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New Colorado State A.D. Talks Optimistically About A Future With Lacrosse

I went to CSU from 1989-93. I'm looking forward to your tenure as AD. As you may or may not know, Colorado State has a great club men's lacrosse program. I was involved with it when I attended, and still keep in touch with it. I would like to know if you have any intention of following the highly successful model at the University of Denver, and making men's and women's lacrosse a varsity D-1 sport? I understand you are constrained by Title IX, but it's hard to argue with the fact that the state and the nation are crazy about lacrosse. Wouldn't the CSU be smart by taking advantage of the burgeoning sport, and making it a recruitment tool by embracing lacrosse as a varsity D-1 sport?
-- Russ , CSU Class of '93

Graham: I would love to add lacrosse to our list of athletic programs. In fact, I intend to make certain that the design we adopt for our on-campus stadium will enable us to use the new stadium for Lacrosse.
However, we do have to be careful that we don't put too many things on our plate too soon. We must prioritize all of the needs and opportunities that are facing us. Lacrosse, women's and men's soccer and men's and women's hockey would all be great additions.

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University of Dubuque (D3 IA) Adds Men's Lacrosse

Becomes first NCAA school in Iowa and first for 2013-2014 academic year.

The University of Dubuque announces the appointment of Jake Olsen as head men's lacrosse coach and Offensive Coordinator in football for the Spartans. Olsen will lead the Spartans in their inaugural season of lacrosse in 2014. There are currently 206 Division III Women's Lacrosse teams and 179 Division III Men's Lacrosse teams competing in the NCAA.

Olsen, a native of Osage, Iowa joined the Spartans in 2011 as a coach for the wide receivers and as an adjunct professor in the Core Curriculum at UD. He Helped the Spartans to it's first IIAC title in football in 31 years. Previously Olsen was assistant head coach and offensive coordinator in football at Southern Oregon University working with quarterbacks and wide receivers (2006-10). He also coached 3 All-Americans and 14 All-Independent NAIA performers while serving as team's strength and conditioning coordinator.

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University of Georgia A.D. Talks Lacrosse

QUESTION: This is a little off the beaten path, but has there been anything new in terms of starting any new sports, whether it’s lacrosse?

ANSWER: No. I think it all is a Title IX review. We have an annual review with our compliance of Title IX, and I’m sure if a time came to where we needed to add a sport, we would activate a committee to study that. But that’s not on our radar right now.

QUESTION: You get the question about men’s soccer, too.

ANSWER: I doubt very seriously it would be a men’s sport. It would have to be a female sport. The demographics here on this campus are 60 percent female and 40 percent male. That’s part of the Title IX prong there to try to mirror the demographics you have on campus. It wouldn’t make sense to add another men’s sport. It would just widen the campus further.

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Young Harris College (D2 GA) To Add Men's and Women's Lacrosse

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College President Cathy Cox recently announced the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse as well as competitive cheerleading as intercollegiate sports beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year, following approval granted by the Young Harris College Board of Trustees at their semi-annual meeting in November in Atlanta.


“As we continue our four-year transformation at Young Harris College, we are pleased to expand our athletics offerings to include men's and women's lacrosse and competitive cheerleading,” said Young Harris College President Cathy Cox. “We are excited to now begin recruiting students who will kick off these programs with us next year.”

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Mount Olive (D3 NC) and Delaware St Add Lacrosse

Mount Olive College will add men’s lacrosse in 2012-13 and Mike Lawson has been named as head coach, it was announced Tuesday by Director of Athletics Jeff Eisen. Lawson begins his duties immediately and has started recruiting for next year’s team.

Men’s lacrosse becomes the 19th varsity sport at Mount Olive and the seventh sport to be added in the last 10 years. Mount Olive becomes the seventh Conference Carolinas school to sponsor men’s lacrosse, joining Belmont Abbey, Coker, Lees-McRae, Limestone, Pfeiffer and Queens.

“We are very excited to be adding men’s lacrosse to our athletics program,” said Eisen. “Lacrosse is a growing sport in North Carolina and Conference Carolinas, and this is a great opportunity for Mount Olive to be a part of that growth. We are looking forward to developing a competitive program and Mike Lawson, with his background and experience, is the perfect person to accomplish that.”

