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Hopkins Places Ninth in Final Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Rankings

Erica Suter and the women's soccer team earned 64 Directors' Cup points for JHU with a run to the Sweet 16.

June 12, 2012

Final 2011-12 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings Get Acrobat Reader

BALTIMORE, MD – With four teams scoring points in the spring, Johns Hopkins capped another impressive school year with a ninth-place finish in the final 2011-12 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings. The ninth-place finish is the second-best in school history and the 689.25 points JHU accumulated are the most in school history. The highest placing in school history came last year, when Johns Hopkins placed eighth.

This year’s ninth-place finish marks the third time in the last six years that Johns Hopkins has placed in the top 10 in the final Directors’ Cup Standings. Since the Directors’ Cup debuted during the 1995-96 school year, Johns Hopkins has 14 top-25 finishes to its credit, including a current streak of six straight.

Middlebury (VT) earned the first Directors’ Cup title in school history with 1,040,75 points to edge runner-up Washington University, which totaled 980.25 points. Williams, which had won the previous 13 Directors’ Cup titles, finished third with 964.50 points and was followed by Amherst (950.75) and Wisconsin Whitewater (815.50) to round out the top five. Johns Hopkins was the only school from the Centennial Conference to finish in the top 65.

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 14 of its teams this year.

After a good start in the fall and a strong showing in the winter, Johns Hopkins rounded out the year with four teams competing in NCAA Championship competition in the spring, including three that advanced to the quarterfinals.

The men's and women's tennis teams led the way for JHU in the spring as both teams earned 73 Directors' Cup points with trips to the quarterfinals. The Blue Jay men’s tennis team dropped a narrow 5-4 decision to eventual national champion Emory in the quarterfinals, while the Hopkins women were eliminated by eventual national runner-up Chicago in the quarters. Both teams’ appearances in the quarterfinals were the first in program in history.

A quarterfinal run by the men's lacrosse team added 60 points, while the JHU women's track team tacked on 23 points with a 48th-place finish at the NCAA Championships to account for the 229 points Hopkins accumulated in the spring.

Johns Hopkins has traditionally closed the year strong in the Directors' Cup standings as the men's lacrosse team has scored points every year since the inception of the program, while the tennis teams both have NCAA streaks of at least six years. Johns Hopkins accumulated 276.25 points in the winter, 229 points in the spring and 184 in the fall. Hopkins was one of just six schools in the nation to score 175 or more points in all three seasons.

Highlighting the 276.25-point effort in the winter for Johns Hopkins were the women's and men's swimming teams, which combined for 146.25 points with a pair of sixth-place finishes at the NCAA Swimming Championships. The Johns Hopkins women's basketball team advanced to the second round of the NCAAs to earn 50 Directors' Cup points, while the wrestling team scored an impressive 47 points with a program-best 27th-place finish at the NCAA Championships. The women’s track team added 33 points with a 39th-place showing at the NCAAs.

Five NCAA-qualifying teams in the fall helped Hopkins get off to a quick start this year. Leo Weil's women's soccer team capped its seventh straight trip to the NCAAs with a run to the NCAA Quarterfinals that resulted in 64 Directors' Cup points, while a 14th-place showing at the NCAAs by the women’s cross country team landed another 48 points. The JHU football and volleyball teams both qualified for the NCAAs and earned 25 points each, while the men’s cross country team capped the fall with a 26th-place showing at the NCAAs that added 22 points.

In addition to receiving balanced production from its fall, winter and spring teams, Johns Hopkins also demonstrated a balance between its men's and women's programs. Of the 689.25 points JHU accumulated, 389.5 came from women's teams and 299.75 came from men's programs.

2011-12 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup

Final Division III Standings (6-7-2012)

Top 10 (a total of 317 schools accumulated points)

1. Middlebury (VT) – 1,040.75 points

2. Washington University (MO) – 980.25

3. Wiliams (MA) – 964.50

4. Amherst (MA) – 950.75

5. Wisconsin Whitewater – 815.50

6. Emory – 727.0

7. Tufts (MA) – 724.75

8. St. Thomas (MN) – 720.25

9. Johns Hopkins – 689.25

10 . Cortland State (NY) – 673.50

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)

Summary of JHU's 2011-12 NCAA Participating Teams

(By Points Accumulated in Directors' Cup Standings)

73.5 - Women's Swimming - The women's swimming team placed sixth at the NCAAs to earn 73.5 points. The sixth-place finish marks the 15th time since 1988 that JHU has placed in the top 10 at the NCAAs.

73 - Men's Tennis - The Blue Jays won their sixth straight Centennial Conference title to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Hopkins advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time in school history.

73 - Women's Tennis - A sixth consecutive Centennial Conference title landed the Blue Jays a trip to the NCAA Tournament, where they advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time in program history.

72.75 - Men's Swimming - The Blue Jays added a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships to one of the most storied records in Division III swimming history.

64 - Women's Soccer - The Blue Jays made another run through the Centennial Conference and grabbed the program's seventh straight league title. Once in the NCAAs, JHU advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second time in four years (to go along with two trips to the NCAA Quarterfinals during the same period).

60 - Men's Lacrosse - Hopkins earned an at-large bid to the NCAAs for the record 41st consecutive year with an 11-3 regular season record. The Blue Jays advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the 21st time in the last 22 years before being ousted.

50 - Women's Basketball - Head coach Nancy Funk and the Blue Jays made it back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the second round to grab 50 Directors' Cup points.

48 - Women's Cross Country – JHU made its fifth straight team appearance at the NCAAs and placed 14th. Hopkins has placed in the top 15 at the NCAAs in each of the last four years.

47 - Wrestling – Perhaps the feel-good story of the year at JHU as head coach Keith Norris guided Hopkins to its first-ever Centennial title and a program-best 27th-place finish at the NCAAs. Hopkins quailed five wrestlers for the NCAA Championships – Paul Bewak, Paul Marcello, Henry Stauber, Matt Fusaro and Reid Mosquera – and two, Bewak (7th) and Mosquera (8th) grabbed All-America honors to lead the way.

33 - Women's Indoor Track – Freshman Hannah Eckstein’s fifth-place finish in the 5,000-meter run was enough to earn 33 Directors’ Cup points for the Blue Jays.

25 - Football – Head coach Jim Margraff’s Blue Jays rolled to a 10-0 record in the regular season and hosted an NCAA Playoff game for the first time in school history to grab 25 Directors’ Cup points for JHU.

25 - Volleyball – With perhaps the youngest team in the nation (12 freshmen among a roster of 17), head coach Matt Troy guided JHU to its first-ever Centennial title and first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament.

23 - Women's Outdoor Track – Building off her effort in the winter, freshman Hannah Eckstein capped her impressive rookie campaign with a fourth-place finish in the 5,000-meter run at the NCAAs to grab 23 more Directors’ Cup points.

22Men’s Cross Country – The Blue Jays parlayed a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Mid-East Regional Championships into the program’s first trip to the NCAAs since 1977. There, JHU placed 26th to earn 22 Directors’ Cup points.

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