North Carolina led all ACC schools with an eighth place finish in the final Directors Cup standings released Thursday.
A national championship in womens lacrosse and top five finishes in mens lacrosse, womens tennis and baseball helped propel North Carolina to its 17th top-10 finish in the 20 year history of the Directors Cup.
The Directors Cup is a measure of an athletic programs overall success in 20 sports 10 mens and 10 womens and is released by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.
Duke finished 12th. This is the 10th consecutive year the Blue Devils have placed in the top 20 of the standings. Dukes No. 12 ranking was third among private institutions.
N.C. State again climbed the standings, finishing No. 34, the second-highest finish in school history. The Wolfpacks 633.6 points are the most points the school has ever earned. All eight of N.C. States spring sports advanced to NCAA postseason play with seven scoring points in the Directors Cup standings.
When athletics director Debbie Yow took over three years ago, the school finished No. 89 in the standings. The Wolfpack have jumped in the standings each year since she took the job. N.C. State finished 37th last year.
Besides North Carolina and Duke, Florida State (No.11) and Virginia (No. 20) represented the ACC in the top 20. All 12 ACC schools placed in the top 100.
Stanford won the Directors Cup for the 19th consecutive time. Florida and UCLA rounded out the top 3.