Northeast Conference

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Northeast Conference
NEC
Northeast Conference logo
Established1981
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision I
SubdivisionFCS
Members10 (11 in 2019)
Sports fielded
  • 22 (23 in 2019)
    • men's: 10
    • women's: 12
RegionNortheast
HeadquartersSomerset, New Jersey
CommissionerNoreen Morris (since 2010)
Websitenortheastconference.org
Locations
Northeast Conference locations

The Northeast Conference (NEC) is a collegiate athletic conference whose schools are members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Teams in the NEC compete in Division I for all sports except football, which competes in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA). Participating schools are located principally in the Northeastern United States.

The conference 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 (NY), Saint 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, which 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's rank was largest at 12 in 2008 with the addition of Bryant University,[4] but dropped to 10 in 2013 with the departure of Monmouth and Quinnipiac for the MAAC.

Two further changes were announced in 2018, with both taking effect with the 2019–20 school year. First, on September 10, the NEC announced it would add Merrimack College.[5] Then, on October 3, Long Island University announced that it would combine its two existing athletic programs—NEC member LIU Brooklyn and the Division II program at LIU Post—into a single Division I program under the LIU name. The new LIU program, whose nickname has not yet been determined, will maintain LIU Brooklyn's existing memberships in Division I and the NEC.[6]

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 for the 2011 season.[7] 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,[8] 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. The NEC will reinstate field hockey as a sponsored sport for the 2019 season with seven members—current full members Bryant, LIU, Sacred Heart, and Wagner (which will play its first varsity season in 2019), incoming full member Merrimack, and associate members Fairfield and Rider.[9]

There are also four affiliate members which compete in football, men's lacrosse, and women's bowling.

Member schools[edit]

Full members[edit]

Current full members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Joined Type Enrollment Endowment (2014) Nickname Colors
Bryant University Smithfield, Rhode Island 1863 2008 Private 3,454 $172,809,000 Bulldogs          
Central Connecticut State University New Britain, Connecticut 1849 1997 Public 11,865 $47,700,000 Blue Devils          
Fairleigh Dickinson University Teaneck, New Jersey 1942 1981 Private 6,464 $56,586,000 Knights          
LIU Brooklyn[a] Brooklyn, New York[b] 1926 1981 Private 11,200 $96,987,000 Blackbirds[c]          [d]
Mount St. Mary's University Emmitsburg, Maryland 1808 1989 Private 2,240 $47,605,000 Mountaineers          
Robert Morris University Moon Township, Pennsylvania 1921 1981 Private 5,181 $32,692,000 Colonials               
Sacred Heart University Fairfield, Connecticut 1963 1999 Private 7,016 $137,027,000 Pioneers          
St. Francis College Brooklyn, New York 1858 1981 Private 2,834 $77,536,000 Terriers          
Saint Francis University Loretto, Pennsylvania 1847 1981 Private 2,449 $44,863,000 Red Flash          
Wagner College Staten Island, New York 1883 1981 Private 2,400 $82,141,000 Seahawks          
  1. ^ From 2019–20, will compete as Long Island University, or LIU, following the unification of the LIU Brooklyn and LIU Post athletic programs.
  2. ^ Following the athletic merger, some LIU sports will be based at the Brooklyn campus and others at the Post campus in Brookville, New York.[10]
  3. ^ The nickname of the combined LIU program will be announced at a later date.
  4. ^ LIU has announced that its unified colors will be blue and gold.

Future members[edit]

Institution City State Abbreviation Nickname Founded Affiliation Enrollment Joining Former Conference Colors
Merrimack College North Andover Massachusetts Merrimack Warriors 1947 Private/Catholic (Augustinian) 3,653 2019–20 Northeast-10 (D-II)          

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 Discontinued athletics in 1983
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 9,000 Bobcats MAAC
Rider University Lawrenceville, New Jersey 1865 1992 1997 Private 5,790 Broncs MAAC
Siena College Loudonville, New York 1937 1981 1994 Private 3,423 Saints MAAC
Towson University Towson, Maryland 1866 1981 1982 Public 21,950 Tigers CAA

Affiliate members[edit]

