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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