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America East Conference

US collegiate athletic conference

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America East Conference
DivisionDivision I
Members10 Full (4 associate)
Sports fielded
  • 18
    • men's: 8 sports
    • women's: 10 sports
RegionNortheastern United States
Former namesEastern College Athletic Conference-North (1979–1988)
North Atlantic Conference (1988–1996)
HeadquartersBoston, Massachusetts
CommissionerAmy Huchthausen (since 2011)

The America East Conference is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA Division I whose members are located in the Northeastern United States. The conference has ten core members including nine public research universities, three of which: University of Maine, University of New Hampshire, and University of Vermont are the flagship universities of their states. Stony Brook University is a member of the AAU. Three of the four university centers of the State University of New York are in the conference: University at Albany, Binghamton University and Stony Brook University. University of Hartford is the only private university. Of the ten members, nine are located within the borders of 7 contiguous states. The tenth, UMBC, is the only institution not bordering other conference institutions. UMass Lowell and NJIT are the latest institutions to join the conference.

America East Conference sponsors 18 sports (8 men's and 10 women's). The conference is among the best in the country according to Graduation Success Rate (GSR) data released by the NCAA.

America East Conference Intro articles: 11


Locations of current America East Conference full member institutions.

The America East Conference was founded as the Eastern College Athletic Conference-North, a men's basketball-only athletic conference in 1979. The conference was known as the Eastern College Athletic Conference-North from 1979 to 1988 and the North Atlantic Conference from 1988 to 1996. The charter members were 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. The America East Conference made history during the 2018 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament on March 16, 2018 when No. 16 seed UMBC defeated No. 1 seed Virginia, marking the first time in men's tournament history that a No. 1 seed had lost to a No. 16 seed.[1]

Many other events have occurred since its formation:

America East Conference History articles: 22


Current members

Institution Location Founded Joined Type Carnegie Classification Endowment Enrollment Nickname Colors
University at Albany Albany, New York 1844 2001 Public R1 $75.1 million 17,746 Great Danes          
Binghamton University Vestal, New York 1946 2001 Public R1 $119.4 million 17,768 Bearcats               
University of Hartford West Hartford, Connecticut 1877 1985 Private D/PU (R3) $178.8 million 6,792 Hawks          
University of Maine Orono, Maine 1865 1979 Public R2 $323.0 million 11,404 Black Bears               
University of Maryland, Baltimore County Catonsville, Maryland 1966 2003 Public R2 $105.2 million 13,767 Retrievers          
University of Massachusetts Lowell Lowell, Massachusetts 1894 2013 Public R2 $99.9 million 18,338 River Hawks               
University of New Hampshire Durham, New Hampshire 1866 1979 Public R1 $404.0 million 15,400 Wildcats               
New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, New Jersey 1881 2020 Public R1 $129.5 million 11,518 Highlanders          
Stony Brook University Stony Brook, New York 1957 2001 Public R1 $341.9 million 26,814 Seawolves               
University of Vermont Burlington, Vermont 1791 1979 Public R2 $467.7 million 12,164 Catamounts          

Associate members

Institution Location Founded Type Joined Enrollment Nickname Colors Sport Primary Conference
University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, California 1868 Public 2015 36,204 Golden Bears           Field hockey Pac-12
University of California, Davis Davis, California 1905 Public 2015 34,175 Aggies           Field hockey Big West
Virginia Military Institute (VMI) Lexington, Virginia 1839 Public 2017 1,653 Keydets                Men's and women's swimming & diving SoCon
Monmouth University West Long Branch, New Jersey 1933 Private 2019 6,500 Hawks           Field hockey MAAC

Four schools currently hold associate membership: 2 from California, 1 from Virginia, and 1 from New Jersey.

Four schools (University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Davis, Stanford University and University of the Pacific) from California moved their field hockey teams into the America East in July 2015.[6] The California schools and America East planned to end their agreement in field hockey after the 2018 season (2018–19 school year) due to coast to coast distance and travel inconvenience, but the invitation to the west coast members was extended and they have remained in the America East field hockey until further notice. University of the Pacific have dropped their program to reduce travel cost. This also coincided with the announcement that Monmouth would become the newest field hockey associate for the 2019 season and beyond.[7][8] Stanford dropped their program in the summer of 2020, as part of an athletics cut that discontinued 11 sports, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.[9]

Virginia Military Institute (VMI) joined in men's and women's swimming & diving starting with the 2017–18 school year.[10]

Former members

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Colors Current Conference
Boston University Boston, Massachusetts Terriers 1839 Private 29,978 1979 2013           Patriot League
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 League
College of the Holy Cross Worcester, Massachusetts Crusaders 1843 Private 2,872 1979 1983      Patriot League
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 17,671 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

