Ohio River Lacrosse Conference Folds

Photo Courtesy of Bethany College Athletics

The Ohio River Lacrosse Conference has folded and all teams will go back to their respective conferences. The ORLC was a DIII lacrosse only conference that had teams from the south and Midwest regions around the Ohio River, thus the name. All of these schools were in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) and President's Athletic Conference (PAC). The ORLC was formed to solve the problem that all those schools had, their conference didn't sponsor lacrosse. 

Over the conference's short four seasons they were able to gain an automatic bid to the NCAA DIII tournament for the last two years of the conference. The team that would get those two bids would be Transylvania as they were one of the top dogs in the conference through all four years.

2018 marked the last season of ORLC play as the conference has folded and all teams that were in the conference are going to other conferences. One move that comes out of the folding of the ORLC is the HCAC forming the Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference. This will be comprised of five teams in Anderson University, Earlham College, Hanover College, Mount St. Joseph's, and Transylvania University. 

Another move coming out of the ORLC folding is the PAC adding lacrosse. The PAC will included five schools starting in 2019 for their inaugural season. Those schools will be Bethany College, Saint Vincent College, Thiel College, Washington & Jefferson, and Westminster College. Both of these new conferences will obtain auto-bids to the NCAA DIII men's and women's lacrosse tournaments. 

It's an exciting time in college lacrosse and DIII in particular as we have two new conferences coming out of the folding of one. It will be very interesting to see how competitive these teams in each respective conference can be with these changes. 

 R.I.P ORLC and welcome HCLC and PAC to the college lacrosse world. 


  1. You are missing the point of the ORLC conference. It succeeded in its goals of getting an AQ for the teams and providing stability until the PAC and Heartland had enough teams to sponsor lacrosse. It was always a temporary solution.

    1. Understand that. I tried to relay that message in the above article. Sorry if I didn't do that as well as I thought I did.


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