DURHAM, N.C. – Led by NCAA titles in men’s lacrosse and women’s golf, Duke Athletics finished the year ranked ninth in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings, released Thursday by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.
Duke secured 1,051.00 total points and is among five ACC schools ranked in the top 15, joining Notre Dame (3rd), Virginia (4th), Florida State (12th) and North Carolina (14th). Stanford placed first in the overall rankings with 1482.00 points.
The ninth place showing marked Duke’s sixth top-10 ranking since the inception of the Cup in 1993-94. In addition, the Blue Devils, who reached the 1,000-point barrier for the third time in school history, extended their streak of consecutive years ranking as one of the top four ACC schools in the standings to 18.
On the year, the Blue Devils earned points in men’s basketball (25), women’s basketball (50), women’s cross country (28), fencing (60), field hockey (90), football (52), men’s indoor track and field (53.5), men’s lacrosse (100), men’s swimming and diving (53), men’s tennis (50), women’s golf (100), women’s lacrosse (70), women’s soccer (73), women’s swimming and diving (22), women’s tennis (73), women’s indoor track and field (30.5), women’s outdoor track and field (48.5), volleyball (50) and wrestling (44.5).
The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's national finish in up to 20 sports -- 10 women’s and 10 men’s.