Wake Forest 16th in Nation in Director's Cup

Jan. 28, 2010

Wake Forest is 16th in the nation after the fall season in the Learfield Sports Director's Cup race. Stanford, which has won 15 straight Director's Cups, leads the race after the completion of nine fall sports.

Wake Forest compiled 216 points during the fall. The Deacons earned 60 points with a fifth place national finish in field hockey; 73 points with a fifth place finish in women's soccer; and 83 points with a third place national finish in men's soccer.

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 national champion in each sport receives 100 points.

In all, nine sports are counted during the fall including football, cross country, soccer, field hockey, volleyball and water polo.

Wake Forest ranks fifth among ACC schools. Virginia is currently second in the national standings with 337 points. The Cavaliers earned 100 points by winning the men's soccer national championship. North Carolina is fifth in the nation with 308 points, 100 of those coming via its field hockey national championship.

Florida State is sixth in the nation and third in the ACC with 295 points. FSU did not win a national championship but finished second in the country in women's cross country. Maryland is 13th overall and fourth in the ACC with 227 points. The Terps earned 90 points by finishing second in field hockey.

Among private institutions, Wake Forest is fourth in the nation behind leader Stanford, No. 7 Villanova and No. 11 Princeton. Villanova won two national titles in the fall by taking first in women's cross country and also by winning the Football Championship Subdivision national title. Princeton earned 83 points by finishing third nationally in field hockey.

Alabama, which won the Football Bowl Subdivision national championship, is in 27th place with 185 points. The Crimson Tide earned 100 points in football and scored 85 points with a third place finish in men's cross country.

Wake Forest is just three points behind 15th-place Michigan State and 17 points in front of 17th-place Oklahoma State.

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