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JHU Places Program-Best Eighth in Final Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings

A third straight trip to the Sweet 16 by the men's soccer team helped JHU to an eighth-place finish in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings.
 

June 19, 2011

BALTIMORE, MD - The curtain officially came down on the 2010-11 school year for the Johns Hopkins Department of Athletics today as one of the great years in school history was capped by a program-best eighth-place finish in the final 2010-11 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings. The eighth-place finish tops JHU's previous best of 10th in 2006-07 and the 688 points Hopkins accumulated in this year's standings are also the most in school history.

Williams grabbed first place with 1,147 points to claim its 13th straight Directors' Cup, while Middlebury (VT), Amherst (MD), Washington (MO) and Calvin (MI), round out the top five. Johns Hopkins was the only school from the Centennial Conference to finish in the top 40.

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 13 of its 24 teams this year.

After a good start in the fall and a strong showing in the winter, Johns Hopkins rounded out the year with five teams competing in NCAA Championship competition in the spring. The men's and women's tennis teams led the way for JHU in the spring as both teams earned 64 Directors' Cup points with trips to the Sweet 16. A quarterfinal run by the youth-laded men's lacrosse team added 60 points, while the JHU baseball team made its fifth straight trip to the NCAAs and added 50 points with its run to the next-to-last day of the Mid.-Atlantic Regional. The final five points - the difference between an eighth and ninth-place finish - were added by the women's track team.

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 (1995-96), while the baseball and tennis teams all have NCAA streaks of at least five years.

The 243 points accumulated in the spring were the most in any season for Johns Hopkins, which was one of just five schools in the nation to total 200 or more points in the fall, winter and spring.

The efforts in the spring came on the heels of a winter that produced 239 points. Highlighting the efforts in the winter for Johns Hopkins were the women's and men's swimming teams, which combined for 139.5 points with eighth and ninth places finishes, respectively, 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 women's indoor track team grabbed 44.5 points with a 27th-place finish at the NCAA Division III Championships. The wrestling team had a pair of NCAA qualifiers and added five additional points.

JHU grabbed 206 points in the fall to get the year off to a quick start. Leo Weil's women's soccer team capped its sixth straight trip to the NCAAs with a second consecutive run to the NCAA Quarterfinals that resulted in 73 Directors' Cup points - the most of any JHU team this year. A second-straight seventh-place finish at the NCAA Championships landed the women's cross country team 69 points, while a third consecutive Sweet 16 showing for Craig Appleby's men's soccer team added 64 points as JHU ranked 10th in the rankings at the end of the fall season.

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 688 points JHU accumulated, 359 came from women's teams and 329 came from men's programs.

2010-11 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup
Final Division III Standings (6-17-11)
Top 20 (a total of 311 schools accumulated points)

1. Williams (MA) - 1,1,47
2. Middlebury (VT) - 1,063.17
3. Washington (MO) - 964
4. Amherst (MA) - 889.50
5. Calvin (MI) - 762.25
6. Wisconsin Whitewater - 722.75
7. Emory (GA) - 692
8. Johns Hopkins - 688
9. Wisconsin Stevens Point - 686.25
10. College of New Jersey - 660.75

Johns Hopkins' All-Time Final Directors' Cup Rankings

1995-96 - 49th (220.0 points)
1996-97 - 16th (352.0)
1997-98 - 24th (210.0)
1998-99 - 25th (200.0)
1999-00 - 22nd (347.0)
2000-01 - 30th (342.5)
2001-02 - 23rd (371.5)
2002-03 - 14th (482.0)
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 (638.0)
2010-11 - 8th (668.0)

Summary of JHU's 2010-11 NCAA Participating Teams (By Points Accumulated in Directors' Cup Standings)

73 - Women's Soccer - The Blue Jays made another run through the Centennial Conference and grabbed the program's sixth straight league title. Once in the NCAAs, JHU advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the second straight year, where they dropped a 2-1 heart-breaker to Messiah in what may have been the best game played in the entire tournament.

70.5 - Women's Swimming - The women's swimming team placed eighth at the NCAAs to earn 70.5 points. The eighth-place finish marks the 14th time since 1988 that JHU has placed in the top 10 at the NCAAs.

69 - Women's Cross Country - The Blue Jays matched their best-ever showing at the NCAA Championships with a seventh-place showing for the second consecutive year. This was JHU's fourth straight team appearance at the NCAAs - the last three of which have resulted in top 15 finishes.

69 - Men's Swimming - The Blue Jays added another top 10 finish to one of the most storied records in Division III swimming history.

64 - Men's Soccer - Johns Hopkins made it three straight trips to the NCAAs and the Sweet 16 under head coach Craig Appleby. After earning an at-large bid to the tournament, the Blue Jays stunned Richard Stockton and fourth-ranked Christopher Newport in the first two rounds before falling to second-ranked Ohio Wesleyan in the round of 16.

64 - Men's Tennis - The Blue Jays won their fifth straight Centennial Conference title to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Hopkins advanced to the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in five years.

64 - Women's Tennis - A fifth consecutive Centennial Conference title landed the Blue Jays a trip to the NCAA Tournament, where they advanced to the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight year.

60 - Men's Lacrosse - Hopkins earned an at-large bid to the NCAAs for the record 40th consecutive year with a 12-2 regular season record. The Blue Jays advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the 20th time in the last 21 years before being ousted.

50 - Baseball - Johns Hopkins won its fifth straight Centennial Conference title to earn an automatic bid to the NCAAs. The Blue Jays dropped their opener in the NCAAs, but fought off elimination twice before falling to eventual College World Series participant Kean.

50 - Women's Basketball - Head coach Nancy Funk and the Blue Jays returned to the NCAAs for the first time since 2004 and advanced to the second round to grab 50 Directors' Cup points.

27.5 - Women's Indoor Track - Senior Christina Valerio personally earned the Blue Jays 44.5 Directors' Cup points as she finished as the national runner-up in the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Championships.

5 - Women's Outdoor Track - Senior Christina Valerio closed one of the great years ever by a distance runner at Johns Hopkins with a seventh-place finish in the 10,000-meter run at the NCAAs to earn All-America honors and grab five crucial points in the Directors' Cup standings.

5 - Wrestling - Sophomores Paul Marcello and Reid Mosquera won individual Centennial Conference titles at 133 and 197 pounds, respectively, to qualify for the NCAAs.

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