Once again, the Syracuse Orange have defeated the Clemson Tigers. The final Learfield Director’s Cup standings for 2017-18 were released and Syracuse finished in 46th place which is a drop of two spots from last year but two spots in front of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, six places ahead of Clemson and 49 spots better than the Boston College Eagles.
Men’s Track & Field and Women’s Rowing were the big scorers for the Orange in this final update. Syracuse received 50 points from track thanks to the scoring efforts of Justyn Knight and Aidan Tooker which led Syracuse to a 24th-place finish. Women’s rowing provided 42 points after finishing 16th at the NCAA Championships. Paige Stoner’s 3rd place finish was enough to give women’s track & field 36.5 points towards the Orange’s total. Women’s tennis, women’s lacrosse and men’s lacrosse each earned 25 points.
Overall the Orange had their best success in the Spring with 203.5 points. Syracuse scored 172.25 in the Winter and 164 in the Fall. National titles from Knight in cross-country and indoor track were the best finishes for a Syracuse athlete/team this year, but tennis, women’s rowing and men’s basketball all exceeded expectations. In order to move higher in the Director’s Cup, Syracuse will need to see other teams return to past levels of success but we won’t let that stop us for celebrating another victory over Clemson.
The Stanford Cardinal won the competition again finishing over 100 points ahead of the second-place UCLA Bruins. The top ACC schools were the Florida State Seminoles in 9th place and the Duke Blue Devils in 11th place.