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    May 1, 2014

    STORRS, Conn. -In an academic year which has seen UConn claim three national titles, the Huskies sit in the top-two in both the men's and women's Capital One Cup race. Currently, Connecticut sits atop the Women's Cup standings with 80 points, while the Huskies check in at No. 2 in the Men's Cup standings with 66 points.

    Schools earn points based on their teams' top 10 finishes in NCAA Division I championships and in final official coaches' polls across 20 women's and 19 men's sports as they compete to win the Capital One Cup trophy and a combined $400,000 in scholarships for student-athletes. The Capital One Cup winners will be determined at the end of the spring season and will be honored at the ESPY Awards in July.

    For the first time in program history, UConn won three different national championships in the same academic year. The women's field hockey team kicked off the celebrations when it claimed its third-ever national crown, defeating Duke, 2-0, in Norfolk, Va. on Nov. 24. Men's basketball became the next champion on April 8, completing a historic run in the NCAA tournament and joining an elite group of six programs that have won four or more titles that also includes UCLA, Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina and Duke.

    The next day, the women's basketball team capped off a perfect 40-0 season and earned its ninth-ever national title when it defeated Notre Dame, 79-58, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. It marked the second time the school has won both basketball titles in the same year, a feat that no other program in DI history has been able to accomplish.

    "Connecticut's historic win over Notre Dame is an example of a team that kept dominating throughout the season and didn't let up for a second during the tournament," said Capital One Cup Advisory Board member and former basketball star at USC, Lisa Leslie.  "For Connecticut to achieve perfection and show the poise to overcome an undefeated and highly skilled Notre Dame team in the title game was special.  With the heart and determination already shown by women's athletics programs this season, I'm excited to follow the remaining NCAA championships and the race for the Capital One Cup."


     

     

    UConn men's soccer finished the season ranked as the No. 9 team in the NSCAA poll, earning its third consecutive NCAA Quarterfinal berth after topping the tournament's top-seeded team UCLA in penalty kicks. Men's Hockey recorded its second straight winning season under newly appointed head coach Mike Cavanaugh and men's track and field won the inaugural American Athletic Conference indoor crown.

    On the women's side, cross country took home a third place finish in The American Championships, while track and field finished second in The American Championships in early March.

    "This is always an exciting time as every game and match takes on even greater importance as we head toward the end of the college sports season," said Marc Mentry, Senior Vice President at Capital One. "We are anticipating a competitive and action-packed spring sports season, which will determine who will reign supreme in the race for the Capital One Cup."

    Below are the complete standings for the men's and women's Capitol One Cup:

    Men's Cup Standings

     

    Women's Cup Standings

    1. Florida State

    68 points

     

    1. Connecticut

    80 points

    2. Connecticut

    66 points

     

    2. Stanford

    75 points

    3. Notre Dame

    62.5 points

     

    3. Penn State

    72 points

    4. North Dakota State

    60 points

     

    4. UCLA

    62 points

    5. Michigan State

    51 points

     

    5. Wisconsin

    46 points

    6.  Florida

    50 points

     

    6. Texas

    44 points

    7. Cal

    43 points

     

    7. North Carolina

    40 points

    7. Michigan

    43 points

     

    8. Florida State

    39 points

    9. Auburn

    41 points

     

    9. Notre Dame

    38.5 points

    9. Kentucky

    41 points

     

    10. Florida

    38 points

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