Longwood to Join Atlantic Sun Conference
from press release
FARMVILLE, Va. – Longwood University Director of Athletics Troy Austin has announced that the women's lacrosse program will be moving from the National Lacrosse Conference (NLC) and joining the Atlantic Sun Conferenceâ(A-Sun) as an affiliate member, beginning with the 2013 season.
"I am thankful for the Atlantic Sun Conference's invitation to Longwood women's lacrosse," said Austin. "This affiliate membership will allow our program to continue to compete against quality peer institutions for an opportunity at NCAA post-season play."
Starting with the 2013 slate, the Lancers will join the seven-team league consisting of A-Sun members Jacksonville, Mercer, Stetson, and Kennesaw State, along with fellow affiliate members University of Detroit Mercy and Howard University - both of which are current members of the NLC. Women's lacrosse is the only A-Sun sponsored sport with affiliate members, and with expected NCAA approval in spring 2012, its debut in spring 2013 will give the league its 12th sport with an automatic qualifier (AQ).
"I would like to note that the National Lacrosse Conference was a quality conference, which was a credit to the perseverance of its founders," added Austin. "My great appreciation goes to Steve Corder, NLC Commissioner, as well as the other member coaches and administrators who worked hard to establish that single-sport league."
Longwood joined the NLC in 2009 as one of four original members, and, in its three seasons with the league, has posted a 14-2 record with two tournament titles (2009 and 2010), including the most recent appearance in the 2011 semifinal game. Before officially joining the A-Sun, the Lancers will compete in one final season with the NLC in spring 2012.