Chatham University (DIII PA) Adds Lacrosse

PITTSBURGH, Pa - The Chatham University Athletic Department would like to officially announce that they will be expanding in the 2016-2017 Academic Year by adding both Women's and Men's Lacrosse. A search for new head coaches will begin immediately, and Chatham will play in the single-sport Ohio River Lacrosse Conferences (ORLC & ORWLC). These were formed in the fall of 2014 when the President's Athletic Conference (PAC) and the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) aligned to create these conferences for men's and women's lacrosse.

Current PAC members Saint Vincent College, Thiel College, Washington & Jefferson College, and Westminster College sponsor men's and women's varsity lacrosse programs, with Bethany College sponsoring a men's program and Waynesburg University and Thomas More College a women's program. In addition, five HCAC member schools will compete in the ORLWC, while four HCAC member schools will compete in the ORLC.

"The addition of women's and men's lacrosse is an example of Chatham's ongoing commitment to the expansion and support of our athletic program," states Athletic Director Leonard Trevino. "We are excited to begin the process of building lacrosse programs that will compete at the highest levels, while continuing our traditions of academic excellence."

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Barton College (DII NC) Adds Women's Lacrosse

WILSON, N.C. – Barton College will add women’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s swimming as intercollegiate sports beginning with the 2016-17 season, school officials have announced. Barton College President Douglas Searcy first shared the news publicly at a quarterly meeting of the institution’s faculty and staff.

“As we add new students to our campus community, we focus on choices that strengthen academic programming, positive campus experiences, and provide mentorship to support student learning and engagement,” Searcy said. “Based on our research, these teams best fit with our current athletics infrastructure, meet our academic and enrollment goals, and contribute to the quality of campus life – the key parameters for adding teams.”

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Union College (NAIA KY) Adds Lacrosse

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union College Director of Athletics Tim Curry announced Tuesday the addition of men's and women's lacrosse to the catalogue of Bulldog sports programs, bringing the total number of offerings to 26. Union will begin competing in men's lacrosse in the spring of 2017 with women's lacrosse taking the field in 2018. "We are excited about bringing to lacrosse to Union College," said Curry.

 "This is a sport we have been looking to add for some time now as it is one of, if not the fastest growing sports in college athletics right now." With Union competing in men's lacrosse in a little over a year, Curry also announced Ed Craver as the program's first head coach. ​"Ed brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, which will undoubtedly be beneficial to us as we build our lacrosse programs," said Curry. A search for a women's lacrosse coach will be held in the coming months to begin recruiting for the 2018 season.

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Felician University (DII NJ) Adds Men's Lacrosse

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician University will add men's lacrosse as its 14th varsity intercollegiate sport, director of athletics Ben DiNallo Jr. announced today. The program will play its inaugural season in spring of 2017. "We are very excited to add men's lacrosse to our complement of sports programs," said Felician president Dr. Anne M. Prisco.

"Lacrosse is a team sport that teaches cooperation and teamwork and develops leadership skills. Its addition will enhance student life on campus, and demonstrates Felician's commitment to offering every student an opportunity to develop his/her mind, body and spirit."

 Also on Monday, DiNallo announced that John Giunta of Pompton Plains has been named the first head coach of the Felician men's lacrosse team.

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How The West Was Won (by lacrosse)

Thanks to the addition of varsity status for women’s lacrosse at Arizona State, a Pac-12 sponsored women’s lacrosse conference is now a reality.  Division I Women’s Lacrosse has been planting the varsity seed up and down the west coast for more than 15 years, and finally these seeds have sprouted into the ultimate accomplishment, a Power-5 conference sponsorship.

Unfortunately, the men’s game has not had comparable success in rooting varsity programs on the nations west coast.  While Division I Men’s Lacrosse has seen unprecedented growth in the last 10 years, that growth has been confined to the east coast and mid-west.  The challenges for DI Men’s Lacrosse growth on the west coast are well documented.  There are the challenges associated with gender equity and adding men’s lacrosse at schools with football programs.  There are the challenges associated with funding such programs, as many schools are not willing to take the plunge without endowing a majority of a programs costs or soliciting a significant lead donor.  And finally, specific to west coast schools, there is the challenge of geography.

