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The Patriot League
Patriot League
is a collegiate athletic conference comprising private institutions of higher education and two United States service academies based in the Northeastern United States. Outside the Ivy League, it is among the most selective group of higher education institutions in NCAA Division I
NCAA Division I
and has a very high student-athlete graduation rate for both the NCAA graduation success rate and the federal graduation rate. The Patriot League
Patriot League
consists of 10 core members:[1] American University, the United States Military Academy
United States Military Academy
(Army), Boston University, Bucknell University, Colgate University, College of the Holy Cross, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Loyola University Maryland
Maryland
and the United States Naval Academy
United States Naval Academy
(Navy). All 10 core members participate in the NCAA's Division I for all Patriot League
Patriot League
sports that they offer. Since not all schools sponsor every available NCAA sport, such as ice hockey and wrestling, most schools are affiliated with other collegiate conferences. Additionally, the Patriot League
Patriot League
has a unique arrangement for football. Army is an Independent in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), while Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, and Lehigh are members of the Patriot League's Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) conference. American, Boston University
Boston University
and Loyola Maryland
Maryland
do not sponsor football. As of the 2015 season, Navy plays FBS football in the American Athletic Conference. Three other private institutions are Patriot League
Patriot League
members only for specific sports and are referred to as ' Patriot League
Patriot League
associate members.' Fordham University
Fordham University
and Georgetown University
Georgetown University
are associate members in football, while MIT is an associate member in women's rowing.

Contents

1 About 2 History

2.1 Athletic scholarships

3 Executive Directors 4 Member schools

4.1 Full members 4.2 Associate members 4.3 Former full members 4.4 Former associate members 4.5 Membership timeline

5 Sports

5.1 President's Cup 5.2 Basketball 5.3 Field hockey 5.4 Football

6 Facilities 7 Literature 8 References 9 External links

About[edit] Patriot League
Patriot League
members are schools with very strong academic reputations that adhere strongly to the ideal of the "scholar-athlete", with the emphasis on "scholar". An academic index ensures that athletes are truly representative of and integrated with the rest of the student body. Out-of-league play for Patriot League schools is often with members of the Ivy League, which follow similar philosophies regarding academics and athletics. Patriot League
Patriot League
members have some of the oldest collegiate athletic programs in the country. In particular, The Rivalry between Lehigh University and Lafayette College
Lafayette College
is both the nation's most played and longest uninterrupted college football series.[2] The winner of the Patriot League
Patriot League
Basketball tournament receives an automatic invitation to the NCAA Division I
NCAA Division I
Basketball Tournament every March. In recent years, Bucknell (twice) and Lehigh have both won NCAA tournament games. The Patriot League
Patriot League
champion in a number of other sports also receives an automatic invitation to its respective NCAA tournaments. History[edit]

Locations of current Patriot League
Patriot League
full member institutions.

