Georgetown College (NAIA KY) Adds Women's Lacrosse

Lacrosse is by far one of the fastest growing team sports in the United States. Since 2001, youth participation is up 138 percent to nearly 300,000. No sport has grown faster at the high school level and in the past six years is the fasting-growing sport in the NCAA with 755 college teams – 433 of which are women's teams. This does not include more than 500 college club programs, nearly 200 of which are women's teams that compete at the US Lacrosse Intercollegiate Association level.

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Although they will reapply

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University of Great Falls (NAIA MT) To Add Lacrosse

The University of Great Falls, a private Catholic University, is accepting applications for the position of men's lacrosse head coach. This is a 12-month, full-time position.

The University of Great Falls will begin its inaugural season in the fall of 2013. Lacrosse will be treated as a varsity sport and scholarships will be awarded.

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Central Michigan University and Capital University (DIII OH) Add Lacrosse

MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan University celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Title IX legislation today in grand style as the CMU Board of Trustees unanimously approved the addition of women's golf and women's lacrosse.

 The women's golf team is scheduled to begin competition during the 2014-15 academic year, while the lacrosse program will start play in 2015-16. The addition of the programs will continue Central Michigan's long-standing compliance with Title IX and will provide equitable athletics participation and education opportunities for both men and women.

 "This is truly an exciting day for Central Michigan University and our athletics program as we continue to provide additional opportunities for young women to pursue their athletic and academic dreams," CMU Director of Athletics Dave Heeke said. "These sports are great additions to our overall program and will attract outstanding student-athletes who will contribute to our Championship Culture."

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Capital University will add men’s and women’s lacrosse as varsity sports beginning in the 2013-14 academic year, director of athletics Steve Bruning announced.

Games for both teams are set to begin in the spring of 2014. All home matches will be played at the institution’s 3,000-seat Bernlohr Stadium.

“After extensive discussion and research, we’ve decided to add men’s and women’s lacrosse programs at Capital,” Bruning said. “Lacrosse is one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States, and we believe the sport will bring new opportunities to enhance the student-athlete experience, both on and off the field, at Capital.”

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Brevard College (DII NC) To Add Lacrosse

Brevard, N.C. - Brevard College Athletic Director Juan Mascaro announced today the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse as varsity sports beginning with the 2013-14 school year.

 “This is a dynamic opportunity for the Brevard College Athletic Department and our community” said Mascaro. “With the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse, the College now offers 20 intercollegiate sports that bring a lot of excitement to campus. We’ll begin our national search immediately to hire the first-ever Brevard College Lacrosse coach.”

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Town Recreation Department Drops Little League Baseball for Lacrosse

This spring, Hudson, NH youth will be able to trade in their baseball gloves for lacrosse sticks.

The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday approved a new lacrosse program, which will be run through the town’s Recreation Department. The program replaces the floundering Babe Ruth baseball league, which has seen a decrease of revenue and interest over the past few years.

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Rockhurst University (DII MO) Adds Lacrosse

Rockhurst University will be adding three new intercollegiate athletic programs in the fall of 2013. Men's and women's lacrosse, along with women's cross country, will increase Rockhurst’s athletic programs from 11 to 14 next year. Gary Burns, RU's Director of Athletics, said that the addition of these three programs will enhance athletic opportunities for an additional 55 new students in the first year. By the third year, that number could grow to 75 students.

"Lacrosse is the fastest growing team sport in America," Burns said. "This is an opportunity for Rockhurst to capitalize on an underserved market. We will be the first university or college in this area to field a lacrosse program. We will target the Greater Kansas City area and high schools on the East Coast for lacrosse players." There are currently 68 Division II women’s lacrosse programs and 46 Division II men's lacrosse programs organized into six conferences, as well as a number of independent programs consisting of mainly new programs. The Hawks will attempt to schedule lacrosse games with schools in Colorado and the St. Louis area. Rockhurst will be the 14th school in the Great Lakes Valley Conference to sponsor women's cross country.

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DeadSpin Tackles Lacrosse Growth

In yesterday's post about America's regional sports, a lot of commenters asked why I didn't include lacrosse. Well simply put, it just isn't that regional anymore. While it has a historical reputation as a niche sport—wealthy, Northeastern/mid-Atlantic, and "preppy-as-balls"—its geographic range, at least, is now all but boundless.

