A little nugget from yesterday was the CAA’s decision to add Massachusetts and Penn State as members in lacrosse starting in 2010 to save its raided league from losing an automatic berth. Those two teams join Delaware, Drexel, Hofstra and Towson, which makes for a better conference than some might think.
Three of those schools have been to the final four this decade (Delaware, Massachusetts and Towson). All but Drexel have been to the postseason at least twice (and the Dragons nearly earned their first NCAA tournament berth this past spring).
With that piece of business (following the addition of the NEC and the Big East as lacrosse-sponsoring leagues) out of the way, it leaves just two broken leagues and roughly 10 teams to disperse to help fix them.
The Great Western Lacrosse League is down to five schools (Air Force, Bellarmine, Denver, Detroit and Ohio State), and needs just one to get back to a level needed to earn an automatic berth. Independents Presybterian and Jacksonville might not be geographic fits, but then again having a “western” team in Connecticut (like Fairfield and later Quinnipiac) didn’t make much sense, either.
Also available are the remnants of the ECAC – Fairfield, Hobart and Loyola. Fairfield and Loyola could wind up in the Metro Atlantic (both schools’ conference for most sports).
As for Hobart, there is no shortage of possibilities (maybe the GWLL? The CAA? Independent?) and no surplus of certainty (all those options are idle speculation and not based on any actual knowledge besides what leagues play lacrosse). Then again, that might not matter for a program that spent six days pondering what life would be like back in Division III before its board of trustees provided a well-received reprieve.