The Hobart College lacrosse team will join the Atlantic 10 for the 2023 season Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics and Recreation Brian Miller announced today. Men’s lacrosse will be the A10’s 22nd championship sport when it begins play next spring.
The Statesmen will compete as an associate member of the A10 against full-time members Massachusetts, Richmond, St. Bonaventure, and Saint Joseph’s. High Point will also join the A10 for men’s lacrosse as an associate member.
Hobart’s current three-year agreement with the Northeast Conference expires at the end of June. The Statesmen, Hawks, Bryant (which is moving to the America East), and Mount St. Mary’s (which is joining the MAAC in all sports) have all announced plans to change conferences.
“We couldn’t be more excited to become part of Atlantic 10 Men’s Lacrosse,” Miller says. “It is an exciting group of like-minded lacrosse schools, including a traditional rival like Saint Joseph’s and a new regional opponent in St. Bonaventure.
“I would like to thank Commissioner Noreen Morris and everyone at the NEC. They were a tremendous home for us for nine years,” Miller added.
“Adding men’s lacrosse to the portfolio of Atlantic 10 sponsored sports provides a home for our four full-time members, who have requested this for several years,” A10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade says. “Welcoming both High Point and Hobart College as affiliate members rounds out a strong collection of teams that have been nationally competitive, playing in the NCAA postseason multiple times, with multiple national championship appearances.”
In the last 10 years, the six men’s lacrosse programs have combined to make 10 NCAA tournament appearances.
Hobart has played three of the five teams in its new conference, Massachusetts, St. Bonaventure, and Saint Joseph’s. The Statesmen and Minutemen first squared off in 1972 and were both members of the ECAC Lacrosse League from 2005 to 2009. Hobart and the Hawks have played 12 times since 2008, including the past nine seasons as members of the Northeast Conference. The Statesmen prevailed over the Bonnies in the program’s lone contest back in 2019.
“We’re thrilled to be an affiliate member of the Atlantic 10 conference,” Head Coach Greg Raymond says. “It’s hard not to see the professionalism and attention to detail associated with the A10. We looked forward to elevating our program standard and competing in this great league.”
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