UNH Finishes 97th In 2012-13 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup

CLEVELAND – The University of New Hampshire finished in 97th place in the 2012-13 Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings, a joint effort between the National Association of College Directors of America (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each D-I institution’s finish in up to 20 sports – 10 women’s and 10 men’s.

UNH totaled 179 points to rank third overall among America East Conference institutions (Boston University-90th place, 207.50 points; Stony Brook-95th place, 181 points) and third among Hockey East Association schools (Boston College-76th place, 263 points; BU-90th place. 

“A Top 100 finish in the Learfield Cup is important for multiple reasons,” UNH Athletic Director Marty Scarano said. “One, it’s a stated annual department objective. Two, it represents that UNH has a successful broad-based program as compared to our peers. And three, given our minimal resources, it symbolizes our fierce desire to work harder and overachieve.

 “When one looks at the impressive institutions who trail us,” Scarano continued, “it’s hard not to be very proud of the fact that our coaches and student-athletes compete so favorably on the national stage. This is once again an endorsement of the hard work and dedication that our staff, coaches and student-athletes bring every day to their endeavors.”
The Wildcats amassed 126 points during the winter season. The men’s ice hockey team’s 60 points were third-most among Division I programs, behind national champion Yale (100 points) and national runner-up Quinnipiac (90 points). UNH, which reached the NCAA tournament for the 11th time in 12 seasons, compiled a 20-12-7 record and advanced to the Northeast Regional final.
The skiing program finished eighth nationally with 66 points, which was third among Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) teams, behind Vermont (85 points) and Dartmouth (75).  UNH, which matched its top finish since 1994 by placing eighth at the NCAA Championships, posted five All-America performances in alpine racing en route to third place overall in that discipline.
The football program accounted for 53 points in the fall season, which ranked first among teams eligible for the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) championship and tops among all New England football programs. The Wildcats went 8-4 and earned a co-CAA championship to qualify for the NCAA tournament for the ninth consecutive season, which is the nation’s longest active streak.

For a complete look at the Learfield Directors’ Cup Standings, visit www.directorscup.org.

America East Schools

Total Points

Final Rank

1. Boston University



2. Stony Brook



3. UNH



4. Binghamton




Hockey East Schools

Total Points

Final Rank

1. Boston College



2. Boston University



3. UNH



4. Massachusetts




Division I Hockey Rank

Hockey Points


1. Yale



2. Quinnipiac



3. UNH



EISA Skiing Rank

Ski Points


1. Vermont



2. Dartmouth



3. UNH



CAA Football League Rank*

FB Points


1. UNH



2. Villanova



*-Teams Eligible for CAA Championship

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