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The Fall Season Ends with New Jersey in the Lead of the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup Standings

Dec. 22, 2005

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Cleveland, Ohio - For the first time since December 2000, a college other than Williams College sits atop the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings in Division III at the close of the fall season. That honor goes to the College of New Jersey, which has tallied 339 points.

Leading with a runner-up finish in women's soccer, the Lions also placed fifth in men's soccer, ninth in women's cross country and field hockey and 10th in men's cross country.

Holding onto second place is Messiah (Penn.), with 290 points, based on championships in women and men's soccer and the runner-up finish in women's field hockey. They are followed by Calvin (Mich.), in third with 283 points; Tufts (Mass.), fourth with 252 points; and Trinity (Tex.), in fifth with 221 points.

These are the final fall standings and include the sports of women and men's cross country, field hockey, football, women and men's soccer and women's volleyball. In addition to Messiah, winning these national championships were Geneseo State (N.Y.) in women's cross country, Wisconsin La Crosse in men's cross country, Salisbury (Md.) in field hockey, Mount Union (Ohio) in football and Wisconsin Whitewater in women's volleyball.

The U.S. 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 sponsoring. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports -- nine women's and nine men's.

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