UNC finishes 8th in Director’s Cup

acarter@newsobserver.comJuly 12, 2013 

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UNC's Laura Zimmerman (1) races towards the goal in the first half with Loyola defender Meg Decker (2) in hot pursuit. Zimmerman scored on the play. She scored four goals in the 16-13 win.

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— North Carolina finished eighth in the Directors’ Cup, which measures a school’s performance in all sports in NCAA postseason competition.

The UNC women’s soccer and women’s lacrosse teams won national championships, which bolstered the Tar Heels to another top-10 finish in the Directors’ Cup standings.

UNC finished first among ACC schools, followed by Florida State (11th), Duke (12th) and Virginia (20th). N.C. State (34th), Virginia Tech (36th) and Maryland (44th) also finished among the top 50 nationally. This is the fifth consecutive year that UNC has finished in the top 10 nationally.

In addition to the women’s soccer and lacrosse teams, five other UNC teams also finished among the top 10 in their sports: field hockey (second), baseball (third), men’s soccer (fifth), women’s tennis (fifth) and men’s lacrosse (fifth). UNC women’s swimming (12th), fencing (13th), men’s basketball (17th), women’s basketball (17th) and volleyball (17th) also finished among the top 20 nationally.

UNC finished in eighth place for the second consecutive year. In the 20-year history of the Directors’ Cup, UNC has finished 17 times among the top 10. Stanford, Florida and UCLA are the only schools with more top-10 finishes than UNC.

UNC’s 17 top-10 finishes are five more than the rest of the ACC combined. For the final Directors’ Cup standings go to bit.ly/14x51jV.

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