Current affiliate members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Joined Type Enrollment Nickname Primary Conference NEC Sport(s)
Caldwell University Caldwell, New Jersey 1939 2014–15 Private 1,800 Cougars Central Atlantic
(NCAA Division II)
bowling
Duquesne University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1878 2008–09 (football)
2016–17 (bowling)
Private 10,184 Dukes Atlantic 10 football; women's bowling
Hobart College Geneva, New York 1822 2013–14 Private 2,105 Statesmen Liberty League
(NCAA Division III)
men's lacrosse
Saint Joseph's University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1851 2013–14 Private 7,900 Hawks Atlantic 10 men's lacrosse

Future affiliate member[edit]

Institution Location Founded Joining Type Enrollment Nickname Primary Conference NEC Sport(s)
New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, New Jersey 1881 2019–20[11] Public 11,446 Highlanders ASUN men's lacrosse

Former affiliate members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Joined Left Type Enrollment Nickname Primary
Conference
NEC Sport
Adelphi University Garden City, New York 1896 2008–09 2015 Private 8,530 Panthers Northeast-10
(NCAA Division II)
women's bowling
University at Albany Albany, New York 1844 1999–2000 2012–13 Public 17,600 Great Danes America East[a] football
Fairfield University Fairfield, Connecticut 1942 2004–05 2006–07 Private 4,991 Stags MAAC[b] field hockey
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Kutztown, Pennsylvania 1866 2008–09 2015 Public 10,193 Golden Bears PSAC
(NCAA Division II)[c]
women's bowling
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Lock Haven, Pennsylvania 1942 2004–05 2009–10 Public 5,500 Bald Eagles PSAC
(NCAA Division II)[d]
field hockey
New Jersey City University Jersey City, New Jersey 1929 2009–10 2012–13 Public 8,300 Gothic Knights NJAC
(NCAA Division III)[e]
women's bowling
Rider University Lawrenceville, New Jersey 1865 1998–99 2012–13 Private 5,790 Broncs MAAC[f] field hockey
Siena College Loudonville, New York 1937 1998–99 2012–13 Private 3,423 Saints MAAC[g] field hockey
St. John's University New York City, New York 1870 2000–01 2001–02 Private 21,354 Red Storm Big East football
Saint Peter's University Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 2008–09 2012–13 Private 3,700 Peahens MAAC[h] women's bowling
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[i] 2006–2007 Public
Senior Military College
1,377 Keydets Big South[j] swimming
  1. ^ Albany football currently plays in the Colonial Athletic Association.
  2. ^ Fairfield field hockey will return to the NEC in 2019.
  3. ^ Kotztown bowling currently participates in the East Coast Conference.
  4. ^ Lock Haven currently plays field hockey in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
  5. ^ New Jersey City bowling currently competes as a single-sport member of the Division III Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.[12]
  6. ^ Rider field hockey will return to the NEC in 2019.
  7. ^ Siena dropped field hockey after the 2017–18 school year.
  8. ^ Saint Peter's dropped bowling after the 2017–18 season.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ 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 league now known as the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association, and since 2017–18 have competed in the America East Conference.

Membership timeline[edit]

Merrimack CollegeDuquesne UniversityBryant UniversityAmerica East ConferenceCoastal Collegiate Sports AssociationVirginia Military InstituteSt. John's University (New York)Colonial Athletic AssociationBig South ConferenceStony Brook UniversityColonial Athletic AssociationUniversity at Albany, SUNYSacred Heart UniversityAmerica East ConferenceUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore CountyMetro Atlantic Athletic ConferenceQuinnipiac UniversityCentral Connecticut State UniversityMetro Atlantic Athletic ConferenceRider UniversityMount St. Mary's UniversityMetro Atlantic Athletic ConferenceMonmouth UniversityWagner CollegeSaint Francis UniversitySt. Francis CollegeRobert Morris UniversityLong Island UniversityFairleigh Dickinson UniversityMetro Atlantic Athletic ConferenceMarist CollegePatriot LeagueMetro Atlantic Athletic ConferenceLoyola University MarylandMetro Atlantic Athletic ConferenceAmerica East ConferenceSiena CollegeUniversity of BaltimoreColonial Athletic AssociationAmerica East ConferenceBig South ConferenceEast Coast Conference (Division I)Towson University

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

Sports[edit]

The Northeast Conference currently sponsors championship competition in 10 men's and 12 women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[13] Four schools are associate members in three of those sports.

