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Five conference schools place among the top 17; nine ranked among the top 42
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Five Atlantic Coast Conference schools are ranked among the top 17 of the final Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Final Fall Standings. The ACC’s nine schools ranked among the top 42 leads all conferences, as do its 13 schools ranked among the top 90.
National championships in men’s and women’s soccer highlighted the fall sports season for the ACC, which also saw Florida State compete in College Football Playoff and two teams among the final four of the 2014 NCAA Field Hockey Championship.
North Carolina placed third in the overall standings with 434.5 points, with a third-place showing in field hockey and fifth-place finishes in volleyball and men’s soccer contributing heavily.
Florida State, buoyed by its first-ever women’s soccer national title and strong football showing, holds sixth place with 345 collective points.
Virginia placed ninth with 303 points to give the ACC three teams among the top 10. The Cavaliers claimed the NCAA championship in men’s soccer and finished runner-up to Florida State in the Women’s College Cup.
Syracuse, which saw its field hockey team place second nationally and men’s cross-country team finish fifth, is 11th with 279 points. Notre Dame placed 17th with 218 points.
Virginia Tech followed in 27th place with 158 points. Clemson ranked 32nd (149), Louisville 37th (139) and NC State 42nd (130.5).Duke ranks 55th with 110 points, followed by Boston College at 59th (103), Miami at 82nd (75) and Georgia Tech at 89th (72). Wake Forest holds the 110th spot with 50 points and Pitt (25 points) is ranked 149th.
Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA's website at www.directorscup.org. 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 first Division I winter standings will be released Thursday, March 19.
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