DI and NAIA Learfield Directors’ Cup Standings Released
CLEVELAND (Dec. 15, 2016) – In the second set of fall DI and NAIA Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, Stanford has scored 340 points to lead Division I, while Hastings has accumulated 288 points to gain the lead in the NAIA standings.
Stanford took home the men’s soccer title and came in 17th in the women’s soccer tournament to remain in the lead in the Division I standings. Hastings jumped 29 spots to take the NAIA lead after winning both the men’s soccer title and women’s volleyball title, while coming in 17th in the women’s soccer tournament.
In Division I, UCLA is in second with 275 points after coming in third in men’s water polo, 9th in women’s and 17th in men’s soccer, respectively. North Carolina is in third with 256 points after coming in third in both the men’s and women’s soccer tournaments. Virginia is not far behind in fourth accumulating 244 points, coming in 9th in both the men’s and women’s soccer tournaments. Rounding out the top five, and dropping one spot, is Syracuse with 209 points, after finishing 9th in the men’s soccer tournament.
The Pac-12 and ACC lead all Division I conferences in the top 10 with four institutions – Stanford (1st), UCLA (2nd), Colorado (6th) and USC (9th) for the Pac-12 and North Carolina (3rd), Virginia (4th), Syracuse (5th) and North Carolina State (8th) for the ACC.
In NAIA, Westmont is in second with 231 points after finishing fifth in women’s volleyball and 9th in women’s soccer. Mid-America Nazarene made a 16 spot jump to third with 224 points after coming in 9th in men’s soccer, and 17th in both women’s soccer and volleyball. Biola is in fourth with 222 points after coming in 9th in women’s volleyball and 17th in women’s soccer. Oklahoma City drops one spot to round out the top five with 211 points, finishing 9th in the women’s soccer tournament.
The Golden State leads all NAIA conferences in the top 10 with two institutions – Westmont (2nd) and Biola (4th).
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 NCAA Championships. The Directors’ Cup Committee is reviewing the scoring structure for 2016-17 which will be finalized prior to the winter sports standings.
The next Division I and final NAIA fall standings will be released Thursday, December 22.
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 www.directorscup.org. In addition, please visit www.thedirectorscup.com, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/ldirectorscup or follow us on Twitter @ldirectorscup.
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