Here's a snapshot of NCAA lacrosse programs from the 2005-2006 season:

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Introducing Lacrosse to Atlanta Youth

Ever pulled off an “ankle breaker,” “around the world,” or used an “A” stick? L-R:Martin Luther King, Jr. High School Boys Lacrosse Coach Corey Carter, Decatur Army President Bert Miller, MLK High School Girls Lacrosse Coach Ramon Rivers. Most DeKalb County kids would say no. Bert Miller, who runs Decatur Army Youth Athletics, is hoping to change that so kids know the lingo of a sport most probably have never watched or played.

“Lacrosse is continuing to grow and as it remains an up-and-coming sport with youths across the country, I would like to get South DeKalb youths involved because it’s an untapped resource at this point,” said Miller, who hopes to begin offering free lacrosse clinics for elementary students by mid-September. “I believe we only have two high school teams in South DeKalb because a lot of the kids don’t even see the sport until high school. That has to change.

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Lynn University (DII FL) Adds Lacrosse

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lynn University Senior Vice President for Administration Gregory Malfitano has announced the addition of men’s lacrosse as a NCAA Division II athletic program at Lynn. This will be the third sport expansion for the Fighting Knights in the last nine months and will increase the total number of NCAA varsity sports sponsored by the University to 14; eight women and six men.

“Sport expansion is part of Lynn University’s overall strategic plan,” said Malfitano. “We have already added women’s swimming and women’s cross country and this is the next piece of the puzzle. It is a very exciting time because more and more opportunities have now opened up for student-athletes. Already lacrosse players are spearheading a new program and a new stadium. What more excitement could you ask for then by adding a new sport and stadium in the same year?”

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Could Montreal Be Next for the NLL?

MONTREAL — Pierre Filion remembers when thousands of fans watched lacrosse games in the mid-1970s at the Montreal Forum. Despite those numbers, the Montreal Québécois team was short-lived, as was the more recent Montreal Express. The National Lacrosse League returns to the Bell Centre Dec. 15 after a 10-year absence with an exhibition game featuring the Toronto Rock and Rochester Knighthawks.

“This game is the first step to the return of a pro team in Montreal,” said Filion, director of the Quebec Lacrosse Federation.

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Rhodes College (DIII TN) Adds Women's Lacrosse

Rhodes College is proud to announce it will add women’s varsity lacrosse to its Lynx roster beginning the 2013-14 season. The college has sponsored men’s varsity lacrosse since 2011.

“Many thanks to President Troutt and the president’s staff for their decision to add women’s lacrosse,” says Mike Clary, director of athletics at Rhodes. “Women’s lacrosse will provide more opportunities for Rhodes students, specifically women, to have a great experience in a varsity sport.”

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Sunshine St. Conference (DII) to Add Lacrosse

InsideFloridaLacrosse.com has received confirmation from Commissioner Jay Jones of the Sunshine State Athletic Conference that the conference is set to approve in late November the addition of men's lacrosse. There are currently five Sunshine State Athletic Conference schools which have men's lacrosse teams, the minimum for adding a sport. The addition of men's lacrosse, if approved by the member President's in late November, would be effective for the 2014 season.

Currently, all five of the Florida NCAA D-ll lacrosse teams play in the Deep South Conference. The rest of the Deep South Conference teams are member schools of the South Atlantic Athletic Conference which sources tell us will also be adding Men's Lacrosse as a sport in 2014. This will effectively be the end the Deep South Conference.

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Soccer's Obsession With Grass Hurt Richmond Soccer

The sport of soccer loves their grass, there's nothing better than a freshly cut pitch to a footie aficionado.  However, despite amazing advancements in artificial turf technology, the soccer oligarchy still turns it's nose up at the use of it at the highest levels.  There are some artificial turf companies (mostly in Europe) that manufacture artificial surfaces that meet the standards of FIFA and can be labeled 'FIFA Approved'   However even FIFA does not allow the 'FIFA approved' surfaces to be used for their highest levels of competition (World Cup, etc.).  FIFA approved artificial surfaces are typically regulated to U-19 tournaments and qualifying matches, or for use in countries that have trouble maintaining grass fields due to climate (I.e. Greenland, the Middle East, etc.).

