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April 3, 2019 — Towards a Division III superconference? Not so much.

Yesterday, it was announced that York College, a school which has been on the rise in both field hockey and women’s lacrosse the last few years, will be joining the Middle Atlantic Conference beginning the fall of 2020.

York had been a member of the Capital Athletic Conference for some three decades, but decided to join up with the MAC’s Commonwealth Division to join up with the likes of Stevenson, Messiah, and Lebanon Valley.

The MAC and its 18 teams are an interesting construct. It’s tempting to think of the membership as being a single superconference.

But instead of having one large conference, the teams compete as two separate leagues: the MAC Commonwealth and the MAC Freedom. Each are large enough to earn an AQ to the NCAA Tournament (depending, of course, on the number of teams participating in the sport in any given year).

Now, there are other movements in Division III as well concerning the MAC. Manhattanville College is leaving MAC Freedom at end of this year to go the Skyline Conference, while the Stevens Institute of Technology is entering MAC Freedom this summer.

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