Johns Hopkins Places Second in 2014-15 Directors' Cup Standings
Highest-Ever Point Total Leads to Best-Ever Finish
BALTIMORE, MD -- The Johns Hopkins Department of Athletics continued its steady climb in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings with a second-place finish in the final standings for 2014-15. The runner-up finish is the highest in school history - bettering last year's third-place showing by one spot - and marks Johns Hopkins' fifth consecutive top-10 finish. Hopkins accumulated a school-record 1,016.75 points, which tops the previous JHU record of 977.5 points set last year.
Since the Directors' Cup debuted during the 1995-96 school year, Johns Hopkins has 17 top-25 finishes to its credit, including a current streak of nine straight. In addition to the second-place finish this year and last year's third-place finish, Johns Hopkins placed eighth in 2010-11, ninth in 2011-12 and seventh in 2012-13; this account for five of Johns Hopkins' six all-time top-10 finishes.
Williams continued its impressive run at the top of the Directors' Cup standings with its 18th title. The Ephs accumulated 1,053 points to edge Johns Hopkins; the 36.25-point margin of victory is the closest in the last 15 years. Following Johns Hopkins in the standings were MIT (961 points), Washington-St. Louis (944) and Amherst (918.5).
The Directors' Cup is awarded annually by the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA), Learfield Sports and USA Today to the top overall athletic programs (Division I, Division II, Division III, NAIA) in the country. Points in the standings are accumulated based on an institution's finish in up to 18 sports (nine men • nine women) in NCAA Championship play.
Johns Hopkins was represented in NCAA play by 17 teams this year. However, the breakdown of Blue Jay teams to qualify for NCAA competition was 10 men's teams and seven women's teams. Thus, Hopkins' 33rd-place finish and subsequent 38.5 points in men's outdoor track are omitted from the final tally.
After a good start in the fall and a strong showing in the winter, Johns Hopkins rounded out the year with seven teams competing in NCAA Championship competition in the spring, including two that advanced to the quarterfinals or better.
The Blue Jay men's lacrosse team led the way in the spring as Hopkins' run to the Final Four earned 83 Directors' Cup points. The Johns Hopkins men's tennis team made a strong run in the NCAAs as well as the Blue Jays advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals and added 73 points.
Continuing its run of NCAA Tournament appearances, the women's tennis team advanced to the Sweet 16 to add 64 points, while the women's lacrosse team earned an at-large bid to the tournament and grabbed 25 points with its showing.
Johns Hopkins added 62.25 points from its 13th-place finish at the NCAAs in women's track, while head coach Bob Babb's baseball team was one of the final three teams in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional and the Blue Jays grabbed 50 Directors' Cup points for their efforts.
Johns Hopkins accumulated 284 points in the fall, 375.5 points in the winter and 357.25 in the spring. Hopkins was one of just two schools in the nation to score 280 or more points in all three seasons (Williams was the other).
Highlighting the 375.5-point effort in the winter for Johns Hopkins were the women's and men's swimming teams, which placed fifth and eighth, respectively, at the NCAA Championships to combine for 145.5 points. A run to the Sweet 16 in men's basketball added 64 points, while the men's and women's indoor track teams combined for 120 points.
The quick start in the fall, which included five NCAA teams for Johns Hopkins, was fueled by a third consecutive NCAA Championship for head coach Bobby Van Allen's women's cross country team (100 points) and the first-ever trip to the national semifinals for Leo Weil's women's soccer team (83).
In addition to receiving balanced production from its fall, winter and spring teams, Johns Hopkins also demonstrated a remarkable balance between its men's and women's programs. Of the 1,016.75 points JHU accumulated, 549.75 came from men's teams and 467 came from women's programs.