The NEC will reinstate field hockey as a sponsored sport for the 2019 season (2019–20 school year) after having dropped the sport following the 2012 season. Bryant, LIU, Sacred Heart, and Wagner will be joined by incoming full member Merrimack and incoming associates Fairfield and Rider.[9]

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

Men's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Baseball Basketball Cross
Country
Football Golf Lacrosse Soccer Tennis Track & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
Total NEC
Sports
Bryant Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Central Connecticut Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 7
Fairleigh Dickinson Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
LIU Brooklyn Green tickY Green tickY Red XN[a] Red XN[a] Green tickY Red XN[a] Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 6
Mount St. Mary's Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN 7
Robert Morris Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN 5
Sacred Heart Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
St. Francis Brooklyn Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN 5
Saint Francis (PA) Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Wagner Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Totals 7 10 8 6+1[b] 9 5+2[c] 9 7 7 7 75+3
Future Member
Merrimack Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
  1. ^ a b c The existing LIU Post program in this sport will join the NEC when the LIU athletic merger takes effect in 2019.
  2. ^ Football associate Duquesne.
  3. ^ Men's lacrosse associates Hobart and Saint Joseph's. NJIT will join this group of schools in 2019–20.

Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Northeast Conference which are played by NEC schools:

School Fencing[a] Ice Hockey Swimming & Diving Volleyball Water Polo Wrestling
Bryant MAAC
LIU Brooklyn [b]
Merrimack Hockey East
Mount St. Mary's CCSA
Robert Morris Atlantic Hockey
Sacred Heart NEIFC EIVA EIWA
St. Francis Brooklyn METS [c] CWPA
Saint Francis (PA) EIVA
Wagner CWPA
  1. ^ Fencing is a coeducational sport, with schools having men's and women's squads and all individual matches involving members of the same sex. While three NEC members sponsor fencing, with the unified LIU athletic program to add LIU Post's existing team once the athletic merger takes effect, only Sacred Heart fields both men's and women's squads.
  2. ^ LIU Post currently sponsors this sport. LIU has yet to announce this team's future conference affiliation.
  3. ^ St. Francis Brooklyn will add men's volleyball for the 2020 season (2019–20 school year).[14]

Women's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Basketball Bowling Cross
Country
Golf Lacrosse Soccer Softball Swimming Tennis Track & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
Volleyball Total NEC
Sports
Bryant Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Central Connecticut Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Fairleigh Dickinson Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
LIU Brooklyn Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 12
Mount St. Mary's Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN 11
Robert Morris Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Sacred Heart Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 12
St. Francis Brooklyn Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN[a] Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Saint Francis (PA) Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 12
Wagner Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN 10
Totals 10 6+2[b] 10 7 8 9 9 8 8 10 10 9 103+2
Future Member
Merrimack Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
  1. ^ St. Francis Brooklyn will add women's soccer in 2019.[15]
  2. ^ Bowling associates Caldwell and Duquesne.

Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Northeast Conference which are played by NEC schools:

School Bowling Equestrian[a] Fencing[b] Field Hockey Ice Hockey Rowing Rugby[a] Triathlon[a] Water Polo
Bryant MAAC[c]
Fairleigh Dickinson NIWFA
LIU Brooklyn [d] [d] MAAC[c] [e] [f]
Merrimack NE-10[c] Hockey East IND[g]
Mount St. Mary's IND[h]
Robert Morris CHA MAAC
Sacred Heart IND[i] NEIFC MAAC[c] IND[j] MAAC IND[h]
St. Francis Brooklyn MAAC
Saint Francis (PA) A-10 CWPA
Wagner NIWFA [k] IND[l] MAAC

In addition to the above, Fairleigh Dickinson and Sacred Heart count their female cheerleaders (but not male cheerleaders) as varsity athletes.