It’s hard to sell a varsity program to Presidents, Trustees, ADs and even sometimes recruits when every away game is a flight.  Of course it can be done, and is done with teams across many other sports.  But for lacrosse, a non-revenue sport that doesn't justify being chartered everywhere, it’s not an easy sell.  It’s not UMass Lowell deciding to go DI when every school in the America East is a bus ride away.  It means increased cost for travel and increased time away from class for the athletes.

What it comes down to is a hypothetical varsity west coast men's lacrosse program needs someone to play, however schools are faced with a daunting ‘geographic gap’ in the countries fly over states.  The below map displays the location of every new varsity men’s and women’s lacrosse program across all divisions since 2011:

While many colleges have added the sport in recent years, lacrosse in general, and especially the men’s game, has struggled to move the dial in athletic departments west of the Mississippi.  Colorado is men’s lacrosse’s western outpost, but the state is still surrounded by barren lacrosse-less regions.  

It has become clear that the men’s game will not grow on the west coast by mid-west varsity programs being added and overtime making their way to the pacific.  Men’s Lacrosse needs a west coast school or schools to act as a catalyst, a trailblazer, to be lacrosse’s own Lewis and Clark.  So which school will that be? Who is most likely to be men’s lacrosse’s own Lewis and Clark?  Since history often repeats itself let’s look at the history of Division I Women’s Lacrosse west coast growth:

DI Women's Lacrosse West Coast Varsity Programs
First Varsity Year
Arizona State
Fresno St
San Diego St
St. Mary’s
UC Davis

The four ‘founding mothers’ of west coast DI Women’s Lacrosse are Cal, Stanford, UC Davis, and St. Mary’s.  These schools have a long history of women’s lacrosse, with their successful and well organized club teams transitioning to varsity status during the mid to late 90’s.   One can also look at west coast DI Field Hockey teams, another prominently east coast sport, and see some similarities to women’s lacrosse’s west coast growth:

DI Field Hockey West Coast Varsity Programs
First Varsity Year
UC Davis

Both Cal and Stanford were catalysts for west coast sponsorship of field hockey and women’s lacrosse.  Does this mean that these two schools will someday play a role in varsity men’s lacrosse growth on the west coast?  One could argue that it is more likely than not that they will, but when that would happen is anyone's guess.  Of the two Stanford may be the best positioned and most likely west coast school to add varsity men’s lacrosse.  As a public institution Cal has challenges not faced by private schools like Stanford.  It wasn’t too long ago that Cal’s budget woes were so significant that they tried cutting multiple sports.  Stanford, on the other hand, is one of the wealthiest universities in the world, and has an endowment ($21 billion) five times the size of Cal's.  Both teams have successful MCLA teams and undoubtedly alumni willing to support a varsity move however the key would be those alumni garnering administrative support.

It's also possible that it may not even be a Pac-12 school that makes the first jump, it could be a small private school like a Pacific or St. Mary's who's resources are not hampered by football.  Or it could be a school that is not on anyone's radar.  If Arizona State Ice Hockey has taught us anything, it's that a school will ultimately sponsor a sport, no matter how outside the box, if there is a donor willing to cover the costs.  But regardless if it’s Cal or Stanford or another western school that takes this significant first step for DI Men's Lacrosse, here’s hoping that the wild west is opened up sometime in the near future.

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Ohio Valley University (DII WV) Adds Women's Lacrosse

Vienna, W. Va.— (November 9, 2015) Ohio Valley University has added NCAA Division II Women's Lacrosse to its athletic program, OVU Athletic Director Chad Porter has announced. While recruiting is currently underway, the program will officially begin competition in the spring of 2017. 

The recent addition of a women's lacrosse program on campus brings the total number of Fighting Scots women's varsity sports to seven, fourteen OVU varsity sports overall. Other women's varsity sports offered at OVU include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball and volleyball. Former
OVU student-athlete Max Ruhl was named the head women's lacrosse coach this past summer.

"I'm excited about the addition of women's lacrosse and I am looking forward to Coach Ruhl building a successful program, both on and off the field," said Porter.

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Chowan University (DII NC) Adds Men's Lacrosse

MURFREESBORO- Chowan University continues to provide competitive athletic opportunities with the official addition of men's lacrosse for the 2016-17 academic year. The search for Chowan's first men's lacrosse coach concluded with the hiring of Jim Griffin, who eagerly accepted the challenge of implementing the Hawks' first recruiting class.

