Edge Hill University and the University of Central Lancashire could not be separated in the seventh edition of Varsity, which took place in Preston.
Holders for the last three years, Edge Hill were pegged back late on when the men’s basketball team were defeated 112-36 in their fixture, which meant the final score finished 24-24 (with two points being awarded for a win).
Green victories came in women’s football (6-0), men’s table tennis (10-7), netball (49-43), mixed swimming (83-40), men’s tennis (10-2), men’s futsal (7-5) and mixed volleyball (3-1).
The women’s and men’s teams in 5-a-side and badminton also secured victories which contributed eight points to the overall total, which included dominant victories in either sport (19-1 for the women in 5-a-side, an 8-0 whitewash for men’s badminton).
The other points arrived via the men’s rugby league side, the Northern 1A runners-up being awarded a walkover after UCLAN failed to raise a team.
Final business for the campaign will be completed on Monday 1 April with the 2019 Edge Hill University Sports Awards taking place in Southport, which will recognise the best performances of the season.
The league champions in women’s and men’s hockey, plus women’s basketball, are likely to feature in the final reckoning for Team of the Year along with the women’s football team, who enjoyed another impressive campaign in which they were only pipped to promotion on goal difference.
Winners will be announced live from the event via the @TeamEdgeHill Twitter page.