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Athletics and Recreation

Pace University views athletics and recreation  as an integral part of the educational experience. The athletics program is designed to bring students together through participation in a variety of varsity, intramural, and recreational sports while serving as a focal point for all students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

As with other nonacademic activities, athletic activities add another dimension to university life.  Intercollegiate and intramural sports give the men and women of Pace University a chance to compete at many levels of ability and interest.  There are 19 varsity teams and a wide variety of intramural sports.

The 75,000 square-foot, 17 million dollar Ann and Alfred Goldstein Health, Fitness and Recreation Center has been a recognizable landmark of the Pace community since its opening in 2002.  The multipurpose, state-of-the-art facility, located on the Pleasantville campus, includes a 2,400 seat arena, an eight lane natatorium, a walking/jogging track, a weight room, an aerobics room, an athletic training facility, locker rooms, and an health care center.

Pace University maintains a successful intercollegiate program for students who qualify under the rules of the University, NCAA, Northeast-10 Conference, and ECAC.  Men’s intercollegiate varsity sports include basketball, baseball, tennis, cross country, lacrosse, football, golf, swimming and diving and track and field.  Women participate in basketball, tennis, volleyball, cross country, softball, soccer, equestrian, cheerleading, swimming and diving, and track and field.  Pace University competes at the NCAA’s Division II level, with membership in the Northeast-10 Conference.

Football kicks off the fall season with the Setters competing in the ten-team Northeast-10 Conference.  The women’s volleyball team has won the Northeast-10 Conference Championship twice in the past ten years and has competed in the NCAA Division II Championship in five of the last nine seasons. In 2005, Pace University hosted the Northeast-10 Conference Volleyball Tournament. Both teams play their home games in Pleasantville.  The women’s soccer team has shown improvement in every season since the inception of the team in 1997.  The women’s soccer team plays all its home games on the Briarcliff campus of Pace University.

The men’s and women’s basketball teams play their home games at the new Goldstein Health, Fitness, and Recreation Center on the Pleasantville campus.  The women’s team advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in 2001, and the men’s squad won the first NCAA tournament game in program history in 2002.

The baseball team has moved to the Division II ranks and will play in the Northeast-10 Conference which features teams from all across New York and New England.  They play their home games on Finnerty Field on the Pleasantville campus.  The men’s lacrosse team is perennially ranked among the top ten teams in the nation and also plays on the Pleasantville campus. Other spring sports include men’s and women’s tennis, which have a tradition of regional and conference prominence, as well as softball, all of which are played on the Briarcliff campus.

Among Pace’s remaining sports, cross country and track and field compete against some the most talented Division I and II programs in the Northeast region at various meets in the fall and spring.  The equestrian team, a long-time successful club team at Pace, became a varsity program in 1997.  The team has represented Pace at the NCAA Division II Championships in 2002, 2003 and 2004.  Men’s golf began its inaugural season in the spring of 2000 and has earned a bid to the NCAA Regionals in 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2006.