University of New Orleans Considering Adding Men's Lacrosse

The University of New Orleans was hit hard by Hurricane Katrina, and five years later they are still recovering.  One reality of UNO's post Katrina existence is the decision by university administration to reclassify from Division I to Division III.  One silver lining however, is that a move to Division III will allow the university to add more sport offerings, including possibly even lacrosse: 

"As UNO looks to the future, leadership plans to add more sports.

Champion said softball “will probably come along” in 2012. UNO also is investigating other programs such as men’s lacrosse, men’s soccer and men’s and women’s cross country and track.
Champion said the school has received a lot of interest from prospective coaches. She said her office has fielded unsolicited e-mails and phone calls from area club and high school coaches who have expressed interest in being apart of UNO’s growth."

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George Fox University (OR) to Add Women's Lacrosse

NEWBERG, Ore. - Adding to a growing list of intercollegiate athletic programs, George Fox University will increase its number of sports teams to 16 with the addition of women’s lacrosse, which will begin play in the spring of 2012.

“We are excited by the addition of women’s lacrosse to our slate of opportunities for student-athletes,” said George Fox director of athletics Craig Taylor in making the announcement Thursday. “Lacrosse is rapidly emerging across the country at both the high school and college levels.”

The newest team at George Fox will compete in the Northwest Conference and the NCAA Division III, as do all of the Bruins’ sports. Other NWC institutions which already have varsity women’s lacrosse teams are Linfield College, Pacific University, and the University of Puget Sound. Several other conference members have club teams and could elevate them to varsity status at some point.


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Huntingdon College (AL) Adds Men's Lacrosse

Huntingdon College President J. Cameron West announced at a news conference held on campus today that the College will add men's lacrosse and women's track and field to the list of intercollegiate athletic teams offered by the College. The programs will begin in the 2011–2012 academic year. West said he anticipates women's lacrosse and men's track and field will follow in the 2012–2013 academic year. The College's athletic program is a member of the NCAA-Division III and offers women's basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball; and men's baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, and tennis.

"After looking at a number of possibilities, we chose these two sports to grow our athletic offerings further," said West. "Like most Division III schools, our student body is highly participatory, meaning that most of our students are involved in one or more activities they are passionate about outside their majors--whether in athletics, arts, leadership, service, ministries, or other opportunities. Statistically, lacrosse and track will bring in new groups of students who are passionate about participating in those sports, but who are also well-prepared academically. We have found that Division III student-athletes are focused both on the field, court, or course and in the classroom. Those are the types of students who do well at Huntingdon."


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Florida Tech to Add Lacrosse for 2012

MELBOURNE, Fla. (Athletics News) – On the heels of Florida Tech’s announcement that it intends to add a football program, University President Anthony J. Catanese has announced that the face of Panther Athletics will be changing once again. For the first time since 2003, the athletic department will expand its list of varsity sports with the addition of five more teams in the immediate future.

“Florida Tech is committed to offering students a wide range of athletic opportunities, which is why I am pleased to announce the addition of men’s and women’s track and field, men’s lacrosse, and men’s and women’s swimming and diving to our slate of collegiate varsity athletic programs,” said President Catanese. “We are excited to be entering this growth period and looking forward to bringing the community on campus to be a part of it.”

Beginning in the spring of 2011, Florida Tech will compete in both men’s and women’s track and field, led by head cross country coach Pete Mazzone. Initially, the athletic department will work with local programs and facilities in the use of their sites for practices and competition. With the addition, Tech becomes just the fourth institution in the Sunshine State Conference to sponsor the sport, joining Florida Southern College, Nova Southeastern University and the University of Tampa.

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