Four schools have had single-sport membership in the past. Two of these, Fairfield[11] and Providence,[12] moved their America East sports into their all-sports conferences. The third, NJIT, left when it joined a conference that sponsored its America East sport,[13] but returned as a full member in July 2020. Pacific dropped its America East sport following the 2018–19 academic year due to budget cuts.[14] Stanford dropped field hockey in 2020 also due to budget cuts.[15]

Institution Location Founded Joined Left Enrollment Nickname Colors Sport Primary
Conference in former AE sport
Fairfield University Fairfield, Connecticut 1942 2007 2015 3,800 Stags      field hockey MAAC MAAC
New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, New Jersey 1881 2013 2015 11,518 Highlanders           Women's tennis America East America East
Providence College Providence, Rhode Island 1917 2010 2014 3,850 Friars                Women's volleyball Big East Big East
University of the Pacific Stockton, California 1851 2015 2019 6,196 Tigers           Field hockey WCC Discontinued Program
Stanford University Stanford, California 1891 2015 2020 15,877 Cardinal           Field hockey Pac-12 Discontinued Program

Membership timeline

New Jersey Institute of TechnologyUniversity of Massachusetts LowellUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore CountyStony Brook UniversityBinghamton UniversityUniversity at Albany, SUNYColonial Athletic AssociationTowson UniversityColonial Athletic AssociationHofstra UniversityColonial Athletic AssociationDrexel UniversityColonial Athletic AssociationUniversity of DelawareNortheast ConferenceSummit LeagueEast Coast Conference (Division I)Central Connecticut State UniversityUniversity of HartfordMetro Atlantic Athletic ConferenceSiena CollegeUniversity of VermontUniversity of New HampshireUniversity of MainePatriot LeagueBoston UniversityColonial Athletic AssociationNortheastern UniversityPatriot LeagueColgate UniversityMetro Atlantic Athletic ConferenceNiagara UniversityMetro Atlantic Athletic ConferenceCanisius CollegePatriot LeagueMetro Atlantic Athletic ConferenceCollege of the Holy CrossAtlantic 10 ConferenceUniversity of Rhode Island

Full members (non-football) Other Conference Other Conference

America East Conference Members articles: 48


Member Soccer stadium Capacity Basketball arena Capacity Baseball field Capacity Lacrosse facility Capacity
Albany Bob Ford Field at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium 8,500 SEFCU Arena 4,538 Varsity Field N/A John Fallon Field
Bob Ford Field at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium
Binghamton Bearcats Sports Complex 2,534 Binghamton University Events Center 5,142 Baseball Complex 1,000 Bearcats Sports Complex 2,534
Hartford Al-Marzook Field at Alumni Stadium 2,500 Chase Arena at Reich Family Pavilion 4,017 Dunkin' Donuts Park
Fiondella Field
Al-Marzook Field at Alumni Stadium 2,500
Maine Mahaney Diamond 4,400 Cross Insurance Center 8,000 Mahaney Diamond 4,400 Non-lacrosse school
New Hampshire Wildcat Stadium 11,015 Lundholm Gym 3,500 Non-baseball school Non-lacrosse school
NJIT Lubetkin Field at Mal Simon Stadium 1,000 Wellness and Events Center 3,500 TBA TBA Lubetkin Field at Mal Simon Stadium 1,000
Stony Brook Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium 12,300 Island Federal Credit Union Arena 4,160 Joe Nathan Field 1,000 Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium 12,300
UMass Lowell Cushing Field Complex N/A Tsongas Center
Costello Athletic Center
Edward A. LeLacheur Park 4,767 Cushing Field Complex N/A
UMBC Retriever Soccer Park 1,500 UMBC Event Center 5,000 The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC 1,000 UMBC Stadium 4,500
Vermont Virtue Field 3,000 Patrick Gym 3,228 Non-baseball school Virtue Field 2,500

Sports sponsored

The America East Conference sponsors championship competition in eight men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[16] The most recent changes to the roster of America East sports were announced in 2016, with the dropping of women's tennis after the 2015–16 season due to a lack of sponsoring teams and the revival of men's swimming and diving effective in the 2017–18 school year.[10]

