CLEVELAND, Ohio (May 25, 2012) - Behind a very successful spring that saw six sports earn NCAA postseason bids, Rollins moved up to 10th in the latest Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings, it was released Friday.
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. The Cup ranks an athletic department's entire scope of success over the course of the sports season.
Rollins has totaled 465.5 points on the 2011-12 season. Grand Canyon leads the standings with 833 points, followed by eight-time defending champion Grand Valley in second with 724. State. Ashland, Augustana and Indianapolis round out the top-five.
Florida Southern ranks sixth with 516 points to lead Sunshine State Conference schools. Rollins in 10th and Lynn in 15th gives the SSC three in the top-20 while Barry checks in at No. 25.
Rollins was 28th after the fall season, totaling 125 points. Women's soccer and volleyball earned 50 points each for advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament while men's soccer garnered 25.
In the winter, Rollins dropped to 42nd as just women's basketball earned points, netting 83 for winning the NCAA Division II South Region title and advancing to the national semifinals.
The spring season was huge, highlighted by women's lacrosse gathering 55 points for a national semifinalist finish. Softball earned 50 points for advancing to the championship game of the NCAA Division II South Regional, falling to eventual national champion Valdosta State. Men's tennis also earned 50 for going to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Women's golf, men's golf and women's tennis also scored for the Tars.
The final Division II Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings will be published June 6 after the final three championships are decided (baseball, men's lacrosse, women's rowing).
Rollins finished 24th in the Directors' Cup last year. The Tars all-time best finish was sixth after the 2003-04 sports season.