Ithaca is ranked 11th in the 2021-22 LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup standings


ITHACA, NY – For the fifth straight year, Ithaca College has finished in the top 20 in the final LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup standings as Ithaca ranked 11th overall out of 450 NCAA Division III schools at the end of the 2021-22 school season (327 schools earned points) . with 770.75 points. Directors’ Cup points are awarded based on each institution’s performance in up to 18 sports in NCAA postseason competitions, measured across nine women’s sports and nine men’s sports. It is also the 20th time that Ithaca has finished in the top 20 since the start of the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup.

IC remains at the top of the Division III competition as it is just one of six Division III schools to have finished in the top 30 every year since the Directors’ Cup began in 1995-96. The other institutions are Amherst College (24th), Calvin University (27th), Emory University (9th), Middlebury College (3rd) and Williams College (6th).

Ithaca was also the best school in New York this year, beating SUNY Geneseo in 19th place with 79 points and leading the Liberty League schools by a wide margin (RPI – 50th, 358 points, RIT – 73rd, 239 points and Hobart and William Smith – 93rd, 197 points).

The Bombers continued their stellar winter season with an exceptional spring when baseball, women’s crew, women’s lacrosse, and men’s and women’s track and field all scored 292 points to give the program a 770.75 for the 2021-22 academic year.

The women’s crew totaled 80 points with their fourth-place finish in the NCAA Division III Championship, while baseball and women’s lacrosse each secured 64 points with their ninth-place finish. Women’s outdoor athletics scored 46 points and men’s outdoor athletics scored 38 points.

During the winter, IC sent six programs to NCAA competition and walked away with 364.25 points, which was the second most points earned in DIII. The fall season accounted for 114.5 points.

Women’s indoor track and field led the winter with 85 points after a third-place finish, while men’s indoor track and field contributed 71.25 points and finished sixth. Men’s and women’s swimming and diving each scored 56 points with 18th place at the NCAA championships. Women’s basketball racked up 50 points and wrestling racked up 46 points.

In the fall, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball each received 25 points, while women’s cross-country scored 32 points and men’s cross-country scored 32.5 points, for a total of 114.5 points.

The LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup was developed in collaboration between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. The full standings and point structure can be found on the NACDA website at

Ithaca College All-Time Directors’ Cup Results
Year Finished
1995-96 16
1996-97 6.
1997-98 18
1998-99 17
1999-2000 21
2000-01 5.
2001-02 2
2002-03 9.
2003-04 11
2004-05 14
2005-06 26
2006-07 21
2007-08 14
2008-09 20
2009-10 22
2010-11 19
2011-12 19
2012-13 19
2013-14 12.
2014-15 30
2015-16 20
2016-17 10
2017-18 10
2018-19 19
2019-20 N / A
2020-21 N / A
2021-22 11

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