Dec. 24, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - An NCAA national championship in field hockey and a quarterfinal appearance by the men’s soccer teams has led the University of Connecticut to a tie for 21st place in the latest Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Division I Fall Standings.
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 finish in up to 20 sports -- 10 women’s and 10 men’s. The final Division I fall standings will be released Thursday, January 9, 2014.
UConn is tied with Florida, Maryland and USC in the standings and is the top-ranked team in the American Athletic Conference. The Huskies are ahead of such schools as Syracuse (29), Boston College (37), West Virginia (44) and Oklahoma (57). Stanford leads the standings followed by Virginia, Penn State, Michigan State and North Carolina.
The UConn field hockey team won its third NCAA Championship in school history with wins over Boston College and Michigan State in the early rounds and victories over North Carolina and Duke in the national semifinals and championship game. During the season, head coach Nancy Stevens became the winningest coach in collegiate field hockey history.
Head coach Ray Reid and the men’s soccer team once again had a successful postseason run, including a victory at top-ranked UCLA in the NCAA third round. Reid and his Huskies appeared in the NCAA quarterfinals for the third consecutive season – the only team in the country to have accomplished that.