A familiar opponent will soon become a conference rival for The University of Scranton athletics teams. The Landmark Conference announced on Tuesday that Elizabethtown College has accepted an invitation to join the conference as its ninth member institution, beginning July 1, 2014.
Elizabethtown will re-join former long-time Middle Atlantic Conference opponents Scranton, Juniata, Susquehanna and Moravian. The Royals and Blue Jays squared off regularly when both were members of the Middle Atlantic Conference for 58 years, from 1950 through the spring of 2007, when Scranton joined the then-newly formed Landmark Conference.
“I am very pleased that Elizabethtown College accepted the offer for full membership into the Landmark Conference. We welcome the addition of another strong academic and athletic institution to the conference,” said University of Scranton athletics director Toby Lovecchio.
“We have a very rich history with Elizabethtown during our time together in the Middle Atlantic Conference and that relationship has continued in many sports during our time in the Landmark Conference. The University of Scranton looks forward to facing the Blue Jays in conference competition for years to come.”
Elizabethtown will compete in the Landmark Conference in all 20 of its 22 sports, including 16 sponsored by The University of Scranton. The Blue Jays have 11 men’s sports and 11 women’s sports, which are baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s golf, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track and field (indoor and outdoor), women’s volleyball and wrestling.
Elizabethtown currently competes in the Commonwealth Conference in 11 sports, the Middle Atlantic Conference in 10 sports and the Metropolitan Conference in one sport.
Elizabethtown, which was founded in 1899, is the first college to be added to the Landmark Conference since it began intercollegiate competition in 2007. It joins inaugural members The Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.), Drew University (Madison, N.J.), Goucher College (Baltimore, Md.), Juniata College (Huntingdon, Pa.), Moravian College (Bethlehem, Pa.), the University of Scranton (Scranton, Pa.), Susquehanna University (Selinsgrove, Pa.), and the United States Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point, N.Y.).
Elizabethtown College, located in Elizabethtown, Pa. in Lancaster County, is a private coed institution offering more than four dozen liberal arts, fine and performing arts, science and engineering, business, communications and education degrees.
Members of the Landmark Conference share a focus on institutional excellence through the emphasis of their academic missions and a belief that athletics competition is an important component of the undergraduate experience. Intercollegiate athletic programs are maintained with a perspective that holds paramount the academic programs of the institution and the academic and personal growth of the student-athlete.