Dec. 22, 2003

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame stands tied for 10th in the second set of fall sports standings released in the 2003-04 United State Sports Academy Division I Directors’ Cup all-sports competition sponsored by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (formerly known as Sears Directors’ Cup).

Fall NCAA competition so far has earned the Irish 174 points based on their 10th-place finish in the NCAA women’s cross country championships (60 points), their second-round appearance in NCAA women’s soccer (50 points) and their third-round NCAA appearance in men’s soccer (64 points, highest total ever in that sport for Notre Dame). Yet to come are fall points for Notre Dame’s 2003 NCAA first-round volleyball appearance.

The third set of fall standings will be released Dec. 30 and the final fall standings will be available Jan. 8. Michigan (363 points) leads the competition thanks to top-10 finishes in all five sports currently calculated. Second is North Carolina, thanks to its ’03 NCAA women’s soccer title.

The current standings include results from NCAA fall competition in field hockey, men’s and women’s cross country, and men’s and women’s soccer.

In previous years in which the 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, 11th in 2000-01, 13th in 2001-02 and tied for 13th in 2002-03.