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The Big East Conference
Big East Conference
(stylized as BIG EAST) is a collegiate athletic conference that competes in NCAA Division I
NCAA Division I
in all sports except football, which is not sponsored. The conference has been officially recognized as a Division I multi-sport conference, effective on August 1, 2013.[1] Its nucleus is composed of the "Catholic Seven" members of the original Big East Conference: DePaul University, Georgetown University, Marquette University, Providence College, Seton Hall University, St. John's University, and Villanova University.[2] In December 2012, these schools chose to split from the football playing schools in order to focus on basketball, and in March 2013 reached a settlement, whereby they acquired the Big East Conference
Big East Conference
name, logos, and the rights to the men's basketball tournament. Butler University, Creighton University, and Xavier University
Xavier University
also joined the conference on its July 1, 2013 launch date.[3] The football-playing members of the old Big East, along with several other schools, formed the American Athletic Conference, which retains the old Big East's charter and structure. However, both conferences claim 1979 as their founding date.[4][5] As part of the separation agreement, the basketball schools were able to retain the basketball records while the football schools retained the football records respectively.[6] Val Ackerman, former WNBA president, has been commissioner since June 26, 2013. On the same day Ackerman was named as commissioner, it announced that it will be headquartered in New York City.[7][8][9] None of the conference's schools sponsor varsity football in the top-level Division I FBS. Georgetown, Villanova, and Butler do operate football programs in the second-level Division I FCS, though only Villanova offers scholarships to its players.

Contents

1 History

1.1 The original Big East 1.2 The present Big East 1.3 Field Hockey and Lacrosse Associate Members

2 Member schools

2.1 Charter members 2.2 Associate members 2.3 Former associate members 2.4 Membership timeline

3 Men's sports

3.1 Basketball

3.1.1 Big East Champions and tournament bids 3.1.2 All-time wins and NCAA appearances 3.1.3 NCAA National Championships

3.2 Soccer 3.3 Lacrosse

3.3.1 NCAA National Championships

3.4 Baseball 3.5 Swimming & Diving 3.6 Cross Country

3.6.1 NCAA National Championships

4 Women's sports

4.1 Basketball 4.2 Field Hockey

4.2.1 NCAA National Championships

4.3 Soccer 4.4 Swimming & Diving 4.5 Volleyball 4.6 Cross Country

4.6.1 NCAA National Championships

4.7 Lacrosse

5 NCAA team championships 6 Facilities 7 See also 8 References 9 External links

History[edit] The original Big East[edit] Main article: Big East Conference
Big East Conference
(1979–2013) The original Big East Conference
Big East Conference
was founded in 1979, when Providence College basketball
College basketball
coach Dave Gavitt spearheaded an effort to assemble an east coast basketball-centric collegiate athletic conference.[10] The core of the Big East formed when Providence, St. John's, Georgetown, and Syracuse invited Seton Hall, Connecticut (UConn), Holy Cross, Rutgers, and Boston College (BC). Holy Cross turned down the invitation, as did Rutgers initially, while BC, Seton Hall, and UConn accepted.[11][12][13] Gavitt became the Big East's first commissioner, and Villanova and Pittsburgh joined the conference shortly thereafter.[14][15][16] PR firm Duffy & Shanley is credited with the initial branding and naming work for the conference.[17] The conference remained largely unchanged until 1991, when it began to sponsor football, adding Miami as a full member, and Rutgers, Temple, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia as football-only members.[18] Rutgers and West Virginia upgraded to full Big East membership in 1995, while Virginia Tech did the same in 2000. Notre Dame also joined as a non-football member effective in 1995. Temple football was kicked out after the 2004 season, but rejoined in 2012 and intended to become a full Big East member in 2013. The unusual structure of the Big East, with the "football" and "non-football" schools, led to instability in the conference.[19] The waves of defection and replacement brought about by the conference realignments of 2005 and the early 2010s revealed tension between the football-sponsoring and non-football schools that eventually led to the split of the conference in 2013.[20] The conference reorganized following the tumultuous period of realignment that hobbled the Big East between 2010 and 2013. The Big East was one of the most severely impacted conferences during the most recent conference realignment period. In all, 14 member schools announced their departure for other conferences, and 15 other schools announced plans to join the conference (eight as all-sports members, and four for football only). Three of the latter group later backed out of their plans to join (one for all sports, and the other two for football only). The present Big East[edit] See also: 2010–13 Big East Conference
Big East Conference
realignment, 2010–2014 NCAA conference realignment, and American Athletic Conference