The origins of the Patriot League
Patriot League
began after the eight Ivy League schools each expanded its football schedules to ten games starting in 1980. Needing opponents with a similar competitive level on a regular basis for each teams' three nonconference games, the league contacted two university presidents, the Reverend John E. Brooks, S.J. of Holy Cross and Peter Likins of Lehigh, about the formation of a new conference that also prohibited athletic scholarships.[3] The result was the Colonial League, a football-only circuit that began competition in 1986.[1][4] Its six charter members were Holy Cross, Lehigh, Bucknell, Colgate, Lafayette and Davidson, which dropped out after the 1988 season for reasons related to geography, lack of competitiveness, and a reluctance to relinquish its basketball scholarships in case the conference expanded into other sports.[3][5] In 1990, the league changed its name to the Patriot League
Patriot League
at the suggestion of Carl F. Ullrich,[3] who would go on to become the conference's first full-time administrator.. At the start of the 1990–91 academic year, the league became an all-sport conference, with 22 sports (11 for men and 11 for women), and now had seven full members, including Fordham and the United States Military Academy (Army) as new members. In 1991, the league gained an eighth full member — the United States Naval Academy
United States Naval Academy
(Navy).[4] In 1993, the league hired Constance (Connie) H. Hurlbut as executive director. She was the first woman and youngest person to be the leader of an NCAA Division I
NCAA Division I
conference.[4] In 1995, Fordham resigned its full membership (leaving the league with seven full members) but continued as an associate member in football. In 1996, Fairfield and Ursinus joined as associate members in field hockey.[4] (Fairfield left after the 2003 fall season and is now an associate member of the America East Conference. Ursinus left after the 2001 fall season and is now a full member of the Centennial Conference.[6]) In 1997, Towson joined as an associate member in football. (Towson left after the 2003 fall season to join the Atlantic 10 Conference, whose football conference would be absorbed by the Colonial Athletic Association
Colonial Athletic Association
in 2007.) In 1999, Hobart joined as an associate member in men's lacrosse and Villanova joined as an associate member in women's lacrosse. (Hobart left after the 2004 spring season, to join the ECAC Lacrosse League, while Villanova left after the 2006 spring season.) In 2001, American University
American University
joined as the eighth full member and Georgetown University
Georgetown University
joined as an associate member in football.[4] Two schools announced in summer 2012 that they would join the league for the 2013–14 academic year, with Boston University
Boston University
making its announcement on June 15[7] and Loyola University Maryland
Maryland
doing so on August 29.[8] Athletic scholarships[edit] While need-based financial aid has always been available, athletic scholarships have only been allowed in recent years at Patriot League schools. Basketball scholarships were first allowed beginning with freshmen entering the league in the fall of 1998. In 2001, when American, which gave scholarships in all sports (AU does not play football) entered the league, the league began allowing all schools to do so in sports other than football. Lafayette, the last no athletic scholarships holdout, began granting full rides in basketball and other sports with freshmen entering the school in the fall of 2006. Most Patriot League
Patriot League
schools do not give athletic scholarships in a number of sports, and Bucknell only granted them in basketball prior to the addition of football scholarships in 2013. In the spring of 2009, Fordham University
Fordham University
announced that it would start offering football scholarships effective with the fall of 2010. While this action made Fordham ineligible for the league championship, it did open up the question of football scholarships. On February 13, 2012, the Patriot League
Patriot League
announced they would begin offering football scholarships starting with the 2013–14 academic year. Since then, each school has been allowed no more than the equivalent of 15 scholarships to incoming football players. Since the transition to scholarship football was completed for the 2016–17 academic year, each football member has been allowed up to 60 scholarship equivalents per season,[9] a total only slightly lower than the NCAA limit of 63 scholarship equivalents for FCS programs. Presidents from six of the seven football schools indicated they would award scholarships in the fall of 2012. Georgetown University
Georgetown University
did not commit to offer scholarships.[10] Executive Directors[edit]

Name Years Current

Alan Childs 1986–1989 Lafayette College
Lafayette College
Professor of Psychology[11]

Carl F. Ullrich 1989–1993 League's first full-time Executive Director; retired

Connie Hurlbut 1993–1999 Western Athletic Conference
Western Athletic Conference
Deputy Commissioner and SWA[12]

Carolyn Schlie Femovich 1999–2015 The PICTOR Group Senior Partner[13]

Jennifer Heppel 2015– Previously Big Ten Conference
Big Ten Conference
Associate Commissioner for Governance[14]

Member schools[edit] Full members[edit] There are ten "full" member schools:[15]

Institution Location Founded Joined Type Undergraduate Enrollment Endowment Nickname Colors

American University Washington, D.C. 1893 2001 Private 6,028 $455M Eagles               

Army !United States Military Academy (Army) West Point, New York 1802 1990 Federal 4,686 N/A Black Knights               

Boston
Boston
University Boston, MA 1839 2013 Private 15,803 $1.6B Terriers          

Bucknell University Lewisburg, Pennsylvania 1846 1986 Private 3,650 $599.2M Bison          

Colgate University Hamilton, New York 1819 1986 Private 2,837 $908M Raiders          

Holy Cross !College of the Holy Cross Worcester, Massachusetts 1843 1986 Private 2,817 $655M Crusaders     

Lafayette College Easton, Pennsylvania 1826 1986 Private 2,382 $693.7M Leopards          

Lehigh University Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 1865 1986 Private 4,781 $1.1B Mountain Hawks          

Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, Maryland 1852 2013 Private 4,068 $206M Greyhounds          

Navy !United States Naval Academy (Navy) Annapolis, Maryland 1845 1991 Federal 4,400 N/A Midshipmen          

Associate members[edit] There are four associate-member schools:

