFIELD DIRECTORS’ CUP
The Learfield Directors’ Cup is a program that honors institutions maintaining a broad-based program, achieving success in many sports, both men's and women's. It 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.
An industry leader for more than four decades, Learfield has a deep presence in the college athletics landscape nationwide. It manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for nearly 130 collegiate institutions, conferences and arenas, and supports athletic department’s at all competitive levels as title sponsor of the prestigious Learfield Directors’ Cup for 10 years. Learfield also provides its collegiate partners access to professional concessions and ticket sales; branding, licensing and trademark consulting; digital and social platform expertise; campus-wide business and sponsorship development; and venue and technology systems through its affiliated companies.
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.