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NCAA Lacrosse: Penn State Women’s Lacrosse Release 2014 Schedule Featuring Penn, Maryland, Virginia, Loyola, Michigan, Florida, Northwestern, Ohio State, Johns Hopkins And Princeton
NCAA Lacrosse: Penn State Men’s Lacrosse 2014 Schedule Features Michigan, Loyola, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Denver, UMass, Dartmouth, Albany, Villanova, Towson, Delaware And Hofstra
New “Big Ten Women’s Lacrosse Conference” Features Maryland Women’s Lacrosse, Northwestern And Penn State, Who Combined Have Won 19 Of The 32 NCAA Championships
NCAA Lacrosse: Johns Hopkins Men’s Lacrosse To Join “Big Ten” Conference Along With Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State And Rutgers
After 130 years as an independent in men’s lacrosse, Johns Hopkins will be joining the Big Ten. An announcement has been scheduled for Monday morning when the university will confirm the move, according to sources and a published report.
The news conference will be held at 11 a.m. at the Cordish Lacrosse Center on Johns Hopkins’ campus in Baltimore.
Big Ten and university officials would not comment on the move.
The addition of Johns Hopkins will give the Big Ten its sixth member – a requirement for the conference to earn an automatic qualifier to the NCAA tournament.
The announcement comes 17 days after a seven-member special committee recommended May 17 that the university seek conference affiliation after the team had spent the past 130 years as an independent.
During an ensuing conference call with athletic director Tom Calder and coach Dave Pietramala, Pietramala had said that he would like the Blue Jays to begin conference play in 2015.
Johns Hopkins’ move is the latest in the conference realignment wave in men’s lacrosse. In 2011, Syracuse announced that it would leave the Big East for the ACC, and Notre Dame followed the Orange in September. The month before the Fighting Irish’s announcement, Loyola, which captured the national championship in 2012, said it would switch from the Eastern College Athletic Conference to the Patriot League for the 2014 season.
In November, Maryland and Rutgers announced that they would join the Big Ten.
The 2013 Penn State men’s lacrosse celebrated one of the greatest seasons in program history during its 100th season.