Locations of the Big East Conference
Big East Conference
member institutions

On December 15, 2012 the Big East's seven non-FBS schools (all Catholic institutions) – DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall, and Villanova – announced that they had voted unanimously to separate from the Big East football playing schools, effective June 30, 2015.[21] Among the many rumor-fueled news stories, it was reported that the so-called Catholic 7, in leaving the Big East, were looking for a more lucrative television deal than they would have received by remaining with the football schools.[22] Of more concern may have been the limited window in which these non-FBS schools would hold a voting majority in the conference—after the defection of certain FBS schools to the ACC but before the effective inclusion of candidate FBS schools to replace them—and, therefore, architect a conference future both aligned with their institutional interests and true to the basketball roots from which the Big East grew. Five of the seven schools constituted a majority of the conference during its enormously successful early years, prior to the inclusion of football as a conference sport; only one of the FBS schools that were to remain in the conference, UConn, shared this heritage. In March 2013, it was announced that the Catholic 7 were not only parting ways with the FBS schools on June 30, 2013, but that they would retain the Big East name, $10 million from the old conference's treasury, and the right to hold the conference's basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden.[23] On March 14, 2013, it was reported that the Big East would be adding members in the next seven to ten days.[24] The following day, ESPN stated that the Big East would add Butler and Xavier from the Atlantic 10 Conference, as well as Creighton from the Missouri Valley Conference, with an official announcement to be forthcoming within the next week, although the institutions which were reportedly joining were refusing to comment.[25] At a news conference in New York City
New York City
on March 20, 2013, the reorganized league was formally introduced with Butler, Xavier, and Creighton included as members. Additional announcements included details of new contracts for television and for the use of Madison Square Garden as site of the men's basketball tournament.[3][26] It billed itself as a return to Gavitt's original vision of a strong, Northeast-based basketball conference.[5] Field Hockey and Lacrosse Associate Members[edit] During May 2013, the conference added several associate members in lacrosse and field hockey. The University of Denver
University of Denver
joined the men's lacrosse league and started play in the 2014 season,[27] while Rutgers University men's lacrosse played the 2014 season in the Big East before moving to the Big Ten in 2014–15.[28] Rutgers also housed its field hockey and women's lacrosse teams in the Big East for 2013–14 before joining the Big Ten, as did Louisville in advance of its 2014 move to the ACC. The 2013–14 school year also saw the arrival of Connecticut and Temple for both women's lacrosse and field hockey, Old Dominion for field hockey only, and Cincinnati
Cincinnati
for women's lacrosse only.[29] The launch of a women's lacrosse league in the Big Ten for the 2015 season caused the American Lacrosse Conference
American Lacrosse Conference
(ALC) to dissolve after the 2014 season; two Southeastern Conference
Southeastern Conference
teams that had been ALC members, Florida and Vanderbilt, joined the Big East as associate members in that sport.[30] The next changes to Big East associate membership came during the 2015–16 school year. First, on December 8, 2015, the conference announced that Liberty and Quinnipiac would become associate members in field hockey effective with the 2016 season.[31] Then, on May 3, 2016, the Big East announced that Denver, already an affiliate in men's lacrosse, would move its women's lacrosse team into the league in the 2016–17 school year (2017 season).[32] In addition to the new associate members, full member Butler announced on October 21, 2015 that it would elevate its club team in women's lacrosse to full varsity status in the 2017 season and immediately begin Big East competition.[33] Most recently, the American Athletic Conference
American Athletic Conference
announced on October 11, 2017 that it would begin sponsoring women's lacrosse in the 2019 season (2018–19 school year), which will lead to the departure of all current Big East women's lacrosse associates except Denver.[34] On that same date, the Big East announced that field hockey member Old Dominion would also become a Big East women's lacrosse member in the 2019 season, maintaining Big East women's lacrosse membership at 6 teams and preserving its automatic berth to the NCAA women's tournament.[35] Member schools[edit] Charter members[edit] All full members of the Big East are private institutions, and all are Catholic except for Butler (which is Nonsectarian though founded by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)).

Institution Location Founded Endowment Enrollment Nickname Colors

Butler University Indianapolis, Indiana 1855 $174,000,000 4,848 Bulldogs          

Creighton University Omaha, Nebraska 1878 $448,000,000 8,236 Bluejays          

DePaul University Chicago, Illinois 1898 $420,000,000 23,799 Blue Demons          

Georgetown University Washington, D.C. 1789 $1,484,000,000 17,858 Hoyas          

Marquette University Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1881 $550,000,000 11,745 Golden Eagles          

Providence College Providence, Rhode Island 1917 $213,000,000 4,533 Friars               

St. John's University Queens, New York 1870 $648,000,000 20,448 Red Storm          

Seton Hall University South Orange, New Jersey 1856 $243,000,000 9,627 Pirates          

Villanova University Villanova, Pennsylvania 1842 $715,000,000 10,735 Wildcats          

Xavier University Cincinnati, Ohio 1831 $151,000,000 6,538 Musketeers               

Associate members[edit] As noted above, all Big East associate members in women's lacrosse other than Denver
Denver
will leave after the 2018 season for the new women's lacrosse league of The American. However, not all of these schools will leave the Big East entirely, as two also house field hockey teams in the conference.

