Northeast-10 Conference

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.

Northeast-10 Conference
DivisionDivision II
Sports fielded
  • 24
    • men's: 12
    • women's: 12
RegionNortheastern United States
HeadquartersMansfield, Massachusetts
CommissionerJulie Ruppert


Northeast-10 Conference
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.[1] 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).[2] 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 was merged with LIU Brooklyn's previously existing team in that sport, and the LIU Post football team became the new LIU football team, competing as a Division I FCS team in the Northeast Conference.[3] 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.

Member schools

Current members

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined
Adelphi University Garden City, New York 1896 8,110 Panthers           2009
American International College Springfield, Massachusetts 1885 3,177 Yellow Jackets                1980
Assumption College Worcester, Massachusetts 1904 2,753 Greyhounds           1980
Bentley University Waltham, Massachusetts 1917 5,497 Falcons           1980
Franklin Pierce University Rindge, New Hampshire 1962 2,871 Ravens           2000
Le Moyne College Syracuse, New York 1946 3,533 Dolphins           1996
University of New Haven West Haven, Connecticut 1920 6,400 Chargers           2008
Pace University Pleasantville, New York 1906 12,772 Setters           1997
Saint Anselm College Goffstown, New Hampshire 1889 1,945 Hawks           1981
Saint Michael's College Colchester, Vermont 1904 2,437 Purple Knights           1987
College of Saint Rose Albany, New York 1920 4,863 Golden Knights           2000
Southern Connecticut State University New Haven, Connecticut 1893 12,326 Owls           2000
Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, New Hampshire 1932 3,913[lower-alpha 1] Penmen           2000
Stonehill College Easton, Massachusetts 1948 2,386 Skyhawks           1980
  1. Residential enrollment only. SNHU also has approximately 87,000 online students.

Affiliate members

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined Sport Primary
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
Post University Waterbury, Connecticut 1890 7,317 Eagles           2019 ice hockey CACC
St. Thomas Aquinas College Sparkill, New York 1952 2,400 Spartans           2019 field hockey East Coast

Former members

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
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 members

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Sport Primary conference
while in NE-10
Current primary
LIU Post Brookville, New York 1954 Pioneers 2001




football (2001–2008; 2013–2019)
field hockey (2013–2019)
East Coast Northeast (NCAA D-I)
(as LIU Sharks)

Membership timeline

 Full member (all sports)   Full member (non-football)   Associate member (football-only)   Associate member (sport) 

Conference facilities

School Football stadium Capacity Basketball arena Capacity
Non-football school
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 4,800 Dana Center 2,600
Franklin Pierce Sodexo Field 500 Franklin Pierce Fieldhouse 1,200
Le Moyne
Non-football school
Henninger Athletic Center 2,500
New Haven Ralph F. DellaCamera Stadium 3,500 Charger Gymnasium 1,500
Pace Pace Stadium 1,500 Goldstein Fitness Center 2,400
Saint Anselm Grappone Stadium 4,500 Stoutenburgh Gymnasium 1,200
Saint Michael's
Non-football school
Ross Sports Center 2,500
Saint Rose
Non-football school
Daniel P. Nolan Gymnasium 1,000
Southern Connecticut State Jess Dow Field 6,000 James Moore Fieldhouse 2,800
Southern New Hampshire
Non-football school
Stan Spirou Fieldhouse 2,000
Stonehill W.B. Mason Stadium 2,400 Merkert Gymnasium 2,200