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Delaware State University Director of Athletics Derek Carter has announced the appointment of head coaches for the university's two new sports

Jillian Lontz has been selected as head coach of the Hornets' women's lacrosse team, which is scheduled to begin competition in the spring of 2013.

Lontz, a former standout at crosstown Wesley College, most recently served as an assistant women's lacrosse coach at her alma mater. During the 2011 season, Wesley set a team scoring record and placed six players on the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) All-Academic Team.

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W. Lax Among Sports Being Considered for Reduction Of Out-Of-Season Practice/Competitions

All NCAA Division 1 sports face a 10% reduction in competition, but the sports targeted for major cuts through elimination of spring competition are soccer, volleyball, women’s lacrosse, field hockey, softball and cross country. Division 1 football, basketball, baseball, ice hockey, and men’s lacrosse would not be affected by the elimination of non-championship season competition. Nor would Division 2, Division 3 and NAIA schools be affected.

Non-championship season competition refers to non-countable games, basically springtime development games. All of the extended football, baseball and basketball season is constituted as regular season competition and counts on their record. Soccer already has one of the shortest competitive seasons in the NCAA and by eliminating the developmental games, the NCAA further marginalizes the sport.

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Kennesaw State Adds Women's Lacrosse, B.U. Considering Adding Men's

KENNESAW, Ga. – Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp and KSU Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams are proud to announce the addition of women's lacrosse as the university's 17th NCAA Division I championship sport, with intercollegiate competition beginning in the spring of 2013.


The Kennesaw State Owls women's lacrosse program will compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference, which will be sponsoring the sport for the first time beginning in 2013. The Owls have been members of the conference since the fall of 2005, with all 16 of Kennesaw State's existing varsity sports competing for A-Sun championships.

The addition of women's lacrosse at KSU fulfills a commitment made to the Atlantic Sun Conference when Kennesaw State joined the A-Sun in 2005, at which time KSU officials agreed to add a new sport to the Athletic Department's offerings. At the university's request, the A-Sun has granted KSU several delays, however now it is time for the university to begin launching the new sport.

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Add Boston University to the list of schools considering men's lacrosse as a part of departmental expansion.

“It's absolutely on the table as a possibility,” athletic director Mike Lynch told IL Wednesday in response to rumors that the Terriers were considering the jump. “I would say that in the context of looking to broaden the stamp of our program any way we can, we see athletics as a way to do that and reach a national audience. There are a number of sports we're currently considering, and men's lacrosse is part of that conversation.”

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Baldwin-Wallace College (OH) Adds Men's and Women's Lacrosse

BEREA, OHIO – Baldwin-Wallace College will add lacrosse as a club sport in 2012-13 and as a varsity sport for men and for women beginning in 2013-14.

The B-W Leadership Council also approved immediate national searches to identify full-time coaches for each team.

“For many of our students, a central part of their college experience involves being a member of a varsity athletic team,” said B-W President Richard Durst. “For those students, the opportunities for teamwork and leadership as well as the relationships that are forged with their coaches readily make the field of competition a natural extension of the classroom. We are delighted to be expanding an already-robust intercollegiate program with the new additions.”

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To hear people talk, you'd think the University of Michigan scored the biggest win in lacrosse history last spring.  "It's a significant landmark for our sport," said Denver head coach Bill Tierney, who knows a thing or two about winning after capturing six titles in 22 years at Princeton.   "This is huge," said Notre Dame coach Kevin Corrigan, who took the Irish to the national title game in 2010.

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In the past decade, lacrosse has exploded, growing well outside its traditional Eastern Seaboard and Ivy League mindset.  Some would argue that the sport's growth is exaggerated since it has a small base, but equipment deals simply can't ignore a three-fold increase in participants over the past decade.

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Wilmington (OH) and Midland (NE) Add Lacrosse

Wilmington College will sponsor men’s and women’s varsity lacrosse teams, beginning with the 2012-13 academic year.