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

Men's sports

Men's sponsored sports by school
School Baseball Basketball Cross
Lacrosse Soccer Swimming & Diving Track & Field
Track & Field
Albany Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y 7
Binghamton Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 8
Hartford Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y 7
Maine Y Y Y N N Y Y Y 6
New Hampshire N Y Y N Y N Y Y 5
Stony Brook Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y 7
UMass Lowell Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y 7
Vermont N Y Y Y Y N Y Y 6
Totals 8 10 10 8 9 4+1[a] 10 10 69+1
  1. ^ Associate member VMI.
Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the America East Conference which are played by AmEast schools
School Fencing Football Golf Ice Hockey Skiing Tennis Volleyball Wrestling
Albany No CAA No No No No No No
Binghamton No No Big Sky No No Mid-American No EIWA
Hartford No No Big Sky No No No No No
Maine No CAA No Hockey East No No No No
New Hampshire No CAA No Hockey East EISA No No No
Stony Brook No CAA No No No No No No
UMass Lowell No No Independent Hockey East No No No No
Vermont No No No Hockey East EISA No No No

Women's sports

Women's sponsored sports by school
School Basket­ball Cross
Field Hockey Lacrosse Soccer Softball Swimming
& Diving
Track & Field
Track & Field
Volley­ball Total
Albany Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y 9
Binghamton Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9
Hartford Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y 8
Maine Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y N 8
New Hampshire Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y 9
Stony Brook Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9
UMass Lowell Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y N 8
Vermont Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N 8
Totals 10 10 5+3[a] 8 10 7 6+1[b] 10 10 7 83+6
  1. ^ Associate members California, Monmouth, and UC Davis.
  2. ^ Associate member VMI.
Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the America East Conference which are played by AmEast schools
School Fencing Golf Gymnastics Ice Hockey Skiing Tennis
Albany No MAAC No No No No
Binghamton No No No No No Independent
Hartford No MAAC No No No No
Maine No No No Hockey East No No
New Hampshire No No EAGL Hockey East EISA No
NJIT MACFA No No No No Independent
Stony Brook No No No No No Missouri Valley
Vermont No No No Hockey East EISA No

America East Conference Facilities articles: 35

NCAA team championships

School Total Men Women Co-ed Nickname Most successful sport (Titles)
None 0 0 0 0 None None

No America East school has won a national title in a sport sponsored by the conference; however, member institutions have been national champions in non-America East sports.

Men's basketball

All-time school record by winning percentage

This list goes through the 2018–19 season.

No. Team Records Win Pct. America East
America East
Regular Season
Final Fours National
1 Albany 1,296-968 .572 5 2 0 0
2 Stony Brook 864-724 .544 1 4 0 0
3 Vermont 1,268-1126 .530 7 10 0 0
4 UMass Lowell 646-608 .515 0 0 0 0
5 Hartford 857-987 .465 1 0 0 0
6 Maine 973–1215 .445 0 0 0 0
7 New Hampshire 926-1355 .406 0 0 0 0
8 UMBC 581-860 .403 2 2 0 0
9 Binghamton 679-1022 .399 1 1 0 0
* Denotes a tie for regular season conference title
Denotes game went into overtime

List of regular season champions

Year Regular Season Champion Record
1979–80 Boston 19–7
1980–81 Northeastern 21–5
1981–82 Northeastern 8–1
1982–83 Boston 8–2
1983–84 Northeastern 14–0
1984–85* Canisius
1985–86 Northeastern 16–2
1986–87 Northeastern 17–1
1987–88 Siena 16–2
1988–89 Siena 16–1
1989–90* Northeastern
1990–91 Northeastern 8–2
1991–92 Delaware 14–0
1992–93 Drexel 12–2
1993–94 Drexel 12–2
1994–95 Drexel 12–4
1995–96 Drexel 17–1
1996–97 Boston 17–1
1997–98* Delaware
1998–99* Delaware
1999–00 Hofstra 16–2
2000–01 Hofstra 16–2
2001–02 Vermont 13–3
2002–03 Boston 13–3
2003–04 Boston 17–1
2004–05 Vermont 16–2
2005–06 Albany 13–3
2006–07 Vermont 15–1
2007–08 UMBC 13–3
2008–09* Binghamton
2009–10 Stony Brook 13–3
2010–11 Vermont 13–3
2011–12 Stony Brook 14–2
2012–13 Stony Brook 14–2
2013–14 Vermont 15–1
2014–15 Albany 15–1
2015–16 Stony Brook 14–2
2016–17 Vermont 16–0
2017–18 Vermont 15–1
2018–19 Vermont 14–2
2019–20 Vermont 14–2
2020-21* UMBC

