August 25, 2010

EWU-PSU to Play for the Dam Cup

Season-long rivalry features Big Sky Conference competition in five sports between Eagles and Vikings

The Eastern Washington University Eagles and the Portland State University Vikings will begin a five-sport rivalry cup called The Dam Cup in 2010-11. The Dam Cup will celebrate the friendly rivalry between the states of Oregon and Washington within the Big Sky Conference.

The so-named rivalry refers to the four dams linking Oregon and Washington that one passes on the 339-mile drive from the Portland State campus to the Eastern Washington campus. Located along the Columbia River, they are Bonneville Dam, The Dalles Dam, The John Day Dam and the McNary Dam.

The five sports competing for the cup are football, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, women’s basketball and men’s basketball. Events counting toward the Dam Cup include:

Soccer - Oct. 8 - Eastern at Portland State
Volleyball - Oct. 9 - Eastern at Portland State
Football - Oct. 30 - Eastern at Portland State
Volleyball - Nov. 6 - Portland State at Eastern

Men's Basketball - Jan. 8 - Eastern at Portland State
Women' Basketball - Jan. 8 - Portland State at Eastern
Men's Basketball - Jan. 27 - Portland State at Eastern

Women's Basketball - Jan. 27 - Eastern at Portland State

The purpose of the Dam Cup is to create a rivalry between Portland State University and Eastern Washington University and provide a sense of pride between alumni in the Portland and Spokane areas. Other goals include increasing attendance at events between both schools and building school spirit among each institutions' student body.

The winner of the Dam Cup will possess The Dam Trophy acknowledging the achievement for the following year.

The Dam Cup is based on a point system. Each game played in the five sports between the two schools has a point value. Points are only rewarded for regular season contests. The annual football game is worth four points, the women’s soccer match is worth one point, each women’s volleyball match is worth two points for a total of four points possible, and each men's and women’s basketball game is worth two points for a total of four points possible in each sport, The total points possible are 17 which means that to win the cup a school would need to win at least 9 points.

If scoring had taken place last year, PSU would have won, 10.5 to 6.5 (football-EWU (4); soccer-tie (0.5 each); men's basketball-PSU two wins (4); women's basketball-split (2 each); volleyball-PSU two wins (4).

 

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