JHU Ranks 10th in Final Fall Directors' Cup Standings
Dec. 23, 2010
BALTIMORE, MD - The final 2010-11 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings for the fall have been released and Johns Hopkins ranks 10th in the NCAA Division III standings. The Blue Jays scored points in three sports and accumulated 206 points to earn the 10th-place showing. There are more than 400 schools competing under the NCAA Division III banner and 181 scored points in the Directors' Cup standings in the fall. Johns Hopkins, which finished 13th in last year's Directors' Cup Standings, scored points in men's and women's soccer and women's cross country in the fall.
Highlighting the efforts in the fall for Johns Hopkins was the women's soccer team, which made a second straight run to the NCAA Division III Quarterfinals and accumulated 73 Directors' Cup points. Under the guidance of head coach Leo Weil, the Blue Jays won a sixth straight Centennial Conference title, hosted the first two rounds of the NCAAs at Homewood Field, beat perennial power The College of New Jersey in the Sweet 16 and gave two-time defending national champion Messiah all it could handle in an epic quarterfinal game that may have been better suited for a bigger stage.
The second of Johns Hopkins' two top-eight finishes in the fall came from the women's cross country team, which cruised to a third straight Centennial Conference title, added a third Mideast Regional Championship two weeks later and closed out the season with a seventh-place showing at the NCAA Championships. Head coach Bobby Van Allen and his Blue Jays grabbed 69 all-important Directors' Cup points and have three straight top-15 finishes at the NCAAs to their credit.
Rounding out JHU's three NCAA Tournament teams this fall was the men's soccer team, which advanced to the NCAA's Sweet 16 for the third consecutive year under head coach Craig Appleby. The lower seed in each of its three games in the NCAAs, Hopkins scored upsets against Richard Stockton (3-2 in OT) and fourth-ranked Christopher Newport (2-1 in OT) in the first two rounds before being eliminated by second-ranked Ohio Wesleyan (1-0) in the round of 16.
Washington University (MO) currently ranks first in the Directors' Cup standings with 336 points, while Calvin (327), Middlebury (325), Messiah (280) and Williams (236) 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.
2010-11 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup
Final Division III Fall Standings (12-23-2010) Top 10
1. Washington University (MO) - 336
2. Calvin (MI) - 327
3. Middlebury (VT) - 325
4. Messiah (PA) - 280
5. Williams (MA) - 236
6. Emory (GA) - 235
7. Stevens (NJ) - 217
8. Lynchburg (VA) - 209
9. Wisconsin Oshkosh - 207
10. Johns Hopkins - 206
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