Institution Location Founded Type Undergraduate Enrollment Nickname Colors Primary Conference Patriot Sport

Fordham University Bronx, New York 1841 Private 8,220 Rams           Atlantic 10 football

Georgetown University Georgetown, Washington, D.C. 1789 Private 7,433 Hoyas           Big East football, women's rowing

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Cambridge, Massachusetts 1861 Private 4,384 Engineers           NEWMAC (NCAA Division III) women's rowing

University of Richmond Richmond, Virginia 1830 Private 3,400 Spiders           Atlantic 10 women's golf

American, Boston, and Loyola do not play football. On the other hand, Army participates as an independent in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) and Navy participates in the American Athletic Conference
American Athletic Conference
for football only. Thus, Fordham and Georgetown replace them in the Patriot League
Patriot League
for football only. Fordham was also a full member of the Patriot League
Patriot League
from 1990 until 1995 when they moved all sports except football to the Atlantic 10 Conference. Former full members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Joined Left Type Undergraduate Enrollment Nickname Current Conference

Fordham University Bronx, New York 1841 1990 1995 Private 8,220 Rams Atlantic 10

Former associate members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Joined Left Type Undergraduate Enrollment Nickname Primary Conference Patriot Sport

Davidson College Davidson, North Carolina 1837 1986–87 1988–89 Private 1,743 Wildcats A10 (all sports) PFL (football) football

Fairfield University Fairfield, Connecticut 1942 1996–97 2003–04 Private 4,991 Stags MAAC field hockey

Hobart College Geneva, New York 1822 1999–2000 2003–04 Private 2,110 Statesmen Liberty (NCAA Division III) men's lacrosse

Towson University Towson, Maryland 1866 1997–98 2003–04 Public 17,517 Tigers CAA football

Ursinus College Collegeville, Pennsylvania 1869 1996–97 2001–02 Private 1,750 Bears Centennial (NCAA Division III) field hockey

Villanova University Villanova, Pennsylvania 1842 1998–99 2005–06 Private 6,394 Wildcats Big East women's lacrosse

Membership timeline[edit]

Full members Full members (non-football) Assoc. members (football only) Associate member(some sports) Sports[edit] The Patriot League
Patriot League
sponsors championship competition in twelve men's and thirteen women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[16] Georgetown and Fordham are Associate members for football, and Georgetown and MIT are Associate members for rowing.

American Army Boston Bucknell Colgate Holy Cross Lafayette Lehigh Loyola Navy Total

Men's Sports

Baseball N Y N Y N Y Y Y N Y 6

Basketball Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10

Cross Country Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10

FCS Football N N† N Y Y Y Y Y N N† 5

Golf N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 8

Lacrosse N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9

Soccer Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10

Swimming & Diving Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10

Tennis N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9

Track and Field (Indoor) Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y 9

Track and Field (Outdoor) Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y 9

Men's Totals 6 10 8 11 10 11 11 11 7 10 95

Women's Sports

Basketball Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10

Cross Country Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10

Field Hockey Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N 7

Golf N N Y Y N Y N Y N Y 5

Lacrosse Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10

Rowing N N Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y 7

Soccer Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10

Softball N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N 7

Swimming & Diving Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10

Tennis N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9

Track and Field (Indoor) Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10

Track and Field (Outdoor) Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10

Volleyball Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9

Women's Totals 9 9 12 13 12 13 11 13 10 11 113

Schools' Totals 15 19 20 24 22 24 22 24 17 21 208

† Army and Navy play FBS football.

President's Cup[edit] The Patriot League
Patriot League
Presidents' Cup is awarded to the member institution with the highest cumulative sports point total for their Patriot League
Patriot League
standings in sponsored men's and women's sports. Points are awarded based upon a combination of an institution's regular-season and tournament finishes in each sport. President's Cup Winners (combined men and women):

1991 – Bucknell 1992 – Bucknell 1993 – Bucknell 1994 – Army 1995 – Army 1996 – Bucknell 1997 – Army 1998 – Bucknell 1999 – Bucknell 2000 – Bucknell 2001 – Bucknell 2002 – Bucknell 2003 – Bucknell 2004 – Bucknell 2005 – Army 2006 – Bucknell 2007 – Bucknell 2008 – Bucknell 2009 – Bucknell 2010 – Bucknell 2011 – Bucknell 2012 – Navy 2013 – Bucknell 2014 – Navy 2015 – Navy 2016 – Navy

