JHU to Leave ALC, Compete as Independent
updated 07.06.2012 at 11.26 a.m.
Johns Hopkins, a charter member of the women's American Lacrosse Conference, will leave the league to compete as an independent institution, beginning in 2014. They will become the only independent Division I women's lacrosse program in the nation. Johns Hopkins will compete in the ALC next season, and will host the 2013 conference tournament on May 2-4.
The Johns Hopkins men's program has always competed as an independent. The Blue Jay men are currently one of two unaffiliated Division I men's programs, along with Mercer (Ga.). Aside from its lacrosse programs, Johns Hopkins is a Division III school.
have long admired the opportunity our men's program has to
selectively schedule games against strong teams from outstanding
institutions. We are very much looking forward to following that
same model,” Johns Hopkins coach Janine Tucker said in a release.
"Personally, I am disappointed by JHU's decision to leave the ALC as they have provided the league tremendous credibility through their lacrosse tradition and academic reputation,"âAmerican Lacrosse Conference commisioner Craig Barnett said in a statement. "However, I also understand that these decisions are not made lightly and with their student-athletes best interest in mind."
Davidson left the ALC in 2005 and now competes in the National Lacrosse Conference; Ohio discontinued its varsity women’s lacrosse program in 2007. The ALC added Florida in 2010 when the Gators began varsity competition, and accepted Michigan as a new member in June 2011. The addition of the Wolverines, who begin NCAA play in 2014, may prove a fortuitous one for the league. Without Johns Hopkins, the ALC would drop to five members, one less than the six required for an automatic qualifier for the NCAA tournament.
"The ALC will remain a national power in women's lacrosse and we look forward to the University of Michigan beginning conference play in 2013, thus, maintaining our NCAA AQ bid,” Barnett said. “I feel the ALC provides our members the opportunity to compete against the best lacrosse schools throughout various regions of the country as evident by our large footprint and our members success in the NCAA tournament."