Northeast Conference

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Not to be confused with North Eastern Athletic Conference.
Northeast Conference
(NEC)
Northeast Conference logo
Established 1981
Association NCAA
Division Division I FCS
Members 10
Sports fielded 22 (men's: 10; women's: 12)
Region Northeast
Headquarters Somerset, New Jersey
Commissioner Noreen Morris (since 2010)
Website northeastconference.org
Locations
Northeast Conference locations

The Northeast Conference (NEC) is a collegiate athletic conference whose schools are members of the NCAA. The NCAA designates the Northeast Conference to the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision for Division I Men's Football (formerly Division I-AA) and to Division I Sports for all other sports. Participating schools are primarily located in the Northeastern United States.

The circuit was named the ECAC Metro Conference when it was established in 1981. The original eleven member schools were Fairleigh Dickinson University, Long Island University, Loyola College in Maryland (left in 1989), Marist College (left in 1997), Robert Morris University, St. Francis College (N.Y.), St. Francis College (Pa.), Siena College (left in 1984), Towson State University (left in 1982), the University of Baltimore (left in 1983) and Wagner College.[1]

The conference's name was changed to its present form on August 1, 1988.[2] Other names considered were Big North, Great North, North Shore, Northern, Northeastern, Eastern and Eastern Private Intercollegiate.[3]

The Northeast Conference has expanded seven times since 1981. The expansions and additions from the original charter members were in 1985 (Monmouth University, which left in 2013), 1989 (Mount St. Mary's University), 1992 (Rider University, who left in 1997), 1997 (Central Connecticut State University), 1998 (Quinnipiac University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County which respectively left in 2013 and 2003), 1999 (Sacred Heart University) and 2008 (Bryant University).

The Northeast Conference has a total of 10 full members in 22 championship sports: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s bowling, men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s indoor track & field, women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s outdoor track & field, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, women’s swimming, men’s and women’s tennis, and women’s volleyball.

Men's lacrosse became the league’s 23rd sport by the 2011 season.[4] The number of sports dropped to 22 after the 2012–13 school year, when the conference dropped field hockey. The departure of Monmouth and Quinnipiac to become all-sports members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) in July 2013 gave the MAAC four full members that sponsored the sport; the other two were NEC single-sport affiliates Rider and Siena. The MAAC then decided to add field hockey as a sponsored sport for the 2013 season,[5] and all of the NEC's remaining field hockey programs eventually joined the MAAC except for Saint Francis (PA), which joined the Atlantic 10 Conference.

There are also seven affiliate members that compete in football, men's lacrosse, and women's bowling. The Northeast Conference's ranks increased to 12 in 2008 with the addition of Bryant University,[6] but dropped to 10 in 2013 with the departure of Monmouth and Quinnipiac for the MAAC.

Member schools[edit]

Full members[edit]

Current full members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Joined Type Enrollment Endowment (2011) Nickname Colors U.S. News Ranking
Bryant University Smithfield, Rhode Island 1863 2008 Private 5,082 $148,715,000 Bulldogs Black & Gold
         
11 (Regional: North)
Central Connecticut State University New Britain, Connecticut 1849 1997 Public 10,225 $33,411,529 Blue Devils Blue & White
         
111 (Regional: North)
Fairleigh Dickinson University Teaneck, New Jersey 1942 1981 Private 12,882 $31,274,383 Knights Burgundy & Blue
         
79 (Regional: North)
LIU Brooklyn Brooklyn, New York 1926 1981 Private 24,007 $42,608,991 Blackbirds Black & Silver
         
112 (Regional: North)
Mount St. Mary's University Emmitsburg, Maryland 1808 1989 Private 2,305 $44,750,010 Mountaineers Blue & Bronze
         
19 (Regional: North)
Robert Morris University Moon Township, Pennsylvania 1921 1981 Private 5,100 $26,421,920 Colonials Maroon & Navy Blue
         
