Whether you’re a recruited athlete or a student looking to get involved in a recreational sport, Hopkins has a variety of teams and clubs for those looking to stay active. For men interested in DIII sports, Hopkins fields eleven teams: baseball, basketball, cross country, fencing, football, soccer, swimming, tennis, track, water polo, and wrestling. For women, Hopkins fields nine DIII teams: basketball, cross country, fencing, field hockey, soccer, swimming, tennis, track, and volleyball. As far as recruitment goes, each sport’s process varies but usually recruits are in contact with their respective coach prior to applying to Hopkins. That said, there are also a few walk-ons every year, so admitted students may contact coaches to determine the sport’s policy on recruitment.
Hopkins is most well-known for our Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse teams, which are both Division I. Because lacrosse is such a significant part of campus life at JHU, our homecoming falls in the springtime in conjunction with the lacrosse season. This generates a tremendous amount of school spirit that is not very typical for schools of Hopkins’ academic rigor and size! Men’s Lacrosse has won 44 national championships and represented the United States at the Olympics in 1928 and 1934. Last season marked Hopkins’ 40th straight NCAA tournament berth. To put it in perspective, the next six longest active streaks of qualifying for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament add up to exactly 40 consecutive appearances (Maryland-9, Cornell-8, Virginia-7, Notre Dame-6, Duke-5, North Carolina-5).
The Men’s Soccer team has won eight Centennial Conference Regular Season titles along with another four ECAC titles previously to joining the Centennial Conference in 1993. The team has reached the NCAA tournament 12 times in the program’s history. The team is currently on a streak of 16 winning seasons and has had over 20 All-American selections. The stats for Women’s Soccer are even more staggering, last season they outscored opponents 94-7 on their way to their fourth straight NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance.
Hopkins also has an extremely accomplished fencing team, which has ranked in the top three of Division III teams in the past few years and, in 2007, defeated University of North Carolina, a Division I team. The Swimming team also has been ranked in the top two of Division III for the last 10 years.
Hopkins Football claimed the Centennial Conference title for the third consecutive year and the seventh time in school history in 2011. JHU posted a perfect 9-0 record in league play (the program’s first undefeated Centennial season) and claimed the third outright CC Championship in school history (2005, 2009, 2011). Hopkins shared the title in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2010. Hopkins also has a century-old rivalry with McDaniel College, and has played the Green Terrors 83 times in football since the first game in 1894.
Women’s Cross Country team has been greatly successful recently, finishing 7th at the NCAA championship in 2009 and 2010 and 14th in 2011. The XC and Track & Field teams have also had several All-American runners in the past few years. The Johns Hopkins women’s volleyball team won their 1st Centennial Conference Title in 2011 and boasts four NCAA All-Americans.
Women’s Basketball finished the 2011-12 campaign with an overall record of 24-5 while advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Hopkins set a school record for defense, holding opponents to just 49.7 points per game. Men’s Basketball finished 15-10 overall and 11-7 in conference play, to make it to the Centennial Conference Semifinals. Men’s Basletball Head Coach, Bill Nelson, was awarded Centennial Conference Coach of the Year honors. Now in his 26th season at Homewood, Nelson boasts a record of 414-263 (.611) and is the winningest coach in program history.
The club teams at Hopkins offer an outlet for those students that want to continue playing their sport, or maybe even pick up a new one. There are definitely a ton of sports clubs to choose from, ranging from Brazilian Jujitsu to Women’s Ultimate Frisbee. Check out the rest of the Club Sports.
If what you’re looking for is a fun and low-commitment way to stay active, Intramural Sports may be for you. Offering teams in traditional sports like Basketball and Soccer, as well as teams in Inner Tube Water Polo and Wallyball.
Noah: I was on the varsity Men’s Soccer team freshman year, and loved every moment of it. Your teammates are the ultimate support structure, and they’ll help you get acquainted with Homewood athletic, academic and social life. We regularly win or do extremely well in the Centennial Conference tournament, and went to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament three of the last four years. It’s a pretty significant time commitment, but the experience was absolutely worth it. Our coach demands a really (really) high level of fitness, so if you’re interested in walking-on, be sure that you’re running every day and getting a lot of touches on the ball during the summer before school starts. If you’re just a fan, you can join JHU_Ian and me in the stands at every home game (and even a few away games!) with our songs, flags and drums! Let’s go Hop!
Kaitlyn: The varsity women’s tennis team is definitely my most time consuming and rewarding extracurricular activity. In the fall, we practice 2-3 hours daily, 6 days a week, and our season ends October 9th. In the spring, it picks up a little bit as the spring is our regular season, and we practice more and have away matches during the weekends. I love being a part of the tennis team because I feel like I have a family here at Hopkins- it’s a great support system and I see them all the time!
Corey: When I found out I could receive a top notch education while playing for an amazing soccer program, I knew Johns Hopkins was the place for me. My experience with the varsity men’s soccer team has been nothing short of amazing. It has offered me the chance to make a large impact on this campus outside of the classroom which is important to the college experience. More importantly, the relationships that I built with my teammates will last for a very long time. I will graduate next month and I am excited to enter the large family of Hopkins Soccer Alumni.