Endicott College to join NCAA Division III ranks in 2015

Endicott College announced recently that beginning in the fall of 2015, the school is promoting both the men’s and women’s hockey teams to NCAA Division III varsity status.

The school’s new rink, which will be a state-of-the-art facility with all of the amenities, is slated to open in the fall of 2015. The arena will seat roughly 1,000 spectators.

Located in Beverly, Mass., the Gulls’ men’s team will reportedly join the ECAC Northeast conference.

“As we continue to grow as an institution, the addition of elevating both men and women to Division III status is something that we’ve been working diligently on over the last several years,” Endicott athletic director Dr. Brian Wylie said in a news release. “These additions not only complement our other sport offerings, but give Endicott an opportunity to be among one of the top Division III institutions in the country, both academically and in athletics. I see the impetus for this project as one that will catapult Endicott to the next level.”