“A significant percentage of Wilmington College’s students participate in intercollegiate athletics,” Wilmington College interim president Jim Reynolds said. “The College is committed to providing the most complete collegiate experience possible for our students, and adding lacrosse — the fastest growing sport in the nation — will help us continue that mission.”

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(Fremont, Neb.) Midland University President, Dr. Ben Sasse, today announced major changes to the Midland lacrosse program for the 2011-12 school year, beginning with the hiring of Christine Hatton of Conyers, Ga. as the new women’s lacrosse coach.

Additionally, Sasse announced that startingthis year, Midland will be playing varsity lacrosse as part of the National Women’s Lacrosse League. The move takes the program from club sport and provides opportunities for Midland’s lacrosse team to play varsity teams at other small colleges.

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Indianapolis, College Park Named 2013 NCAA Men's Quarterfinal Sites

INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Committee has selected College Park, Md., and Indianapolis, Ind., to serve as hosts for the 2013 Division I Men's Lacrosse Quarterfinals.

The University of Maryland, College Park will host games at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium on May 18, while the University of Notre Dame and the Indiana Sports Corporation will host quarterfinal match-ups in Lucas Oil Stadium, on May 19.

"2013 will be an exciting year in men's lacrosse as we take one of the quarterfinals to a newer grass roots area in the mid-west, and we return one to the state of Maryland, a place widely known for lacrosse," said Tony Seaman, Division I Men's Lacrosse Committee chair and special advisor to the director of athletics at Towson University.

"The committee felt moving one of the quarterfinals to a different geographic part of the country would aide in growing the sport of lacrosse, which is one of our most important goals," Seaman said. "Both quarterfinal sites will play the games in top-notch facilities, and have staffs that are experienced and well-equipped for putting on a great championship event for all involved. We're looking forward to what is sure to be a memorable lacrosse weekend in both College Park and Indianapolis in 2013."

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Shot Clock a Success at UNC-OSU Scrimmage

TOWSON, Md. -- Playing fall ball on a spring-like Sunday in suburban Baltimore, perhaps the hub of lacrosse purity, the North Carolina and Ohio State men’s lacrosse teams scrimmaged under experimental rules, including a 60-second shot clock. The result: an entertaining, up-tempo game that ended unofficially in an 11-11 tie at Calvert Hall College High School.

“We’re fortunate to play on the football practice field, so the last two days of practice we fired [the shot clock] up, just to show the men that it’s not that different. You can still get a spin and you can still organize offensively. The key is the quick restart,” said Ohio State head coach Nick Myers. “You saw the game go up and down. That’s the way the game should be played.”

Both Myers and his former mentor, North Carolina head coach Joe Breschi, expressed support for a shot clock in college lacrosse. The teams Sunday had 20 seconds to get the ball to the midline and 60 seconds to get a shot on goal. There were also no horns for in-game stoppages, thus requiring both teams to sub entirely on the fly.

“I liked the no horns. It really sped up the game,” Breschi said. “It had a little bit of international flavor.”

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NCAA To Test Shot-Clock in Two Scrimmages This Weekend

Two men’s lacrosse scrimmages will be played this weekend with experimental rules that stakeholders hope will increase the pace of play.

On Saturday, UMBC will host Georgetown with the following experimental rules being implemented:

If a team is given the stall warning, it has 30 seconds to put a shot on target (goal/save/rebound/pipe). Current rules require the team to keep the ball in the attack area during a stall warning.

On Sunday, North Carolina and Ohio State will scrimmage in Towson, Maryland, with an experimental shot clock being used.

Teams will have 60 seconds (first half) and 75 seconds (second half) to put a shot on goal (goal/save/rebound/pipe) after gaining possession. A shot that misses the goal will not count for this purpose.

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Lacrosse Grows in Popularity in Snellville, GA

Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in Georgia, according to Coach Dusty DeStefano, owner of MIH Performance Training in Snellville.

“Lacrosse is basically throwing and catching a ball with a stick while you're moving,” DeStefano explained. He and his staff currently train members of the Brookwood High School Lacrosse team during the off-season. His company launched in August of 2010, and is helping athletes reach peak performance.

