June 16, 2011

Michigan Women Will Join Stacked ALC

from press release

The American Lacrosse Conference has accepted Michigan as a member of the conference, effective immediately, according to ALC Commissioner Peggy Pruitt. The addition of Michigan gives the conference seven teams, including four whose primary affiliation is the Big Ten.

Michigan joins Northwestern, Penn State, and Ohio State as well as Florida, Vanderbilt, and Johns Hopkins in the league, which just completed its tenth year of existence.

"I am excited about the addition of the University of Michigan into the ALC," said Dr. Peggy Pruitt, Commissioner of the ALC. "The institution brings a reputation of excellence in academics and athletics into a group of equally excellent institutions."

"The American Lacrosse Conference has a history of producing national champions, and we are proud to become its seventh member," said Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon. "This will be a great opportunity for our program to play in one of the top lacrosse leagues in the country."

The American Lacrosse Conference is a lacrosse-only conference that was formed in 2001 as a means to provide more opportunities for the student-athletes at their respective institutions. In 2002 the ALC sponsored its first season, with Vanderbilt winning the league title.

In 2004 the ALC received an automatic qualifying berth to the NCAA championships for the first time.

In June of 2006 Florida announced it would be elevating women's lacrosse to a varsity sport for the 2010 season, and in October of 2006, the Gators joined the ALC. Later that year the conference approved a tournament format and 2007 marked the first ALC post-season tournament.

The league has boasted the top conference RPI in seven of the 10 years of competition, a testament to the depth of the conference. Student-athletes at the ALC institutions have consistently been recognized on a national scale, with six of the last six of the last seven Honda Award honorees coming from an ALC school.

The ALC has produced six of the last seven national champions (all Northwestern), and in 2011, the conference set a national record with all six institutions ranked in the national poll.


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