Providence, R.I. – The BIG EAST Conference has added Old Dominion University as an associate member for field hockey, the league announced. The Lady Monarchs will join the league for the 2013 season.
Old Dominion has won nine NCAA titles and has made 30 appearances in the national tournament.
The Lady Monarchs have won 15 Colonial Athletic Association conference championships and had a 66-game winning streak that spanned the 1990-1993 seasons.
“We are grateful to BIG EAST Commissioner Mike Aresco, Associate Commissioner Jim Siedliski and the BIG EAST membership for inviting us to join an elite group of academic institutions and provide our field hockey student athletes with a high level of competition,” said Old Dominion Athletic Director Dr. Wood Selig.
BIG EAST field hockey has a rich tradition, winning two NCAA titles and making seven NCAA Championship semifinal appearances. There have been 30 appearances by BIG EAST teams in the NCAA Championship, including nine appearances since 2008.
“Old Dominion is an excellent addition to the BIG EAST for field hockey," said Commissioner Mike Aresco. "They will help BIG EAST field hockey maintain its elite, national status."
The 2013 membership of field hockey in the BIG EAST is projected to include: Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Old Dominion, Providence, Rutgers, Temple and Villanova.
ODU hosted the NCAA Division I national championship in 2012, and will host again next year on Nov. 22 and 24, in addition to hosting the championship games of Division II and III on Nov. 24.