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Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

U.S. college athletic conference

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Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Established1980
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision I
Subdivisionnon-football
Members11
Sports fielded
  • 23
    • men's: 10
    • women's: 13
RegionNortheastern United States
HeadquartersEdison, New Jersey
CommissionerRichard J. Ensor (since 1988)
Websitewww.maacsports.com
Locations

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC, /mæk/) is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated with NCAA Division I, consisting of eleven schools located in three states of the northeastern United States: Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York.

Members are all relatively small private institutions, a majority Catholic or formerly Catholic, with the only exceptions being three secular institutions: Rider University and the conference's two newest members, Monmouth University and Quinnipiac University.

The MAAC currently sponsors 23 sports and is also home to 17 associate member institutions.

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History

Locations of current Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference full member institutions

The conference was founded in 1980 by six charter members: the U.S. Military Academy, Fairfield University, Fordham University, Iona College, Manhattan College, and Saint Peter's College.[1] Competition officially began the next year, in the sports of men’s cross-country and men’s soccer.[1]

Marist vs Fairfield at Webster Bank Arena

Competition in men's and women's basketball began in the 1981–1982 season.[1] In 1982, Saint Peter's was the first women's team to represent the MAAC in the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. In 1984, the MAAC received an automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, where Iona was the first team to represent the MAAC on the men's side.

The conference currently possesses 15 automatic bids to NCAA Championships.[1] In 2012–13, the MAAC became eligible for its 15th NCAA Championship automatic bid when women's rowing fulfilled the qualifying requirements.[1]

The league added football in 1993, but discontinued it following the 2007 season.

From 1997 to 2003, the MAAC sponsored ice hockey. At that time, the hockey league split from the MAAC and changed its name to Atlantic Hockey. Also, Marist College and Rider University moved the majority of their intercollegiate athletic programs to the MAAC in 1997 with the intent that the MAAC would enhance media exposure and competition for their men's and women's Division I basketball programs.[2]

In September 2011, the conference announced the launch of MAAC.TV, the league's first broadband network.

In March 2012, for the first time in 16 years, the MAAC had two teams advance to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, with Loyola earning the league's automatic bid and Iona garnering an at-large bid.[1]

In July 2013, Quinnipiac University and Monmouth University joined the MAAC to replace Loyola University Maryland, departing to the Patriot League.[3] Also in 2013, the MAAC announced that it would add field hockey with league play set to begin in the 2013–14 academic year.[4] However, field hockey was dropped after the 2018 season with the MAAC field hockey league was effectively taken over by the Northeast Conference, which reinstated the sport the following year.[5] The conference decided to no longer host a conference championship for men's rowing after the 2016 season, which is governed by the Intercollegiate Rowing Association.

Over the conference's history, MAAC teams have achieved national acclaim in many sports. In the summer of 2002, the Marist men's varsity eight boat advanced to the semifinals of the Temple Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta.[6] In 2007, the Marist women's basketball team advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship.[7] The Red Foxes have recorded five NCAA wins since their run in 2007. In the fall of 2011, the Iona men's cross country team finished tied for ninth place at the NCAA Championship race, extending the Gaels' streak to 10 straight Top 10 national finishes.[1] In basketball, MAAC teams have made a total of 80 NIT appearances and 50 NCAA basketball tournament appearances.[1]

Notable MAAC student athletes include Mary Beth Riley, a 1991 graduate of Canisius, who was the first recipient of the NCAA Woman of the Year Award and Erin Whalen, a member of the Iona women's rowing team who in the fall of 1998 was awarded one of the nation's 32 Rhodes Scholarships for academic achievement and civic leadership.[1]

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Member institutions

Current member institutions

Full member institutions

The MAAC currently has 11 member institutions.

