CHAPEL HILL – The University of North Carolina finished fifth in the final 2016-17 Learfield Directors' Cup standings, the Tar Heels' 11th top-five and 20th top-10 finish in the 24-year history of the award. It marks the 18th time UNC is the highest-ranked Atlantic Coast Conference program in the year-end standings.

The Learfield Directors' Cup measures NCAA post-season competitive success and awards points to a maximum of 10 men's and 10 women's programs per school.

UNC compiled 1,154 points this year, led by men's basketball, which earned 100 points as NCAA champion, and field hockey and men's tennis, which both finished second in the nation and earned 90 points.

The 1,154 points are UNC's fourth highest total (behind 2009, 2007 and 2011) in the current point system which began 15 years ago.

Four other UNC teams finished in the top five in the NCAA – men's and women's soccer both tied for third and women's lacrosse and women's tennis both tied for fifth place. Women's golf, men's lacrosse and volleyball placed ninth to give the Tar Heels 10 teams in the top 10. Four other teams – women's swimming and diving, baseball, softball and men's golf – had top-20 performances.

Twenty-five of Carolina's 28 sports advanced to NCAA Championship competition.

Stanford won the Directors Cup for the 23rd consecutive year with 1,563 points (UNC, which won in 1993-94, is the only other school to win the Division I title). Ohio State was second, and Florida, Southern California and North Carolina rounded out the top five. Michigan, Texas, Penn State, Oregon and Kentucky finished six through 10.

The Tar Heels finished first in the ACC for the third consecutive year and the 18th time overall – no other school has led the ACC more than three times.

This is UNC's third straight top-10 finish, eighth top-10 performance in the last nine years and 20th all-time. The rest of the ACC has a combined 18 top-10 finishes all-time. UNC is fourth all-time with 20 top-10s behind only Stanford (24), Florida (24) and UCLA (22).

UNC has 11 top-five finishes; the rest of the ACC has a combined seven top-five finishes all-time.

Florida State was the next-highest ACC finisher in 13th place, 232.25 points behind the Tar Heels. Virginia (19th) was the other ACC school to finish in the top 20 this year.

2016-17 National Top 10

1. Stanford 1563

2. Ohio State 1343.75

3. Florida 1252.5

4. Southern California 1251.25

5. North Carolina 1154

6. Michigan 1133.25

7. Texas 1067.75

8. Penn State 1046.75

9. Oregon 1027

10. Kentucky 1025

2016-17 ACC Standings

1. North Carolina (5th) 1154

2. Florida State (13th) 921.75

3. Virginia (19th) 862

4. Notre Dame (23rd) 801

5. Louisville (26th) 767.5

6. NC State (29th) 710.5

7. Duke (32nd) 679.5

8. Virginia Tech (40th) 549.5

9. Syracuse (44th) 519.25

10. Clemson (52nd) 471.5

11. Wake Forest (55th) 443

12. Miami (56th) 441

13. Boston College (72nd) 303

14. Pitt (92nd) 216

15. Georgia Tech (102nd) 198

University of North Carolina

NACDA Directors Cup Finishes

2017 5th

2016 7th

2015 5th

2014 14th

2013 8th

2012 8­th

2011 6th

2010 7th

2009 2nd

2008 14th

2007 3rd

2006 4th

2005 9th

2004 7th

2003 8th

2002 4th

2001 15th

2000 5th

1999 17th

1998 2nd

1997 2nd

1996 6th

1995 2nd

1994 1st