Life University (NAIA GA) Adds Women's Lacrosse

MARIETTA, Ga. – Life University Director of Athletics Jayme Pendergast announced the addition of Women's Lacrosse to the Running Eagles athletics department on Tuesday. The program will begin its inaugural season in the spring of 2019.

"We are very excited to add Women's Lacrosse to our expanding athletic department," said Pendergast. "Lacrosse will bring a sport to LIFE's campus that is not only growing in the state of Georgia, but nationally. Lupo Family Field will serve as a beautiful facility for competition and I'm looking forward to adding such an exciting sport that is emerging in the NAIA." The sport is rapidly growing with 32 schools currently competing in the NAIA. While Women's Lacrosse is currently an invitational sport, it will transition to a national championship sport once a minimum 40 schools sponsor Women's Lacrosse programs.

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Recapping 2017's Inaugural Year Programs

Northland College
Division III (M/W)
M - 2017 Record: 6-9 
W - 2017 Record: 0-13 

Marian University
W - 2017 Record: 6-8

Cleveland State University
Division 1 (M)
M - 2017 Record: 5-9 

Concordia University
Division 2 (W)
W - 2017 Record: 8-8

North Central College
Division 3 (M)
M - 2017 Record: 10-4 

Monmouth College
Division 2 (M/W)
M - 2017 Record: 3-11 
W - 2017 Record: 1-14

Maryville University
Division 2 (M)
M - 2017 Record: 0-14 

Lyndon State College
Division 3 (W)
W - 2017 Record: 2-9

Newbury College
Division 3 (W)
W - 2017 Record: 0-13

Heidelberg University
Division 3 (M/W)
M - 2017 Record: 3-13 
W - 2017 Record: 0-12

North Central University
Division 3 (M)
M - 2017 Record: 0-10 

Madonna University
M - 2017 Record: 1-11
W - 2017 Record: 0-16

University of Northwestern
Division 3 (M)
M - 2017 Record: 5-7 

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Division 2 (W)
W - 2017 Record: 4-10

Butler University
Division 1 (W)
W - 2017 Record: 1-16

Concordia University Ann Arbor
M - 2017 Record: 2-7 
W - 2017 Record: 3-12

St. Joseph's College
Division 3 (M)
New York
M - 2017 Record: 7-6

Ohio Valley University
Division 2 (W)
West Virginia
W - 2017 Record: 0-3

Chowan University
Division 2 (M)
North Carolina
M - 2017 Record: 1-12

Felician University
Division 2 (M)
New Jersey
M - 2017 Record: 1-12

Union College
Postponed until 2018

Barton College
Division 2 (W)
North Carolina
W - 2017 Record: 1-11

Keiser University
M - 2017 Record: 9-2 
W - 2017 Record: 1-12

Westminster College
Division 3 (M/W)
M - 2017 Record: 9-7 
W - 2017 Record: 7-6

Division 2 (W)
New York
W - 2017 Record: 15-4

DeSales University
Division 3 (W)
W - 2017 Record: 5-12

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University at Plattsburgh Adds Women's Lacrosse

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – The Plattsburgh State Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced the addition of women's lacrosse as its 18th varsity sport on Tuesday afternoon. The Cardinals will begin NCAA Division III competition in 2018-19 and will compete in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC). Plattsburgh State's addition of women's lacrosse means that all 10 SUNYAC schools will now sponsor the sport.

The rest of the SUNYAC includes The College at Brockport, Buffalo State, SUNY Cortland, Fredonia, SUNY Geneseo, SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Oneonta, Oswego State and SUNY Potsdam.

"I am beyond thrilled to make this announcement today," said Plattsburgh State director of athletics Mike Howard. "The addition of women´s lacrosse has been a point of discussion for many years here at Plattsburgh and was certainly high on my list of priorities when I accepted this position as the director of athletics in June. This program complements all of our existing programs extremely well and positions us well as we look to expand our recruiting footprint throughout the entire Northeast. The sport of lacrosse is quickly becoming one of the fastest-growing sports on the high school level, and I am hopeful that this program, similar to all of our other Cardinal teams, will play a key leadership role in the continued growth of the game at the youth and high school level in our region. It also provides a tremendous opportunity for young women who are looking seriously at SUNY Plattsburgh and are passionate about continuing to play the sport they love. It's a win-win situation for all of us."

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