Endicott College and their Gulls athletic programs have become such fixtures on the North Shore that’s easy to forget that for most intents and purposes, they’re only as old as some of their students.
It’s been 20 years since the school adopted a co-ed format in 1994, and the Gulls’ recent top 30 finish in the Division 3 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup illustrates the force the Blue-and-Gold have become on and off the field.
The Directors Cup standings measure overall excellence in athletics, with points awarded in up to 18 sports (nine men’s, nine women’s). The formula was developed by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, and USA Today and rewards schools with broad athletic programs.
Endicott fit that mold, finishing 28th out of the 326 schools that qualified from among the 444 Division 3 NCAA programs across the country.
“It’s a lot of success in a short amount of time, which is a credit to the vision of the institution and the academic growth,” said Endicott athletic director Brian Wylie. “We don’t tier our athletics, and that equity is a part of the success. Our coaches have a true belief in Endicott and in what it has to offer — and that’s shown.”
Endicott wound up with 445.00 overall points, and 370 of those came from an incredible spring season as the Gulls had four teams qualify for the NCAA tournament as men’s and women’s lacrosse, baseball and softball all advanced to at least the second round.
In only spring Director’s Cup points, Endicott finished sixth nationally — and each team ahead of them won at least one NCAA title. Two of Endicott’s seasons were ended by team’s that went to win NCAA titles, and the baseball team came within a game of the Division 3 College World Series for the second straight year.