Jan. 18, 2005
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - - Following a successfull fall season in which three of its six sports teams advanced to NCAA Tournament play, the Santa Clara University athletic department ranks third among Division IAAA institutions nationally in the latest United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup Division I standings.
The Broncos advanced to NCAA Tournament in the sports of women's soccer, men's soccer and volleyball and accumulated 133 total points to rank 33rd among all Division I institutions in the all-sports competition. Notre Dame leads all schools with 337 points, four more than second-place Michigan and five ahead of 10-time defending winner Stanford.
Other West Coast Conference schools in the standings include Portland (41st), San Diego (46th), Loyola Marymount (56th) and Saint Mary's (72nd).
The final fall standings include the sports of women and men's cross country, women's field hockey, I-A and I-AA football, women and men's soccer, women's volleyball and men's water polo. Winning national championships in these sports were Notre Dame in women's soccer; Colorado in women and men's cross country; Wake Forest in field hockey; Southern California in I-A football; James Madison in I-AA football; Indiana in men's soccer; Stanford in women's volleyball; and UCLA in men's water polo.
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 the program sponsor. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports - 10 women's and 10 men's.