The final Fall rankings of the Learfield Director’s Cup were released yesterday. The Syracuse Orange find themselves ranked 17th in Division I with 209 points, down from the 5th spot they held in December’s update. Syracuse is the 6th-highest ACC school in the rankings (North Carolina in 3rd is the highest ranked ACC school), and among private schools trails only Stanford and USC.
Syracuse earned 85 points from men’s cross-country, 64 from men’s soccer, and 60 from 60 from field hockey. Last year those teams combined for two national titles and all finished in the top 4 in their respective sport. It’s understandable that Syracuse would have a difficult time matching that standard this year, but it’s still been a solid Fall for the Orange.
As usual, the Stanford Cardinal lead the way with 504.5 points. They stand 156 points ahead of 2nd-place UCLA. At this rate, Stanford will have this clinched by the end of the Winter sports, but the Orange still have an opportunity to climb back into the top 10. Points should come from Women’s Basketball and Indoor Track & Field, and hopefully Men’s Basketball and Women’s Ice Hockey can battle their way into NCAA appearances.
We’ll have to wait until March 23rd for the next update, so keep cheering on the Orange teams as they look to remain towards the top in Director’s Cup standings.