Dukes Third Among A-10 Schools in Learfield Cup Points
July 12, 2016
PITTSBURGH – Duquesne capped its most successful season in athletics history by finishing third among the 14 schools that comprise the Atlantic 10 in total Learfield Directors’ Cup points for the 2015-16 athletic year.
The Dukes - one of four A-10 schools to register points in three or more sports - finished with 100 points, trailing only Dayton (150) and George Washington (135.5) who scored in four sports each.
Three Duquesne programs - women’s soccer, football and women’s basketball - made their first NCAA Championship appearances in 2015-16.
Women’s basketball, which earned an NCAA at-large bid after winning a share of the Atlantic 10 regular season title for the first time, collected 50 points in advancing to the NCAA Championship Second Round. Women’s soccer won three matches in four days to capture the A-10 Championship and automatic NCAA bid, while football claimed its first outright Northeast Conference title and automatic NCAA Football Championship Subdivision bid.
Women’s soccer and football were awarded 25 points each for their NCAA appearances.
Entering this year, Duquesne athletic programs made a total of two NCAA Championship appearances in 39 years as a conference member (men’s basketball in 1976-77 and volleyball in 2013).
“These results are a tribute to the efforts of our coaches and student-athletes,” said Director of Athletics Dave Harper. “Our department has emphasized competing, and more importantly winning. We are proud of our broad-based success and will continue to find ways to help our coaches and athletes achieve exemplary results both in competition and the classroom. Duquesne’s goal is to be a successful broad-based program and a highly-valued member of the Atlantic 10 conference.”
Across the board, DU’s programs excelled in 2015-16, making it the first year that every eligible Duquesne program advanced to Atlantic 10 Championship play.
The annual Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup measures the overall strength of an institution’s athletic program. Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 20 sports - 10 women’s and 10 men’s. The award has been issued every year since 1994.
Complete standings may be found here.
ATLANTIC 10 SCHOOL’S BY 2015-16 LEARFIELD CUP POINTS
1 -- Dayton (150)
NOTE: A-10 members Davidson and Saint Louis did not score
DUQUESNE’S NCAA APPEARANCES AS A CONFERENCE MEMBER (since 1976-77)
Men’s Basketball - 1976-77