Northeast Conference

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; football competes in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), formerly known as Division I-AA. Participating schools are located principally in the Northeastern United States, from which the conference derives its name.

Northeast Conference
Northeast Conference logo
DivisionDivision I
Sports fielded
  • 24
    • men's: 11
    • women's: 13
HeadquartersSomerset, New Jersey
CommissionerNoreen Morris (since 2010)
Northeast Conference locations

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, women's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's swimming, and women's bowling.

Member schoolsEdit

Full membersEdit

Current full membersEdit

Institution Location Founded Joined Type Enrollment Endowment (2018) Nickname Colors
Bryant University Smithfield, Rhode Island 1863 2008 Private (Nonsectarian) 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 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 Private (Catholic) 2,111 $44,863,000 Red Flash          
Wagner College Staten Island, New York 1883 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 membersEdit

Institution Location Founded Joined Left Type Nickname Colors Current
University of Baltimore Baltimore, Maryland 1925 1981 1983 Public Super Bees           none[a]
Loyola College Baltimore, Maryland 1852 1989 Private Greyhounds           Patriot
Marist College Poughkeepsie, New York 1929 1997 Red Foxes           MAAC
University of Maryland, Baltimore County Catonsville, Maryland 1966 1998 2003 Public Retrievers           America East
Monmouth University West Long Branch, New Jersey 1933 1985 2013 Private Hawks           MAAC
Quinnipiac University Hamden, Connecticut 1929 1998 Private Bobcats          
Rider University Lawrenceville, New Jersey 1865 1992 1997 Broncs               
Robert Morris University Moon Township, Pennsylvania 1921 1981 2020 Colonials                Horizon League
Siena College Loudonville, New York 1937 1994 Saints           MAAC
Towson University Towson, Maryland 1866 1982 Public Tigers           CAA
  1. ^ University of Baltimore dropped intercollegiate athletics in 1983.

Affiliate membersEdit

Current affiliate membersEdit

Institution Location Founded Joined Type Enrollment Nickname Colors Sport Primary conference
Caldwell University Caldwell, New Jersey 1939 2014 Private 1,800 Cougars     bowling (w) Central Atlantic
Duquesne University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1878 2008 (football) 10,184 Dukes           football Atlantic 10
2016 (bowling) bowling (w)
Fairfield University Fairfield, Connecticut 1942 2019[a] 4,991 Stags      field hockey MAAC
Hobart College Geneva, New York 1822 2013 2,105 Statesmen           lacrosse (m) Liberty League
Howard University Washington, D.C. 1867 2020 10,000 Bison/Lady Bison           swimming & diving (m) MEAC
swimming & diving (w)
2021 golf (w)
lacrosse (w)
soccer (m)
soccer (w)
Rider University Lawrenceville, New Jersey 1865 2019[b] 5,790 Broncs                field hockey MAAC
Saint Joseph's University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1851 2013 7,900 Hawks           lacrosse (m) Atlantic 10
  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).

Former affiliate membersEdit

Institution Location Founded Joined Left Type Nickname Colors Sport Primary
in former NEC sport
Adelphi University Garden City, New York 1896 2008 2015 Private Panthers           bowling (w) Northeast-10
University at Albany Albany, New York 1844 1999 2013 Public Great Danes           football America East CAA
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Kutztown, Pennsylvania 1866 2008 2015 Golden Bears           bowling (w) PSAC
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Lock Haven, Pennsylvania 1942 2004 2010 Bald Eagles           field hockey Atlantic 10
New Jersey City University Jersey City, New Jersey 1929 2009 2013 Gothic Knights     bowling (w) NJAC
Allegheny Mountain
(NCAA D-III)[13]
New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, New Jersey 1881 2019[14] 2020 Highlanders           lacrosse (m) America East[a]
Siena College Loudonville, New York 1937 1998 2013 Private Saints           field hockey MAAC none[b]
St. John's University New York City, New York 1870 2000 2003 Red Storm           football Big East none[c]
Saint Peter's University Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 2008 2013 Peahens           bowling (w) MAAC none[d]
Stony Brook University Stony Brook, New York 1957 1999 2007 Public Seawolves                football America East CAA
Virginia Military Institute Lexington, Virginia 1839 2003[e] Public
Senior Military College
Keydets                swimming & diving (m) SoCon America East[f]
swimming & diving (w)
  1. ^ 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]
  2. ^ Siena dropped field hockey after the 2017–18 school year.
  3. ^ St. John's dropped football after the 2002 season.
  4. ^ Saint Peter's dropped bowling after the 2017–18 season.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ 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 timelineEdit

