Men's Lacrosse

ECAC Lacrosse League Adds Three Teams

The UMass lacrosse team will battle three new conference foes in 2005.

The UMass lacrosse team will battle three new conference foes in 2005.

Aug. 6, 2003

AMHERST, Mass. - The ECAC Lacrosse League announced recently that three new teams will join the conference for the 2005 season, bringing the total membership to seven squads. Hobart, St. John's and Loyola (Md.) will begin play in the ECAC in 2005, joining Massachusetts, Georgetown, Penn State and Rutgers.

The three teams are joining the league after Navy and Maryland-Baltimore County left the conference after last season to join other conferences, more suited for their travel schedule.

UMass Head Coach Greg Cannella said the three new teams will be a great fit for the ECAC.

"These three teams will be great additions for the ECAC," said Cannella. "Hobart and Loyola boast two of the nation's top programs, and have had outstanding records and several NCAA Tournament appearances between them. St. John's recently made a commitment to lacrosse and will restart its program in 2004. I know (SJU) Head Coach Rick Sewell will do a great job building that program, just as he did at Dartmouth before taking the job."

Hobart is one of the nation's top programs, sporting an all-time record of 675-383-20. The Statesmen have won 16 national championships and appeared in 24 NCAA Tournaments.

Loyola will join a conference for the first time when it becomes a member of the ECAC. The Greyhounds finished 7-6 last season and have appeared in 14 NCAA Tournaments, earning the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament in 1998 and 1999. Loyola has had at least one player named All-America for 20 consecutive years.

St. John's added men's lacrosse to its intercollegiate program in December 2002. The Red Storm will begin competing on the Division I level in 2005.

The ECAC Lacrosse League will play its fifth season in 2004. UMass has won two of the four titles, earning a share in 2001, before winning the title outright in 2002.




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