Last year's NCAA tournament at the Division II level included memorable runs by Assumption, Franklin Pierce and Post, reinforcing the region's strength on a national level.
That statement goes a step further when put into historical context, with Southern Connecticut State home to a nation-leading six D-II titles. Southern New Hampshire also owns a pair, with the Northeast-10 among the country's top D-II conferences.
As teams gear up for an adjust 2020 season during the COVID-19 pandemic, here's how incoming classes are shaping up. As is typical, they've attracted local standouts and international student-athletes.