SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (May 17, 2017) – The Western New England University men and women finished third and fourth, respectively, in the final standings for the 2016-17 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) All-Sports Trophies, the league office announced on Wednesday morning.
The Western New England men, who dropped from third to sixth place when the standings were updated in March following the conclusion of winter sports, climbed back into third in the final standings with the help of strong seasons from the golf, lacrosse and baseball teams. The Golden Bears entered the spring season with 21 points but received nine each from golf and lacrosse, 7.5 from baseball and five from tennis to finish with 51.5.
The Western New England women, who rose from sixth to fourth place with 42 total points through the end of the winter season, compiled 13.5 from spring teams (softball – 8, lacrosse – 5.5) and maintained their fourth-place position.
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 champion receives 10 points and the CCC runner-up receives nine points.
The regular season finish of the remaining teams is used to determine the number of points for 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 then divided by the number of CCC sports that each school sponsors to arrive at an average score.