So last week when Richmond announced they were dropping Men's Soccer and adding Men's Lacrosse there was an interesting footnote to the decision, A.D. Jim Miller stating that the lack of a grass field for Men's Soccer contributed to the decision.  Now how much did the lack of a grass playing field really play into the decision to drop soccer, which currently competes in Richmond's field turf surfaced football stadium, we may never know.  I would venture to guess that at the end of the day the Richmond Men's Soccer team would likely play their home games in a parking lot if it meant saving their program.  But regardless, the fact that it was a talking point for Miller is something to look at.  While soccer's grass obsession is strong internationally, in football obsessed America it has not made as many inroads.  True many of Division I's soccer powers do play on natural grass surfaces, however there are also many soccer powers that play on artificial turf surfaces such as B.C., B.U., St.John's, and Brown (BC and Brown have 'FIFA approved' surfaces).

But regardless the constant underlying preference of grass is there, and in this case appears to have backfired in giving the Richmond administration more ammunition and just another reason to state publicly as to why they were cutting the sport.  Putting too much emphasis on a sports playing surface, unless you are Football or Basketball, does not help a sports growth.  Division I Field Hockeys growth is stagnant because of the sports obsession with playing only on astroturf, despite that fact that all other Divisions, plus high school play on grass.  A.D.s do not want to add a sport that requires a playing surfaces that no other sport in America desires to play on, is the most injury prone, and is the most expensive per square foot of all the different types of artificial surfaces.  The University of Rhode Island, the last university with a DI Field Hockey program to play on grass, dropped their program six years ago because they could not afford to install astroturf, and decided they would rather have no program at all then have one with the stigma of playing on grass.  This is an extreme example, but an example nevertheless of how a sports rigid approach to playing surfaces can backfire.

Lacrosse on the other hand can, and has been played on, just about any surface.  While astroturf lacrosse fields have become more rare recently (Cornell, Syracuse, and Holy Cross all went to Field Turf in recent years) there are still some schools (Quinnipiac) that use it as their home surface.  Beyond astroturf, it's probably a toss up between grass and Field Turf for lacrosse facilities, with more southern schools likely preferring grass due to the favorable climate.

At the end of the day what it comes down to is lacrosse is flexible, everyone who loves this game just wants it to grow, and we are in no position to be picky about playing surface.  In college athletics King Football and Prince Basketball run the show, and for this reason sports that are easily adaptable to football and basketball facilities are perceived as more favorable in the eyes of athletic directors when they consider adding sports.  For lacrosse just throw some lines down on that football field and we are good to go.  And there is a reason why Women's Volleyball is one of the most popular women's sport in the NCAA...lay some lines down on your basketball court and you've got a volleyball home venue.  Easy and cheap.

So as our sport continues to grow and Universities continue to add it be thankful that lacrosse is such a versatile sport that can be played on so many different types of surfaces, even if it is a parking lot.

The Richmond Method: Cut and Add

As lacrosse fans we should be flattered. There are some colleges and universities that badly want access to what our sport has to offer. They want access to academically focused student athletes, they want access to a financially sound demographic that will likely pay dividends in the long term, in some cases they want to increase enrollment and tuition revenue, but most important of all they recognize that lacrosse growth is not slowing down, so better to get on the wagon now rather than be playing catchup ten years from now.

Most schools that find the sport appealing enough to add we can find at the Division III level, their operational model is more focused on 'heads in beds' and tuition revenue than their Division I brethren, many of whom feel that lacrosse is not yet worth the investment to add to their big time sport offerings.

Nevertheless, slowly but surely Division I growth has been on an uptick, with seven men's lacrosse programs announced in the last two years. When a D1 team is added it has typically been via one of two ways: school adds both Men's and Women's Lacrosse to stay Title IX compliant (see Michigan, Furman) or school adds just Men's Lacrosse and is still compliant (see B.U., whom already had W.Lax but more importantly does not sponsor football).

However, the University of Richmond just added a new chapter to 'How to Add Division 1 Lacrosse For Dummies'. A chapter that involves adding lacrosse at the expense of other sports. This is certainly new and uncharted territory for our sport, but is it just the beginning? Richmond wanted lacrosse, they wanted access to all the positives that come with adding lacrosse to their sport offerings, however they didn't want to increase their budget for that access. They didn't want to add another women's sport, and they likely couldn't add M. Lacrosse on top of their current offerings for Title IX reasons (Richmond = Football). So what did they do? They cut M. Soccer and M. Track and Field and put M. Lacrosse in their place. No net change in their operational budget, no need for new program support investments. M. Lacrosse gets M. Soccer lockerroom, athletic trainer, equipment manager, strength trainer, etc.

