Northeast Conference
DivisionDivision I FCS
Sports fielded23 (men's: 10; women's: 13)
HeadquartersSomerset, New Jersey
CommissionerNoreen Morris (since 2010)

The Northeast Conference (NEC) is a college 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.


Locations of current Northeast Conference full member institutions.

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), 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 who left in 2003), 1999 (Sacred Heart University) and 2008 (Bryant University).

The Northeast Conference has a total of twelve members in 23 championship sports: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s bowling, men’s and women’s cross country, 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, 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] There are also nine affiliate members that compete in football, field hockey, and women's bowling. The Northeast Conference's ranks increased to 12 in 2008 with the addition of Bryant University.[5]

Member schools[edit | edit source]

There are a total of twenty-two institutions that compete in the Northeast Conference twelve full-time member schools and ten affiliate member schools.

Full members[edit | edit source]

Institution Nickname Location Colors Founded Type Enrollment U.S. News Ranking Joined
Bryant University Bulldogs Smithfield, Rhode Island Black & Gold
1863 Private 5,082 15 (Regional: North) 2008
Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils New Britain, Connecticut Blue & White
1849 Public 12,233 116 (Regional: North) 1997
Fairleigh Dickinson University Knights Teaneck, New Jersey Burgundy & Blue
1942 Private 12,158 75 (Regional: North) 1981
Long Island University Blackbirds Brooklyn, New York Black & Silver
1926 Private 8,298 112 (Regional: North) 1981
Monmouth University* Hawks West Long Branch, New Jersey Midnight Blue & White
1933 Private 7,440 35 (Regional: North) 1985
Mount St. Mary's University Mountaineers Emmitsburg, Maryland Blue & Bronze
1808 Private 2,373 23 (Regional: North) 1989
Quinnipiac University* Bobcats Hamden, Connecticut Blue & Gold
1929 Private 8,520 13 (Regional: North) 1998
Robert Morris University Colonials Moon Township, Pennsylvania Maroon & Navy Blue
1921 Private 5,464 70 (Regional: North) 1981
Sacred Heart University Pioneers Fairfield, Connecticut Red & White
1963 Private 6,938 38 (Regional: North) 1999
St. Francis College (NY) Terriers Brooklyn, New York Royal Blue & Red
1858 Private 2,953 26 (Regional: North) 1981
St. Francis University (PA) Red Flash Loretto, Pennsylvania Red & Black
1847 Private 2,618 61 (Regional: North) 1981
Wagner College Seahawks Staten Island, New York Green & Grey
1883 Private 2,275 26 (Regional: North) 1981

* - Monmouth and Quinnipiac announced on December 14, 2012 they will leave the NEC for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) in 2013.[6][7] At that time, Monmouth's football plans were unknown; the MAAC does not currently sponsor the sport. These plans became clear on February 14, 2013, when the Big South Conference announced that Monmouth would become a football-only member of that conference in 2014. The Hawks will play the 2013 season as an independent.[8]

Affiliate members[edit | edit source]

Institution Nickname Location Primary Conference Type Enrollment NEC Sport
Adelphi University Panthers Garden City, New York Northeast-10 (NE-10)
(NCAA Division II)
Private 8,530 women's bowling
University at Albany* Great Danes Albany, New York America East Public 17,500 football
Duquesne University Dukes Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Atlantic 10 (A-10) Private 10,184 football
Kutztown University Golden Bears Kutztown, Pennsylvania PSAC
(NCAA Division II)
Public 10,193 women's bowling
New Jersey City University Gothic Knights Jersey City, New Jersey NJAC
(NCAA Division III)
Public 8,300 women's bowling
Rider University Broncs Lawrenceville, New Jersey MAAC Private 5,039 field hockey
Saint Peter's University Peacocks (men's)
Peahens (women's)
Jersey City, New Jersey MAAC Private 3,700 women's bowling
Siena College Saints Loudonville, New York MAAC Private 3,705 field hockey

* - Albany football will leave the NEC after the 2012 season to join the Colonial Athletic Association.

Former members[edit | edit source]

Institution Membership Type Location Nickname Joined Left Subsequent Conference Membership
Towson University Charter Member Towson, Maryland Tigers 1981 1982 East Coast (1982-1992)
Big South (1992-1995)
America East (1995-2001)
CAA (2001-present)
University of Baltimore Charter Member Baltimore, Maryland Super Bees 1981 1983 Intercollegiate athletics were dropped altogether
Siena College Charter Member Loudonville, New York Saints 1981 1984 America East (1984-1989)
MAAC (1989-present)
Loyola College Charter Member Baltimore, Maryland Greyhounds 1981 1989 MAAC (1989-2013)
Patriot League (2013–future)
Marist College Charter Member Poughkeepsie, New York Red Foxes 1981 1997 MAAC (1997-present)
Rider University Full Member Lawrenceville, New Jersey Broncs 1992 1997 MAAC (1997-present)
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Full Member Catonsville, Maryland Retrievers 1998 2003 America East (2003-present)

Membership timeline[edit | edit source]

Duquesne UniversityBryant UniversitySt. John's University (New York)Colonial Athletic AssociationStony 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 UniversitySaint Francis College (New York)Robert 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 Other Conference Other Conference

Sports Sponsored[edit | edit source]

The Northeast Conference sponsors championship competition in ten men's and thirteen women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[9] Eight schools are Associate members in three of those sports.

Teams in Northeast Conference competition
Sport Men's Women's
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Swimming & Diving
Track and Field (Indoor)
Track and Field (Outdoor)

Men's basketball champions[edit | edit source]

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

Tournament championships by school[edit | edit source]

School # of Tournament Championships Last Tournament Championship
Robert Morris 7 2010
Monmouth 4 2006
Fairleigh Dickinson 4 2005
Long Island 4 2012
Mount St. Mary's 3 2008
Central Connecticut St. 3 2007
Marist 2 1987
Rider 2 1994
St. Francis (PA) 1 1991
Wagner 1 2003
Bryant 0
Quinnipiac 0
Sacred Heart 0
St. Francis Brooklyn 0
  • Former member of NEC

Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Locations[edit | edit source]

Football champions[edit | edit source]

Football Champions[edit | edit source]

  • 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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

The NEC has 6 rivalry match-ups 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 NEC rivalries are as follows:

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

Brenda Weare Commissioner's Cup[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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
Monmouth Kessler Field 4,600 Multipurpose Activity Center 4,100 Monmouth Baseball Field N/A
Mount St. Mary's Non-football school Knott Arena 3,121 Straw Family Stadium N/A
Quinnipiac Non-football school TD Bank Sports Center 3,570 Quinnipiac Baseball Field 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 (NY) 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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