Dec. 30, 2003
CLEVELAND, Ohio - - Following a successful fall season in which three of its six sports teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament, the Santa Clara University Department of Athletics and Recreation is ranked 14th in the current United States Sports Academy Division I Directors' Cup standings with 181 total points.
Michigan holds a 115-point margin to lead the competition. The Wolverines have scored in six sports, recording 413 points. They placed third in field hockey, fourth in women's cross country, fifth in men's soccer, ninth in men's cross country and women's soccer and 17th in volleyball.
Santa Clara advanced to NCAA Tournament play in men's and women's soccer and volleyball during the fall season. The Bronco men's soccer team finished the season with a 16-4-4 record and advanced to the College Cup, losing in overtime to eventual champion Indiana 1-0 in the NCAA semifinals.
The SCU women's soccer team advanced NCAA Tournament play to the national quarterfinals where it dropped a 14-4-6 decision to eventual champion North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The Bronco volleyball team went 20-11 on the season and fell to Utah in the NCAA Tournament's first round in Seattle, Wash.
UCLA is behind Michigan in second place in the overall standings with 298 points, followed by Stanford, in third with 289 points; Brigham Young, fourth with 248 points; and Maryland and North Carolina, tied for fifth with 241 points.
Of the schools ahead of Santa Clara, the conference represented are the Big Ten, Pacific-10, Atlantic Coast (ACC), Big 12, Mountain West and Big East. Northern Arizona joins Santa Clara as the only other so-called "mid-major" among the leaders. In addition, Santa Clara and Portland (24th) are the only schools among the top-30 that do not sponsor football.
Listings of other West Coast Conference schools:
14th - Santa Clara
24th - Portland
32nd - Pepperdine
41st - Loyola Marymount
41st - San Diego
106th - San Francisco
106th - Saint Mary's
These standings are based upon the completion of women and men's cross country, field hockey, I-AA football, women and men's soccer and volleyball. Winning these national championships were Stanford in women and men's cross country, Wake Forest in field hockey, Delaware in I-AA football, North Carolina in women's soccer, Indiana in men's soccer and Southern California in volleyball.
The United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. The United States Sports Academy, based in Daphne, Alabama, is in its first year sponsoring the program. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports - 10 women's and 10 men's. Each national champion receives 100 points.
The entire Fall sports standings to date are at the link at the top of this page. Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial standings. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring season.