Chapter 3: The Richmond Method – Cut and Add.

So is the Richmond Method the new norm? Not likely, but they may be ahead of their time. Division I university male sports offerings are relatively stagnant, and if there is movement it's often negative not positive gains.  Overall there is very little change year to year, and the fact that lacrosse is getting added at the rate it is is amazing in its own right. This chart displays NCAA Male sports fluxuations over the last twenty years...lacrosse is one of only two men's sports that has positive growth at the D1 level.

If lacrosse growth has a tipping point, a time where many schools badly want to add the sport, where the pluses outway the minuses, that's when things will get interesting. Imagine if twenty years from now lacrosse is a revenue sport along with Football and Basketball. That will open the eyes of a lot of athletic directors, and they may be willing to fit the bill to add the sport, but will they be willing to fit the bill to add a women's sport as well? If not then you'll likely see more of the Richmond Method put to work. Addition by subtraction. 

University of the District of Columbia (DII) Adds Men's and Women's Lacrosse

WASHINGTON, DC – University of the District of Columbia President, Allen Sessoms, and Director of Athletics, Patricia Thomas, announce that the university will add men's and women's lacrosse to its current Division II sports offerings.

University President, Allen Sessoms had this to say about adding men's and women's lacrosse, "The University of the District of Columbia is elevating its profile nationally and locally, and athletics is a large part of the university's vision. After our first full year in the East Coast Conference, the addition of lacrosse exhibits our significant commitment to sports sponsorship criteria and to the conference. Adding men's and women's lacrosse will not only enable us to recruit quality student-athletes from the region and nationally, but it will also allow us to continue to build on the recent successes in athletics. It is an exciting time to be a Firebird!"

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St. Ambrose University Adds Lacrosse (NAIA IA)

St. Ambrose University Athletic Director Ray Shovlain announced today that the University will start varsity men's lacrosse next year. The team will begin play in the spring of 2014.

 Lacrosse is the first varsity sport St. Ambrose has added since starting men's and women's bowling in 2009-10.

 "We are very excited to add men's lacrosse," Shovlain said. "We believe lacrosse will be similar to other programs we have recently started, like dance, men's volleyball and bowling. It will give us the opportunity to attract additional, quality student-athletes to St. Ambrose from different recruiting areas."

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University of Richmond to Add Lacrosse

In order to achieve the objectives established in our April 2011 athletic strategic plan, the University of Richmond athletic department is adding men's lacrosse as an NCAA Division I intercollegiate sport. The addition of men's lacrosse is part of a reconfiguration of our athletic program that was approved by the University's Board of Trustees. This reconfiguration discontinues the University's sponsorship of men's soccer and men's indoor and outdoor track and field, effective at the conclusion of their 2012-13 seasons. The athletic department will continue to sponsor the men's cross country program. We are planning for the men's club lacrosse team to transition to a Division I team by the spring of 2014.

 A successful Division I athletic department, like any successful organization, cannot remain static. It must look to the future and identify a strategy to best serve the University and its student-athletes for the long term. It has been more than ten years since the University evaluated and made changes to the intercollegiate sports it sponsors. As a result, the University's athletic strategic plan recognized the need for a thoughtful and forward-looking assessment of the University's Division I sports to ensure that we meet the future needs of the University and the next generation of student-athletes.

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Illinois Wesleyan University (DIII) Adds Lacrosse

BLOOMINGTON — Illinois Wesleyan announced Wednesday it will add a men’s lacrosse team in the spring of 2014 and women’s lacrosse the following spring.

“Lacrosse is the fastest-growing sport in the Midwest and is an emerging sport among College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin schools,” said IWU athletic director Dennie Bridges. “Offering lacrosse gives a significant number of high school students another reason to consider attending Illinois Wesleyan.”

 Bridges said a search for a men’s lacrosse coach will begin immediately with a similar search for a women’s coach to begin next spring. Lacrosse home games will be at Tucci Stadium.

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Saint Mary's College (IN DIII) Adds Lacrosse

September 14, 2012 (Notre Dame, Ind.)—Saint Mary's College is proud to announce that lacrosse will be added as a varsity sport beginning in the 2013-14 academic year.

The addition of lacrosse to the varsity athletic program will give Saint Mary's nine varsity sports, all of which compete in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) as a Division III member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Currently, more than 200 NCAA Division III member institutions sponsor women's lacrosse as a varsity sport.

