Alma College (MI) Adds Lacrosse

Alma College will sponsor varsity men’s and women’s lacrosse beginning in the 2011-12 academic year, increasing the College’s number of intercollegiate sponsored sports from 18 to 20. 

  “Lacrosse is a growing sport both in terms of participation and popularity in Michigan and the Midwest,” says John Leister, Alma College athletic director. “Many high schools have added lacrosse to their sports programs, yet opportunities to compete beyond high school are limited.
  “At Alma, more than one-third of our students typically participate in intercollegiate athletics, and as many as 50 percent of all new students consider playing a sport,” says Leister. “Adding lacrosse provides an opportunity for students who enjoy lacrosse to maximize their college experience at Alma.”   
 National searches for men’s and women’s lacrosse coaches will begin immediately. Competition will start in spring 2012, with matches to be played at the 3,000-seat Bahlke Field. The field turf at Bahlke Field is slated for replacement in June 2011.   
 The recommendation to add men’s and women’s lacrosse by a campus-wide Athletics Task Force was enthusiastically approved by Alma College President Jeff Abernathy.

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Coker Athletics Adds Men's Lacrosse

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Coker College is pleased to announce the addition of men’s lacrosse as a varsity sport for the 2011-12 academic year. Lacrosse is action-packed and employs skill sets from hockey, basketball and soccer; making it a great addition to the Coker Athletic Department.
The Cobra men’s lacrosse program will begin competition in the fall of 2011.

“Adding men’s lacrosse redefines our portfolio of sports teams in a manner consistent with our strategic direction,” said Coker President Dr. Robert Wyatt.  “It helps open new recruiting markets for us, particularly in the northeastern section of the United States.  Lacrosse players typically have higher than average SAT scores and fit the student-athlete profile we desire to maintain at Coker College. “
Coker will become the seventh member of Conference Carolinas to have men’s lacrosse, joining Belmont Abbey College, Lees-McRae College, Limestone College, Pfeiffer University, Queens University of Charlotte and St. Andrews Presbyterian College.
“Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the country, and currently six Conference Carolinas schools play lacrosse and are respected within NCAA Division II,” Director of Athletics Lynn Griffin said. “As Coker redefines ready, it is a perfect time to introduce lacrosse to the College and to Hartsville.”

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Roberts Wesleyan College Adds Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse for 2011-2012

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Roberts Wesleyan College announced today it is adding men’s and women’s lacrosse as intercollegiate sports starting in the 2011-2012 academic year. The addition of these two programs further supports the objective of the College to pursue NCAA D-II membership.  
Roberts Wesleyan College is currently a member of the American Mideast Conference within the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). Roberts Wesleyan currently offers 14 intercollegiate sports to student athletes: men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s track and field, men’s and women’s tennis, and golf. The addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse will bolster an already well balanced athletic program with over 200 student athletes, and will provide additional opportunities for students to participate in athletics during the spring semester. 
“The Rochester area is a hotbed for high school Lacrosse. We are excited to offer student athletes this opportunity to participate in a sport they love at a college like Roberts, where student athletic competition is a valued part of the character development of our students,” said Mike Faro, Roberts Wesleyan College director of athletics.

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Cal Drops Women's Lacrosse

BERKELEY - University of California, Berkeley, Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau announced today (Tuesday, Sept. 28) a comprehensive plan for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics that will result in a broad-based yet sustainable program that continues to support the campus's commitment to excellence.

At the end of this academic year, baseball, men's and women's gymnastics, and women's lacrosse will no longer represent UC Berkeley in intercollegiate competition. In addition, men's rugby will transition to a varsity club sport, a newly-designated status at UC Berkeley.

In a letter sent today to the campus community, Birgeneau said the rugby team's history indicates that this change should not affect its competitive opportunities or abilities. He added that Cal rugby's unsurpassed excellence will be maintained through continued campus support in terms of admissions and through access to sports medicine and training facilities.

Together, these steps will generate an estimated $4 million in direct and indirect cost reductions for Cal Athletics beginning in the next fiscal year, while limiting future growth in expenses.

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