Denison Takes Early Lead In 2013-14 NCAC All-Sports Race
Denison University won a share of two league championships this fall and finished in a three-way tie for second in another to take the lead in the race for the 2013-14 North Coast Athletic Conference All-Sports championship.
The Big Red earned a share of their ninth league championships in both field hockey and women's soccer. DU shared the field hockey title with DePauw for the second time in the last three years and were part of the first three-way tie in league history in women's soccer with Allegheny and Wittenberg. Denison was also part of a three-way tie for second-place in volleyball and earned top-five finishes in women's cross country (fourth), football (fourth) and men's soccer (fifth). Finally, the Big Red finished eighth overall in men's cross country to compile 49.5 points and a two-point lead over DePauw (47.5) in the race for the coveted Dennis M. Collins All-Sports Trophy. The DPU Tigers earned top-five finishes in six of the seven NCAC-sponsored sports this fall, including earning a share of its third-straight field hockey crown.
Kenyon (45.0), which posted its top finish this fall in men's soccer (second), is two-and-a-half points behind DePauw in third-place, while Wittenberg checked in at fourth with 43.0 total points. The Tigers had a hand in three fall championships, winning the football and volleyball titles outright and earning a share of the women's soccer crown. Wooster, which logged third-place finishes in men's cross country and football, rounded out the top-five in the all-sports standings with 42.0 points. Rounding out places six through 10 in the standings are Oberlin (40.0), Ohio Wesleyan (39.0), Allegheny (31.0), Wabash (22.0) and Hiram (17.0). Oberlin earned its fifth-straight league title in women's cross country, while Ohio Wesleyan won its sixth-straight men's soccer all-time and Wabash was crowned champions in men's cross country for the second time in program history.
The All-Sports champion earns the Dennis M. Collins All-Sports Trophy, given annually to the school that performs the best across the NCAC's 23 sports. Ten points are awarded for a first-place finish, nine for a second, eight for a third, and so on. Men's and women's performances are combined, exemplifying the North Coast's commitment to equity and balance among programs. Wooster won three of the first four All-Sports championships, interrupted only by Denison in year two. Ohio Wesleyan followed with a six-year run leading to titles by Wooster (twice), Wittenberg (once), Denison (nine), OWU (twice), a tie between Denison and OWU in 2009. Wittenberg earned its second All-Sports title in 2010, followed by Denison in 2011, DePauw in 2012 and Denison again last year.
Ohio Wesleyan leads the way with 138 team championships during the NCAC's 30 playing seasons. Denison is next with 126 titles, followed by Allegheny (110), Kenyon (99) , Wittenberg (82), Wooster (77), Wabash (15), Oberlin (13), DePauw (10) and Hiram (2).
North Coast Athletic Conference 2013-14 All-Sports Standings
|* Wabash is an all-male institution|