Saint Leo climbs to No. 15 in Directors’ Cup rankings

Saint Leo climbs to No. 15 in Directors’ Cup rankings

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo University climbed to No. 15 in the second Fall update of the 2016-17 Learfield Division II Directors' Cup standings, which were released Thursday by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).

Saint Leo gained 50 points for reaching the Second Round of the 2016 NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Championship. The Lions now have 146.00 points in the Directors' Cup race, and are the highest ranked Sunshine State Conference institution in the ranking.

The University of Tampa is Saint Leo's closest SSC rival in the Learfield Directors' Cup standings in 29th place with 105.00 points, followed by Barry (64.00 pts.) in 53rd place. Florida Tech, Rollins, and Lynn are all tied at 72nd with 50.00 points, with Florida Southern 91st with 48.00 points. Nova Southeastern is 106th in the standings update with 25.00 points.

Grand Valley State (Mich.) is atop the Directors' Cup standings with 280.00 points, followed by Colorado School of Mines (221.00 pts.) and Shippensburg (208.50 pts.).

The Learfield Cup 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 NCAA Championships. The Directors' Cup Committee is reviewing the scoring structure for 2016-17 which will be finalized prior to the winter sports standings.

The next Directors' Cup standings update is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016.

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