Boston College A.D. Answers Question About Varsity Status

From the Heights Sports Blog

”We’re in the process of identifying how we resource our programs. If you think about this, athletics is, in so many ways, a marketing vehicle for the entire University. When you picked up the paper this morning you didn’t see a physics section. And so, whether it’s right or wrong, that’s the way our society is. We value sports, and so my responsibility, and the athletic department’s, is to take advantage of that social emphasis on athletics in ways that really expose Boston College to the country. So in our strategic planning process we are going to look at all programs and identify those that can be nationally competitive and nationally distinctive and figure out how we are going to resource those programs in ways that best serve the University.” -BC Athletic director Brad Bates, when asked about bringing back Men's Lacrosse

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VCU To Add Women's Lacrosse

RICHMOND, Va. (Feb. 14, 2013) – Virginia Commonwealth University will add women’s lacrosse to its athletics lineup beginning with the 2015-16 season.

 The VCU Board of Visitors on Friday approved adding the sport to its intercollegiate athletics program, which currently sponsors 16 intercollegiate sport programs; eight men’s teams and eight women’s teams.

Over the last four years, the number of student-athletes per academic year has consistently been between 265 and 279, and student-athlete composition has generally been equal between men and women. However, given that VCU has a greater proportion of women than men in the general undergraduate population, VCU athletics determined that adding a women's lacrosse team was necessary to help ensure the university remains in compliance with Title IX.

“Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in America, and it fits well with our recruiting goals for admissions, which target the East Coast,” said VCU Athletic Director Ed McLaughlin. “It’s a natural fit and makes a whole lot of sense.”

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UMass Lowell Moves to D1 Adds Men's and Women's Lacrosse

With several hundred students, faculty, staff, alumni and fans in attendance, the University announced that all of its athletic teams will be Division I members as of July 1, 2013. With the move, the River Hawks will join America East, a conference featuring many of the University’s peer institutions.

“All throughout the membership evaluation process, our conference’s leadership has stressed the importance of finding peer institutions with similar profiles and an infrastructure of strong academics, competitive athletics programs and outstanding facilities,” says America East Commissioner Amy Huchthausen. “UMass Lowell has those assets and will strengthen America East in all facets.”

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Atlantic Sun Conference to Sponsor Men's Lacrosse

MACON, Ga. – The Atlantic Sun Conference will debut men’s lacrosse as an NCAA Division I championship sport in the spring of 2014, adding its third new sport in as many years and the 20th sport overall to its roster.

“We are very proud to continue a tradition of growth in the Atlantic Sun Conference with the addition of men’s lacrosse as our newest championship sport,” said A-Sun Commissioner Ted Gumbart. “The A-Sun continues to be a leader in building opportunities for student-athletes and we are very excited about working with the distinguished institutions who will be joining us to provide this additional conference championship. From our debut as the first Division I conference to sponsor sand volleyball last spring, to this spring’s initial women’s lacrosse championship and on to men’s lacrosse next spring, we are committed to expanding competitive opportunities and forging partnerships that will allow us to meet that goal.”

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Asbury University (NAIA KY) Adds Lacrosse

WILMORE, Ky. – Asbury University Athletics Director Mark Perdue announced Friday that the school will be adding men’s and women’s lacrosse as intercollegiate teams for the 2014-15 season. The University has begun a national search for coaches and expects to hire those positions by this spring. That timing will allow the coaches an entire year to recruit before bringing in a full roster for the 2014-15 school year.

 Asbury becomes just the sixth university in Kentucky to add lacrosse as a varsity sport, joining Bellarmine (men’s only), Centre (men’s and women’s), Louisville (women’s only), Pikeville (women’s only) and Transylvania (men’s and women’s). The Eagles will seek membership in the National Women’s Lacrosse League (NWLL) and the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) as lacrosse has yet to become a sponsored sport in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

“The addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse is a big step for Asbury,” Perdue said. “We are excited to add these two programs and embark on new initiatives for department and institutional growth.”

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