On Monday, July 1, Monmouth University and Quinnipiac University officially became full members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Monmouth and Quinnipiac, formally of the NEC, are the first full member institutions to join the MAAC since the 1997-98 academic year when Marist and Rider joined the league.
The MAAC is now made up of 11 full members with the addition of Monmouth and Quinnipiac. On July 1, Loyola (Md.) left the MAAC to join the Patriot League. Loyola (Md.) had been a member of the MAAC since 1989. Loyola (Md.) is the first full-member institution to leave the MAAC since La Salle in 1992.
Today, GoGriffs.com takes a look at Quinnipiac and its athletic program. To see Tuesday’s feature on Monmouth University and its athletic department, click here.
Location: Hamden, Conn.
Enrollment: 8,200 (6,200 undergraduates)
School Colors: Navy and Gold
President: Dr. John L. Lahey
Director of Athletics: Jack McDonald
Senior Woman Administrator: Tracey Flynn
Faculty Athletic Representative: Sean Duffey
Canisius vs. Quinnipiac
Men’s Basketball: 0-0
Women’s Basketball: 0-0
Men’s Lacrosse: Quinnipiac leads 6-2
Women’s Lacrosse: Quinnipiac leads 3-0
Men’s Soccer: Quinnipiac leads 2-0-1
Women’s Soccer: Quinnipiac leads 1-0-1
Volleyball: Canisius leads 3-0
Note: While Canisius and Quinnipiac are currently in different conferences for hockey (Canisius in Atlantic Hockey and Quinnipiac in ECAC Hockey), the two programs have met on the ice a total of 29 times, as the Bobcats were once members of the MAAC/Atlantic Hockey Association from 1998-2006. Quinnipiac holds an 18-7-4 all-time series lead over the Griffs, with the last meeting coming March 30, 2013, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Quinnipiac Facts and Stats
• Quinnipiac, located in Hamden, Conn., joins the MAAC after being a full member of the NEC since 1998-99.
• Quinnipiac is one of four NCAA institutions, and the only Division I school in the country, to start with the letter “Q”.
• The men’s and women’s basketball teams play their home games in the TD Bank Sports Center, a $52 million facility that opened on the school’s York Hill campus in 2007.
• The school’s women’s basketball team posted a 30-3 record in 2012-13 and won the NEC Women’s Basketball championship to earn an automatic berth into the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament.
• Quinnipiac’s women’s cross country program joins the MAAC after winning its eight-straight NEC cross-country championships. Those eight-straight titles are the most for any team in any sport sponsored by the NEC.
• The Bobcat hockey team went 30-8-5 in 2012-13 and earned the No. 1 seed in the 2013 NCAA Division I Ice Hockey Tournament. Quinnipiac advanced to its first Frozen Four in Pittsburgh, where the team lost to Yale 4-0 in the national championship game.
• Former Major League Baseball pitcher Turk Wendell attended Quinnipiac and is still one of the school’s all-time leaders in career strikeouts and earned run average. Wendell, who was named the Men’s Fitness magazine “Most Superstitious Athlete of All-Time, played for the Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies and Colorado Rockies from 1993-04. Some of his superstitions included chewing black licorice when he was on the mound and brushing his teeth in the dugout between innings.• Outside of athletics, Quinnipiac may be best known for its Quinnipiac Polling Institute, which receives national recognition for its independent surveys of residents throughout the country. Major news outlets, such as The Washington Post, Fox News, USA Today, The New York Times, CNN and Reuters have cited polls conducted and published by the Quinnipiac Polling Institute.