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February 14. 2013 10:30PM

UMass Lowell makes move to Div. I official

The University of Massachusetts Lowell officially made the move from Division II to Division I Thursday when it became a member of the America East Conference. UMass Lowell's 14 varsity programs join a conference that includes eight other full-member schools, including the University of New Hampshire and University of Maine.

The River Hawks spent the last 13 years in Division II's Northeast-10 Conference, which includes New Hampshire schools Southern New Hampshire University, St. Anselm College and Franklin Pierce University.

"UMass Lowell is an outstanding addition to our membership and an ideal fit for America East," said Chairman of the America East Board of Presidents Dr. Samuel L. Stanley.

UMass Lowell begins competing in America East next fall, however the school will not be eligible for postseason play until the 2017-18 academic year while it completes the reclassification to Division I.

Since joining the Northeast-10 in 2000, the River Hawks made 104 NCAA post-season appearances, and won two team national championships and 59 conference championships.


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