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America East Conference

Not to be confused with American Athletic Conference.
America East Conference
(America East)
America East Conference logo
Established 1979
Association NCAA
Division Division I non-football
Members 11 (full: 9; associate: 2)
Sports fielded 18 (men's: 7 sports; women's: 11 sports)
Region Northeastern United States
Former names ECAC North (1979–1988)
North Atlantic Conference (1988–1996)
Headquarters Cambridge, Massachusetts
Commissioner Amy Huchthausen
Website americaeast.com
Locations
America East Conference locations

The America East Conference is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA Division I, whose members are located mainly in the Northeastern United States. The conference was known as the ECAC North from 1979 to 1988 and the North Atlantic Conference from 1988 to 1996.

History

The America East Conference was founded as the ECAC North, a men's basketball-only athletic conference in 1979. The charter members were the following: The University of Rhode Island, the College of the Holy Cross, Canisius College, Niagara University, Colgate University, Northeastern University, Boston University, the University of Maine, the University of New Hampshire and the University of Vermont. Many other events have occurred since its formation:

Member schools

Full members

There are nine schools with full membership:

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined U.S. News National University Rank
University at Albany, SUNY Albany, New York Great Danes 1844 Public 17,312 2001 #126
Binghamton University, SUNY Vestal, New York Bearcats 1946 Public 16,077 2001 #88
University of Hartford Hartford, Connecticut Hawks 1877 Private 6,935 1985 #83 (Regional University - North)
University of Maine Orono, Maine Black Bears 1865 Public 11,247 1979 #173
University of Maryland, Baltimore County Catonsville, Maryland Retrievers 1966 Public 13,908 2003 #149
University of Massachusetts Lowell Lowell, Massachusetts River Hawks 1894 Public 17,184 2013 #156
University of New Hampshire Durham, New Hampshire Wildcats 1866 Public 14,761 1979 #99
Stony Brook University, SUNY Stony Brook, New York Seawolves 1957 Public 24,594 2001 #88
University of Vermont Burlington, Vermont Catamounts 1791 Public 11,287 1979 #85

Associate members

There are currently two schools with associate membership. In 2015, one of the two will leave, while four additional schools will become associate members.

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Primary
Conference
AmEast Sport Joined
Fairfield University[1] Fairfield, Connecticut Stags 1942 Private 3,800 MAAC field hockey 2007-08
New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, New Jersey Highlanders 1881 Public 10,646 D-I Independent women's tennis 2013-14
Stanford University Stanford, California Cardinal 1891 Private 15,877 Pac-12 field hockey 2015-2016
University of the Pacific Stockton, California Tigers 1851 Private 6,196 WCC field hockey 2015-2016
University of California, Berkeley (California) Berkeley, California Golden Bears 1868 Public 36,204 Pac-12 field hockey 2015-2016
University of California, Davis (UC Davis) Davis, California Aggies 1905 Public 34,175 Big West field hockey 2015-2016
  • - Fairfield will move its field hockey program to its all-sports conference, the MAAC, in July 2015.[2]
  • - Four schools will become associate members in field hockey starting in the fall of 2015. They will include the University of California, Berkeley (more often called just "California"), the University of the Pacific, Stanford University, and the University of California, Davis (UC Davis).[3]

Former members

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Current Conference
Boston University Boston, Massachusetts Terriers 1939 Private 29,978 1979 2013 Patriot
Canisius College Buffalo, New York Golden Griffins 1870 Private 5,152 1979 1989 MAAC
Colgate University Hamilton, New York Raiders 1819 Private 2,939 1979 1990 Patriot
College of the Holy Cross Worcester, Massachusetts Crusaders 1843 Private 2,872 1979 1983 Patriot
Niagara University Lewiston, New York Purple Eagles 1856 Private 4,200 1979 1989 MAAC
Northeastern University Boston, Massachusetts Huskies 1898 Private 12,913 1979 2005 CAA
University of Rhode Island Kingston, Rhode Island Rams 1888 Public 19,095 1979 1980 Atlantic 10 (A-10)
Siena College Loudonville, New York Saints 1937 Private 3,423 1984 1989 MAAC
University of Delaware Newark, Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens 1743 Private/Public 19,391 1991 2001 CAA
Drexel University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Dragons 1891 Private 25,500 1991 2001 CAA
Hofstra University Hempstead, New York Pride 1935 Private 12,400 1994 2001 CAA
Towson University Towson, Maryland Tigers 1866 Public 21,950 1995 2001 CAA

Former associate members

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Primary
Conference
AmEast Sport Joined Left
Providence College Providence, Rhode Island Friars 1917 Private 3,850 Big East women's volleyball 2010-11 2013-14

Membership timeline

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Sports Sponsored

The America East Conference sponsors championship competition in seven men's and eleven women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[4] The most recent change to the roster of America East sports came in 2014–15 with the dropping of men's tennis.[5]

