Pacific Lutheran finished in a fourth-place tie with Willamette, more than 100 points behind first place Whitworth, in the 2010-11 Northwest Conference McIlroy-Lewis All Sports Trophy standings.
The McIlroy-Lewis Trophy, named in honor of two former long-time conference coaches and administrators, recognizes athletic excellence among Northwest Conference institutions across all fields of competition. Points are awarded to schools based on their teams' conference finishes in their respective sports. Conference championship teams earn 18 points, second-place finishers are given 16 points, and down with the last-place teams receiving two points. A total of 18 sports are factored into the point system.
While Pacific Lutheran improved on its fifth-place finish of a year ago, the athletic teams scored just 165 points, the fewest ever earned by the PLU athletic program in the McIlroy-Lewis standings since the scoring system was changed after the 1998-99 academic year.
Whitworth finished with 267 points this school year after scoring 115 points in the spring season. The Pirates won NWC titles in women's tennis and men's track & field and added five other third-place finishes during the spring. Whitworth finished with a total of seven conference titles in 2010-11 and had the highest total score in each of the three academic seasons.
Thanks to three NWC titles in the spring, Linfield College scored 114 points this season to vault from fifth place to second place in the final standings with a total of 214 points. The Wildcats won championships in baseball, softball and men's golf.
Pacific Lutheran won the all-sports trophy 15 times over a 17-year period from 1986 until 2002. Since then, PLU has twice tied for fourth (this year and 2007) and finished fifth on the other seven occasions.