UMBC will leave NEC for America East in July


April 22, 2003|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County will hold a news conference on campus this morning to announce its entry into the America East conference, effective July 1.

"We"re real excited about it," said Dr. Charles Brown, UMBC's athletic director. "The America East has been looking for a 10th team for a while, and we're happy to be it."

UMBC's five-year association with the Northeast Conference ended with permission from that organization to move. The Retrievers will join a league that includes Albany, Binghamton, Boston University, Hartford, Maine, New Hampshire, Northeastern, Stony Brook and Vermont.

"This was also attractive because educationally we're in line with these [America East] schools," Brown said. "We're mid-sized research universities, and we already have a lot of relationships with members of the league."

All 20 UMBC athletic teams - 11 women's and nine men's - will compete in America East. The men's lacrosse team will leave the Eastern College Athletic Conference.

UMBC was a member of the Big South Conference for six years in the 1990s before joining the Northeast. Towson University was in America East for most sports, most notably men's basketball, until two years ago when it joined the Colonial Athletic Association.

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