ALC Statement on Johns Hopkins' Withdrawal from Conference

Johns Hopkins University has announced that they will withdraw from the American Lacrosse Conference, effective in the 2014 season. The statement was released by Director of Athletics Tom Calder.

"After careful consideration and with consultation with University administrators, we have determined that competing as an independent is an exciting opportunity and one that we look forward to taking on." Calder noted.

"Personally, I am disappointed by JHU's decision to leave the ALC, as they have provided the league tremendous credibility through their lacrosse tradition and academic reputation," said American Lacrosse Conference commisioner Craig Barnett. "However, I also understand that these decisions are not made lightly and with their student-athletes best interest in mind."

Johns Hopkins is a charter member of the ALC and has a conference record of 27-29 in the 11 years of existence; the Blue Jays finished as regular-season runner-up in 2002 and finished third in the league seven of the next eight years. Hopkins has also gone 109-81 overall during that time, including trips to the NCAA tournament in 2004, 2005 and 2007.

"The ALC will remain a national power in women's lacrosse and we look forward to the University of Michigan beginning conference play in 2013, thus, maintaining our NCAA AQ bid," added Barnett. "I feel the ALC provides our members the opportunity to compete against the best lacrosse schools throughout various regions of the country as evident by our large footprint and our members success in the NCAA tournament."


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