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June 3, 2013 — The worst-kept secret in lacrosse is confirmed

Given the moves which have been endemic in U.S. collegiate sports when it comes to universities switching conferences, it was inevitable that the Big Ten Conference was going to have control of its own men’s and women’s lacrosse leagues instead of letting the American Lacrosse Conference (women) and the ECAC (men).

And, in perhaps the worst-kept secret in the history of American lacrosse, the Big Ten is going to create men’s and women’s conference play once Rutgers and Maryland join for the 2014-15 academic year.

In a somewhat surprising twist, the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team, which has always played an independent schedule, will join the Big Ten as an affiliate member. The women, who have announced their intention to leave the American Lacrosse Conference, will not join the new Big Ten.

What this leaves behind are a pair of conferences seeking teams to give them a big-enough footprint to merit an automatic qualifier for the postseason.

It’s more than likely that the ALC will join up with enough of the members of the American Athletic Conference in order to make what should be an interesting grouping of teams including Temple, Connecticut, and Vanderbilt.

On the men’s side, it’s already rumored that Denver University will be joining up with the “new” Big East. This would make for what could be a dynamite lacrosse conference along with Georgetown, St. John’s, and Villanova.

Stay tuned. The merry-go-round probably won’t stop even once the next academic year begins.