Schools that are leaving the Big East entirely are highlighted in red. Schools whose women's lacrosse teams are leaving, but will remain field hockey associates, are highlighted in yellow.

Institution Location Founded Joined Enrollment Nickname Colors Sport(s) Primary Conference

Cincinnati
Cincinnati
!University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio 1819 2013 35,421 Bearcats           Women's lacrosse American Athletic Conference

Connecticut !University of Connecticut Storrs, Connecticut 1881 2013 31,624 Huskies           Field hockey, Women's lacrosse American Athletic Conference

Denver
Denver
!University of Denver Denver, Colorado 1864 2013 (men) 2016 (women) 11,809 Pioneers           Men's lacrosse, Women's lacrosse Summit League

Florida !University of Florida Gainesville, Florida 1853 2014 50,350 Gators           Women's lacrosse SEC

Liberty University Lynchburg, Virginia 1971 2016 110,000 Lady Flames                Field hockey Big South Conference

Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia 1930 2013 (field hockey) 2018 (women's lacrosse) 24,932 Monarchs                Field hockey (plus women's lacrosse in 2018–19) Conference USA

Quinnipiac University Hamden, Connecticut 1929 2016 9,000 Bobcats           Field hockey Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Temple University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1884 2013 37,485 Owls           Field hockey, Women's lacrosse American Athletic Conference

Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tennessee 1873 2014 12,686 Commodores           Women's lacrosse SEC

Notes

Former associate members[edit] Because the American Athletic Conference
American Athletic Conference
did not sponsor lacrosse or field hockey, Rutgers and Louisville joined the Big East as associate members before joining the Big Ten Conference
Big Ten Conference
and Atlantic Coast Conference, respectively, in 2014.

Institution Location Founded Joined Enrollment Nickname Colors Sport(s) Primary Conference

Rutgers University–New Brunswick New Brunswick, New Jersey 1766 2013 48,378 Scarlet Knights      Field hockey, Men's & women's lacrosse Big Ten Conference

Louisville !University of Louisville Louisville, Kentucky 1798 2013 21,562 Cardinals           Field hockey, Women's lacrosse Atlantic Coast Conference

Membership timeline[edit]

Big East Conference (1979–2013)
Big East Conference (1979–2013)
members Big East Conference
Big East Conference
members Associate member Men's sports[edit] Since the relaunch of the Big East in July 2013, it has sponsored championship competition in ten men's and twelve women's NCAA sanctioned sports. Initially, seven schools were associate members in three sports. Two associate members departed in 2014 and were replaced by two new associates. In 2016, two new associates joined, and an existing associate member brought a second sport into the Big East.[36]

Men's sponsored sports by school

School Baseball Basketball Cross Country Golf Lacrosse Soccer Swimming & Diving Tennis Track & Field (Indoor) Track & Field (Outdoor) Total Big East Sports

Butler Y Y Y Y N Y N Y Y Y 8

Creighton Y Y Y Y N Y N Y N N 6

DePaul N Y Y Y N Y N Y Y Y 7

Georgetown Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10

Marquette N Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y 8

Providence N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y 7

St. John's Y Y N Y Y Y N Y N N 6

Seton Hall Y Y Y Y N Y Y N N N 6

Villanova Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10

Xavier Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y 9

Totals 7 10 9 9 5+1† 10 5 8 7 7 77+1

† = Associates Denver

Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Big East Conference
Big East Conference
which are played by Big East schools

School Fencing Football Ice Hockey Rowing Sailing

Butler No Pioneer Football League No No No

Georgetown No Patriot League No Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges Intercollegiate Sailing Association

Providence No No Hockey East No No

St. John's Independent No No No No

Villanova No Colonial Athletic Association No No No

Basketball[edit] The 2013–14 season marked the inaugural season of the reconfigured Big East. Kicking off with media day at Chelsea Piers, the season started with much fanfare and excitement around the country's elite basketball-centric conference. Aided by the lucrative TV agreement with FS1, almost all Big East games were televised, helping to maintain and grow Big East basketball as a national brand. For 2014–15, the Big East had four schools ranked in the top 20 and six schools in the top 30 recruiting classes nationally according to ESPN, Scout and Rivals rankings. Villanova won the conference's first national championship since realignment in 2016. The conference holds the record for the highest percentage of members ever sent to one tournament from a single conference at 70%. Big East Champions and tournament bids[edit]

Year Regular Season Champion Player of the Year Tournament Champion Tournament MVP NCAA Tournament Bids

2013–14 Villanova McDermott, Doug Doug McDermott
Doug McDermott
(Creighton) Providence Cotton, Bryce Bryce Cotton
Bryce Cotton
(Providence) Villanova #2 East, Creighton #3 West, Providence #11 East, Xavier #11 Midwest

