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posted 06.15.2012 at 12.15 p.m. by Brian Logue

Boston University Headed to Patriot League

One conference’s gain is another’s loss. Boston University, which will add men’s lacrosse in 2014, will move to the Patriot League beginning in the 2013-14 academic year. BU was a charter member of what is now known as America East, with ties dating to 1979.

"We are very impressed by the academic quality of the institutions in the Patriot League and by the league's commitment to student-athletes while effectively competing at the NCAA Division I level," said Boston University President Robert A. Brown in a statement released by the Patriot League. "We believe that the philosophy of the league is a good match for Boston University and that the schools in the league will give our athletes a rich competitive environment."

Boston U. had one of the top athletic programs in the America East, winning the league’s all-sports title seven straight years and 10 of the last 11. In women’s lacrosse, BU won the America East championship nine times, including six straight years from 2005-2010.

Boston University will join the Patriot League in the following sports; men and women's basketball, men and women's cross country and track and field, field hockey, women's golf, men and women's lacrosse, women's rowing, men and women's soccer, softball, men and women's swimming and diving and men and women's tennis.

America East will continue with six men’s lacrosse schools (Albany, Binghamton, Hartford, Stony Brook, UMBC and Vermont) while the women’s lacrosse membership drops to six (Albany, Binghamton, New Hampshire, Stony Brook, UMBC and Vermont).

The Patriot League will increase to eight men’s lacrosse schools (Army, Boston U, Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh and Navy) and eight women’s teams (American, Boston U, Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh and Navy).