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Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse joins Big Ten

Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse joins Big Ten

After two seasons as an independent, Johns Hopkins' women's lacrosse program will play in the Big Ten Conference as an affiliate member beginning in the spring of 2017.

The announcement, made Wednesday, returns the Blue Jays to conference play after they left the American Lacrosse Conference in 2014. Johns Hopkins officials announced the withdrawal from the ALC in 2012, and two years later, the ALC disbanded because four of its remaining six teams were headed to the new Big Ten women's lacrosse conference that also includes national champion Maryland.

"We already had a history with most of the schools in the Big Ten and we had a great history of competing against them, so...