The battle for Long Island bragging rights just became a little juicier.
Stony Brook has announced it is switching conferences, joining the Hofstra Pride in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). For the past 20 seasons, Seawolves teams — with the exception of football which has competed in the CAA since 2013 — have played in the America East Conference.
Stony Brook Athletic Director Shawn Heilbron said the decision to move was not an easy one, but he is excited about the athletic program’s future.
“We look forward to finishing strong as a member of the America East before beginning the next chapter in our history as a member of the Colonial Athletic Association,” he said. “I am very excited to share a conference home with our Long Island neighbor — and, yes, rival — Hofstra, while expanding upon our existing football rivalries with Delaware, Elon, Towson, and William and Mary.”
The conference move puts all 18 of Stony Brook’s teams in one conference for the first time in school history. Stony Brook is expected to begin competing in the CAA in the 2022-23 school year.
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