Willamette Finishes Fourth in McIlroy-Lewis All-Sports Standings

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

HILLSBORO, ORE. -- Willamette University finished in fourth place in the final standings for the 2012-13 Northwest Conference McIlroy-Lewis All-Sports Trophy. Whitworth University, which won six NWC team titles during the year, won the trophy for the sixth consecutive year.

Whitworth claimed NWC championships in men's soccer, men's basketball, men's swimming, women's swimming, men's golf and men's track and field. The Pirates accumulated 241 points to win the All-Sports Trophy.

Pacific Lutheran University took second in the McIlroy-Lewis standings with 194 points and the women's volleyball championship. The University of Puget Sound, which won the women's soccer title, was third with 181 points.

Willamette ended the year in fourth place, just three points behind Puget Sound, as the Bearcats achieved 178 points and won the men's cross country title. The Bearcats were in sixth place following the fall and winter seasons, but advanced two positions in the standings this spring.

Whitman College finished fifth in the standings with 173 points. The Missionaries won championships in men's tennis and women's tennis. Linfield College was sixth with 169 points after winning the football, baseball and softball titles. Lewis & Clark College ranked seventh in the standings with 157 points. The Pioneers took first place in the NWC in women's cross country and women's basketball.

Pacific University was eighth overall with 156 points and was the only conference member that did not win at least one team championship during the year. George Fox University won women's golf and women's track and field, but placed ninth in the overall standings with 147 points.

In addition to winning the men's cross country championship, Willamette placed second in three sports and took third place in two sports. The Bearcats were second in women's cross country, men's track and field, and women's track and field. WU took second place in baseball and football.

Points were awarded on an 18-16-14-12-10-8-6-4-2 basis. Teams that did not compete in a sport received no points in that particular sport. Willamette received 11 or more points in nine sports.

The McIlroy-Lewis All-Sports Trophy is named after John Lewis and Jane McIlroy. Lewis was Willamette's baseball coach (1947-72), basketball coach (1947-67) and director of athletics (1952-72). McIlroy was Linfield's women's director of athletics and physical education professor (1950-82), as well as field hockey coach (1952-81), basketball coach, volleyball coach, softball coach and tennis coach.

Northwest Conference
2012-13 McIlroy-Lewis
All-Sports Trophy
Parker Bennett won the NWC men's cross country individual title in the fall of 2012. His efforts helped Willamette win the men's team championship.

Parker Bennett won the NWC men's cross country individual title in the fall of 2012. His efforts helped Willamette win the men's team championship.