2014–15 Villanova Arcidiacono, Ryan Ryan Arcidiacono
Ryan Arcidiacono
(Villanova), Dunn, Kris Kris Dunn (Providence) Villanova Hart, JoshJosh Hart (Villanova) Villanova #1 East, Georgetown #4 South, Providence #6 East, Butler #6 Midwest, Xavier #6 West, St. John's #9 South

2015–16 Villanova Dunn, Kris Kris Dunn (Providence) Seton Hall Whitehead, Isaiah Isaiah Whitehead
Isaiah Whitehead
(Seton Hall) Villanova #2 South, Xavier #2 East, Seton Hall #6 Midwest, Providence #9 East, Butler #9 Midwest

2016–17 Villanova Hart, JoshJosh Hart (Villanova) Villanova Hart, JoshJosh Hart (Villanova) Villanova #1 East, Butler #4 South, Creighton #6 Midwest, Seton Hall #9 South, Marquette #10 East, Xavier #11 West, Providence #11 East (First Four)

2017–18 Xavier Brunson, Jalen Jalen Brunson
Jalen Brunson
(Villanova) Villanova Bridges, Mikal Mikal Bridges
Mikal Bridges
(Villanova) Villanova #1 East, Xavier #1 West, Seton Hall #8 Midwest, Creighton #8 South, Providence #10 West, Butler #10 East

All-time wins and NCAA appearances[edit] This list goes through the 2015–16 season.

Team Records Win Pct. NCAA Tournament NCAA Sweet 16 NCAA Elite 8 NCAA Final Four NCAA Runner Up NCAA Champions

Butler 1535–1105 .581 13 5 2 2 2 0

Creighton 1496–983 .603 19 3 1 0 0 0

DePaul 1428–964 .597 22 10 3 2 0 0

Georgetown 1624–1006 .617 30 11 9 5 3 1

Marquette 1569–970 .617 31 16 7 3 1 1

Providence 1404-941 .600 18 5 4 2 0 0

St. John's 1849–981 .653 29 6 6 2 1 0

Seton Hall 1451–1046 .584 10 4 2 1 1 0

Villanova 1685–917 .648 36 18 13 5 1 3

Xavier 1418–969 .594 26 7 2 0 0 0

NCAA National Championships[edit]

School NCAA Champion Years NCAA Runner Up Years

Villanova 3 1985, 2016, 2018 1 1971

Georgetown 1 1984 3 1943, 1982, 1985

Marquette 1 1977 1 1974

Butler 0

2 2010, 2011

Seton Hall 0

1 1989

St. Johns 0

1 1952

Total 5

9

Soccer[edit] All full Big East member schools field men's soccer teams.

Year Regular Season Tournament Runner Up NCAA Bids

2013 Georgetown Marquette Providence Creighton, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's

2014 Creighton Providence Xavier Creighton, Georgetown, Providence, Xavier

2015 Georgetown Georgetown Creighton Creighton, Georgetown

2016 Providence Butler Creighton Butler, Creighton, Providence, Villanova

2017 Butler Georgetown Xavier Butler, Georgetown

Lacrosse[edit] Big East men's lacrosse is made up of charter members Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, and Villanova, as well as Denver. NCAA regulations state that there must be six teams for a league to receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, and since Butler, Creighton, DePaul, Seton Hall, and Xavier only field club teams, the Big East had to look elsewhere. Both Denver
Denver
and Johns Hopkins were rumored as targets for potential invitation and Denver
Denver
was ultimately invited to join the Big East as a lacrosse-only member. Denver
Denver
joined the Big East as one of the hottest teams in the country; at the time of the relaunch of the Big East in July 2013, the Pioneers had made six NCAA Tournament appearances in the previous eight seasons and had appeared in two Final Fours in the previous three seasons. The University of Denver
University of Denver
houses most of its other sports in The Summit League; most of that league's other teams are closer to that school's Denver
Denver
campus than the bulk of the Big East. There is still uncertainty to whether or not Butler, Creighton, DePaul, Seton Hall, or Xavier will elevate their programs from the club level, or if any other programs will receive lacrosse-only invitations.

Year Regular Season Tournament Runner-Up NCAA Bids

2014 Denver Denver Villanova Denver
Denver
(Final Four)

2015 Denver Denver Georgetown Denver
Denver
(National Champion)

2016 Denver Marquette Denver Denver
Denver
(First Round), Marquette (First Round)

2017 Denver Marquette Providence Denver
Denver
(Final Four), Marquette (First Round)

NCAA National Championships[edit]

School NCAA Champion Years NCAA Runner Up Years

Denver 1 2015 0 N/A

Baseball[edit] Big East full member schools, Butler, Creighton, Georgetown, Seton Hall, St. John's, Villanova and Xavier all field men's baseball teams. DePaul and Marquette have never fielded Big East baseball teams, while Providence fielded one until 1999 when it was dropped and later replaced with lacrosse.

