Northeast Conference

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Northeast Conference
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)
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 Nickname Location Colors Founded Type Enrollment U.S. News Ranking Joined Endowment (2011)
Bryant University Bulldogs Smithfield, Rhode Island Black & Gold
1863 Private 5,082 15 (Regional: North) 2008 $148,715,000
Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils New Britain, Connecticut Blue & White
1849 Public 10,225 116 (Regional: North) 1997 $33,411,529
Fairleigh Dickinson University Knights Teaneck, New Jersey Burgundy & Blue
1942 Private 12,882 75 (Regional: North) 1981 $31,274,383
LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds Brooklyn, New York Black & Silver
1926 Private 24,007 112 (Regional: North) 1981 $42,608,991
Mount St. Mary's University Mountaineers Emmitsburg, Maryland Blue & Bronze
1808 Private 2,305 23 (Regional: North) 1989 $44,750,010
Robert Morris University Colonials Moon Township, Pennsylvania Maroon & Navy Blue
1921 Private 5,100 70 (Regional: North) 1981 $26,421,920
Sacred Heart University Pioneers Fairfield, Connecticut Red & White
1963 Private 6,023 38 (Regional: North) 1999 $109,407,567
St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers Brooklyn, New York Royal Blue & Red
1858 Private 2,697 26 (Regional: North) 1981 $67,364,020
Saint Francis University The Red Flash Loretto, Pennsylvania Red & White
1847 Private 2,400 61 (Regional: North) 1981 $34,268,349
Wagner College Seahawks Staten Island, New York Green & Grey
1883 Private 2,400 26 (Regional: North) 1981 $59,806,011

Former full members[edit]

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

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

Affiliate members[edit]

Current affiliate members[edit]

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

Former affiliate members[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Primary
NEC Sport
University at Albany Great Danes Albany, New York 1844 Public 17,600 1999-2000 2012-13 America East football
Fairfield University Stags Fairfield, Connecticut 1942 Private 4,991 2004-05 2006-07 MAAC field hockey
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Bald Eagles Lock Haven, Pennsylvania 1942 Public 5,500 2004-05 2009-10 PSAC
(NCAA Division II)
field hockey
Rider University Broncs Lawrenceville, New Jersey 1865 Private 5,790 1998-99 2012-13 MAAC field hockey
Siena College Saints Loudonville, New York 1937 Private 3,423 1998-99 2012-13 MAAC field hockey
St. John's University Seawolves New York City, New York 1870 Private 21,354 2000-01 2001-02 Big East football
Stony Brook University Seawolves Stony Brook, New York 1957 Public 24,594 1999-2000 2006-07 America East football

Membership timeline[edit]

Duquesne University Bryant University 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 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
Cross country
Swimming & Diving
Track and Field (Indoor)
Track and Field (Outdoor)

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


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 3,500 William H. Detrick Gymnasium 3,200 Central Connecticut State Baseball Field N/A
Duquesne Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field 4,500 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 4,000 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 4,000 Spiro Sports Center 2,500 Richmond County Bank Ballpark 7,171


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