BY JEFF FALK
One of the more pleasant side-effects of tradition are rivalries. Looks like the time has come for Lebanon Valley College to establish some new rivalries – at least in sports like basketball, baseball and soccer.
The Flying Dutchmen’s biggest athletic rival – Elizabethtown – recently announced that it was bolting from the Middle Atlantic Conference for the greener pastures of the Landmark Conference. Lebanon Valley College and E-town have a shared history of competing against each other athletically that goes back decades.
Because of E-town’s move, the only way the two geographically-close colleges can now compete against each other is during non-conference portions of season.
Formed in 2007, the Landmark Conference is currently made up of Catholic University (Washington, D.C.), Drew University (Madison, N.J.), Goucher College (Baltimore, Md.), Juniata College (Huntingdon, Pa.), Moravian College (Bethlehem, Pa.), the University of Scranton (Scranton, Pa.), Susquehanna University (Selinsgrove, Pa.) and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point, N.Y.).
Elizabethtown is the first college to join the Landmark Conference as an expansion member.
On the college’s website, Blue Jay athletic director Nancy Latimore said in a release: “I am pleased, professionally and personally, about this opportunity. The eight institutions that formed the Landmark six short years ago, have very quickly created one of Division III’s most-respected athletic conferences. We are thrilled to become part of the Landmark Conference and are confident that our student-athletes will benefit immensely. It is a perfect fit for Elizabethtown.”