  1. ^ a b c NCAA "emerging sport" for women.
  2. ^ Fencing is a coeducational sport, with schools having men's and women's squads and all individual matches involving members of the same sex. Of the three NEC members that sponsor the sport, Sacred Heart has both men's and women's squads, and Fairleigh Dickinson and Wagner field only women's squads.
  3. ^ a b c d Will become a member of the revived NEC field hockey league in 2019.
  4. ^ a b LIU Post currently sponsors this sport. LIU has yet to announce this team's future conference affiliation.
  5. ^ Before the LIU athletic merger was announced, LIU Brooklyn committed to adding women's ice hockey for the 2019–20 season, with the new team to participate in the New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA). At the time LIU Brooklyn announced the addition of women's hockey, the NEWHA was a scheduling agreement between all schools that played the sport as independents at the National Collegiate level (Divisions I and II).[16] The NEWHA has since formally organized as a conference and is seeking official NCAA recognition as such for 2019–20 and beyond.[17]
  6. ^ The merged LIU athletic program will add women's water polo in the 2019–20 season. The new team will compete as an associate member of the MAAC.[18]
  7. ^ Merrimack has not yet announced a future women's rowing affiliation.
  8. ^ a b The NCAA considers all rugby schools that do not compete in the sport within a recognized NCAA conference to be independents.
  9. ^ The NCAA considers all equestrian schools that do not compete in the sport within a recognized NCAA conference to be independents.
  10. ^ Sacred Heart is part of the NEWHA, mentioned in the context of LIU Brooklyn.
  11. ^ Wagner launched a field hockey program in the 2018 season (2018–19 school year), initially at club level before upgrading to varsity status for the 2019 season as an NEC member.[19]
  12. ^ The NCAA considers all triathlon schools that do not compete in the sport within a recognized NCAA conference to be independents.

Men's basketball[edit]

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
2015 St. Francis Brooklyn (15–3) Robert Morris
2016 Wagner (13-5) Fairleigh Dickinson
2017 Mount Saint Mary's (14-4) Mount Saint Mary's
2018 Wagner (14-4) Long Island

Women's basketball champions[edit]

Year Regular Season Champions Tournament Champions
1986-87 Monmouth Monmouth
1987-88 Monmouth Robert Morris
1988-89 Wagner Wagner
1989-90 Mount St. Mary's Fairleigh Dickinson
1990-91 Mount St. Mary's Robert Morris
1991-92 Mount St. Mary's Fairleigh Dickinson
1992-93 Fairleigh Dickinson/Mount St. Mary's Mount St. Mary's
1993-94 Mount St. Mary's Mount St. Mary's
1994-95 Mount St. Mary's Mount St. Mary's
1995-96 Mount St. Mary's Saint Francis U
1996-97 Saint Francis U Saint Francis U
1997-98 Saint Francis U Saint Francis U
1998-99 Mount St. Mary's Saint Francis U
1999-00 Saint Francis U Saint Francis U
2000-01 Mount St. Mary's LIU Brooklyn
2001-02 Saint Francis U Saint Francis U
2002-03 Saint Francis U Saint Francis U
2003-04 Saint Francis U Saint Francis U
2004-05 Saint Francis U Saint Francis U
2005-06 Sacred Heart Sacred Heart
2006-07 LIU Brooklyn, Robert Morris and Sacred Heart Robert Morris
2007-08 Quinnipiac and Robert Morris Robert Morris
2008-09 Sacred Heart Sacred Heart
2009-10 Robert Morris Saint Francis U
2010-11 Saint Francis U Saint Francis U
2011-12 Sacred Heart Sacred Heart
2012-13 Quinnipiac Quinnipiac
2013-14 Robert Morris Robert Morris
2014-15 Bryant/CCSU St. Francis Brooklyn
2015-16 Sacred Heart Robert Morris
2016-17 Robert Morris Robert Morris
2017-18 St Francis U St Francis U

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
  • 2013 – Sacred Heart/Duquesne
  • 2014 – Sacred Heart/Wagner
  • 2015 – Duquesne
  • 2016 – Saint Francis (PA)

Most conference championships[edit]

  • 6 – Albany (3 shared)
  • 6 – Robert Morris (3 shared)
  • 5 – Monmouth (4 shared)
  • 4 – Central Connecticut State (3 shared)
  • 3 – Duquesne (2 shared)
  • 3 – Sacred Heart (2 shared)
  • 2 – Wagner (2 shared)
  • 1 – Stony Brook (1 shared)

