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Notre Dame Holds the Lead as the Fall Season Comes to a Close in the Academy Directors' Cup Division I Race

Jan. 11, 2005

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Cleveland, Ohio - With just five points separating the top three places, the University of Notre Dame closes out the fall season in the top spot in the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup Division I standings.

The last update, at the end of December, marked the first time in the program's 12-year history that the Fighting Irish held the lead. Notre Dame posted 337 points and scored in five sports. They won the national title in women's soccer and placed fourth in women's cross country, 11th in men's cross country and 17th in men's soccer and women's volleyball.

Moving into second, just four points behind, was Michigan with 333 points. The Wolverines scored in seven sports, placing fifth in women's field hockey, sixth in women's cross country, 12th in football, 17th in men's soccer and women's volleyball, 26th in men's cross country and 33rd in women's soccer. Just one point behind, in third place, is defending champion Stanford with 332 points. They are followed by Duke, in fourth with 327 points; and UCLA, fifth with 297 points.

These are the final fall standings and 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. In addition to Notre Dame, winning these national championships were 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.

Final fall sports standings follows. Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial standings. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring season.