May 28, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State has moved up to fifth in the first set of Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup spring standings were released Thursday. The Buckeyes posted a fifth-place finish in men’s lacrosse, a ninth-place finish in men’s tennis and ranked 17th in women’s lacrosse.

Stanford currently leads the standings followed by North Carolina, Penn State, UCLA and Ohio State.

The Buckeye men’s lacrosse team went 12-7 overall and earned an at-large spot in the NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes, who reached the inaugural Big Ten Tournament championship game this season, advanced to the quarterfinals for the third time in program history after a 16-11 victory at Duke. Senior Jesse King and junior Robby Haus were named USILA third team All-Americans while redshirt sophomore goalie Tom Carey earned honorable mention laurels.

The men’s tennis team advanced to the NCAA round of 16 after wins against Buffalo and Vanderbilt in the first two rounds before falling in a 4-3 nailbiter to Texas A&M. The Buckeyes won a share of the Big Ten regular-season title and advanced to the NCAA round of 16 for the 10th-consecutive season while finishing the year with a 27-9 record.

The women’s lacrosse Buckeyes also posted a solid finish, advancing to the NCAA Tournament before dropping a first-round game to Notre Dame. The Buckeyes, who advanced to the Big Ten Tournament championship game by knocking off top-ranked Maryland in the semifinals, were led a by a senior class that notched 45 wins, the most of any class in program history.

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 20 sports — 10 women’s and 10 men’s.

Six spring Division I championships have been completed and the next Division I spring standings will be release June 11.