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Northeast Conference
Northeast Conference
NEC
Northeast Conference logo
Established1981
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision I
SubdivisionFCS
Members10
Sports fielded
  • 24
    • men's: 11
    • women's: 13
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 (FCS), 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, the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University (whose athletic program has now merged with that of LIU's Post campus into a single athletic program), Loyola College in Maryland (left in 1989), Marist College (left in 1997), Robert Morris University (left in 2020), 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 eight 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), 2008 (Bryant University), and 2019 (Merrimack College). The Northeast Conference's rank was largest at 12 in 2008 with the addition of Bryant University;[4] it dropped to 10 in 2013 with the departure of Monmouth and Quinnipiac for the MAAC, returned to 11 with the 2019 addition of Merrimack, and again dropped to 10 in 2020 with the departure of Robert Morris for the Horizon League.

Additional changes were announced in 2018 and took effect with the 2019-20 school year. First, on September 10, the NEC announced it would add Merrimack.[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, nicknamed Sharks,[6] maintains LIU Brooklyn's previous memberships in Division I and the NEC.[7] The most recent change took place on July 1, 2020, when charter member Robert Morris left to join the Horizon League.

The Northeast Conference has a total of 10 full members in 24 championship sports: baseball, men's and women's basketball, women's bowling, men's and women's cross country, women's field hockey, 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, men's and 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.[8] 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,[9] 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 reinstated field hockey as a sponsored sport for the 2019 season with seven members--full members Bryant, LIU, Merrimack, Sacred Heart, and Wagner, plus associate members Fairfield and Rider.[10] The most recent addition to the NEC's sports roster is men's swimming & diving, added for 2020-21 with full members Bryant, LIU, Mount St. Mary's, and St. Francis Brooklyn plus incoming associate member Howard.[11]

Currently, a total of seven affiliate members compete in football, men's lacrosse, men's and women's swimming, and women's bowling. One of these, namely Howard, will add men's and women's soccer, women's lacrosse, and women's golf to its NEC membership in 2021-22.[11]

Member schools

Full members

Current full members

Institution Location Founded Joined Type Enrollment Endowment (2018) Nickname Colors
Bryant University Smithfield, Rhode Island 1863 2008 Private (Non-sectarian) 3,499 $174,200,000 Bulldogs          
Central Connecticut State University New Britain, Connecticut 1849 1997 Public 9,546 $63,000,000 Blue Devils          
Fairleigh Dickinson University Teaneck, New Jersey 1942 1981 Private (Nonsectarian) 8,590 $100,000,000 Knights          
Long Island University[a] Brooklyn and
Brookville, New York[b]
1926 1981 Private (Nonsectarian) 16,958[c] $96,987,000 Sharks          
Merrimack College North Andover, Massachusetts 1947 2019 Private (Catholic) 3,726 $50,568,000 Warriors          
Mount St. Mary's University Emmitsburg, Maryland 1808 1989 Private (Catholic) 1,889 $47,605,000 Mountaineers          
Sacred Heart University Fairfield, Connecticut 1963 1999 Private (Catholic) 5,974 $137,027,000 Pioneers          
St. Francis College Brooklyn, New York 1858 1981 Private (Catholic) 2,363 $77,536,000 Terriers          
Saint Francis University Loretto, Pennsylvania 1847 1981 Private (Catholic) 2,111 $44,863,000 Red Flash          
Wagner College Staten Island, New York 1883 1981 Private (Lutheran) 1,762 $82,141,000 Seahawks          
  1. ^ Prior to 2019-20, LIU operated two separate athletic programs, with only that of the school's Brooklyn campus being an NEC member.
  2. ^ The merged LIU athletic program bases some sports at the Brooklyn campus and others at the Post campus in Brookville, New York.[12]
  3. ^ Combined enrollment of the Brooklyn and Post campuses. All LIU varsity sports are open to undergraduates at either campus who meet NCAA eligibility requirements.

