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    PROVIDENCE COLLEGE FINISHES 71st IN LEARFIELD SPORTS DIRECTORS' CUP STANDINGS


    June 27, 2014

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. -

    Providence College finished 71st in the Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup, among 297 institutions who earned points during the 2013-14 collegiate sports calendar. The organization released its final standings on June 27. Providence finished second in the nation among Division I non-FBS/FCS institutions, having accumulated 311 points during the year.  Denver beat out the Friars for the top spot among non-FBS/FCS colleges and universities at No. 43 (519.25 points).  Additionally, Providence is one of just five non-football playing institutions inside the top-100 in the final Directors' Cup standings: Denver (43), St. John's (76), Boston University (79) and UC Irvine (100).
     
    The Friars' 71st-place finish is the highest final ranking under the direction of Associate Vice President/Athletics Director Bob Driscoll.  It also marks the Friars' third highest finish all-time (44th in 1994 and 62nd in 1996) since the Director's Cup was founded in 1994 and the Friars' highest finish since 1996.   Driscoll began his tenure at Providence College during the 2001-02 academic year, at which time the Friars finished 112th in the Directors' Cup.  Under Driscoll's guidance, the Friars have finished in the top-100 of the Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings six times.  Providence completed the year inside the top-125 during 10 of his 13 seasons as athletics director.
     
    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 to collegiate institutions based on its performance in up to 20 sports. An institution can earn points in up to 10 men's sports and 10 women's sports.
     
    Providence College earned 208.50 points in the fall (women's cross country, men's cross country and men's soccer) and 102.50 points during the winter (men's basketball, men's ice hockey and women's indoor track).
     
    The women's cross country team claimed Providence's second NCAA team title on Saturday, Nov. 23 at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center (6k) located in Terre Haute, Ind. Senior Emily Sisson (Chesterfield, Mo.) was the Friars' top finisher with a seventh-place finish with a time of 20:17.5. Senior Laura Nagel (Napier, New Zealand) was the second Friar to cross the line (20:38.8), finishing 27th overall. Sophomore Sarah Mary Collins (Basel, Switzerland) finished in 39th with a time of 20:44.9. By virtue of their top-40 finishes, Sission, Nagel and Collins earned All-America honors.
     
    On the men's side, junior Shane Quinn (Waterford, Ireland) was the Friars' top finisher with a 42nd-place finish, out of 254 competitors, posting a time of 30:47.8. Junior Benjamin Connor (Derby, England) closely trailed, finishing 44th in a time of 30:51.4. The team's 16th-place finish (396 points) was its best finish since finishing ninth in 2006.
     
    The men's soccer program earned an at large bid to the NCAA Tournament after posting a regular season record of 11-4-2. During NCAA play, the Friars advanced past Penn on the road in penalty kicks (3-1) to move to the second round. The Friars traveled to College Park, Md. to face then fifth-ranked Maryland, who topped the Friars, 3-1. The Terps went on to finish as the national runner-up.
     
    The women's indoor track team added 17.5 points to the Friars' total in the standings, as Nagel and Sisson posted solid individual finishes at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship in Albuquerque, N.M. Nagel finished 13th in the 3,000 meters and claimed Second-Team All-America honors, while Sisson placed eighth in the 5,000 meters and captured First-Team All-America recognition.
     
    The men's ice hockey team recorded 60 points for Providence in the Directors' Cup standings by virtue of advancing to the NCAA East Regional Final in Bridgeport, Conn. The Friars defeated Quinnipiac, 4-0, in NCAA First-Round play before falling to eventual National Champion Union in the NCAA East Regional Semifinal, 3-1. Providence's victory over Quinnipiac marked the program's first NCAA Tournament win since 1991.
     
    The men's basketball team, which captured the 2014 BIG EAST Tournament title, collected 25 points for its appearance in the NCAA Tournament Second Round. The Friars faced North Carolina and were edged, 79-77, in San Antonio, Texas. It marked the Friars' 16th appearance all-time in the NCAA Tournament and their first since 2004.
     
     
    PROVIDENCE COLLEGE
    DIVISION I LEARFIELD SPORTS DIRECTORS' CUP STANDINGS (since 2001-02)
    2013-14 .......... 71st
    2012-13 .......... 115th
    2011-12 .......... 149th
    2010-11........... 113th
    2009-10........... 137th
    2008-09........... 91st
    2007-08........... 146th
    2006-07........... 75th
    2005-06........... 78th
    2004-05........... 91st
    2003-04........... 75th
    2002-03........... 101st
    2001-02........... 112th
     
    2013-14 DIVISION I NON-FBS/FCS INSTITUTIONS IN TOP-100
    43..................... Denver (519.25 points)
    71..............Providence (311.00 points)
    76..................... St. John's (265.00 points)
    79..................... Boston University (259.50 points)
    100................... UC Irvine (179.00 points)
     
    2013-14 BIG EAST INSTITUTIONS
    66..................... Georgetown (326.20 points)
    68..................... Villanova (324.20 points)
    71..............Providence (311.00 points)
    76..................... St. John's (265.00 points)
    105................... DePaul (164.00 points)
    119................... Marquette (119.00 points)
    126................... Creighton (125.00 points)
    143................... Butler (110.00 points)
    252................... Xavier (30.00 points)
    289...................Seton Hall (11.50 points)