New England Small College Athletic Conference
NCAA Division III Conference
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Founded: 1955 as all-sport conference (1999 for men's ice hockey, 2001 for women's ice hockey)
Number of teams: 10 (Men), 9 (women)
Commissioner: Andrea Savage
Defending champions (men): Wesleyan Cardinals (2020)
Defending champions (women): Amherst Mammoths (2020)
Website: NESCAC website

New England Small College Athletic Conference, or NESCAC, is a collegiate all-sports conference under the sanction of the NCAA playing at the Men's Division III and Women's Division III levels.

Conference History[edit | edit source]

All Sports[edit | edit source]

The all sport conference started in 1955 when Amherst, Bowdoin, Wesleyan and Williams reached an agreement to form an informal affiliation. In 1971 Bates, Colby, Hamilton, Middlebury, Trinity, Tufts and Union College joined on and the conference was officially formed. Union left the conference in 1977 and Connecticut College joined in 1982.  The conference is informally known as the "Little Ivies" as the schools have a reputation for high academic standards and selective admissions.  All of the member schools place in the top 15% of the 2016 US News and World Report and Forbes Magazine university rankings.

Ice Hockey[edit | edit source]

The Men's ice hockey conference started with the 1999-2000 season when all of the members jumped from ECAC East.

The Women's conference was started for the 2001-02 season when all of the members jumped from ECAC East.

Team Changes[edit | edit source]

The only change in in either conference since its' founding in 1999 was the 2001 addition of the men's Tufts Jumbos representing Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. The school presently does not sponsor women' ice hockey.

The next closest thing to a change has been that Amherst College had announced in 2016 that it was abandoning its nickname the "Lord Jeffs".  The nickname had become a source of division within the campus community as Lord Jefferson Amherst was a British general who openly supported giving the Native American population blankets infested with smallpox during the French and Indian War. The school's teams played without a nickname until being renamed the Amherst Mammoths.

Men's Conference[edit | edit source]

The men's ice hockey conference was started with the 1998-99 season when all of the members left the ECAC East when the NESCAC announced it would start to sponsor men's ice hockey.

Teams[edit | edit source]

Team Location Arena
Amherst Mammoths Amherst, Massachusetts Orr Rink
Bowdoin Polar Bears Brunswick, Maine Sidney J. Watson Arena
Colby Mules Waterville, Maine Alfond Rink
Connecticut College Camels New London, Connecticut Dayton Arena
Hamilton Continentals Clinton, New York Russell Sage Rink
Middlebury Panthers Middlebury, Vermont Chip Kenyon '85 Arena
Trinity Bantams Hartford, Connecticut Koeppel Community Sports Center
Tufts Jumbos Medford, Massachusetts Malden Valley Forum
Wesleyan Cardinals Middletown, Connecticut Spurrier-Snyder Rink
Williams Ephs Williamstown, Massachusetts Lansing Chapman Rink


Men's Conference Seasons[edit | edit source]

Season Regular Season Champions Conference Tournament Champions
1999-00 Middlebury Panthers Middlebury Panthers
2000-01 Middlebury Panthers Middlebury Panthers
2001-02 Middlebury Panthers Middlebury Panthers
2002-03 Middlebury Panthers Trinity Bantams
2003-04 Middlebury Panthers Middlebury Panthers
2004-05 Trinity Bantams Middlebury Panthers
2005-06 Middlebury Panthers Middlebury Panthers
2006-07 Bowdoin Polar Bears
& Middlebury Panthers
Middlebury Panthers
2007-08 Colby Mules Trinity Bantams
2008-09 Amherst Lord Jeffs Amherst Lord Jeffs
2009-10 Bowdoin Polar Bears Middlebury Panthers
2010-11 Hamilton Continentals Bowdoin Polar Bears (VACATED)
2011-12 Amherst Lord Jeffs Amherst Lord Jeffs
2012-13 Bowdoin Polar Bears Bowdoin Polar Bears
2013-14 Trinity Bantams Bowdoin Polar Bears
2014-15 Trinity Bantams Amherst Lord Jeffs
2015-16 Williams Ephs Trinity Bantams
2016-17 Hamilton Continentals Trinity Bantams
2017-18 Trinity Bantams Colby Mules
2018-19 Trinity Bantams Trinity Bantams
2019-20 Williams Ephs Wesleyan Cardinals

Time Line[edit | edit source]

  • 1998 Conference is formed with 9 members who are all sport members of the conference
  • 2001 Tufts Jumbos join the conference
  • 2016 Amherst College announces that the school is discontinuing the use of the Lord Jeffs nickname after protest on school over the name.

