DePauw Takes Fall Lead In NCAC All-Sports Race

DePauw University posted top-5 finishes in six of the seven fall championship sports to take the early lead in the race for the 2017-18 NCAC All-Sports championship
DePauw University posted top-5 finishes in six of the seven fall championship sports to take the early lead in the race for the 2017-18 NCAC All-Sports championship

2016-17 NCAC Fall All-Sports Update

DePauw University posted top-four finishes in all seven fall championship sports to take a lead in the race for the 2016-17 North Coast Athletic Conference All-Sports championship.  

The Tigers' lone league title in the fall season came from the field hockey team, while men's cross country, football and volleyball all posted second-place finishes in their respective sports. In addition, the Tigers also posted third-place finishes in women's cross country and women's soccer, while the men's soccer team finished fourth overall as DPU rounded out the fall season with 59.0 total points and a comanding 13.0-point lead over Wittenberg (46.0) for the coveted Dennis M. Collins All-Sports Trophy. Wittenberg earned top-four finishes in four fall sports, which included outright NCAC titles in football, women's soccer and volleyball.  

Denison, which finished second in field hockey, football and women's soccer, is just a half a point behind Wittenberg in third-place with 45.5 points, while Kenyon checked in at fourth with 44.5 points after posting its second-straight league title in men's soccer. Ohio Wesleyan checked in at fifth with 42.5 points, while Oberlin was sixth with 32.0 points and Allegheny and Wooster tied for the seventh position with 31.5 points each. Wabash (24.0) and Hiram (15.0) rounded out the NCAC All-Sports standings following the fall season. Allegheny picked up the final two conference crowns of the fall season as both the men's and women's cross country teams won their second-straight league titles. 

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 and DePauw in 2012. Denison then claimed back-to-back titles in 2013 and 2014, before DePauw regained the championship in 2015. The Big Red then reclaimed the title once again in the 2015-16 academic year. 

Ohio Wesleyan leads the way with 150 team championships during the NCAC's 33 playing seasons. Denison is next with 135 titles, followed by Allegheny (115), Kenyon (109) , Wittenberg (97), Wooster (80), Wabash (21), DePauw (21), Oberlin (15), and Hiram (2).

North Coast Athletic Conference 2016-17
All-Sports Standings

Men's Standings   1. DePauw 59.0   Women's Standings
1. DePauw 24.0   2. Wittenberg
46.0   1. DePauw  35.0
  Wabash 24.0   3. Denison 45.5   2. Wittenberg 32.0
 3.  Denison
19.0   4. Kenyon
44.5    3.  Kenyon 29.5
  Ohio Wesleyan  19.0   5. Ohio Wesleyan
42.5    4.  Denison 26.5
 5.  Allegheny 15.5   6. Oberlin 32.0    5.   Ohio Wesleyan 23.5
 6.  Kenyon  15.0   7. Allegheny 31.5    6.  Wooster 19.5
 7.  Oberlin 14.0  
Wooster 31.5    7.  Oberlin

 Wittenberg 14.0   9. Wabash* 24.0    8.  Allegheny 16.0
9.  Wooster  12.0   10. Hiram 15.0    9.  Hiram  7.5
10.   Hiram 7.5     * - Wabash is an all-male institution