The Northeast-10 Conference is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)’s Division II level. Member institutions are located in the northeastern United States in the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont. It is the only Division II collegiate hockey conference in the United States.
|Members||15 (14 in 2019)|
|Region||Northeastern United States|
|Location of NE-10 members: full and affiliate|
The original 1980 conference was called the "Northeast 7" as the colleges were American International College, Assumption College, Bentley College, Bryant College, the University of Hartford, Springfield College, and Stonehill College. In 1981, Saint Anselm College was the eighth team to join and the resulting "NE-8" stayed this way until 1984 when the University of Hartford left and Merrimack College joined.
The “Northeast-10” name came about in 1987 when Saint Michael's College and Quinnipiac College joined the league. The conference remained stable until 1995 when Springfield College left for Division III. The league stayed at ten members as Le Moyne College joined the league in 1996 from the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) and briefly expanded to eleven when Pace University joined in 1997 from the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference (NYCAC). Quinnipiac moved to the Division I Northeast Conference (NEC) to again return the membership to ten.
The last major expansion took place prior to 2000, when five new schools joined the fold. Franklin Pierce College, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU; formerly New Hampshire College), the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMass Lowell), and Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) were joined by the College of Saint Rose giving the NE-10 15 members. In 2008, Bryant University announced it would begin the five-year process that would make them a full Division I member by 2012; at the same time the NE-10 announced that it had given a bid to University of New Haven and they had accepted. In December 2007, Adelphi University announced it had joined the league and began playing in 2009–10. To start the 2008–09 academic year the NE-10 still had 15 members and expanded to 16 in 2009-10.
With that major expansion, the NE-10 now stands as the second-largest NCAA Division II conference in the nation. The strength in numbers was the guiding force in the addition and strengthening of a number of championship sports the league now offers. However, because the NE-10 is the sole Division II hockey league, its postseason champion cannot compete for the NCAA national hockey championship.
On July 1, 2013, UMass Lowell left the NE-10 to join the Division I America East Conference. With the departure of UMass Lowell, the Northeast-10 Conference has 15 remaining members.
Since the addition of those five institutions, the league has added football, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field as championship sports. While the expansion has added championships in certain sports, it has also increased the championship opportunities for countless student-athletes with the expansion of postseason tournaments for sports such as field hockey, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's lacrosse, and baseball.
The expansion continued in 2003–04 as the conference added another three championships to its diverse menu – men's swimming and diving, women's swimming and diving, and men's ice hockey – the only Division II ice hockey conference in the nation. The conference also continued to expand in the classroom. Each year, the NE-10 honors a record number of scholar athletes to the Commissioner's Honor Roll.
The most recent changes to the conference membership, both taking effect with the 2019–20 school year, were announced in 2018. First, Merrimack announced that it would begin a transition to Division I and join the Northeast Conference (the same move that Bryant made in 2008). Then, Long Island University announced that it would unify its two athletic programs—the Division I LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds and the Division II LIU Post Pioneers, the latter of which was a NE-10 affiliate member in field hockey and football at the time of announcement—into a single D-I athletic program under the LIU name. As such, the LIU Post field hockey team will be merged with LIU Brooklyn's existing team in that sport, and the LIU Post football team will become the new LIU football team, competing as a Division I FCS team in the Northeast Conference. Thus, the NE-10 now has a total of 14 member schools.
David Brunk, the first full-time commissioner in league history, announced in April he was resigning July 1, 2007 to take over the Peach Belt Conference. Brunk had been commissioner since 1998. Julie Ruppert became the next full-time commissioner in June 2008, becoming the first female Division II commissioner in the country.
|Mercy College||Dobbs Ferry, New York||1950||11,295||Mavericks||2019||field hockey||East Coast|
|Molloy College||Rockville Center, New York||1955||4,900||Lions||2019||field hockey||East Coast|
|St. Thomas Aquinas College||Sparkill, New York||1952||2,400||Spartans||2019||field hockey||East Coast|
|Bryant University||Smithfield, Rhode Island||1863||Bulldogs||1980||2008||Northeast|
|University of Massachusetts Lowell||Lowell, Massachusetts||1894||River Hawks||2000||2013||America East|
|University of Hartford||West Hartford, Connecticut||1877||Hawks||1980||1984||America East|
|Quinnipiac University||Hamden, Connecticut||1929||Bobcats||1987||1998||Metro Atlantic|
|Springfield College||Springfield, Massachusetts||1885||Pride||1980||1995||NEWMAC|
|Merrimack College||North Andover, Massachusetts||1947||Warriors||1984||2019||Northeast|
Former affiliate membersEdit
|Long Island University - Post||Brookville, New York||1954||Pioneers||2001
Full member (all sports) Full member (non-football) Associate member (football-only) Associate member (sport)
|School||Football stadium||Capacity||Basketball arena||Capacity|
|Center for Recreation & Sport||2,200|
|American International||Ronald J. Abdow Field||4,000||Butova Gymnasium||2,500|
|Assumption||Greyhound Stadium||1,200||Andrew Laska Gymnasium||1,200|
|Bentley||Bentley Athletic Field||3,100||Dana Center||2,600|
|Franklin Pierce||Sodexo Field||500||Franklin Pierce Fieldhouse||1,200|
|Henninger Athletic Center Gymnasium||2,500|
|New Haven||Ralph F. DellaCamera Stadium||3,500||Charger Gymnasium||1,500|
|Pace||Pace Field||1,500||Goldstein Fitness Center||2,400|
|Saint Anselm||Grappone Stadium||4,500||Stoutenburgh Gymnasium||1,200|
|Daniel P. Nolan Gymnasium||1,000|
|Southern Connecticut State||Jess Dow Field||6,000||James Moore Fieldhouse||2,800|
|Southern New Hampshire||
|Stonehill||W.B. Mason Stadium||2,400||Merkert Gymnasium||2,200|
Presidents' Cup ChampionsEdit
|Year||First Place||Second Place||Third Place|
|2002||Bryant||Bentley||Southern Connecticut State|
|2011||Stonehill||Bentley||Southern Connecticut State|
|2012||Stonehill||Southern Connecticut State||Bentley|
|A divisional format is used for baseball, basketball (M / W), and softball.|
|Swimming & Diving|
|Track & Field Indoor|
|Track & Field Outdoor|
Men's sponsored sports by schoolEdit
|Southern Connecticut State||8|
|Southern New Hampshire||8|
Women's sponsored sports by schoolEdit
|Southern Connecticut State||10|
|Southern New Hampshire||11|
|St. Thomas Aquinas||1|
Other sponsored sports by schoolEdit
|Wrestling||Bowling [a]||Gymnastics [a]||Ice
|Southern Connecticut State||ECAC|
- Division I sport.
- All three NE-10 members that currently compete as women's ice hockey independents are part of a scheduling agreement known as the New England Women's Hockey Alliance. With the NEWHA set to add a sixth member for 2019–20, the alliance has organized as a full conference and plans to gain full NCAA recognition starting at that time.
- "Merrimack College Accepts Invitation to Join Northeast Conference" (Press release). Northeast Conference. September 7, 2018. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
- "Long Island University Announces Unification Into One LIU Division I Program" (Press release). LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds. October 3, 2018. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
- "NEWHA announces intent to be recognized as NCAA national collegiate women's hockey conference". USCHO.com. September 26, 2018. Retrieved October 7, 2018.