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Fighting Irish Hold on to Top Spot

Dec. 29, 2005

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Cleveland, Ohio - The University of Notre Dame, which had taken the lead in the last set of U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings, has increased its margin over 11-time defending champion Stanford University to 73 points.

The Fighting Irish has 355 points from five 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 and women's volleyball.

Stanford remains in second with 282 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, 17th in women's volleyball and 33rd in women's soccer. They are followed by Duke, in third with 280 points; Colorado, fourth with 240 points; and Wisconsin, in fifth with 232 points.

These standings are based upon the completion of women and men's cross country, women's field hockey, Division I-AA football, women and men's soccer, women's volleyball 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, Appalachian State (N.C.) in Division I-AA football, Portland in women's soccer, Maryland in men's soccer, Washington in women's volleyball and Southern California in men's water polo.

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'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.