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ECAC Lacrosse, in full the ECAC Lacrosse League, was an American college sports conference that only played men's lacrosse. The conference, a member of NCAA Division I, was founded in 1999 with play beginning in 2000 (both events were in the same school year).

The conference started with six members, and grew to as many as 10 schools. In its final years, it went through many membership changes; the biggest ones were:

  • The original Big East Conference added the sport for the 2010 season, leading three members to leave.
  • At the same time, two other members left for the Colonial Athletic Association.
  • The Great Western Lacrosse League collapsed after the 2009 season, with five of that league's six final schools joining ECAC Lacrosse.

ECAC Lacrosse disbanded after the 2014 season. This came after the Big Ten Conference, home to two of the final five members, said it would start a men's lacrosse league in the 2015 season. Two of the other three final members soon announced moves to other conferences.


Final members

These schools were members in the league's last season of 2014. Because NCAA lacrosse is a spring sport, the year of joining is the calendar year before the first season of play.

School Location Founded Type Nickname Joined Main conference Current lacrosse
United States Air Force Academy (Air Force) Colorado Springs, Colorado 1954 Federal Falcons 2009 Mountain West Independent
Bellarmine University Louisville, Kentucky 1950 Private Knights 2009 GLVC (Div. II) Southern Conference
Fairfield University Fairfield, Connecticut 1942 Private Stags 2005 MAAC CAA
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan 1817 Public Wolverines 2013 Big Ten Big Ten
Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio 1870 Public Buckeyes 2009 Big Ten Big Ten

Other members

These schools left ECAC Lacrosse before 2014. As in the previous table, the year of joining is the calendar year before the first season of play.

School Location Founded Type Nickname Joined Left Current lacrosse
University of Denver Denver, Colorado 1864 Private Pioneers 2009 2013 Big East
Hobart College Geneva, New York 1822 Private Statesmen 2004 2013 Northeast Conference
Georgetown University Washington, D.C. 1789 Private Hoyas 1999 2010 Big East
Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, Maryland 1852 Private Greyhounds 2004 2013 Patriot League
United States Naval Academy (Navy) Annapolis, Maryland 1845 Federal Midshipmen 1999 2004 Patriot League
Pennsylvania State University University Park, Pennsylvania 1855 Public/private hybrid Nittany Lions 1999 2010 Big Ten
Quinnipiac University Hamden, Connecticut 1929 Private Bobcats 2009 2011 MAAC
Rutgers University New Brunswick, New Jersey 1766 Public Scarlet Knights 1999 2010 Big Ten
St. John's University Jamaica, New York 1870 Private Red Storm 2004 2010 Big East
Stony Brook University Stony Brook, New Yotk 1957 Public Seawolves 1999 2002 America East
University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) Amherst, Massachusetts 1863 Public Minutemen 1999 2010 CAA
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Catonsville, Maryland 1966 Public Retrievers 1999 2003 America East
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