Taylor Lacrosse to Compete in Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference
UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor University has announced that its men’s and women’s lacrosse programs will compete as members of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference when they begin their inaugural varsity seasons in the springs of 2019 and 2020.
“The WHAC is very excited to have Taylor University join the conference in the sports of men’s and women’s lacrosse,” stated WHAC Commissioner Rob Miller. “This strengthens what is already one of the best small college lacrosse conferences in the NAIA and having a quality institution like Taylor join our membership makes us better.”
The WHAC currently includes 11 NAIA institutions as full members from the states of Michigan, Indiana and Ohio and boasts eight schools competing in men’s lacrosse and seven in women’s lacrosse. Taylor will begin competing on the men’s side in the 2019 season, with the women following during their first season in 2020.
“We are excited that the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference has accepted our application to join the conference for both men’s and women’s lacrosse,” stated TU Athletics Director Kyle Gould. “The WHAC features many like-minded institutions and we look forward to great competition with them starting next spring.”
The WHAC started men’s and women’s lacrosse during the 2013 season, becoming the first conference in the NAIA to sponsor each sport. Since the inaugural season, the WHAC has played a full conference schedule and league tournament in women’s lacrosse, with the men starting a full conference schedule and league tournament in 2016. Starting in the 2017 season, the winner of the WHAC Tournament also began receiving the league’s automatic bid to the NAIA National Invitational.
The Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference currently includes Aquinas, Concordia, Indiana Tech, Lawrence Tech, Lourdes, Madonna, Siena Heights and Michigan-Dearborn for the sport of men’s lacrosse, with all of those schools also fielding women’s lacrosse programs with the exception of UM-Dearborn.
In addition to its lacrosse membership with the WHAC, Taylor University competes in football with the Mid-States Football Association, with its other 17 varsity sports competing in the Crossroads League.