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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 non-academic 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 currently 14 varsity teams, a spirit squad made up of cheerleading and dance teams as well as a wide variety of intramural sports. In addition, this fall will mark the inaugural season for our field hockey team.

The 75,000 square-foot, $17 million 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 a health care center.

Also, in collaboration with the university, the athletics department will be opening four new facilities this fall. A new multipurpose field with lights, artificial turf and 1,100 seats for football, men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse and women’s soccer is nearly complete. Peter X. Finnerty Field, home of our baseball and field hockey teams, now has artificial turf and lights. An athletics field house is expected to be completed in October with a strength and conditioning center, locker rooms, sports medicine facilities, offices and a VIP room in the south end zone of the football field. Lastly, a new field for the Pace Softball program is under construction and will be added to the Pleasantville campus as well.

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

Football kicks off the fall season for the Setters competing in the ten-football team Northeast-10 Conference. The women’s volleyball team has won the Northeast-10 Conference Championship twice since joining the NE-10 and has competed in the NCAA Division II Championship in three of the last seven seasons. Both teams play their home games in Pleasantville. The women’s soccer program was started in 1997 and has seen over a dozen all-conference players as well as all-region selections along with an All-American selection just last year.

The men’s and women’s basketball teams play their home games at the 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 Sweet 16 in 2011. The men’s squad won the first NCAA tournament game in program history in 2002 and was an NCAA Tournament participant in 2007.

The baseball team just won their 3rd NE-10 Southwest Division title in 4 years this past season and recently earned a bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament in 2013. In addition, the baseball program has had a number of its players drafted in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft. The men’s lacrosse team plays in one of the top Division II conferences in the country that has featured four national champions in the last decade and qualified for the NE-10 Championship Tournament last season for the first time since 2010. Softball earned their first-ever bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament this past season with a 25-17 record.

Among Pace’s remaining sports, men's and women's cross country compete against some the most talented Division I and II programs in the East Region at various meets in the fall. The swimming and diving teams compete in the competitive NE-10 and have recently had five divers earn berths in the NCAA Division II national qualifiers the past three seasons.

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