Penn State is aiming for its ninth Top 10 finish in the 20-year history of the Directors' Cup. The Nittany Lions will earn additional Directors' Cup points from the men's and women's outdoor track and field teams, who begin competition Wednesday at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore.
A total of 21 of Penn State's 31 teams have been represented in their respective NCAA championships in 2012-13.
Penn State has accumulated 1001.25 Directors' Cup points, already beating its 975.50 total from the 2011-12 academic year. The Nittany Lions added points in the spring with a third-place finish in men's volleyball, fifth in women's lacrosse and ninth in men's lacrosse. The women's golf team also earned points from their NCAA regional appearance. The women's doubles tandem of Petra Januskova and Chelsea Utting also qualified for the NCAA Tournament but did not score any Directors' Cup points.
Stanford leads the Directors' Cup standings with 1233.00 points, followed by Michigan (1003.25), Penn State (1001.25), North Carolina (991.00) and Florida (983.50). UCLA, Notre Dame, Duke, Georgia and Texas A&M round out the Top 10. The Big Ten is the best-represented conference in the Top 15 with four programs (Michigan, 2nd; Penn State, 3rd; Minnesota, 11th and Ohio State, 13th).
The Penn State men's volleyball team captured its15th-consecutive Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) title to secure a spot in the NCAA national semifinals. Coach Mark Pavlik's Nittany Lions won seven of their last eight regular-season matches to enter the conference tournament as the No. 1 seed, downing Princeton and Harvard to claim the EIVA crown and reach the NCAA Tournament. Penn State (23-8) fell to No. 1 seed BYU in the NCAA semifinals. Sophomore Aaron Russell (Ellicott City, Md.) was the EIVA Co-Player of the Year.
The women's lacrosse team earned the No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals for the second-consecutive season. Coach Missy Doherty's team earned a share of its first American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) regular-season championship and won two NCAA contests before falling to No. 2 seed Northwestern. The Nittany Lions were 14-7, earning the program's most wins since 1999. Kelly Lechner (Silver Spring, Md.) and Maggie McCormick (Eldersburg, Md.) were selected second-team All-Americans by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA).
The men's lacrosse team earned its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2005 and set program records for the most wins (12) and most consecutive wins in a season (10). Led by third-year Coach Jeff Tambroni, the Nittany Lions earned the No. 8 seed and hosted their first NCAA Tournament match, dropping a tight contest to Yale. Penn State won its first Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) championship, earning a 6-0 mark, and advanced to their first CAA Tournament title match. Junior goalie Austin Kaut (Morton, Pa.) earned first-team United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-America honors.
Penn State has won a school-record 11 conference championships in 2012-13, including a record eight Big Ten Championships Penn State has won 81 Big Ten Championships all-time.
Penn State has won 12 NCAA Championships (in five different sports) since March, 2007, most recently with a third consecutive wrestling title earlier this year, and is tied with USC for the most NCAA titles over the past six years. Penn State has won 23 NCAA Championships since 1993-94, its first full year in the Big Ten Conference, more than double every other Big Ten institution. The Nittany Lions have won 69 team national championships all-time.
The Nittany Lions placed No. 12 in the 2011-12 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup to earn their 14th Top 15 finish. Penn State is one of only nine programs nationwide to have finished in the Top 25 in all 20 years, joining Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio State, Southern California, Stanford, Texas and UCLA.
The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings were 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 up to 20 sports -- 10 women's and 10 men's.
Source: PSU Athletics