Penn State Places Third in Spring Director’s Cup Standings
After a third place finish in the final winter standings, Penn State has retained its third place standing in the Learfield Director’s Cup after the first release of the spring results. Penn State trails Michigan by two points, with 1001.25 points overall.
This spring, the men’s volleyball team won its 15th consecutive EIVA conference title and played its way to a Final Four appearance at the NCAA tournament before losing to BYU. The women’s lacrosse team had its most successful season since 1999, losing in the quarterfinals to Northwestern. The men’s lacrosse team earned its first NCAA tournament bid since 2005 but lost to Yale in the first round of the tournament.
Michigan fell from first place to second with 1003.25 points, behind Stanford’s 1233.00 points. Stanford has won 18 consecutive Director’s Cup titles. Penn State hopes to improve upon a disappointing 12th place finish in last year’s final standings, after holding third place in the winter standings.
Penn State is one of nine teams that has finished in the top 20 every year since the Director’s Cup inception in 1993.
The second spring standings will be released June 14th. Spring sports include Baseball, Golf, Lacrosse, Rowing, Softball, Tennis, and Track and Field. Currently the men’s and women’s track and field programs are ranked 18th and 24th, respectively, with NCAA championships beginning this weekend.
The Learfield Director’s Cup is a joint effort between the National Association of College Directors of Athletics and USA Today. The rankings are determined by performance in 20 different sports — 10 Men’s and 10 Women’s. Stanford has won the Director’s Cup 18 consecutive times.