- Feb 10, 2009
ATLANTIC 10 POISED TO ADD MEN’S LACROSSEThe Atlantic 10 is exploring options to add men’s lacrosse, sources have told USA Lacrosse Magazine.
When asked about his own league’s expansion prospects upon losing Monmouth to the CAA, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference commissioner Rich Ensor acknowledged the challenge included dealing with the emergence of a potential Atlantic 10 sponsorship.
“We are also aware of the Atlantic 10 setting up their own league,” Ensor said.
Four full-fledged Atlantic 10 schools currently sponsor men’s lacrosse: Richmond, Saint Joseph’s, St. Bonaventure and UMass. The league would need two more teams to be eligible for an automatic qualifier to the NCAA tournament. A spokesperson for Atlantic 10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade declined comment for this story.
According to a source at one institution, invitations have not been extended and a timeline hasn’t been finalized, but the plan would be to add two or three lacrosse-affiliate teams to the Atlantic 10. Three of the possible targets, all of which are affiliate members in their current leagues, include Hobart (Northeast Conference), Fairfield (CAA), and High Point (Southern Conference).