Mansfield, Mass. – After the completion of the winter championship season, the Eastern Nazarene College men and the New England College women have secured the 2019-20 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Champions Cup. The Champions Cup has been awarded based on results through the winter season, as the spring season was cut short due to COVID-19.
Eastern Nazarene put together an impressive fall season, winning their first-ever NECC Men’s Soccer Championship. The Lions also added a second place finish in cross country to boost their overall score. They went on to finish in a second-place tie in regular season basketball action, and reached the semifinals of the tournament to wrap up their first NECC Champions Cup with a score of .790.
"It is exciting to celebrate the efforts of our athletes, coaches, and athletic staff in accomplishing this significant award," said Eastern Nazarene Athletic Director, Dr. Brad Zarges. "As a department, we have committed to pursue excellence with a comprehensively competitive mindset. The Champions Cup is an excellent way to capture what has been an incredible year of success across all of Eastern Nazarene College athletics."
On the women’s side, New England College parlayed the NECC Women’s Basketball title into their second consecutive Cup, and finished with a score of .705. The Pilgrims also reached postseason play in field hockey, soccer and volleyball, reaching the conference championship in the latter. They also reached the conference semifinals in both field hockey and soccer.
New England College Director of Athletics, Dave DeCew, is excited the hard work the Pilgrim staff and student-athletes put in to earn this award is being recognized. “We are thrilled to be acknowledged with this honor from the NECC. We are very proud and want to recognize all of our women’s teams for their successes this year,” he said. “In the aggregate, we feel this represents the overall diligence of all of our coaches, staff, and student-athletes, both male and female, who consistently strive for greatness on and off the field.”
The New England College men, finishing with a score of .710, jumped several spots to land in the second following their NECC basketball title. The Pilgrims also took home the regular season basketball crown, and reached postseason play in men’s soccer, while finishing in a second place tie in regular season play.
Landing in second in the women’s standings is Eastern Nazarene with a score of .670. The Lions were the regular season women’s basketball champions, and reached the championship game. They had a successful fall season, winning the NECC Women’s Volleyball Championship, and reaching postseason play in women’s soccer.
Elms College is in the third spot for the women, after winning their second-straight NECC Women’s Cross Country Championship. Elms was also the runner-up in both regular season and postseason soccer, and reached postseason play in volleyball, field hockey and basketball, as well. They have completed the winter season with a score of .582.
The Mitchell College men reached the finals in the NECC Men’s Basketball Tournament to move from the sixth spot into third place, finishing with a score of .565. The Mariners also reached the postseason in men’s soccer to add to their overall score.
Full standings are below.
2019-2020 Men’s Champions Cup Standings
- Eastern Nazarene- .790
- New England Col.- .710
- Mitchell- .565
- Dean- .516
- Elms- .468
- Lesley- .452
- Becker- .173
2019-2020 Women’s Champions Cup Standings
- New England Col.- .705
- Eastern Nazarene- .670
- Elms- .582
- Mitchell- .447
- Becker- .438
- Lesley- .436
- Dean- .270
- Bay Path- .191
ABOUT THE NECC
The NECC began competition in the 2008-09 academic year and current member institutions compete across 15 sports. The NECC membership focuses on providing athletic competition among institutions that share similar academic aspirations and are committed to the importance of the total educational experience for students engaged in sports. Current members include Bay Path University, Becker College, Dean College, Eastern Nazarene College, Elms College, Lesley University, Mitchell College and New England College.