Institution Location Founded Joined Type Enrollment Endowment U.S. News Ranking[8] Nickname Colors
Canisius College Buffalo, New York 1870 1989 Private 3,244 $133,900,000 19
(Regional-North)
Golden Griffins          
Fairfield University Fairfield, Connecticut 1942 1981 Private 5,273 $331,900,000 3
(Regional-North)
Stags     
Iona College New Rochelle, New York 1940 1981 Private 3,926 $143,700,000 56
(Regional-North)
Gaels          
Manhattan College Riverdale, New York 1853 1981 Private 4,132 $100,600,000 13
(Regional-North)
Jaspers and Lady Jaspers          
Marist College Poughkeepsie, New York 1929 1997 Private 6,624 $297,600,000[9] 10
(Regional-North)
Red Foxes          
Monmouth University West Long Branch, New Jersey 1933 2013 Private 6,167 $101,000,000 28
(Regional-North)
Hawks          
Niagara University Lewiston, New York 1856 1989 Private 3,765 $102,400,000 32
(Regional-North)
Purple Eagles          
Quinnipiac University Hamden, Connecticut 1929 2013 Private 10,207 $526,600,000 153
(National)
Bobcats          
Rider University Lawrenceville, New Jersey 1865 1997 Private 4,825 $64,300,000 38
(Regional-North)
Broncs               
Saint Peter's University Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 1981 Private 3,452 $34,400,000 86
(Regional-North)
Peacocks (men's)
Peahens (women's)
         
Siena College Loudonville, New York 1937 1989 Private 3,224 $135,300,000 16
(Regional-North)
Saints          

Associate member institutions

Departing members in red.

Institution Location Founded Joined Type Enrollment Nickname Primary
Conference
MAAC Sport(s)
University at Albany Albany, New York 1844 2009–10 Public 17,944 Great Danes America East women's golf
Bryant University Smithfield, Rhode Island 1863 2012–13 Private 3,788 Bulldogs Northeast men's swimming & diving
University of Dayton Dayton, Ohio 1850 2014–15 Private 11,241 Flyers Atlantic 10 women's golf
University of Detroit Mercy[a] Detroit, Michigan 1877 2009–10 Private 5,111 Titans Horizon men's lacrosse
Drake University Des Moines, Iowa 1881 2009–10 Private 4,869 Bulldogs Missouri Valley women's rowing
University of Hartford West Hartford, Connecticut 1877 2009–10 Private 6,770 Hawks America East women's golf
Jacksonville University Jacksonville, Florida 1934 2011–12both Private 4,213 Dolphins ASUN men's rowing,
women's rowing
La Salle University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1863 2016–17both Private 5,191 Explorers Atlantic 10 women's golf
women's water polo
Long Island University Brooklyn, New York[b] 1926 2019–20 Private 15,197[c] Sharks Northeast women's water polo
Robert Morris University Moon Township, Pennsylvania 1921 2010–11 Private 4,895 Colonials Horizon women's rowing
Sacred Heart University Fairfield, Connecticut 1963 2007–08 Private 8,958 Pioneers Northeast women's rowing
St. Bonaventure University Allegany, New York 1858 2018–19 Private 2,381 Bonnies Atlantic 10 men's lacrosse
St. Francis College (Brooklyn) Brooklyn Heights, New York 1859 2003–04 Private 2,453 Terriers Northeast women's water polo
Stetson University DeLand, Florida 1883 2013–14 Private 4,341 Hatters ASUN women's rowing
Villanova University Villanova, Pennsylvania 1842 2003–04 Private 11,023 Wildcats Big East women's water polo
Virginia Military Institute Lexington, Virginia 1839 2011–12 Public 1,685 Keydets SoCon women's water polo
Wagner College Staten Island, New York 1883 2003–04 Private 2,211 Seahawks Northeast women's water polo
  1. ^ Detroit Mercy men's lacrosse will join the ASUN Conference after the 2021 season.[10]
  2. ^ The LIU athletic program, created with the 2019 merger of the athletic programs that previously represented the school's Brooklyn and Post campuses, bases some sports at the Brooklyn campus and others at the Post campus in Brookville, New York. LIU's current MAAC sport of women's water polo operates from Brooklyn.[11]
  3. ^ Includes enrollment at both the Brooklyn and Post campuses. All LIU sports are open to undergraduates at both campuses who meet NCAA eligibility requirements.

