AUGUSTA, Ga. (courtesy of the PBC) – The Peach Belt Conference and commissioner David Brunk are pleased to announce that the conference will add men’s lacrosse as the league’s 16th championship sport beginning in the spring of 2021.
Four teams will comprise the inaugural season with the field expanding to six for the 2022 campaign. The first four teams will be the University of Alabama-Huntsville, Lander University, the University of Montevallo and Shorter University. Flagler College and Young Harris College will join the following year, bringing the total to six and allowing the PBC to have an automatic qualifier for the NCAA Tournament.
“Lacrosse is one of the fastest-growing sports in our region and we are very excited about beginning our own championship,” said commissioner Brunk. “It gives the schools coming in more regionalized competition, a solid conference structure and provides the student-athletes with an outstanding championship experience. We feel this is a sport that will continue to grow and now we are in a great position to grow with it.”
The inaugural season will begin in February with teams playing a double round-robin conference schedule starting in mid-March. The PBC will hold its first tournament April 30 and May 2, 2021, with all four teams in competition.
“We are truly thrilled that our men’s lacrosse program will have the opportunity to compete for championships in the Peach Belt Conference in our inaugural season,” said Flagler director of athletics Jud Damon. “This marks another significant conference advancement that is thanks to the vision of Mr. Brunk and the efforts of his staff. We are excited to be a part of the growth of the PBC.”
Lacrosse will be the first new NCAA championship sport added by the Peach Belt since men’s and women’s outdoor track & field in 2013. The PBC began its own esports championships in 2017. UAH, Lander and Montevallo had been playing lacrosse in the Great Lakes Valley Conference while Shorter was independent.
Flagler men’s lacrosse head coach Brian Duncan is excited for the 2022 spring season when the Saints will take the field for the first time and have a chance to compete for a league title.
“This is great news for the Peach Belt Conference,” said Duncan. “The PBC men’s lacrosse programs will have opportunities to compete for conference championships while our student-athletes will have the ability to win individual awards for their hard work.”
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