Sunday, October 24th, 2021

Virginia Leads the Division I LSDC Standings; the ACC With Three Institutions in Top 10

CLEVELAND – The Virginia Cavaliers have taken the lead in the second set of fall Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings with 323 points after finishing third in both men’s and women’s soccer.

The defending champion, Stanford, has moved into second place with 321.5 points after a third place finish in men’s water polo, and a ninth place finish in both men’s and women’s soccer.

In third is North Carolina with 263 points after finishing fifth in women’s soccer and 17th in men’s soccer.

Notre Dame made the leap from 24th to fourth in the current standings. The Fighting Irish now have 260 points thanks to a men’s soccer championship and a ninth place finish in women’s soccer.

Rounding out the top five is Colorado with 236 total points, finishing ninth in women’s soccer.

The ACC leads all conferences with three institutions in the top 10 – Virginia (1st), North Carolina (3rd) and Notre Dame (4th).

To date, six fall NCAA championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: women’s cross country – Providence; men’s cross country – Colorado; field hockey – Connecticut; women’s soccer – UCLA; men’s soccer – Notre Dame; men’s water polo – USC.

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 — 10 women’s and 10 men’s.

The next Division I fall standings will be released Tuesday, December 24.

Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the fall season. Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA’s website at In addition, please visit, like us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @lsdirectorscup.

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