"I am very excited to begin men's lacrosse here at Chowan University. The academic programs,

facilities, and moral culture make this a homerun for men's lacrosse. The University sits in great proximity to lacrosse hotbeds in every direction….and will offer an ideal environment for student-athletes at the NCAA Division II level," Griffin stated. Vice President/Director of Athletics, Ozzie McFarland added, "I believe we have found the perfect person to start our men's lacrosse program…one who has already started two programs. Jim has strong ties to North Carolina…He will be an excellent addition to our staff and should help us meet our goal of being one of the best lacrosse programs in the region". "I look forward to contacting lacrosse players around the United States to tell them about this great institution and inviting them to part of something special here at Chowan," Griffin added.

With the addition of men's lacrosse, Chowan's athletic department supports 18 athletic teams with eight men's programs and ten women's programs as well as a co-ed cheerleading team.

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St. Josephs College (DIII NY) Adds Men's Lacrosse

Patchogue, NY| The Department of Athletics at St. Joseph’s College (SJC) is pleased to announce that it will offer men’s lacrosse and volleyball at SJC Long Island, effective spring 2017. These additions reflect the growth that the College is experiencing within its academic programs and facility upgrades. Approved by the NCAA and Skyline Conference, men’s lacrosse and volleyball are the newest Golden Eagles teams to be offered.

Existing sports programs already offered include swimming, baseball, dance, equestrian, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s golf, women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track and field, and women’s volleyball. By adding men’s lacrosse and volleyball to its roster, SJC is aiding the Skyline Conference by increasing the number of schools who meet NCAA minimums for championships. 

"Long Island is a hotbed for lacrosse and well-known for its club volleyball programs, so we are excited to be offering these sports at SJC Long Island,” said Shantey Hill, assistant vice president and senior director of athletics and recreation at SJC. “Long Island student-athletes will now have the opportunity to stay home while expanding their educational and athletic pursuits."

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WEST HARTFORD, CONN. – University of Hartford Director of Athletics Anton Goff announced today that the University will add the sport of women's lacrosse for the 2017-18 season and will discontinue its men's and women's tennis programs at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season. The actions are a result of an examination of Hartford's budget, fundraising, and facilities alongside of trends in intercollegiate athletics since Goff became Director of Athletics in May 2014.

 "Women's lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the nation," Goff said. "Seven schools in the America East Conference already have teams and we are committed to being successful competitors in our conference. Our goal in adding women's lacrosse is to move to full compliance with Title IX."

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Butler University Adds Women's Lacrosse & Concordia University Ann Arbor (NAIA) Adds Lacrosse

INDIANAPOLIS -- Butler University will add women’s lacrosse as its 20th varsity sport with the team beginning play during the 2016-17 academic year. The announcement was made by Butler Vice President/Director of Athletics Barry Collier Wednesday, Oct. 21.

“The addition of women’s lacrosse as a varsity sport provides Butler with the opportunity to deepen relationships in portions of the country that continue to be very important to the University, especially Indiana, the Midwest and the East Coast,” said Collier. “Women’s lacrosse adds to our wide offering of varsity sports, which provide exceptional student-athlete experiences and are a source of pride and unity for Butler undergraduates, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends.”

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ANN ARBOR, Mich.-- Concordia University Ann Arbor (CUAA) announces the addition of men's and women's lacrosse programs beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year. Lacrosse brings the University's athletic offerings to 22 teams: 10 men's programs, 11 women's programs and one co-ed program.

"The growing popularity of lacrosse, especially in Michigan and the Ann Arbor area, made it the perfect sport to add to CUAA," said Lonnie Pries Athletic Director. "Athletics is an important tool for us as we carry out our mission of preparing students in mind, body, and spirit for success when they leave this place." Pries continues, "When we expand our athletic opportunities, we expand our ability to have greater impact on the world."

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Arizona State University Adds Women's Lacrosse

TEMPE, Ariz. – Through generous donations and a grant from USA Triathlon, Sun Devil Athletics officially announces the addition of NCAA women’s triathlon and NCAA women’s lacrosse as Arizona State’s 24th and 25th varsity sports, respectively. The first seasons of triathlon and lacrosse are scheduled for the 2017-18 academic year.

