Eleven of the best players in the Western Conference were native Iowans playing for other league schools.
It is named after the Merrimack River Valley where all of the primary league schools are located.
St Mary's College has a proud history as one of Australia's premier rugby league schools.
Conversely, Vanderbilt is the only league school not to field teams in softball and volleyball, but has discussed adding either or both sports in the future.
It is named after Cape Ann, where some of the league schools are located.
It is a single-elimination tournament that involves all league schools (currently 14).
It is a single-elimination tournament that involves all league schools (currently 14), and seeded based on regular season records.
Some league schools are not Catholic, but other religious denominations.
The conference only requires travel to other league schools in pure team sports (such as football, basketball, and soccer).
The tournament is a seeded, single elimination tournament involving 12 of the 14 league schools.