Year Regular Season Tournament NCAA Bids

2014 Creighton Xavier Xavier

2015 St. John's St. John's St. John's

2016 Xavier Xavier Xavier

2017 Creighton Xavier Xavier, St. John's

Swimming & Diving[edit] Big East men's swimming & diving is made up of charter members Georgetown, Providence, Seton Hall, Villanova and Xavier. Butler cut men's swimming & diving in 2007, when they also cut lacrosse. St. John's cut men's swimming & diving in 2003 due to Title IX, when they also cut football, men's cross country, men's indoor track & field, men's outdoor track & field and women's swimming & diving, and added men's lacrosse. The Big East Conference
Big East Conference
originally started sponsoring men's swimming & diving in 1979. The Big East Conference
Big East Conference
Men's Swimming & Diving
Diving
Championships have been held at some of the fastest pools in the United States. These pools include: Indiana University Natatorium, which has hosted multiple NCAA Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving
Diving
Championships and multiple U.S.A. Olympic Trials in both Swimming and Diving; Nassau County Aquatic Center, which has hosted NCAA Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving
Diving
Championships and the International Goodwill Games; and University of Pittsburgh's Trees Pool, which hosted a total of 17 Big East Conference
Big East Conference
Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Championships. Out of the current members, Xavier has won a total of three Big East Conference
Big East Conference
Men's Swimming & Diving
Diving
Championships, while Villanova and Seton Hall have each won two.

Year Tournament Champion Tournament Runner Up

2014 Xavier Georgetown

2015 Xavier Georgetown

2016 Xavier Georgetown

2017 Seton Hall Georgetown

2018 Seton Hall Villanova

Cross Country[edit] Villanova men's cross country team won three straight NCAA National Championships in 1966, 1967 and 1968, as well as a fourth in 1970. They also finished 2nd in 1962 and 1969. Providence men's cross country team have also finished in second in 1981 and 1982.

Year Big East Champion NCAA Championship Team Entries

2013 Villanova Providence, Villanova

2014 Villanova Georgetown, Providence, Villanova

2015 Georgetown Georgetown

2016 Georgetown Georgetown, Providence

2017 Georgetown None

NCAA National Championships[edit]

School NCAA Runner Up Years NCAA National Champion Years

Villanova 2 1962, 1969 4 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970

Providence 2 1981, 1982 0 N/A

Women's sports[edit]

Women's sponsored sports by school

School Basketball Cross Country Field Hockey Golf Lacrosse Soccer Softball Swimming & Diving Tennis Track & Field (Indoor) Track & Field (Outdoor) Volleyball Total Big East Sports

Butler Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 11

Creighton Y Y N Y N Y Y N Y N N Y 7

DePaul Y Y N N N Y Y N Y Y Y Y 8

Georgetown Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 12

Marquette Y Y N N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y 8

Providence Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10

St. John's Y Y N Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y 9

Seton Hall Y Y N Y N Y Y Y Y N N Y 8

Villanova Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 11

Xavier Y Y N Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y 9

Totals 10 10 3+5[a] 6 4+6[b] 10 8 6 10 8 8 10 93+11

^ Associates Connecticut, Liberty, Old Dominion, Quinnipiac, and Temple. ^ Associates Cincinnati, Connecticut, Denver, Florida, Temple, and Vanderbilt. After the 2018 season, all current associate lacrosse members except Denver
Denver
will leave for the new American Athletic Conference women's lacrosse league, while Old Dominion will add women's lacrosse to its existing Big East associate membership.

Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Big East Conference
Big East Conference
which are played by Big East schools

School Fencing Ice Hockey Rowing Sailing[a] Water Polo

Creighton No No West Coast Conference No No

Georgetown No No Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges Intercollegiate Sailing Association No

Providence No Hockey East No No No

St. John's Independent No No No No

Villanova No No Colonial Athletic Association No Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

^ Not an NCAA-sanctioned sport.

Basketball[edit]

Year Regular Season Champion Player of the Year Tournament Champion Tournament MVP NCAA Tournament Bids

2013–14 DePaul Marissa Janning (Creighton) DePaul Jasmine Penny (DePaul) DePaul

2014–15 DePaul, Seton Hall Brittany Hrynko
Brittany Hrynko
(DePaul) DePaul Megan Podkowa (DePaul) DePaul, Seton Hall

2015–16 DePaul Chanise Jenkins (DePaul) St. John's Aliyyah Handford (St. John's) DePaul, St. John's, Seton Hall

2016–17 Creighton, DePaul Brooke Schulte (DePaul) Marquette Amani Wilborn (Marquette) Creighton, DePaul, Marquette