Women's Conference[edit | edit source]

The women's conference was formed for the 2001-02 season when all of the members joined from the ECAC East when the NESCAC announced it would sponsor women's hockey.

Teams[edit | edit source]

Team Location Arena
Amherst Mammoths Amherst, Massachusetts Orr Rink
Bowdoin Polar Bears Brunswick, Maine Sidney J. Watson Arena
Colby Mules Waterville, Maine Alfond Rink
Connecticut College Camels New London, Connecticut Dayton Arena
Hamilton Continentals Clinton, New York Russell Sage Rink
Middlebury Panthers Middlebury, Vermont Chip Kenyon '85 Arena
Trinity Bantams Hartford, Connecticut Koeppel Community Sports Center
Wesleyan Cardinals Middletown, Connecticut Spurrier-Snyder Rink
Williams Ephs Williamstown, Massachusetts Lansing Chapman Rink

Women's Conference Seasons[edit | edit source]

Season Regular Season Champions Conference Tournament Champions NCAA Tournament (Finish)
2001-02 Middlebury Panthers Bowdoin Polar Bears Bowdoin Polar Bears (Fourth Place)
Middlebury Panthers (Quarterfinals)
2002-03 Bowdoin Polar Bears Middlebury Panthers Bowdoin Polar Bears (Third Place)
Middlebury Panthers (Quarterfinals)
2003-04 Bowdoin Polar Bears Bowdoin Polar Bears Bowdoin Polar Bears (Quarterfinals)
Middlebury Panthers (Natoinal Champions)
2004-05 Bowdoin Polar Bears Middlebury Panthers Middlebury Panthers (National Champions)
2005-06 Middlebury Panthers Middlebury Panthers Middlebury Panthers (National Champions)
2006-07 Middlebury Panthers Amherst Lord Jeffs Amherst Lord Jeffs (Fourth Place)
Middlebury Panthers (Runner Up)
2007-08 Middlebury Panthers Amherst Lord Jeffs Amherst Lord Jeffs (Quarterfinals)
Middlebury Panthers (Quarterfinals)
2008-09 Amherst Lord Jeffs Middlebury Panthers Amherst Lord Jeffs (National Champions)
Middlebury Panthers (Third Place)
2009-10 Amherst Lord Jeffs Amherst Lord Jeffs Amherst Lord Jeffs (National Champions)
Trinity Bantams (Quarterfinals)
2010-11 Middlebury Panthers Middlebury Panthers Middlebury Panthers (Third Place)
2011-12 Middlebury Panthers Middlebury Panthers Amherst Lord Jeffs (Quarterfinals)
Middlebury Panthers (Quarterfinals)
2012-13 Middlebury Panthers Bowdoin Polar Bears Bowdoin Polar Bears (Quarterfinals)
Middlebury Panthers (Runner up)
2013-14 Middlebury Panthers Williams Ephs Williams Ephs (Quarterfinals)
2014-15 Middlebury Panthers Trinity Bantams Trinity Bantams (Quarterfinals)
Middlebury Panthers (Quarterfinals)
2015-16 Middlebury Panthers Middlebury Panthers Amherst Lord Jeffs (Quarterfinals)
Middlebury Panthers (Third Place)
2016-17 Middlebury Panthers Middlebury Panthers Middlebury Panthers (Quarterfinals)
2017-18 Middlebury Panthers Middlebury Panthers Middlebury Panthers (Quarterfinals)
2018-19 Williams Ephs Williams Ephs Williams Ephs (Quarterfinals)
2019-20 Middlebury Panthers Amherst Mammoths Amherst Mammoths (Quarterfinals)
Middlebury Panthers (Did not play before tournament cancelled)

Time Line[edit | edit source]

  • 2001 Conference is formed with 9 members who are all sport members of the conference.
  • 2016 Amherst College announces that the school is discontinuing the use of the Lord Jeffs nickname after protest on school over the name. The team goes through the 2016-17 season without a nickname before choosing the name Amherst Mammoths as the new nickname.

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