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MAAC Grants Year Extension to Le Moyne College

<p>SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College has been notified that the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) has agreed to allow the College to maintain its league schedules for men's baseball and women's lacrosse for the 2007-2008 academic year. While allowing Le Moyne to keep its current schedule for the two Division I sports, the decision upholds the conference's vote earlier this month to drop Le Moyne as a MAAC associate member.<br /> <br /> “Le Moyne has enjoyed its partnership of almost two decades with the MAAC,” said Le Moyne Athletic Director Matthew Bassett. “It is clear we have operated model programs in both baseball and women's lacrosse including several conference championships and NCAA appearances. We are disappointed that the MAAC no longer values that partnership, but now is the time to move forward with the best interest of our coaches and student athletes in mind."<br /> <br /> "We will compete as Division I programs in both baseball and women's lacrosse for the 07-08 academic year, and that continuity is a good thing for our student athletes,” Bassett added. “Our teams have high quality, high profile, Division I schedules already in place and our coaches anticipate fielding very competitive teams this coming year." <br /> <br /> In announcing its decision, MAAC Commissioner Richard Ensor stated that this arrangement provides a scheduling mechanism for Le Moyne to transition into a different alignment after the 2007-08 academic year. The College would not participate in conference standings, statistics, awards or the championship, and would not pay conference dues. Ensor also stated that this decision maintains the principle that all MAAC associate members must be full NCAA Division I members in all sports.<br /> <br /> "We will begin immediately to explore every option that considers conference affiliation and divisional classification,” stated Bassett. “We are well positioned with a top 100 baseball program, a women’s lacrosse program with an RPI in the 20’s, and an institution that is widely recognized for its broad based academic and athletic success. That creates a great sense of optimism for us."<br /> <br /> Le Moyne received word on June 14 that the MAAC, due to changes in its by-laws, had voted to drop Le Moyne from the conference, effective immediately. The by-law change stated that all members of the MAAC must have all sports competing at the Division I level. The two sports are the only ones at the College that play in Division I; Le Moyne’s other 14 sports are Division II.</p>
posted on: 6/25/2007