June 16, 2011

Defiance Joins Midwest Lacrosse Conference

from press release

DEFIANCE, Ohio – Defiance College and the Midwest Lacrosse Conference recently announced that the Yellow Jackets have been approved to join the MLC for the 2012-2013 year as an associate member for the sport of men's lacrosse.

Defiance joins Augustana, Benedictine, and Elmhurst as a four-team expansion for the conference, boosting the number of teams competing in the MLC to 14 for the 2013 season. Other teams in the conference include Adrian, Albion, Aurora, Carthage, Concordia, Fontbonne, Milwaukee School of Engineering, and Trine. Fellow HCAC foes Mount St. Joseph and newly added Hanover are also members.

The Midwest Lacrosse Conference was founded in 2010 and will be in its fourth year as a league during DC's first year of varsity lacrosse in the spring of 2013. The move to the MLC will allow the Yellow Jackets the opportunity to compete for a league championship in their first year as a varsity program.

DC offers 21 varsity collegiate sports, with men's lacrosse acting as a club sport in 2011-2012 and becoming a varsity program in 2012-2013. The Jackets will compete in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in all other sports with the exception of the newly added men's and women's swimming and diving programs, which will join the Ohio Athletic Conference as an associate member for the 2011-2012 season.

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