96 (Regional: North)
Sacred Heart University Fairfield, Connecticut 1963 1999 Private 6,023 $109,407,567 Pioneers Red & White
         
38 (Regional: North)
St. Francis Brooklyn Brooklyn, New York 1858 1981 Private 2,697 $67,364,020 Terriers Royal Blue & Red
         
20 (Regional: North)
Saint Francis University Loretto, Pennsylvania 1847 1981 Private 2,400 $34,268,349 The Red Flash Red & White
         
56 (Regional: North)
Wagner College Staten Island, New York 1883 1981 Private 2,400 $59,806,011 Seahawks Green & Grey
         
28 (Regional: North)

Former full members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Joined Left Type Enrollment Nickname Current
Conference
University of Baltimore Baltimore, Maryland 1925 1981 1983 Public 5,415 Super Bees n/a*
Loyola College Baltimore, Maryland 1852 1981 1989 Private 6,080 Greyhounds Patriot
Marist College Poughkeepsie, New York 1929 1981 1997 Private 5,408 Red Foxes MAAC
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Catonsville, Maryland 1966 1998 2003 Public 13,637 Retrievers America East
Monmouth University West Long Branch, New Jersey 1933 1985 2013 Private 6,494 Hawks MAAC
Quinnipiac University Hamden, Connecticut 1929 1998 2013 Private 8,400 Bobcats MAAC
Rider University Lawrenceville, New Jersey 1865 1992 1997 Private 5,790 Broncs MAAC
Siena College Loudonville, New York 1937 1981 1984 Private 3,423 Saints MAAC
Towson University Towson, Maryland 1866 1981 1982 Public 21,950 Tigers CAA
Note

* - Baltimore's intercollegiate athletics were dropped following their departure from the NEC.

Affiliate members[edit]

Current affiliate members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Joined Type Enrollment Nickname Primary Conference NEC Sport
Adelphi University Garden City, New York 1896 2008–09 Private 8,530 Panthers Northeast-10 (NE-10)
(NCAA Division II)
women's bowling
Duquesne University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1878 2008–09 Private 10,184 Dukes Atlantic 10 (A-10) football
Hobart College Geneva, New York 1822 2013–14 Private 2,105 Statesmen Liberty League
(NCAA Division III)
men's lacrosse
Kutztown University Kutztown, Pennsylvania 1866 2008–09 Public 10,193 Golden Bears PSAC
(NCAA Division II)
women's bowling
New Jersey City University Jersey City, New Jersey 1929 2009–10 Public 8,300 Gothic Knights NJAC
(NCAA Division III)
women's bowling
Saint Joseph's University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1851 2013–14 Private 7,900 Hawks Atlantic 10 (A10) men's lacrosse
Saint Peter's University Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 2008–09 Private 3,700 Peahens MAAC women's bowling

Former affiliate members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Joined Left Type Enrollment Nickname Primary
Conference
NEC Sport
University at Albany Albany, New York 1844 1999–2000 2012–13 Public 17,600 Great Danes America East football
Fairfield University Fairfield, Connecticut 1942 2004–05 2006–07 Private 4,991 Stags MAAC field hockey
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Lock Haven, Pennsylvania 1942 2004–05 2009–10 Public 5,500 Bald Eagles PSAC
(NCAA Division II)
field hockey
Rider University Lawrenceville, New Jersey 1865 1998–99 2012–13 Private 5,790 Broncs MAAC field hockey
Siena College Loudonville, New York 1937 1998–99 2012–13 Private 3,423 Saints MAAC field hockey
St. John's University New York City, New York 1870 2000–01 2001–02 Private 21,354 Seawolves Big East football
Stony Brook University Stony Brook, New York 1957 1999–2000 2006–07 Public 24,594 Seawolves America East football
Virginia Military Institute Lexington, Virginia 1839 2003–2004[n 1] 2006–2007 Public
Senior Military College
1,377 Keydets Big South[n 2] swimming
  1. ^ The VMI men's swimming program joined the NEC for the 2003–2004 school year. The women's swimming team became a varsity program during the 2005–2006 school year.
  2. ^ At the time of their membership in the Northeastern Conference, VMI was a member of the Big South. In 2014, they became full members of the Southern Conference. In swimming, the Keydets left the NEC to join the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association.

