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Notre Dame Takes Over the Lead in the Race for the Sports Academy Directors' Cup

Dec. 15, 2005

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Cleveland, Ohio - The University of Notre Dame has jumped two places to take the lead away from 11-time defending champion Stanford University in the Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings.

With 291 points, the Fighting Irish has moved into the top spot on the strength of four top 10 finishes - third in men's cross country, fifth in women's soccer, seventh in women's cross country and ninth in men's soccer.

With 232 points, Stanford trails by 59 points. The Cardinal won the national championship in women's cross country, was the runner-up in men's water polo, and placed sixth in men's cross country and 33rd in women's soccer. They are followed by Duke, in third with 230 points; Colorado, fourth with 215 points; and North Carolina, in fifth with 188.5 points.

These standings are based upon the completion of women and men's cross country, women's field hockey, women and men's soccer and men's water polo. In addition to Stanford, winning national championships were Wisconsin in men's cross country, Maryland in women's field hockey, Portland in women's soccer, Maryland in men's soccer and Southern California in men's water polo.

The 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's sponsor. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports - 10 women's and 10 men's

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