The John Carroll varsity boys lacrosse team, which has won the past three Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference championships, has been granted a move to the league's A Conference starting next season.
The league's competition committee, which permits league movement for the various particiapating sports every two years, approved John Carroll's jump to the A Conference earlier this week.
The Patriots quickly emerged as the dominant team in the MIAA B Conference under coach Brian King, who has a 56-25 mark in his first four seasons in the program.
They went undefeated in league play for a second straight season this spring.
Prior to his time at John Carroll, King spent six years as head coach at Hereford, where he went 112-10 with five state championships.
He said the John Carroll program is excited about the challenge of competing in the country's finest conference.
"It's definitely a grind. It's the best players, the best coaches and all the schools are committed to winning. It's going to be a big challenge and take a village of people," he said.
Harford County has traditionally had a strong feeder program in boys youth lacrosse and the Bel Air school can now offer players a chance to stay in the county and play in the A Conference.
"The Upper Chesapeake region, as we call it, has some good lacrosse players and this is a good opportunity for the kids in this area to play the best. We just have to keep developing kids. We don't always get the top kids, but I think we're able to develop them and expose them to good lacrosse," King said.
This is the second time John Carroll has competed in the A Conference in lacrosse with a brief stint first coming in 1993. Archbishop Spalding was the last team to make the move to the A Conference, back in 2004. The A Conference now has 11 teams.