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News Release, Atlantic East Conference

LANCASTER, Pa. – Over the last several months, the Atlantic East Conference (AEC) and member institutions have worked tirelessly to formulate resocialization plans for the return of intercollegiate athletics to our campuses. However, at this time, the health and safety of its member institutions’ communities and overall well-being of our student-athletes are top priorities; therefore, the Atlantic East Conference Board of Presidents unanimously decided to postpone all Atlantic East fall sports athletics competition and championships. Pending NCAA approval, the Atlantic East will conduct fall sport championships in the spring 2021 semester.

The St. Mary’s College of Maryland field hockey team is an associate member of the AEC.

In preparation for future competition, conditioning, practice and other athletic training opportunities for enrolled student-athletes may be permitted in the fall provided they are structured in accordance with federal and state public health recommendations, the NCAA, and institutional guidelines.

Furthermore, the conference will continue to monitor the landscape and conditions surrounding the pandemic, locally, regionally and nationally, and make any decisions or announcements in September regarding its winter sports, as necessary.