“A lot of times high school coaches aren't allowed to interact with the athletes when they're not in season,” DeStefano, or Coach "D" continued. “That's where our services come in handy.”

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Centenary College Adds Men's Lacrosse

SHREVEPORT - Men's Lacrosse at Centenary will become an intercollegiate sport starting in the 2012-13 academic year. The already successful program has operated as a club sport since 2010, achieving wins against established teams such as Tulane, Millsaps, University of Dallas, and University of Texas at San Antonio.

"We are extremely excited to add men's lacrosse and continue to see the positive impact the sport has on Centenary College," said Athletic Director William Broussard. "Our goal is to field a nationally ranked program, and I'm confident that Centenary will attract the scholar-athletes who will get us there. Lacrosse is a fantastic fit for us and allows us to grow Centenary's brand both within and outside our immediate geographic footprint."

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Calvin College and Hope College (D3 MI) Add Men's and Women's Lacrosse

Calvin College will be adding men’s and women’s lacrosse as varsity sports effective with the 2012-13 academic year. The announcement is made in conjunction with the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association which announced today that the league will add men’s lacrosse and women’s lacrosse as varsity conference sports, effective with the 2012-13 season, the 125th anniversary season for America’s oldest collegiate athletic conference. Calvin has been a member of the MIAA since the 1953-54 academic year.

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Hope College will begin sponsoring intercollegiate lacrosse for men and women effective with the 2012-13 school year. The addition of these sports at Hope coincides with an announcement by the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) to add lacrosse as varsity sports for both genders on the same timetable.
"We are very excited about the transition of the women's and men's lacrosse programs from club sport to varsity sport status," said Dr. Mark Northuis, chair of the department of kinesiology at Hope.

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Lacrosse in a Hurricane: The MLL's High Risk/High Reward Gamble

One would imagine that this last week was one of the most trying of MLL Commissioner David Gross' career. With his leagues marquee weekend only days away and a Category 2 hurricane heading straight for Maryland, all options had to have been on the table.

Adjust the start times to work around the storm's expected landfall? Not unless you want to lose your national broadcast with ESPN and possibly anger sponsors who pay for the expectation of national tv exposure. Move the game to the following weekend? Not with Navy football set to open their 2011 season at home and with no alternate venue secured. Make no bones about it, if this was an NCAA championship game it would be postponed and ESPN would work with the NCAA to secure a new start times that could be broadcast. However the MLL has no such clout, and so every time David Gross reviewed a cost-benefit analysis of the options before him, in every scenario that involved changing the game time, under the 'cost' column was 'lose ESPN broadcast'.

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The State of Lacrosse: Alaska

The State of Lacrosse features a state-by-state look at lacrosse growth in the US. In each post we'll interview individuals involved in growing lacrosse in their home state. Today we focus on Alaska and speak with Mike Driscoll and Brandon Cota. Mike runs the Anchorage Lacrosse League which oversees a Men's, Women's and Youth league in the Anchorage area. Brandon is a member of the Anchorage Lacrosse men's team and earlier this summer uploaded a YouTube helmet cam video of one of their games.

Tell us a little bit about lacrosse in Alaska?

MD: The men’s lacrosse program up here started around 2005. With the youth program starting out about a year later. We play year around, playing on indoor turf October through April. I think both indoor and outdoor are equally popular. Our men’s league is about 20-40 guys from year to year and about the same for our youth league. The last few years we’ve tried to start up a women’s league with luke-warm results.

Right now our men’s league is just a pickup game once a week. Who ever shows, plays. Our Youth league is basically the same. We usually run drills and work fundamentals for an hour and then have a 30 minute scrimmage.

There is a youth league in the near by town of Eagle River. In the summer time we will set up a couple scrimmages between our youth teams. In the winter time, we all play under the same roof.

Last year we got in touch with a Kenai/Soldotna youth lacrosse team and scheduled a little 3 team tournament in Anchorage last year between Anchorage, Eagle River and Kenai/Soldotna youth lacrosse teams. We’d love to do that again in the future.

