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The Ohio State women’s field hockey final four appearance this week was significant for many reasons.  With a close fourth, the Buckeyes athletic program earned 8 points in the race for Capital One Cup, vaulting them to the top 20 of the women’s standings as the rest of the fall championships play out.

The Capital One Cup is a new program rewarding NCAA Division I athletics programs for their cumulative on-field performance across multiple men’s and women’s sports.  With four fall women’s sports (volleyball, soccer, field hockey, cross country) and three men’s fall sports (football, soccer, cross country) featured in the Capital One Cup scoring formula, schools have a shot to sit atop the Capital One Cup standings after this season based on their finishes in these sports. 

Throughout the academic year points will be earned based on teams’ top 10 finishes in NCAA Division I championships and in final official coaches’ polls across a total of 13 men’s and 13 women’s sports. With the scoring structure ensuring that championship performances are rewarded the most.  Be sure to start tracking the official standings at www.CapitalOneCup.com after the completion of each NCAA fall championship.  The complete fall standings will be officially announced after the BCS National Championship in early January. 

In July, the two athletics programs with the highest aggregated point totals across the represented men’s and women’s sports will be crowned winners of the Capital One Cup. The winning schools will be presented with the Capital One Cup trophy and a $200,000 scholarship each on behalf of Capital One at the ESPY awards televised live by ESPN in July 2011.  Additionally, schools who earn the most Capital One Cup points among schools in their conference will be formally recognized as conference winners.

To keep up with your school’s progress in the race for the Capital One Cup please visit www.CapitalOneCup.com or check us out on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/CapitalOneCup) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/capitalonecup).

Women’s Field Hockey Rankings

1. Maryland – 20 Points
2. North Carolina – 12 Points
3. Virginia – 10 Points
4. Ohio State – 8 Points
5. Princeton – 6 Points
6. Syracuse – 6 Points
7. Connecticut – 4 Points
8. Old Dominion – 3 Points
9. Massachusetts – 2 Points               
10. American – 1 Point