BEVERLY, Mass. – The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) has released the final tallies for the 2017-18 All-Sports Trophies, and both the Endicott men's and women's athletic programs have claimed the top spot among the rest of their respective foes for the second year in a row.
On the men's side, Endicott topped second place Roger Williams by a score of 8.22 to 7.07, while on the women's side, Endicott bested Roger Williams 8.44 to 7.72 (second largest differential in women's All-Sports Trophy history).
Endicott is the only institution in the CCC to ever sweep the All-Sports Trophies multiple times since the awards have been given out, dating back to 2013-14. Lastly, since 2013-14, Endicott has won the men's All-Sports Trophy four times, and the women's All-Sports Trophy three times.
MEN'S CCC ALL-SPORTS TROPHY
The men's teams at Endicott made CCC Championship appearances in three of the six men's tournament sports this year and finished as the runner-up in both the cross country and golf championship events helping it capture its fourth straight CCC Men's All-Sports Trophy.
Endicott earned 74 points in the All-Sports Trophy tally giving it an 8.22 points per sport average. It also led the way on the women's side giving the school back-to-back sweeps of the All-Sports Trophies.
The Gulls' year was highlighted by the men's soccer team earning its first-ever CCC Tournament Championship in the fall earning them 10 points in the All-Sports trophy standings. This championship, paired with their runner-up finish in cross country and a strong showing in the first year of CCC Football, left EC atop the standings after the fall season.
Endicott maintained its hold of the top spot after the winter, thanks in part to a CCC Championship appearance in basketball where it finished as the tournament runner-up. The Gulls were also the CCC runners-up in the golf and men's lacrosse in the spring helping them secure the title. No Endicott men's team finished lower than fourth place in the regular-season standings.
Roger Williams ranked second in this year's standings posting 7.07 points per sport average climbing up from its fourth place position after the winter season.
Western New England leapfrogged from eighth to third in the final standings of 2017-18. The Golden Bears won three spring championships contributing 30 points to their 62.5 total and leaving them with a 6.94 point average.
Nichols and Gordon completed the top five in the final standings with 6.50 and 6.17 points per sport, respectively.
The University of New England and Salve Regina each had 6.00 averages to tie for sixth and were followed by Wentworth (5.69), Curry (4.43), and Eastern Nazarene (3.33).
WOMEN'S CCC ALL-SPORTS TROPHY
Endicott women's teams won two CCC Tournament Championships and were the CCC Tournament runners-up in three other sports to help it hold onto the CCC Women's All-Sports Trophy for the second year in a row.
The Gulls earned 76 points across nine sports for an 8.44 points per sport average. Endicott was also the All-Sports Trophy winner on the men's side giving the school back-to-back sweeps of the All-Sports Trophies.
Endicott set the tone for its second straight All-Sports Trophy run with a first place ranking after the fall. The Gulls appeared in three of the four fall CCC Championship matches and claimed the title in volleyball. They were the runner-up in both field hockey and tennis.
They maintained the lead after a strong basketball season in the winter and finished with a solid spring, winning the CCC Women's Lacrosse Tournament Championship and finishing as the tournament runner-up in softball.
Roger Williams was second in the final standings of 2017-18 with a 7.72 points per sport average. Included in that average were the 10 points earned from winning the inaugural CCC Women's Track and Field Championship.
The University of New England finished third in the All-Sports Trophy standings for the third year in a row with a 7.29 points per sport average followed by Western New England, which won the CCC Softball Tournament Championship this spring, adding to its 6.81 point average. Salve Regina was the final member of the top five posting a 6.67 score.
Gordon and Eastern Nazarene were next on the list with the Fighting Scots averaging 5.94 points per sport and the Lions averaging 4.07. ENC's seventh place finish was its best finish in the Women's All-Sports Trophy standings.
Nichols (3.94 points per sport), Wentworth (3.92), and Curry (3.43) closed out the table.
HOW IT WORKS
The All-Sports Trophies have been awarded annually since 2013-14 to the schools that perform the best across the board in league competition.
In each sport, points are awarded based on CCC championship and CCC runner-up finishes in the conference tournament followed by the regular-season finish of the remaining teams. The CCC Tournament Champion receives 10 points and the CCC Tournament runner-up receives nine points.
The regular-season finish of the remaining teams is used to determine the number of points awarded to each of those programs. The team with the highest regular-season finish, excluding the Tournament Champion and runner-up, receives eight points with the next team down receiving seven points. The process continues until all teams have been awarded points. In the event of a tie, each tied team receives the average of the sum of the spots for which they are competing.
After the total points are calculated, points are divided by the number of CCC sports that each school sponsors to arrive at an average score.
For sports that do not conduct a conference tournament, each teams' place in the final regular-season standings or finish at the championship event are used to determine the allocation of points. Associate members are not eligible to earn points in the All-Sports trophy standings, but their finish is considered when determining the allocation of points for full members.
Starting in the 2017-18 academic year, the awarding procedure was amended such that any sport in which at least five core CCC members compete against each other in the same conference (even if that conference is not the CCC) would receive points in the All-Sports Trophy standings.
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE (CCC)
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of ten full member and four associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.
(major portions of this release courtesy of the CCC)