Johns Hopkins Finishes 22nd in 2004-05 Sports Academy Directors' Cup Standings
Ninth-Straight Top-30 Finish for Blue Jays
June 22, 2005
BALTIMORE, Md. - The Johns Hopkins University athletic program has earned its ninth straight top-30 finish in the Sports Academy Directors' Cup Division III standings as JHU checked in at 22nd in the final 2004-05 rankings. The finish is tied for the fifth-best in school history. In all, six Blue Jay teams participated in NCAA Championships during the 2004-05 academic year, helping Hopkins accumulate 363.25 points. Williams (MA) claimed its ninth Directors' Cup title in the last 10 years as the Ephs tallied 1,068.25 points to easily out-distance second-place Middlebury (900).
Johns Hopkins earned 125 points during the spring to jump from 27th place after the winter to 22nd in the final standings. The men's lacrosse team earned 100 points with its NCAA Championship, while the Blue Jay women's lacrosse team made its second straight appearance in the NCAA Championships at the Division I level and earned 25 points.
Hopkins' finish in the spring came on the heels of a strong showing in the winter that lifted the Blue Jays from 61st after the fall to 27th after the winter. The presence of three teams in NCAA Championship competition in the winter was the key to the overall success of the program during the 2004-05 year. The men's and women's swimming teams combined to earn 151 points as both teams had strong showings at the NCAA Championships. The men's team earned 85 points with a third-place finish at the NCAAs, while the women placed 11th and added 66 points. The fencing team placed 26th at the NCAA Championships to contribute 23.25 points.
In the fall the Johns Hopkins men's soccer team enjoyed a storybook season under head coach Matt Smith as the Blue Jays posted a 17-1-2 record, spent nearly the entire season ranked number two in the nation and advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAAs. The Blue Jays received a first round bye in the NCAA Tournament and slipped past Elizabethtown on penalty kicks in the second round before falling to Salisbury, 1-0, in the Sweet 16. The team earned 64 points in the Directors' Cup - the only fall points JHU accumulated.
Johns Hopkins placed 49th in the inaugural NCAA Division III Director's Cup Standings in 1996, but moved to a then program-best 16th-place in 1997. JHU added 24th (1998), 25th (1999), 21st (2000), 30th (2001), 22nd (2002), 14th (2003) and 16th-place (2004) showings before this year's 22nd-place finish. Hopkins is the only school in the Centennial Conference that has placed in the top 30 in any year since the inception of the program in 1996.
Points in the Directors' Cup are accumulated by a school's finish in any of 18 NCAA championships (9 men/9 women).
Final 2004-05 NCAA Division III Sports Academy Directors' Cup Standings - Top 25
Rk. School Points 1. Williams (MA) 1,068.25 2. Middlebury (VT) 900 3. Washington (MO) 675.75 4. Trinity (TX) 672 5. Wisconsin Stevens Point 646.75 6. Calvin (MI) 617 7. Wisconsin La Crosse 600.5 8. Emory (GA) 594 9. Amherst (MA) 593.5 10. New Jersey 584 11. Salisbury (MD) 570.5 12. Wartburg (IO) 553.5 13. Cortland State (NY) 530.5 14. Ithaca (NY) 512.25 15. Springfield (MA) 485 16. Redlands (CA) 458.5 17. Gustavus Adolphus (MN) 442 18. Denison (OH) 399 19. Bowdoin (ME) 390.5 20. Messiah 380 21. Mary Washington (VA) 371.5 22. Johns Hopkins 363.25 23. Wisconsin Whitewater 360.25 24. St. Thomas (MN) 356 25. Wheaton (IL) 355.5