Skyhawks accept invitation to attend Northeast Conference beginning in fall 2022
Announcement of the Northeast Conference
EASTON, Mass. (April 5, 2022) – Stonehill College has accepted an invitation from Northeast Conference (NEC) Council of Presidents and will begin transitioning to offer NCAA Division I athletics beginning in the 2022-23 school year, the President of Stonehill College announced today Br. John Denning, CSCand Noren MorrisCommissioner of the NEC.
“I am deeply grateful to the Northeast Conference for the invitation,” said Denning. “As the college approaches its 75thth On his 10th anniversary, this move to Northeast Conference and NCAA Division I athletics signals that Stonehill is poised to fulfill his full potential both athletically and academically in the years to come. I would also like to express my heartfelt thanks to him Northeast 10 Conference which has been the sporting home of Stonehill for decades.”
Stonehill will begin competing in the NEC in fall 2022 and become a full member of the conference in 2026-27 upon completion of the four-year NCAA Division I reclassification period. The Skyhawks will enter NEC athletic slates beginning in the 2022-23 seasons and may compete in NEC championships in non-automatic NCAA qualifying sports (men’s and women’s cross country and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field and swimming).
“On behalf of the NEC membership, I am delighted to welcome President Fr. John Denning, Director of Athletics Dean O’Keefe and the Stonehill College community to the NEC family,” said Morris. “As we went through the member evaluation process, it became clear that Stonehill will be an excellent fit for the NEC from an academic, athletic and missionary perspective. The Skyhawks have a strong track record in all three We are rich and well positioned to advance through the Division I ranks and strengthen the NEC. We are very excited to launch the partnership between the NEC and Stonehill College this fall!”
Stonehill, a founding member of the Northeast 10 Conference (NE10), currently offers 22 collegiate intercollegiate athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level, with its 23approx Program, women’s hockey, which will begin competing in the NCAA Division I New England Women’s Collegiate Hockey Alliance for the 2022-23 season. The college offers nine men’s and 14 women’s athletic programs, with all but equestrian and men’s and women’s ice hockey competing among the NEC’s 25 championship sports. Equestrian sports will continue to compete within the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), while men’s hockey will compete independently as an NCAA Division I while the college continues to work toward conference affiliation.
“Stonehill’s move to Division I and membership of the Northeast Conference is a transformative moment in our history, and we are excited that our student-athletes will have the opportunity to compete at the highest level of collegiate athletics,” he said Dean O’Keefe ’94, athletic director of the college. “Together, our students, alumni, coaches, faculty, staff and the entire Stonehill community have created a special tradition of sporting and academic excellence, and we seek to build on this strong foundation as Stonehill embarks on a bold new chapter in its exciting history. “
Stonehill has won the NE10 Presidents’ Cup six times and has finished in the top three for the last 15 of the last 16 years. Stonehill is one of only ten institutions nationwide to have received the NCAA Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Achievement, which recognizes athletic departments with an Academic Success rating of 90 percent or better in each of the first ten years of the program’s existence. The college is ranked 98th in the National Liberal Arts Schools category by US News & World Report and 94th in the Best Value category. In addition, Stonehill has seen 30 student-athletes named Academic All-Americans® from the College Sports Information Director’s of America (CoSIDA), including 22 in the past decade out of 147 CoSIDA Academic All-District® Selection.
Stonehill teams have received 118 applications to compete in NCAA tournaments throughout their history, and have also regularly sent student-athletes to the NCAA championships in both men’s and women’s track and field. Women’s basketball leads with 26 NCAA tournament appearances, followed by women’s cross country with 21 NCAA championship appearances, 18 by men’s cross country, and 15 each by men’s basketball and women’s tennis.
Stonehill has won 129 NE10 championships and 189 student-athletes have received All-America honors in the 41-year history of the conference. Over the past decade, 51 teams have qualified for the NCAA tournament, with men’s basketball winning two Eastern Region championships with trips to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight and reaching the national semifinals in 2012, while the women’s basketball program won its third regional title in 2018 third trip to the Elite Eight in program history. Women’s lacrosse has won two national championships in 2003 and 2005, and Corey Thomas, ’13, won the national indoor high jump title at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.
A campus celebration will be hosted by Stonehill at Merkert Gymnasium with a live stream available via NEC Front Rowthe Northeast Conference online digital streaming platform, on Wednesday, April 6, at 3 p.m
About Stonehill College
Stonehill Collegea Catholic college, was founded in 1948 by the Congregation of the Holy Cross. Located on the beautiful 384-acre campus and former home of Frederick Lothrop Ames in North Easton, Massachusetts, it is a community of science and faith, anchored by a belief in the inherent dignity of every human being.
Through more than 100 academic programs in the humanities, science, business and careers, Stonehill College offers an education of the highest standard that encourages critical thinking, free inquiry and the exchange of ideas for over 2,500 students.
Stonehill College educates the whole person so that every Stonehill graduate thinks boldly, acts boldly and leads to the creation of a more just and compassionate world.
About the Northeast Conference
The Northeast Conference, now in its 41st season, is an NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association comprised of 10 colleges in seven states. Media coverage of the NEC spans a number of the largest markets in the United States, including New York (#1), Boston (#9), Baltimore (#26) and Hartford/New Haven (#33). Founded in 1981 as a basketball-only ECAC Metro Conference, the NEC has grown to sponsor 24 championship sports for men and women and now enjoys automatic access to 16 separate NCAA championships. NEC Member Institutions in 2022-23 include Central Connecticut, Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU, Merrimack, Mount St Mary’s, Sacred Heart, St Francis Brooklyn, Saint Francis U, Stonehill and Wagner. For more information on the NEC, visit the league’s official website (www.northeastconference.org) and digital network (www.necfrontrow.com), or keep following the league TwitterFacebook, YouTube, Instagram and TikTok, all @NECsports.
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