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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