W&J to Join Landmark Conf. as Affiliate in Men's Lacrosse

MADISON, N.J. The Landmark Conference and Washington & Jefferson College have agreed to an affiliation in the sport of men's lacrosse beginning in the 2011-2012 academic year.

Washington & Jefferson will join the existing six men's lacrosse programs in the Landmark to form a seven-team conference and compete in a round-robin schedule that concludes with a tournament semifinals and finals. The winner earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championships.

The Landmark, which began competition during the 2007-08 academic year, welcomes the Presidents who have been competing as an independent in men's lacrosse since the 2002 season. The Landmark sent Goucher College to the NCAA Championships as the conference's first automatic qualifier following the 2010 season. With six institutions currently sponsoring men's lacrosse, the Landmark dropped below the NCAA threshold for an NCAA automatic bid after one of its eight institutions dropped men's lacrosse as a varsity sport following the 2010 season.

"The Landmark Conference is proud to have Washington & Jefferson joining us as an affiliate member," stated Landmark Commissioner John Reeves. "The reputation of its athletics department and institution as a whole and their similar philosophies concerning the role of athletics and Presidential oversight make them a perfect match for our conference, and allow us to continue to provide great opportunity to our men's lacrosse student-athletes."

Washington & Jefferson joins The Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.), Drew University (Madison, N.J.), Goucher College (Towson, Md.), The University of Scranton (Scranton, Pa.), Susquehanna University (Selinsgrove, Pa.) and the United States Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point, N.Y.) as the men's lacrosse members of the conference.

"We are very happy to join the Landmark Conference and we are looking forward to competing for a conference championship for the first time in our program history," said W&J Eighth-Year Head Coach Chad Moore. "The opportunity to compete for an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament is an important motivating factor for our student-athletes. In addition, a majority of our recruiting occurs in eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey and the Landmark Conference is a perfect fit to bolster the work we have already done in those areas."

Each team will play three home and three road contests during the conference regular season, with all matches played on Saturday to minimize missed class time. The top four teams in the regular season standings qualify for the Landmark postseason, where the winner earns an NCAA Championship bid. Washington & Jefferson's first match as a member of the Landmark will be on the road against Goucher on March 17, 2012.

Washington & Jefferson becomes the first affiliate member of the Landmark Conference, which consists of eight institutions covering four states and Washington, D.C. in the mid-Atlantic Region. Now in its fourth season, the conference sponsors 20 Conference Championships.

The Presidents are searching for their third-straight winning season in 2011.

2010-12-21



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