 In November 2014, Sun Devil Athletics received the largest donation in department history of $32M to fund the elevation of the Sun Devil Men’s Ice Hockey team to the NCAA Division I level. The donation also provided extra support to sponsor additional women’s NCAA programs for both Title IX compliance and to expand educational opportunities for future Sun Devil student-athletes. “To date, this is one of the most rewarding experiences I have had here at Arizona State,” said Ray Anderson, Vice President for University Athletics.

“To announce today that we are expanding competitive and educational opportunities for future Sun Devil student-athletes is extraordinarily gratifying. It is an honor for ASU to be able to empower, embolden, serve and provide opportunities for these young people. The addition of triathlon, lacrosse and even hockey, embodies the purpose for us as administrators and advocates for our student-athletes.”

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University of Colorado Colorado Springs (DII) Adds Women's Lacrosse

UCCS will expand its intercollegiate athletic program as a way of attracting top students and providing more on-campus student life activities. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak announced plans to add a baseball team, a women's lacrosse team and expand track and field offerings for both men and women during meetings with deans, directors and department chairs. Previously, she briefed members of the CU Board of Regents.

 "We are losing good students to schools that have these programs," Shockley-Zalabak said. "UCCS student-athletes have higher GPA's than the campus average and graduate at a higher rate. We need more students who perform at this level." Shockley-Zalabak said student leaders encouraged athletic expansion as a way of providing more on-campus student life activities.

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University of Northwestern (DIII MN) Adds Men's Lacrosse

ST. PAUL – The University of Northwestern continues to grow and enhance its athletic department, as the university has announced the addition of men's lacrosse – its 20th varsity sport – for the 2016-17 academic year. UNW becomes just the second school in the state to announce that they will sponsor the sport at the varsity level beginning next year. 6653 The team will both practice and compete on campus at the newly renovated Reynolds Field complex, which offers some of the finest amenities in all of the upper Midwest.

"Adding men's lacrosse has been in the growth plans at Northwestern and with our new outdoor complex the timing is right to add the sport at the varsity level - now the twentieth NCAA sport at UNW," said Matt Hill, Vice President of Student Life and Athletics.

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Wofford College (D1 SC) Adds Women's Lacrosse

Wofford College director of athletics Richard Johnson announced on Thursday that the school will introduce women's lacrosse as a varsity sport beginning in the 2017-18 school year. "Wofford College is excited to be bringing women's lacrosse to campus," said Johnson.

"Our goal is to hire a head coach in the next couple of months to begin the recruiting process necessary to field teams by the 2018 spring season."

 Women's lacrosse is played in the spring and games are expected to be played at Gibbs Stadium, while locker room facilities will be in the Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium. The first incoming class of recruits will enroll in the fall of 2016, with the second recruiting class entering in the fall of 2017. The first season of NCAA competition will be in the spring of 2018.

 "It's very exciting for Wofford College to field a women's team in lacrosse, arguably the fastest-growing sport in the NCAA," Wofford President Nayef H. Samhat said. "We know we will see more and more of our Terrier fans enjoying this exhilarating and fast-paced sport, and we can't wait to see the team compete on a national level."

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Gulf South Conference (DII) Adds Women's Lacrosse

Birmingham, AL—The increasing popularity of women's lacrosse has expanded into the Gulf South Conference, as the league officially announced that it will be adding the sport to its sponsorship list for 2015-16. The GSC Presidents agreed to move forward with the addition of women's lacrosse at its annual business meeting this past June and the addition was made official when the University of Montevallo and Young Harris College signed on as affiliate members last week.

 "Women's lacrosse has consistently been one of the fastest growing sports in the NCAA for a number of years and we are excited to provide championship and award opportunities for these student-athletes in the Gulf South Conference," GSC Commissioner Matt Wilson said. "Our Board of Directors believes this is a sport that makes sense for the GSC and I anticipate seeing more regional Division II programs in the next four or five years."

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Madonna University (NAIA MI) Adds Lacrosse

LIVONIA, Mich. – Madonna University President Michael Grandillo announced today (August 12) that the University will be expanding its intercollegiate athletics program by eight sports, bringing the Crusaders' roster to 19 teams.

