GREENWOOD – Lander has accepted an invitation from the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) and will join the league as an associate member in the sport of men's lacrosse for 2019-20.
Lander is entering its inaugural season of men's lacrosse under the direction of head coach Anthony LePore.
"We are very excited to join the Great Lakes Valley Conference as an associate member in men's lacrosse. We have been looking for a competitive league to call home and the GLVC is a perfect fit for us," said Brian Reese, Lander's athletics director. "This partnership with the GLVC will allow Lander men's lacrosse to grow into the competitive program that we believe it can be."
By adding Lander, the GLVC will see its men's lacrosse membership rise to a total of 10 teams. Five GLVC core members (Indianapolis, Lewis, Maryville, Rockhurst and Quincy) will join five associates (Lander, Alabama-Huntsville, Lindenwood, Montevallo and Young Harris) to make up the 10-team league.
In just its second season of existence, GLVC men's lacrosse has already received national recognition as the sixth-ranked UIndy program became the second-fastest team in NCAA Division II history to advance to the national semifinal in just their fourth year.
ABOUT THE GREAT LAKES VALLEY CONFERENCE
Established in 1978 with a commitment to the purposes, fundamental policies and basic principles of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) has grown to embody the vision established by the founders of the organization and has melded athletic and academic excellence for 40 years. The GLVC is comprised of 14 NCAA Division II member institutions spanning four Midwest states. At one point over the past decade, the league grew to 17 members and was the largest athletic conference in the country in any division. Although formed and developed as one of the nation's premier NCAA Division II basketball conferences, the GLVC now sponsors 22 championship sports, which included the addition of football in 2012, men's and women's swimming and diving in 2013-14, wrestling in 2016-17, and men's lacrosse in 2017-18.