List of tournament champions

Year Winner Score Opponent Reggie Lewis Most Outstanding Player Venue
1980 Holy Cross 81–75 Boston Ron Perry, Holy Cross Hart Center (Worcester, MA)
1981 Northeastern 81–79 Holy Cross Perry Moss, Northeastern Cabot Center (Boston, MA)
1982 Northeastern 82–59 Niagara Perry Moss, Northeastern Matthews Arena (Boston, MA)
1983 Boston 63–62 Holy Cross Mike Alexander, Boston University Case Gym (Boston, MA)
1984 Northeastern 85–75 Canisius Mark Halsel, Northeastern Matthews Arena (Boston, MA)
1985 Northeastern 68–67 Boston Reggie Lewis, Northeastern Matthews Arena (Boston, MA)
1986 Northeastern 63–54 Boston Wess Fuller, Northeastern Matthews Arena (Boston, MA)
1987 Northeastern 71–68 Boston Reggie Lewis, Northeastern Matthews Arena (Boston, MA)
1988 Boston 79–68 Niagara Jeff Timberlake, Boston University Hartford Civic Center (Hartford, CT)
1989 Siena 68–67 Boston Marc Brown, Siena Hartford Civic Center (Hartford, CT)
1990 Boston 75–57 Vermont Bill Brigham, Boston University Hartford Civic Center (Hartford, CT)
1991 Northeastern 57–46 Maine Ron Lacey, Northeastern Matthews Arena (Boston, MA)
1992 Delaware 92–68 Drexel Alex Coles, Delaware Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, DE)
1993 Delaware 67–64 Drexel Kevin Blackhurst, Delaware Daskalakis Athletic Center (Philadelphia, PA)
1994 Drexel 86–78 Maine Malik Rose, Drexel Daskalakis Athletic Center (Philadelphia, PA)
1995 Drexel 72–52 Northeastern Malik Rose, Drexel Daskalakis Athletic Center (Philadelphia, PA)
1996 Drexel 76–67 Boston Malik Rose, Drexel Daskalakis Athletic Center (Philadelphia, PA)
1997 Boston 68–61 Drexel Tunji Awojobi, Boston University Case Gym (Boston, MA)
1998 Delaware 66–58 Boston Darryl Presley, Delaware Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, DE)
1999 Delaware 86–67 Drexel John Gordon, Delaware Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, DE)
2000 Hofstra 76–69 Delaware Speedy Claxton, Hofstra Hofstra Arena (Hempstead, NY)
2001 Hofstra 68–54 Delaware Roberto Gittens, Hofstra Hofstra Arena (Hempstead, NY)
2002 Boston 66–40 Maine Billy Collins, Boston University Case Gym (Boston, MA)
2003 Vermont 56–55 Boston Matt Sheftic, Vermont Case Gym (Boston, MA)
2004 Vermont 72–53 Maine Taylor Coppenrath, Vermont Patrick Gym (Burlington, VT)
2005 Vermont 80–57 Northeastern Taylor Coppenrath, Vermont Patrick Gym (Burlington, VT)
2006 Albany 80–67 Vermont Jamar Wilson, Albany Recreation and Convocation Center (Albany, NY)
2007 Albany 60–59 Vermont Jamar Wilson, Albany Patrick Gym (Burlington, VT)
2008 UMBC 82–65 Hartford Jay Greene, UMBC Retriever Activities Center (Catonsville, MD)
2009 Binghamton 61–51 UMBC D.J. Rivera, Binghamton Events Center (Vestal, NY)
2010 Vermont 83–70 Boston Marqus Blakely, Vermont Patrick Gym (Burlington, VT)
2011 Boston 56–54 Stony Brook John Holland, Boston University Agganis Arena (Boston, MA)
2012 Vermont 51–43 Stony Brook Brian Voelkel, Vermont Stony Brook Arena (Stony Brook, NY)
2013 Albany 53–49 Vermont Mike Black, Albany Patrick Gym (Burlington, VT)
2014 Albany 69–60 Stony Brook Peter Hooley, Albany Pritchard Gymnasium (Stony Brook, NY)
2015 Albany 51–50 Stony Brook Peter Hooley, Albany SEFCU Arena (Albany, NY)
2016 Stony Brook 80–74 Vermont Jameel Warney, Stony Brook Island Federal Credit Union Arena (Stony Brook, NY)
2017 Vermont 56–53 Albany Anthony Lamb, Vermont Patrick Gym (Burlington, VT)
2018 UMBC 68–65 Vermont Jairus Lyles, UMBC Patrick Gym (Burlington, VT)
2019 Vermont 66–49 UMBC Anthony Lamb, Vermont Patrick Gym (Burlington, VT)

No. 16 UMBC upset of No. 1 Virginia

During the 2018 NCAA Tournament, UMBC became the first No. 16 seed to defeat a No. 1 seed in the NCAA men's tournament, beating the Virginia Cavaliers 74–54.[17][18]

America East Conference NCAA team championships articles: 119