Ursuline College Lacrosse to Join GLIAC for 2014 Season

BAY CITY, Mich. – The Ursuline College lacrosse and swimming and diving programs will join the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) starting in the 2013-14 academic year, the conference announced Tuesday (Jan. 22) afternoon.

The Arrows will be the 10th GLIAC program in women's lacrosse – although a few more schools have applied for membership – and ninth institution to join the conference in women's swimming and diving. Currently, the GLIAC has 16 full members, all of which are located in Michigan and Ohio.

By virtue of joining in two sports, Ursuline becomes the GLIAC's seventh associate member.

“This is great news for both programs,” Athletic Director Cindy McKnight said. “We started sponsoring swimming in 2009 and we have enjoyed our time in the Appalachian Swimming Conference but they have members from Georgia and North Carolina. Geographically, this made great sense for us. When you pair that with the strong reputation of the GLIAC, it was a perfect fit. The GLIAC is a conference that we are proud to be a part of and we are thankful to Commissioner Dell Robinson and the member schools for accepting us.”

Ursuline is currently building its first-ever lacrosse team and will start competition in the spring of 2014. That season will mark the second year for the GLIAC after the conference completes its inaugural campaign this spring. Ed Karasek's program will join the likes of Alderson-Broaddus, Findlay, Grand Valley State, Lake Erie, Notre Dame (Ohio), Tiffin, Urbana, Walsh and Wheeling Jesuit.

“I am thrilled to be joining the GLIAC,” Karasek said. “A lot of these programs are starting from scratch while others have established terrific programs already. The competition should be strong and I am confident that we can be a factor in the conference quickly. I look forward to getting on the field with the other nine teams next spring.”

The GLIAC has sponsored women's swimming since 1989. Adam Katz's team will join Ashland, Findlay, Grand Valley State, Hillsdale, Lake Erie, Malone, Northern Michigan and Wayne State in the conference.

“We are heading to our conference meet in the middle of February and we will have only seen one other team at the meet,” Katz said. “This move will pair us with other teams of about the same size and we will be able to compete against them throughout the regular season. It will certainly make our year more competitive when we are regularly competing against conference opponents.”

The other nine sports Ursuline sponsors will remain in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.


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