Brandywine Finishes Seventh In USCAA Director’s Cup Standings

2018 USCAA Men's Soccer National Champions
2018 USCAA Men's Soccer National Champions

MEDIA, Pa. -- The Penn State Brandywine athletic department placed seventh in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Director's Cup standings, which annually ranks the department with the most cumulative on-field achievement, during the 2018-19 academic year.

Institutions earn points based on success at national championships as well as number of varsity sports offered and attendance at the USCAA Convention.

Aided by three teams that finished in the top four at USCAA National Championships, Brandywine totaled 388 points to pace three Penn State University Athletic Conference campuses that ranked in the top 20. Penn State Fayette was ninth, while Penn State DuBois stood 13th. St. Mary of the Woods College claimed first overall with 555 total points.

Brandywine captured its first-ever USCAA national title when the Lions' men's soccer team bested Johnson & Wales (N.C.) 1-0 in overtime last November. Brandywine's women's soccer squad also reached the national championship match, finishing as the runner-up, while the softball team took fourth place at the USCAA World Series, its fourth-straight top-five finish.

The Lions' men's golf team ranked 17th at the USCAA Championship for the second consecutive year and the men's and women's cross country teams were both represented by two qualifiers at the national championship races. Three of the Lions' four runners finished in the top 35 in their respective races, the top showings in program history.

In addition, Brandywine gained points as the largest athletic department in the USCAA with more than 160 student-athletes competing in 16 varsity sports.