Rosemont, Ill. - The Big Ten Conference announced today that Johns Hopkins University has been accepted as a sport affiliate member for women's lacrosse beginning with the 2016-17 academic year, joining the Blue Jay men's program as part of the Big Ten. The Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team just completed its first season with the conference, winning a share of the Big Ten Championship, the Big Ten Tournament and advancing to the NCAA national semifinals.
"We are thrilled to add the Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse program as a sport affiliate member and look forward to seven women's teams competing for the Big Ten Championship beginning in 2017," said Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany. "The Blue Jay men's lacrosse program just completed a successful first season of conference competition, part of an outstanding inaugural year of Big Ten lacrosse. We are excited to add another strong program from a premier institution with a passionate fan base to continue growing the sport of lacrosse both in the conference and on the national scene."
Big Ten women's lacrosse competition currently features Maryland, Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers, with Johns Hopkins set to join for the 2017 season. The Blue Jays recently completed their 40th season of women's lacrosse. Under the guidance of head coach Janine Tucker, Johns Hopkins has qualified for the NCAA Division I Tournament five times, including each of the last two seasons.
Big Ten teams have won 25 women's lacrosse national championships and 21 of the 34 NCAA titles, including 10 of the last 11. Maryland has won 13 national championships, with 12 NCAA crowns, including back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015 and seven straight from 1995 to 2001. Northwestern has claimed seven NCAA titles, highlighted by five consecutive from 2005 to 2009 and most recently in 2012. Penn State has earned five national championships, including NCAA titles in 1987 and 1989.
Big Ten programs just completed a successful inaugural season of lacrosse, including six men's and women's teams advancing to NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. In women's lacrosse, Johns Hopkins joined the Terrapins, Wildcats, Buckeyes and Nittany Lions in the 2015 NCAA Tournament, with Maryland winning the national title. In men's lacrosse, Johns Hopkins, Maryland and Ohio State earned bids to the NCAA Tournament, with the Blue Jays reaching the national semifinals and the Terrapins playing in the national championship game.