Athletics ranks in top 10

The Lynchburg College athletic department had one of its most successful fall seasons of all time, as evidenced by the ninth place position in the recent Division III Learfield Directors’ Cup standings.

The Learfield Cup ranks schools depending on how many teams from an institution advanced to the NCAA Tournament, and how well the teams fared.

The Hornets currently have 200 points, after the fall season – excluding points for football. Lynchburg got 83 points from the women’s soccer team, which advanced to the D-III Final Four for the first time in school history. The LC field hockey team added 53 points for its win in the tournament, traveling into the NCAA Sweet 16.

The Lynchburg men’s soccer team added 50 points to the total after a winning a first-round contest. The Hornets men’s cross country team chipped in 14 points to the overall total, highlighted by the national championship from senior harrier Ricky Flynn (Lynchburg, VA/Damascus).

LC is the top Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) school listed, as Washington & Lee University and Virginia Wesleyan College are tied for a distant 78th place with 50 points. Randolph-Macon College is currently 113th with 25 points.

Williams (MA), winner of the Directors’ Cup the last 11 years, leads after the fall with a total of 367 points. Calvin College of Michigan is second with 349 points, followed by Washington-St. Louis, Messiah (PA) College and Amherst (MA) University. The next standings will be released on December 23.