After competing as an independent since the program began in 2011, both in the NAIA and NCAA DII, men’s lacrosse will have a conference home beginning in the 2018 season, when the Hawks officially join the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) as an associate member.
The GLVC made the announcement Tuesday that they would begin sponsoring men’s lacrosse during the 2017-2018 year to boost the league’s sponsorship from 21 to 22 sports. The GLVC Council of Presidents officially voted to approve the addition in May.
The inaugural season of GLVC men’s lacrosse will feature six institutions comprised of two full-time GLVC members and four associate members: University of Indianapolis (GLVC), Maryville University (GLVC), University of Alabama Huntsville (Gulf South Conference), University of Montevallo (Gulf South Conference), Shorter University (Gulf South Conference), and Young Harris College (Peach Belt Conference).
“The Great Lakes Valley Conference is pleased to expand our sports sponsorship with the addition of men’s lacrosse this year,” said GLVC Commissioner Jim Naumovich. “As the growth of lacrosse continues across the collegiate levels, institutions sponsoring the sport outpace conferences sponsoring the sport. To provide these student-athletes access to awards, championships and other benefits of conference membership, creative partnerships utilizing existing associate member strategies was our best approach to meeting sport sponsorship standards set forth by the NCAA.”
The regular-season schedule and GLVC Championship Tournament information for men’s lacrosse will be announced at a later date.