Duke sports rock NCAA academic scoreboard

May. 07, 2014 @ 03:44 PM

Duke’s men’s lacrosse team not only dominated on the field by winning its second NCAA championship last spring, its athletes continued taking care of their academic business as well.

Men’s lacrosse was one of 14 Duke athletic teams honored by the NCAA on Wednesday with Public Recognition Awards.

The NCAA presents the awards annually to teams that finish in the top 10 percent of their respective sport based on the most recent multi-year Academic Performance Rate (APR).

With 14 teams, Duke tied with Stanford for second nationally. Only Notre Dame, with 15 teams honored, had more.

That continues an impressive trend for the Blue Devils. Every year since 2007, when the Public Recognition Awards were created, Duke has finished among the nation’s top four among Football Bowl Subdivision schools for most teams honored.

Beginning with 2008, Duke has finished either first or second every year. Duke and Notre Dame have finished first or second each year beginning in 2009. They tied in 2013.

Duke has had the most teams honored three times — tying with Navy in 2008 and Notre Dame in 2013 while winning outright in 2010.

Along with lacrosse, the other men’s teams at Duke honored this year include baseball, basketball, football, soccer, indoor track and field, swimming and diving, golf and wrestling.

Women’s teams honored from Duke are volleyball, lacrosse, golf, rowing and fencing.

Five Duke teams have received Public Recognition Awards every year they’ve been presented. Those teams are football, men’s golf, men’s soccer, men’s indoor track and field and women’s fencing.

Nationally, only 146 teams have received Public Recognition Awards every year.

All 15 ACC schools had at least one athletic team receive a Public Recognition Award this year. As a conference, the ACC led the FBS leagues with 77 teams honored. Among all conferences, only the Ivy League (117) and the Patriot League (94) had more.

Among ACC schools, after Notre Dame and Duke, Boston College (12) was next, followed by North Carolina (6), Miami (5), Virginia (5), Georgia Tech (4), Florida State (3), Wake Forest (3), Maryland (2), N.C. State (2), Syracuse (2), Virginia Tech (2), Clemson (1) and Pittsburgh (1).

UNC teams honored, all women’s sports, include fencing, golf, gymnastics, rowing, tennis and volleyball.

UNC’s women’s fencing and women’s golf teams are among the teams having received a Public Recognition Award every year.

The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester or quarter by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.

Teams receiving Public Recognition Awards had scores between 980 and 1,000.

APRs for every Division I team will be announced on May 14.