"Increasing our athletic opportunities is always exciting," said Julie Schroeder-Biek, director of Athletics. "With the addition of lacrosse as a championship sport in our league this year, transitioning our well established lacrosse club to the varsity level could not happen at a better time. We feel quite confident that our team will not only be ready to play in 2014, but that we will be competitive from the start of our varsity program."

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The Prospect Lacrosse League Launches

The Prospect Lacrosse League, which is the first professionally organized summer collegiate lacrosse league in North America, officially announced its presence today. The league, which will play its first games in the Summer of 2013, will consist of four-teams in its Inaugural Season all based in the Chicago and surrounding markets.

Made up exclusively of collegiate players with NCAA eligibility left, the Prospect Lacrosse League will operate with the purpose of the development of future Major League Lacrosse (MLL) players as well as other leagues just like how summer collegiate baseball does with the development of future Major League Baseball (MLB) players.

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Wingate University Adds Women's Lacrosse

Wingate, N.C.----Wingate University vice president and director of athletics Steve Poston announces the addition of women’s lacrosse as the school’s 20th intercollegiate sport. The Bulldogs will begin play in the 2014 season.

“Lacrosse is one of the most rapidly growing sports in the Southeast,” Wingate president Dr. Jerry McGee says. “We are confident this new program will bring a group of outstanding scholar athletes and an exciting spectator environment to our campus.”

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Stockton College (NJ DIII) & Caldwell College (NJ DII) Add Lacrosse

Stockton (N.J.) will be expanding its athletics offerings with the addition of women's lacrosse as an intercollegiate sport, the school announced on Tuesday.

Women's lacrosse will become the 18th varsity sport overall and 11th women's sport for Stockton Athletics. The timeline for implementing the Osprey women's lacrosse program includes the hiring of a full-time head coach this fall and the beginning of intercollegiate competition in Spring 2014.

Amy Rizzo has been selected to lead the new women's lacrosse program at Caldwell College, Executive Director of Athletics Mark A. Corino announced. Rizzo also will coordinate the recreation sports programs. Caldwell College will add women's lacrosse as an intercollegiate sport for the 2013-2014 academic year and compete in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference at the NCAA Division II level.

"Amy comes with a solid background in lacrosse," Corino said. "She was a successful Division I player, a head coach for a top high school program, and an assistant coach and recruiter for one of the best Division II programs in the country. Amy is tremendously energetic and excited about meeting the challenge of building a program, and we are glad to have her at Caldwell."

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Two School Districts Struggle to Get Lacrosse Approved

Oak Forest, IL While coaches, players and parents of the Oak Forest Fury continue to lobby for the Bremen School District to field a co-op team, the District will not sign off on it, leaving high school players lacking games and acknowledgement. For two years, parents, players and coaches of the Oak Forest Fury have been lobbying forBremen School District 228 to approve a co-op lacrosse team. For two years, according to coaches, the District has remained silent.

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Hackettstown, NJ Despite a petition signed by students, Hackettstown High School will not add a lacrosse program next year, officials said.
Officials discussed the program's initial interest and subsequent dismissal during tonight's school board meeting. School board member Gus Bordi asked why lacrosse was not considered and asked if it was ever discussed.

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Women's D1 Lacrosse Postseason Tournament to Expand to 26 Teams

INDIANAPOLIS — Women’s rowing is one of three Division I sports whose championship brackets will expand in 2013. In August, the NCAA Executive Committee approved a budget that included a recommendation from the Division I Championships/Sport Management Cabinet to expand championships in the Football Championship Subdivision, women’s lacrosse and rowing.

The two women’s sports will expand their brackets in the spring of 2013, while the FCS bracket will expand in the fall of 2013. The FCS bracket will grow from 20 to 24 teams in 2013, while the women’s lacrosse bracket will increase from 16 to 26 teams and rowing moves from 16 to 22 teams in the spring.

Expansion in the two women’s sports is consistent with the Executive Committee’s charge to ensure that equitable opportunities exist in light of the bracket expansion for the FCS championship.

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Franciscan University (OH DIII) Adds Lacrosse

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – Opportunities continue to open for students at Franciscan University of Steubenville with the official addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse for the 2012-13 academic year. The national search for the inaugural coaching staff and teams begins now.

“By adding both a women’s and a men’s team, we are responding to the well-documented increase in popularity of lacrosse nationwide,” said Chris Ledyard, director of athletics at Franciscan University.

