The New Conference Rivals: UMass Dartmouth

The New Conference Rivals: UMass Dartmouth

University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

Founded: 1895
Enrollment: 8,406
Chancellor: Dr. Robert E. Johnson
Director of Athletics: Amanda Van Voorhis
Nickname: Corsairs
Colors: Blue, White, and Gold
Location: Dartmouth, Mass.
Distance from Castleton: 208 Miles

DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Formerly known as Southeastern Massachusetts University, UMass Dartmouth changed its name to the current moniker in 1991 when it joined the University of Massachusetts system. It is one of the six original members of the Little East Conference and will be one of Castleton's league rivals as the Spartans join the Little East this fall.

The Corsairs (another name for a pirate) finished fifth in the LEC Commissioner's Cup standings after the 2017-18 academic year, highlighted by the regular season title in women's basketball. In the classroom, UMass Dartmouth student-athletes in Little East sports combined for a 3.02 grade point average, fifth in the conference.

UMass Dartmouth hosts men's and women's soccer, field hockey, and men's and women's lacrosse at Cressy Field, a turf field. Men's and women's basketball and volleyball are held in the Tripp Athletic Center. There is also a cross country course on campus as well as a tennis facility, a track and field facility, a softball field, and a baseball diamond.

The UMass Dartmouth women's basketball team went through the Little East regular season without a loss at 14-0, but the Corsairs fell to UMass Boston in the conference tournament final, ending their season at 24-4 overall. The men's basketball team finished in a tie for fifth in the league at 5-9 as part of a 12-14 overall record, including a 103-95 win over Castleton on Nov. 18.

In the fall, the women's tennis team finished in a tie for second place in the LEC standings at 6-2 as part of a 10-5 overall mark. At the LEC Cross Country Championships, the men's cross country team finished in third place, while the women's squad ended up in fifth place.

The Corsair field hockey team also qualified for the conference tournament after posting a 6-5 league mark, good enough for a tie for fifth place, as part of a 9-10 overall record. The women's soccer team finished sixth (4-16-1, 2-5 LEC), the men's soccer team finished seventh (3-11-1, 2-5 LEC), and the volleyball team ended up in eighth place (11-17, 0-7 LEC).

At the LEC Indoor Track and Field Championships, the men's team finished in second place, and the women's squad finished in fifth place. The Corsair men repeated their second place finish at the outdoor conference meet, but the women landed in sixth place in the spring.

The UMass Dartmouth men's tennis team finished in third place with a 4-2 league mark as part of a 9-10 overall record. Both the women's lacrosse (11-7, 3-3 LEC) and softball (24-15, 7-7 LEC) teams posted .500 records within the league to qualify for their respective conference tournaments. The Corsairs ended up in a tie for fifth place in both baseball (25-15, 5-9 LEC) and men's lacrosse (8-10, 3-4 LEC) before seeing their seasons end as the sixth seed in their respective league tournaments.

Castleton will first face UMass Dartmouth in Little East competition Saturday, Sept. 29, as the Spartan field hockey team makes the trip to Dartmouth, Mass. The Castleton and UMass Dartmouth soccer teams will face each other the following Saturday, Oct. 6, with the women's soccer match taking place in Dartmouth and the men's soccer match happening under the lights at Castleton.

1) The Little East Conference
2) Eastern Connecticut State
3) Keene State
4) UMass Boston