Strong spring season propels UNC to 8th in Directors' Cup rankings

wrupard@newsobserver.comJune 27, 2013 

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VILLANOVA, PA - MAY 26: The University of North Carolina Tar Heels celebrate their 13-12 overtime win over the University of Maryland Terrapins during the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship at Villanova Stadium on May 26, 2013 in Villanova, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

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North Carolina led all ACC schools with an eighth place finish in the final Directors’ Cup standings released Thursday.

A national championship in women’s lacrosse and top five finishes in men’s lacrosse, women’s 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 program’s overall success in 20 sports – 10 men’s and 10 women’s – 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. Duke’s 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 Wolfpack’s 633.6 points are the most points the school has ever earned. All eight of N.C. State’s 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.

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