Presidents' Cup Champions

Year First Place Second Place Third Place
1985 Springfield Bryant St. Anselm
1986 Springfield Bryant Bentley
1987 Springfield Bentley Bryant
1988 Springfield Bentley Bryant
1989 Springfield Bentley Bryant
1990 Springfield Bentley Merrimack
1991 Springfield Bentley Merrimack
1992 Springfield Bentley Quinnipiac
1993 Springfield Bentley Quinnipiac
1994 Springfield Bentley Quinnipiac
1995 Springfield Bentley Quinnipiac
1996 Bentley Quinnipiac St. Anselm
1997 Bentley Quinnipiac Merrimack
1998 Bentley Quinnipiac Merrimack
1999 Bentley Merrimack St. Anselm
2000 Merrimack Bentley Assumption
2001 Bentley Merrimack Assumption
2002 Bryant Bentley Southern Connecticut State
2003 Bryant Bentley UMass Lowell
2004 Bryant Bentley UMass Lowell
2005 Bryant Bentley Stonehill
2006 Bryant Stonehill Bentley
2007 Bryant Bentley Stonehill
2008 Bryant Bentley Stonehill
2009 Bentley Stonehill UMass Lowell
2010 Stonehill Bentley Adelphi
2011 Stonehill Bentley Southern Connecticut State
2012 Stonehill Southern Connecticut State Bentley
2013 Adelphi Bentley Stonehill
2014 Adelphi Stonehill Bentley
2015 Stonehill Adelphi Assumption
2016 Adelphi Bentley Stonehill
2017 Adelphi Stonehill Merrimack
2018 Merrimack Adelphi Stonehill
2019 Merrimack Adelphi Assumption


A divisional format is used for baseball, basketball (M / W), and softball.
  • Assumption
  • Bentley
  • Franklin Pierce
  • Saint Anselm
  • Saint Michael's
  • Southern New Hampshire
  • Stonehill
  • Adelphi
  • American International
  • Le Moyne
  • New Haven
  • Pace
  • Saint Rose
  • Southern Connecticut
Conference sports
Cross CountryYY
Field HockeyY
Ice HockeyY
Swimming & DivingYY
Track & Field IndoorYY
Track & Field OutdoorYY

Men's sponsored sports by school

School Baseball Basketball Cross
Football Golf Ice
Lacrosse Soccer Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Track
& Field
& Field
Adelphi Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10
American International Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9
Assumption Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 11
Bentley Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 11
Franklin Pierce Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 11
Le Moyne Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10
New Haven Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 7
Pace Y Y Y Y Y Y 6
Saint Anselm Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9
Saint Michael's Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9
Saint Rose Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9
Southern Connecticut State Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 8
Southern New Hampshire Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 8
Stonehill Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9
Totals 14 14 14 9 10 7 11 13 7 9 10 10 128
Affiliate Members
Post Y 1

Women's sponsored sports by school

School Basketball Cross
Golf Lacrosse Soccer Softball Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Track
& Field
& Field
Volleyball Total
Adelphi Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 12
American International Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 11
Assumption Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 12
Bentley Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 11
Franklin Pierce Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 11
Le Moyne Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 11
New Haven Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10
Pace Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 8
Saint Anselm Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 8
Saint Michael's Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9
Saint Rose Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 11
Southern Connecticut State Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10
Southern New Hampshire Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 11
Stonehill Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 11
Totals 14 14 15 8 14 14 14 8 12 11 11 14 149
Affiliate Members
Mercy Y 1
Molloy Y 1
St. Thomas Aquinas Y 1

Other sponsored sports by school

School Men Women Co-ed
Hockey [lower-alpha 1]
Wrestling Bowling [lower-alpha 1] Gymnastics [lower-alpha 1] Ice
Hockey [lower-alpha 1]
Rowing Skiing [lower-alpha 1]
Adelphi ECC
American International AHA IND
Assumption IND
Bentley AHA
Franklin Pierce NEWHA IND
Saint Anselm NEWHA
Saint Michael's NEWHA EISA
Southern Connecticut State ECAC
  1. De facto Division I sport. The NCAA conducts combined national championships open to Division I and Division II members in both men's and women's ice hockey. All NE-10 schools with women's ice hockey teams play at this level, as do two of the conference's men's teams. Single national championship meets open to members of all three NCAA divisions are held in bowling, women's gymnastics, and skiing.



  2. "Merrimack College Accepts Invitation to Join Northeast Conference" (Press release). Northeast Conference. September 7, 2018. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  3. "Long Island University Announces Unification Into One LIU Division I Program" (Press release). LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds. October 3, 2018. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
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