Former member institutions

Former full member institutions

Institution Location Founded Joined Left Type Enrollment Nickname Current Conference
United States Military Academy
(Army)
West Point, New York 1802 1981 1990 Federal 4,491 Black Knights Patriot
Fordham University Bronx, New York 1841 1981 1990 Private 16,515 Rams Atlantic 10
College of the Holy Cross Worcester, Massachusetts 1843 1983 1990 Private 3,128 Crusaders Patriot
La Salle University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1863 1983 1992 Private 5,191 Explorers Atlantic 10
Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, Maryland 1852 1989 2013 Private 5,670 Greyhounds Patriot

Former associate member institutions

For former associates in men's ice hockey, see Atlantic Hockey
Institution Location Founded Joined Left Type Enrollment Nickname Current Conference MAAC Sport(s)
Boston University Boston, Massachusetts 1839 2009–10 2012–13 Private 34,657 Terriers Patriot League women's golf
Bryant University[a] Smithfield, Rhode Island 1863 2013–14 2018–19 Private 3,788 Bulldogs Northeast field hockey
Butler University Indianapolis, Indiana 1855 2012–13 2012–13 Private 5,506 Bulldogs Big East women's golf
Colgate University Hamilton, New York 1819 1989–90 1989–90 Private 2,969 Raiders Patriot baseball
Duquesne University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1878 1994–95fb.
1996–97w.lax.
2007–08fb.
1997–98w.lax.
Private 9,274 Dukes Atlantic 10 (Northeast for football) football, women's lacrosse
Georgetown University Washington, D.C. 1789 1993–94 1999–2000 Private 19,204 Hoyas Big East (Patriot for football) football
Jacksonville University[b] Jacksonville, Florida 1934 2010–11 2012–13 Private 4,213 Dolphins ASUN (SoCon for men's lacrosse) men's lacrosse
La Salle University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1863 1999-2000 2007-08 Private 5,191 Explorers Atlantic 10 (discontinued) football
Le Moyne College Syracuse, New York 1946 1989–90bs.
1998–99w.lax.
2007–08bs.
2006–07w.lax.
Private 3,356 Dolphins Northeast-10
(NCAA Division II)
baseball,
women's lacrosse
LIU Brooklyn[c] Brooklyn, New York 1926 2016–17 2018–19 Private 15,197 Blackbirds[d] Northeast field hockey
Marist College[e] Poughkeepsie, New York 1929 1995–96m.lax.
1996–97m.row.
1995–96m.sw.dv.
1996–97w.lax.
1996–97w.row.
1995–96w.sw.dv.
1996–97m.lax.
1996–97m.row.
1996–97m.sw.dv.
1996–97w.lax.
1996–97w.row.
1996–97w.sw.dv.
Private 6,624 Red Foxes MAAC men's lacrosse,
men's rowing,
men's swimming & diving,
women's lacrosse,
women's rowing,
women's swimming & diving
Mount St. Mary's University Emmitsburg, Maryland 1808 1995–96m.lax,
1996–97w.lax
2009–10m.lax,
1997–98w.lax
Private 2,407 Mountaineers Northeast men's lacrosse,
women's lacrosse
Providence College Providence, Rhode Island 1917 1995–96 2008–09 Private 4,922 Friars Big East men's lacrosse
Quinnipiac University[e] Hamden, Connecticut 1929 1998–99 2000–01 Private 10,207 Bobcats MAAC men's lacrosse
Rider University[e] Lawrenceville, New Jersey 1865 1996–97m.gf
1995–96m.sw.dv.
1995–96w.sw.dv.
1996–97m.gf
1996–97m.sw.dv.
1996–97w.sw.dv.
Private 4,825 Broncs MAAC men's golf,
men's swimming & diving,
women's swimming & diving
Robert Morris University[f] Moon Township, Pennsylvania 1921 2013–14 2013–14 Private 4,895 Colonials Horizon (discontinued) field hockey
Sacred Heart University Fairfield, Connecticut 1963 1999–2000m.lax.
2013–14fh
2000–01m.lax.
2018–19fh
Private 8,958 Pioneers Northeast men's lacrosse,
field hockey
Saint Joseph's University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1851 1996–97 2009–10 Private 7,589 Hawks Atlantic 10 (Northeast for men's lacrosse) men's lacrosse
St. John's University Queens, New York 1870 1993–94 1998–99 Private 21,643 Red Storm Big East (discontinued) football
Virginia Military Institute[g] Lexington, Virginia 1839 2002–03 2012–13 Public 1,685 Keydets SoCon men's lacrosse
Wagner College Staten Island, New York 1883 1999–2000m.lax,
1996–97w.lax
2009–10m.lax,
1997–98w.lax
Private 2,211 Seahawks Northeast men's lacrosse,
women's lacrosse
Notes
  1. ^ Bryant remains an affiliate in men's swimming & diving.
  2. ^ Jacksonville remains an affiliate in men's and women's rowing.
  3. ^ After the 2018–19 school year, Long Island University merged the athletic programs of its Brooklyn and Post campuses into a single Division I program that now competes as the LIU Sharks. The unified program inherited all of LIU Brooklyn's memberships.[12]
  4. ^ Replaced by the LIU Sharks.[13]
  5. ^ a b c Marist, Rider, and Quinnipiac are now full MAAC members.
  6. ^ Robert Morris remains an affiliate in women's rowing.
  7. ^ VMI remains an affiliate in women's water polo.

