UMass Boston (D3) Adds Women's Lacrosse

BOSTON, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Boston Chancellor Marcelo Suárez-Orozco and Vice Chancellor of Athletics and Recreation Dr. Jacqueline Schuman are proud to announce that the University will be adding women's lacrosse to its line-up of NCAA Division III varsity programs.   

"We are thrilled to be adding a women's lacrosse program as this has been a priority for UMass Boston," stated Chancellor Suárez-Orozco. "And our timing could not be better – while we add another women's program to our successful athletics department, we continue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX."   With the addition of women's lacrosse, UMass Boston now offers a total of 19 intercollegiate programs that compete at the Division III level. The team will compete in the Little East Conference, with the first varsity season set for 2024.   A national search for the program's first coach will be underway in the coming weeks.   

"As we envision the future of our Athletics and Recreation program at UMass Boston, women's lacrosse is an incredible addition as it increases opportunities for women in a college sport that is one of the fastest growing sports in the nation," said Vice Chancellor of Athletics and Recreation Schuman. "Given the great success we have had with our men's lacrosse program, we believe that the addition of the women's program will reap similar rewards and strengthen the future success of both programs. While there is great work to be done to build a new program, the goal is that as the only public research institution in the city of Boston, we will attract talent that will grow our program to be one of the best in the nation."

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Northwood University (D2 MI) Adds Lacrosse

MIDLAND, MICH. – Northwood University Athletics is excited to announce the addition of men's and women's lacrosse as varsity sports. With the addition of both teams, Northwood University Athletics will feature 20 NCAA Division II varsity programs. All will compete in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC). 

"Lacrosse is more than catching, cradling, and scooping. It requires level-headed players

who exhibit confidence, leadership, perseverance, and dedication — traits embodied by all of our students at Northwood University," stated President Kent MacDonald. "We pride ourselves on developing free-enterprise leaders who want to live and learn in a community rich in academic and athletics offerings. The addition of lacrosse in our athletics portfolio exemplifies that commitment." 

 A national search for the head coaches for both programs will get underway immediately. They will spend the 2023-24 athletic year recruiting and filling out each team's roster. The teams will compete in scrimmages and exhibition games in the 2023-24 season, with the regular competition scheduled to begin during the 2024-25 seasons. While this marks the first time in school history Northwood will have a varsity women's lacrosse program, it is the second time varsity men's lacrosse will be on the roster. The men's lacrosse team competed at Northwood from 1992-2000.

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The College of DuPage (NJCAA IL) Adds Lacrosse

One of the fastest growing sports in America will be coming to College of DuPage. Director of Athletics and Recreation Ryan Kaiser has named long-time Chicagoland lacrosse prep coach Bill Sanford as the Chaps' men's head coach. The sport begins play in 2023-24, allowing Sanford a full year to recruit the sport. "We're thrilled to have Bill lead our efforts as we begin the process of building the men's lacrosse program here at COD,'' Kaiser said. "It was very clear from the beginning that Bill understands our vision. He wants to win and that vision mirrors one another in making COD the preeminent power in junior college men's lacrosse.'' 

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Gary Cope, who helped originate girls lacrosse at Lockport High School, has been named head women's coach for the Chaparrals. Both men's and women's lacrosse will be added in 2023-24, bringing the total number of athletic programs available to 21. "The ability to build a program from the ground-up is what interested me from the beginning at COD,'' said Cope, who is on staff at Lockport HS as a para-professional in special education. "I want to lean on my experience from Lockport. It's an honor to be a part of the Midwest's first community college lacrosse program.''

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Nova Southeastern University (D2 FL) Adds Lacrosse

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Nova Southeastern University President and CEO Dr. George Hanbury, and Director of Athletics/Associate Vice President for Advancement Michael Mominey announced the addition of men's lacrosse and women's lacrosse as its 18th and 19th intercollegiate athletic program offerings. Both sports will begin competition in the 2024-25 academic year. 

"The addition of men's and women's lacrosse teams will expand NSU's NCAA intercollegiate sports teams to 19. These athletic programs offer students the opportunity to pursue their passion in sports while achieving premiere education at NSU," said President and CEO Dr. Hanbury. "We look forward to supporting our student-athletes as they continue to excel both on the field, and in the classroom." "We are really excited to welcome both men's and women's lacrosse to our portfolio of our robust athletic program." said Mominey. "The sport of lacrosse is the fastest and largest growing sport in the nation as well in the state of Florida, hence part of the decision to add the programs. We are looking forward to fielding competitive programs that will not only enhance our athletic program, but we feel that this sport will be a value add for our entire university community."

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Iona College (D1 NY) Adds Men's Lacrosse

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Iona University president Seamus Carey, Ph.D., and director of athletics Matthew Glovaski announced the addition of men's lacrosse and women's acrobatics & tumbling as its 22nd and 23rd intercollegiate athletic program offerings. Both sports will aim to begin competition in the 2024-25 academic year. 

"It is our mission to create opportunities at Iona University for students to achieve their highest

potential both inside and outside of the classroom," said Carey. "The addition of these two highly competitive and popular varsity programs will be a tremendous benefit both for our student-athletes, and also for the campus community at large." "As Iona University continues to grow, we are very proud to offer these expanded opportunities for varsity intercollegiate competition to our students," said Glovaski. 

"With the Northeast and in particular Westchester County and the New York Metropolitan Area being a historical hotbed for scholastic men's lacrosse and the rise of acrobatics & tumbling as an emerging sport for women in the NCAA, these programs will integrate themselves seamlessly into the goals and aspirations of the University."

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