ECAC Announces New Men's Division II Conference
from press release
CENTERVILLE, Mass. - Commissioner Rudy Keeling Tuesday announced the formation of a new eight-team NCAA Division II men's lacrosse conference that will be officially called the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division II Lacrosse League.
The league will begin play with the 2013 season, culminating with a year-end tournament to determine the ECAC champion in a "final four" format.
The founding members based in four states are Alderson-Broaddus College of Philippi, W. Va.; Lake Erie College located in Painesville, Ohio; Lindenwood University based in Saint Charles, Mo.; Mercyhurst University of Erie, Pa.; Ohio Valley University of Vienna, W.Va.; Seton Hill University of Greensburg, Pa.; Walsh University of North Canton, Ohio; and Wheeling Jesuit University from Wheeling, W.Va.
"We are excited to bring this new eight-team league under the ECAC umbrella," Commissioner Keeling said. "Not only does the addition of the Division II Lacrosse League add quality schools to our membership, it increases our presence in Division II and dramatically expanses our footprint. I - like our new members - can't wait to start the 2013 season."
Mercyhurst is the defending national champion and is currently ranked No. 1 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association coaches' poll with a 5-0 mark. Seton Hill - with a 4-3 record - also appears in the national rankings picture at No. 9.