Titles propel Duke in Spring Division I LSDC Standing; the ACC with Four Institutions in the Top 10
CLEVELAND (May 29, 2014) – Stanford continues its lead for the Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup after the first spring standings. The Cardinal lead with 1509.50 total points after winning the national championship in women’s water polo and placing second in men’s volleyball, third in women’s tennis, 17th in women’s lacrosse, 18th in women’s golf and 33rd in men’s tennis.
Duke moves from 10th in the final winter standings into second with 1024.50 points as a result of winning the national championship in both women’s golf and men’s lacrosse. Duke also finished fifth in both women’s lacrosse and women’s tennis and 17th in men’s tennis. Penn State is close behind in third place with 1024.25 points. The Nittany Lions finished third in men’s volleyball and 17th in both men’s tennis and women’s lacrosse.
Florida, with 999.50 points, is in fourth place following a third place finish in women’s tennis, a fifth place finish in women’s lacrosse, a ninth place finish in men’s tennis and an 18th place finish in women’s golf.
Rounding out the top five is Notre Dame with 989.75 points. The Fighting Irish finished second in men’s lacrosse, ninth in men’s & women’s tennis and women’s lacrosse and also scored in women’s golf.
The Atlantic Coast Conference has four institutions ranked in the top 10. Duke is second, Notre Dame is fifth, North Carolina is sixth and Virginia is seventh. Seven spring Division I championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: women’s golf – Duke; women’s lacrosse – Maryland; men’s lacrosse – Duke; women’s tennis – UCLA; men’s tennis – USC; men’s volleyball – Loyola Chicago; women’s water polo – Stanford.
The Learfield Sports 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 20 sports — ten women’s and ten men’s.
The next Division I spring standings will be released Tuesday, June 10.
Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring season. Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA’s website at www.directorscup.org. In addition, please visit www.thedirectorscup.com, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/lsdirectorscup or follow us on Twitter @lsdirectorscup.
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