Central Islip, N.Y. - On Friday the East Coast Conference announced the dates and sites for its 2017-2018 championship events. The ECC will conduct championships in 18 sports beginning with Men's and Women's Cross Country on October 21 and concluding with Baseball from May 10-12.
The ECC and its member schools will broadcast each of the league's 18 championships for free on the ECC Network. The ECC Network will be available later this month on www.eccsportsnetwork.com and also a free app can be downloaded to watch on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, and Roku devices.
The conference's first championship will be the Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships on October 21, with NYIT serving as the event's host for the first time. The Women's Tennis Championship follows on October 27 and 28 on the campus of Queens College.
The locations for the three remaining fall championships will be determined by regular season play. The Men's Soccer (October 31) and Women's Soccer (November 1) semifinals will be hosted by the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds on their home pitch. In a change from previous years, teams advancing to the final will have two days off instead of one with the men's taking place on November 3 and the women's on November 4. The highest remaining seed will host the final. Also of note, the winner of the Men's Soccer Championship will receive an automatic bid into the NCAA Division II Championship for the first time ever.
The Volleyball Championship is the final fall championship with first serve coming at the semifinals on November 17 and the final occurring the following day, November 18. The No. 1 seed will host the entire four-team tournament in their home gymnasium.
The winter championships kick off with the Men's and Women's Indoor Track & Field Championships on February 23. The Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island, N.Y. will serve as the championships' host for the third consecutive year.
Up next are the Men's and Women's Basketball Championships. First Round action will be hosted by the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds on their home courts on February 28. The action then moves to Roberts Wesleyan College for the semifinals and finals on March 3 and 4. This will be the first time Roberts Wesleyan will host the league's basketball tournament. With the games taking place on Roberts' Rochester, N.Y. campus, it will mark the second time in three years (Washington, D.C. - 2016) that the conference's basketball tournament has moved outside its traditional home in the Metro New York area.
The winter championships wrap up with the Women's Bowling Championship from March 23 - 25. The championship will be held at Port Jeff Bowl in Port Jefferson, N.Y. with Adelphi University serving as the host.
A busy spring season with seven championships begins the same weekend with the Men's Tennis and Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The Men's Tennis Championship will be hosted by Queens College with the semifinals on April 20 and the final on April 21. Daemen College will serve as the host of the Outdoor Track & Field Championships on April 21. Details on the location of the championship are still being finalized and will be announced at a later date.
Another busy week in early May will see champions crowned in the sports of Men's and Women's Lacrosse and Softball. The Softball Championship will see a slight schedule change in 2018. The opening day of the double-elimination tournament on May 2 will have the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds each host a single game on their home diamond. After a day off, the tournament will resume on May 4 with all four teams hosted by the No. 1 seed. The tournament wraps up with the final round on May 5, also at the No. 1 seed's home field.
The Women's Lacrosse Championship is the only ECC tournament that will have a new format this year. The bracket for the championship will expand from four teams to six in 2018. The First Round, which will be on May 1, will be hosted by the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds. The semifinals will then take place on May 3 on the campuses of the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds. NYIT will serve as host of the final for the first time, with that contest scheduled for May 5.
The Men's Lacrosse Championship begins with the semifinals on May 2 with the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds each hosting a contest. The final on May 5 will be hosted by NYIT along with the final of the Women's Lacrosse Championship.
The last championship of the year will be the Baseball Championship from May 10-12. Molloy will serve as the host for the third time in four years at their home site at Mitchel Field in Uniondale, N.Y.
To view the full 2017-18 ECC Championship schedule, click here.