As mentioned previously, one of our favorite rankings at Empower the Athlete is the NACDA Director’s Cup rankings. NACDA stands for National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, and once a year these athletic directors get together and rank NCAA colleges and universities by success in collegiate athletics. Points for the Director’s Cup are based on order of finish in different NCAA championships or media-based polls. Essentially, these rankings reflect which schools have the best overall athletic departments.

The NACDA ranks D1, D2, and D3 Schools. On December 23rd, the most recent rankings for D3 were released. Many of the schools also have great lacrosse programs. Here is a list of the D3 schools with lacrosse programs in that made it into the top 50. They are numbered by their rank.

3. Middlebury (Vt.)

4. Messiah (Pa.)

5. Williams (Ma.)

7. Stevens Institute of Tech. (N.J.)

8. Lynchburg (Va.)

10. Johns Hopkins (Md.) [NB: JHU is D1 in Lacrosse, but D3 in every other sport]

11. Cortland State (N.Y.)

12. Christopher Newport (Va.)

14. St. Lawrence (N.Y.)

15. Bowdoin (Me.)

To see the rest of the Top 50, please click here.