Membership timeline

Quinnipiac UniversityMonmouth UniversityRider UniversityMarist CollegeDuquesne UniversityGeorgetown UniversitySt. John's University (New York)Siena CollegeNiagara UniversityCanisius CollegeLoyola University MarylandLa Salle UniversityCollege of the Holy CrossSaint Peter's UniversityManhattan CollegeIona College (New York)Fairfield UniversityFordham UniversityUnited States Military Academy

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Sports

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference sponsors championship competition in 10 men's and 13 women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[14]

Teams in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference competition
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball
11
-
Basketball
11
11
Cross Country
11
11
Golf
9
7
Lacrosse
8
9
Rowing
(5)
10
Soccer
11
11
Softball
-
11
Swimming & Diving
9
9
Tennis
8
9
Track and Field (Indoor)
7
8
Track and Field (Outdoor)
7
8
Volleyball
-
10
Water polo
-
9

Men's sponsored sports by school

School Baseball Basketball Cross Country Golf Lacrosse Rowing[a] Soccer Swimming Tennis Track & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
Total MAAC Sports
Canisius
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
9
Fairfield
Y
Y
Y
Y
N[b]
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
N
8
Iona
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
9
Manhattan
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
10
Marist
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
10
Monmouth
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
10
Niagara
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
N
Y
Y
Y
N
N
7
Quinnipiac
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
N
Y
N
Y
N
N
6
Rider
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
9
Saint Peter's
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
N
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
8
Siena
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
N
Y
N
Y
8
Totals
11
11
11
9
6+2[c]
4+1[d]
11
9+1[e]
7
7
7
91+4
Notes
  1. ^ Men's rowing is not sanctioned by the NCAA, instead being governed by the Intercollegiate Rowing Association.
  2. ^ Fairfield's men's lacrosse team does not participate in the MAAC; it currently plays in the Colonial Athletic Association.
  3. ^ Affiliate members Detroit Mercy and St. Bonaventure, with Detroit Mercy leaving for the ASUN Conference after the 2021 season.
  4. ^ Affiliate member Jacksonville.
  5. ^ Affiliate member Bryant.

Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference which are played by MAAC schools:

School Football Ice Hockey Sailing Water Polo Wrestling
Canisius No AHA No No No
Iona No No No CWPA No
Marist PFL No No No No
Monmouth Big South No MAISA No No
Niagara No AHA No No No
Quinnipiac No ECAC No No No
Rider No No No No MAC

Women's sponsored sports by school

School Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Lacrosse Rowing Soccer Softball Swimming Tennis Track & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
Volleyball Water
Polo
Total
MAAC Sports
Canisius
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
N
10
Fairfield
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
N
Y
N
10
Iona
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
11
Manhattan
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
11
Marist
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
12
Monmouth
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
N
10
Niagara
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
9
Quinnipiac
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
10
Rider
Y
Y
N
N
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
10
Saint Peter's
Y
Y
N
N
N
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
N
8
Siena
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
N
Y
Y
11
Totals
11
11
5+4[a]
9
5+5[b]
11
11
10
8
8
8
10
3+6[c]
107+15

Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference which are played by MAAC schools:

School Acrobatics &
Tumbling[d]
Bowling Field Hockey Ice Hockey Rugby[d] Sailing[e]
Fairfield No No NEC No No No
Monmouth No MEAC America East No No MAISA
Quinnipiac Independent No Big East ECAC Independent No
Rider No No NEC No No No
Notes
  1. ^ Affiliate members Albany, Dayton, Hartford, and La Salle.
  2. ^ Affiliate members Drake, Jacksonville, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart, and Stetson.
  3. ^ Affiliate members La Salle, LIU, St. Francis Brooklyn, Villanova, VMI, and Wagner.
  4. ^ a b Currently part of the NCAA Emerging Sports for Women program.
  5. ^ Not an NCAA-sanctioned sport.

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