Teams in America East Conference competition
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball
7
-
Basketball
9
9
Cross Country
9
9
Field Hockey
-
6
Lacrosse
7
7
Soccer
8
9
Softball
-
7
Swimming & Diving
-
5
Tennis
-
6
Track and Field (Indoor)
9
9
Track and Field (outdoor)
9
9
Volleyball
-
7

Men's sports

Men's sponsored sports by school
School Baseball Basketball Cross
Country
Lacrosse Soccer Track & Field
(indoor)
Track & Field
(outdoor)
Total
Sports
Albany 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 7
Binghamton 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 7
Hartford 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 7
Maine 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxN 13pxN 13pxY 13pxY 5
New Hampshire 13pxN 13pxY 13pxY 13pxN 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 5
Stony Brook 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 7
UMass Lowell 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 7
UMBC 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 7
Vermont 13pxN 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 6
Totals 7 9 9 7 8 9 9 58
Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the America East Conference which are played by AEC schools
School Football Golf Ice Hockey Skiing Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Wrestling
Albany CAA No No No No No No
Binghamton No Big Sky No No ECAC Mid-American EIWA
Hartford No Big Sky No No No Missouri Valley No
Maine CAA No Hockey East No ECAC No No
New Hampshire CAA No Hockey East EISA No No No
Stony Brook CAA No No No No Missouri Valley No
UMass Lowell No Independent Hockey East No No No No
UMBC No No No No CCSA Missouri Valley No
Vermont No No Hockey East EISA No No No

Women's sports

Women's sponsored sports by school
School Basketball Cross
Country
Field Hockey Lacrosse Soccer Softball Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Track & Field
(indoor)
Track & Field
(outdoor)
Volleyball Total
Sports
Albany 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxN 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 10
Binghamton 13pxY 13pxY 13pxN 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 10
Hartford 13pxY 13pxY 13pxN 13pxN 13pxY 13pxY 13pxN 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 8
Maine 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxN 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxN 13pxY 13pxY 13pxN 8
New Hampshire 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxN 13pxY 13pxN 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 9
Stony Brook 13pxY 13pxY 13pxN 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxN 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 9
UMass Lowell 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxN 13pxN 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 9
UMBC 13pxY 13pxY 13pxN 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 10
Vermont 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxY 13pxN 13pxY 13pxN 13pxY 13pxY 13pxN 8
Totals 9 9 5+1* 7 9 7 5 5+1** 9 9 7 79+2
Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the America East Conference which are played by AEC schools
School Golf Gymnastics Ice Hockey Skiing
Albany MAAC No No No
Hartford MAAC No No No
Maine No No Hockey East No
New Hampshire No EAGL Hockey East EISA
Vermont No No Hockey East EISA

Facilities

Member Basketball arena Capacity Baseball field Capacity
Albany SEFCU Arena 4,538 Varsity Field N/A
Binghamton Binghamton University Events Center 5,142 Varsity Field 1,000
Hartford Chase Arena at Reich Family Pavilion 4,017 Fiondella Field 1,000
Maine Cross Insurance Center
Memorial Gym
8,000
1,340
Larry Mahaney Diamond 3,000
New Hampshire Lundholm Gym 3,500 Non-baseball school
Stony Brook Stony Brook University Arena 4,160 Joe Nathan Field 1,000
UMass Lowell Costello Athletic Center
Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell[6][7]
2,100
6,495
Edward A. LeLacheur Park 4,767
UMBC Retriever Activities Center 4,024 The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC 1,000
Vermont Patrick Gym 3,266 Non-baseball school

The conference does not sponsor football. Four members have football programs, all of which compete in the Colonial Athletic Association: Albany, Maine, New Hampshire, and Stony Brook.

The conference does not sponsor ice hockey. Members who participate in that sport (UMass Lowell, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont) do so as members of Hockey East.

Champions

See also

References

  1. http://www.americaeast.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=14000&ATCLID=669426
  2. "MAAC to Add Field Hockey" (Press release). Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. April 19, 2013. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  3. http://www.americaeast.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=14000&ATCLID=209720287
  4. http://www.americaeast.com/
  5. "Men’s Tennis Wins 7th Straight AE Title" (Press release). Binghamton University Bearcats. April 27, 2014. Retrieved June 13, 2014. The 2014 championship is be the last men’s tennis event sponsored by the America East and unlike past years, the Bearcats will not advance to the NCAA tournament, as the sport sponsorship (4 schools) fell short of the NCAA requirement. 
  6. http://www.lowellsun.com/ci_22596851/umass-lowell-move-makes-lot-sense?IADID=Search-www.lowellsun.com-www.lowellsun.com
  7. http://www.uml.edu/News/news-articles/2013/Globe-DI-editorial.aspx

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