Penn State, Maryland, Rutgers Set for Big Ten Lacrosse

Press Release: Maryland and Rutgers Welcomed to Big Ten

The University of Maryland and Rutgers University became official members of the Big Ten Conference today, increasing the Big Ten’s membership to 14 institutions. In addition, Johns Hopkins University officially became a sport affiliate member for men’s lacrosse.

The Big Ten now has more than 520,000 total students and 5.7 million living alumni. The conference’s broad-based athletic programs will feature almost 9,500 student-athletes for more than 11,000 participation opportunities on 350 teams in 42 different sports, including 28 official Big Ten sports. Maryland and Rutgers are already members of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), an academic consortium of Big Ten universities and the University of Chicago that is a highly regarded model for effective and voluntary collaboration among top research universities. In 2012, CIC institutions produced over $10 billion in research expenditures.

Maryland and Rutgers will take part in their first Big Ten event as official members of the conference at the 2014 Football Media Days and 43rd annual KickoffLuncheon. This year’s event will be held on Monday and Tuesday, July 28 and 29, at the Hilton Chicago. The Big Ten Football Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon feature all 14 head coaches and some of the nation’s top returning players.

The Terrapins and Scarlet Knights will each take part in their first athletic competition as members of the Big Ten Conference with a pair of women’s soccer games on August 22, when Maryland visits UCLA and Rutgers hosts Stony Brook. The two institutions open Big Ten competition on September 12 when Maryland hosts Rutgers in women’s soccer. That same day in men’s soccer, Maryland visits Michigan and Rutgers travels to Wisconsin. The 2014 cross country, field hockey, golf, tennis and volleyball seasons will begin in late August and early September.

The Rutgers football team begins its first season as a Big Ten program on August 28 at Washington State. Two days later, Maryland’s football squad will do the same with a home game against James Madison. The Scarlet Knights will make their debut in Big Ten action at home against Penn State on September 13. The Terrapins will open conference play at Indiana on Sept. 27, before hosting Ohio State in their first Big Ten home game on Oct. 4. The conference’s two newest members will meet on November 29 at Maryland in the final week of the regular season.

The 2014 football season will feature new division alignments, with Maryland and Rutgers joined by Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State in the East Division. Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin will play in the West Division. A representative from each division will play in the Big Ten Football Championship Game on Dec. 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, with the winner earning the Big Ten Championship.

The cross country teams from Maryland and Rutgers will have the first opportunity to compete in a Big Ten Championship, with both schools taking part in the 2014 Big Ten Cross Country Championships to be hosted by Iowa on Nov. 2.

The inaugural season of Big Ten men’s and women’s lacrosse will begin in 2015, with Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers playing both sports, Johns Hopkins participating in men’s lacrosse and Northwestern competing in women’s lacrosse. The Terrapins and Scarlet Knights will host their first Big Ten Tournaments beginning in April, with the inaugural men’s tournament held from April 30 to May 2 at Maryland and the first women’s event hosted by Rutgers from April 30 to May 3.

Since the announcement to add Maryland and Rutgers in November 2012, the Big Ten has made a series of announcements highlighting the conference’s increased presence on the East Coast. Last June, the Big Ten announced an agreement to take part in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, sending conference football teams to play at Yankee Stadium on an annual basis. In April, the Big Ten announced that it would open a second office in New York City while securing access to satellite office space in Washington, D.C. In May, the conference unveiled plans to take part in the Gavitt Tipoff Games, an annual early-season men’s basketball series with the Big East named in honor of Dave Gavitt, and announced that the 2017 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament will be held at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Also in May, BTN confirmed that the network had reached deals with Time Warner Cable and Cablevision for broad distribution to their subscribers in the New York/New Jersey television markets. In June, BTN confirmed that a similar agreement was reached with Comcast for broad distribution in Maryland and New Jersey.

 Press Release: Penn State Announces Schedule
 Nearly 13 months after its initial announcement, the Big Ten Conference officially added men’s and women’s lacrosse on Tuesday. With it, the Nittany Lions embark on an exciting inaugural season in the league’s 27th and 28th sports. Also announced on Tuesday are the sites and weekends of the 2015 opponents.The announcement on Tuesday corresponds with the formal inclusion of full-time members Maryland and Rutgers as the 13th and 14th Big Ten institutions. Both are lacrosse playing schools in men’s and women’s lacrosse along with Penn State, Ohio State and Michigan. Johns Hopkins joins the men’s contingent as a sport-affiliate member, while Northwestern rounds out the women’s lineup.”Our staff is excited to be a part of the inaugural Big Ten lacrosse conference,” said Jeff Tambroni, head men’s lacrosse coach. “It is an honor to be associated with such an impressive group of lacrosse playing schools.”

“I am so excited for the future of Big Ten women’s lacrosse,” said Missy Doherty, head women’s lacrosse coach. “As our sport expands across the country, it has been great to see so many institutions value and embrace the sport. As a result, we now have lacrosse represented in one of the best conferences in the country. We’re looking forward to embracing our new role as a Big Ten program.”

The 2015 conference schedule for each team was announced with action kicking off the weekend of March 27-29. The Penn State men host Ohio State that weekend before traveling to Maryland (April 3-5) and Johns Hopkins (April 10-12).

The Nittany Lions welcome Rutgers to Happy Valley for the 63rd all-time meeting on the weekend of April 17-19. PSU’s first Big Ten regular-season concludes in Ann Arbor the weekend of April 24-26 against Michigan.

On the women’s side, the Nittany Lions will play five conference games, including two at home and three on the road. The Big Ten season will commence with a trip to Rutgers the weekend of March 26, while Penn State will host its first conference matchup against Ohio State the following weekend. The Nittany Lions will then host Michigan before traveling to Northwestern and Maryland.

The 2015 Big Ten women’s tournament will be held at Rutgers April 30-May 3 with all six teams competing, while the men’s tournament will be held April 30-May 2 at Maryland with the top four teams competing for the title.

The Big Ten men’s lacrosse conference boasts an impressive number of NCAA Tournament appearances (94), NCAA Tournament victories (123), NCAA semifinal appearances (51) and championships (11) among the six members. This past season, Maryland reached the semifinals and Hopkins the quarterfinals, while in 2013 Ohio State, Maryland and Penn State all received national seeds.

Penn State went 7-6 last season with the eighth-toughest schedule in the country as Tambroni led the Nittany Lions to their third-straight winning season. The last time PSU connected three winning seasons in a row was 1997, which was the last of a 12-straight winning-season stretch.

As for the women, the Big Ten becomes the most prestigious conference in the country as its teams have captured a combined 24 national titles, including 20 of 33 NCAA championships. Penn State has claimed five national championships, including NCAA crowns in 1987 and 1989, while Maryland (12 titles) and Northwestern (7) are multiple winners.

Under the direction of Doherty, the Nittany Lions recorded their fifth straight 10-win campaign in 2014 and advanced to the NCAA tournament in three straight seasons for the first time since 1995-97. During her four seasons, Doherty has coached eight IWLCA All-Americans and 18 all-conference members.

March 27-29 vs. OHIO STATE
April 3-5 at Maryland
April 10-12 at Johns Hopkins
April 17-19 vs. RUTGERS
April 24-26 at Michigan
April 30-May 2 at Big Ten Tournament (hosted by Maryland)

March 26-29 at Rutgers
April 2-5 vs. OHIO STATE
April 9-12 vs. MICHIGAN
April 16-19 at Northwestern
April 23-26 at Maryland
April 30-May 3 at Big Ten Tournament (hosted by Rutgers)