Hopkins Ranks 13th in Final Fall Directors' Cup Standings
Dec. 22, 2011
BALTIMORE, MD - The final 2011-12 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings for the fall have been released and Johns Hopkins ranks 13th in the NCAA Division III standings. The Blue Jays scored points in five sports and accumulated 184 points to earn the 13th-place showing. There are more than 400 schools competing under the NCAA Division III banner and 185 of those schools scored points in the Directors' Cup standings in the fall. Johns Hopkins, which finished a program-best eighth in last year's Directors' Cup Standings, scored points in women's soccer, men's women's cross country, football and volleyball in the fall.
This is the first time in school history that Johns Hopkins has been represented in five different NCAA Championships in the fall and JHU was one of just four teams in the nation to qualify five different teams to the NCAAs. Washington University, Middlebury and Salisbury joined Johns Hopkins with five NCAA-qualifying programs in the fall.
Head coach Leo Weil's women's soccer team once again led the way for Johns Hopkins in the fall as the Blue Jays advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the fourth straight year and accumulated 64 Directors' Cup points. The Blue Jays won a seventh straight Centennial Conference title and picked up wins in the first two rounds of the NCAAs at Homewood Field before falling in the Sweet 16. Weil's team has two trips to the NCAA Quarterfinals (2009, 2010) and two Sweet 16 appearances (2008, 2011) to its credit in the last four years and capped a record-breaking 2011 season with a 21-1 record.
Despite fielding one of the youngest teams in the nation, head coach Bobby Van Allen's women's cross country team once again enjoyed a banner campaign with a fourth straight Centennial Conference title, a fourth consecutive Mideast Regional crown and a 14th-place finish at the NCAA Championships to earn 48 all-important Directors' Cup points. The 14th-place showing at the NCAAs was the fourth straight top-15 finish for Van Allen's squad, which counted no seniors among its top seven runners this season.
Van Allen's women's team had company on its trip to the NCAA Championships as the Blue Jays men's cross country team parlayed a program-best fourth-place finish at the Mideast Regional Championships into its first appearance at the NCAA Championships since 1977. There, the Blue Jays placed 26th to earn 22 Directors' Cup points.
The Johns Hopkins football team earned its third bid to the NCAA Playoffs since 2005 and head coach Jim Margraff's Blue Jays earned 25 Directors' Cup points in the process. The Blue Jays posted a 10-1 record, were ranked in the top 25 throughout the season, won a third consecutive Centennial Conference title and hosted an NCAA Playoff game for the first time in school history.
That Matt Troy's JHU volleyball team would have a say in the race for the Centennial Conference title was unquestioned, but few saw it happening so quickly. With a 17-person roster that consisted of 12 freshmen, the Blue Jays rolled through the league with a perfect 10-0 record and then won the program's first-ever Centennial Conference title with wins over Haverford and Gettysburg in the conference tournament. The league's automatic bid to the NCAAs came with the conference title and the Blue Jays earned 25 Directors' Cup points for their efforts.
Washington University (MO) currently ranks first in the Directors' Cup standings with 372 points, while Middlebury (359), Amherts (264), Calvin (262) and Salisbury (240) round out the top five. Through the course of the year, points are awarded based on a school's finish in up to 18 sports - nine men and nine women - in NCAA Championships.
2011-12 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup
Final Division III Fall Standings (12-22-2011) Top 15
1. Washington University (MO) - 372
2. Middlebury (VT) - 359
3. Amherst (MA) - 264
4. Calvin (MI) - 262
5. Salisbury (MD) - 240
6. Williams (MA) - 230
7. Wisconsin-Whitewater - 214
8. Cortland St. (NY) - 205
9. Messiah (PA) - 203
10. North Central (IL) - 195
11. St. Lawrence (NY) - 194.50
12. Hobart/William Smith (NY) - 186
13. Johns Hopkins - 184
14. Bowdoin (ME) - 178
15. MIT - 170
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