Contact: Mark Albanese, Director of Sports Communication
HILLSBORO, Ore. -The Northwest Conference released its updated fall standings for the McIlroy-Lewis All-Sports Trophy on Wednesday with the Pacific Lutheran University athletic department sitting second overall after winning conference titles in three of the six fall sports.
The Lutes, NWC Champions in the sports of men's and women's soccer and volleyball, accumulated 82 points in the standings after the fall competitive season, owning a 16-point advantage on third place Willamette University. Whitworth University sits atop the standings with 87 points. Linfield College and the University of Puget Sound sit tied for fourth with 59 points while George Fox University is sixth with 55 points. Whitman College is seventh (51 points), followed by Pacific University (43 points), and Lewis & Clark College (34 points).
PLU earned 18 points in both women's soccer and volleyball as league champions while generating 17 points in men's soccer as co-champions. Men's cross country tallied 16 points for a runner-up showing at the NWC Championships while the Lutes received 11 points from football and two from women's cross country.
The Northwest Conference All-Sports Trophy recognizes athletic excellence among Northwest Conference institutions across all fields of competition. It is named in honor of John Lewis, the baseball coach (1947-72), basketball coach (1947-67) and athletics director (1952- 72) at Willamette University; and Jane McIlroy, Linfield College's women's athletics director and physical education professor from 1950-82 who also coached field hockey (1952-81), basketball, volleyball, softball and tennis.
The standings are through fall of 2017. The NWC determines the conference champion through the regular season standings in the sports of baseball, basketball, football, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball and utilizes the NWC tournament results to to determine the champion in the sports of cross country, swimming, golf, rowing, and track & field.