2017–18 DePaul, Marquette Allazia Blockton (Marquette) DePaul Amarah Coleman (DePaul) DePaul (#5 Spokane), Marquette (#8 Lexington), Villanova (#9 Spokane), Creighton (#11 Kansas City)

Field Hockey[edit] The Big East began sponsoring field hockey in 1989, but conference records only indicate that a postseason tournament was held; the first recorded season of full league play was 1993, with Boston College, Connecticut, Georgetown, Providence, Syracuse, and Villanova participating. Georgetown left Big East field hockey after the 1994 season, and was replaced by incoming Big East member Rutgers. The next change in field hockey membership came in 2005, when BC left for the ACC and was replaced by Louisville. Georgetown returned its field hockey program to the Big East the next year, after which the conference's field hockey membership remained unchanged until the 2013 conference split. Shortly before the split, Old Dominion was set to join the original Big East as a field hockey associate.[37] The conference split left both successor leagues—the reconfigured Big East and The American—with too few field hockey members to qualify for an automatic NCAA tournament berth. As a result, both leagues agreed that only the "new" Big East would sponsor the sport, and that all American members with field hockey programs would become associates. Accordingly, the Big East field hockey conference would now be made up of Big East full members Georgetown, Providence, and Villanova; American members Connecticut, Louisville, Rutgers, and Temple; and Old Dominion, otherwise a member of Conference USA. Following the 2014 departure of Louisville and Rutgers for all-sports membership in conferences that sponsored field hockey (respectively the ACC and Big Ten), Big East field hockey operated with six members until Liberty and Quinnipiac joined as associate members in 2016.

Year Regular Season Champion Tournament Champion NCAA Tournament Bids

2013 Connecticut Connecticut Connecticut, Old Dominion

2014 Connecticut Connecticut Connecticut

2015 Connecticut Connecticut Connecticut

2016 Connecticut Connecticut Connecticut

2017 Connecticut Connecticut Connecticut

NCAA National Championships[edit] The only honors listed here are those earned by Big East field hockey members while playing the sport in the conference. In addition to these:

UConn had two national titles and two runner-up finishes as a member of the original Big East, but before the conference established a field hockey league. Old Dominion had nine national titles and three runner-up finishes before joining Big East field hockey.

School NCAA National Champion Years NCAA Runner-up Years

Connecticut 3 2013, 2014, 2017 0 N/A

Soccer[edit]

Year Regular Season Champion Tournament Champion NCAA Tournament Bids

2013 Marquette Marquette DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, St. John's

2014 DePaul DePaul DePaul, Georgetown

2015 St. John's Butler Butler, Georgetown, St. John's

2016 Marquette, DePaul Georgetown Georgetown, Marquette

2017 Georgetown Georgetown Butler, Georgetown

Swimming & Diving[edit] Big East women's swimming & diving is made up of charter members Butler, Georgetown, Providence, Seton Hall, Villanova and Xavier. St. John's cut women's swimming & diving in 2003, when they also cut men's swimming & diving, football, men's cross country, men's indoor track & field and men's outdoor track & field, and added men's lacrosse. The Big East Conference
Big East Conference
originally started sponsoring women's swimming & diving in 1982. The Big East Conference
Big East Conference
Women's Swimming & Diving
Diving
Championships have been held at some of the fastest pools in the United States. These pools include: Indiana University Natatorium, which has hosted multiple NCAA Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving
Diving
Championships and multiple U.S.A. Olympic Trials in both Swimming and Diving; Nassau County Aquatic Center, which has hosted NCAA Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving
Diving
Championships and the International Goodwill Games; and University of Pittsburgh's Trees Pool, which hosted a total of 17 Big East Conference
Big East Conference
Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Championships. Out of the current members, Villanova has won a total of ten Big East Conference
Big East Conference
Women's Swimming & Diving Championships.

Year Tournament Champion Tournament Runner Up

2014 Villanova Georgetown

2015 Villanova Georgetown

2016 Villanova Georgetown

2017 Villanova Georgetown

2018 Villanova Georgetown

Volleyball[edit] All full members of the Big East sponsor women's volleyball. However, in the first season of the reconfigured Big East in 2013, Providence was an affiliate member of the America East Conference. The Friars joined Big East volleyball in 2014.

Year Regular Season Tournament Runner Up NCAA Bids

2013 Marquette Marquette Creighton Creighton, Marquette

2014 Creighton Creighton Seton Hall Creighton, Marquette, Seton Hall

2015 Creighton Creighton Villanova Creighton, Marquette, Villanova

2016 Creighton Creighton Xavier Creighton, Marquette

2017 Creighton Creighton Marquette Creighton, Marquette

Cross Country[edit] The Providence women's cross country team have been crowned NCAA National Champions in 1995 and 2013, as well as finishing 2nd in 1990 and 2012. The Villanova women's cross country team won two straight NCAA National Championships in 2009 and 2010 and six straight NCAA National Championships in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1994. Villanova runners also won an individual NCAA National Championship in 1998, as well as placing 3rd in 1995, 2nd in 1996 and 3rd in 2011. The Georgetown women's cross country team were NCAA National Champions in 2011.

