Northeast-10 Conference

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Northeast-10 Conference
(#NE10)
Northeast-10 Conference logo
Established 1980
Association NCAA
Division Division II
Members 15
Sports fielded 23 (men's: 12; women's: 11)
Region Northeastern United States
Headquarters South Easton, Massachusetts
Commissioner Julie Ruppert
Website northeast10.org
Locations
Northeast-10 Conference locations

The Northeast-10 Conference is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)’s Division II level. Member institutions are located in the northeastern United States in the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont. It is the only Division II collegiate hockey conference in the United States.

The original 1980 conference was called the "Northeast 7" as the colleges were American International College, Assumption College, Bentley College, Bryant College, the University of Hartford, Springfield College, and Stonehill College. In 1981, Saint Anselm College was the eighth team to join and the resulting "NE-8" stayed this way until 1984 when the University of Hartford left and Merrimack College joined. The “Northeast-10” name came about in 1987 when Saint Michael's College and Quinnipiac College joined the league.[1] The conference remained stable until 1995 when Springfield College left for Division III. The league stayed at ten members as Le Moyne College joined the league in 1996 from the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) and briefly expanded to eleven when Pace University joined in 1997 from the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference (NYCAC). Quinnipiac moved to the Division I Northeast Conference (NEC) to again return the membership to ten, until the last major expansion took place prior to 2000 when five new schools joined the fold. Franklin Pierce College, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU; formerly New Hampshire College), the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMass Lowell), and Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) were joined by The College of Saint Rose giving the NE-10 15 members. In 2008, Bryant University announced it would begin the five-year process that would make them a full Division I member by 2012; at the same time the NE-10 announced that it had given a bid to University of New Haven and they had accepted. In December 2007, Adelphi University announced it had joined the league and began playing in 2009-10. To start the 2008-2009 academic year the NE-10 still had 15 members and expanded to 16 in 2009-10.

With that major expansion, the NE-10 now stands as the second-largest NCAA Division II conference in the nation. The strength in numbers was the guiding force in the addition and strengthening of a number of championship sports the league now offers. However, because the NE-10 is the sole Division II hockey league, its postseason champion cannot compete for the NCAA national hockey championship.

On July 1, 2013, UMass Lowell left the NE-10 to join the Division I America East Conference. With the departure of UMass Lowell, the Northeast-10 Conference has 15 remaining members.

Since the addition of those five institutions, the league has added football, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field as championship sports. While the expansion has added championships in certain sports, it has also increased the championship opportunities for countless student-athletes with the expansion of postseason tournaments for sports such as field hockey, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and baseball.

The expansion continued in 2003-04 as the conference added another three championships to its diverse menu – men’s swimming and diving, women’s swimming and diving, and men’s ice hockey – the only Division II ice hockey conference in the nation. The conference also continued to expand in the classroom. Each year, the NE-10 honors a record number of scholar athletes to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

David Brunk, the first full-time commissioner in league history, announced in April he was resigning July 1, 2007 to take over the Peach Belt Conference. Brunk had been commissioner since 1998. Julie Ruppert became the next full-time commissioner in June 2008, becoming the first female Division II commissioner in the country.

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Joined Division
Adelphi University Garden City, New York 1896 Private 8,110 Panthers 2009 Southwest
American International College Springfield, Massachusetts 1885 Private 3,177 Yellow Jackets 1980 Southwest
Assumption College Worcester, Massachusetts 1904 Catholic 2,753 Greyhounds 1980 Northeast
Bentley University Waltham, Massachusetts 1917 Private 5,497 Falcons 1980 Northeast
The College of Saint Rose Albany, New York 1920 Catholic 4,863 Golden Knights 2000 Southwest
Franklin Pierce University Rindge, New Hampshire 1962 Private 2,871 Ravens 2000 Northeast
Le Moyne College Syracuse, New York 1946 Catholic 3,533 Dolphins 1996 Southwest
Merrimack College North Andover, Massachusetts 1947 Catholic 2,490 Warriors 1984 Northeast
Pace University Pleasantville, New York 1906 Private 12,772[2] Setters 1997 Southwest
Saint Anselm College Goffstown, New Hampshire 1889 Catholic 1,945 Hawks 1981 Northeast
Saint Michael's College Colchester, Vermont 1904 Catholic 2,437 Purple Knights 1987 Northeast
Southern Connecticut State University New Haven, Connecticut 1893 Public 12,326 Fighting Owls 2000 Southwest
Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, New Hampshire 1932 Private 11,253 Penmen 2000 Northeast
Stonehill College Easton, Massachusetts 1948 Catholic 2,386 Skyhawks 1980 Northeast
University of New Haven West Haven, Connecticut 1920 Private 6,400 Chargers 2008 Southwest

Associate members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Joined NE-10 Sport Primary Conference
(Classification)
LIU Post Brookville, New York 1954 Private 8,472 Pioneers 2001,
2013*
field hockey;
football
East Coast (ECC)
(NCAA Division II)

* - LIU Post left the NE-10 for football to join the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), and re-joined back to the NE-10, effectively on July 1, 2013.

