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Middle Atlantic Corporation

Middle Atlantic Corporation
Data
Classification NCAA Division III
Established 1912
Members 16
Sports fielded 22 (11 men's, 11 women's)
Region Mid-Atlantic
States 3 - New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania
Other Names Middle Atlantic States Collegiate
Athletic Corporation
Headquarters Annville, Pennsylvania

Founded in 1912, the Middle Atlantic Corporation is an athletic conference which competes in the NCAA Division III. The sixteen member teams are located in the Mid-Atlantic United States.

The organization is divided into two main conferences, the Commonwealth Conference and the Freedom Conference. A third conference named the Middle Atlantic Conference combines members from both conferences and is used for certain sports that only a smaller set of members participate in.

History

In 1912, the Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletics Association (MASCAA) was founded primarily as a track association and had its first event, a track meeting, at Lafayette College in May 1913. In 1922, it was reorganized as the Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC or MAC). The original 13 members present at the formation meeting in 1922 were: Bucknell University, Drexel University, Franklin & Marshall College, Gettysburg College, Haverford College, Muhlenberg College, New York University, Princeton University, Rutgers University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Susquehanna University, Swarthmore College and University of Delaware. In addition, another five members who were not present at the initial meeting but formally approved of the plan were: Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, Lehigh University, Ursinus College and Widener University.

Throughout its history, the organization has had at least 50 different members associated with it. The conference had as many as 37 members at one time in the late 1950s. A major reduction in the league occurred in 1974 after the NCAA created Divisions I, II, and III. At that time, 11 members left to form the Division I East Coast Conference and by 1976, the MAC became fully associated with Division III. An additional 11 members left in 1992 to form the Centennial Conference (the football programs for 8 of those schools had already left in 1981). In 1999, the current corporation formed with its three conferences - Commonwealth, Freedom and Middle Atlantic.

In May 2006, the organization offered membership to Arcadia University and Manhattanville College as part of the Freedom Conference. They replaced Juniata College, Drew University, Moravian College, Susquehanna University, and the University of Scranton, who left to join the new Landmark Conference. To offset the change in numbers, it was also decided to switch Lycoming College from the Freedom to the Commonwealth Conference.

In 2007, Alvernia University, Misericordia University, and Eastern University, all from the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference, accepted membership in the Freedom Conference and started particpation in the 2008-2009 school year.

Member teams

Commonwealth Conference

Institution Joined
Albright College 1945*
Arcadia University 2007
Elizabethtown College 1950
Lebanon Valley College 1945*
Lycoming College 1952
Messiah College 1983
Widener University 1946*

* Conference records prior to 1946 are incomplete so years given are the earliest known that were officially recorded

Freedom Conference

Institution Joined
Alvernia University 2008
DeSales University 1997
Delaware Valley College 1965
Eastern University 2008
FDU-Florham 1977
King's College 1977
Manhattanville College 2007
Misericordia University 2008
Wilkes University 1946*
* Conference records prior to 1946 are incomplete so years given are the earliest known that were officially recorded

Middle Atlantic Conference

The Middle Atlantic Conference combines schools from both the Commonwealth and Freedom conferences and is used for cross country, football, indoor and outdoor track and field, lacrosse and swimming.

Cross Country (M,W) Football Track & Field (M,W) Lacrosse (M) Lacrosse (W) Swimming (M,W)
Albright College x x x x
Alvernia University x x x
Arcadia University x x
DeSales University x x x
Delaware Valley College x x x
Eastern University x x x
Elizabethtown College x x x x x
FDU-Florham x x x x x
King's College x x x x x
Lebanon Valley College x x x x
Lycoming College x x x x x
Manhattanville College x x x x
Messiah College x x x x x
Misericordia University x x x x x
Shenandoah University x
Widener University x x x x x x
Wilkes University x x
Associate member in track and field only

Sports

Member teams compete in 22 sports - 11 men's and 11 women's.

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