Penn College (D3 PA) Adds Men's Lacrosse

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Pennsylvania College of Technology will elevate men's lacrosse from a club sport to an intercollegiate program, it was announced Tuesday. The team will begin competition during the 2020-21 academic year and expands Penn College's sports offerings to 16 intercollegiate programs.

"We are very excited to elevate our men's lacrosse club team to NCAA Division III level," said Penn College Director of Athletics John D. Vandevere. "This is going to make a significant impact on our campus, our department, and it will create another great event for our community to attend for our growing fan base of Wildcat Athletics."

The national and regional popularity of lacrosse will allow Penn College to expand its recruiting footprint. Lacrosse is the fastest-growing sport in the country, according to U.S. Lacrosse, boasting a 24% increase in the number of high schools sponsoring the sport since 2012, while the college ranks have had approximately 140 new programs begin since 2014. Pennsylvania has 205 high schools that sponsor lacrosse and are sanctioned by the PIAA, while neighboring states New York and Maryland combine for approximately 500 high schools that sponsor the sport.

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Flagler College (D2 FL) Adds Lacrosse

ST. AUGUSTINE – The Flagler College administration and athletics department announced the addition of four NCAA athletics programs: men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, men's outdoor track and field, and women's outdoor track and field in the Flagler Room of the Ponce de Leon Hall Monday afternoon. These additions will bring the total number of Flagler College's sport offerings up to 20 and will begin officially in the Spring of 2022.

Flagler is in the early stages of implementation of its 2025 Strategic Plan, "A Life Well-Lived," and staff see this announcement as one important element in contributing to a plan goal of furthering a vibrant campus culture. The new athletics programs are the result of an exhaustive study conducted by the athletics administration and are in direct response to interest from campus leadership, student groups, and community members who want to see this type of NCAA competition level on campus. 

As another effort to bridge more community relationships, this programming endeavor includes a partnership with St. Augustine High School. Flagler's track and field programs will practice and compete at the St. Augustine High facility while various sports teams from the high school will have the opportunity to play select games and matches at Flagler's athletics facilities. This partnership will be beneficial to many students at both schools and will provide further enhancement of the bond between Flagler College and the St. Augustine community.

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Warren Wilson College (D3 NC) Adds Lacrosse

Warren Wilson College announced it will add lacrosse as a new varsity sport. The college is beginning a nationwide search to hire coaches for both men's and women's lacrosse teams. The coaches will focus on recruiting full teams during this academic year and will begin to practice and compete in the 2020-2021 academic year.

 "Adding lacrosse advances our vision of expanding athletic programming and increasing student athlete enrollment," said Joni Williamson, director of athletics and adventure sports at Warren Wilson College. "It's an exciting time for Warren Wilson athletics." Warren Wilson's announcement comes as the college is in the process of joining the NCAA Division III membership. The NCAA has approved Warren Wilson's application for exploratory membership. The introduction of a new team sport will help satisfy membership requirements.

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Anderson University (D2 SC) Adds Men's Lacrosse

ANDERSON, S.C. – Anderson University will be adding men's lacrosse to its expanding list of intercollegiate sports opportunities with the addition of men's lacrosse, as announced on Monday by Vice President for Athletics, Dr. Bert Epting, Jr. Albert Mitchell has been named as the Trojans' head coach and will lead the program, beginning Monday. The Black and Gold's inaugural season will be during the 2020-2021 academic year and will raise AU's varsity sports offerings to 19 sports, including the coed cheer squad.

 The Trojans join nine other South Atlantic Conference members who currently offer men's lacrosse and with the addition of men's lacrosse in the Electric City, the SAC will boast 11 members sponsoring the sport (UVa Wise and Carson-Newman are the exceptions), including national powerhouse Limestone, which will join the league next year.

"We are very excited about the addition of men's lacrosse to Anderson University and I am certain the team will contribute to our legacy of athletic success," said President Evans Whitaker. "More importantly, the young men who join our program will receive an excellent education rooted in character development and intentional discipleship. We are looking forward to the future of Trojan athletics with great anticipation."

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Webber International University (NAIA FL) Adds Lacrosse

BABSON PARK, Fla. (August 17, 2019) – Webber International University athletics and Director of Athletics Darren Richie have announced the addition of men's and women's lacrosse as the school's 22nd and 23rd intercollegiate sports, beginning varsity competition in the spring of 2021.

The decision to add lacrosse at Webber comes in conjunction with the new turf field located on campus, which will soon be home to the Warriors' football and men's and women's soccer teams as well as lacrosse. "We are pleased to announce the start of lacrosse for both men and women at Webber," spoke Webber's Director of Athletics Mr. Darren Richie.

"The addition of lacrosse gives us 23 sports and helps us get closer to our goal of reaching 700 student-athletes. We look forward to developing a very high-caliber and competitive NAIA team."

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