2014-15 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup
Final Division III Standings (6-4-15)
Top 10 (a total of 322 schools accumulated points)
1. Williams (MA) -- 1,053.00
2. Johns Hopkins -- 1,016.75
3. MIT -- 961.0
4. Washington-St. Louis -- 944.0
5. Amherst (MA) -- 918.50
6. Wisconsin-Whitewater -- 877.75
7. Middlebury (VT) -- 821.50
8. Emory (GA) -- 807.50
9. Tufts (MA) -- 766.25
10. Wisconsin-La Crosse -- 731.00
Johns Hopkins' All-Time Final Directors' Cup Rankings
1995-96 -- 49th (220 points)
1996-97 -- 16th (352)
1997-98 -- 24th (210)
1998-99 -- 25th (200)
1999-00 -- 22nd (347)
2000-01 -- 30th (342.5)
2001-02 -- 23rd (371.5)
2002-03 -- 14th (482)
2003-04 -- 16th (469.5)
2004-05 -- 22nd (363.25)
2005-06 -- 36th (324.25)
2006-07 -- 10th (686.25)
2007-08 -- 16th (577.5)
2008-09 -- 18th (620.5)
2009-10 -- 13th (638)
2010-11 -- 8th (688)
2011-12 -- 9th (689.25)
2012-13 -- 7th (789.50)
2013-14 -- 3rd (977.50)
2014-15 -- 2nd (1,016.75)
Summary of JHU's 2014-15 NCAA Participating Teams (By Points Accumulated in Directors' Cup Standings)
100 -- Women's Cross Country -- Johns Hopkins won its third consecutive NCAA Women's Cross Country title to earn 100 points.
83 -- Men's Lacrosse -- Blue Jays advanced to the Final Four for a record 29th time by upsetting seventh-seeded Virginia and second-seeded Syracuse in the first two rounds of the NCAAs.
83 -- Women's Soccer -- After reaching the NCAA Quarterfinals four times in five years, the Blue Jays advanced to the Final Four for the first time in program history.
75 -- Women's Swimming -- The Blue Jays placed fifth at the NCAAs and have now accounted for 70 or more Directors' Cup points in each of the last five years.
73 -- Men's Tennis -- Johns Hopkins advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the second straight year and the third time in the last four years.
70.5 -- Men's Swimming -- The men's swimming team placed eighth at the NCAAs and continued its remarkable run of producing Directors' Cup points. Since the inception of the Directors' Cup in 1995-96, the men's swimming team has accumulated 1,428.25 points -- the most of any team at Johns Hopkins.
64 -- Men's Basketball -- The Blue Jays made their second straight trip to March Madness and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second time in school history.
64 -- Women's Tennis -- Hopkins made its eighth straight trip to the Sweet 16.
62.25 -- Women's Outdoor Track -- The Johns Hopkins women's outdoor track team made its six straight showing at the NCAAs and a 13th-place finish landed 62.25 points.
62.25 -- Men's Indoor Track -- Johns Hopkins placed 13th at the NCAA Indoor Championships, the program's highest-ever finish.
57.75 -- Women's Indoor Track -- A 16th-place finish at the NCAA Championships produced 57.75 points. This is the sixth time in seven years that the women's indoor track team has scored at the NCAAs.
53 -- Football -- A school-record 11 wins and a trip to the second round of the NCAAs for Jim Margraff's football team.
50 -- Baseball -- Johns Hopkins returned to the NCAAs and advanced to the final day of the regional before being eliminated.
48 -- Men's Cross Country -- A fourth straight trip to the NCAAs resulted in a 28th-place team finish and 48 Directors' Cup points for the men's cross country team.
46 -- Wrestling -- The wrestling team has quietly scored at the NCAAs in each of the last six years and nine times in the last 10 years. Senior Paul Bewak's third-place finish helped JHU place 28th as a team and earn 46 Directors' Cup points.
25 -- Women's Lacrosse -- Hopkins returned to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year by earning an at-large berth in its first year as an independent.
XX -- Men's Outdoor Track -- Johns Hopkins placed 33rd at the NCAA in men's outdoor track. Directors' Cup scoring rules limit schools to earning points in nine men's and nine women's sports. The 33rd-place finish would have been good for 38.5 points, but was omitted in the scoring as Hopkins placed 10 men's teams in NCAA competition.
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