Cleveland State (DI OH) Adds Men's Lacrosse, Drops Wrestling

CLEVELAND (Monday, March 30, 2015) – Cleveland State University has announced that it will establish a varsity men's lacrosse program and begin recruiting athletes to compete in the spring season of the 2016-2017 academic year. The addition comes as a result of a program prioritization process headed by CSU Athletics Director John Parry that explored factors including funding, competitiveness and national trends. Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the U.S. among high school athletes, and the CSU team will be the second NCAA Division I program in Ohio, joining Ohio State University.

"The addition of lacrosse brings to CSU a spectator sport that will build on the activities and excitement happening across the campus. We anticipate that students and the community will be attracted to Krenzler Field for a unique opportunity to see high-level
competition," Parry said. The prioritization process mirrors efforts across the university to best align resources with programs and activities that display strong growth potential. The review resulted in the determination that university funding for men's wrestling would be discontinued following the conclusion of the 2015-2016 season. The university will explore external funding sources that if secured, could allow continuation of the program.

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Marian University (NAIA IN) Adds Women's Lacrosse

INDIANAPOLIS - The Marian University department of athletics is proud to announce the expansion

of the department with the addition of women's lacrosse beginning with the 2015-16 season of competition, director of athletics Steve Downing announced on Thursday.

"We are proud to continue the expansion of our department," said Downing. "We have added women's soccer (1998), women's golf (2004), men's football (2007) and men's and women's bowling (2010) in the past two decades and the addition of women's lacrosse just makes sense. It's an emerging sport across the nation and we are looking to bring in the top quality student-athletes who will not only compete for championships, but also be strong students in the classroom."

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Sweet Briar College (DIII VA) to Close, End Athletics Programs

On behalf of the athletics department, I want to thank all of you for the outpouring of support and concern. The news of the college closing at the end of this semester has put some perspective on what we value here at Sweet Briar and Vixen Athletics—and it truly shows how wonderful you as supporters and fans are in our lives.

Our Sweet Briar student athletes, coaches and athletics staff are doing what they all do best—rising to the occasion of challenges that are before us. This semester and the spring sport season in particular, will be a new kind of challenge for sure. All of us at Vixen Athletics are committed to finish what we started and look forward to continuing with all of our scheduled competitions as a proud member of the NCAA and Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC).

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La Roche College (DIII PA) Adds Women's Lacrosse

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 29, 2015 – La Roche College will add NCAA Div. III women’s lacrosse to its roster of athletic programs for the 2015-16 academic year. “Lacrosse continues to grow in popularity, especially for female athletes playing at the high school level across the country, but especially in Pennsylvania,” Director of Athletics Jim Tinkey said. “The addition of women’s lacrosse was in the plans when the College renovated its athletic complex and built a turf field this past year.

 It will be a celebration when the Redhawks play their first game next spring.” The Redhawks will compete within the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference with four other colleges and universities. There will be a women’s lacrosse championship in the conference in 2016.

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With membership up 65% over the last five years, lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in England.

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