Madonna will add:
• men's and women's bowling
• men's and women's lacrosse
• men's and women's indoor track and field
• men's and women's outdoor track and field

 According to President Grandillo the addition of these sports will increase enrollment, while enhancing the sense of community on campus. "I look forward to working with our fine athletics staff and coaches to build upon their winning ways, as we provide greater opportunities for students to compete in the sports they love, while they pursue their academic goals," said Grandillo. "Participation in athletics and student organizations enriches the college experience, which is why we are proud to offer Madonna students more choices for learning outside the classroom." Madonna University competes in the 12-school Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The addition of these eight sports marks the first new teams added at Madonna since 2005, when men's and women's cross country brought the total to 11 teams.

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MLL Expands to Atlanta

ATLANTA (August 7, 2015) -Major League Lacrosse Commissioner David Gross today announced the addition of the league's ninth and newest team, the Atlanta Blaze. Based in Kennesaw, Georgia, the Atlanta Blaze will join MLL league play in the 2016 season.

 "We are thrilled to welcome the Atlanta Blaze into MLL. This is a market we've spent quite a bit of time in over the past few years and know the fans are hungry for professional lacrosse," said Gross, commissioner of the MLL. "We are sure they are going to love watching the Atlanta Blaze play." In a press conference on Friday, Gross and team executives announced the new name, Blaze logo, ownership structure and commitment to bring the best lacrosse to Atlanta. In addition, the team announced a plan for free home-game tickets for all local firefighters.

 "Given the success of last year's MLL Championship and the tremendous amount of growth around lacrosse in the region - there is a lot of excitement around the sport in Atlanta right now," said Dan Corso, executive director of the Atlanta Sports Council. "We look forward to working with our great partners around the community and MLL, to support the new Atlanta team and help them get acclimated to their new home."

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North Central University (D3 MN) Adds Men's Lacrosse

MINNEAPOLIS- North Central University is pleased to announce the addition of men’s lacrosse to its varsity sports offerings. The Rams lacrosse program, scheduled to begin competition in the spring of 2017, will be the first NCAA Division III varsity men’s lacrosse program in Minnesota. North Central and the city of Minneapolis partnered together to build a new turf athletics surface in Elliot Park, the city recreation center that is surrounded by the NCU campus, in the spring of 2015. The unique partnership with the city gives the Rams men’s & women’s soccer programs a new on-campus home while also allowing North Central an opportunity to pioneer a new program in one of America’s fastest growing sports.

 “With the popularity of men’s lacrosse coming to the Midwest over recent years, the time has come to offer North Central students – present and future -- and our campus community the opportunity to participate and support the sport at a varsity level,” said Greg Johnson, Athletic Director. “I look forward to further uniting our university and the Minneapolis area through men’s lacrosse.”

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Heidelberg University (DIII OH) Adds Lacrosse

TIFFIN -- Heidelberg University will add both women's and men's lacrosse to its slate of varsity athletic programs, with intercollegiate action beginning during the 2016-17 academic year.

 "The popularity of lacrosse expanding in the region, and as a result, the interest to add the sport at Heidelberg is at an all-time high," said athletic director Matt Palm. "With the Ohio High School
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Heidelberg is the ninth school in the Ohio Athletic Conference to add lacrosse, with the traditional season taking place in the spring.

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BROOKLINE, Mass. - Newbury College is pleased to announce that it will add women’s lacrosse to its athletics lineup in the New England Collegiate Conference, beginning with the spring 2017 season. The College’s Board of Trustees recently approved adding the sport to its intercollegiate athletics program, which currently sponsors 13 intercollegiate sport programs; seven men’s teams and six women’s teams.

 “Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in America, and its addition here at Newbury aligns nicely with our recruiting goals,” said Newbury College Director of Athletics Jonathan Harper. “Lacrosse will allow us to recruit additional female student-athletes who will be successful not only on the field, but in the classroom as well.”

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Recapping 2015's Inaugural Year Programs

Muskingum University
Division 3 (M/W)

M - 2015 Record: 3-11

W - 2015 Record: 0-12

Asbury University

M - 2015 Record: 6-5
W- 2015 Record: 3-7

UMass Lowell
Division 1 (M)

Gardner Webb University
Division 1 (W)

W - 2015 Record: 1-13

Wartburg College
Division 3 (W)

W- 2015 Record: 4-12

University of Virginia Wise
Division 2 (W)

W- 2015 Record: 3-11

U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Division 3 (M/W)

M - 2015 Record: 4-10
W - 2015 Record: 4-11

Wabash College
Division 3 (M)
M - 2015 Record: 1-12

Cornell College
Division 3 (M/W)

