Boston University Headed to Patriot League
One conference’s gain is another’s loss. Boston
University, which will add men’s lacrosse in 2014, will move
to the Patriot League beginning in the 2013-14 academic year. BU
was a charter member of what is now known as America East, with
ties dating to 1979.
"We are very impressed by the academic quality of the institutions
in the Patriot League and by the league's commitment to
student-athletes while effectively competing at the NCAA Division I
level," said Boston University President Robert A. Brown in a
statement released by the Patriot League. "We believe that the
philosophy of the league is a good match for Boston University and
that the schools in the league will give our athletes a rich
Boston U. had one of the top athletic programs in the America
East, winning the league’s all-sports title seven straight
years and 10 of the last 11. In women’s lacrosse, BU won the
America East championship nine times, including six straight years
Boston University will join the Patriot League in the following
sports; men and women's basketball, men and women's cross country
and track and field, field hockey, women's golf, men and women's
lacrosse, women's rowing, men and women's soccer, softball, men and
women's swimming and diving and men and women's tennis.
America East will continue with six men’s lacrosse schools
(Albany, Binghamton, Hartford, Stony Brook, UMBC and Vermont) while
the women’s lacrosse membership drops to six (Albany,
Binghamton, New Hampshire, Stony Brook, UMBC and Vermont).
The Patriot League will increase to eight men’s lacrosse
schools (Army, Boston U, Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette,
Lehigh and Navy) and eight women’s teams (American, Boston U,
Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh and Navy).