CENTERVILLE, Mass. -- Eastern College Athletic Conference Commissioner Dr. Kevin T. McGinniss announced today the ECAC Championship schedule for the 2013-14 academic year. The ECAC administers 100 preseason and postseason events in 37 men’s and women’s sports for its 122,000 student athletes.
For the Fall season, the conference will host over 30 championships in nine different sports. The first set of championships will be the Men’s and Women’s Division I Golf Championships at Twisted Dune Country Club in Harbor Township, New Jersey. The Men’s Golf Championship will be held on September 27th and 28th and the Women’s Golf Championship takes place on Sunday September 29th and Monday September 30th. The Boston University women will look to defend their 2012 title while St. Peter’s will be shooting for back-to-back championships on the men’s side.
The Division III Men’s Mid-Atlantic Golf Championship will be held at Blue Heron Hills Golf Club in Macedon, New York on October 5th and 6th. St. John Fisher is the seven time defending champion of the regional championship after a 29-stroke win in 2012. The Division III Men’s New England Golf Championship will take place the following weekend at Crumpin-Fox Club in Bernardston, Massachusetts. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the reigning champion after edging out Husson University by 15-strokes.
Men’s and Women’s Division III Soccer will hold regional championships in November. Each year the ECAC crowns an Upstate, Metro, South and New England Champion. First round games will be played on Wednesday, November 13th at the highest seeded campus. Semi-final games will take place on Saturday, November 16th and the championship game will take place on November 17th at the designated host campus.
The weekend of November 16th will also be home of the ECAC Division III Women’s Volleyball regional championships. Games for the Upstate, Metro, South and New England regions will take place on Saturday the 16th and the championship will be played on Sunday, November 17th. The site of these championships will be at the designated host campus.
The Fall Division II Championships for men’s and women’s soccer will be held on November 16th and 17th at a designated host site and the Division II Women’s Volleyball championship will be held at a designated host site on November 30th.
The Men’s and Women’s Division III Cross Country Championships will take place at Colt State Park in Bristol, Rhode Island on Saturday, November 9th. In 2012, Amherst College was the Men’s Division III Team Champion, coming in ahead of Bates College and Williams College. In the Women’s Division III Team Championship, Middlebury College finished in first place, followed by Tufts University and Williams College.
Saturday, November 23rd will mark the 105th running of the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Cross Country Championship. The annual Division I race is held at Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, New York. The Georgetown University Hoyas were the winners of the Championship race and the Fairfield Unviersity Stags were University race winners.
Division II and Division III Football championships kickoff on November 23rd. Division III Northeast, Southeast, North Atlantic, South Atlantic, Northwest and Southwest Bowls will take place at the campus of the highest seeded participant. The Division II North, South and West Bowl games will also be at the highest seeded team.
Winter championships begin with the Men’s & Women’s Swimming and Diving Season Warm-Up Championships at Lehman College. The dates of these championships are Friday, December 6th through Sunday, December 8th. The Men’s and Women’s Open Swimming and Diving Championships will be held at the United States Naval Academy from Friday, February 14th, 2014 through Sunday, February 16th, 2014.
Also in February are the Division I Indoor Tennis Championships. The women’s indoor championship will be held at Columbia University from Friday, February 7th through Sunday, February 9th. The following weekend, the men’s championship will take place at Harvard University from Friday the 14th through Sunday the 16th.
Just a week after the indoor tennis championships, the women’s bowling championship will be hosted by Adelphi University. On Sunday, February 23rd, Long Island University will look to defend its 2012 championship.
As the calendar turns to March, the ECAC Synchronized Swimming National Qualifier Championship will be at Boston University on March 1st and 2nd. Canisius College has captured the past 16 ECAC Synchronized Swimming Championships and 2013 will mark its final season as a varsity sport.
ECAC Men’s and Women’s Regional Basketball Championships will take place during the first week. The Upstate, Metro, South and New England championships for both the men and women will hold first round games on Wednesday, March 5th, semi-final games on March 8th and the championship games will take place on Sunday, March 9th.
March 7th through 9th will be the ECAC/IC4A Indoor Track and Field Championships. Boston University will again play host to the three day event. In 2012, the University of Connecticut swept the men’s and women’s Division I Championships.
March 7th through 9th will be the ECAC/IC4A Indoor Track and Field Championships. Boston University will again play host to the three day event. In 2013, the University of Connecticut swept the men’s and women’s Division I Championships. The Men’s and Women’s Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships will be taking place just down the street at the Reggie Lewis Track and Field Center on March 7th and 8th.
Women’s Division III Gymnastics heads to Springfield College in 2014 on Saturday, March 8th. On Saturday, March 22nd, the Women’s Division I Championship will be held at Temple University and the Division II Championship will be the same day at West Chester University. The next weekend will showcase the EIGL Men’s Gymnastics League Championships. The United States Naval Academy will host this event on Saturday, March 29th and Sunday, March 30th.
The lone set of championships in April belong to Men’s Volleyball. The North and South Division III Championships will play out on Saturday, April 19th at the highest seeded campus.
The second weekend in May proves to be the busy time of the Spring for championships as 12 will get underway beginning on May 7th. Men’s and Women’s Division III Lacrosse will have regional championships on Wednesday the 7th through Sunday, May 11th. At the same time, Division III Upstate, Metro and New England Baseball and Softball will host their respective regional championships. The ECAC/IC4A Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be at Princeton University beginning Friday, May 16th through Sunday the 18th and the Men's and Women's Division III Outdoor Championships will take place at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on May 15th and 16th.
ECAC Rowing will be the final championship in 2014. During the first week of May, the New England Rowing Championships Regattas and the Women’s Sprints will be held on May 3rd and 4th. On Sunday, May 11th, the National Invitational Rowing Championships will be at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. Also at Lake Quinsigamond with be the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges Sprints on May 18th. The largest championship of the year will be held on Friday, May 30th through Sunday, June 1st when the first oars touch the water in the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships at Mercer Lake in Mercer County, New Jersey.