West Babylon, N.Y. - On Tuesday afternoon, the East Coast Conference announced the dates and sites for its 2018-2019 championship tournaments. The ECC will conduct championships in 19 sports beginning with Men's and Women's Tennis in late October and concluding with Baseball in May.
All 19 championships will be broadcast for free on the ECC Network. The ECC Network is available at www.eccsportsnetwork.com and also on a free app on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, and Roku devices.
The ECC's championship slate kicks off with the Women's Tennis Championship on October 26 and 27 on the campus of Queens College.
A busy week will immediately follow with four champions being crowned. The Women's Soccer (October 30) and Men's Soccer (October 31) semifinals will be held midweek with the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds hosting on their home pitch. The highest remaining seed will then host the final in both tournaments with the women's being held on November 2 and the men's on November 3.
November 3 will also serve as the date for the Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships. The date for the Cross Country Championships is two weeks later than usual to align with the NCAA Championship timeline in a Division II Fall Championship Festival year. Roberts Wesleyan will serve as the host for the third time since joining the ECC.
The Volleyball Championship is the final championship of the fall season. Like cross country, the Volleyball Championship is also impacted by the NCAA Fall Championship Festival and will take place a week earlier than usual on November 9 and 10. 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 16. The Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island, N.Y. will serve as the host for the fourth 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 March 6. The action then moves to Queens College for the semifinals and finals on March 9 and 10. This marks the first time Queens will host the tournament since 2012.
The Women's Bowling Championship follows from March 22-24 at Hiester Lanes in Reading, Pa. Kutztown University will serve as the host for the second time in the event's four year history.
For the first time ever, the ECC will also hold a College League of Legends Championship to wrap up the winter championships. While the event will be held in March, a date for the eSports championship has yet to be finalized. The site has been determined however, with NYIT serving as the host on their Manhattan campus.
A busy spring season with seven championships begins with the Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships on April 20 at Farmingdale State College. This will be the second time the championship has come to Farmingdale, after part of the event took place there in 2013.
Queens College will host their third championship of the year the following week when the Men's Tennis Championship comes to Flushing. The semifinals begin on April 26 with the final the following day, April 27.
Another busy week in early May will see champions crowned in the sports of Men's and Women's Lacrosse and Softball. The double-elimination Softball Championship will have the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds each host a single game on their home diamond on May 1. After a day off, the tournament wraps up on May 3 and 4 with the No. 1 seed hosting the remainder of the tournament.
The Women's Lacrosse Championship begins on April 30 with the First Round hosted by the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds. The semifinals will then take place on May 2 on the campuses of the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds. LIU Post will serve as host of the final for the fourth time in the tournament's six year history, with that contest scheduled for May 4.
The Men's Lacrosse Championship begins with the semifinals on May 1 with the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds each hosting a contest. The final on May 4 will be hosted by LIU Post along with the final of the Women's Lacrosse Championship.
The last championship of the year will be the Baseball Championship from May 9-11. NYIT will serve as the host for the first time in the program's history at Angelo Lorenzo Memorial Field on their campus in Old Westbury, N.Y.
To view the full 2018-19 ECC Championship schedule, click here.