Year Big East Champion NCAA Championship Team Entries

2013 Providence Butler, Georgetown, Providence, Villanova

2014 Georgetown Georgetown, Providence

2015 Providence Georgetown, Providence, Villanova

2016 Providence Providence, Villanova

2017 Villanova Providence, Villanova

NCAA National Championships[edit]

School NCAA Runner-up Years NCAA National Champion Years

Villanova 1 1996 9 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2009, 2010

Providence 2 1990, 2012 2 1995, 2013

Georgetown 0 N/A 1 2011

Lacrosse[edit] The Big East began sponsoring women's lacrosse in the 2001 season with Boston College, UConn, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Syracuse, and Virginia Tech. The original lineup stayed in place until Virginia Tech and BC left for the ACC, respectively in 2004 and 2005. The conference replaced BC with Loyola (Maryland) for the 2006 season, and the Greyhounds remained an associate member until the school joined the Patriot League, which already sponsored women's lacrosse, in 2013. Originally, the conference championship was decided solely by league play; a postseason tournament was added starting in the 2007 season with the top four teams qualifying, a format that exists to this day. The next changes in women's lacrosse membership came in the 2009 season, when Cincinnati
Cincinnati
and Louisville (both of which had only added varsity lacrosse for the 2008 season)[38][39] brought their teams into the Big East. Villanova followed in the 2010 season.[40] As in the case of field hockey, the 2013 conference split left the Big East and The American with too few lacrosse teams for an automatic NCAA bid. Also in a parallel with field hockey, the two conferences agreed that only the reconfigured Big East would sponsor the sport, with all women's lacrosse teams from The American becoming associate members. The first season of women's lacrosse in the reconfigured league in 2014 would thus include Cincinnati, UConn, Georgetown, Louisville, new varsity team Marquette, Rutgers, Temple, and Villanova. The Big East would lose Louisville and Rutgers after that season, respectively to the ACC and Big Ten, replacing them with Florida and Vanderbilt (the only two SEC schools sponsoring the sport) after the demise of the American Lacrosse Conference.[40] For the 2017 season, Butler added varsity women's lacrosse and Denver brought its women's lacrosse team into the league, giving the Big East 10 members in the sport. However, after the 2018 season, the Big East will lose all of its women's lacrosse associate members except Denver to the new women's lacrosse conference of The American. The Big East will retain its automatic NCAA tournament bid with the arrival of Old Dominion, already an associate member in field hockey, for the 2019 season.

Year Regular Season Tournament Runner-Up NCAA Bids

2014 Louisville Louisville Georgetown Louisville, Georgetown (both Second Round)

2015 Florida, Georgetown Florida Connecticut Florida (Second Round)

2016 Florida Florida Temple Florida (Second Round)

2017 Florida Florida Denver Florida (Second Round)

NCAA team championships[edit] Thru November 19, 2017 [41] This list includes NCAA championships. Excluded from this list are all national championships earned outside the scope of NCAA competition, including Division I FBS football titles (0), women's AIAW championships (2 by Old Dominion), equestrian titles (0), and retroactive Helms Athletic Foundation titles (1 by St. John's). NCAA championships won by Big East associate members in their Big East sports are also included if they were won while the particular team was a Big East member. These schools are indicated in italics.

School Total Men Women Co-ed Nickname

Villanova 20 11 9 0 Wildcats

Connecticut 3 0 3 0 Huskies

Providence 3 1 2 0 Friars

Georgetown 2 1 1 0 Hoyas

Saint Johns !St. John's 2 1 0 1 Red Storm

Denver 1 1 0 0 Pioneers

Marquette 1 1 0 0 Golden Eagles

Butler 0 0 0 0 Bulldogs

Creighton 0 0 0 0 Bluejays

DePaul 0 0 0 0 Blue Demons

Seton Hall 0 0 0 0 Pirates

Xavier 0 0 0 0 Musketeers

See also: List of NCAA schools with the most NCAA Division I championships and List of NCAA schools with the most Division I national championships Facilities[edit] Associate members that are entirely leaving the Big East are highlighted in red.

School Soccer stadium Cap. Basketball arena(s) Cap. Baseball park Cap. Softball park Cap. Lacrosse stadium Cap.