Basketball[edit]

Men's tournament champion, runner-up, and MVP See: Patriot League
Patriot League
Men's Basketball Tournament

Women's tournament champion See: Patriot League
Patriot League
Women's Basketball Tournament

NCAA

In NCAA basketball, Bucknell, Navy, Lehigh, and Holy Cross are the only teams in the conference ever to have recorded NCAA Tournament victories. Bucknell won tournament games in 2005 over Kansas and in 2006 over Arkansas. Lehigh won over Duke in the first round in the 2012 tournament. The Bison, Mountain Hawks, and Crusaders are the only teams to win in the NCAA Tournament while actually representing the Patriot League. A Navy team—then representing the Colonial Athletic Association—led by future Hall of Famer David Robinson won three tournament games while advancing to the regional finals in 1986. Holy Cross was among the best teams in the country in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and won the 1947 national championship with a team that included Hall of Famer Bob Cousy. Its combined record in the NCAA Tournament is 8–12. After a 63-year drought, Holy Cross defeated Southern University in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. Field hockey[edit]

Tournament champion[17]

1994 – Lehigh 1995 – Lafayette 1996 – Colgate 1997 – Holy Cross 1998 – Holy Cross 1999 – Lafayette 2000 – Holy Cross 2001 – Fairfield 2002 – Lafayette 2003 – American 2004 – American 2005 – American 2006 – American 2007 – American 2008 – American 2009 – American 2010 – American 2011 – Lafayette 2012 – Lafayette 2013 – American 2014 – Boston 2015 – Boston 2016 – American

Football[edit]

League champions

1986 – Holy Cross 1987 – Holy Cross 1988 – Lafayette 1989 – Holy Cross 1990 – Holy Cross 1991 – Holy Cross 1992 – Lafayette 1993 – Lehigh 1994 – Lafayette 1995 – Lehigh 1996 – Bucknell 1997 – Colgate 1998 – Lehigh 1999 – Colgate and Lehigh 2000 – Lehigh 2001 – Lehigh 2002 – Colgate and Fordham 2003 – Colgate 2004 – Lafayette and Lehigh 2005 – Lafayette and Colgate 2006 – Lafayette and Lehigh 2007 – Fordham 2008 – Colgate 2009 – Holy Cross 2010 – Lehigh 2011 – Lehigh 2012 – Colgate 2013 – Lafayette 2014 – Fordham 2015 – Colgate 2016 – Lehigh 2017 – Colgate and Lehigh

Patriot League
Patriot League
football was non-scholarship until the league presidents voted to approve football scholarships starting with the 2013 recruiting class. Since then, each school has been allowed no more than the equivalent of 15 scholarships to incoming football players in any given season. With the transition to scholarship football having been completed in 2016, each school is now allowed a maximum of 60 scholarship equivalents per season, three short of the NCAA FCS maximum. However, Georgetown does not offer scholarships. Until 1997, Patriot League
Patriot League
teams did not participate in the NCAA Division I Football Championship playoffs. The policy was in step with the Ivy League's policy of not participating in the playoffs since the Patriot League
Patriot League
was founded with the Ivy League's athletics philosophy. The league champion receives the automatic playoff berth. If there are co-champions, a tie-breaker determines the playoff participant. Colgate was the first team to receive the league's automatic berth in 1997. The following year, Lehigh won the league's first playoff game. It is also the only year where a Patriot League
Patriot League
team, Colgate, received a playoff invitation without being a league co-champion. The 2003 Colgate team advanced all the way to the National Championship game before falling to the University of Delaware. It is the only time a Patriot League
Patriot League
team has advanced beyond the second round and played in a championship game. Facilities[edit]

School Football stadium Capacity Basketball arena Capacity Baseball stadium Capacity Soccer venue Capacity

American Non-football school Bender Arena 3,044 Non-baseball school Reeves Field 700

Army Sponsors football as an FBS Independent Army's home football games are at Michie Stadium 38,000 Christl Arena 5,043 Johnson Stadium at Doubleday Field 880 Clinton Field 2,000

Boston
Boston
U Non-football school Agganis Arena Case Gym 7,200 1,800 Non-baseball school Nickerson Field 10,412