M - 2015 Record: 3-10
W- 2015 Record: 1-14

North Greenville University
Division 2 (M/W)
South Carolina
M - 2015 Record: 1-14
W- 2015 Record: 1-10

Delaware Valley College
Division 3 (M/W)
M - 2015 Record: 5-8
W - 2015 Record: 2-10

Johnson State College
Division 3 (W)
W- 2015 Record: 3-10

Colorado State Pueblo
Division 2 (M)
M - 2015 Record: 1-11

Lincoln Memorial University
Division 2 (M/W)
M - 2015 Record: 4-10
W - 2015 Record: 1-11

Mass. College of Liberal Arts
Division 3 (W)
W- 2015 Record: 4-9

Keystone College
Division 2 (M/W)
M - 2015 Record: 2-9
W - 2015 Record: 0-10

Thomas More College
Division 3 (W)
W- 2015 Record: 1-9

Maine Maritime Academy
Division 3 (W)

W- 2015 Record: 2-10

Carroll University
Division 3 (M/W)

M- 2015 Record: 0-6
W- 2015 Record: 0-14

St. Gregory's University

M- 2015 Record: 6-8

Pace University
Division II (W)
New York

W- 2015 Record: 5-11

Shorter University
Division II (M/W)

M - 2015 Record: 8-7
W - 2015 Record: 3-11

New Jersey Tech
Division I (M)
New Jersey

M - 2015 Record: 0-12

Southern Vermont College
Division III (W)
W- 2015 Record: 4-10

Truett-McConnell College

W- 2015 Record: 0-14

Ave Maria University

W- 2015 Record: 3-10

Ocean City Community College
New Jersey

M - 2015 Record: 4-7

Illinois Wesleyan University
Division 3 (W)
W - 2015 Record: 7-9

Kalamazoo College
Division 3 (W)
W - 2015 Record: 6-8

Lyndon State (DIII VT) Adds Women's Lacrosse

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. – The Lyndon Department of Athletics has announced it will add two athletic programs in the 2016-17 school year. A men's and women's track and field program, as well as a women's lacrosse team will be added to the 12 v
arsity sports the institution currently offers and both will compete at the NCAA Division III level.

 Lyndon has begun a nationwide search for qualified coaches who will be hired this summer to recruit for and organize the programs throughout the 2015-16 academic year. The Spring 2017 semester will mark the first season these teams complete as NCAA varsity programs.

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Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (DII) To Sponsor Lacrosse

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. --- Men's lacrosse is being added as an official Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference sport starting in the 2015-16 school year. Participating members will be Adams State University, Colorado Mesa University, CSU-Pueblo and Westminster College. Rockhurst University (Kansas City, Mo.) will also participate as an associate member.

 "Lacrosse has been the fastest growing sp
ort in the NCAA and we are pleased to support the program for our male student-athletes while enhancing the development of the sport within the Rocky Mountain region," said RMAC Commissioner Chris Graham. "It is always rewarding when the membership can expand competitive opportunities." With the addition of men's lacrosse, the RMAC now sponsors 23 sports, the most in the 105-year history of the conference. This is the first men's sport added to the RMAC since men's swimming and diving in 2008. Women's lacrosse became an official RMAC sport in 2013.

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Maryville University (DII MO) Adds Lacrosse

Maryville University Director of Athletics Marcus Manning has announced the addition of men's lacrosse as a varsity sport for the 2016-17 academic year. The additional team increases the number of Maryville's NCAA Division II championship sports to 21. The first season of Saints men's lacrosse begins spring of 2017.

 "The addition of men's lacrosse to Maryville is another strategic step in providing new opportunities for prospective student-athletes that fits within the fabric of Maryville's campus community," Manning said. "Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing team sports in the country; we are excited to create another NCAA DII program in the Midwest region and for the St. Louis Metropolitan area."

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Lacrosse is traditionally known as an East Coast sport, one played in prep schools in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic and in colleges mostly up and down the East Coast. But in recent years, it’s become a sport that’s quickly spreading, starting with Northwestern women’s team taking the first championship away from the traditional powerhouses a decade ago. And now, for the first time in NCAA history, a school west of the Appalachians took home the men’s title with Denver’s decisive victory over the Terps (whose women took home the title last weekend.)'

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