BC: Lacrosse in Anchorage is quite new. They are a great bunch of guys with a lot of combined experience. I know most of the guys played NCAA lacrosse so it has been an awesome experience getting to play with those guys, and get a taste of the next level.

I think some people were surprised to see a helmet cam clip come out of all places Anchorage, Alaska. Can you give me a little background on the video?

BC: My buddy who you see in the very first part of the video (Connor Meyer) had a GoPro Helmet cam he uses for longboarding videos, and he approached me on doing one for lacrosse.

Alderson-Broaddus College (WV DII) Add's Men's and Women's Lacrosse



Philippi, WV -- Alderson-Broaddus College is excited to announce the addition of five athletic teams to its current roster. Football, men’s and women’s lacrosse, women’s tennis and men’s volleyball will begin play in 2012.

“This is a new and exciting time here at our school,” said Athletic Director Dennis Creehan who will also serve as Head Football Coach. “We will be adding these sports immediately as part of a new academic business model at A-B to help leverage growth of our institution.

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Dodging the Defense - Oglethorpe University's Strategic Plan to Add Lacrosse

This past spring, we jumped on the bandwagon here at Oglethorpe University by starting a men's lacrosse program. In 2012-13, we'll be introducing a women's lacrosse team to our campus. The fastest-growing game from the high school to college levels, the sport has been a boon to our campus and our athletic program.


But the process of getting to the first face-off took a lot of strategizing, planning, and communication. In fact, it took five years and a lot more energy and patience than any of us in the athletics department ever anticipated.

Despite all the hard work, adding this new sport has been an exciting process that has taught us about partnering, compromise, and coming up with unique solutions. And we know that being one of only two NCAA Division III schools in Georgia to offer men's lacrosse and one of only four to sponsor women's lacrosse puts us on the map.

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Depauw University to Add Men's and Women's Lacrosse

Men's and women's lacrosse will be added as varsity sports at DePauw University effective with the 2012-13 academic year, President Brian W. Casey announced today. DePauw students have been playing club lacrosse, and will continue to do so through the coming academic year.
The addition of lacrosse as a varsity sport is made possible by a generous gift of one million dollars from trustee Steve Trulaske '79, and by leadership gifts from James K. Baker '53 and Joe and Nancy Hollingsworth '71 & '72. Their gifts will fund start-up costs and the initial operational expenses of the two teams.

"Interest in lacrosse has been increasing among our students for some time, and we're also hearing from more prospective students who are interested in participating in the sport at the varsity level in college," notes Page Cotton, director of athletics at DePauw. "Also, lacrosse is a conference sport in the North Coast Athletic Conference and this provides us with a complete offering of programs for our student-athletes."

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ASA College Adds Men's Lacrosse

Brooklyn, NY– ASA College Athletic Director Ken Wilcox announced the addition of a men’s lacrosse program. The Avengers will begin National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) competition in the 2012 spring season. The program becomes the first junior college lacrosse team in New York City. In addition to winning games, the goal of the program is to graduate student-athletes so they can continue their academic and athletic careers at four-year colleges and universities.

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Transylvania University (KY) Adds Men's and Women's Lacrosse, Hires Coaches

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Terry Justice, the head boys’ lacrosse coach at Lexington Catholic, has been named to lead Transylvania’s new men’s lacrosse program, athletics director Jack Ebel said Wednesday.

Justice has served as Lexington Catholic’s head coach since 2004, building the program from scratch. He was the Kentucky High School Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2005 and led the Knights to second place finishes in the KHSAA State Tournament in both 2006 and 2008.

His record at Lexington Catholic was 74-33, including an 8-5 mark this season.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former University of Cincinnati standout Haley Marvine will be Transylvania’s first women’s lacrosse coach, athletics director Jack Ebel announced Tuesday.

Marvine is a 2011 graduate of Cincinnati, where she was a four-year letterwinner for the Bearcats. She was a team captain and a Big East Conference Academic All-American.

A goal-keeper, Marvine is a native of Georgia and has extensive experience working lacrosse camps in the South and Midwest as well as at Duke and Georgia Tech.