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 Brooklyn
  • Keystone Clash: Robert Morris vs. Saint Francis (PA)
  • The Duel in New England: Central Connecticut vs. Bryant
  • NY-MD 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]

The NEC Commissioner's Cup was instituted during the 1986-87 season with Long Island winning the inaugural award. Cup points are awarded in each NEC sponsored sport. For men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, football, women's bowling, softball, men's and women's lacrosse, and baseball, the final regular season standings are used to determine Cup points. Starting with the 2012-13 season, the Conference began awarding three bonus points to the NEC Tournament champion in those sports. In all other sports, points are awarded based on the finish at NEC Championship events.

Year Overall Men's Women's
2015-16
2014-15 Bryant Bryant Sacred Heart
2013-14 Bryant Bryant Saint Francis (PA)
2012-13 Monmouth Monmouth Saint Francis (PA)
2011-12 Sacred Heart Monmouth Sacred Heart
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 UMBC Monmouth UMBC
2001-02 UMBC Monmouth UMBC
2000-01 UMBC UMBC UMBC
1999-2000 UMBC UMBC UMBC
1998-99 UMBC Monmouth UMBC
1997-98 Monmouth
1996-97 Mount St. Mary's
1995-96 Mount St. Mary's
1994-95 Mount St. Mary's
1993-94 Fairleigh Dickinson
1992-93 Fairleigh Dickinson
1991-92 Fairleigh Dickinson
1990-91 Monmouth
1989-90 Fairleigh Dickinson
1988-89 Fairleigh Dickinson
1987-88 Fairleigh Dickinson
1986-87 Long Island

Facilities[edit]

Future member Merrimack in gray. The future LIU football program, currently representing LIU Post, is also highlighted in gray.

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 Balf-Savin Field N/A
Duquesne Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field 2,200 Football (and bowling)-only member
Fairleigh Dickinson Non-football school Rothman Center 5,000 Naimoli Family Baseball Complex 500
LIU Brooklyn Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium 4,083 Steinberg Wellness Center 3,000 Long Island University Field[a] 500
Merrimack Merrimack Stadium 3,500 Hammel Court 1,200 N/A[b] N/A
Mount St. Mary's Non-football school Knott Arena 3,121 Straw Family Stadium N/A
Robert Morris Joe Walton Stadium 3,000 PPG Paints Arena (men)[c]
A. J. Palumbo Center (men)
Student Recreation and Fitness Center (women)
19,100
4,406
N/A
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 1,200 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
Notes
  1. ^ After the LIU athletic merger in 2019, the baseball team will move from the Brooklyn campus to the Post campus, playing at LIU Post Baseball Field (capacity not available).[20]
  2. ^ Merrimack does not have an on-campus baseball venue, and also does not have a single venue where it plays home games. The baseball program uses several venues in its region, with the most frequently used being Holman Stadium in Nashua, New Hampshire and the campus of St. John's Prep in Danvers, Massachusetts.
  3. ^ Robert Morris is currently building the UPMC Events Center, with an expected capacity of over 4,000, on the site of its former venue, the Charles L. Sewall Center, with an expected opening during the 2018–19 basketball season. Until that time, the men's team will use PPG Paints Arena as its main venue, with Duquesne's Palumbo Center as an alternate venue. The women's team will use a student recreation facility that opened in September 2017 as part of the UPMC Events Center project.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ventre, Ralph. "Back to the Beginning: NEC Celebrates 30 Years," Northeast Conference, Thursday, March 3, 2011.
  2. ^ Official press release issued Tuesday, August 2, 1988 (Announcement of name change from ECAC-Metro Conference to Northeast Conference).
  3. ^ Northeast Conference 2012–13 Men's Basketball Record Book.
  4. ^ "BRYANT UNIVERSITY ACCEPTS INVITATION TO JOIN NORTHEAST CONFERENCE". 18 October 2007.
  5. ^ "Northeast Conference - Merrimack College Accepts Invitation to Join Northeast Conference". northeastconference.org. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  6. ^ "Long Island University Announces Unification Into One LIU Division I Program" (Press release). LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds. October 3, 2018. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  7. ^ "Northeast Conference - We Are The Northeast Conference".
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