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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