Bucknell Christy Mathewson–Memorial Stadium 13,100 Sojka Pavilion 4,000 Eugene B. Depew Field 500 Emmitt Field at Holmes Stadium 1,250

Colgate Andy Kerr Stadium 10,221 Cotterell Court 3,000 Non-baseball school Van Doren Field 2,000

Fordham Coffey Field 7,000 Football-only member

Georgetown Cooper Field 2,500 Football-only member

Holy Cross Fitton Field 23,500 Hart Center 3,600 Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field 3,000 Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium 1,320

Lafayette Fisher Field at Fisher Stadium 13,132 Kirby Sports Center 2,644 Kamine Stadium 500 Oaks Stadium 1,000

Lehigh Goodman Stadium 16,000 Stabler Arena 5,600 Lehigh Baseball Field N/A Caruso Wrestling Complex 2,400

Loyola Non-football school Reitz Arena 2,100 Non-baseball school Ridley Athletic Complex 6,000

Navy Plays football in the American Athletic Conference. Navy's home football games are at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium 34,000 Alumni Hall 5,710 Max Bishop Stadium 1,500 Glenn Warner Soccer Facility 2,500

Literature[edit] The Patriot League
Patriot League
was profiled in the John Feinstein
John Feinstein
book, The Last Amateurs. The title is derived from the belief that the Patriot League was the last Division I basketball league that plays a conference tournament (the Ivy League, which operates under the same model, albeit with no scholarships, did not hold a conference tournament until the 2016–17 season) and functions as a place for student-athletes, rather than functioning as a de facto minor professional league with players not representative of their student bodies. In it, Feinstein followed all the league's men's basketball teams during the 1999–2000 season.[3] References[edit]

^ a b ""Who We Are" About the Patriot League". Patriot League. Retrieved July 3, 2013.  ^ The Brown and White, Lehigh University
Lehigh University
Student Newspaper ^ a b c d Feinstein, John (2000). The Last Amateurs. Boston: Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 0-316-27842-4.  ^ a b c d e " Patriot League
Patriot League
History". Patriot League. Retrieved July 3, 2013.  ^ Patriot League
Patriot League
2011 Football Media Guide. ^ "2009 Field Hockey". Centennial Conference. Archived from the original on October 7, 2010. Retrieved March 2, 2010.  ^ " Boston University
Boston University
accepts invitation to join Patriot League starting in 2013–14" (PDF) (Press release). Patriot League. June 15, 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2013.  ^ " Loyola University Maryland
Loyola University Maryland
accepts invitation to join Patriot League starting with 2013–14 season" (Press release). Patriot League. August 29, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2012.  ^ Novy-Williams, Eben (February 13, 2012). " Patriot League
Patriot League
to Offer Football Scholarships for First Time Starting 2013". Bloomberg.  ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/patr/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/2011-12/misc_non_event/PLpresidentCommentsFootballFA.pdf ^ Alan Childs (biography) – Lafayette College
Lafayette College
Athletics. ^ Connie Hurlbut (biography) – Western Athletic Conference. ^ Carolyn Schlie Femovich (biography) – The PICTOR Group. ^ Jennifer Heppel (biography) – Patriot League. ^ ""Who We Are" About the Patriot League". Patriot League. Retrieved 1 November 2016.  ^ http://www.patriotleague.org ^ " Patriot League
Patriot League
Field Hockey
Field Hockey
Record Book" (PDF). Patriot League Field Hockey
Field Hockey
Record Book. Patriot League. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 

External links[edit]

Official website

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Patriot League

Full members (all sports)

Bucknell Bison Colgate Raiders Holy Cross Crusaders Lafayette Leopards Lehigh Mountain Hawks

Full members (except football)

American Eagles Army Black Knights Boston University
Boston University
Terriers Loyola Greyhounds Navy Midshipmen

Associate members (football only)

Fordham Rams Georgetown Hoyas

Associate members (other sports)

MIT Engineers
MIT Engineers
(women's rowing) Richmond Spiders
Richmond Spiders
(women's golf)

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NCAA Division I
NCAA Division I
FCS conferences

Big Sky Conference Big South Conference Colonial Athletic Association Ivy League Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Missouri Valley Football Conference Northeast Conference Ohio Valley Conference Patriot League Pioneer Football League Southern Conference Southland Conference Southwestern Athletic Conference Independents

NCAA Division I
NCAA Division I
Football

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