June 4, 2014

Lions Add to Impressive Year with Highest Ever Finish on Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings

Saint Leo Finishes in 18th Place, and Second in Sunshine State Conference

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (June 4, 2014) – Adding to its already impressive year, the Saint Leo Department of Athletics earned its highest ever final ranking on the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, coming in at No. 18, officials announced Wednesday. 

This marks the highest finish in Saint Leo Athletics history, blowing the Lions’ previous high of 78th, set in 2012, out of the water.  At the conclusion of all three sports seasons, the Lions accumulated 490 points, more than doubling the previous record of 232.75 from the 2012 standings.

Saint Leo wrapped-up its spring campaign with 173.50 points, adding to the 155 points from the fall and 161.50 points from the winter sports.  Women’s and men’s cross country kicked-off the year with 32 and 48 points, respectively, followed by men’s soccer adding 50 and volleyball tacking on an additional 25.  The winter season saw more success thanks to men’s and women’s swimming earning 40 and 46.5 points, respectively, women’s basketball earning 25, and men’s basketball netting 50.  At the conclusion of the spring, women’s golf pulled in 51.5 points, men’s golf earned 39, and women’s tennis finished with 83 points.

The Sunshine State Conference had seven of its nine institutions place in the top 50, led by the University of Tampa in 12th place with 562 points, and Saint Leo in second.  Nova Southeastern earned 27th place with 446.50 points, and Rollins finished right behind them in 28th place with 438 points.  Barry finished 34th with 423 points, while Florida Southern claimed 44th after pulling in 374.50 points.  Lynn University earned 47th with 366.75 points, while Florida Tech (128th – 154.25 points) and Eckerd (288th – 25 points) round out the SSC.

Grand Valley State claims its ninth Division II Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, finishing with 1,030 points and scoring in the maximum 14 sports, including national championships in women’s cross country and women’s soccer.  The Lakers last won the title following the 2010-11 season and finished second the past two years.

West Texas A&M finishes as the runner-up for the title with 708 points, marking the school’s best finish.  Central Missouri takes home third place with 653.75 points, while Indianapolis, with 649.75 points, finishes fourth.  Rounding out the top five is Ashland with 637 points.  The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference was the only conference to have two institutions ranked in the top 10 – Grand Valley State (1st) and Ashland (5th). 

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 14 sports -- seven women’s and seven men’s.  Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA’s website at www.directorscup.org.

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