UNC Sixth in Directors' Cup; Stanford Takes 17th Title

Carolina, a perennial top 10 finisher in the annual measure of postseason success in men’s and women’s varsity sports in the NCAA’s Division I, placed sixth in 2010-11. It is the Tar Heels’ 16th top 10 finish in the competition’s 18 years.

Stanford won the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup for the 17th time in the competition, which has gone by different names over its history. UNC is the only other school to have won it, in its inaugural year. The Tar Heels have averaged a sixth-place finish.

The same three other ACC schools made the top 10 for the second straight year — Duke (fifth), Virginia (seventh) and Florida State (ninth). The top four after Stanford are Ohio State, Cal-Berkeley, Florida and Duke.

The Directors’ Cup is a joint effort of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 20 sports — 10 women’s and 10 men’s.

This year is only the fourth time that Carolina has not been the highest-finishing ACC school.

The Tar Heels earned nine top 10 national finishes during the 2010-11 season, led by a second-place national championship game appearance by field hockey; third-place finishes by men’s soccer and women’s lacrosse; and fifth-place finishes by men’s basketball, women’s tennis and baseball. The women’s golf team placed eighth; and women’s soccer, women’s basketball and men’s lacrosse were ninth.

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