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Joined Left Current Conference
(Classification)
Bryant University Smithfield, Rhode Island 1863 Private 3,614 Bulldogs 1980 2008 Northeast (NEC)
(NCAA Division I)
University of Massachusetts Lowell Lowell, Massachusetts 1894 Public 16,969 River Hawks 2000 2013 America East (AmEast)
(NCAA Division I)
University of Hartford West Hartford, Connecticut 1877 Private 6,513 Hawks 1980 1984 America East (AmEast)
(NCAA Division I)
Quinnipiac University Hamden, Connecticut 1929 Private 8,400 Bobcats 1987 1998 MAAC
(NCAA Division I)
Springfield College Springfield, Massachusetts 1885 Private 5,062 Pride 1980 1995 NEWMAC
(NCAA Division III)

Membership timeline[edit]

 Full member (all sports)   Full member (non-football)   Associate member (football-only)   Associate member (sport) 

Conference facilities[edit]

School Football stadium Capacity Basketball arena Capacity
Adelphi University non-football school n/a Center for Recreation & Sport 2,200
American International College Ronald J. Abdow Field 4,000 Butova Gymnasium 2,500
Assumption College Greyhound Stadium 1,200 Andrew Laska Gymnasium 1,200
Bentley University Bentley Athletic Field 3,100 Dana Center 2,600
Franklin Pierce University non-football school n/a Franklin Pierce Fieldhouse 1,200
Le Moyne College non-football school n/a Henninger Athletic Center Gymnasium 2,500
Merrimack College Martone-Mejail Field 3,000 Bert Hammel Court 1,500
Pace University Finnerty Field 1,500 Goldstein Center 2,400
Saint Anselm College Grappone Stadium 4,500 Stoutenburgh Gymnasium 1,200
Saint Michael's College non-football school n/a Tarrant Center 2,500
The College of Saint Rose non-football school n/a Daniel P. Nolan Gymnasium 1,000
Southern Connecticut State University Jess Dow Field 6,000 James Moore Fieldhouse 2,800
Southern New Hampshire University non-football school n/a SNHU Fieldhouse 2,000
Stonehill College W.B. Mason Stadium 2,400 Merkert Gymnasium 2,200
University of New Haven Ralph F. DellaCamera Stadium 3,500 Charger Gymnasium 1,500

Presidents' Cup Champions[edit]

Year First Place Second Place Third Place
2013 Adelphi Bentley Stonehill
2012 Stonehill Southern Connecticut State Bentley
2011 Stonehill Bentley Southern Connecticut State
2010 Stonehill Bentley Adelphi
2009 Bentley Stonehill UMass Lowell
2008 Bryant Bentley Stonehill
2007 Bryant Bentley Stonehill
2006 Bryant Stonehill Bentley
2005 Bryant Bentley Stonehill
2004 Bryant Bentley UMass Lowell
2003 Bryant Bentley UMass Lowell
2002 Bryant Bentley Southern Connecticut State
2001 Bentley Merrimack Assumption
2000 Merrimack Bentley Assumption
1999 Bentley Merrimack St. Anselm
1998 Bentley Quinnipiac Merrimack
1997 Bentley Quinnipiac Merrimack
1996 Bentley Quinnipiac St. Anselm
1995 Springfield Bentley Quinnipiac
1994 Springfield Bentley Quinnipiac
1993 Springfield Bentley Quinnipiac
1992 Springfield Bentley Quinnipiac
1991 Springfield Bentley Merrimack
1990 Springfield Bentley Merrimack
1989 Springfield Bentley Bryant
1988 Springfield Bentley Bryant
1987 Springfield Bentley Bryant
1986 Springfield Bryant Bentley
1985 Springfield Bryant St. Anselm

Sports[edit]

The Northeast Ten sponsors intercollegiate athletic competition in men’s baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, women's field hockey, men's American football, men’s golf, men's ice hockey, men's and women's lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s softball, men's and women's swimming and diving, men’s and women’s tennis, men's and women's track and field, and women’s volleyball.

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