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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