Membership timeline[edit]

Duquesne University Bryant University Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Virginia Military Institute St. John's University (New York) Colonial Athletic Association Big South Conference Stony Brook University Colonial Athletic Association University at Albany, SUNY Sacred Heart University America East Conference University of Maryland, Baltimore County Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Quinnipiac University Central Connecticut State University Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rider University Mount St. Mary's University Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Monmouth University Wagner College Saint Francis University St. Francis College Robert Morris University Long Island University Fairleigh Dickinson University Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Marist College Patriot League Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Loyola University Maryland Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference America East Conference Siena College University of Baltimore Colonial Athletic Association America East Conference Big South Conference East Coast Conference (Division I) Towson University

Full members Full members (non-football) Football Affiliate Affiliate member (other sports) Other Conference Other Conference

Sports Sponsored[edit]

The Northeast Conference sponsors championship competition in ten men's and twelve women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[7] Seven schools are associate members in three of those sports.

Teams in Northeast Conference competition
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball
9
-
Basketball
12
12
Bowling
-
10
Cross country
12
12
Golf
11
11
Football
8
-
Lacrosse
7
10
Soccer
11
11
Softball
-
11
Swimming & Diving
-
7
Tennis
9
10
Track and Field (Indoor)
11
12
Track and Field (Outdoor)
12
12
Volleyball
-
9

Men's basketball champions[edit]

Season Regular Season Champion Tournament Champion
1982 Fairleigh Dickinson (12–3) Robert Morris
1983 Robert Morris (12–2) Robert Morris
1984 Long Island (11–5) Long Island
1985 Marist (11–3) Fairleigh Dickinson
1986 Fairleigh Dickinson (13–3) Marist
1987 Marist (15–1) Marist
1988 Fairleigh Dickinson (13–3) Fairleigh Dickinson
1989 Robert Morris (12–4) Robert Morris
1990 Robert Morris (12–4) Robert Morris
1991 St. Francis (PA) (13–3) St. Francis (PA)
1992 Robert Morris (12–4) Robert Morris
1993 Rider (14–4) Rider
1994 Rider (14–4) Rider
1995 Rider (13–5) Mount Saint Mary's
1996 Mount Saint Mary's (16–2) Monmouth
1997 Long Island (15–3) Long Island
1998 Long Island (14–2) Fairleigh Dickinson
1999 UMBC (17–3) Mount Saint Mary's
2000 Central Connecticut St. (15–3) Central Connecticut St.
2001 St. Francis (NY) (16–4) Monmouth
2002 Central Connecticut St. (19–1) Central Connecticut St.
2003 Wagner (14–4) Wagner
2004 Monmouth and St. Francis (NY) (12–6) Monmouth
2005 Monmouth (14–4) Fairleigh Dickinson
2006 Fairleigh Dickinson (14–4) Monmouth
2007 Central Connecticut St. (16–2) Central Connecticut St.
2008 Robert Morris (16–2) Mount Saint Mary's
2009 Robert Morris (15–3) Robert Morris
2010 Quinnipiac (15–3) Robert Morris
2011 Long Island (16–2) Long Island
2012 Long Island (16–2) Long Island
2013 Robert Morris (14–4) Long Island
2014 Robert Morris (14–2) Mount Saint Mary's

Tournament championships by school[edit]

Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Locations[edit]

Football champions[edit]

Football Champions[edit]

  • 1996 – Robert Morris/Monmouth
  • 1997 – Robert Morris
  • 1998 – Monmouth/Robert Morris
  • 1999 – Robert Morris
  • 2000 – Robert Morris
  • 2001 – Sacred Heart
  • 2002 – Albany
  • 2003 – Monmouth/Albany
  • 2004 – Monmouth/Central Connecticut State
  • 2005 – Stony Brook/Central Connecticut State
  • 2006 – Monmouth
  • 2007 – Albany
  • 2008 – Albany
  • 2009 – Central Connecticut State
  • 2010 – Robert Morris/Central Connecticut State
  • 2011 – Albany/Duquesne
  • 2012 – Wagner/Albany