Former full members

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
Robert Morris University Moon Township, Pennsylvania 1921 1981 2020 Private 5,181 Colonials Horizon League
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

Current affiliate members

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
Fairfield University Fairfield, Connecticut 1942 2019-20[a] Private 4,991 Stags MAAC field hockey
Hobart College Geneva, New York 1822 2013-14 Private 2,105 Statesmen Liberty League
(NCAA Division III)
men's lacrosse
Howard University Washington, D.C. 1867 2020-21 Private 10,000 Bison/Lady Bison Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men's swimming & diving;
women's swimming & diving
Rider University Lawrenceville, New Jersey 1865 2019-20[b] Private 5,790 Broncs MAAC field hockey
Saint Joseph's University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1851 2013-14 Private 7,900 Hawks Atlantic 10 men's lacrosse
  1. ^ Fairfield field hockey had previously competed in the NEC from 2004 to 2006 (academic years 2004-2007).
  2. ^ Rider field hockey had previously competed in the NEC from 1998 to 2012 (academic years 1998-2013).

Future affiliate members

Institution Location Founded Joining Type Enrollment Nickname Primary Conference NEC Sport(s)
Howard University Washington, D.C. 1867 2020-21 Private 10,000 Bison/Lady Bison Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men's soccer, women's soccer, women's lacrosse and women's golf (2021-22)[11]

Former affiliate members

Institution Location Founded Joined Left Type Enrollment Nickname Primary
Conference[a]
NEC Sport
Adelphi University Garden City, New York 1896 2008-09 2015 Private 8,530 Panthers Northeast-10
(NCAA Division II)[b]
women's bowling
University at Albany Albany, New York 1844 1999-2000 2012-13 Public 17,600 Great Danes America East[c] football
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Kutztown, Pennsylvania 1866 2008-09 2015 Public 10,193 Golden Bears PSAC
(NCAA Division II)[b]
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
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Newark, New Jersey 1881 2019-20[14] 2019-20 Public 11,518 Highlanders ASUN[f] men's lacrosse
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 2002-03 Private 21,354 Red Storm Big East[h] football
Saint Peter's University Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 2008-09 2012-13 Private 3,700 Peahens MAAC[i] 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 2003-04[j] 2006-07 Public
Senior Military College
1,377 Keydets Big South[k] swimming
  1. ^ Represents primary conference during the final season of the school's NEC tenure.
  2. ^ a b Adelphi and Kutztown are currently bowling members of the Division II East Coast Conference.
  3. ^ Albany football currently plays in the Colonial Athletic Association. The school remains a full America East member.
  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.[13]
  6. ^ NJIT left NEC men's lacrosse after only one season when it became a full member of the America East Conference, which sponsors that sport.[15]
  7. ^ Siena dropped field hockey after the 2017-18 school year.
  8. ^ St. John's dropped football after the 2002 season.
  9. ^ Saint Peter's dropped bowling after the 2017-18 season.
  10. ^ The VMI men's swimming program joined the NEC for the 2003-04 school year. The women's swimming team became a varsity program during the 2005-06 school year.
  11. ^ 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

Howard UniversityNew Jersey Institute of TechnologyMerrimack CollegeDuquesne UniversityBryant UniversityFairfield 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 CollegeHorizon LeagueRobert 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

The Northeast Conference currently sponsors championship competition in 11 men's and 13 women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[16] Seven schools are associate members in five of those sports.

