June 5 – NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The Bethany College lacrosse program, along with two other members of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference, will join four member schools from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) to form the new, Ohio River Lacrosse Conference (ORLC), which will kick off its league schedule during the spring of 2015.
During its April 2014 meeting, the NCAA Division III Management Council, along with the Division III Presidents Council, considered and approved the Division III Membership Committee's recommendation to accept both the ORLC as well as the Ohio River Women’s Lacrosse Conference (ORWLC) as active Division III single-sport member conferences, effective Sept. 1, 2014.
"We are excited to join fellow PAC institutions in merging with the Heartland Conference to form this new lacrosse league," said Bethany Director of Athletics Brian Rose. "This presents our student-athletes with an opportunity to compete for a conference championship while being associated with like-minded institutions, both in lacrosse and academic backgrounds. This agreement is a huge boost to the development of the sport of lacrosse in our region and we are looking forward to beginning league play next spring."
Joining the Bison in the new conference will be PAC member schools, Thiel College and Saint Vincent College, as well as four schools from the HCAC: Defiance College, Hanover College, The College of Mount St. Joseph, and Transylvania University.
"I am very excited to be part of the inaugural season of the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference," commented head coach Tim Prisky, who is heading into his second year with the Bison. "With the majority of our programs being right around the same age, this conference should be very competitive."
This is a great opportunity for all teams involved to build tradition within our respective programs. It gives our players something to work for beginning with fall ball and having a goal in mind makes it easier to get through the challenges that come throughout the season. There is no better motivation to get the best out of a college athlete than a conference championship and NCAA tournament berth. Our players and I are excited to be part of this conference with schools with such great tradition and we look forward to competing with each and every one of them."
During the 2015 campaign, all of the teams will compete in a round-robin schedule with a championship tournament to follow at the end of the regular season.
The new web home of the ORLC will be www.ohioriverlax.org and will launch on Sept. 1.