Jan. 6, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - BIG EAST Commissioner Michael Tranghese announced today that Loyola College will join the BIG EAST Conference as an associate member in women's lacrosse effective with the 2005-06 academic year.
The BIG EAST Presidents, Chancellors and Directors of Athletics unanimously approved Loyola's associate membership. Currently, Boston College, Connecticut, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Rutgers and Syracuse comprise the league. With the eventual departure of Boston College, Loyola will serve as a replacement. Loyola is only one of four schools that has competed as an independent.
"Loyola is a quality women's lacrosse program with a national reputation. Their addition will only enhance the quality and competitiveness of our league," said Tranghese.
The Greyhounds posted a 14-4 record in 2004 and ended the season with a ranking of No. 3 in the nation. Loyola, located in Baltimore, Md., advanced to the first round of the 2004 NCAA Championship. The Greyhounds have advanced to nine straight Division I NCAA Championships and earned 12 overall berths, including seven appearances in the semifinals.
"We're extremely pleased and happy to be associated with a prestigious conference like the BIG EAST in women's lacrosse," said Loyola Director of Athletics Joe Boylan. "We feel this is a good opportunity for Loyola College and look forward to building a mutually beneficial relationship for years to come."