The 2013 fall season has come to an end, and the Lewis University Athletics Department can not only lay claim to being one of the top teams in the Midwest, but one of top teams in NCAA Division II following the release of the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings on Tuesday (Dec. 24).
The Learfield Sports 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 up to 14 sports, seven women's and seven men's.
Lewis, thanks to three Flyer teams earning NCAA Tournament/Championship berths this past fall, has accumulated 144 points. That is the 22nd most points of any school in Division II and the most by any Great Lakes Valley Conference member.
The No. 15 Lewis men's soccer team picked up the most points (64) for the athletics department, advancing to the NCAA 'Sweet 16'. The Flyers also received points from both the women's cross country team (55) and women's volleyball team (25).
The Flyers also have the second-most points of any Midwest Region team, trailing Grand Valley State. GVSU, who has won the Directors' Cup eight times, leads the nation with 437 points.
"The hard work of our student-athletes and coaching staff has resulted in this achievement," Lewis Director of Athletics Dr. John Planek said. "Being in the top 25 at any time is significant and is reflective of the broad-based excellence that our department continually strives for."
Lewis' best-ever finish in the Directors' Cup was a pair of 10th-place showings in 1995-96 and 2000-01.
The first Division II winter standings will be released Thursday, March 20, 2014.
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