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


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 9
Lacrosse 8 9
Soccer 10 11
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 schoolEdit

School Baseball Basketball Cross
Football Golf Lacrosse Soccer Swimming & Diving Tennis Track & Field
Track & Field
Total NEC
Bryant  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 11
Central Connecticut  Y  Y  Y  Y  N  N  Y  N  N  Y  Y 7
Fairleigh Dickinson  Y  Y  Y  N  Y  N  Y  N  Y  Y  Y 8
LIU  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 11
Merrimack  Y  Y  Y  Y  N  Y  Y  N  Y  Y  Y 9
Mount St. Mary's  Y  Y  Y  N  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 10
Sacred Heart  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  N  Y  Y  Y 10
St. Francis Brooklyn  N  Y  Y  N  Y  N  Y  Y  Y  N  N 6
Saint Francis (PA)  N  Y  Y  Y  Y  N  Y  N  Y  Y  Y 8
Wagner  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  N  Y  Y  Y  Y 9
Totals 8 10 10 7+1[a] 8 6+2[b] 9+1[c] 5+1[d] 8 9 9 88+5
  1. ^ Football associate Duquesne.
  2. ^ Men's lacrosse associates Hobart and Saint Joseph's.
  3. ^ Men's soccer associate Howard.
  4. ^ 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 Independent[b] - EIWA
Merrimack Hockey East
Sacred Heart NEIFC Atlantic Hockey EIVA EIWA
St. Francis Brooklyn EIVA[18] 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 yet to join a conference in that sport, but has entered into a scheduling partnership with Atlantic Hockey.[17]

Women's sponsored sports by schoolEdit

School Basketball Bowling Cross
Field Hockey Golf Lacrosse Soccer Softball Swimming & Diving Tennis Track & Field
Track & Field
Volleyball Total NEC
Bryant  Y  N  Y  Y  N  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 11
Central Connecticut  Y  N  Y  N  N  Y  Y  Y  Y  N  Y  Y  Y 9
Fairleigh Dickinson  Y  Y  Y  N  Y  N[a]  Y  Y  N  Y  Y  Y  Y 10
LIU  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 13
Merrimack  Y  N  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 12
Mount St. Mary's  Y  Y  Y  N  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  N 11
Sacred Heart  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 13
St. Francis Brooklyn  Y  Y  Y  N  Y  N  Y  N  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 10
Saint Francis (PA)  Y  Y  Y  N  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 12
Wagner  Y  N  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  N 11
Totals 10 6+2[b] 10 5+2[c] 8+1[d] 8+1[d] 10+1[d] 9 9+1[e] 9 10 10 8 112+8
  1. ^ Fairleigh Dickinson will add women's lacrosse in 2022 (2023 season).[19]
  2. ^ Bowling associates Caldwell and Duquesne.
  3. ^ Field hockey associates Fairfield and Rider.
  4. ^ a b c Golf, lacrosse, and soccer associate Howard.
  5. ^ 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
Merrimack Hockey East IND[c]
Mount St. Mary's IND[d]
St. Francis Brooklyn —— MAAC
Saint Francis (PA) A-10 CWPA

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 championsEdit

Men's basketball championsEdit

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 championsEdit

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 championsEdit

Football championsEdit

  • 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 championshipsEdit

  • 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 RivalriesEdit

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
  • 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 CupEdit

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
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


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 CCSU Baseball 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
  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.


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