Irish Stand 14th In The Final Fall Sports Standings Of The 2001-02 Sears Directors’ Cup
Fall NCAA competition earn the Irish 171 points.

Jan. 14, 2002

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame stands 14th in the final set of fall sports standings released in the 2001-02 Sears Directors’ Cup all-sports competition.

Fall NCAA competition earned the Irish 171 points based on their sixth-place finish in men’s cross country (68), their 19th-place finish in women’s cross country (33 points), their advancement to the second round of the NCAAs in women’s soccer (30 points) and their first-round NCAA participation in both volleyball and men’s soccer (20 points each).

Notre Dame and Stanford were the only schools to score in each of five traditional fall Olympic sports – men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball.

Stanford (521 points) leads the competition thanks to its NCAA championships in men’s water polo and women’s volleyball and its second-place finish in men’s cross country. Second is North Carolina (’01 NCAA men’s soccer champion and women’s soccer runnerup), followed by UCLA, Colorado (’01 men’s cross country champion) and BYU (’01 NCAA women’s cross country champion).

The current standings include results from NCAA fall competition in women’s volleyball, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s water polo, Division I-A and I-AA football, and men’s and women’s cross country.

In previous years in which the Sears Directors’ Cup competition has been held, Notre Dame has finished 11th in 1993-94, 30th in 1994-95, 11th in 1995-96, 14th in 1996-97, tied for 31st in 1997-98, 25th in 1998-99, 21st in 1999-2000 – and 11th again in 2000-01.

Here are the current standings:

  • 1. Stanford 521
  • 2. North Carolina 305
  • 3. UCLA 271
  • 4. Colorado 251
  • 5. BYU 228
  • 6. Florida, Michigan and Nebraska 215 each
  • 9. Maryland 196
  • 10. Portland 190
  • 11. Virginia 18
  • 12. Michigan State 187
  • 13. Arizona 181,
  • 14. Notre Dame 171
  • 15. Texas 169.