Jan. 22, 1998
UVA Athletic Program Ranks Sixth in Fall Sears Cup StandingsCHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.--The University of Virginia intercollegiate athletic program ranks sixth in the 1997-98 Sears Directors Cup standings after the completion of the fall athletic seasons. Stanford, which finished first in the 1997 Sears Directors' Cup standings, ranks first after the fall seasons followed by North Carolina, Michigan, Nebraska, UCLA and Virginia.
Virginia and North Carolina are among five Atlantic Coast Conference schools listed in the Top 25 after the fall seasons. Clemson, Florida State and Maryland are all tied for 23rd in the rankings.
Among the highlights of Virginia's 1997 fall intercollegiate athletic seasons were performances by UVa's field hockey and men's and women's soccer teams. Virginia's men's soccer team compiled an overall record of 19-4-3, won the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Championship and finished second in the NCAA Tournament. The field hockey team reached the NCAA Tournament semifinals and had an overall record of 19-3. The women's soccer team advanced to the NCAA Tournament and finished the season with an overall record of 14-5-2.
The Sears Directors' Cup, administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and sponsored by Sears, is designed to honor the institution with the best all-around athletics program in each of the NCAA's Divisions I, II and III and the NAIA. It is the first cross-sectional all-sports national recognition award for both men and women.
A new scoring structure was implemented this year in which points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports, ten for men and ten for women. Each national champion receives 100 points.
Virginia finished 22nd in the 1997 Sears Directors' Cup standings, 21st in 1996 and 19th in 1995. Sears Directors' Cup Division I Top 25 Rankings for the Fall of 1997
1) Stanford 14) Connecticut
2) North Carolina Wisconsin
3) Michigan Youngstown State
4) Nebraska 17) Dartmouth
5) UCLA McNeese State
6) Virginia Old Dominion
7) Brigham Young Princeton
Colorado Southern California
9) Florida Washington
10) Arkansas 23) Clemson
Penn State Florida State
12) Notre Dame Maryland
Pepperdine Santa Clara
'Hoos Rue Missed OpportunityFootball11/18/17On an afternoon when Kurt Benkert threw four touchdown passes, Virginia twice built 14-point leads before falling 44-28 to No. 2 Miami at Hard Rock Stadium.Cavalier Football Notebook -- Miami WeekFootball11/16/17Two regular-season games remain for Virginia (6-4 overall, 3-3 ACC), which plays No. 2 Miami (9-0, 6-0) at noon Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium.Torres Makes Most of Learning OpportunityWomen's Soccer11/15/17Freshman Taryn Torres has scored a team-high eight goals for Virginia, which meets Pepperdine in the NCAA tourney's second round Friday night in Los Angeles.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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