Niagara Purple Eagles

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Niagara Purple Eagles
University Niagara University
Conference Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Atlantic Hockey
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Simon B. Gray
Location Lewiston, New York
Varsity teams 18
Basketball arena Gallagher Center
Baseball stadium John P. Bobo Field
Soccer stadium Niagara Field
Other arenas Dwyer Arena
Mascot Monte
Nickname Purple Eagles

The Niagara Purple Eagles are the athletics teams that officially represent Niagara University in college sports. Part of the NCAA's Division I, the Purple Eagles field 18 varsity level teams. They are members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and Atlantic Hockey. Between 1946 and 1958, Niagara was a member of the Western New York Little Three Conference.

In 2012, the women's ice hockey program was replaced by women's track and field.


Men's Women's
Basketball Basketball
Ice Hockey Lacrosse
Soccer Soccer
Baseball Softball
Cross Country Cross Country
Tennis Tennis
Golf Golf
Swimming & Diving Swimming & Diving
Track and field

Men's sports


Men's basketball

Men's ice hockey

Men's soccer

Women's sports


Former sports


Niagara first played football in 1897 and continued until suspending operations after the 1909 season. The Purple Eagles returned for the 1914 season and kept playing college football until World War II made the 1941 season Niagara's last until 1946. For the third time, the Purple Eagles suspended their team after the 1950 season, only to return in 1967. After 20 seasons of play that had seven winless seasons with six occurring in a span of seven years, the Purple Eagles dropped football for the fourth and final time after the 1987 season. Over the span of 67 seasons, the team went won 182 games, lost 205 games, and had 31 ties. They never played in a bowl game. The Eagles had 37 seasons in which they finished with more wins and ties than losses, though the Purple Eagles finished on a 18-game losing streak in over three seasons, their last win occurring in October 1983.

The most wins they had in a season was 1902, in which they went 9–3–1, while the most losses they had in a season was 1922, when they finished 1–8–1.[1]

Notable players

Women's ice hockey


Niagara's fiercest rivals include:


  • Calvin Murphy, 1970 (men’s basketball)
  • Tania Pinelli, 2002 (women's hockey)
  • Juan Mendez, 2005 (men’s basketball)
  • Allison Rutledge, 2007 (women's hockey)
  • Paul Zanette, 2011 (men’s hockey)

NCAA postseason appearances

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament championships

  • Women's Volleyball: 2011, 2010, 2009
  • Men’s Basketball: 2007, 2005
  • Women’s Soccer: 2006
  • Women’s Tennis: 2005, 2003
  • Softball: 1998
  • Men’s Swimming: 1994
  • Men's Soccer: 2012

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular-season titles

  • Women’s Volleyball: 2011, 2010
  • Women’s Tennis: 2009, 2003
  • Men’s Basketball: 2005, 2001, 1999

College Hockey America Tournament championships

College Hockey America regular-season titles

  • Men’s Hockey: 2007, 2006, 2000

Atlantic Hockey Association regular-season titles

  • Men’s Hockey: 2013


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