Full Members

Butler Butler Bowl 5,647 Hinkle Fieldhouse 9,100 Bulldog Park 500 Butler Softball Field 500 Varsity Field N/A

Creighton Morrison Stadium 6,000 M:CenturyLink Center Omaha W:D. J. Sokol Arena 18,320 2,950 TD Ameritrade Park Omaha 24,505 Creighton Sports Complex 1,000 Non-Lacrosse school

DePaul Wish Field 1,000 Wintrust Arena 10,387 Non-baseball school Cacciatore Stadium 1,000 Non-Lacrosse school

Georgetown Kehoe Field 1,625 M:Capital One Arena W:McDonough Gymnasium 20,035 2,500 Shirley Povich Field 1,500 Guy Mason Field 200 Cooper Field 2,500

Marquette Valley Fields 1,600 M:BMO Harris Bradley Center W:Al McGuire Center 18,850 4,000 Non-baseball school Non-softball school Time Warner Cable Stadium Hart Park Stadium Valley Fields 7,000 5,500 1600

Providence Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium 3,000 M:Dunkin' Donuts Center W:Alumni Hall 12,400 1,854 Non-baseball school Glay Field 500 Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium 3,000

Seton Hall Owen T. Carroll Field 1,800 M:Prudential Center W:Walsh Gymnasium 18,711 2,600 Owen T. Carroll Field 600 Essex County Mike Shepard, Sr. Field 300 Non-Lacrosse school

St. John's Belson Stadium 2,168 M:Madison Square Garden M&W: Carnesecca Arena
Carnesecca Arena
[a] 19,979 5,602 Jack Kaiser Stadium 3,500 Red Storm Field 250 DaSilva Memorial Field 1,200

Villanova Villanova Soccer Complex 1,500 M&W:Wells Fargo Center M&W: The Pavilion
The Pavilion
[b][c] 20,328 6,500 Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth 1,500 Villanova Softball Complex 250 Villanova Stadium 12,500

Xavier Xavier University
Xavier University
Soccer Complex 1,000 Cintas Center 10,250 J. Page Hayden Field 500 Non-softball school Non-Lacrosse school

Associate Members

Cincinnati Women's lacrosse-only member Sheakley Athletics Center 1,200

Connecticut Member only for field hockey and women's lacrosse; women's lacrosse leaving in 2018 George J. Sherman Family-Sports Complex 2,000

Denver Member only for men's and women's lacrosse Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium 2,000

Florida Women's lacrosse-only member Donald R. Dizney Stadium 1,500

Old Dominion Member only for field hockey; also joining in women's lacrosse in 2018 L. R. Hill Sports Complex 3,000

Temple Member only for field hockey and women's lacrosse; women's lacrosse leaving in 2018 Geasey Field N/A

Vanderbilt Women's lacrosse-only member Vanderbilt Soccer/Lacrosse Complex 2,400

Notes:

^ St. John's men generally play their Big East home schedule in Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden
and their non-conference home schedule on campus at Carnesecca Arena. In 2012-13, St. John's played only one non-conference game at MSG and two Big East games on campus.[42] ^ For certain high-profile home games, Villanova uses the Wells Fargo Center, and previously used the Spectrum. In 2005–06, Villanova played three home games at the Wells Fargo Center and the rest on campus at The Pavilion. In 2006, the Wells Fargo Center was also a first-round site for the NCAA Tournament. Under NCAA rules, a venue is not considered a home court unless a school plays four or more regular-season games there; this enabled Villanova to play its first two tournament games at the Wells Fargo Center (but Villanova was not considered the host school for that sub-region – the Atlantic 10 Conference was). This situation occurred again in 2009, with Villanova playing (and winning) its first two tournament games at Wells Fargo Center. ^ Due to renovations to The Pavilion—which will be renamed Finneran Pavilion upon completion in 2018—the men's team will play all but one of its 2017–18 home games at Wells Fargo Center. The remaining men's home game, plus all women's home games, will be held on campus at Jake Nevin Field House (permanent capacity 1,500, expandable to 3,500).

See also[edit]

Big East Conference
Big East Conference
(1979–2013) American Athletic Conference Conferences that formed under similar circumstances to the Big East:

Atlantic Coast Conference, formed by 7 schools that withdrew from the Southern Conference
Southern Conference
in 1953 Big Eight Conference
Big Eight Conference
and Missouri Valley Conference, both formed by schools that split from the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MVIAA) in 1928, although both factions initially retained the MVIAA name Midwest Collegiate Volleyball
Volleyball
League, an NCAA Division III
NCAA Division III
men's volleyball-only conference formed in 2014 by 6 schools that withdrew from the Continental Volleyball
Volleyball
Conference, plus two other schools that had been announced as incoming CVC members Mountain West Conference, formed by 8 schools that withdrew from the Western Athletic Conference
Western Athletic Conference
in 1999 Southeastern Conference, formed by 13 schools that withdrew from the Southern Conference
Southern Conference
in 1932 Southern Athletic Association, an NCAA Division III
NCAA Division III
conference formed by 7 schools that withdrew from the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference in 2012, plus one other invited member

West Coast Conference, a conference with similar makeup based in the Western United States

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