University of North Carolina Women's Athletics Program Earns Its First Capital One Cup Trophy

University of North Carolina Women's Athletics Program Earns Its First Capital
                                One Cup Trophy

National Championships in Soccer and Lacrosse Help Tar Heels Hold off Two-Time
Defending Champion Stanford

PR Newswire

MCLEAN, Va., June 13, 2013

MCLEAN, Va., June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The University of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill has won one of the most prestigious trophies in college sports.
The Tar Heels' women's athletics program finished first in the annual  Capital
One Cup, which is awarded to the best men's and women's Division I athletics
programs in the country. Claiming its first Capital One Cup trophy and
$200,000 toward student-athlete scholarships, North Carolina will be formally
honored for their accomplishment during this year's ESPY Awards ceremony in
Los Angeles on July 17.



Boosted by the NCAA women's soccer national championship and a runner-up
finish in thefield hockey championship during the fall athletics season, the
Tar Heels catapulted to the top of the Capital One Cup standings whereit
shared the No. 1 spot with Penn State in January. After falling to fourth in
the standings at the conclusion of the winter season, North Carolina bounced
back in the spring and outdistanced themselves from two-time defending winner
Stanford University to claim the Capital One Cup on the strength of a lacrosse
national title and a fourth-place finish in the final tennis coaches' poll.

Stanford earned points from the NCAA women's tennis national championship and
nine other top-10 finishes across the 20 women's sports represented in the
Capital One Cup. In the end, the Cardinal was just 10.5 points shy of the Tar
Heels. Oregon, which finished in the top three for the first time, made a
late–season run with a third-place finish at the NCAA outdoor track and field
championships and the No. 9 spot in the final softball coaches' poll.
Rounding out the top 10 were Texas (4), Penn State (5), Florida (6), Oklahoma
(7), Kansas (T-8), Southern California (T-8) and Connecticut (10).

"This is a wonderful accomplishment by our women's sports programs and the
entire Carolina community congratulates these outstanding women for their
achievement," said University of North Carolina Director of Athletics Bubba
Cunningham. "To earn first place in the Capital One Cup is a credit to the
hard work, perseverance and dedication of these students, our coaches and
support staff. Additionally, we would like to thank Capital One for its
support of college athletics."

Below are the official Capital One Cup women's final standings for the 2012 –
2013 season, with the top-10 point earners in women's Division I athletics

Women's Capital One Cup Final Standings
Rank   School                  Points
1      North Carolina          140
2      Stanford                129.5
3      Oregon                  112
4      Texas                   92
5      Penn State              89
6      Florida                 85
7      Oklahoma                74
8      Kansas                  72
8      Southern California    72
10     Connecticut             71

"Based on the fierce competition we saw in the race for the Capital One Cup
the past two years, I was eager to see how this year's race would play out at
the end of the spring season," said Brandi Chastain, Capital One Cup Advisory
Board member, World Cup Champion and former Santa Clara University soccer
student-athlete. "North Carolina definitely brought its championship mentality
this year, winning national titles in soccer and lacrosse, and its entire
athletics program should be very proud of their on-field accomplishments. An
award like the Capital One Cup speaks volumes because it celebrates
student-athletes on and off the field."

"Congratulations to the University of North Carolina women's athletics program
on winning this year's Capital One Cup," said Marc Mentry, Senior Vice
President, Capital One Brand Marketing. "The Tar Heels showcased great
performances across multiple sports throughout the entire season and it was
exciting to watch the race for the Cup unfold as they held off a very powerful
Stanford program. We're looking forward to honoring our new winner at the ESPY
Awards next month."

Highlights from the Capital One Cup during the 2012-2013 athletics season

  oNorth Carolina toppled three number one seeds on its way to claiming the
    school's 21^st national championship in women's soccer
  oPrinceton won its first-ever NCAA championship in both fencing and field
  oConnecticut took home its eighth basketball national championship and ties
    Tennessee for the most by a women's program
  oMinnesota's ice hockey team had an unblemished record (41-0-0) and
    successfully defended its 2012 national title
  oNorth Carolina captured its first-ever lacrosse national championship
    after eight unsuccessful trips to the semifinals in 18 years
  oSouthern California scored its third water polo national championship
    since 2004
  oCombined, 90 schools earned points in the Capital One Cup women's

Schools earn points based on their teams' top-10 finishes in NCAA Division I
championships and in final official coaches' polls across 20 women's and 19
men's sports as they compete to win the Capital One Cup trophy and a combined
$400,000 in scholarships for student-athletes.

The Capital One Cup men's winning athletics program will be announced after
the conclusion of the NCAA College World Series® in late June. In the previous
two years, the University of Florida men's athletics program claimed the
Capital One Cup.

In addition to Chastain, other Capital One Cup Advisory Board members include
Rece Davis, Jennie Finch, Doug Flutie, Clark Kellogg, Barry Larkin and Lisa

To view the current men's standings and the complete women's final standings,
please visit Fans can join in on the conversation at and

About Capital One
Capital One Financial Corporation ( is a financial holding
company whose subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A., and Capital One
Bank (USA), N. A., had $212.5 billion in deposits and $312.9 billion in total
assets outstanding as of December 31, 2012. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia,
Capital One offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to
consumers, small businesses and commercial clients through a variety of
channels. Capital One, N.A. has more than 900 branch locations primarily in
New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia and the District of
Columbia. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One trades on the New York Stock
Exchange under the symbol "COF" and is included in the S&P 100 index.

Capital One, an NCAA Corporate Champion, began its affiliation with college
sports with the sponsorship of the 2001 Capital One Florida Citrus Bowl (now
the Capital One Bowl) and ESPN's Capital One Bowl Week. In addition, Capital
One sponsors the ABC College Football Halftime Report, Capital One All-America
Mascot team, Capital One Academic All-America Program, and supports all 89
NCAA Championships including the Division I Men's and Women's Basketball
Championships, and numerous other collegiate athletics programs.

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respective holders.

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