BEVERLY — The bragging rights for the 2011-2012 local college sports season officially went to Endicott College last night as winners of the inaugural North Shore Cup.
The North Shore Cup, sponsored by The Salem News, was presented Endicott’s Director of Athletics, Brian Wylie, in between volleyball matches featuring the three institutions of higher learning that vie for the Cup: Gordon College, Salem State University and Endicott.
Endicott won the competition handily with 104 of a possible 129 points (81 percent). Salem State was second with 72 points out of 102 (71 percent), and Gordon third with 56 of of 117 (48 percent).
“We think it’s a great idea and got right on board,” said Wylie, who took over as Endicott’s AD in 2008. “We have three great institutions on the North Shore, and the purpose is to bring greater awareness to the student-athletes and community as a whole. It goes way beyond wins and losses.”
A point system is used to determine the North Shore Cup winner, with one point given for playing a game against one of the other two schools, then two additional points for a tie game and three for earning a win.
Since Endicott and Gordon are both members of the Commonwealth Coast Conference, they are natural rivals. More non-league games with Salem State have been added for both schools since last season.
Salem State Director of Athletics Tim Shea came up with the idea eight years ago of implementing a program to encourage athletic competition between the three schools for both economic and marketing reasons.
“I tried to get it started, but it didn’t go anywhere for a long time. I have to credit both Brian Wylie and (Gordon Director of Athletics) Jonathan Tymann for supporting the idea,” said Shea. “They were both very receptive. It makes sense since we’re in each other’s backyard, and a lot of the athletes know each other.