CLEVELAND – The Southern New Hampshire athletic department placed 41st in the final release of the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings Thursday as it recorded its best finish ever. The Penmen amassed a total of 356.75 points, adding on 64 points from baseball following the previous release of the standings May 26.
The Penmen are the third-ranked Northeast-10 institution in the current standings, which includes 232 Division II schools. SNHU had recorded its best finishes in each of the last two years, with the No. 41 ranking 34 spots better than last year's top finish of 75th. The Penmen have steadily improved since being ranked 89th three years ago and 138th half a decade ago.
Southern New Hampshire had a total of six teams compete in NCAA Championships this year, led by men's golf, which earned a berth to the NCAA National Championship for the first time in program history. Baseball came up one game short of a trip to the College World Series with a defeat in the NCAA East Regional final. Softball fell one game short of the College World Series with a loss in the NCAA East Super Regional, while men's tennis bowed out in an NCAA East Regional Preliminary match. Men's basketball advanced to the NCAA East Regional semifinal, with men's soccer falling in penalty kicks after playing to a 0-0 draw in a match that would have advanced it to the national quarterfinals.
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 up to 14 sports in Division II – seven men's and seven women's.
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