On June 3, 2013, the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) and Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) announced that the two leagues aligned to create the single-sport Ohio River Lacrosse Conferences (ORLC & ORWLC), which both will kick off league schedules during the spring of 2015.
During its April 2014 meeting, the NCAA Division III Management Council, along with the Division III Presidents Council, considered and approved the Division III Membership Committee's recommendation to accept both ORLC's as active Division III single-sport member conferences, effective September 1, 2014.
"We are very excited to join with our Heartland colleagues in the creation of the Ohio River Lacrosse Conferences. Joining forces with the HCAC will strengthen existing lacrosse programs by giving us earlier automatic bid access to NCAA Championships, while also encouraging the growth of the sport across the region. Our two conferences share very similar philosophies, including a focus on academic excellence and varsity athletics integrated into the overall educational mission, so pairing up in this new lacrosse single-sport endeavor has been a fairly seamless process,” said PAC Commissioner Joe Onderko.
Five PAC member schools and four HCAC member schools will compete in both the men's and women’s conferences.
Both the men and women will complete a full round-robin schedule with championship tournaments to follow each regular season.
"The creation of these two single sport conferences provides an exciting opportunity to further enhance the quality of the experience for the student-athletes from both the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and the Presidents' Athletic Conference. Additionally, these alliances makes sense as they serve to reduce the challenges of an independent in scheduling, expanded travel distance, cost, and missed class time,” stated HCAC Commissioner Chris Ragsdale. “With these new conference affiliations it is our hope that they will serve to stimulate the growth of the sport within the rest of our two conferences," added Ragsdale.