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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, club, 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 students 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, dance, and pep band, club men’s soccer, and a wide variety of intramural sports.

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 recently completed construction of four new facilities. Pace Stadium, a new multipurpose field with lights, Field Turf and 1,100 seats for football, women’s soccer, men’s lacrosse, and women’s lacrosse opened in the fall of 2015. Peter X. Finnerty Field, home of our baseball and field hockey teams, now has Field Turf and lights and a new softball field was also built on the Pleasantville campus. In the spring of 2016, the 14,010 square foot, multi-million dollar Joseph R. Ianniello Field House officially opened, providing Pace student-athletes with a state of the art facility that includes a new strength and conditioning center, locker rooms and a sports medicine component.

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, swimming and diving, and volleyball. The co-ed spirit-squad also provides opportunities with the cheer and dance teams. Pace University competes at the NCAA Division II level, with membership in the Northeast-10 Conference (NE10).

In the fall, football kicks off the season for the Setters, competing in the 10-team NE10 and had four student-athletes earn NE10 All-Conference honors last season. The women’s volleyball team has won the NE10 Championship twice since joining the conference and has competed in the NCAA Division II Championship eight times overall. The women’s soccer program was started in 1997 and put together its most successful season in program history by setting the record for winning percentage in a season and making their first appearance in the NE10 Championship game in 2016. They have had more than two dozen All-Conference players, as well as 17 All-Region selections along with an All-American selection in 2014. Men’s and women’s cross country compete against some of the most talented Division I and II programs in the East Region at various meets. Field Hockey is the newest program at Pace. In only their third year in 2017, the Setters finished No. 10 in the nation and won a program record 15 games.

During the winter season, 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 swimming and diving teams compete in the competitive NE10, and have had six divers and a women’s swimmer earn berths in the NCAA Division II national qualifiers in recent years.

The baseball team has won four of the past seven NE10 Southwest Division titles, and earned a bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament in 2013. In addition, the baseball program has had a number of its players selected in the Major League Baseball Draft and go on to play professionally. The men’s lacrosse completed one of their most successful seasons in program history in 2017, qualifying for the NCAA tournament for the first time and finishing the season ranked No. 5 in the country. In addition, the men’s lacrosse team plays in one of the top Division II conferences in the country, which has featured three National Champions in the last decade, and qualified for the NE10 Championship Tournament last season for the fourth consecutive year. In only its fourth season, the women’s lacrosse team qualified for their third consecutive NE10 Tournament and finished with a program-record 15 wins and a No. 14 national ranking. Finally, the softball team has become one of the top programs in the NE10 qualifying for the NCAA Tournament in three of the last four years, and winning a share of the division title in two of the last three years, and winning the NE10 Championship in 2016.

The Athletic Department embraces its role in the area of recreation and wellness and its impact on student life. The Pleasantville campus has more than 52,000 student visits and the New York City campus has 42,000 visits for fitness and wellness per year, with approximately 1,980 participants in intramurals in Pleasantville and more than 350 in New York City. Health and Wellness credit and noncredit courses are offered on both campuses. The addition of turf athletic facilities with lighting will provide growth in participation of students in intramurals on the Pleasantville campus. Co-ed leagues are currently offered for: Outdoor soccer, outdoor flag football, indoor soccer, softball, ultimate frisbee, handball, futsal, dodgeball, whiffle ball, volleyball, basketball and badminton.

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