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New Leader Emerges in the Division I Academy Directors' Cup Race

Dec. 16, 2004

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Cleveland, Ohio - For the first time in the program's 12-year history, Duke University holds the top spot in the United States Sports Academy Division I Directors' Cup standings.

Moving up from second place in the last set of standings, Duke has taken the lead with 327 points. The Blue Devils have scored in four of the six sports contested thus far, posting two runner-up finishes, in women's cross country and field hockey; and placing third in men's soccer and ninth in women's soccer.

Just 40 points behind is Notre Dame with 287 points based on the championship in women's soccer and placements of fourth in women's cross country, 11th in men's cross country and 17th in men's soccer. They are followed by Colorado, in third with 250 points; Stanford, fourth with 232 points; and Maryland, fifth with 230 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 Notre Dame, winning these national championships were Colorado in women and men's cross country; Wake Forest in field hockey; Indiana in men's soccer; 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 in its first year sponsoring the program. 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.