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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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Michigan Officially Adds D1 Men's and Women's Lacrosse

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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Mount Union Adds Men's and Women's Lacrosse

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.

Starting in the fall of 2011 lacrosse will be offered as a club sport, with men's and women's varsity competition beginning in 2012-13.

Searches for head coaches of both teams will start immediately, and once hired, those coaching staffs will spend the 2011-2012 academic year recruiting.

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Campbell University To Add Women's Lacrosse

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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Arcadia University (PA) Adds Men's Lacrosse

GLENSIDE, Pa., Thursday, May 5, 2011 ─ Arcadia University (www.arcadia.edu/athletics) announces Men’s Lacrosse as a new varsity sport, with Andrew S. Delaney of Riva, Md., as the full-time head coach for the new NCAA Division III program.

Men’s lacrosse began as a club sport at Arcadia in 2006-07, and the Knights will transition to their first varsity season in the Middle Atlantic Conference in 2012-13. The MAC currently sponsors 14 women’s teams and 13 men’s teams. Coach Delaney’s Knights will play a highly competitive club schedule in 2011-12 as he prepares them for NCAA intercollegiate competition.

“Arcadia is very fortunate to have Andrew coming to be the first full-time coach of Men’s Lacrosse,” says Director of Athletics Shirley Liddle. “Andrew has a very strong background playing and coaching college lacrosse, and he understands our commitment to the DIII student-athlete experience. His collegiate coaching experience will be an advantage as he transforms our club into a competitive varsity program.”

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Bryn Athyn College, (PA) Adds Lacrosse

Bryn Athyn, Pa – Bryn Athyn College Director of Athletics Matt Kennedy announced this week the college's plan to elevate their club lacrosse program to varsity status in 2012-2013. This strategic initiative plays a role in the college's athletic growth plan and is one sport closer to joining the NCAA in the near future. The college now offers five varsity programs and plans to add more over the next few years.

"We are very excited to be able to add varsity men's lacrosse to our offerings here at Bryn Athyn. Lacrosse has such a long history here at Bryn Athyn, and we are happy to now elevate it to the next level. Over the past 10 years, we have witnessed a lacrosse boom in the Philadelphia area and being able to offer a varsity program is attractive to prospective students" said Kennedy.

Bryn Athyn has hired head coach Jesse King to lead the program into their first varsity season. King has spent the last eight years as the head coach with the Bryn Athyn club program. The Huntington Valley, PA native studied economics at the University of Pennsylvania and went on to obtain his law degree at Villanova.

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