The most recent additions to the NEC sports lineup came in 2019 and 2020. First, the NEC reinstated 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 were joined by incoming full member Merrimack and incoming associates Fairfield and Rider.[10] Men's swimming & diving was added the following year, with full members Bryant, LIU, Mount St. Mary's and St. Francis Brooklyn joined by incoming associate Howard.[11]

Teams in Northeast Conference competition
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball 8 -
Basketball 10 10
Bowling - 8
Cross country 10 10
Field hockey - 7
Football 8 -
Golf 8 8
Lacrosse 8 8
Soccer 9 10
Softball - 9
Swimming & Diving 5 10
Tennis 8 9
Track and Field (Indoor) 9 10
Track and Field (Outdoor) 9 10
Volleyball - 8

Men's sponsored sports by school

School Baseball Basketball Cross
Country
Football Golf Lacrosse Soccer Swimming & Diving 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 Green tickY 11
Central Connecticut Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 7
Fairleigh Dickinson Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
LIU Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 10
Merrimack Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Mount St. Mary's Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Sacred Heart Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN 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 Green tickY Red XN Red XN 6
Saint Francis (PA) Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN 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 Green tickY 9
Totals 8 10 10 7+1[a] 8 6+2[b] 9 5+1[c] 8 9 9 88+4
  1. ^ Football associate Duquesne.
  2. ^ Men's lacrosse associates Hobart and Saint Joseph's.
  3. ^ Swimming & diving associate Howard.

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

School Fencing[a] Ice Hockey Volleyball Water Polo Wrestling
LIU -- [b] - -- EIWA
Merrimack -- Hockey East -- -- --
Sacred Heart NEIFC Atlantic Hockey EIVA -- EIWA
St. Francis Brooklyn -- -- Independent[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 four NEC members sponsor fencing, only Sacred Heart fields both men's and women's squads.
  2. ^ LIU added men's ice hockey in 2020. It has not yet announced a conference affiliation.[17]
  3. ^ St. Francis Brooklyn will join the EIVA in 2021 (2022 season).[18]

Women's sponsored sports by school

School Basketball Bowling Cross
Country
Field Hockey Golf Lacrosse Soccer Softball Swimming & Diving Tennis Track & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
Volleyball Total NEC
Sports
Bryant Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Central Connecticut Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN 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 Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
LIU Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 13
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 Green tickY 12
Mount St. Mary's Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN 11
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 Green tickY 13
St. Francis Brooklyn Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Saint Francis (PA) Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN 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 Green tickY Red XN 11
Totals 10 6+2[a] 10 5+2[b] 8 8 10 9 9+1[c] 9 10 10 8 112+5
  1. ^ Bowling associates Caldwell and Duquesne.
  2. ^ Field hockey associates Fairfield and Rider.
  3. ^ Swimming & diving associate Howard.

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

School Equestrian[a] Fencing[b] Gymnastics Ice Hockey Rowing Rugby[a] Triathlon[a] Water Polo
Fairleigh Dickinson -- NIWFA -- -- -- -- -- --
LIU -- IND EAGL NEWHA -- -- -- MAAC
Merrimack -- -- -- Hockey East IND[c] -- -- --
Mount St. Mary's -- -- -- -- -- IND[d] -- --
Sacred Heart IND[e] NEIFC -- NEWHA MAAC IND[d] -- --
St. Francis Brooklyn -- ---- -- -- -- -- MAAC
Saint Francis (PA) -- A-10 -- -- -- -- -- CWPA
Wagner -- NIWFA -- -- -- -- IND[f] 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 Part of the NCAA Emerging Sports for Women program.
  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 four NEC members that sponsor the sport, Sacred Heart has both men's and women's squads, and Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU and Wagner field only women's squads.
  3. ^ Merrimack has not yet announced a women's rowing affiliation.
  4. ^ a b The NCAA considers all rugby schools that do not compete in the sport within a recognized NCAA conference to be independents.
  5. ^ The NCAA considers all equestrian schools that do not compete in the sport within a recognized NCAA conference to be independents.
  6. ^ The NCAA considers all triathlon schools that do not compete in the sport within a recognized NCAA conference to be independents.

Basketball champions

Men's basketball champions

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 Saint Francis (PA) (13-3) Saint 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) LIU Brooklyn
2019 Saint Francis (PA) and Fairleigh Dickinson (12-6) Fairleigh Dickinson
2020 Merrimack (14-4)[a] Robert Morris
  1. ^ Merrimack was ineligible for the NEC tournament due to being in its first transitional year from NCAA Division II.

