Moravian College Greyhounds Join the NCLL

Bethelem, Penn. - After discontinuing both their women's and men's NCAA lacrosse teams, Moravian College has been accepted as a member of the National College Lacrosse League.

The NCLL is a men's college club lacrosse organization comprised of over 110 college teams located throughout 11 Conferences and 16 states. Founded in 1990, the NCLL is comprised of two divisions and holds two National Championships during the first weekend of May each year.

According to published reports by the NCAA, Moravian decided to drop the newest additions to their athletic departments in an effort to save other athletic teams from a reduction in services and budgets. In announcing the invitation to compete in the NCLL, the Greyhounds will begin play in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference (EPA-D2).

At Moravian, over 30% of students compete in one of several sports on two campuses, and the lacrosse team will rely on several of those to continue their athletic success. Although recording an NCAA 2-14 record from a year ago in the Landmark Conference, many lacrosse players will be suiting up and playing competition much closer to campus. In blue and grey fashion, the 7-year old tradition of the team will be an important factor for instituting a successful NCLL inaugural campaign. The Greyhounds have been traditionally one of the most successful liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania.

"I would like to welcome Moravian College to the NCLL and look forward to seeing their college lacrosse careers continue. While it is extremely unfortunate for their teams to have been discontinued, the school and its' Athletic Director have been very supportive of the new goals of the lacrosse team in joining the NCLL", said Executive Director Jamie McNealey.

"Moreover, with their location in Bethelem, there are ample NCLL competitive schools within a closer distance and I am sure that the student body will be very vocal and supportive at home games against their traditional in-state rivals."

Of particular note has been the organization and support of current captain and President of the Greyhounds Kevin Jordan. "Without a full time coach and staff, Kevin has really exemplified the spirit of the league in reaching out to us and providing the necessary information to make this a seamless transition", noted McNealey in a prepared statement.

2011-03-16



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