MIT has finished second overall in the final 2018 Learfield Directors’ Cup standings. This marks the highest finish in history for the Engineers, as MIT finished with a total of 1001.5 points.
“I am extremely proud of our student-athletes, staff, and coaches for this remarkable achievement during what has been a historic season for our teams,” said Julie Soriero, Director of Athletics. “This has been such an exciting year for our athletic programs at the conference, regional, and national level and finishing second in the nation is a testament to all of the hard work they have put in.”
MIT recently received the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Men’s and Women’s Presidents Cups after capturing a league-record 14 conference championships in 2017-18. This is the fourth time since 2012-13 that MIT has swept both NEWMAC Presidents Cups and the fifth time that the men and women have individually won the award.
The Engineers captured NEWMAC championships in women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, field hockey, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s track and field, men’s and women’s tennis and softball. Overall, 17 teams made NCAA appearances including a fourth-place finish from women’s cross country, three Sweet 16 berths, two Elite Eights and a seventh-place finish by the softball team in the College World Series. Men’s swimming and diving was fifth at the NCAA Championship, while the women’s swimming and diving team placed sixth.
Overall in 2017-18, MIT has a school-record 104 All-Americans, 204 All-Conference honorees and 239 Academic All-Conference selections. The Institue also boasts 25 Athletes of the Year, six Coaches of the Year, five national runners-up, five regional Coaches of the Year, and one National Coach of the Year (Carol Matsuzaki of women's tennis).
The Learfield Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in NCAA Championships.