In an administrative initiative to provide a new—and highly desired—sports program for the current and incoming students, Franciscan is increasing its NCAA Division III program to 16 sports.

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Ursuline College (OH DII) Adds Lacrosse

Ed Karasek has been named the first head lacrosse coach in the history of Ursuline College. He will join the athletic department on August 27th and begin building a program that will make its intercollegiate debut in the spring of 2014.

He is a Northeast Ohio native and a graduate of Padua Franciscan High School. He played lacrosse for Mickey Cochrane at Bowling Green State University when the school was one of few institutions to offer a Division I program. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green in 1970, Karasek completed the M.B.A. program at Northern Illinois University.

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John Carroll University (OH DIII) Adds Men's and Women's Lacrosse

John Carroll University President Rev. Robert L. Niehoff, S.J., announced today that men's and women's lacrosse will debut as varsity sports at the Division III school, with competition beginning during the 2013-14 academic year.

“We are excited to add one of the fastest growing sports in the country to our varsity athletics program,” said Father Niehoff. “With this level of student and alumni interest in lacrosse, we know it is the right time for us move forward with expanding our varsity sports in this way.”

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Lindenwood (MO) Officially Granted NCAA DII Membership

Lindenwood University President James D. Evans, PhD received notification today from the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) that the University has been granted provisional membership by the NCAA Division II Membership Committee. Lindenwood remains on track to become a full NCAA member for the 2013-14 school year.

“We are very pleased with today's news,” said Evans. “Many people all across our campus have been working toward this goal for some time. I am proud of their hard work, and thankful for the support of our board of directors, who made this possible when our journey began three years ago.”

In its provisional year, Lindenwood will continue to follow all NCAA Division II regulation and rules. Lindenwood can begin using the NCAA brand for promotional and recruiting purposes, including the NCAA logo, but it is ineligible for postseason competition for the year.

Lindenwood is a new member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) and will begin conference play this fall. The MIAA sponsors championships in 19 sports and is currently a 15-member conference with schools in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. The Lions have their first NCAA/MIAA home football game on September 8 against Southwest Baptist.

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Recapping 2012's Inaugural Year Programs

Midland University
W - 2012 Record: 3-9

ASA College
Juco (M)
New York
M - 2012 Record: 6-9

Newberry College
Division 3 (W)
South Carolina
W - 2012 Record: 2-10

University of Michigan
Division 1 (M)
M - 2012 Record: 1-13

Huntingdon College
Division 3 (M)
M - 2012 Record: 5-10

St. Joseph's College
Division 3 (W)
New York
W - 2012 Record: 9-9

University of Tampa
Division 2 (M)
M - 2012 Record: 11-5

Division 3 (M/W)
New York
M - 2012 Record: 2-12
W - 2012 Record: 4-10

Otterbeing College
Division 3 (W)
W - 2012 Record: 5-11

St. Leo University
Division 2 (W)
W - 2012 Record: 5-9

Alma College
Division 3 (M/W)
M - 2012 Record: 1-15
W - 2012 Record: 5-8

San Diego St. University
Division 1 (W)
W - 2012 Record: 5-10

Coker College
Division 2 (M)
South Carolina
M - 2012 Record: 2-14

Roberts Wesleyan College
Division 2 (M/W)
M - 2012 Record: 5-7
W - 2012 Record: 5-8

Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Division 3 (W)
W - 2012 Record: 2-13

Grand Valley State University
Division 2 (W)
W - 2012 Record: 10-7

Catawba College
Division 2 (W)
North Carolina
W - 2012 Record: 2-11

Salem State University
Division 3 (W)
W - 2012 Record: 8-6

Florida Tech
Division 2 (M)
M - 2012 Record: 2-10

Albright College
Division 3 (M/W)
M - 2012 Record: 16-3
W - 2012 Record: 4-13

Augustana College
Division 3 (M/W)
M - 2012 Record: 8-6
W - 2012 Record: 15-3

Rhodes College
Division 3 (M)
M - 2012 Record: 2-10

Piedmont College
Division 3 (M)
M - 2012 Record: 5-7

College of St. Rose
Division 2 (M)
New York
M - 2012 Record: 7-6

Emmanuel College
Division 3 (M/W)
M - 2012 Record: 7-9

W - 2012 Record: 5-10

Rosemont College
Division 3 (M)
M - 2012 Record: 0-14