RICHMOND, Indiana - The athletics departments of Earlham College and Wilmington College are pleased to announce the re-creation of the annual Quaker Bowl series beginning in the 2017-18 season.
"This opportunity provides a friendly competition, but with something more at stake," Earlham College Director of Athletics Mike Bergum said. "With department wide involvement, the Quaker Cup makes for a wonderful rivalry between the two old rivals. The number of programs involved with the outcome will provide increased team spirit and comradery within our department and on campus."
Originally, the Quaker Bowl was awarded to the winner of the most recent football or men's basketball game.
"We have talked about enhancing the student-athlete experience, and a rivalry series such as the Quaker Bowl can ignite a tremendous amount of school spirit that will hopefully carry over to the entire campus community," said Wilmington College Vice President of Athletic Administration Terry Rupert.
With this re-creation, the Quaker Bowl will span the entire athletic year and over all contested sports. A victory in a sport will earn the winning institution a point, and the school with the most points at the end of the year will have possession of the traveling trophy. In sports that the schools play multiple times, the institution that wins the series claims the point. If there is a tie, the schools split the point. Each sport can yield the winning institution no more than one point regardless of how many competitions occur within that athletic year.
The original concept for the Quaker Bowl began in 1963 for just the winners of men's basketball and football contests. Earlham won the first football game 28-13 as well as winning or tying the first nine meetings, but Wilmington holds the overall football series advantage 10-8-2. The last time the two schools met on the gridiron, Wilmington recorded a 43-7 victory in 1997.
On the hardwood, the two teams have met 46 times with Earlham holding a 25-21 lead. Wilmington won the last meeting 78-71 during the 2005-06 season.
For the 2017-18 season, the two schools will play each other in volleyball, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track & field, men's and women's cross country, football, men's and women's soccer, women's basketball, men's lacrosse and baseball.