Women's basketball champions

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 (PA)
1996-97 Saint Francis (PA) Saint Francis (PA)
1997-98 Saint Francis (PA) Saint Francis (PA)
1998-99 Mount St. Mary's Saint Francis (PA)
1999-00 Saint Francis (PA) Saint Francis (PA)
2000-01 Mount St. Mary's Long Island
2001-02 Saint Francis (PA) Saint Francis (PA)
2002-03 Saint Francis (PA) Saint Francis (PA)
2003-04 Saint Francis (PA) Saint Francis (PA)
2004-05 Saint Francis (PA) Saint Francis (PA)
2005-06 Sacred Heart Sacred Heart
2006-07 Long Island, 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 (PA)
2010-11 Saint Francis (PA) Saint Francis (PA)
2011-12 Sacred Heart Sacred Heart
2012-13 Quinnipiac Quinnipiac
2013-14 Robert Morris Robert Morris
2014-15 Bryant/Central Connecticut St. Francis Brooklyn
2015-16 Sacred Heart Robert Morris
2016-17 Robert Morris Robert Morris
2017-18 Saint Francis (PA) Saint Francis (PA)
2018-19 Robert Morris Robert Morris
2019-20 Robert Morris None; tournament canceled in progress due to COVID-19

Football champions

Football champions

  • 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
  • 2005 - Stony Brook/Central Connecticut
  • 2006 - Monmouth
  • 2007 - Albany
  • 2008 - Albany
  • 2009 - Central Connecticut
  • 2010 - Robert Morris/Central Connecticut
  • 2011 - Albany/Duquesne
  • 2012 - Wagner/Albany
  • 2013 - Sacred Heart/Duquesne
  • 2014 - Sacred Heart/Wagner
  • 2015 - Duquesne
  • 2016 - Saint Francis (PA)/Duquesne
  • 2017 - Central Connecticut
  • 2018 - Duquesne/Sacred Heart
  • 2019 - Central Connecticut

Most conference championships

  • 6 - Albany (3 shared)
  • 6 - Robert Morris (3 shared)
  • 6 - Central Connecticut (3 shared)
  • 5 - Duquesne (4 shared)
  • 5 - Monmouth (4 shared)
  • 4 - Sacred Heart (3 shared)
  • 2 - Wagner (2 shared)
  • 1 - Saint Francis (PA) (1 shared)
  • 1 - Stony Brook (1 shared)

NEC Rivalries

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: LIU vs. St. Francis Brooklyn
  • The Duel in New England: Central Connecticut vs. Bryant
  • NY-MD Showdown: Mount St. Mary's vs. Wagner
Non-conference
  • Garden State Rivalry: Fairleigh Dickinson vs. Monmouth (non-conference since 2013-14)
  • Governor's Cup: Sacred Heart vs. Quinnipiac (non-conference since 2013-14)
  • Keystone Clash: Robert Morris vs. Saint Francis (PA) (non-conference from 2020-21)

Brenda Weare Commissioner's Cup

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
2018-19 Sacred Heart Bryant Sacred Heart
2017-18 Saint Francis (PA) Bryant Saint Francis (PA)
2016-17 Sacred Heart Bryant Sacred Heart
2015-16 Sacred Heart Bryant Sacred Heart
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

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 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 Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium 6,000 Steinberg Wellness Center 3,000 LIU Post Baseball Field N/A
Merrimack Duane Stadium 3,500 Merrimack Athletics Complex 1,200 Warrior Baseball Diamond[a] N/A
Mount St. Mary's Non-football school Knott Arena 3,121 Straw Family Stadium N/A
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. ^ Although Merrimack has an on-campus baseball venue, the school more regularly uses off-campus venues, among them Holman Stadium in Nashua, New Hampshire and the campus of St. John's Prep in Danvers, Massachusetts.

References

  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 NEC Men's Basketball Record Book" (PDF). www.northeastconference.org. Retrieved 2019.
  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 .
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