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The State of Lacrosse: Alabama

The State of Lacrosse features a state-by-state look at lacrosse growth in the US. In each post we'll interview individuals involved in growing lacrosse in their home state.  Today we focus on Alabama and speak with Chris Cos and Dave Link.  Coach Cos is the Head Coach of Hoover High School and also the author of the blog BamaLax.  Dave is the President of the Alabama Chapter of US Lacrosse.

Tell us a little bit about growth in Alabama?

CC: The growth has been a little overwhelming, it is tough to find all the coaches needed to properly instruct our eager players. The Birmingham area has the most players (close to 1500) but Northern Alabama, (Huntsville) has been growing just as rapidly and now we have programs in South Alabama (Mobile) and Auburn It really has been amazing to be part of bringing lacrosse to the lives of so many kids and families.

DL: Lacrosse is still the fastest growing sport in Alabama – by a long shot. I think this will continue for decades, provided we can develop relationships with community and school leaders. Ten years ago, we had 1 high school team, 1 post-collegiate team, and Auburn and Alabama had struggling club teams. We had a handful of transplants who carried the sport on their shoulders – coaching, officiating, driving all over the state, begging community leaders to use an empty lot. And next month we’ll be inducting the first group of these pioneers into our Hall of Fame.

What region of the state has growth been the strongest?

CC: Birmingham has the most players and has won all of the 6 state championships at the high school level. Due to field and coaching constraints last year Birmingham didn't grow as much as previous years but we are seeing programs popping up all over which has been very exciting.

DL:
For years Birmingham and Huntsville were the only pockets of lacrosse in the state, and with a 2-hour drive between the two cities, youth lacrosse was a big commitment for players, coaches and parents. But Birmingham now has a league that stands on its own – with several teams in age divisions from U9 to High School. And Huntsville will be able to stand alone in the next couple years. And, although it is nice for families not to have to drive every weekend, the two leagues will always play each other. There are some very healthy cross-state rivalries. Two years ago, youth lacrosse started in the Southern Alabama area with the Lower Alabama Lacrosse league, and this past Spring we launched the Auburn Youth Lacrosse League with 130 kids. Trussville, Tuscaloosa, and Mobile are areas of concentration for us in the coming year.

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Newberry College (SC) Adds Women's Lacrosse

NEWBERRY, S.C. - Newberry College leadership announced the addition of women's lacrosse as the College's 17th intercollegiate varsity sports program today. Emily Bikowski will serve as the program's first head coach as the program will begin immediately with the intention of the Wolves taking to the field for the 2012 season, which is played in the spring semester.

The addition of women's lacrosse is the first new sport added to the intercollegiate athletics program since the wrestling program was announced in 2004.

"Women's lacrosse is a very exciting sport and one which we're pleased to provide as a new opportunity for student-athletes to participate in," said senior vice president for institutional advancement and intercollegiate athletics Brad Edwards. "Women's lacrosse will bring another exciting, fan-friendly atmosphere to Setzler Field and we look forward to the community and our great supporters joining us there for the 2012 season."

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Will Major League Lacrosse return to California? Or are more new teams headed to the Southeast?

MLL commissioner David Gross addressed members of the lacrosse media Wednesday in advance of Saturday's MLL all-star game in Boston, and among the topics he addressed was league expansion. The expansion Charlotte Hounds and Ohio Machine are set to join the league for 2012, and Gross said Wednesday the league plans in January to announce two more teams to begin play for the 2013 season.

This supports the expansion plan that Lacrosse Magazine reported last December, in which the league named 19 target expansion markets. North Carolina, home of the recently fan-named Hounds, and Columbus, Ohio, where the Machine will play, were two of those markets.

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Houghton College (NY) Adds Men's and Women's Lacrosse

HOUGHTON, NY, July 5, 2011 – Houghton College is pleased to announce the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse, golf, and tennis teams to the athletic department as part of the school’s transition to NCAA Division III and the Empire 8 Conference. These additions will increase the viability of Houghton’s move from exploratory membership to provisional membership in the NCAA, bringing Houghton athletics to a total of 16 teams.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia men's lacrosse head coach Dom Starsia is one of five nominees for an ESPY award in the category of Best Coach/Manager.