Most conference championships[edit]

  • 6 – Albany (3 shared)
  • 6 – Robert Morris (3 shared)
  • 5 – Monmouth (4 shared)
  • 4 – Central Connecticut State (3 shared)
  • 1 – Duquesne (1 shared)
  • 1 – Sacred Heart
  • 1 – Stony Brook (1 shared)
  • 1 – Wagner (1 shared)
  • 0 – Bryant
  • 0 – St. Francis (PA)

NEC Rivalries[edit]

Before the 2013 departure of Monmouth and Quinnipiac, the NEC had 6 rivalry matchups in the conference; which is most prevalent during NEC's men's and women's basketball "Rivalry Week." The concept of playing back-to-back games against a local rival the same week is the only one of its kind among the nation's 31 NCAA Division I conferences. The pre-2013 NEC rivalries are as follows (with the current NEC team listed first in the matchups that are now non-conference):

Currently in-conference
  • Battle of Brooklyn: Long Island vs. St. Francis (NY)
  • Keystone Clash: Robert Morris vs. Saint Francis (PA)
  • The Duel in New England: Central Connecticut vs. Bryant
  • North-South Showdown: Mount St. Mary's vs. Wagner
Non-conference as of 2013–14
  • Garden State Rivalry: Fairleigh Dickinson vs. Monmouth
  • Governor's Cup: Sacred Heart vs, Quinnipiac

Brenda Weare Commissioner's Cup[edit]

Year Overall Men's Women's
2010-11 Sacred Heart Sacred Heart Sacred Heart
2009-10 Sacred Heart Monmouth Sacred Heart
2008-09 Sacred Heart Sacred Heart Sacred Heart
2007-08 Sacred Heart Monmouth Sacred Heart
2006-07 Monmouth Monmouth Sacred Heart
2005-06 Monmouth Monmouth Long Island
2004-05 Monmouth Monmouth Saint Francis (PA)
2003-04 Monmouth Monmouth Sacred Heart
2002-03 Monmouth Monmouth Saint Francis (PA)
2001-02 Monmouth Monmouth Saint Francis (PA)
2000-01 Central Connecticut Central Connecticut Central Connecticut
1999-2000 Central Connecticut Robert Morris Wagner
1998-99 Central Connecticut Monmouth Central Connecticut
1997-98 Monmouth Monmouth Mount Saint Mary's

Facilities[edit]

School Football stadium Capacity Basketball arena Capacity Baseball stadium Capacity
Bryant Bulldog Stadium 5,500 Chace Athletic Center 2,700 Conaty Park 500
Central Connecticut State Arute Field 5,500 William H. Detrick Gymnasium 3,200 Central Connecticut State Baseball Field N/A
Duquesne Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field 2,200 Football-only member
Fairleigh Dickinson Non-football school Rothman Center 5,000 Naimoli Family Baseball Complex 500
LIU Non-football school Athletic, Recreation & Wellness Center 3,000 Long Island University Field 500
Mount St. Mary's Non-football school Knott Arena 3,121 Straw Family Stadium N/A
Robert Morris Joe Walton Stadium 3,000 Charles L. Sewall Center 3,056 Non-baseball school
Sacred Heart Campus Field 3,334 William H. Pitt Center 2,100 The Ballpark at Harbor Yard 5,300
St. Francis Brooklyn Non-football school Generoso Pope Athletic Complex 2,000 Non-baseball school
Saint Francis (PA) DeGol Field 3,450 DeGol Arena 3,500 Non-baseball school
Wagner Wagner College Stadium 3,500 Spiro Sports Center 2,500 Richmond County Bank Ballpark 7,171

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