WILMINGTON, Ohio – The Quaker Bowl will stay in Wilmington for the 2018-19 academic year. Wilmington College defeated Earlham College 10-2 in varsity sports in during the 2017-18 academic year to earn the first Quaker Bowl victory since the trophy became a year-long competition between the two Quakers institutions.
Originally, the Quaker Bowl was awarded to the winner of the most recent football or men's basketball game. With the re-creation, the Quaker Bowl spans 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.
In the fall, Wilmington swept the soccer series, winning 5-0 on the women's side and 4-3 on the men's side as well as a 49-21 victory in football. Earlham countered with a 3-1 victory in volleyball, making the Quaker Bowl series score 3-1 in favor of the Green and White heading into the winter season.
The Fightin' Quakers swept the Hustlin' Quakers in the winter sports season courtesy of a 76-63 triumph in women's basketball as well as finishing higher than Earlham in both men's and women's indoor track & field at the Jessica Starks Open hosted by Capital University. Trailing 6-1 as the spring sports season began, Earlham swept the baseball series to get another point in the series score, but sweeps from Wilmington in lacrosse and outdoor track & field sealed the first year of the rivalry.
"We're excited to win the Quaker Bowl this year, but happier that this rivalry between two Quaker schools has reignited," Vice President for Athletic Administration/Director of Athletics Terry Rupert said. " We look forward to continued great competition with Earlham in the future."
Year two of the rivalry will begin with the cross country teams competing at the Quaker Dual Meet hosted by Earlham on Aug. 31.