JHU Places 10th in Final 2006-07 Directors' Cup Standings
Spring Surge Lifts Hopkins to First-Ever Top-10 Finish
June 15, 2007
BALTIMORE, MD - Bolstered by arguably the finest spring season in school history, Johns Hopkins University accumulated 686.25 points and finished 10th in the final 2006-07 U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings. The 10th-place finish is the highest in school history, surpassing the previous best of 14th in 2002-03, while the 686.25 points are over 200 more than Hopkins' previous best total of 482 in 2002-03. Williams grabbed first place with 1,137.5 points to claim its 11th Directors' Cup, while Middlebury, Cortland State, Amherst and Washington (MO) round out the top five. Johns Hopkins was the only school from the state of Maryland to finish in the top 30.
The Directors' Cup is awarded annually by the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA), the U.S. Sports Academy 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 15 of its 26 teams this year with 12 of the 15 accumulating points in the Directors' Cup standings.
Hopkins polished off perhaps the most successful year in program history with its ninth NCAA Championship in men's lacrosse to grab 100 points in the Directors' Cup standings. The spring season saw four other teams accumulate points for JHU as men's tennis (64), baseball (63.75), women's lacrosse (60) and women's tennis (50) all produced during a spring campaign that contributed 337.75 points to the overall total of 686.25 for the year.
The efforts in the spring came on the heels of a winter that produced 225.5 points. The men's and women's swimming teams anchored JHU's efforts in the winter as the men's team earned 73.5 points with a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships, while the women totaled 69 points with a ninth-place showing. The Johns Hopkins men's and women's swimming teams have combined for over 100 points in the Directors' Cup in each of the last nine years.
Hopkins grabbed an additional 83 points over the winter as the men's basketball team earned 50 points with its appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, while the fencing (28 points) and wrestling teams (5 points) also contributed to the total.
Hopkins got the 2006-07 year off to a good start in the fall as the men's and women's soccer teams combined to accumulate 123 points. Under the direction of head coach Matt Smith the Blue Jay men's soccer team advanced to the national quarterfinals and earned 73 points, while the women totaled 50 points with an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
2006-07 U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup
Final Division III Winter Standings (6-11-07)
Top 10 (a total of 312 schools accumulated points)
1. Williams - 1,137.5
2. Middlebury - 1,064.5
3. Cortland State - 892.75
4. Amherst - 887.25
5. Washington (MO) - 845
6. New Jersey - 793
7. Wisconsin La Crosse - 718.75
8. Calvin (MI) - 713
9. Emory - 694.5
10. Johns Hopkins - 686.25
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)
Summary of JHU's 2006-07 NCAA Participating Teams
(By Points Accumulated in Directors' Cup Standings)
100 - Men's Lacrosse - The Blue Jays won the ninth NCAA Championship in program history with a thrilling 12-11 win over Duke in the NCAA Championship game. The national championship is JHU's second in the last three years.
73.5 - Men's Swimming - A perennial national power, the Blue Jay men's swimming team finished sixth at the NCAA Championships, its 36th top 10 finish in the last 37 years. Hopkins' 400 Medley Relay Team led the way with a first-place finish.
73 - Men's Soccer - An argument can be made that the Blue Jays lost in the national championship game as a tough 2-1 loss to eventual champion Messiah ended JHU's season in the national quarterfinals. Messiah out-scored its final four opponents by a combined score of 6-0 after slipping past Hopkins.
69 - Women's Swimming - The other half of JHU's potent one-two punch in the winter, the women's swimming team placed ninth at the NCAA Championships.
64 - Men's Tennis - Not only did the Blue Jays make their second trip to the NCAAs in as many years, but advanced to the Sweet 16 before being eliminated. JHU had never appeared in the NCAA Tournament prior to the 2006 season.
63.75 - Baseball - Hopkins returned to the NCAA Tournament after a two-year hiatus and, like men's soccer, was eliminated by the eventual national champion (Kean). The Blue Jays posted a 38-11 record and came within an eyelash of the program's second College World Series appearance.
60 - Women's Lacrosse - Head coach Janine Tucker's loaded schedule paid dividends as the Blue Jays earned an at-large bid to the NCAAs and went on the road to beat Hofstra in the first round before falling in the quarterfinals at Duke. The quarterfinal appearance is the first for Hopkins at the Division I level.
50 - Men's Basketball - Head coach Bill Nelson put together one of the top teams in school history and posted a 24-5 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Jays knocked off Villa Julie before a packed house at Goldfarb Gymnasium in the first round before falling to a tough Guilford squad in the round of 32.
50 - Women's Soccer - A storybook 18-2-1 season came to a crushing end in the second round of the NCAAs, and the Blue Jays didn't actually get beaten. A 0-0 tie with host Virginia Wesleyan was settled on penalty kicks as the Blue Jays fell just shy of the program's first trip to the Sweet 16.
50 - Women's Tennis - The fifth of the five spring teams to qualify for the NCAAs, the women's tennis team made its first appearance in the big dance this year. A tough 5-4 loss to perennial power Mary Washington ended a magnificent year, but five of the top six players are set to return in 2008.
28 - Fencing - Every point in the Directors' Cup is valuable and sophomore David Ferguson placed 13th at the 2007 NCAA Fencing Championships to earn 28 points in the Director's Cup for JHU. Ferguson's efforts gave JHU a 23rd-place team finish.
5 - Wrestling - Junior Eric Fishel competed at the NCAA Championships after winning the 184-pound title at the Centennial Conference Championships.
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