BEVERLY, Mass. – The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) has released the final tallies for the 2016-17 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 conference foes. The men's side bested Nichols, 8.94-6.94, which marks the largest differential between the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in CCC All-Sports Trophy history (male or female), while the women's side edged Roger Williams, 8.00-7.88.
MEN'S CCC ALL-SPORTS TROPHY
Endicott made CCC Tournament Championship finals appearances in five of eight CCC men's sports to accumulate a 71.5 point total, and an 8.94 points/sport average to capture its third straight CCC All-Sports Trophy.
The Gulls won CCC Tournament Championships in three sports this year. Their first title came during the winter season as they were crowned the inaugural CCC Men's Ice Hockey Tournament Champions. They followed that up with a strong spring, claiming the titles in golf and men's lacrosse.
Additionally, Endicott was the CCC Tournament runner-up in cross country, men's basketball, and baseball.
Following the fall season, the Men's All-Sports Trophy winners sat in second place, but were able to climb into the top spot after the winter with CCC Championship appearances in both winter sports.
Nichols finished in second in the Men's All-Sports Trophy standings giving the Bison their best-ever finish in the standings. They finished with 55.5 points over eight sports for a 6.44 points/sport average, thanks in part to earning CCC Tournament Championships in men's basketball and men's tennis. Western New England, which won the 2016 CCC Men's Soccer Tournament Championship, ranked third with 6.44 points/sport. Roger Williams (6.29 point/sport) and the University of New England (5.92) rounded out the top half of the table.
Gordon placed sixth in the final 2016-17 standings with 5.75 points/sport, while Wentworth, the champion in men's cross country, finished seventh at 5.25 points/sport. Salve Regina, which won the CCC Baseball Tournament Championship, settled into the eighth spot with a 4.64 point/sport average. Curry (4.50) and Eastern Nazarene (4.17) closed out this ledger.
WOMEN'S CCC ALL-SPORTS TROPHY
With CCC Tournament Championship appearances in three of the eight CCC women's sports and strong regular-season finishes in the five others, Endicott was able to secure the 2016-17 Women's CCC All-Sports Trophy.
The Gulls bookended their year with CCC Championship titles in fall and the spring. In the fall, Endicott women's volleyball captured its first title since 2008, while in the spring women's lacrosse was crowned the CCC Tournament Champion. The All-Sports Trophy winners were also the CCC Tournament runner-up in women's tennis.
Endicott scored 65 points in the rankings over eight CCC women's sports for an 8.13 points/sport average.
Endicott was strong throughout the department all year long as the Gulls led the All-Sports Trophy standings after both the fall and winter seasons.
Roger Williams, which had won the CCC Women's All-Sports Trophy for the past two years, finished second in this year's rankings averaging 7.88 points/sport. The University of New England, which won conference titles in women's cross country, field hockey, and women's basketball, averaged 7.71 points/sport in third place. Rounding out the top five were Western New England (6.94 points/sport) and Salve Regina (6.38), which won the CCC Softball Tournament Championship.
Gordon placed sixth in the standings with a 5.69 points/sport average, while Wentworth, which included the CCC Women's Soccer Tournament Champions, placed seventh at 4.17 points/sport. Nichols, the winner of the women's tennis title, was next in line with 3.93 points/sport with Curry (3.64) and Eastern Nazarene (2.83) closing 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.
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of ten full member and three 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 currently administers championships in 16 intercollegiate sports with that number set to increase next year with the addition of football.
(Major portions of this release courtesy of CCC Assistant Commissioner Doug Chin)