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Beloit, WI – Following a national search, Bob Dignazio has been named the first Head Coach of Men’s Lacrosse at Beloit College. The announcement was made by Director of Athletics and Recreation Peggy Carl.

"We have made history with Bob's hire as he becomes Beloit College's first ever Men's Lacrosse Head Coach and we could not be more thrilled that he has chosen to join us,” said Carl. "Bob knows what it takes to build a successful Lacrosse program and he will bring that knowledge with him as he builds Beloit's team from the ground up."

Dignazio comes to Beloit from Kenyon College in Ohio, where he served as the Lords’ Defensive and Recruiting Coordinator during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He also served one season as the Defensive Coordinator at Randolph-Macon College after graduating from Kenyon in 2008.

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BALTIMORE National lacrosse participation grew 10 percent in 2010 according to the annual participation survey conducted by US Lacrosse, released today. The US Lacrosse report found 624,593 players competed on organized teams in 2010, up 10 percent from the total of 568,021 in 2009. US Lacrosse first tracked overall lacrosse participation in 2001, when 253,931 people played on organized teams.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan director of athletics Dave Brandon announced today (Wednesday, May 25) the elevation of men's and women's lacrosse to varsity status. The men's program will begin NCAA Division I varsity competition in the 2011-12 academic year, and the women's program will be ready for NCAA Division I varsity competition in the 2012-13 academic year.

"Our department has carefully considered the elevation of lacrosse to varsity status, and we feel the time is right to make this move," said Brandon. "The men's program is further developed based on their history of success in the club-varsity system. We plan to build upon that success at the next level. Our women's program will require more time to build, but I am confident within a reasonable timeframe we will become competitive nationally in women's lacrosse."

Michigan is the first Bowl Championship Series (BCS) conference school to add men's lacrosse since Notre Dame added the sport in 1980 and started competition in 1981. Michigan will join Ohio State and Penn State as the only schools in the Big Ten Conference to sponsor men's lacrosse.

U-M's club-varsity program claimed three of the last four Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) national championships (2008, '09, '10) and won Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association (CCLA) conference crowns in 11 of the past 13 seasons. The club program began in 1940 and was halted before World War II, but it restarted in 1965 and has been competing ever since. The program was elevated to club-varsity status in 2001.

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ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union Board of Trustees approved to add men's and women's lacrosse teams to the intercollegiate athletic program during its annual spring meeting.


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BUIES CREEK, N.C. - One of the nation's fastest-growing sports will come to Campbell in 2012-13 when the University will field a varsity women's lacrosse program.

Last month, the Board of Trustees voted on and approved the addition of the 21st sport in CU's Division I athletics program. Campbell will be the sixth Big South Conference member to field the sport for the 2013 season, joining current members High Point, Liberty and Presbyterian, plus Coastal Carolina and Winthrop - both of which have announced 2013 starting dates.

"We are excited about the addition of women's lacrosse to our intercollegiate athletics program," said Dr. Dennis Bazemore, interim Director of Athletics and Vice President for Student Life. "This is another opportunity for Campbell to reach out and to recruit more outstanding young women to the University."

According to Dr. Bazemore, a head coach will be hired by September 1 in order to begin the recruiting process and to prepare for the program's initial varsity season in the spring of 2013.

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University of Southern California Considering Adding Varsity Men's Lacrosse

Will NCAA Division I men's lacrosse stretch from coast to coast in the not too distant future? Perhaps.

The University of Southern California is considering adding a varsity men's lacrosse program, according to a USC athletic department official who spoke with LaxMagazine.com, although no decision has been made nor has a timetable been established for making a decision.

"We're exploring the opportunity for men's lacrosse internally," said USC senior associate athletic director Mark Jackson, who oversaw the addition of the new USC women's varsity program announced in November.

"We recognize how fast the sport is growing, and the popularity from youth lacrosse all the way up," Jackson said. "It's something we're really cognizant of. We launched women's lacrosse, and hopefully men's lacrosse is somewhere in our future."

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