American Lacrosse Conference
|American Lacrosse Conference
|Members||7 (3 in 2014)|
|Sports fielded||1 (men's: 0; women's: 1)|
|Region||Eastern United States|
The American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) is a women's lacrosse-only college athletic conference whose members compete at the Division I level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The ALC's six members are located in the eastern half of the United States.
In 2009–10, two more Southeastern Conference universities joined the ALC: South Carolina and Florida. The South Carolina program was eventually delayed with no timetable to begin play. In 2011 it was announced that the conference will add Michigan as the seventh member. The Wolverines will begin NCAA competition in 2013–14, after transitioning the program from club to varsity status.
Starting with the 2015 season, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, and Northwestern will join Maryland and Rutgers in the new Big Ten women's lacrosse league, and Johns Hopkins' women's lacrosse team will go independent. This gives an uncertain future for the American Lacrosse Conference, leaving only Florida and Vanderbilt, and possibly South Carolina.
The ALC currently has seven full members in the Eastern United States:
|Johns Hopkins University||Blue Jays||Baltimore, Maryland||1876||Private||6,025|
|University of Michigan||Wolverines||Ann Arbor, Michigan||1817||Public||37,197|
|Northwestern University||Wildcats||Evanston, Illinois||1851||Private||13,407|
|Ohio State University||Buckeyes||Columbus, Ohio||1870||Public||51,818|
|Pennsylvania State University||Nittany Lions||State College, Pennsylvania||1855||Public||41,289|
|University of Florida||Gators||Gainesville, Florida||1853||Public||51,413|
|Vanderbilt University||Commodores||Nashville, Tennessee||1873||Private||11,500|
- Members in pink are leaving the conference to join the Big Ten in 2014.
Former members of the ALC include Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina and Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Davidson later moved to the National Lacrosse Conference, is now an associate member of the Big South Conference, and will move its women's lacrosse program again in July 2014 when the school joins the lacrosse-sponsoring Atlantic 10 Conference. Ohio University exited the ALC when the OU Athletics Department decided to drop several sports programs including women's lacrosse in January 2007.
|Year||Regular season||Record||Tournament championship|
|2003||Ohio State||5–1||not held|
|2004||Vanderbilt / Northwestern||5–1||not held|
|2007||Northwestern||4–0||Northwestern 22, Johns Hopkins 6|
|2008||Northwestern||4–0||Northwestern 14, Vanderbilt 3|
|2009||Northwestern||4–0||Northwestern 13, Penn State 3|
|2010||Northwestern||5–0||Northwestern 23, Vanderbilt 14|
|2011||Northwestern||5–0||Northwestern 10, Florida 9|
|2012||Florida||5–0||Florida 14, Northwestern 7|
|2013||Northwestern||4–1||Northwestern 8, Florida 3|
- "Gamecock Women's Lacrosse Program to Begin Play in 2010". University of South Carolina. 2007-09-06. Retrieved 2007-09-06.
- "Gators Newest Member of American Lacrosse Conference". University of Florida. 2006-10-11. Archived from the original on 30 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-19.
- "Lacrosse Program Delayed". University of South Carolina. November 25, 2008. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
- "American Lacrosse Conf. Welcomes Michigan". LaxPower.com. June 16, 2011. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
- "U-M Athletics Announces Men's and Women's Lacrosse as Varsity Sports". University of Michigan. May 25, 2011. Archived from the original on 17 June 2011. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
- "Big Ten Announces Institution of Men's and Women's Lacrosse...". June 3, 2013. Retrieved June 25, 2013.
- "Ulehla Selected as Michigan's First Varsity Women's Lacrosse Coach," MGoBlue.com (September 8, 2011). Retrieved April 20, 2012.
- "Ohio Athletics Announces Changes to Sport Program Offerings". Ohio University. 2007-01-25. Retrieved 2007-01-25.
- American Lacrosse Conference official website