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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.
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.
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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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.
"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.
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.
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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.”
"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.